Play Therapy: Speaking the Language of Children

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on November 09, 2017  /   Posted in Social Work News

“Play energizes and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.” —Stuart Brown, MD, Contemporary American psychiatrist Play is an essential part of the human experience. It creates joy, fosters imagination and encourages learning, among a host of other benefits. Play therapy harnesses

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Family Social Work in Today’s American Household

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on October 23, 2017  /   Posted in Social Work News

Divorced parents. Grandparents raising grandchildren. Two-income families and same-sex couples. These are just a few scenarios that define today’s changing domestic landscape. According to the article “Family Diversity is the New Normal for America’s Children,” the number of children living in “traditional” households has decreased dramatically since the 1960s. As familial structures become increasingly diverse,

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PTO Policy Considerations for Small Business Owners

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on September 14, 2017  /   Posted in Business News

Ninety percent of employers offer some version of paid time off (PTO) to full-time employees, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Although offering PTO plans to employees is not required by law, these benefits can drastically improve the quality of company life. Because small businesses have no shortage of options when it comes to structuring

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Healing Through Art: Creative Therapy in Social Work

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on August 28, 2017  /   Posted in Social Work News

Those who find it difficult to communicate their feelings verbally may still gain benefit from visual, tactile, aural and kinesthetic experiences. Creative therapies tap into these modes of expression to facilitate emotional exploration and healing. For social workers who seek to help treating clients who face significant challenges, understanding creative therapy methods can be a

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Addiction Treatment: The 5 Stages of Change

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on July 31, 2017  /   Posted in Social Work News

Approximately 21.5 million American teens and adults have a substance use disorder, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Professionals such as counselors and social workers can help these individuals by understanding the nature of the recovery process and how they can professionally contribute to recovery. Divided into five stages of change,

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