With the real arrival of Spring, I’m overeager to catch the morning sunshine so here are my links for the week with little commentary or explanation!
JaeRan Kim has a great post ‘I’m can’t be racist, I have a ______ friend’ about defining and identifying prejudice and the importance of language use.
For getting a positive feel for the work amid some of the endless negativity, I love Ladybird’s post about ‘Why I blog’ and not only because she mentions me!
Melinda Lewis writes a thoughtful post about use of social media and particularly Facebook to share political opinions.
Related in a broad terms, is Nechakogal’s post about use of media (television) in politics and it’s relevancy in a world where media is changing.
On The Nudge Patrol, Laura shares a fascinating study on social work education in the US. Compare and contrast. The article she has embedded in her post was particularly interesting to me having generally only learnt about the development of social work education from a British viewpoint.
SocialJerk is back from her break and helps us with some insights into case recording – that part of the job we all love most.
On the subject of honesty, Social Worker Mom shares a post on Craigslist subtitled ‘A Social Worker finally snaps..’ Scary stuff.
On a lighter note, on Going Mental, Nectarine discusses ‘Foot in Mouth Disease’ – I can definitely empathise there..
How not to do Social Work reflects working in residential care in the context of Neil Morrissey’s Care Home Kid.
Do No Harm, a social worker in Singapore has a good post on the ‘battles’ between social work and counselling as disciplines. I think I can extrapolate many of the ideas to other ‘battles’ within the sector – children or adult work etc.
Moving back to technology – a little pet love of mine (if you hadn’t guessed!), a mention for The Social Work Tech Blog post on the use of Google Voice with users of our services. It is a great explanation and as soon as Google get a move on any roll the service internationally!
And as a quick addendum, here’s a link to a piece I wrote for the Guardian Local Government Network Blog earlier in the week about social workers using technology.
And that’s it for the week!