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As social workers, therapists and other human service professionals, we support people as they proceed in a path of healing. We have the honor of seeing people reveal the parts of themselves that they have kept hidden behind their “curtain.”

Our blog addresses client needs and situations that you may encounter in your work. The goal is to provide information that you can use in practice and to inspire you to learn even more.

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In January 2019, the UB School of Social Work Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC) released its free Trauma-Informed Organizational Change Manual, designed to help organizations and systems plan for, implement and sustain trauma-informed culture change.
We are often asked for clarification on the difference between Certificate Program vs. Certification. Knowing the difference, what to consider when searching for programs, and what is available, can help professionals determine their learning path. 
“We only have one question: Are you hungry? If the answer is yes, then we feed you.” - Matthew L. Schwartz
Clinical work can be incredibly difficult and fraught with multi-layered problems.  It is for these reasons that supervision is a must for all of us, should we desire to develop our practice and enhance the clinical skills of our staff.
If you are holding off on your marketing efforts because you feel you haven’t found that “MAGICAL” thing that will get you noticed, here’s a secret you should know… “Magic” comes in many forms!
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” –  Karl Jung
Clarification for New York LMSWs, LCSWs, and LCSW-Rs regarding the new requirement to have approved continuing education hours to renew your license registration. 
Many veterans say that the military has forever changed them, especially if deployed to areas of combat or conflict.
If it were not for social work interventions I had as a child, my life trajectory may have been completely different.  
The day before Christmas, I received a phone call from my oldest son asking me to pick him up on a downtown corner in a risky neighborhood. 
Hoarding is a personal and/or professional issue for many of us. Some have a gift for viewing it compassionately. For others, especially when confronted by family members who are hoarding, it can create revulsion, horror, anger and great sadness for their lack of quality of life. 
Perfectionism, with its burden of dysfunction, guilt and shame, is not always just a client issue. As therapists, supervisors and other human service professionals, we need to be self-aware if this stalker lives within our own mind and body.
The beginning of the end… I recently received a new, unexpected diagnosis when I went to a skilled EMDR  therapist for help with chronic pain: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD- DSM-IV definition and PTSD DSM-5 definition)
Rather than dual disorders, I think a better term to bring home the power of this comorbid brain and body chaos is “Dueling Disorders.”
Yep, this topic is one of my passions: trauma-informed medical care, trauma-informed systems of medical-care, and the problem of its frequent absence in health-care settings.