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Bits & Pieces: Social Work Burnout & More

By Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

From social work burnout to inequitable income distribution; these are a few of the bits and pieces that caught my eye this week.

The Role of the Agency in Burnout
Deona Hooper wrote a great piece for Social Work Helper in response to the controversy over this VICE article.  When the Hope of a Social Worker is Gone looks at the responsibility agencies and the NASW should be taking in addressing burnout.

Note that the article that is currently on VICE has been drastically edited since it was first posted. The original post included pictures of clients and notes.

Your Constituents are not that Conservative
Salon published an article on a study that found politicians overestimate how conservative their constituents are.

Broockman and Skovron argue that one answer has to do with the prevalence of right-leaning mythology. Citing “Richard Nixon’s pronouncement that a ‘silent majority’ of Americans backed his policies” and “Sarah Palin’s suggestion that a latent ‘real America’ supported her,” the researchers correctly note that there remains “a folk theory among conservative politicians that the American public is considerably more conservative than it seems at face value.” This theory is undoubtedly fueled by a Fox News-ified media that pushes such inaccurate fables. (source)

Is the Term Feminism doing more Harm than Good?
Tracy Moore explores the current state of Feminism in Feminism May Be Nearing Her Expiration Date.

A New Way to Judge Non-Profits
Dan Pallotta suggest a different way for us to look at how non-profits are functioning.

Black Men & Mental Illness
Shawn Maxam explore the taboo of mental health among black men in his article Why Won’t More Black Men Disclose Their Mental Health Struggles.

The Truth about Income Distibution
The Upworthy shared this eyeopening video on income distribution in the United States on their Tumblr feed.

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Social Work Chats
This Mondays Social Work Chats will be discussing online advocacy (aka e-advocacy).  The chat starts at 8 PM (EST) on Twitter.  Use hashtag #SWUnited to participate.


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Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.
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