For the past eight months, I developed and coordinated a transitional housing, psycho-social rehabilitation program. I loved every bit of it, and saw some incredible progress from individuals who were living with mental illness, addictions and experiencing trauma. The programs ultimate goal was to move individuals along the housing continuum, from shelter living, to stable and permanent housing.
It was one of the few programs that ran from a harm reduction standpoint. The men in the program were allowed to be intoxicated or inebriated and stay in the program, as long as they did not bring substances into the rooms which they occupied. What they chose to do outside of the residence was out of our control. Continue Reading
What is it? A weakness, a deficit or shortfall of ourselves? Like the Man of Steel’s vulnerability to Kryptonite? It’s something that I have always been curious about academically and professionally as a social worker. Personally, it’s something I’ve been tangled up into and struggling to live with, longer than what I’d be willing to admit. Continue Reading
Our society often views individuals who are homeless as being deviant, which is often thought to be as bad, criminal, sick, or inferior. But really, deviance is just straying from the norm. And for some who are homeless, being in a state of intoxication can often be the norm for them. Continue Reading
These are some fantastic movies I have watched that revolve around the realm of Social workers, mental health, and sex trafficking. Inspiring, moving and well captured. If you haven’t seen them, they’re a must… Continue Reading
What has helped me become a more skilled, knowledgeable and experienced Social Worker is continuing to educate myself, and the best way I have done this is by continuing to read.
Here are my thoughts on seven books to help broaden your knowledge in the field of human and social services: Continue Reading