There was a day during my final semester in graduate school where this question was asked twice, in two different classes.
Both times it was a part of a joke but the context and result were incredibly different. I like to tell this story because I think it illustrates just how vastly different two people with MSWs can be.
The first time I heard the joke I was in a class whose name and instructor I can’t remember — it was pretty unremarkable. Neither can I remember how we got onto this topic but a classmate of mine was talking her field placement/internship, something all MSWs must have, and how they have a saying where she works: “How do you know if your client is lying? …..Their mouth is moving”
Cue really inappropriate laughter and unnecessary stories “supporting” this joke/saying. Our instructor even laughed and then just moved on. I was a little bit a lot horrified.
I know that not all clients are honest. There are a lot of nuanced reasons for this, some innocuous, some serious, some that need some major following up. There was probably even an interesting conversation worth having about what is wrong, on a macro level, that would contribute to clients’ lying. But no such thing happened. The idea that there was an entire agency or department that went around casually throwing out a saying that legitimized staff, who were in a helping position, to disbelieve their clients above all else, was really messed up. It’s like the exact opposite of everything social work is. Including our super defined Code of Ethics.
So, fast forward to my next class - our professor was telling us a story about an interaction with a colleague. The colleague had asked her what classes she was teaching that semester and she responded with Drug & Alcohol Intervention (the class I was in) and her colleague then responded with a joke. “How do you know if an addict is lying? …. Their mouth is moving.”
In this case though, my professor had such an extraordinarily different reaction to it than my first class. Instead of laughing about it, she went on to explain the thousands of different ways that it was inappropriate to say or even believe such a thing. We’re in the business of helping others - its not always going to be easy and clients are going to make things easy for us. But to have start at the gate believing your client is a liar or will be a liar is a complete disservice to all involved.
Even now, I am still amazed at the stark difference in that day. Chatting with another tumblr-er about issues at work reminded me of that Thursday and all that it has come to mean in the three years since I graduated. Having an MSW doesn’t make someone a good social worker, that much should be clear. I know lots of people who have no degree, or an unrelated degree who make such better “social workers” than anyone with an MSW.
I can’t account for the motivations of everyone getting their MSW but there are some people for whom it should never have been an option. Like, its an embarrassing that we have the same professional title. (part of the reason I find this comic funny) I’m referring to anyone who maybe has said things like “I don’t want my clients to smell,” “I wouldn’t feel comfortable serving a gay client” or, I don’t know, “I think my client lies to me everytime s/he opens her mouth.”
Unless the NASW starts figuring out a way to test people’s characters (not going to happen and probably a bad idea), there isn’t going to be a good way to root out the folks who are just crappy at being good human beings and good social workers. But, I think that making ourselves the best social workers we can be: continuing our education not because we need CEUs but because we actually want to be better and know more, advocating for our clients and ourselves when necessary and providing services without judgment or prejudice is a good place to start.
“This is how most unsophisticated fugitives get caught," said Larry Likar, chairman of the department of Justice, Law and Security at La Roche College who spent 23 years with the FBI. "He had money and no control and immature fascinations, so he bought women and drugs.”—
It’s really sad that someone lost his life because of this knucklehead.
LOWELL BERGMAN: For generations, the FBI and their fingerprint examiners have maintained that fingerprint identification is “infallible,” routinely testifying that they are “100 percent certain” and there’s “zero percent” chance they could be wrong.
Judge DONALD SHELTON, Circuit Court, Michigan: Fingerprint examiners have been taught that there’s only one person in the world who could have left this fingerprint. There’s no scientific basis for that.
LOWELL BERGMAN: [on camera] Wait a second. There’s no scientific basis for matching, like, a partial fingerprint?
Judge DONALD SHELTON: The premise is that no two people have the same fingerprint. That’s the scientific premise. Is that true?
LOWELL BERGMAN: I thought so.
”—So, if you are interested in learning and being freaked out at the same time, may I recommend the frontline episode, The Real CSI. You can watch it online here. (It’s not yet available as a podcast via iTunes, but it should be soon) And hey, Pittsburghers, Cyril Wecht is in it!
like… several weeks ago—maybe the shamrock sprinkles are a tip off. I had bought this “Whoopie Pies” cookbook at least a year ago after my attempts at making french macaroons turned out to be a total failure.
I had tried making whoopie pies with regular ol’ chocolate cake batter and parchment paper and that was also a total disaster. Most of the recipes require some amount of vegetable shortening and I try to avoid using it when I bake (as if its somehow going to tip whatever I’ve made from being healthy to unhealthy) - so I held out for a while and then got over myself. Also, I was not planning on eating any of them anyways.
Even though the book doesn’t suggest buying those whoopie-pie specific pans I did it anyways. I’m a messy person, so they helped contain the mess.The whoopie pies, chocolate & carrot-cake were a success and I was surprised that the carrot cake ones were cobbled up way before all of the chocolate ones.
This cookbook mostly has standard-baking recipes but there are vegan chocolate & vanilla whoopie recipes and grain free chocolate & vanilla recipes (though obviously doesn’t seem worth it to buy the book just for two if you have one of those dietary lifestyles). There is a pistachio cardamon recipe I have my eye on.
Here’s something that’s annoyed me… at some point in the 48 hours since it premiered on Sunday night, the reaction to Lena Dunham’s new show Girls has turned exceptionally nasty. Not “Hey, I didn’t like this show” nasty, but more like “I’m going to use Facebook and Tumblr and Twitter to tear…
FACT: I really enjoyed watching girls. ALSO, FACT: I am really confused at how much people seem to despise it. I’m really irritated with the fake poster going around that says “NEPOTISM” on it. As a reminder, the definition of nepotism is: favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship. Yeah, all of those ladies have parents with varying levels of fame but that doesn’t mean they’re not talented. And as the entry in its entirety above by Alex of ferniecommaalex notes - there are a lot of a famous dudes with famous kin and nobody points the nepotism finger at them (I personally was thinking of Jason Schwartzman, of my beloved & cancelled Bored to Death).
Anyways, I won’t be watching Girls this Sunday at 10:30…because I’ll be in bed. I’ll watch it in the morning.
I have real glamour shots, somewhere at my parents’ house. I must look into where they are now.
So anyways, its cold in the mornings, warm in the afternoons but not warm enough and definitely cold enough to keep me from going bare-legged. So some light blue tights to go along with stripes and orange fingernails & lips. A great look for sitting in one’s office and organizing paperwork, don’t you think?
The Virginia Senate passed a bill Monday afternoon that would allow private adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex parents, according to The Washington Post.
The bill, which passed by a 22-18 margin, gives adoption agencies the power to deny child placement if it conflicts with…
Virgina wants to keep women who have unwanted pregnancies from going throughwith abortions but they apparently also want to limit the pool of loving parents who are willing & ready to adopt those children whose biological parents can’t care for/don’t want/etc…? Yeah, pro-life!
Right before we moved out of Lawrenceville last year, they had started working on a space in our block destined to become the Industry Grille.
Seeing as how its taken forever to get it up and running I am a bit curious about what its like. While the bar itself seems to be trying to take advantage of steampunk sentiments, when I drove by it this week I was astounded at the number of televisions on their wall.
(by Ted W.) Shiny. Corporate. The whiskey drinks are sickly sweet and the redbull fridge is prominent and well stocked. If you crave the Southside but somehow find yourself in Lawrenceville, go here. The bartender will call you bro and recommend gorgonzola truffle fries and have a tribal tat. Relevant sporting events will always be playing on several well positioned high definition screens and burgers will be marketed in a way that appeals specifically to burghers. If all of this seems wonderful to you, discard my opinion as that of an asshole and add three stars..
“If your dreams are better than your life, what is the point? Your dreams shouldn’t be better than your life. Unless you’re a sloth, because they sleep a lot, don’t they?”—Karl Pilkington knows what’s up.
Also, you don’t need an OBH delegate’s permission to 302 someone if two doctors make the involuntary commitment petition. That obviously didn’t happen, likely because he didn’t do anything 302-able.
The gunmen was smart - he sought out weapons in states that didn’t require background checks. When the dealer in Oregon ran one anyways he went to New Mexico. This is also pure conjecture, but had he actually been 302’d, I imagine he would have been smart enough to know what to say at his hearing to have the 302 overturned. And then maybe he would have been even angrier at UPMC.
I suppose I’m just putting this here as my perspective from a different angle that isn’t covered in these stories (which is, this is how complex human services works and this is why these things didn’t happen. And I think Zappala knows how they work but PR is PR).
After the Jared Lee Loughner incident in Arizona everyone asked how someone so ill could have had access to weapons, don’t we have laws for that? But there, as in here, seems to be a misunderstanding of the laws of our country which is that he had never been involuntarily committed and therefore his name would never show up as do-not-sell in a background check. It’s not like your name gets thrown up on there as soon as you receive a diagnosis.
I’ve been holding back saying this for weeks now. Couldn’t keep it in any longer.
Yesterday Steve got sucked into an internet rabbit hole and I wanted to share what he found.
Back in 1992, when Quantum Leap was on, they wanted to air an episode that dealt with a teenager, who was gay, contemplating suicide.
NBC said “ehhhhh, no” — i.e. their standards and practices department rejected the script (for a variety of different reasons, see the articles below for further explanation if you are curious.)
Eventually they altered the storyline to be about a cadet who contemplates suicide because he is mercilessly abused by his other cadets. NBC aired this episode, set in 1964, but they lost a bunch of money because advertisers pulled out, not wanting much to do with the episode.
If you want to travel 20 years back in time, check out these articles about the kerfuffle:
I’ve continued taking pictures of my outfits to “showcase” my personal style but have failed in the equally important step of uploading them here. Fear not, I’m still getting up every morning and dressing myself, sometimes with great success.
So below you can find a total of five! different outfits displayed at varying degrees of photo quality:
First up is what I wore last week chasing that dog -> I’m sure I was an interesting site to see but I’m forever glad this skirt has pockets which carried my mass of keys as I sped through the neighborhood.
Shirt: Old Navy | skirt: H&M | belt: thrifted | shoes: dolce vita | headband: from JenLovesKev's shop a few years back
Next is a fairly meh-ish outfit. Maybe its the ponytail or the circle scarf (which I will be de-circling soon enough) or maybe its just the way it looks in pictures. It was comfortable just doesn’t look so great here:
scarf: anthropologie | shirt: banana republic | skirt: urban outfitters (thrifted) | shoes: urban outfitters | bracelet (not like anyone can see it): GAP
I liked this one more:
I’ve had these flats for a while but only now just accidentally pulled the bows apart. It was an accident. The middle was sown together and I was readjusting the left one and just pulled it too hard. So now they look a little bit sloppier. Pretty typical for me (the pictures are pre-destructo). Also, the polka dots on my shirt are coral-y and my skirt is a rust color. I’m going to do this color combo again soon.
shirt: H&M | sweater: Old Navy, c. 2005 | skirt: Anthropologie | shoes: GAP | earrings: Pavement
this is what I wore to brighten up a cold Tuesday:
I wanted to wear this skirt one last time while it was still cold because it is ridiculously short and therefore I will only wear it with tights. That said, I think maybe it might be time to say goodbye to it because, for real, I’ll be 28 next year and I just don’t know that it screams “adult.” Also, the only other time I wore it this year was in December. So, you know, there’s that.
shirt: modcloth, c. 2009 | skirt: h&M | tights: target, like two years ago | shoes: thrifted
This was what I wore for the first day of the Penguins-Flyers playoff series. Yinz Luv Da Guins is a youtube show (though there hasn’t been a new episode since the Playoffs last year) that I have enjoyed in the past. I saw this t-shirt at Wildcard and purchased it immediately. Also, I have “mad scientist” hair happening right now because I had just washed and dried it and this is what it looks like for the first few hours.
John McNeil killed a white man who assaulted him in his home. But, unlike George Zimmerman, he’s serving life
by Rania Khalek, Salon.com
Civil rights activist Markel Hutchins agrees and has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia’s stand your ground law because the law is not applied equally to African-Americans. He accuses the courts of accepting “the race of a victim as evidence to establish the reasonableness of an individual’s fear in cases of justifiable homicide.”
Meanwhile, Barber argues that McNeil’s treatment stands in stark contrast to that of George Zimmerman, who has been afforded the benefit of the doubt despite his victim being unarmed. “America’s always had a difficult issue dealing with race, so rather than face it when it’s exposed, the tendency by some is to try and dismiss it. But the reality is you do not see this kind of miscarriage of justice when it comes to whites.”
When I read stories that show America to be the imperfect and frustrating beast that it is, my brain immediately starts singing America from Team America: World Police. It just does.
Risperdal, introduced in 1994, is a “second-generation” antipsychotic drug that earned Johnson & Johnson billions of dollars in sales before generic versions became available several years ago. It is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability in autism patients. Risperdal and similar antipsychotic drugs have been linked to increased risk of strokes and death in elderly dementia patients, seizures, weight gain and diabetes.
I’ve worked with a fair number of folks that have taken this medication and other anti-psychotics. They’re no miracle drug. Johnson & Johnson has been fined for downplaying & hiding risks associated with Risperdal. Sadly, their behavior is neither surprising nor new. It’s been happening for decade. But don’t worry, they’re going to appeal this judge’s decision.