Wednesday, October 22, 2014

40 Interview Questions Every Social Worker Needs to Know



Would you like to know what types of questions to expect or prepare for before heading out to an interview for a prospective new social work position?

An earlier post had provided you with 20 questions every social worker needs to know for the interview preparation process. However, since then some important changes have taken place within the industry plus you had offered some wonderful suggestions.

As a result, the list of interview questions for social workers has grown from 20 to 40 ! These questions appear in the below infographic, organized by the following categories:
  • General 
  • Assessment of skills/technique  
  • Personality/working style
  • Other (may or may not apply according to chosen practice area) 
This post also provides you with some suggestions as to how to answer three of your most challenging questions, how to quell some of your interviewing jitters, remain inspired and more during your job search journey.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks of 10/6 -10/19/2014)

I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...

This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.

To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)

Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:

Benzodiazepines linked to dementia risk: cause for concern or lacking causality?
The Mental Elf (Laurence Palfreyman)
"possible direct association, even if... use might also be an early indicator of a condition associated with an increased risk of dementia... another reason to avoid... other than very short term relief of insomnia or anxiety..."
Cyberbullying and mental health in young people
The Mental Elf (Elly O'Brien)
"Cyberbullying uniquely relates to internalizing, externalizing, and substance use problems in adolescents... Family dinners... likely part of a wider set... environment... positive effect on young people’s overall mental health..."
A New Training in Adolescent Substance Use Prevention & Intervention
IRETA
"teens still use substances at unsafe levels... the earlier they start, the more likely it is that they’ll develop substance use disorders as they mature...  Introduction to SBIRT for Adolescents... self-paced, online training is free..." 
We are at the beginning of a revolution…
Susannah Fox
"parallels between the current state of health data tracking and the trajectory of adoption we saw in the early days of internet... 40%...with 1 condition are trackers... 62%... with 2+ conditions...significant impact on health... " 
Social Work:

Bullying Prevention Resource Guide
MSW@USC (Gabriela Acosta)
"Bullying prevention is a community responsibility. To combat it requires proper intervention and a collective effort... The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts... some great resources..."
Death Notices
What a Shrink Thinks (Martha Crawford, LCSW)
"in order to support the bereaved, we must, on some level enter into an internal relationship to the deceased ourselves, to understand who they were... tie up the loose ends left behind with the living..."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hoarding: Causes, Hazards and Strategies

Got a Client with a Hoarding Problem? Assess for Safety!


How do you assess whether an individual has a hoarding problem? What questions do you ask to ascertain whether the person's clutter is a safety/health concern?

Individuals with compulsive hoarding disorder typically lack awareness of the severity of their behavior and may even deny that they have a problem; however, they may be placing themselves and/or their family members health at risk.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Social Justice: How Everyone Can Help Heal the World


Billions Rising: Empowering Self-Reliance Around the Globe - Book Review


Do you wish you could come up with a solution to help end poverty? Are you a social worker, social justice advocate or other thoughtful person wondering how you can help make this world a better place? If yes, the book Billions Rising: Empowering Self-Reliance Around the Globe written by Anita Casalina with Warren Whitlock and Heather Vale Goss, may be the answer you’ve been looking for!

Today, we have a guest reviewer, Amy Knitzer, LCSW, who will share with you her thoughts about this inspiring book that is all about making our world a better one, one idea at a time.

A Guest Post by Amy Knitzer, LCSW

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LEAP's Top 10 Tips for the Social Work Exam


Kym Meyer, M.B.A., C.B.E.P

Have you wondered how one social work licensure exam preparation provider differs from another?

This week, we have an interview with Kym Meyer, M.B.A., C.B.E.P, a former NASW state executive director and NASW Executive Director of the Year, and one of the founders of LEAP, a top social work licensure exam preparation firm.

This is the fourth interview in Social Work Career Development's series of interviews with top social work licensure course providers. Earlier interviews were conducted with SWTP, SWE and TDC.

One distinguishing feature you will see that stands out about LEAP is that all three of its founders have noteworthy strong social work backgrounds illustrating both marked commitment and excellence in the field. In addition, it has a long-standing history within the test preparation realm.
LEAP was only officially created in 2003 but its second founder, Dr. Jannah Mather, Dean of the University of Utah's College of Social Work, has been working in test preparation since the early 80s
Its diagnostic tool/guide is also rather unique; it enables you to see where your specific weak points are and what study areas you want to focus on. It also tries to appeal to different types of learners by making the social work exam materials available in multiple formats: online study exam/study guide, an audio course and a live class. 
Finally, in true social work spirit, LEAP gives back a portion of its proceeds to those in need

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Best in Mental Health (weeks of 9/22 - 10/5/2014)


I'm watching twitter, google+ and the web so you don't have to...

This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.

To get a quick idea of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)

Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:

Depression with obesity or obesity with depression?
The Lifestyle Elf (Kirsten Lawson)
"obesity and depression. Both disorders are prevalent and have been repeatedly shown to be associated... atypical subtype of major depressive disorder is a strong predictor of sustained obesity..."
E-cigarettes and youth: are e-cigs encouraging more use of conventional cigarettes?
The Mental Elf (Matt Field)
"E-Cigs... marketed at young people... developing adolescent brain is at increased risk of developing nicotine dependence... Use of E-cigarettes does not discourage, and may encourage, conventional cigarette use..."
An Evolving Approach To Collaborations Among Health And Other Sectors
Health Affairs Blog (Carroll, Kelly, Jarris, Yach, and Rosenzweig)
"embrace the “messiness” of multisectoral relationships... new opportunities... programs that benefit multiple sectors and... aspects of individual and community life... Listen... Show... value... sectors bring to each other..."
Inside The Secret World Of Teen Suicide Hashtags
BuzzFeed (Krystie Lee Yandoli)
"#sue hashtag, a secret word for suicide, reveals nearly 800,000 tagged posts... People who are posting... need to get that information out... and put it somewhere... teens today are using social media to find catharsis..."

Social Work:

A Case Study Involving Complex Trauma - Part 3
CASCW (Dr. Jane Gilgun)
"Ian’s father... good relationship with his son in many ways, but he was dismissive of the effects of Ian’s trauma.. Mary became Ian’s ACE case manager... acting out... not received the help he required to cope..."
inSocialWork Podcast, UBSSW (Dr. Mimi Abramovitz)
"rise of New Public Management (NPM) and the privatization of human services... research on the impact of NPM on persons in the front lines of human service agencies and the services they provide..."