The child welfare field is a traditional career path within the social work profession. While some people may hold an unfortunate stereotype about child protection workers — imagining child welfare social workers dramatically ripping children away from their families — this notion is far from the truth.
The face of American homelessness is changing — into an older one. People 50 and older make up more than 30 percent of the nation’s homeless population. The growing number of older homeless people has altered the most pressing concerns unique and specific to the American homeless population.
The Welcome Project helps ensure that immigrants are not pushed to the margins but included in all aspects of civic life. Giving immigrants access to the tools they need to succeed, like education, empowers them to find their own unique role in their new community.
Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. For children, teens and young adults ages 10 to 24, it is the second-leading cause of death. In recent years, suicide prevention and intervention apps have been designed for those at risk of suicide, as well as for parents and health care providers.
To highlight the supportive and collaborative community that awaits prospective SocialWork@Simmons students, we are publishing a series of blog posts that feature many of our student life offerings.
As the number of refugees seeking a new home increases worldwide due to conflicts in countries such as Syria, so too does the need for social workers who understand the unique challenges of this population. Although many support services focus on the physical needs of refugees, social workers and health care practitioners must be better prepared to address the mental health needs of these populations.