Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Life and Each Day

Enjoy each day, Find the fun and humour in life, Focus on what really matters, Enjoy friends and family, Find your passion, Make a difference. By Victoria Brewster, MSW *First posted at:

Grief/Grieving/Bereavement, News, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

DSM-5: Bereavement and Depression

by Victoria Brewster, MSW Thanks to LinkedIn, I came across an article on Grief/Bereavement and Depression in the NY Times. As a professional with an MSW, this article causes me to pause and to express concern. Grief/Bereavement is normal after the death of a loved one. As one who works with older adults, I have… Continue reading DSM-5: Bereavement and Depression

Humanity, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Social Justice

by Victoria Brewster, MSW Three of my mentors are women in history who practice the values of social justice by the programs they have advocated for, initiated and created; Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. They also all happen to have been, or are, current First Ladies. These women to me exemplify what women today… Continue reading Social Justice

Healthcare, News

WHO-Social Determinants to Health This is worth reading on social determinants to health according to the World Health Organization. "The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels."… Continue reading WHO-Social Determinants to Health


Worth reading as social media is becoming the ‘norm’ for many professions. Any professional needs to keep in mind that persona nd professional mix online. ‘Do not post something that you would not want posted on the front page of the NY Times’ I have both heard and read.
Think twice before posting a photo on Facebook.

Social Work/Social Care & Media

Technology is firmly now part and parcel of our daily lives, embedded in our culture and transcending our whole lives – professional, personal and those grey areas in between. So what are the rules of engagement for those of us who are either qualified and registered social workers or those on the pathway to qualification?

Do we have absolute freedom in our use of social media or are there constraints and obligations to which we need to adhere? More specifically to social work, is it a medium that we should be using with service users and, if so, what are the parameters to that interaction? Where risk and protection are a central focus, is social media a legitimate tool to aid social workers in their assessments of individuals, such as a parent’s suitability to care for and safeguard their child?

We know the old mantra, ‘with rights come responsibilities’, much…

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