Humanity, News

Charter of Quebec Values for Who?

The more I read on the issue of the Charter of Quebec Values, I wonder whose values are these? Not mine. I agree with separation of ‘church and state,’ but this is so much more than that. ‘It was originally billed as a “Charter of Secularism,” but the government changed the label. In its revised… Continue reading Charter of Quebec Values for Who?

Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Social Work and ‘We Must’

We must speak up! We must assist those that need it. We must focus on humanity and justice. We must think outside ourselves and our own lives. We must put our education to good. We must promote the helping professions, one of which is social work. We must reflect, update our skills and be aware,… Continue reading Social Work and ‘We Must’

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

News, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

What is Social Work? Part 1

http://www.socialjusticesolutions.org/2013/01/19/what-is-social-work/ Are you currently a social work student, thinking of becoming one, looking to make a career change? Read the above link and follow the SJS website to read the rest of the series and many other articles that focus on social work and social justice.

Humanity, News, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

A Continuation of Ashley Judd’s, “All That is Bitter and Sweet”

by Victoria Brewster, MSW My initial write-up focused on the first half of the book. (https://northernmsw.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/ashley-judds-all-that-is-bitter-and-sweet/). This write-up focuses on the second half of the book which is part of Ashley Judd's treatment, healing and acceptance of self along with her continued humanitarian work with Population Services International (PSI) (http://www.psi.org/). Treatment occured after she participated… Continue reading A Continuation of Ashley Judd’s, “All That is Bitter and Sweet”

Aging/Gerontology, News, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

The Power and Importance of Language

By Victoria Brewster, MSW Language-what does this one word mean to you? What does it say to you? How do you define it? As one who works with older adults (50+), language is important no matter what setting I am in. Language plays a crucial role in shaping the culture of aging and aging services.… Continue reading The Power and Importance of Language