Is The MSW The New MBA?

| Co.Exist | ideas + impact

Tomorrow’s CEOs will be working in an environment that demands proactive empathy with the needs of an ever-changing workforce, and innovative collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders on the most pressing issues that face our global society. That sounds to me like a job for a social worker who might be able to help not just the world’s companies but its people and environment as well.

Is The MSW The New MBA? | Co.Exist | ideas + impact.


Building Strength and Resilience: Tools for Early-Career Social Workers

Helping human beings in distress is a rewarding profession—and a stressful one. It can be hard to stay positive, because problems are what we are expected (and expect ourselves) to solve. These expectations take a toll and sometimes result in a process of gradual exhaustion, cynicism, and loss of commitment…. Read the tips from Marilyn Lammert on

Building Strength and Resilience: Tools for Early-Career Social Workers –

Mental Health First Aid Canada



One in three Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the better the outcome. Mental Health First Aid Canada gives people the skills to provide that early help that is so important in recovery.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the primary help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.

The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

The program teaches people how to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
  • Provide initial help.
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

What is Mental Health First Aid Canada.


Mediation Is So Much More Than Compromise

By Gary Direnfeld

Two chefs in the same kitchen needed a dozen lemons to complete their dish. As they fought over the last remaining dozen, someone said they should each use six. However, without the proper amount, neither dish would be satisfactory. That solution wouldn’t work, and neither chef could see past the conflict and their fight raged on.

The dishwasher hearing their conflict wandered over and asked each chef what they were making and why they needed a full dozen lemons.

Turns out that one chef needed just the rinds, to be candied for a dessert. The other chef needed just the juice to make civiche (fish marinated in a citrus juice).

It turns out they each needed a dozen lemons, but each had a different reason, although their interest was the same – to create their beautiful dish. Despite mutual animosity between the chefs, because they finally were aided in discussion, the solution presented itself.

The dishwasher was the perfect mediator. With no vested interest in the outcome, just a curiosity about their needs, wants and interests, a solution arose without imposition that was eloquent and wholly appropriate to both chefs’ needs. They each went on to make splendid dishes.

Mediation Is So Much More Than Compromise | Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW.

The eightfold path to chemical addiction recovery …

| Counseling Today

The ancient and venerable perspective on spirituality called Buddhism presents a therapeutic prescription for the fundamental ailment of human beings — suffering. That is, living out of step with reality. It teaches that to our detriment, human beings tend to seek private fulfillment above all else.

This sounds very much like the case with an addictive lifestyle, which is characterized by narcissism. Because of this attitude, an addicted person lives as if he or she is the center and primacy of everything. Chemical addiction develops into a lifestyle that is self-absorbed, self-centered and self-indulgent. This is out of step with the reality of a healthy lifestyle.

Just as Buddhism prescribes eight steps to right living, I propose eight steps for transforming an addictive lifestyle into a healthy lifestyle. Together, I call them the “Eightfold Path to Chemical Addiction Recovery.” This “path” can be a useful guide for successful alcohol and other drug (AOD) counseling.

The eightfold path to chemical addiction recovery | Counseling Today.

What is the the key to super-happiness ?

The inaugural Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship was presented to Dr.Muhammad Yunus this week. Yunus was humble and gracious as he gave thanks for the recognition. Yet the man who is regarded as the godfather of lending to the poor didn’t miss the opportunity to send a gentle, but crystal-clear message to the world’s ultra-rich. “Making money is a happiness. And that’s a great incentive,” he told the billionaires and near-billionaires over dinner in the United Nations Delegates Dining Room. “Making other people happy is a super-happiness.”

Yunus founded Grameen Bank and pioneered the concept of lending to the poor through microcredit, and has been recognized not only with the Nobel, but also the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a host of other prestigious honors. His Grameen Bank began making loans to poor women when no one else would give them credit. Now the women Grameen serves own 97% of the bank themselves.

To read/watch: Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus: The Key To Super-Happiness [VIDEO] – Forbes.

11 Ways to become a Better Counsellor

Posted in Professional Development .

Explore 11 ways – both direct and indirect – that can help counsellors become better professionals – with the ultimate goal of assisting others live happier, more fulfilling lives.

#1 Work on Your Microskills

Counselling Microskills include Focusing, Encouragers, Paraphrasing and Summarising, Questioning, Attending Behaviour, Negotiation Skills, Reflection of Meaning, Confrontation, Self-Disclosure, Noting and Reflection, Client Observation, and others. Some of these microskills are also referred to as “influencing skills”. These skills are constantly applied throughout the counselling process to build rapport with clients and to work through presenting issues with them.

#2 Learn Continuously

Counsellors that do not have a commitment to professional development will find it increasingly difficult to practice and this lack of commitment often will affect their level of service. PD options include workshops, conferences, courses, articles and many other learning pathways including online learning (e.g. Mental Health Academy) and group supervision.

#3 Increase Your Professional Effectiveness

Effectiveness strategies can assist counsellors to become more organised and efficient in their daily tasks. Ultimately, the application of effectiveness strategies will assist a counsellor to improve in a range of personal and professional areas.
Read the article:

What’s in store for the counseling profession throughout the next decade.

Compiled by Lynne Shallcross

David Pearce Snyder, a contributing editor to The Futurist, the bimonthly magazine of the World Future Society, predicts that by 2020, everyone will be chatting with — not just through — their computers. The significance for counselors, he says, is that computers will be loaded with software enabling the machines to answer their owners’ questions — including questions that people today often go to see a counselor to discuss.

Instead of a live counselor being the first stop for someone with mental health, career, relationship or other issues, Snyder believes that person will initially ask the personal avatar “counselor” on his or her computer for feedback and advice. The personal avatar counselor will be stocked full of good health information, so it will offer constructive and helpful advice, according to Snyder.


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Building a more complete client picture

Lynne Shallcross

What Hall is describing is the ecological perspective in counseling, which, much like the study of ecology in the physical world, takes into account the many systems that influence and interact with individuals on a regular basis.

In Ellen Cook’s book Understanding People in Context: The Ecological Perspective in Counseling, published in 2012 by the American Counseling Association, she writes that the term ecosystem“refers to the sum total of interactive influences operating within an individual’s life in varying degrees of proximity, ranging from his or her biologically determined characteristics to the broader sociocultural context structuring human interactions. … What happens to an individual rarely occurs in a vacuum but rather is shaped by the confluence of events, propensities, relationships, memories and other features of a life elaborated over time and across settings.”