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Online Master of Social Work Blog

Online Master of Social Work applicants can find insights, news, essential reading and articles written about expert faculty. They’ll gain a deeper understanding of clinical social work, potential career paths and the myriad ways that the VCU Social Work program’s graduates are making a positive impact on the lives of individuals, families and communities.

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How to Become a Substance Use Social Worker

Substance use social workers address a health crisis that affects millions. Find out more about the role and career path of addiction counselors.

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Grief Counseling Techniques and Interventions in Social Work

Grief has affected many during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about grief counseling techniques and other ways social workers support people suffering a loss.

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Social Work Today: Addictions Advisor: How the Pandemic Is Affecting Those With Substance Use Disorders

Social workers – the largest group of behavioral health providers – can assist those in recovery from substance use who may be struggling during the pandemic, write Dr. Rebecca Gomez, an associate dean and faculty member at VCU, and her co-author. Social workers can validate the additional stress of clients, encourage them to utilize virtual peer supports, and look for early warning signs of new stressors while also encouraging healthy coping strategies.

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Domestic Violence in Virginia: Statistics and Resources

What resources are available to people dealing with domestic violence in Virginia? Learn about empowering support systems that can lead you to a life of safety.

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What Is a VA Social Worker? Understanding Veterans’ Needs

Whether arranging service member benefit payments, connecting homeless veterans with housing resources, or counseling veterans with injuries or trauma, VA social workers impact millions of veterans’ lives. Practicing in every medical and veteran center operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), their reach is exceptional. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the VA’s health care program, is the largest integrated health care network in the country.

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What Does An Army Social Worker Do?

Army social workers serve as a lifeline for many enlisted men and women. Find out why their work is such an important part of supporting the armed forces.

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Thrive Global: Healthcare Burnout and How Universities are Helping Equip Students

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased burnout among high-stress healthcare occupations, including social workers. An important part of the VCU School of Social Work’s curriculum is providing students “opportunities to learn about the practice of self-care during their coursework. They also get to see this modeled during their hands-on learning in the field,” says Dr. Rebecca Gomez, an associate dean and faculty member at the school.

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A Plus: How We Can Beat Food Insecurity

Dr. Basil Gooden of the VCU School of Social Work is part of an interdisciplinary team working to fight food insecurity, which is the lack of access to nutritious food that supports a healthy lifestyle. Poverty and housing insecurity are key causes of food insecurity, which affects between 10-11% of the U.S. population. “With lower-resource, lower-income communities, those numbers go up,” Gooden says.

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Social Work Today: Caught in the Middle: The Plight of Crossover Youth

Focusing on the intersection of youth who have spent time in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, Social Work Today magazine’s Winter 2021 cover story features the expert perspectives of VCU School of Social Work alumni Allison Gilbreath and Naomi Sutton Reddish. Gilbreath is policy and programs director at Voices for Virginia’s Children, and Reddish is coordinator of the school’s Child Welfare Stipend Program.

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Understanding Evidence-Based Social Work

How does evidence-based social work deliver the best interventions? Explore how a Master of Social Work prepares social workers to use proven solutions.

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