It Was a Very Good Year: The Best of Social Media 2014 from UB School of Social Work
complied by Pat Shelly
Here are some of the most popular blog posts and tweets from the UB School of Social Work, followed by a few items that I have labeled “Gifts from the Profession.” We hope you enjoy this compendium. May the year of 2015 be a healthy and happy one for all our readers!
Most Popular Blog Posts
1. Our Dean, Nancy J. Smyth, wrote this post on Innovation in Social Work: Where Does it Come From?
“As social workers, we often confront complex situations…I’ve been thinking a lot about innovation in social work, wondering how we get and develop our new ideas.”
This tweet, from DorleeM, reflects the great response this blog post received: “@njsmyth Gr8 #socialwork #innovation convo happening @UBSSW bit.ly/QzJjej w/ @socworkpodcast @EBelluomini @JimmySW +more”
2. ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Basics by Pat Shelly:
“What Is the Adverse Childhood Experiences [ACEs] Study and What Is Its Significance?
The ACEs Study [published in 1998] is important because it found links between childhood trauma and long-term health, behavior and social consequences among adults…”
This overview of ACEs received many comments and was seemed to be especially helpful to students in human services and social work.
3. Why I’ve Stopped Using the Term “Behavioral Health” by Elizabeth Bowen, Ph.D. Guest Author “A big part of being a social worker is critical thinking, including reflecting on the language we use to describe the people and issues with which social workers work…” Man thoughtful comments on language and labels follwed this post, by Assistant Professor Betsy Bowen.
4. Not in the headlines: Men working to end male violence by Pat Shelly “Lately, I have spent time reflecting on the half-century or so that the global End Violence against Women movement has existed…Here are a few of the ways that men, and institutions led by men, have joined in this struggle.”
Most Popular Tweets from @UBSSW
Far and away the most retweeted (RT) is the item about our infographic on “How to Flourish in Social Work: Steps to Self-Care.” Here is a selection of what was said:
Another infographic we offered was on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care. This too generated many RTs:
UB takes part in the twice-monthly #MacroSW Twitter Chats, and these two topics – Inequality in the US and International Social Work – were especially ‘hot’ on Twitter:
Our very popular inSocialWork podcast series – 157 to date! – regularly gets many RTs:
What is the most popular podcast? This one:
Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work: Core Concepts (part 1 of 3) with Dr. Mo Yee Lee
And some miscellaneous favorites from Twitter:
Twitter Tips – Illustrated! ow.ly/COrxA
Gifts from the Profession
The @UBSSW Twitter series called “Gifts from the Profession” is running from December 16, 2014 to January 6, 2015. It has some of the best “gifts” I’ve found online this year: articles, podcasts, quotes and quips about social work. Thanks to all those who educate new social workers, who research and implement best practices, who speak truth to power, and who know that we cannot rest where justice is denied.
Quotes from Social Workers
Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. #SocialWork
“Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.” Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator & #SocialWorker
Barbara Mikulski on Social Security: “Our seniors’ retirement should never rely on the bull of political promises or the bear of the market.”
“Sexual abuse and rape in our prisons are the epitome of the dehumanizing nature of our entire correctional system. Prison rape is a human rights issue; it’s a public health issue; and it’s a public safety issue.” Barbara Lee, US Rep. (Berkeley CA)
“You know, this seems like a war on women.” Barbara Lee, on battle for women’s rights, abortion, pay equity, etc. She coined the term “war on women.”
True peace is not the absence of war, it is the presence of justice. Jane Addams
Do you have favorites from 2014? We welcome your comments!