March 24th 2014

“All People Matter”

The National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) goal for Social Work Month 2014 (March) is to educate the public about the profession’s commitment to improving social conditions and opportunities for increased quality of life for everyone.  The NASW believes these values are essential to improving relationships within families, making social support systems more effective, and building stronger communities.

disabled child with mother
March 17th 2014

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is an opportunity to learn more about developmental disabilities and how to support those who have them.

a brain
March 10th 2014

March is Brain Injury Awareness month. In the U.S. military, from 2000-2012 alone, 266,810 service members have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Approximately 82% of those injuries, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), were mild TBIs, otherwise known as concussions.

February 10th 2014

Competency Based Training (CBT) is designed to allow a student to progress through a course at their own pace.  Through regular assessments, the student shows that they have mastered the skills and knowledge necessary to move on to the next module, or to complete the course.  CBT courses are learner-focused and not dependent on time, place or individual pace of learning.  In contrast, traditional on-site college courses are dependent on time, requiring a student to complete the course over the semester term, even though they may have been able to complete and pass the course in a much short

January 13th 2014

I recently came across a post by Jon Gordon who was sharing the concept of “Just One Word.”  This concept is explained fully in the book entitled Wisdom Walks, co-authored by Dan Britton and Jimmy Page.

red AIDS ribbon
December 9th 2013

December 1st, officially called World AIDS Day, marked the beginning of AIDS Awareness Month.

According to the website, more than one million people are living with HIV and AIDS in the US.  One in six people living with HIV are not aware that they have the disease, and one in four new cases of HIV occur among young adults from 13 years of age to 24.

worried senior adult
November 25th 2013

The holidays are a wonderful time to share family stories and memories.  If we're honest with ourselves, some of us might be secretly dreading having to sit through another one of Uncle Bob’s “winter of 1966” tales.  But for those with a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s, the loss of memory can be devastating, and many would give anything to hear their loved one share a story with them once again.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and the facts are staggering.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association:

black and white photo of four military men from WWII
November 10th 2013

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday celebrating the service of all U.S. military veterans. November 11th of each year is the day that we show veterans just how much we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made to keep our country free.  However, we can and should honor our veterans 365 days of the year.  There are many different ways that one can thank a veteran and a number of organizations have been established to make it easier to do so.  Here are just a few:

group of people celebrating
November 6th 2013

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with a gentleman born in India who has been in the United States for almost 25 years; working, raising his family and contributing to his community.  During breaks in our conference schedule, he shared with me his views on diversity and the steps he takes both in his personal and professional life to promote an understanding and acceptance of all types of people.

September 30th 2013

In this time of crazy schedules and always trying to cram more things into a busy day, I keep coming back to the saying, “there are only 24 hours in a day”.   We all have the same 24 hours, but for many people that just does not seem like enough time to get everything that needs to be done, well…… done.