A Day In The Life Of A Child Protective Specialist

Here is a snapshot of a “day in my life” as a Child Protective Specialist (aka Child Abuse Investigator) for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services: 10:00am-10:30am: Meet with my supervisor to discuss my cases 10:30am-11:30am: Continue to document my cases which are already under investigation 11:30am-12:30pm: Attend mandatory Domestic Violence training.  In this training, […]

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5 Questions with Former Child Protective Specialist

In order to integrate our actions against abuse, we must first learn about each other and our efforts.  Last week, we met our first peer, Kerry!  He has spent 13 years as a Child Protective Specialist (Child Abuse Investigator) for the Administration for Children Services (ACS) in NYC.  While at ACS, Kerry served several years in a specialized […]

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The Power is Ours

By LaTasha Whitley During a recent conversation, we discussed the use of the term “empowerment” when working with clients and our concerns that this word could constitute a power differential between the client and Social Worker, potentially hindering their partnership.  We instead liked the use of the term “engagement,” because this highlighted the importance of […]

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Finding Beauty Within You….and Not in a Bottle

By Antonio Gonzales How many times have you heard the following claim for a hair product: “Buy this hair mask!  It will repair broken, damaged hair, instantly leaving you looking and feeling beautiful.“ Or…”This shampoo will leave your hair super clean while conditioning and repairing it so you can strut down the street with confidence.“ Or, how […]

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A Few Minutes to Zen with Rikki Alrutz

HAPPY UP!  This week, try a pose known to encourage the production of endorphins (chemicals released in our bodies that lead to a decreased sense of pain and stress). The Crescent Lunge Pose, as well as other backbend postures, boost the body’s natural feel good happy-inducing endorphins! To find this Happy State*: Step one foot forward, […]

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Using Technology to…give back!

By Marianelli Agbulos Power to the selfies!  Those selfie photos you took have the potential to contribute something positive to the community, at least according to Johnson & Johnson.  The international healthcare giant recently created a free app called “Donate A Photo,” which does exactly as it says.  Think of it as Instagram, but with […]

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