What did you do today to boost your confidence or that of those around you? Whether you are a parent, colleague, peer, co-worker or friend, learning ways in which to boost your confidence is helpful to you and those around you. People generally enjoy the company of healthy and confident individuals. It fosters strong communities, vibrant neighborhoods and engaging work environments. Communities thrive when every community member does their part to improve their own esteem and simultaneously support others with constructive, healthy and positive interactions, it empowers entire communities to accomplish great things and connect with a sense of personal fulfillment.
This TEDEd clip provides a nice and simple introduction to remind you what confidence is and what you could do to boost it in you life AND in the life of those around you.
What are the 12 grand challenges and opportunities for today's social worker? To read the 12 item list, click on the READ MORE button.
“Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.” -www.StopBullying.Gov
Sadly, bullying is as prevalent among children as it is among adults in the workplace. Individuals play out a number of roles in instances of... (click on the read more button below to continue reading)
“I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you are not alone. You are not the first to go through it, you are not going to be the last to go through it. And often times, it happens. You feel like it’s only you and you’re in your bubble. And I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and tell me, ‘Hey, it’s going to be OK, it’s going to be OK.' I wish I knew that. You just have to remember: hold on to that fundamental quality of faith, have faith. And on the other side of your pain is something good.” -The Rock.
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1,000 trillion neural connections will form in your child’s brain by the time she reaches age three. In this KABC report, Dr. Pat Levitt, developmental neurogenic researcher at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and WM Keck Provost Professor of Neurogenetics at the USC Keck School of Medicine and Director of the USC Neuroscience Graduate Program; Dr. Patt Levitt is out on a mission; to equip parents with knowledge.
In a world where two working parents is the new norm, parents need to be equipped with critical and important information to maximize and fully nurture their child’s development. His interest is on the neurobiological development of social behavior, those genetic factors inherited from parents and the interplay with contributing environmental community factors.
To learn more, click on this link and watch the clip below. To learn more about his USC biography, click here. To learn more about Children's Hospital Los Angeles, click here.
Two researchers in infant and child development, Sandra Waxman and Brock Ferguson set out to learn whether infants as young as 6-months old could learn to process "beeping" sounds as a communication signal between themselves and the world. Although not a new phenomena in the world of adults, this research demonstrates the sophisticated learning, interpretative and communication development that occurs early on. For parents, get an early head start by talking more with your child early on to foster their development. To read more about this topic, visit Science Daily for the full article or Click Here.
Source: Science Daily. Researchers have long known that adults can flexibly find new ways to communicate, for example, using smoke signals or Morse code to communicate at a distance, but a new Northwestern University study is the first to show that this same communicative flexibility is evident even in 6-month-olds.
The researchers set out to discover whether infants could learn that a novel sound was a "communicative signal" and, if so, whether it would confer the same advantages for their learning as does speech.
To do so, they had infants watch a short video in which two people had a conversation -- one speaking in English and the other responding in beep sounds. Infants were then tested on whether these...
This clip is one in a series produced by Will Sherwin, MFT and Julio Lagos, LCSW, in which Michelle Garcia-Winner, SLP, Founder of Social Thinking discusses Social Intelligence and Social Communication.
Communication is a highly sophisticated process -- a process that goes beyond verbal and non-verbal communication (pragmatics). When thinking about communication, we are really thinking of a social communication process. A process that goes back-and-forth involving the confluence and synergistic expression and ultimate merging of social interactions, social cognition, pragmatics, and receptive/expressive language processing. This process works in harmony to produce the social communication patterns we see around us; and although they appear natural and an innate born-with gift, some even refer to it as a talent; learning and exploring your social communication pattern and process supports you in building on your strengths and areas in need of development. To learn more about Social Thinking and Social Communication, please see Michelle Garcia-Winner, SLP, Founder of Social Thinking in this brief clip below.
From the USC School of Social Work News Feed -- Twelve years ago, Jillian Barba lost her brother to suicide. It was unexpected, and the news sent her into a tailspin.
“He was a good student, the popular guy on campus … but he had a drug problem. He finally got into a treatment program, but after he left he ended up taking his own life,” she recalled. “My brother’s death taught me that even though you think you have so much under control, your life can really change in an instant.”
At the time, Barba was an undergraduate at California State University, Fresno, one semester away from graduating with a degree in sociology. She was trying to decide whether to pursue her graduate studies in film or social work. Given her family circumstances, she felt social work was the natural next step in her career trajectory.
After graduating from USC with a master’s degree in social work in 2009, Barba went the clinical route, working with clients in therapy-based settings. The following year she founded J. Sterling Consulting, a company that helps nonprofit organizations and schools achieve their educational goals through curriculum development and workshops. Still, Barba had a thirst to reach an even wider audience.
--- read the full article written by Shirley S. Shin ("Alumna Channels Social Work Skills Into Film Career") by Clicking Here.
In this TED Talk, Dr. Scheyett describes the ways in which social workers serve their communities. Anna serves as dean of the College of Social Work at USC. Her research examines community integration of vulnerable populations. To learn more about the University of Southern California, click here: USC
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