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Month: November 2016

Social Work with the Poor: The Temptation to Play God

Social Work with the Poor: The Temptation to Play God

  By Kevin Burke, LSW Early in my social work career I served as the director of a shelter for pregnant women and children in a poor neighborhood with all manner of family dysfunction and economic challenges.   Grounded in our faith and values, abortion was never an option for a young woman coming to us for assistance. But I am a minority in my profession. Many of my colleagues see abortion as a necessary evil, especially for those in poor communities where single…

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Vicarious Trauma: Caring for Our Pro-Life First Responders

Vicarious Trauma: Caring for Our Pro-Life First Responders

  By Kevin Burke, LSW When we hear of vicarious trauma, we often think of first responders; the brave men and women who serve as firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and police officers. There is a growing awareness of the importance of caring for these public servants after repeated exposure to accidents, violence, injury, loss of life, and other tragedy. The Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute indicates that the longer the exposure to such events, the higher likelihood symptoms…

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