Reporting Suspected Child Abuse - The Most Difficult Phone Call I Ever Had To Make...

Submitted by brucewhealton on Sat, 12/28/2019 - 01:55

As a Social Worker, we are required to report suspected child abuse.  Like reporting when someone might be suicidal, we don't wait until the last moment when we are 100% certain that a person will act.  Sometimes when a person seems to be maybe suicidal we call 911 just to be safe and it might later seem funny that we ever thought the person was actually suicidal.  It can be like that with "suspected" child abuse.  Any parent will feel his or her blood turn cold to be suspected of child abuse.  That's why great caution is used when investigating suspected child abuse.  The slightest suspici

Love and Empathy Part II

Submitted by brucewhealton on Sat, 06/22/2019 - 04:54

In the previous article titled "Love and Empathy", I discussed how one acts when you see a friend is upset, hurt or in danger.   This also extends to your neighbors as well, when they are hurt, scared or in danger, we sometimes find the courage to intervene and in most cases, we call the police if someone is in danger.  The bystander effect is a glitch in this normal way that people act.  I also talked about how a therapist uses empathy to help another person.  The person needs someone strong but also very empathetic.  A victim needs someone to console them as well as being a source of stre

Love and Empathy

Submitted by brucewhealton on Sat, 06/22/2019 - 04:23

In other stories or articles, I talked about how a therapist helps a client deal with trauma.  I found that even as a young adult, as an undergraduate, I felt with my roommate.  For example, during one quarter at college, he had Mononucletitus, aka Mono.  One day toward the end of that quarter, I developed the symptoms that my roommate had during the quarter.    They did pass relatively quickly, as in 12 hours later.  Obviously, the disease did not inhabit my body for a mere 12 hours.  I intuitively learned that this would not be the best strategy for experiencing empathy.  A female client