By now, at least half the country is outraged over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy of "baby snatching" and "state-sponsored child abuse." As well it should be. The president's efforts to blame Democrats for the public relations imbroglio is ludicrous, as is first lady Melania's lame exhortation for "both sides" to join in resolving … Continue reading Breaking up families is bad, but it’s even worse than you think
Are you sleeping more peacefully now that Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un seem to have fallen into a hot and heavy bromance? The president says you should be. Why? Mainly because he has dictator Kim fantasizing now about a Trump Tower on one of his beaches, so Kim surely won't want to think about … Continue reading The North Korean ‘Summit’ was just plain bizarre
Recent high-profile celebrity suicides have combined with alarming new reports of rising U.S. suicide rates to unleash a virtual tsunami of concern. In the past three days, I’ve read at least a half-dozen heartfelt pleas for anyone with suicidal urges to seek professional help, and another half-dozen calls to “end the stigma” associated with getting … Continue reading Ending stigma is not enough to stem the tide of suicide
Social workers know denial when they see it. One of the most common – and surely the most seductive – of psychological defense mechanisms, denial as it were cheats reality, permitting us to keep old behaviors and habits of mind intact, no matter how damaging they are in the long run. Sadly, denial is the … Continue reading Denying reality is not an option
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he's "proud" to have joined a group of Republican governors supporting the nomination of President Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize. And the president's great contribution to peace? His "firm stance against nuclearization, coupled with his willingness to engage one-on-one with Pyongyang, has succeeded in opening new avenues of cooperation, … Continue reading Trump nominated for a peace prize – What are these governors smoking?
I think Iowa's governor, Kim Reynolds, spoke for most of the militant movement to restrict women's reproductive rights when she rhapsodized over her state's new abortion ban. The so-called "heartbeat" legislation, signed into law just days ago, prohibits abortion from the moment a fetal heartbeat has been detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy. Said Gov. … Continue reading Does “pro-life” militancy extend to war, gun control, police shootings, and degradation of the ecosystem?
Chateau Adult Day Center is seeking an experienced Licensed Social Worker with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work to start immediately in its Laurel, Mississippi, location in a part-time capacity. The schedule is four hours a day, either 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Experience in human service and … Continue reading Chateau Adult Day Center Seeks Part-Time Social Worker
I had the opportunity to hear Mayor Barker speak about public education at the Train Depot on Wednesday afternoon. He was both prepared and personable, and made thoughtful, no doubt sincere, remarks concerning the essential elements of public school system success – a success that he insisted is pivotal to the success of Hattiesburg as … Continue reading Public schools success requires adequate public funding, period
It was a challenge that made everyone feel - and look - good. The Gulf Park BSW Club at the Southern Miss School of Social Work raised $500 for the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence and in the process had some fun with male faculty, students and administrators who agreed to wear red lipstick if the … Continue reading In the Red: Gulf Park BSW Club Raises Funds for Nonviolence Center
Here's a recap of our year-end celebration honorees, Gulf Coast award winners and 2017-18 graduates.