A hospice social worker holds the hand of a hospice patient.

How to Become a Hospice Social Worker

What does it take to become a hospice social worker? Discover the invaluable role hospice social workers play in providing dignified end-of-life care.

VCU MSW Alum Nina Rhys

“The Most Rewarding Work I’ve Ever Done”: A Conversation with MSW Alum Nina Rhys

Nina Rhys, a clinical social worker, shares her experience in VCU’s online Master of Social Work program and insights from more than 25 years in health care.

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No Tucking, Hiding or Shaming: All Postpartum Bodies Are Sexy

'I arrived home from the hospital in May 2021 with my fourth son and sat down to nurse him, balancing pelvic ice packs with lower back heating pads, an adult diaper, one breast infected with mastitis and three other young sons eagerly bouncing around wanting to meet him. The baby finally settled in on my bloated belly, which had until recently housed his 10-pound, very overdue self. I went to open my phone. Then I stopped.'

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Social Workers and the Opioid Epidemic

Not so far away from the daily lives of most Americans is a growing crisis: the opioid epidemic. Government reports show that from April 2020 to April 2021, more than 100,000 people died from drug overdoses. These numbers don’t account for the people who have been lucky enough to survive, yet are still battling addictions to dangerous drugs.

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I Needed To Be With People Who Got It: On Grieving A Baby When The World Has Shut Down

There are smiles and warm greetings as parents log on. One dad cracks a joke about grabbing a drink for anyone that wants one. The couples that know each other from previous sessions exchange compliments over new haircuts and tease someone about how long his beard is getting. A white dog jumps up to join one couple on the couch; a tabby cat wanders across the back of a couch in another home. One mother sits outside, her back against the wooden siding of her house, the sun giving her face a warm glow. Her husband will join later when he gets home from work. There are a few solo moms, and at least one of them is brand new to the group. The facilitator, Denise Paul, welcomes each person like they are all old friends.

Infographic by Virginia Commonwealth University about the benefits of companion animals

The Benefits of Companion Animals for Managing Trauma

Emerging evidence is suggesting interactions with animals may benefit trauma survivors. View the infographic to explore the benefits of companion animals.

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The Causes, Risks, and Solutions for LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness

In 2020, the population of homeless people grew for the fourth year in a row, and a single night count in January of that year revealed 580,000 people were experiencing homelessness. But while the homelessness crisis is widely acknowledged, a problem that is less recognized is how (and why) LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately represented among the homeless.

A smiling social worker shakes someone's hand.

How to Become a Social Worker

What does it take to launch a career in social work? Explore our step-by-step guide on how to become a social worker to learn more about social work careers.

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East Bay Afghan residents process grief amid rush to resettle refugees

Tens of thousands of Afghans have been scrambling to evacuate the country since the beginning of August, and U.S airlifts out of the main international airport in Kabul have been bottlenecked. Currently, about 28,000 Afghans have fled, and more than 17,000 are planning to resettle in the U.S through the Special Immigrant Visa Program, or SIV.

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The Importance Of Leadership Support Of DEI Initiatives And BIPOC Employees

Find out what three professors and experts on leadership; communication; and, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) say on how organizations and leaders can approach the challenging but important work of improving DEI.