Category: School of Social Work

Building a sustained commitment to children

VTdigger.org Mary Elizabeth Collins, School of Social Work It is a mistake to think that the recent tragic deaths of children under supervision of the Department for Children and Families are unique to Vermont. Sadly, Massachusetts and Connecticut have recently shared this experience and the resulting outrage… View full article by expert Mary Elizabeth Collins

Experts see an elder vote evolution

Herald-Tribune Robert Hudson, School of Social Work The stereotype of the “greedy geezer” voter, a political bloc of 65-and-older Americans who hate taxes but love their government entitlements, is a figment of the public imagination, according to election data… Expert quote: “We spent years trying to get old people on the political agenda. Now we […]

LETTERS: It will take profound change to strengthen frayed safety net

Boston Globe (subscription required) By Mary Elizabeth Collins, School of Social Work Both Adrian Walker (“Roche’s exit won’t fix DCF,” Metro, April 30) and Yvonne Abraham (“The agency of awful realities,” Metro, May 1) provide thoughtful contributions to understanding the challenges at the state Department of Children and Families, and they set the stage for improving the […]

For the love of lightening up

CNN.com Gail Steketee, School of Social Work Your Nana’s collection of figurines. The treadmill from your days as a runner. That unfinished five-year quilting project. As spring-cleaning season kicks in, you’re inspired to chuck anything that isn’t being put to good use. But then you falter, since getting rid of stuff can be an emotionally charged […]

How to overcome a shopping addiction

U.S. News & World Report Gail Steketee, School of Social Work About 5 percent of Americans suffer from compulsive shopping, and even more struggle with lesser forms of overspending, says Terrence Shulman, founder of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding based in Franklin, Mich… Expert quote: “In some cases, compulsive shopping overlaps […]