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Welcome to Social Work Matters with Dr Sylvia Smith, where we explore the realities and celebrate the successes of social work practice, management and education. A few words from Dr. Sylvia on her background and Social Worker Matters I began my social work career at 16yrs old when I embarked on my first training course in social care. I now have over 35yrs of experience in social work; practice, leadership/management and education.Bringing a wealth of knowledge, skills and passion to my work and I want to convey these attributes in my Social Worker Matters podcast. I am passionate about 'reclaiming social work' and will be exploring the realities and celebrating the successes in this profession. I invite you to join my guests and me for insightful discussions, sharing of professional experiences and much, much wisdom in all things social work. If you're thinking about joining the profession, are newly qualified practitioners or a seasoned professional, this podcast is for you.

Welcome to Social Work Matters with Dr Sylvia Smith, where we explore the realities and celebrate the successes of social work practice, management and education. A few words from Dr. Sylvia on her background and Social Worker Matters I began my social work career at 16yrs old when I embarked on my first training course in social care. I now have over 35yrs of experience in social work; practice, leadership/management and education.Bringing a wealth of knowledge, skills and passion to my work and I want to convey these attributes in my Social Worker Matters podcast. I am passionate about 'reclaiming social work' and will be exploring the realities and celebrating the successes in this profession. I invite you to join my guests and me for insightful discussions, sharing of professional experiences and much, much wisdom in all things social work. If you're thinking about joining the profession, are newly qualified practitioners or a seasoned professional, this podcast is for you.
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Welcome to Social Work Matters with Dr Sylvia Smith, where we explore the realities and celebrate the successes of social work practice, management and education. A few words from Dr. Sylvia on her background and Social Worker Matters I began my social work career at 16yrs old when I embarked on my first training course in social care. I now have over 35yrs of experience in social work; practice, leadership/management and education.Bringing a wealth of knowledge, skills and passion to my work and I want to convey these attributes in my Social Worker Matters podcast. I am passionate about 'reclaiming social work' and will be exploring the realities and celebrating the successes in this profession. I invite you to join my guests and me for insightful discussions, sharing of professional experiences and much, much wisdom in all things social work. If you're thinking about joining the profession, are newly qualified practitioners or a seasoned professional, this podcast is for you.

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Episodes

Hip Hop & Therapy

11/27/2019
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Errol Donald is not a social worker but he works closely with social workers and other disciplines. He is passionate about Hip Hop, art and working creatively with young people and others. As he completes the final phase of his training as a therapist, Errol is keen to develop new approaches to therapy and emotional well-being and believes Hip Hop culture supported his identity development and gave him and many others a vehicle through which to express their experience of the world around...

Duration:00:31:00

In Conversation with ISW, Nicole Louis

11/13/2019
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In this weeks episode, we meet Nicole Louis - Independent Social Worker (SW) and business owner. Nicole shares aspects of her career journey, how and why she took her current path and how much more fulfilled she now feels, she has more control of her work and is doing more of the work she loves. Her business is called All About Families @https://www.allaboutfamilies.co.uk/ where she and her team provide client services and a branch of her business provides training courses for social...

Duration:00:40:34

My Family Speaks

10/30/2019
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In this episode as promised, I managed to get members of my family to express their thoughts about my profession and what it's like having a social worker in the family, It made interesting listening for me. My sisters who felt I've managed this long career very well, and feel they have been part of social work too, my niece who has known no difference and drew references from one of her favourite childhood writers, Jacqueline Wilson. My mother wants to protect and my Dad credits me with...

Duration:00:14:50

Me - Part 1

10/22/2019
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'What do you think of social workers?' This is the first of two parts. In this short episode, I share a brief account of a conversion I had with a man I met in Antigua airport a couple of years ago, where he shares quite candidly his views about social work. My sister was present at the time, and this got me thinking and reflecting upon what my family think about my profession. Social work impacts on our families and in my next episode we'll hear directly from some of my family...

Duration:00:11:47

Reflections

10/2/2019
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In this episode, I share some of my thoughts on Relationship Based Practice and how I transitioned to a more central position between radical and therapeutic social work approaches. If you'd like to share some of your own experiences and thoughts about relationship based practice please drop me a line at adosylv@gmail.com Here are some helpful texts; (1) Ruch, G., Turney, D. and Ward, A. (ed.) (2018) Relationship-Based Social Work. Getting to the heart of practice. 2nd Edition. London,...

Duration:00:17:50

Aqualma S Y Murray MA

9/19/2019
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In this episode, we hear from Aqualma S. Y. Murray M.A. Aqualma recently published her first book entitled; Journey to Spiritual self - internal empowerment. She is an ordained interfaith minister, a certified counsellor of survivors of abuse and holds qualifications in social group work an award in advanced award in social work and a Masters in Social Work. In this interview, she shares aspects of her early career journey, her interest in the Criminal Justice System, her commitment to...

Duration:00:43:10

Working in the US

9/4/2019
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Dr Carol Atkinson shares what she has learned about the US medical system and the complexities around providing services to clients. She talks about how she provides therapy to her clients and some of the challenges. She shares how she relocated to a new country and how she seeks to re-establish herself in a new town. We also hear how she supports her local communities and has become involved in charity and not for profit activities. Dr Carol considers her life partners support and input to...

Duration:00:48:51

Who Is Dr Sylvia Smith?

8/28/2019
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In this episode of August Shorts, Dr Sylvia shares why she set up the SWM podcast, her hopes for what it will contribute to the profession and wider community / and society's understanding of the profession. She also shares a little about her background and early career. Sylvia is an Associate Lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, teaching on their MA & Doctorate programmes in Social Work. She also works part time as an Independent Consultant where she undertakes short term...

Duration:00:12:28

A Newly Qualified Social Worker

8/21/2019
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In this episode, Dr Sylvia speaks to Natalie. Natalie has just qualified and shares her concerns about the future, her desire to work with children and children's families but her concern at moving from the familiar grounds of mental health. She touches on concerns of managing overwhelm, asks questions about how to protect herself and shares how the job search went! Several organisations are mentioned during this episode: British Association of Social...

Duration:00:07:34

View from an Independent Social Worker

8/14/2019
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Dr Sylvia speaks to Nicole M Louis to get her views on the Social Work profession now and in the past. Nicole is an Independent social worker and the founder of All About Families. As part of this pre-launch series of episodes, Dr Sylvia and Nicole touch on the concerns that have been around for both the local authorities and the social workers within them for many years. Nicole has a particular affinity with those social workers feel they are working in an uncaring environment and often...

Duration:00:16:41

Social Worker Matters - A Warm Up!

8/5/2019
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Dr. Sylvia introduces Social Worker Matters (SWM) and what you can expect in this pre-launch month of August and the first full season starting in September. Running weekly through August, SWM will continue on a fortnightly basis. Why not join Dr. Sylvia and get to know more about this demanding but rewarding profession, more about Dr. Sylvia and get ready to contribute yourself. Contact Dr. Sylvia Email: adosylv@gmail.com

Duration:00:03:13