Episode 241 - Dr. Heather Larkin and Amanda Aykanian: Strategies to Advance Service Delivery and Address the Challenges of the Homeless Population: Social Work's Call to Action (part 1 of 2)

Monday, June 04, 2018, 8:23:28 AM

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In the first of a two-part podcast, our guests Dr. Heather Larkin and Amanda Aykanian discuss strategies designed to strengthen homeless services and empower the social work profession to assume a lead role in ending homelessness. They describe the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services, the Center's ties to the Social Work Grand Challenges, and the National Homelessness Social Work Initiative. The episode concludes by exploring misperceptions about homeless social work practice, what it actually means to work in homeless services, and how engaging in this area provides opportunities for interconnectivity across all levels of practice.

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Average Rating: 5stars  collaboration & education , Monday, April 15, 2019

By Anonymous :

I found this podcast to be extremely interesting and insightful. With previous experience working with homeless youth in Niagara County it shocked me that homelessness is actually increasing as of 2017, but using my own personal experience working in a shelter I can see why this may be. The misconceptions Dr. Heather Larkin and Amanda Aykanian discussed are very unfortunate but ultimately very true. I have heard many individuals correlate homelessness and personal choice but as social workers we know that we have to look at the bigger picture. There is way more factors that play into homelessness but like the two ladies mentioned, a lot of people do not understand what it means to provide homeless services and what those specific services actually entail. Expanding social work education on the homeless population creates a perfect opportunity to decrease these misconceptions. Social workers are trained to work with various vulnerable populations, if we are not being well educated in regard to homelessness, we cannot properly serve them. Lastly, this podcast really highlights the use of collaboration. As social workers I think we under estimate the power and voice we can provide when we are truly passionate about something. This podcast really emphasizes how powerful connecting within the community can be. It found it pretty amazing that 20 different Universities collaborated on this project to attack homelessness.

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