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Episode 285 - Social Work Practice and Gun Safety in the United States: Can Social Workers prevent gun violence?: Drs. Patricia Logan-Greene & Mickey Sperlich

Friday, September 11, 2020, 9:36:23 AM

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In this episode, our guests Drs. Patricia Logan-Greene and Mickey Sperlich describe their work exploring social work practice and our ability to decrease gun violence. With calls to "send in the Social Workers rather than the police" filling the national dialogue related to racial disparities in policing, our guests discuss why the Social Work profession might be best suited to prevent gun violence.

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Average Rating: 4stars  social workers and gun violence prevention: duty to act, Tuesday, February 09, 2021

By Anonymous :

I appreciate the work Drs. Logan-Greene and Sperlich have done here to bring awareness on the role of the social worker in regards to gun control and gun violence prevention. They found very little social work research on interpersonal violence and felt compelled to look into this further. Especially concerning was the highest cause of maternal mortality was suicide and homicide. Additionally, more concerning facts were found in 2017 with 40,000 deaths were found to be caused by gun violence while 60% of those were suicide, 37% homicide, and 1.5% were law enforcement shootings. There is certainly a need for social workers to get informed on this life threatening issue. Social workers can have an important and impactful role on the use of guns and gun violence prevention. Social workers need to get educated first on gun use, gun storage, and gun control. A way to gain further insight is to give lethality assessments to clients to help effect change for their client’s needs and their communities. It’s surprising based on the statistics above that there is little to no education on gun violence in social work college programs. After doing research the UB social worker professors above found reading a guide book would be helpful for social workers to use with each age category. The most helpful thing for me to hear from their research was people really wanted to talk about this topic. This empowers me to look for my voice and to “join conversations about gun control regardless of how one feels about guns it is important to engage in violence prevention”. I look forward to taking the online gun violence prevention course.
Podcast # 285 Gun Safety

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Average Rating: 5stars  informative! , Monday, February 08, 2021

By Anonymous :

As someone who knows very little about guns, it was interesting to hear what social workers can do to practice and educate about gun safety in the United States. This is something that is very relevant during this time. I was surprised to hear that there was previously little research/work surrounding gun violence in the field of social work specifically. With the impact that gun violence has on our communities/the United States in general, I do believe it is important for social workers to have a larger role in gun safety/education. Very informative!

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Average Rating: 5stars  very insightful and informative , Saturday, February 06, 2021

By T :

This podcast was very insightful. Gun use is a part of American culture and it was disturbing to learn that there is a lack of research on gun violence and social workers since social workers are heavily involved in people’s lives. The podcast brings awareness to the lack of literature surrounding social workers and gun violence while conveying the needed practice of gun safety prevention in America. A point within the podcast that resonated with me most was regardless of a social workers personal views on guns, it is necessary that they are educated or have access to the resources on gun safety for the sake of their clients. This conversation surrounding gun safety and social workers is very needed and the podcast does a great job at getting the ball rolling.


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Average Rating: 5stars  a worthwhile listen, Friday, February 05, 2021

By Cate B :

I appreciated the honesty and frankness of the presenters and found the interviewer to be very dynamic. As humans we're often hesitant to speak up or step out of our comfort zones but as social workers it is so important. For this reason, it was great to hear about these two women who saw a lack of research around gun violence in social work and decided it was their responsibility to fill that gap. This discussion is also a powerful example of the necessity for social workers to keep their personal beliefs and biases out of their practice with clients. It doesn't matter how you feel about guns, your duty is to the well-being and safety of your clients. Lots of fascinating nuggets throughout the conversation. This podcast is definitely worth a listen!




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