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Social Justice – Racism

NASW-CA Resources related to racism and social justice

NASW-National – NASW Chapters respond to murder of George Floyd

“Social workers can examine important anti-racist actions they can take in their own community by gathering some research on racial disparities in the areas of COVID 19 disparities, police arrests and violence, child welfare caseloads, poverty rates, housing issues and disparities, homelessness and many other social work related areas.

Ideally, social workers can work on several of these areas but even one would be important and significant.  Once it’s decided what area to work on, then an action plan can be developed to determine who the stakeholders and policy makers are and how to get them engaged in a discussion to change things.  This can happen spontaneously as is the case with racist police practices and violence.  Have there been instances of discriminatory practices (or violence)?  What happened afterwards?  Any change?  If not, why not?

Who are the policy makers that can make change?  How do we get on their agenda but more importantly how do we influence them to take action?” -Janlee Wong

How are you doing, really?

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-CA) mentioned this in a press briefing in May, 2020.

Issue: We typically ask, “How are you doing?” without much thought. It’s more like saying, “Hi”.

Instead of asking: Q: How are you doing?, the re-frame is: Q: How are you doing, really?

The inference within the second version sends a qualifying message (“really”) to the recipient you actually are interested/concerned about their current state (emotional/physical).

The assumption is that you will then listen. How you decide to engage, offer help/service, arises as needed.

Reframing overcoming COVID-19

A big success factor, for overcoming COVID-19, is re-framing our own control and perspective of this pandemic. We keep hearing this expression “COVID-19”, with its inferred meaning. I heard about this acronym from Michele Guzy (who was my first contact at Hypnosis Motivation Institute) and gave me the OK to share:

COVID-19
C = Challenging
O = Our
V = Values
I = Institutions and
D = Deep Rooted Beliefs


-The number 19 breaks down to 1 + 9 = 10, and then 10 breaks down to 1 + 0 = 1
-In numerology, the #1 represents a new start in the cycle of life!

It is not only a symbol of new beginnings, but also as a sign of motivations, self-leadership and intuition

Smoking cessation

There are different paths towards being a “permanent non-smoker”.

One path is through the California Smokers’ Helpline at (800) NO-BUTTS. They also have a website at www.nobutts.org

An additional option is through Hypnotherapy sessions, with a hypnotherapist (me) that completed a certification course (through the American Hypnosis Association) in smoking cessation.