5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media #costa #mar

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5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media

By Erica Swallow 2012-02-07 08:49:57 UTC

Finding travel deals on the Internet seems to get easier and more fun each year.

It used to be that you’d have to book directly through airlines and hotels, and then came the aggregators. Sites like Orbitz and Priceline made prices more transparent — and deal seekers rejoiced.

Now, there are tons of web and mobile applications that specialize in travel, and social media is making easier than ever for travelers to plan, book and share details about their travel itineraries.

The world of social media travel deals is ever-changing, so we’re glad to present you with the latest information on how to find travel deals using social media. Read on for five hot tips, and let us know your deal seeking strategies in the comments below.

1. Stay on Top of Twitter Deals

Finding travel deals on Twitter is all about following the right accounts, utilizing search and acting fast when the right deal pops up.

For starters, follow — or make a Twitter list of — the airlines you often fly and the hotels you often book. Wanderlisting is a great resource for finding not only airlines and hotels on Twitter, but also travel bloggers, publications and tips. Just a heads-up, JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic are known to tweet out some pretty sweet deals, too.

But you don’t always have to be on Twitter to reap the rewards of its service. FareCompare.com enables users to receive real-time tweets when airfare prices drop from their home airport — or you can simply browse its web app for deals.

If following isn’t working out for you, try searching Twitter. A quick search for “NYC travel deals,” for example, yields a number of relevant tweets, including one from Travelzoo. promoting NYC hotel deals, and another from the L.A. Times promoting a Valentine’s Day dinner deal in New York.

If you’re really not sure where you’d like to go, the hashtag #traveldeals is always a good fallback.

2. Use Facebook for Loyalty Reward Programs

While you could follow airlines, hotels and deal sites on Facebook. we don’t recommend clogging up your stream with travel deals. The occasional “like” for your favorite travel companies is enough.

In general, Facebook doesn’t offer many good experiences for finding deals and booking travel. While a number of airlines — including Alaska Airlines and Malaysia Airlines — have Facebook apps that help you book flights, you’re not going to get the best deals if you’re searching just one airline.

If serendipity presents you with a great deal, that’s wonderful. Otherwise, keep your Facebook travel deal searching to a minimum. You’re better off using the usual web apps of choice — Kayak. Orbitz. Hipmunk and Airbnb. among others.

That being said, Facebook does come in handy when you’re a member of a hotel or airline’s loyalty membership program. If you are a Hilton HHonors member or Starwood Preferred Guest. for example, it’s a great idea to “like” the program’s Facebook Page and sit back while offers roll in.

If you’re seriously addicted to Facebook, though, you should try out Airbnb’s Facebook app. which enables users to find and rent homes around the world.

3. Get Social Recommendations

There are a number of apps — such as Gogobot — that enable users to pull travel advice from their social graphs.

Check out the latest on the block, Trippy. It lets you get your friends’ recommendations for places to visit and things to do when you’re planning a trip. After all, it’s great to get a recommendation from a friend who has already traveled the road you’re about to take. Once a trip is planned, the user can even check rates or book the trip right from Trippy’s platform.

This strategy should be used in tandem with other deal searches, though — while it could lead to finding the best recommendations from your friends, they may not be the cheapest.

4. Forums Still Count

While you don’t hear about forums much anymore — mostly due to the fact that they’re horribly designed and difficult to navigate — they can still be useful, especially for the travel-deal hunter.

For all the latest news and gossip regarding loyalty reward programs and travel deals, check out FlyerTalk. which deems itself “the world’s most popular frequent flyer community.” This savvy group of travelers will have you snatching up great deals in no time.

5. Last-Minute Lodging Deals

If you fly by the seat of your pants and have arrived in your destination city without a place to stay, there are a number of options for booking last-minute lodging. For starters, check out HotelTonight. an app that enables you to book a room at discounts of up to 70%.

Likewise, you could try using Airbnb’s iPhone app. which has a button appropriately labeled “Help! I need a place tonight!” You could also try the standby feature if you can’t find an Airbnb spot — this prompts local homeowners to send offers your way, usually at lower rates than they usually charge.

And lastly, don’t forget Foursquare. While it’s unlikely that you’ll find discounted hotel prices, you could discover some other sweet perks. I did a quick search for on Foursquare for hotels within 10 miles, and I found a special for 1,000 Priority Club Rewards Bonus Points for checking in three times at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square. For the right person, loyalty points could be a better deal than a discounted bill. Not too shabby, right?

Your Tips

What’s your strategy for finding travel deals using social media? Let us know your best tips in the comments below.

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13 Types of Social Media Platforms and Counting – Decidedly Social


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13 Types of Social Media Platforms and Counting

When I talk to people about social media marketing, the overwhelming majority of people only think about Facebook. They think social media equals Facebook. Although that makes sense given the ubiquity and widespread adoption of this social network, it is NOT the only lemonade stand on the block! Social media has proliferated and evolved into many new shapes and forms and there might be some hidden gems waiting for you and your business.

So what is social media?

Since the term “social media” was first introduced into our lexicon in 2004, the rapid changes in technologies and fragmentation into various forms of social media has been beyond belief. This evolution makes defining social media a bit slippery. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of social media is “forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content”. Alright, that makes sense so let’s take a look at all of the different types of social media platforms that fit this definition.

List of social media platforms

  1. Social networking sites Facebook, Google Plus, CafeMom, Gather, Fitsugar
  • Micro-blogging sites Twitter, Tumblr, Posterous
  • Publishing tools WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace
  • Collaboration tools Wikipedia, WikiTravel, WikiBooks
  • Rating/Review sites Amazon ratings, Angie’s List
  • Photo sharing sites Flikr, Instagram, Pinterest
  • Video sharing sites YouTube, Vimeo, Viddler
  • Personal broadcasting tools Blog Talk radio, Ustream, Livestream
  • Virtual worlds Second Life, World of Warcraft, Farmville
  • Location based services Check-ins, Facebook Places, Foursquare, Yelp
  • Widgets Profile badges, Like buttons
  • Social bookmarking and news aggregation Digg, Delicious
  • Group buying Groupon, Living Social, Crowdsavings
  • Consider social media tools for business

    As a small business owner you may feel overwhelmed with all of the options. Take a deep breath…and know that you should NOT be active in all of these social media platforms for your business. Consider your business objectives and develop a targeted social media marketing strategy while being realistic about the time and energy you are willing to expend in your social media efforts.

    The main message is that there might be social media marketing alternatives to Facebook and other social networking sites that could give you a considerable business advantage. With Facebook moving to the Facebook Timeline format for all business pages (which many consider a disadvantage for small businesses ) looking at alternative social media marketing platforms may be more important than ever. Before you launch your presence on any platform consider the options and what works best for your unique business. Remember, strategy before technology!

    Can you think of any social media platforms that I ve missed? Thanks for commenting!


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    • The program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, which is the only independent agency which accredits graduate public health schools and programs. CEPH accreditation indicates to future students that they are choosing a public health program that is endorsed by industry experts and professionals.
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    Doing the online MPH program gave me multitasking skills and the ability to keep working full time while taking classes…. I was put in charge of our health practices at my current job at a residential treatment facility. This program has served me well to keep pushing toward the future. I was able to implement a wellness program at the facility I work at for both staff and residents and have become the go-to person for health- and wellness-related questions.

    Laura Kornegay, Online MPH Student


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    What You Can Do with a Degree in Sociology

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    by Ashley Crossman

    Updated May 16, 2017

    A lot of people take their first sociology course simply to fulfill a college requirement, not knowing much about the field before stepping into that first course. Soon after, however, many fall in love with the subject matter and decide to major in it. If this is you, you may be asking yourself, “What can I do with a degree in sociology?”

    Most people who think of themselves as sociologists or have the word sociologist in their job title, have graduate training, but B.A.s in sociology apply the sociological perspective to a wide variety of jobs in such sectors as business, the health professions, the criminal justice system, social services, and government.

    As a strong liberal arts major, a B.A. in sociology provides several things:

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    With advanced degrees (M.A.

    or Ph.D.), the more likely it is that a job will have the title sociologist, but many opportunities exist–the diversity of sociological careers ranges much further. Many jobs outside of academia do not necessarily carry the specific title of sociologist. These include the following, among others:

    • Sociologists become high school teachers or faculty in colleges and universities, advising students, conducting research. and publishing their work. Over 3,000 colleges currently offer sociology courses.
    • Sociologists enter the corporate, non-profit, and government worlds as directors of research, policy analysts, consultants, human resource managers, and program managers.
    • Practicing sociologists with advanced degrees may be called research analysts, survey researchers. gerontologists, clinical sociologists. statisticians, urban planners, community developers, criminologists, or demographers.
    • Some M.A. and Ph.D. sociologists obtain specialized training to become counselors, therapists, or program directors in social service agencies.

    Today, sociologists embark upon literally hundreds of career paths. Although teaching and conducting research remains the dominant activity among the thousands of professional sociologists today, other forms of employment are growing both in number and significance. In some sectors, sociologists work closely with economists, political scientists, anthropologists, psychologists, social workers, and others, reflecting a growing appreciation of sociology s contributions to interdisciplinary analysis and action.

    To learn more about how sociology majors apply their degrees in various careers, read the American Sociological Association s report on the topic .

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    Tattoo Artists Cover Breast Cancer Survivors Scars With Beautiful Tattoos

    Mastectomies, or surgical removals of all or part of a breast, can be life-saving procedures for people suffering from or at risk of developing breast cancer, but the scars they leave behind can be both physical and psychological. For some women, tattooing their post-mastectomy breasts has become a powerful way to reclaim what was lost.

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  • Paralegal Studies #community #colleges #oklahoma, #oklahoma #community #colleges, #oklahoma #colleges, #colleges


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    A two-year program offering day and evening classes, it’s designed to prepare a student for employment as a legal assistant or paralegal.

    Approved by the American Bar Association since 1976, Paralegal Studies at Rose State is a two-year program offering day and evening classes.

    A paralegal is an individual who is educated and trained to assist a practicing attorney. Paralegals, also called legal assistants, perform a wide variety of duties and tasks which are professional in nature, distinct from routine clerical tasks. A primary responsibility of a paralegal is to relieve the supervising attorney of routine duties so that the attorney is able to use his/her time in more complex areas of the case. Proper use of a paralegal/legal assistant enables an attorney to handle a heavier case load and increase productivity, thereby resulting in the delivery of legal services to a client more efficiently and economically.

    The Paralegal Studies Program is designed to prepare the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to gain employment as a paralegal/legal assistant and/or to allow the student to advance to positions of increasing responsibility in the legal field. The program is not offered to train attorneys or legal administrators. Objectives of the program are:

    • To provide practical training in legal skills supported by substantive legal theory;
    • To instruct students in legal specialty courses to enable students to perform tasks specific to particular areas of law;
    • To inform students of ethical responsibilities of the legal profession; and
    • To educate students to the role of the paralegal in the delivery of quality services within ethical limitations applicable to a paralegal’s function in the legal profession.

    The Paralegal Studies Program is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Education; it is dedicated to providing quality education and current technological skills so that graduates can find employment in the legal community or in a law-related field.

    A person in the Paralegal Studies profession CAN :

    • Interview clients and witnesses
    • Draft pleadings and documents
    • Perform legal research
    • Write legal memoranda and briefs
    • Research public records
    • Prepare discovery requests and responses
    • Prepare exhibit lists
    • Assist the attorney at trial
    • Provide case management
    • Perform law office management tasks

    A person in the Paralegal Studies profession CANNOT :

    • Give legal advice
    • Accept cases or set legal fees
    • Represent a party in court

    ALL legal services performed by a paralegal must be supervised by an attorney.Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

    Program Admission Requirements

    Option I:
    • High School transcript or GED certificate and transcript
    • ACT Reading score of 19 or COMPASS Reading Test score of 83
    • Eligibility for English Composition I

    Previous or concurrent enrollment in Engl 1113 is a prerequisite for LS 2813, Legal Research and Writing I

    Option II:
    • College transcript(s) reflecting 15 credit hours or more with a 2.5 grade point average or better or an ACT Reading score of 19 or COMPASS Reading Test score of 83
    • Eligibility for English Composition I

    Previous or concurrent enrollment in Engl 1113 is a prerequisite for LS 2813, Legal Research and Writing I.

    Work Setting

    Paralegals work in offices for:

    • Private law firms
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    Tools Materials

    Paralegals work with:

    • Public records, court documents, and other research materials
    • Legal and business documents such as titles, contracts, and mortgages
    • Court cases
    • Computers and software applicable to their area of specialty
    • Clients on a daily basis

    Career Skills

    Paralegals should be able to:

    • Reason clearly and logically
    • Communicate clearly and effectively in speech and writing
    • Be responsible, ethical, and motivated
    • Perform detailed work
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    Pros and Cons

    Positive aspects of the career:

    • Working with people as well as data
    • The variety of the work
    • The ability to work on a temporary or freelance basis

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    • Performing detailed work tasks
    • Keeping up with changes in laws
    • Working long hours when under pressure to meet deadlines

    Career Information

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    TIGER – Social Network Theme for Companies – Professionals by uouapps


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    TIGER – Social Network Theme for Companies Professionals

    TIGER – Social Network Theme for Companies Professionals

    TIGER is a companies professionals listing WordPress theme with front-end listing submit option. User can login and register create their profile, manage and publish from their front-end user page.

    Username: admin
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    Features

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  • MSW Programs Online #masters #in #social #work, #msw #programs, #msw #degree,


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    A Master’s in Social Work (MSW) is one of the best degrees you can have for helping others and getting paid to do so.

    Why complete an MSW program?

    The BLS reports that MSW programs may be particularly helpful when it comes to obtaining advanced job opportunities or working in some areas such as in schools or health care, and it s required to become a licensed clinical social worker. MSW degrees generally take two years to complete, depending on class scheduling and student aptitude, and require the completion of on-the-job experience through internships or field education before graduation (BLS.gov, 2012 ). Whether working with disabled veterans in a group home, or foster children in need of unique services, students who gain this supervised experience should slowly build their understanding of how to best accomplish their professional social work goals.

    MSW programs: What to expect?

    General coursework in MSW programs might include research and practice, psychopathology, ethical foundations, child welfare and more. Some degree programs may offer concentrations such as child and family services, health services, and management and planning.

    Upon completing their MSW, students can choose to pursue their Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) certification. Typically, the LCSW requires two years or 3,000 hours of supervised clinical hours beyond those already completed through an MSW program (BLS.gov, 2012 ). Other LCSW requirements could include passing a state-administered exam or one offered by the Association of Social Work Boards. and possibly having prior Licensed Social Worker (LSW) certification.

    National career and salary outlook for social workers

    The BLS projects employment for social workers could grow by up to 25 percent nationally between 2010 and 2020, which is better than the national average growth for all occupations (14 percent). Demand is predicted to be even higher in two social work fields: health care as well as mental health and substance abuse. According to the BLS. the national median salary in 2011 for child, family and school social workers was $40,680, with the top ten percent earning up to $70,050 in 2011 and the lowest 10 percent earning up to $26,190 nationally in 2011.

    Those interested in learning more about the field, including new legislation, resources, and professional development, can look for further information through the American Clinical Social Work Association. the Association of Social Work Boards and the National Association of Social Workers. Detailed salary and employment data can be found through the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics program.


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    The Social Media Analytics Showdown: What You Can Track and How


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    The Social Media Analytics Showdown: What You Can Track and How

    You need three things to create good campaigns and engage with fans on social media: good content, a steady stream of good content, content intelligence.

    Every minute, we see a heavy downpour of social media messages, like millions of construction workers pouring concrete down the cement mixer, but instead of it being constructive, we find messy roads and a lot of noise. Even if you are churning out good content steadily, you need to have knowledge or insights about this content, which is where social media analytics come into the picture.

    There are several social media analytics tools on the market today but not all of them are created equal or with similar intent. While most of the tools allow you to listen into customer conversations, monitor campaign results or gain insights on data, there are certain key features and USPs that make all of them special in their own way.

    So let s attack the nitty-gritties of social media analytics.

    Talkwalker

    Talkwalker is one of the most comprehensive and powerful tools for social media analytics. It offers the most extensive coverage in terms of geographic spread, language and media, as well as time. Their global coverage spans 247 countries and 187 languages. So whether your customer is sitting in Dubai or Dublin, speaking Arabic or Chinese, you can listen in and reach out to him or her.

    Talkwalker also offers insights on print, social, online and even broadcast media, and allows you to identify key influencers as well as the emotions associated with your brand or products. What s more, you can get insights on two years of historical data, so even if you are a late adopter, you get to see into the past. You can export and combine these insights with other data to create strong visuals to see patterns that help decision making.

    • Mentions of your brand in owned and earned media.
    • Performance of own and competitor social media channels.
    • Full coverage of major social networks and 150 million websites.
    • Data from print media and TV/radio broadcasts.

    Who uses this tool and how?

    Some of the most prominent clients of Talkwalker include Volkswagen, Microsoft, Greenpeace, Best Western, Ogilvy and Peppercomm. These clients use it to listen to their audience, use social insights to inform business strategy, predict social trends and create comprehensive social data intelligence reports. You can get a taste of their paid platform by signing up for a free demo .

    In a nutshell: Comprehensive 360-degree social media intelligence.

    SumAll

    SumAll is a cross-platform tool that gains insights from social media, ecommerce websites, sales and web. This platform was essentially built to make data analytics accessible and affordable for small business. SumAll has partnered with Shopify, PayPal, Magento, eBay and Amazon, so users can plug and use data from everywhere. SumAll breaks down social media and ecommerce metrics into simple and beautiful charts, which makes it easy to understand for all kinds of users.

    • Ecommerce data
    • Social media data
    • Google Analytics data

    Who uses this tool and how?

    SumAll is essentially meant for small-to-medium ecommerce companies. Users can get a bird s eye view of data from Google, their website and social media pages to understand their audience and make simple decisions such as when to give out discounts or offer free shipping.

    In a nutshell: Simple social media analytics for quick decision-making

    Cyfe

    One of the key features of Cyfe is its All-In-One Dashboard that offers insights on all aspects of your business from social media, marketing, sales, support through to infrastructure. So in a sense, it is not a through-and-through social media analytics tool but a jack-of-all-SaaS-analytics tool. While this might mean lot less advanced features, like filters and search and detailed analysis, it also means a far better overview of how each marketing channel integrates with the others as well as overall operations.

    • Signups and subscriptions
    • Social media analytics
    • SEO and SEM analytics
    • Web analytics
    • Sales and finance analytics
    • IT network and server monitoring

    Who uses this tool and how?

    Some of the important Cyfe users are Vodafone, Citrix, Groupon and Marriott. From tracking new signups to monitoring networks through to managing projects, Cyfe can be used for varied reasons. Plus, they re always adding new widgets that help customize your dashboard .

    In a nutshell: All-in-one sales and marketing analytics tool

    Social Report

    Social Report is a social analytics plus publishing and automation tool. It allows you to tune into your social media insights, schedule your posts, syndicate content and automate replies, follow/unfollow, likes, etc. Basically, it takes care of all your social needs.

    • Cross channel engagement
    • World reach
    • Audience growth rate
    • Demographics
    • Channel activity

    Who uses this tool and how?

    Some highflying users of Social Report include Warner Bros, The Economist, HGTV and Samsung. The most common uses of this tool are analytics and reporting, social media monitoring, publishing, automating responses and content backup and archiving.

    In a nutshell: Integration of social and publishing analytics

    All the tools described here help you gain intelligence on data pouring in from all directions; all of them have their own strengths, weaknesses and USPs. You just need to find the one that suits your needs the best and use it in your business.

    Hiral Rana

    Hiral Rana works as a social media manager at E2M, a digital-marketing agency. She has over five years of experience in the field of digital marketing and social-media marketing. She wants to play an intrinsic role in the evolution of.


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    Attachment Theory and the Social Work Curriculum #attachment #theory #and #social


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    Advances in Social Work

    Attachment Theory and the Social Work Curriculum

    Timothy Page, Rhonda Norwood

    Abstract

    Attachment theory, as developed by Bowlby and Ainsworth, represented a major departure from the current theories of human development of the time, particularly in its rejection of the major tenets of psychoanalytic theory and its integration
    of core ideas from evolution theory and cybernetics (Ainsworth Bowlby, 1991). Attachment theory posits that a foundational human instinct, the desire to achieve safety and protection through proximity to a protective figure, is responsible for the
    formation of a special class of life-long affectional bonds, referred to as “attachments.” Emotional security is derived to a great extent, according to the theory, from experience with caregivers who are consistently responsive to the developing infant’s expression of attachment behavior toward them. Forty years of empirical research has shown that attachment is a universal characteristic that predicts children’s development of cognitive and social competence, emotional regulation, and positive self-image (Weinfield, Sroufe, Egeland, Carlson, 1999). Social work educators are currently challenged to better integrate the findings of attachment research into their curricula to reflect more the current state of developmental science.

    Keywords

    Attachment theory; social work theory

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    Reflective Practice in Social Work #social #worker, #social #work, #clinical, #medical,


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    Eye on Ethics

    Reflective Practice in Social Work — The Ethical Dimension
    By Frederic G. Reamer, PhD
    April 2013

    Recently, I received an urgent voicemail message from a hospital social worker: “Please get back to me as soon as possible. I have a meeting tomorrow morning with our head of human resources, and I’m very nervous about it.”

    Later in the day, I connected with the social worker and learned the following: He had been employed by the hospital for seven years and had never been disciplined. His current predicament began when his immediate supervisor called him in to discuss concerns about possible boundary violations and an alleged inappropriate dual relationship with a hospital patient. The social worker explained to me that in his personal life he is actively involved in a community-based group of parents who adopted children from China. The group sponsors a wide range of activities to support and enhance the children’s ethnic identity. Through this involvement, the social worker said, he and his wife had become very friendly with several other adoptive parents.

    About three weeks earlier, one of the parents who had become a good friend was admitted to the social worker’s hospital for treatment of a chronic, debilitating infection. The friend did not receive social work services. During the friend’s hospital stay, the social worker occasionally stopped by his room to say hello and inquire about the friend’s health. The patient’s attending physician had collaborated professionally with the social worker in other hospital cases and was well aware of the patient’s friendship with the social worker.

    One afternoon during the patient’s hospital stay, the physician contacted the social worker and explained that the patient was distraught after having just learned that he was diagnosed with bone cancer. According to the social worker, the physician asked the social worker to visit the patient and offer emotional support. The social worker visited the patient in his room and spent about an hour helping his friend process the distressing medical news.

    The social worker documented this patient encounter in the hospital chart. During a random quality-control review of social workers’ chart entries, the hospital’s social work supervisor read the note and became concerned because the social worker had not been assigned to provide social work services to this patient. The supervisor learned of the social worker and patient’s friendship and notified the director of human resources, who documented this “incident” in the social worker’s personnel record and asked to meet with the social worker.

    The Nature of Reflective Practice
    In 1983, the late scholar Donald Schon published his influential and groundbreaking book The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action . Schon’s thesis, based on his extensive empirical research, was that the most skilled and effective professionals have the ability to pay critical attention to the way they conduct their work at the same time that they do their work. Schon coined the terms “knowing-in-action” and “reflection-in-action,” which suggest that some professionals can take a step back and think hard about what they are doing while they are doing it. The concepts are akin to the widely used social work concept “use of self.”

    Ordinarily the concepts of knowing-in-action and reflection-in-action are applied to practitioners’ cultivation and use of technical skill, whether in surgery, architecture, town planning, engineering, dentistry, or psychotherapy. In my view, and as the above case demonstrates, social workers would do well to extend the application of these compelling concepts to their identification and management of ethical issues in the profession. Ideally, effective practitioners would have the ability to recognize and address ethical issues and challenges as they arise in the immediate context of their work, not later when someone else points them out. Put another way, social workers would have a refined “ethics radar” that increases their ability to detect and respond to ethical issues.

    Of course, the most important benefit is client protection. However, an important by-product is self-protection, that is, the increased likelihood that social workers will protect themselves from ethics-related complaints.

    Implementing Reflective Ethics Practice
    Certainly the hospital social worker who called me with panic in his voice would have benefited from reflective ethics practice and highly sensitive ethics radar. Had he reflected on the ethical dimensions of the boundary challenges that emerged when he interacted with his friend and hospital patient, it is likely that this well-meaning practitioner would have avoided his unpleasant encounter with the human resources department. The social worker’s decision to visit his friend was not the error; that was a humane and compassionate gesture. The error, rather, was not reflecting on his role in that moment and managing the boundaries carefully, including discussing them with his friend and his supervisor.

    In my experience, ethics-related reflection-in-action entails three key elements.

    Knowledge: Skillful management of many ethical dilemmas requires knowledge of core concepts and prevailing standards. Ethics concepts are addressed in professional literature and standards exist in several forms, including relevant codes of ethics, agency policies, statutes, and regulations. For example, the National Association of Social Workers’ Codeof Ethics includes explicit standards pertaining to boundaries, dual relationships, and conflicts of interest (especially section 1.06). It would have been best for the hospital-based social worker to consult relevant literature and standards with regard to conflicts that can arise when a social worker encounters a friend or social acquaintance in the work setting. The hospital’s personnel policies also prohibit dual relationships that involve conflicts of interest.

    In some cases, although not all, statutes and regulations address ethical issues. In the United States, both federal and state laws address various ethical issues, such as confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, and social workers’ ethical conduct. Such laws would not have been particularly helpful in the hospital social worker’s case, but often they are helpful and critically important, for example, when social workers must decide whether to disclose confidential information without clients’ consent to protect a third party from harm or whether parental consent is necessary to provide services to minors who seek help with substance abuse but insist that this information be withheld from their parents.

    Transparency: Reflective social workers who sense an ethical issue share their concern with supervisors, colleagues, and appropriate administrators. An effective way to protect clients and practitioners alike is to avoid any suggestion that the ethical issue is being handled “in the dark.” Such clarity demonstrates social workers’ good faith efforts to manage ethical dilemmas responsibly. When appropriate, clients should be included in the conversation.

    Process: Although some ethical decisions are clear-cut, many are not. The hospital social worker who contacted me was unsure about the best way to manage his involvement with a good friend who had become a patient. Unfortunately, the social worker did not notify his supervisor about the dilemma or seek consultation. He documented his lengthy hospital-room encounter with the patient, but doing so in the client’s hospital chart created the impression that the social worker was functioning in his professional capacity, not as a friend. My hunch is that had the social worker notified his supervisor of his friendship with the patient and made clear that any contact with the patient occurred as a friend, the social worker may have avoided any adverse personnel issues. What I have learned is that many ethical decisions are not simple events; they require a considerable, often painstaking, process.

    During the course of the profession’s history, social workers have refined the art of reflective practice. Historically, these skills have been applied primarily to clinical, policy, advocacy, and administrative functions. Clearly, reflective practice should extend to ethics as well.

    — Frederic G. Reamer, PhD, is a professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College. He is the author of many books and articles, and his research has addressed mental health, healthcare, criminal justice, and professional ethics.


    08/09/2017

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    School of Social Work – The University of British Columbia #arizona


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    This May, our School welcomed a new faculty member, Barbara Lee (Assistant Professor). We are excited to have her on board! Read More

  • We’re actively engaged in the development of critical, transformative knowledge for social work practice. With our undergraduate and graduate programs, we prepare students for generalist and advanced professional practice. Read More

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    The UBC School of Social Work acknowledges that we are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam people. We thank and honour the Musqueam people for making space in their territories for us to learn, work and live as visitors on their territory.

    Applications invited for full-time Instructor position The School of Social Work at UBC Vancouver invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Instructor position to meet the current teaching needs of the School’s programs, beginning July 1, 2018. Please see the job posting for more details.

    Caps Off to Our New Grads We welcome our newest Bachelors and Masters of Social Work graduates to the dynamic UBC Social Work alumni community!

    Faculty Member Part of Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying Appointed by the Council of Canadian Academies, the Expert Panel will examine particularly complex types of requests for medical assistance in dying. Dr. Tim Stainton is part of the Working Group on advance requests. Click to learn more.

    New Book from Faculty Member Congratulations to Miu Chung Yan on the completion of his book on working with refugees and immigrants in Canada.

    Alumnus Recognized with Achievement Award David Young, CEO of Sources and a UBC School of Social Work alumnus, has been recognized with a 2016 BC Community Achievement Award.

    Beating the Odds Dr. Barbara Harris is one of the six recipients of the 2016 Courage To Come Back Awards, presented by Coast Mental Health. The awards are presented to people who have overcome significant obstacles to contribute back to their communities.

    Dedicating His Life to Helping Others Tom Mutsuo Teranishi is one of the six recipients of the 2016 Courage To Come Back Awards, presented by Coast Mental Health. Click to read more.

    The UBC School of Social Work continues to build on its long and distinguished record of professional education.

    Program, location and contact information for the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia.

    Please check here for current job postings at School of Social Work.

    Learn more about UBC, its campus and reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

    Get to know the city, its unique setting, cultural diversity and reputation as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

    JULY 28, 2017
    Child and Family Polyvictimization: Informing Violence Prevention Policy and Services
    Presented by Prof. Edward Chan
    9:30 am – 11:30 am
    MOSAIC (Community Room), 5575 Boundary Rd, Vancouver, BC

    SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
    School Orientation
    For all current and incoming students
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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    For a full list of events click here .


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  • Social media marketing – Smart Insights Digital Marketing Advice #social #media


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    Social media marketing

    Improve your Social media marketing with our hub page

    Use our hub pages as a reference to get up-to-speed on all the main digital marketing techniques. They will help you quickly understand how to make the most of the technique through definitions and recommendations on our member resources and blog articles covering strategy, best practices and the latest statistics.

    Social media have transformed marketing, for the better most would say. We’ll help you make the most of the power of social media marketing using a strategic approach sharing approaches from the leading commentators and companies.

    See our latest blog articles on social media for our latest coverage of the tools and techniques.

    Recommended resources

    4. Paid guide: Social media strategy – our 7 steps guide to creating a strategy

    5. Paid guide: Social media plan example – a worked example of a social media marketing plan

    Social media marketing quick guide

    Social media marketing success factors

    The success factors for developing social media marketing are summarised through the different parts of our 7 Steps to Social Media Success Guide.

    1. Set business goals for your social media – it’s best not to experiment without a clear idea of how social media will support your business goals.

    2. Create a social media strategy. A strategy will help you to deploy social media in the best way to reach your goals by prioritising on the channels in our RADAR which are most effective.

    3. Active social listening and reputation management. Most advice on social media marketing strategies advises to start by listening to your conversations. We prefer the term coined by Brian Solis in his book Engage of “Active Social Listening” since this shows the need for a feedback cycle within social media marketing.

    4. Define content and engagement strategy. We’ve noted that encouraging engagement and participation are the biggest challenges to social media marketing, so clear strategies are needed to show how to achieve these.

    5. Define communications strategy. In the social media era, a continuous communications strategy is necessary to engage your audience through the many channels available. Key issues here are defining the types of content value you offer through different social channels and the frequency. Integrating different digital channels including email marketing through a social media marketing hub is also a key issue here.

    6. Deploy best practice approaches for the core social media platforms. Each social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has unique characteristics and audience needs. There is also a bewildering array of tools to deploy and etiquette to follow so you won’t be seen as a spammer.

    7. Social media optimisation. You may have a presence established, but this is only the beginning in your journey to optimise your presence to deliver real value for your business.

    Social media marketing definition

    We think the CIPR Social media panel defines social media marketing well:

    Social media is the term commonly given to Internet and mobile-based channels and tools that allow users to interact with each other and share opinions and content. As the name implies, social media involves the building of communities or networks and encouraging participation and engagement.

    Their definition emphasises that we need to use different digital media channels to encourage our prospects and customers to interact to form communities. It also hints at the challenges of encouraging engagement.

    • To help you develop a strategy for social media we’ve identified these key types of platforms in our social media marketing radar

    Recommended member resources for Social media marketing

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    Messaging app Telegram centrepiece of IS social media strategy – BBC


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    Messaging app Telegram centrepiece of IS social media strategy

    The Islamic State militant group (IS) is fighting on many fronts against those seeking to defeat it. One of those fronts is a digital one.

    Its use of social media has been thrown into the spotlight again after it used messaging app Telegram to claim responsibility for Saturday night’s terror attack in London.

    IS puts media warfare on a par with its battle on the ground and often glorifies “media martyrs” – people who are killed while creating videos and other digital content for the group.

    Like many other such groups, IS has been an enthusiastic user of social media and the web, broadcasting propaganda about its successes and using it as a recruitment tool.

    Although a long-time user of social media, IS activities took a significant turn in September 2015 when the group’s official media outlets took to Telegram. The move to the encrypted messaging service came after a long-running conflict with Twitter, which regularly shut down IS accounts, and some experimentation with less well-known platforms from which it was also expelled.

    The timing was significant because that was the moment when Telegram set up the “channel” feature, letting users broadcast to an unlimited number of other users – a tool that many online jihadists were quick to exploit.

    Image copyright Nashir/Nashir News Agency Image caption IS’s official outlet logo, Nashir, (L) and Nashir News Agency’s logo (R)

    The move to Telegram did not go unnoticed and IS went underground in August 2016 after its official accounts were repeatedly suspended.

    But IS media operatives set up lots of separate channels that simply repeated or mirrored what appeared on the official channel.

    These channels simultaneously stream material produced by IS’s central media operation, including its self-styled news agency Amaq, and are described as being dedicated to distributing official IS news.

    The mirror channels, called the Nashir News Agency, have also regularly been suspended.

    To circumvent this, their administrators use a stealthy approach in which they set up a user or channel and allow it to build up a substantial following before suddenly switching it to the easily recognisable IS mirror brand.

    The channels continuously promote new join-up links for their proliferating replica versions, calling on IS supporters to distribute them further.

    Some channels, whose promotion on popular social media platforms is prohibited, are designed to maintain a lower profile to avoid suspension.

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption IS supporters enjoy relative freedom to post material on Telegram

    This enables them to attract a significant number of followers but the channels are usually removed before this exceeds 1,000.

    Such numbers suffice to get IS’s message out for distribution by online supporters.

    Prominent pro-IS figures reliably stream the group’s propaganda alongside other content. But IS’s strong media branding renders the group’s material easily recognisable among other fare.

    This was seen on Sunday, when the IS news outlet Amaq said on Telegram that “a security unit of Islamic State fighters carried out the London attacks of yesterday”.

    Telegram does not allow comprehensive searches of public content, which means that the number of pro-jihad users cannot be accurately gauged.

    Image copyright IS propaganda Image caption Nashir agency boasted that it had 100 replica channels on Telegram

    In mid-April, the Nashir agency published a poster congratulating itself on setting up 100 mirror accounts – and there are now said to be more than 130.

    This was shortly followed by a campaign to celebrate 12 months of Nashir agency’s operation. As part of the campaign, the outlet called for admirers and readers to send in articles and images praising its work, which they did in large numbers.

    These promotional campaigns appeared to be an effort to buoy morale among IS supporters who enjoy relative freedom to post material on Telegram.

    The BBC has asked Telegram to comment on IS-related activity on its service but has not received a reply.

    Telegram has advertised its daily efforts to take down pro-IS channels since December last year.

    Image copyright IS propaganda Image caption Nashir agency recently trumpeted the anniversary of its online presence

    In another recent move, Nashir agency has switched from just being a mouthpiece for IS to urging its followers on Telegram to spread content via Twitter and Facebook.

    It has advertised its own accounts on those platforms, which have repeatedly been suspended. It has also launched accounts on Instagram and set up English-language feeds for the first time.

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Five people were killed in the Westminster attack

    The outlet now posts IS material in Arabic and English translation via its main feeds – the latest step of an initiative to post in English that began after the Westminster attack on 22 March.

    These moves by Nashir agency to expand its reach have followed criticism by IS supporters on Telegram that pro-IS channels were preaching to the converted and should step up their efforts on other platforms.

    IS has sought to cultivate the commitment of virtual foot-soldiers by highlighting their importance in its war.

    Image copyright Alhareth Alrawi Image caption IS supporters are encouraged to spread the group’s propaganda on popular social media platforms

    Charlie Winter of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) acknowledges the success IS has had with Telegram.

    He says the messaging service’s action against pro-IS channels “seems to be very haphazard”.

    Home Secretary Amber Rudd has also named Telegram among tech firms she wants to be tougher on pro-jihad users.

    Mr Winter adds that IS’s efforts to expose unsuspecting audiences to its propaganda on other, more popular platforms now meet with much less success.

    IS might regularly post content specifically designed for Twitter, but this attempt at “amplification” no longer goes well, he says.

    The group is still most successful on Telegram but its reliance on it could come at a cost, as supporters flock to the app instead of pushing the IS message to audiences elsewhere.

    BBC Monitoringreports and analyses news from TV, radio, web and print media around the world. You can follow BBC Monitoring on Twitter and Facebook .

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    10 Ways to Use Social Media to Promote an Event #event,


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    10 Ways to Use Social Media to Promote an Event

    Are you wondering how to promote an event with social media?

    Whether you have a small local gathering or a large conference, social media can be used to get the word out in a powerful way.

    In this article I’ll reveal 10 creative ways to use social media to increase your chances for a gangbuster event .

    #1: Create Video People Will Share

    Because events take place in person, they engage the senses in a way online content can’t.

    Creating a stellar video with great visuals and sound can not only help drive people to your event. it also increases the chances people will want to share it with friends.

    Here are a few tips for creating a video:

    • Leverage it everywhere. including on your event page, in articles and with affiliates. Click here to see how we used it on our event page .
    • Host on Vimeo and YouTube. We host the video in both places to take advantage of the flexibilities of each platform—Vimeo’s branding control and YouTube’s access to a large audience.
    • Upload to Facebook. This maximizes your exposure on Facebook.
    • Focus on the value for attendees. In the above video, you’ll notice it is all about what folks will gain by attending.

    #2: Give Away Tickets to Create Buzz

    Nothing motivates people more than the opportunity to win something free! So why not give away a ticket or two for your event to really amp up the buzz ?

    Contests provide a rapid way to generate interest in your event—especially if you have the right prizes.

    Here’s a sample from the thousands of folks who wanted to win free tickets to Social Media Marketing World.

    Here’s how we do our contests :

    We start with a blog post where we describe the prize (the event!) and then how to participate.

    Here’s what a free ticket contest can look like.

    In the post, we invite people to participate in one of two ways. first is through a tweet contest and second is through commenting on the blog post by answering a question we’ve asked. For example “What is your greatest social media challenge?”

    Here are some tips on contests:

    • Recruit judges who will help extend the reach of the contest.
    • Keep the requirements super-easy to maximize participation. For example, a simple one-click tweet to enter is ideal.
    • Run your contest at a time that will be helpful to your sales cycle.
    • If you have a podcast, consider creating a special episode explaining the contest.

    #3: Socialize Your Google Ads

    Are you using Google AdWords to promote your event? Do you have a Google+ page?

    If so, you can actually add social proof to your paid Google ads. This increases the credibility of your ads.

    Notice how this ad for Social Media Marketing World showcases how many people follow our Google+ page.

    You can add social proof to your Google ads by going under Ad Extensions and selecting Social Extensions from the drop-down menu. Here is an article on how to do this .

    #4: Interview Speakers for Special Content

    A main reason people attend events is to meet the presenters. And getting exposure is often why many experts speak at events.

    You can create great content that is valuable for all by simply interviewing your speakers .

    This works great if you have a podcast.

    In the months leading up to Social Media Marketing World. I interviewed many of the presenters from the conference for our Social Media Marketing podcast .

    We did NOT talk about the event at all. Instead I focused on exploring the expertise of the presenter and creating quality content. At the end of the podcast, I mentioned that listeners could meet the interviewee live at our event.

    #5: Create a “Group Tips” Blog Post

    Chances are you have great insight locked inside the minds of your event speakers. Why not pool that knowledge into a great blog post?

    This is where you ask experts to contribute a short writeup on their favorite tip, tool or perspective on a specific topic. These types of articles are a great way to involve the experts and they provide ongoing exposure for your presenters.

    For Social Media Marketing World, we produced two articles featuring the experience of our presenters:

    Leverage the collective insight of your presenters in a blog post.

    Here’s a tip: Include a mention of your event at the end of each article. Click on one of the articles above to see how we do it.

    #6: Create a Special Graphic for Your Speakers

    Who doesn’t love to see their face in a cool sign? Well, speakers are often very fond of this.

    So go to the effort to create custom graphics your presenters can use. like this:

    You can encourage presenters to place these on their blogs, in Facebook updates and much more .

    In fact, you never know where those images might show up!

    Social Media Marketing World speaker Waynette Tubbs had her picture and our event show up in Times Square.

    #7: Create a Tweet for Attendees

    If people are excited about attending your event, why not ask them to click a button and tell their friends about it?

    This is something easy that you can place on the “Thanks for Registering” page. Click here to create the code for a customized tweet and be sure to customize the “tweet text”.

    You can create a simple custom tweet for attendees.

    #8: Add a Twitter Widget to Your Event Page

    If people are talking about your event on Twitter, why not take advantage of that social proof to encourage new site visitors to attend ?

    Twitter has a cool widget that scrolls all the tweets for you.

    This Twitter widget scrolls all relevant tweets about your event.

    The great thing is you can include OR exclude Twitter search terms using Boolean logic.

    NOTE: This Twitter widget code is hard to find. so I’ve included it below. You can customize the red text and paste it into your site.

    Here is the code:

    script src= http://widgets.twimg.com/j/2/widget.js /script
    script
    new TWTR.Widget(<
    version: 2,
    type: ‘search’,
    search: ‘ #SMMW OR #smmw OR “Social Media Marketing World” -sing ’,
    interval: 6000,
    title: ‘ Buzz About Social Media Marketing World ’,
    subject: ,
    width: 300 ,
    height: 200 ,
    theme: <
    shell: <
    background: ‘#8ec1da’,
    color: ‘#ffffff’
    >,
    tweets: <
    background: ‘#ffffff’,
    color: ‘#444444’,
    links: ‘#1985b5’
    >
    >,
    features: <
    scrollbar: false,
    loop: true,
    live: true,
    hashtags: true,
    timestamp: true,
    avatars: true,
    behavior: ‘default’
    >
    >).render().start();
    /script

    #9: Create an Event on Facebook

    A Facebook event listing provides an easy way for attendees to share your event with their friends. Each time someone shares that they are attending your event creates the potential to drive more people to your Facebook Page.

    Facebook’s event listings provide an easy way to invite speakers and friends to share their attendance.

    Tip: Encourage attendees to visit your Facebook Event Page and see who else is attending.

    #10: Utilize Facebook’s FBX Ad Targeting

    Facebook allows advertisers to remarket to people who have visited specific non-Facebook Pages using Facebook Exchange, also known as FBX ad targeting .

    This means you can show event ads to Facebook users who visited your Event Page but did not purchase. This can be a very economical way to retarget possible prospects.

    An FBX ad shows up like other Facebook ads in the sidebar of the news feed.

    To learn more about these types of ads, check out this article .

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    The official app is the best app

    For years I used Tweetbot but as my primary Twitter client but always had the official Twitter app in the background for certain and uses. I decided to try the Twitter app full-time this week and man am I impressed. Using the official Twitter app breathes new life into Twitter, makes me much more excited and invested in using the platform. This app has polish that Tweetbot doesn’t have. It also supports features such as poll and moments that other apps don’t. After a week of using the official Twitter client, I am now regretting I hadn’t switched much earlier.

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    What is the Difference Between a Sociology Degree and a Social


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    What is the Difference Between a Sociology Degree and a Social Work Degree?

    Sociology and social work are two related fields which both deal with the relationships of human beings to their social environments. However, the two career paths involve very different work environments, practices and educations.

    Sociologists study human society and social behavior through research and examination of groups, cultures, institutions and more. They engage in detailed research projects, often using statistical and other methods from the social sciences including interviews, surveys and observations in the field. Their main objects of study are the lives of individuals and groups in the context of larger institutional, economic, political and social events and forces. Religious, political, cultural and other factors play an important role in their research, and sociologists often work closely with leaders and policy-makers on these and other themes as consultants or in other roles. Other than in universities, sociologists also work in research organizations, government agencies and consulting firms.

    Professional sociologists typically have a PhD, although individuals with Master s or Bachelor s degrees may also find work in the field. Undergraduate degree work in sociology will include courses on classic sociological literature, current sociological methods, statistical and research methods and particular courses on sociological themes, such as poverty, gender, cultural and ethnic relations, population and families.

    Social work. while it deals with similar general issues to sociology, is typically a far more hands-on field. Social workers are either direct-service social workers, who provide immediate help to people with solving everyday personal and social problems, and clinical social workers, who like psychologists help their clients cope with mental and behavioral issues in a clinical setting. Although some professional social workers go on to teach the profession in colleges and universities, most social workers work in clinics, schools, hospitals and government agencies, as well as private practices or organizations. Direct-service social workers work with their clients to determine goals and help with life challenges, to access community and public resources and cope with life challenges such as adopting a child, a medical diagnosis, addiction or disability. Clinical social-workers work on many of the same issues, but focus on developing individual, group or family counseling in order to improve their clients mental and emotional health and develop individual or family coping strategies for such challenges.

    Entry-level social work positions generally require only a Bachelor s in Social Work (BSW), although higher-level positions and work in schools and hospitals often require a Master s in Social Work (MSW), and all clinical social workers must have the MSW. Undergraduate degree work in the field will involve courses on the different groups and populations in the community, human behavior and psychology, government policy on social services and welfare, and other work in sociology, economics and related fields.

    Sociology and social work are very different careers with different educational pathways. While both draw on a similar body of knowledge, sociology generally focuses on research and study while social workers are more directly involved with applying knowledge about society to assisting individuals and families. Consequently, a sociology degree will typically involve more theoretical and methodological coursework, while social work degrees will often have a large practical component focusing on current policy and specific therapeutic and service techniques.

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    Utah Social Security Disability Lawyer #salt #lake #city, #disability, #attorney, #utah,


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    Welcome

    Utah Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer

    At the Salt Lake City law firm of Ward Harper, Attorney at Law, we help people throughout of Utah, including Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo, Orem, Logan, Vernal and Price, to establish their right to benefits under disability benefits programs run by the Social Security Administration. Contact our office for a free evaluation of your case.

    The Social Security disability claims process can present many hurdles for people trying to establish their eligibility for benefits. I represent individuals throughout the claims process. At the third stage of the process, I represent claimants in hearings before administrative law judges to prove their disabilities and right to collect payment. I usually win by the administrative hearing stage. But if not, I appeal. I have taken cases all the way to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Success in SSDI and SSI Appeals

    I have won 99% of my cases since January 2001. Through September 2010, this amounted to 940 wins and 8 losses. I have won 1665 cases since 1994. Attorney Ward Harper will personally represent you before a judge and make the decisions in your case, not an associate or paralegal.

    No Legal Fees Unless We Obtain Benefits for You

    I charge no attorney’s fee while we are working on your case. Our standard fee is 25 percent of past-due benefits when we collect them on your behalf, up to a maximum of $6,000, if we win before appealing to federal court, as we usually do. Future benefits are all yours. You therefore pay nothing up front to benefit from our experience and skill.

    Ward Harper has focused on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases for his entire career as a lawyer (since 1988) and advocate for Utah Legal Services since 1984. With more than 26 years of experience and a proven record of success in Social Security benefits litigation, he can help you collect the benefits you need. Contact his office in Salt Lake City for a free evaluation of your claim .

    Every legal matter is different. The outcome of each legal case depends upon many factors, including the facts of the case. An attorney’s success in past legal matters should not be relied upon to predict a successful outcome in your own case.


    13/08/2017

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    10 Social Media Campaigns that Rock! Learn How to do the


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    What defines an exemplary social media campaign? What are the elements necessary to capture consumers attention and bring about interest and participation in any given social media campaign? What are the best recent social media campaigns online? How can we measure the success of a social media campaign?

    A Brief Intro

    It is definite that things in life are never just black or white; they usually come in different colors and shades which naturally applies to everything we do, see, touch, feel and so on.

    Recently. one of the main focuses of companies with online presence and dedicated communities is creating and designing original, top-of-the-line, creative and motivating campaigns using social media .

    Here is where the colors come in play! If we assume that colors are the intensity of a social media campaign s success, brighter colors being most accomplished and so on, it can be quite difficult to determine which campaign was executed perfectly! Yet, after conducting some research, I have been able to highlight 10 brands that were able to pass the test with flying colors!

    10 Social Media Campaigns that Rock:

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    2. Sea World s Whale social media campaign a unique integrated campaign that serves as a bit of a reminder about some of the clever social media marketing that can be done beyond the typical diet of Facebook Pages, Twitter and YouTube.
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    3. Threadless building brand love a great message and a comprehensive coverage on the most suitable social media channels.

    4. Dunkin Donut s new product Facebook campaign using the Coolatta fan page, Dunkin gave out free beverages as a twitter avatar contest!
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    5. Ford using social media to promote the new Fiesta Ford was able to find the right target audience for its Fiesta and market to them in an intriguing manner.

    6. Sony Ericsson s viral approach here, Sony used a mysterious character named Johnny X and YouTube to create an element of curiosity to promote Xperia X1.

    7. Burger King s Facebook application (in addition to other social media uses) the Whopper Sacrifice application on Facebook.

    9. Target s Facebook campaign “Bullseye Gives” campaign on Facebook: a voting application connected to the brand’s existing Facebook page.

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    10. Comparethemeerkat.com s inclusive campaign utilizing humor and a blend of social media channels to promote car insurance.

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    The success of social media campaigns, and utilization in general, does not, in any way, rely on some magical formula or any secret ingredients we might need to acquire from the belated witches of Salem! Yet, it is a careful mixture of simple and valuable elements which need to be present before, through and after the implementation of any social media campaign. Some elements could be very obvious, while others need some research and attention to be achieved.

    • Make sure that you apply smart integration with the right social media channels that suit your brand image, the product/service you are trying to promote and its value. Not every social media channel will bring about the positive feedback you are waiting for!
    • Take time to choose the team who will be in charge of executing your social media plan. It is not about the quantity, it is about the quality, remember that! Experience and already established online PR agents or staff members will be of a higher value to your campaign in comparison with anyone with a lot of free time to waste!
    • Again, content is king. It is a must to make sure that your social media campaign s content is not offensive, biased or easily misinterpreted. This could be easily used against you !
    • Just as it is important to know your target market online. learning more about your online target audience is very important. This will not only help you know where to find them, it will also guide you in designing the campaign that will intrigue them and lead them to take actions!
    • You are under the microscope; play nice! Always be aware that once your social media campaign has hit the hot topics list. you are now being watched. Try to be continuously involved in any conversations, posts, chats and/or forums taking place regarding your product, service or campaign.
    • Be innovative and try not to imitate whenever possible. You might use the same social media channels others are utilizing but try making your benefit and reward systems varied. Your audience is not always looking to get a free coffee!
    • Constantly measure the depth of your social media campaign s fulfillment of goals and returns. The ROI should always be bigger, or at least equal to, the invested money, time, effort and resources that you are putting in the project.
    • Put effort into making the overall social media campaign s experience fun, engaging and proactive. Adding games, puzzles and teasers can be very addictive!

    In a nut shell, though it might be tricky to implement each of the above steps within the right time frame, remember something: impossible is nothing!

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    International Health – Social Management #studieren #in #innsbruck, #gesundheit, #health, #gesundheitssysteme,


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    International Health Social Management

    International Health Social Management

    The master s program International Health Social Management links international health and social care, business and politics, international law and international management. Students acquire knowledge of the specifics of social welfare and health systems in the context of an increasing demand for skilled workers in the health and social sector. Soft skills and competences in research methods are part of the study program. Students benefit from a future-oriented, practical study program with an international focus. Graduates are in leading positions in the fields of health care, social insurance, international coop- eration, lobbying, consulting, education, science, and research.


    Please notice also our double degree option in cooperation with the University of Economics in Prague.

    1st semester: Core curriculum
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    Winter semester: from September – January
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    Module Management (12.5%)
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    Module Methods (including master thesis) (29%)

    Bachelor or equivalent degree in business administration, social/political and natural sciences, medicine, economics or health sciences including public health and nursing

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    Social work online schools #social #work #online #schools


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    The social determinants of health (SDH) are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.

    As a core function, WHO’s SDH Unit is responsible for coordinating WHO support to countries to take action on SDH to address health inequities. The SDH Unit works to support, guide and strengthen the capacities of countries to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate initiatives to promote health equity through addressing the SDH. The WHO SDH Unit currently focuses on four priority areas, shown below.

    Priority Areas

    Better governance for health, equity and development – Health in All Polices Training

    Innov8 approach for reviewing national health programmes to leave no one behind

    Guidance on pro equity linkages between environmental and social health determinants

    Monitoring progress on the SDH and health equity

    30-31 March 2017

    International Conference in Adelaide, South Australia
    The South Australian government jointly with WHO organized the International Health in All Policies Conference – progressing the Sustainable Development Goals, in Adelaide on 30-31 March 2017.

    Health in All Policies: Progressing the sustainable development goals

    Health is present in all of the SDGs. As governance and global development become increasingly complex, HiAP is uniquely positioned to provide governments and public health professionals with a road map to meet the needs of a healthy yet sustainable future at all action levels.

    Release of Innov8 Approach for Reviewing National Health Programmes to Leave No One Behind

    The Innov8 Approach for Reviewing National Health Programmes to Leave No One Behind is a resource that supports the operationalization of the Sustainable Development Goals and the progressive realization of universal health coverage and the right to health.


    10/08/2017

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    A Short Synopsis of Film: The Social Network #social #network #movie


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    Mark Zuckerberg is a controversial figure. No one will deny that he’s extremely wealthy and has succeeded in creating the most popular social networking site to date. Beyond the indisputable lies a fog of inseparable fiction and fact though. I don’t know Mark, therefore I can’t speak to his personal virtue or true intentions, but The Social Network paints him as a shallow, uncaring, unlikable, socially inept individual. We the audience are the jury, and we’re asked to render a verdict based upon the arguments and first-hand accounts provided by the story’s characters.

    The story opens with Mark’s juvenile, yet believable, response to a girlfriend dumping him over his condescending attitude towards her and her friends. In a knee-jerk reaction, Mark begins blogging hurtful gossip about his ex. At the same time (on the same night) he tosses back a few beers and throws together a web site that will allow users to comparatively rank the female students of Harvard. The Facemash site is so popular that its high traffic almost immediately crashes the Harvard network. Clearly, Mark’s character craves recognition, but the way in which he attracts attention demonstrates an objectifying anger towards women (and the IT department).

    Not long after, and without much surprise, Mark finds himself before the school’s administrative board where he’s accused of “breaching security, violating copyrights and violating individual privacy by creating the website, www.facemash.com.” The same pattern of misbehaving-accusation-discipline continues for the remainder of the story.

    We eventually discover the film to be a series of long flashbacks, chronicling the events from 2003 onward. In present day, Zuckerberg spends his time cooped up in a law office conference room listening to plaintiffs recount their grievances through past events. At times, it’s nearly impossible to tell what case we’re watching unfold. Changes in clothing and participant seating were the only ways I was able to tell that we’d moved forward or back in the timeline, and even then I wasn’t sure in which direction.

    With the exception of a few peripheral characters, nobody in this film is likeable. Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) has a gift for narrating his characters’ thoughts and delivers a convincing portrayal of someone with Asperger’s syndrome (no, I’m not saying that Mark Zuckerberg suffers from that disease, everyone else on the Internet has speculated about that already).

    One of the biggest annoyances in this movie for me is the name dropping of technology. I don’t enjoy the over-stated, over-dramatization of insider terminology and technical mumbo-jumbo unless (maybe) it’s tongue-in-cheek. The fact that you’re registering your domain name with Network Solutions. or talking us through how you’re using the wget command to download images of girls, or how you keep having to “break out” your favorite Perl script in order to crawl Harvard’s college web sites is going to be lost on the majority of movie goers. More writers and directors should take a lesson from films such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009). Lisbeth Salander doesn’t cram what she’s working on down our throats, but quietly lets us watch over her shoulder in case we’re interested in what she’s hacking and how she’s going about it.

    It’s a great movie with a lot of good acting. Just remember, before taking everything you see or hear at face value, stop and consider that people are more often judged based on public opinion rather than facts or concrete evidence (even in a court of law). As one of the female lawyers puts it to Mark near the end of the screenplay, “I ve been licensed to practice law for all of 20 months and I could get a jury to believe you planted the story about Eduardo and the chicken.” Whether Eduardo was ever cruel to a chicken, we may never know, but now I’ve got you thinking about the possibility.

    Venue: DirecTV
    Country: USA
    Language: English
    Genre: Biopic Drama
    Rating: 3.75/5

    P.S. The Winklevoss twins are a digital illusion.


    09/08/2017

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    Ticketing Solutions #tix,online #ticket #sales,ticket #sales,mobile #ticket #sales,box #office,call #center,ticketing #system,ticketing


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    Tix takes the risk out of selecting a ticketing system with no set up fees, start-up costs, annual maintenance fees, or long-term commitment. With service fees among the lowest in the industry, Tix helps you maximize your attendance and minimize your costs.

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    Research mindedness: Research in social care and social work #social #work


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    This resource remains available under SCIE’s commitment to share knowledge and information but please be alert to changes in policy or practice since publication. This resource was last updated in November 2012.

    Research mindedness

    Research in social work and social care

    This section of the Research Mindedness resource explores some of the areas that are tied strongly to social care research. It looks at:

    In What do we mean by research? we said that the use of research in social work is interdisciplinary – that is, it uses research and research skills which arise from other disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and psychology. However, this does not mean that social work research lacks distinction or focus. In a paper entitled ‘Is social work research distinctive?’, Shaw (2007) uses a definition from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to demonstrate that several of the criteria which define social work research – ethical awareness, a reflexive consideration of the place of the researcher in the research, and a sensitivity to the political and social context – can be applied to other social research. What sets social work research apart is its positioning as emancipatory. This can be described as:

    • being prepared to challenge inequality and oppression in all aspects of the research process
    • understanding that the voices of service users and participants from all fields must be included appropriately.

    Writing in the context of disability research, Colin Barnes (2003: 6) defines social work research as being ‘about the empowerment of disabled people through the transformation of the material and social relations of research production’.

    ‘As part of this emancipatory stance’, it is important that those who use services are involved in research about them. For instance, the guide to systematic reviews produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is clear that the service user’s voice must be included, preferably at all stages of the research (Rutter et al. 2010). Organisations such as INVOLVE help to promote and facilitate public participation in health and social care research. An excellent publication here is INVOLVE (2010) ‘Turning the pyramid upside down: examples of public involvement in social care research’ McLaughlin (2012: 136, citing Mayer and Timms 1970) writes that: ‘Social work has a proud tradition of seeking service user views that goes back to the seminal The Client Speaks’.

    This connection to the value base of social work practice was found again in a report published by SCIE in 2007. The authors analysed a sample of social work papers submitted by universities in England, Scotland and Wales to the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (The RAE was a way in which the quality of research from British universities was measured using ‘peer review’ by a panel of senior academics and others from the research community. This determined further funding for each institution. The RAE has now been replaced by the Research Excellence Framework (the REF), the first of which takes place in 2014). They concluded that the ‘distinctive characteristics of social work research’ were its ‘strong profile of democratised, participatory and user-led research’ (Shaw and Norton 2007:

    They found that social work research had a set of purposes related to social work practice and values. While the contexts in which it took place were sometimes shared with other disciplines, its purposeful focus was a distinguishing feature.

    Social work research also encompasses theory and practice in social care. It is generally agreed that social work as a profession has retained a disciplinary research focus (Bywaters 2008), but that social work is in itself embedded in the larger field of social care.


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    Social Work

    Welcome to the

    Department of Social Work

    The Department of Social Work includes two programs, the Bachelor of Social Work Program (BSW) and the Master of Social Work Program (MSW). The BSW program prepares students to be professional social workers that are able to work in multiple settings with diverse populations experiencing a variety of issues. The BSW degree is an outstanding professional degree that enables graduates to work within many areas of the human service delivery system. The MSW degree is considered the “terminal” practice degree within the profession. Despite the need for all professionals to be life-long learners, graduates from the MSW program will need no additional formal education in terms of working with client groups and organizations in a multitude of settings. In addition to providing preparation for direct services, the MSW degree is also an excellent degree to prepare for supervisory and management positions within human service agencies.

    The Department of Social Work continues to experience growth in terms of students, faculty, and programs. The BSW program is a thriving program with over 300 students. The BSW program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1978. The BSW program is offered in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Owensboro, and Glasgow! The MSW program enrolls approximately 120 graduate students and received initial accreditation from the CSWE in 2006. Our MSW program offers a unique concentration: advanced direct practice in rural settings. Currently, the MSW program can be completed in Bowling Green as well as an online cohort. Both programs were reaccredited by the CSWE in February, 2010.

    The department includes 16 full-time faculty, three faculty members on transitional retirement, two professional staff, four office associates, and four graduate assistants. Significant departmental projects include the WKU Training Resource Center (TRC), the Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP), the Credit for Learning Project (CFL), and the MSW Cohort Studies Initiative.

    Department of Social Work

    1906 College Heights Blvd. #11039

    Bowling Green KY 42101-1039


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    Social work degree online

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    Looking for Social Work opportunities in Australia ?

    There are currently 20,369 Social Work job openings in Australia*. The average salary for a Social Work job in Australia is $54,166.

    The Australian Government Department of Employment estimates a projected employment growth to 2018 of 229,400 jobs for the Social Work industry in Australia .

    Gaining a Social Work qualification will significantly increase your career prospects for Social Work jobs in Australia. Studying an online course with an accredited Australian provider gives you the flexibility you need to study at your own pace.

    Employment in the Social Work industry in Australia

    Australia has a population of 23,625,031, with a total of 11,645,500 people currently employed. The average job seeker age for Australia is 37 years and the current unemployment rate sits at 5.7%. Part-time workers make up 46% of the workforce in Australia .

    Education in Australia

    • The percentage of people employed in Australia with a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification: 29%
    • The percentage of people employed in Australia with a cert III or higher VET qualification: 31%
    • The percentage of people employed in Australia without a post-school qualification: 36%

    31/07/2017

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    PhD Program – School of Social Work – University of Texas


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    PhD Program

    Welcome! The PhD program in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin prepares its graduates for successful academic careers as social work educators and researchers.

    Our school is consistently ranked as one of the top ten schools of social work in the country. We provide the best of the best in learning and living environments. At our school, you will have the advantages of a smaller learning community within a large, world-class, research-one university located in a city known for its vitality, music, creativity and laid-back style.

    Doctoral graduates of the school excel in their careers and are known in the United States and throughout the world (see map pdf ) as esteemed scholars and leaders in many fields of social work practice. I invite you to learn the important work that some of our alumni are doing. I also invite you to learn about the interests and promising work of our current graduates by browsing their profiles and watching this video .

    Our curriculum is practical to the skills that you will need for your future job prospects within academia. The curriculum includes course work, research and teaching experiences, an opportunity to master individualized content and original research, and chances to publish in leading journals. Upon graduation, we want you to be confident and prepared for your future. For this reason we also give you career advice and specific coaching to develop interviewing skills and a competitive CV and portfolio for the academic job market.

    Click on the image for facts and figures about the PhD program

    We want to see you reach the dreams that motivated you to work toward the PhD degree. While in our program, you will be personally mentored by our world-renowned and interdisciplinary faculty. Working within any of our research institutes. you will also have numerous opportunities to develop research competencies while solving the critical social problems of the day. Finally, you will gain teaching competencies through assistantships and opportunities to teach your own classes. I encourage you to learn more about these opportunities by reading this fact sheet (pdf). and by browsing the doctoral pages under the Admissions tab .

    At the The University of Texas at Austin s School of Social Work you will find the best of the best in learning and living while earning your PhD.

    I personally invite you to contact Sherry Melecki, our graduate program coordinator, at k a l u e a . d or 512-471-3925. If you would like an information packet mailed to you, please complete this form. We welcome your questions as you discover the next steps for your career.

    Cynthia Franklin, PhD, LCSW Stiernberg/Spencer Family Professor In Mental Health Associate Dean for Doctoral Education


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    Home – College of Social and Behavioral Science – The University


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    One of the benefits to spending time outdoors is reduced stress levels, according to research done by psychology professor David Strayer.

    Utah Nonprofit Helps Refugees Go To College

    Health, society and policy student and refugee Kai Sin just graduated thanks to the help of the Refugee Education Initiative, a privately funded program that provides help to refugee students from across the world.

    Local Reaction After U.S. Pulls Out of Paris Climate Accord

    Economics assistant professor Steve Bannister is one of many who worries that the move to pull out of the agreement could end up hurting US jobs in the future.

    Kem C. Gardner

    Kem C. Gardner earned a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Utah in 1967 and a juris doctor from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1970. Kem currently serves as chairman of The Gardner Company, a private commercial real estate company. He has worked for 38 years in real estate development, including many years as president of The Boyer Company. Kem has developed over 2500 residential lots and more than 28 million square feet of corporate office, medical buildings, retail shopping centers, life-style centers, hotels and industrial/manufacturing facilities.
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    Effective social media analytics

    Effective social media analytics

    Monday 10 June 2013 12.09 BST First published on Monday 10 June 2013 12.09 BST

    Six months ago, your company launched a new product. Last month, your sales dipped. Why? And how interested are people in your competitor’s new product? Don’t pay money for a focus group or a market survey that will deliver data three months from now. Listen to the social network instead. It’s 2013, and social business isn’t about collecting Facebook “likes” anymore. Welcome to the age of social media analytics.

    Online social networks bleed information. Every time someone posts something on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest, they create a digital footprint. Every time someone else reads it, or watches a YouTube video, they add to the data trail. Facebook is currently building a data centre in Sweden the size of 11 football fields, joining two others in America, just to collect and process the stuff. You can analyse it to make a variety of business decisions.

    “In the past, if you offered a marketing director a box that she could put on her desk that would let her listen into all the conversations about her brand and her competitors’ brands, she’d have thought you so stark raving mad that she would have had security walk you off the premises,” says Philip Sheldrake, managing partner at Euler Partners, which advises companies on how to use social media properly. Now, it’s routine.

    The information that you look for will depend on your business goals. Some companies use social media to push people through the sales funnel to a conversion. “If you’re selling autos, you might be tracking how many times you generate a test drive in a dealership [from a social media campaign],” says Jay Palter, a personal brand and content marketing strategist from Edmonton, Canada. Others concentrate on brand awareness, and don’t worry too much about who buys. Still others are particularly focused on brand trust, or increasing customer satisfaction, or perhaps they simply want to understand why customers do what they do. Non-profit organisations and governments may be more interested in simply getting a message out. All of these goals require different types of analysis.

    A marketing officer might track customers and prospects on social media to see what key words they are discussing, and then fold those key words and concepts into status updates or tweets, to be more relevant to that audience. Perhaps she might monitor which messages attract the most readers to click on a link to her web site. She could then spend more money promoting that content on a social network to reach even more customers.

    There are a variety of social media analytics tools to help marketing experts do all this. Some, such as HootSuite, span multiple channels, while others focus on particular networks such as Twitter. Some tools include workflow; they not only enable you to monitor the “buzz” around particular keywords, but also allow social media managers to connect information to others in the organisation. Tweets complaining about a particular product issue could be routed through to a customer service department, for example.

    Customer feedback raises another issue: sentiment analysis. Some tools analyse what’s being said online to create an index of user sentiment about a topic. Sentiment140, for example, tries to mine opinion about particular products or brands.

    But as Marshall Sponder, social media analytics expert and author of the book Social Media Analytics says, sentiment analysis is an inexact science. “The way that people speak isn’t uniform,” he says. Opinion mining can be a useful trend indicator, but it isn’t gospel.

    The best analytics will put social media data in context, says Sponder. He defines context in various ways. Tweets sent from a smartphone often reveal a person’s location. Then, there’s customer history. “Most of the information comes from a customer’s journey; it’s behavioural based,” he adds.

    Things can get really useful when marrying this data with other information in your organisation. Displaying custom results for your online bookstore based on what a visitor had tweeted about that day might push up sales. Perhaps a large percentage of your Facebook followers under the age of 25 are suddenly searching for particular things on your website, raising the possibility of a targeted campaign.

    Maybe a trend is only just emerging. “When we used to analyse our marketplaces, we used to resort to statistical significance,” Sheldrake points out. Companies could not afford to act on a trend that wasn’t very strong. “But now, we can start looking for weak signals because there is zero cost to that. We have made ourselves a lot more sensitive to real-time responses.”

    The problem with marrying social media analytics with management information is that in many cases, these other data sources are siloed within different departments. Big data may be useful, but it is also fragmented and hard to reassemble. As social media analytics become more sophisticated, the future barriers to use maybe as organisational as they are technical.

    Show me the money

    For many CEOs, the terms “retweet” and “influencer” won’t mean nearly as much as one simple phrase: “ROI”. Return on investment is a critical metric for those holding the purse strings, but how do you measure ROI in a social media context? It’s simple, says Andrew Bruce Smith, founder of digital communications company Escherman: Follow the traffic.

    “You have to make a clear decision between financial and non-financial outcomes,” he says. Getting 20,000 more Twitter followers is a non-financial outcome. But if you can prove that a percentage of them visited your website because of a tweet, and subsequently bought something, then that counts.

    In this context, one of the most important tools is also completely free: Google Analytics. It tells you how people got to your website, Smith explains, and what they did afterwards. It’s something that Sarah Flaherty, head of content and PR at insurance firm Confused.com, has been using to good effect.

    “Through Google Analytics I tracked the traffic that came to our site, and then what they did,” she says, adding that she can tell if they came directly to the site via one of her social media campaigns or other content channels. “I can tell you from any piece of content whether their next step was to get a quote.”

    Facebook also provides tools for measuring engagement success. Conversion Measurement lets businesses track the number of actions such as registrations or shopping cart checkouts from Facebook ads and sponsored stories, while Page Insights show the level of engagement users have with Facebook content.

    Tracking analytics in enterprise tools such as Salesforce Buddy Media and Adobe Social are another method of measuring ROI.

    Even if an organisation isn’t focused on sales, it can still tie website traffic from social media campaigns to other objectives, such as communicating a particular message, or getting people talking about a product. If you can quantify that, then you can measure it against your goals.

    Look out for future articles on this site on the importance and impact of ROI.


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    City Year is proud to partner with the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work to award six $15,000 Master of Social Work scholarships to City Year AmeriCorps members, alumni or staff, plus additional scholarship opportunities.

    The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work ranks among the top accredited social work graduate programs in the United States. A recognized leader in academic innovation, experiential learning, online education and translational research, the school prepares students for leadership roles in public and private organizations that serve individuals, families and communities in need. USC is dedicated to reinventing the profession, furthering knowledge and changing social institutions locally, nationally and globally. The school has made innovation a signature feature of its academic and research enterprise, leveraging technology in social work education, clinical practice, research and community development, as evidenced through the creation of an advanced online platform for distance learning, virtual humans for graduate-level teaching, and a university-based clinic offering mental health services over the Internet. In addition to its signature Master of Social Work (MSW) program, offered both on-campus and online, the school has programs for a PhD in Social Work, a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) and a Master of Nursing Science (MSN).

    Scholarship and Fee Waiver Opportunities:

    These opportunities are available to City Year alumni who have completed 1 year of service and staff who have been employed for at least 2 years.

    Number of Scholarships

    City Year Scholarship

    $15,000 toward tuition per year, renewable for a second year

    2 on-ground MSW students
    4 online MSW students (1 per start date cohort)

    City Year Service Scholarship

    Up to $3,750 toward tuition per semester, renewable.
    Part-time students receive award starting in their 3rd semester

    5 on-ground MSW students and unlimited online MSW students

    Application Fee Waiver

    Available to all City Year participants and alumni

    Admitted students may defer enrollment for one year if they decide to serve additional time with City Year before starting the graduate program.

    Available to all City Year participants and alumni

    Applicants will also be considered for additional merit-based awards depending on the strength of the application.

    Eligibility Additional Info

    • $15,000 of the scholarship will be applied toward tuition costs for award recipients enrolled in USC’s full-time on ground or online Master of Social Work program.
  • The scholarship is renewable in the second year of the program for a total minimum scholarship of $30,000.

    Accepted City Year applicants who are not offered the $15K scholarship will be considered for the City Year Service Scholarship valued at $3,750 per semester. Part-time students will receive award starting in the 3 rd semester.

  • City Year alumni must have at least one year of service, and City Year staff must be employed for at least two years.
  • Admitted students may defer enrollment for one year if they decide to serve additional time with City Year before starting the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be considered for additional merit-based awards depending on the strength of the application.
  • For More Information

    Meet the City Year National Service Scholars


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    Apply for Social Security Disability in Virginia #social #security #disability #virginia,


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    Social Security Disability Benefits Resources: Virginia

    Disability Determination Services

    The Office of Disability Determination Services makes decisions on disability benefit claims based on:

    • Medical Records
    • Medical and Psychological Evidence
    • Continuing Disability review
    • The applicant s own statement
    Virginia Offices of Disability Determination Services

    Disability Determination Services
    Administrative Office
    8004 Franklin Farms Dr
    Richmond, VA 23229
    Telephone: 1-804-662-9322

    Disability Determination Services
    Northern Regional Office
    11150 Fairfax Blvd. Suite 200
    Fairfax, VA 22030
    Telephone: 800-379-9548

    Disability Determination Services
    Southwest Regional Office
    111 Franklin Road, SE
    Suite 250
    Roanoke, Virginia 24011
    Telephone: 800-627-1288

    Disability Determination Services
    Central Regional Office
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 200
    Richmond, VA 23233
    Telephone.com: 800-523-5007

    Disability Determination Services
    Tidewater Regional Office
    5850 Lake Herbert Drive, Suite 200
    Norfolk, VA 23502
    Telephone: 1-800-379-4403

    Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review

    These following Social Security Offices of Disability Adjudication and review are responsible for setting and conducting hearings of Social Security benefits applications, as well releasing decisions of the Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding appeals and the granting of benefits to individuals.

    Virginia Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review

    Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
    2nd Floor
    1470 Pantops Mountain Place
    Charlottesville, Virginia 22911
    Telephone: (866) 613-2969
    Fax: (434) 295-4515
    Services the following Social Security Field Offices:

    VIRGINIA:
    Charlottesville, Covington, Culpeper, Danville, Farmville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Martinsville, South Boston, Staunton

    Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
    5850 Lake Herbert Drive, 3rd Floor
    Norfolk, Virginia 23502
    Telephone: (866) 931-9167
    Fax: (757) 459-6733
    Services the following Social Security Field Offices:

    VIRGINIA:
    Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach
    PENNSYLVANIA:
    Meadville
    OHIO
    Ashtabula

    Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
    801 East Main Street
    4th Floor
    Richmond, Virginia 23219-2406
    Telephone: (804) 771-2977
    Fax: (804) 771-2405
    Services the following Social Security Field Offices:

    VIRGINIA:
    Chesterfield, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, Richmond Downtown, Richmond West, Richmond East, Winchester
    MARYLAND:
    Cumberland, Frederick, Hagerstown
    WEST VIRGINIA:
    Martinsburg, Petersburg

    Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
    Suite 201
    116 North Jefferson Street
    Roanoke, Virginia 24016
    Telephone: (866) 592-3548
    Fax: (540) 857-2635
    Services the following Social Security Field Offices:

    VIRGINIA:
    Bristol, Roanoke, Wise, Wytheville
    WEST VIRGINIA:
    Bluefield


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    Social Service Worker – Accelerated – Seneca – Toronto, Canada #social


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    Social Service Worker

    Ontario College Diploma

    Program Description

    The Social Service Worker (Accelerated) (SSWA) program provides you with the knowledge and skills required to make a meaningful contribution in the human service field. You will be challenged to examine your own beliefs and values, develop interpersonal communication skills and promote social justice, human dignity and equity. Your success in this program will be measured by both your ability to grow and change and your academic performance.

    This is the accelerated version of the Social Service Worker (SSW) program. The accelerated program is demanding and requires students with good academic, time management and interpersonal skills.

    Accelerated Delivery Mode

    This is an accelerated program for those who completed a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences or other undergraduate degree. This program consists of a 7-week intensive summer semester (Semester 1) starting in early May each year, followed by a regular academic year commencing the day after Labour Day and concluding in mid-April (Semesters 2 and 3).

    Field Work

    As a student in SSWA, your field work will begin in semester two. Field work provides you with a valuable opportunity to apply your learnings to the workplace. In order to be eligible for field work, you will be required to meet the criteria as set out in the “Social Service Worker Program Student Code of Conduct”. In the placement, you will benefit from supervision and have specified hours, duties and accountabilities to both the college and agency representative. Field work is a mutually agreed contract for which you will be evaluated by the field placement supervisor. The minimum commitment is the successful completion of specific periods as set out in the Field Placement Student Contract.

    Please note that students may be required to return to school during the Academic Advisement Week in January in order to do a block placement. The Social Service Worker program subjects are lecture and tutorial based, utilizing texts; some are practice-oriented and stress interpersonal skills and group dynamics. Students can expect to spend 20 to 25 hours each week on assignments, as well as two days per week in field placement in semester two and two days per week in semester three.

    Provincial Registration

    In order to practice in Ontario as a “Social Service Worker” or a “Registered Social Service Worker”, graduates must apply for registration in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Graduates of the SSW program will meet the education requirement for registration. For more information, please visit ocswssw.org .

    Admission Requirements

    • A recognized Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from an accredited institution. Under special circumstances, graduates from other related program areas may be considered.
    • Academic equivalents for four social service or general education related credits and College English.
      • Students with credentials from a foreign institution must be evaluated course by course through WES or ICAS.
    • English proficiency at the post-secondary level.

    Prior To Field Placement:

    • A current Police Vulnerable Sector screening:
      • Applicants living in the city of Toronto can expect to wait a minimum of 8-12 weeks to receive a Police Check.

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    Your Career

    Earn your Social Service Worker diploma in three semesters with this accelerated program. As a SSWA student, you will learn important social service work skills and be prepared to apply them to the real world. Your studies may lead you to employment in youth, women’s and ‘disabled’ persons’ programs, as well as in housing, community development, rehabilitation, mental health and many other settings. Upon graduation, you will be eligible for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

    Transfer Credit/Pathways

    The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

    Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

    Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online .

    Important Academic Dates

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    Courses

    Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

    2017/2018 Academic Year


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    Tidewater Medical Training #tidewater #medical #training, #hampton, #norfolk, #chesapeake, #virginia #beach,


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    Welcome to TMT where students learn having fun (yes, these are really TMT students)! Our Board of Nursing Approved curriculum is unlike any other. Come see what all of the talk is about.

  • Enrolling at Tidewater Medical Training is like training in a real healthcare facility! We have six patient areas with real hospital beds, curtains, bed side tables, and call buttons. Hands-on training should always be real!

  • We don’t pretend! TMT uses real medical carts to train certified medication aides. The CMA program is one of the best in Tidewater!

  • The TMT facility is modern and boasts classrooms, skills labs, offices, and a conference room.

  • Study groups are normal! We encourage our students to work together and be successful. Some of our students even carpool to class!

  • Faculty and students practice their CNA skills and take turns having fun playing the role of “patient”. Learning at TMT is fun!

    Welcome to Tidewater Medical Training, the premier Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Medication Aide (CMA), and CPR training program in Hampton Roads with two convenient locations to serve you!

    Benefits of training with TMT:

    • Virginia Board of Nursing Approved Classes!
    • Affordable Tuition Payment Plans – Shop around!
    • Excellent Instructors – Our instructors care!
    • High Pass Rate – Students do well on the state exam!
    • Job Placement Assistance – You’re hired!
    • In-House CNA testing – One stop shopping!
    • Our Owner has graduated over 1,000 CNA’s!

    New Hampton Campus!

    Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk

    “My name is Virginia in the Admissions Office at the Virginia Beach campus and I am here to help you begin your career at Tidewater Medical Training! I look forward to speaking with you. If you want me to call you click below and enter your telephone number and you will be connected immediately. I am happy to help you find a class or learn more about our programs. I’d also love to show you around our campus!”

    Click here to connect directly with Virginia!

    New students may also fill out an online application.

    Are you ready for a challenge? Are you ready for fun and personal growth? Do you feel you have what it takes to be successful in health care? Then, train with us! We select talented people with the will and desire to succeed. Since we are accredited by the Board of Nursing and conduct clinicals in health care facilities, certain application restrictions apply.

    Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, Williamsburg

    “My name is Curn in the Admissions Office at the Hampton campus. I want to help you find the program that is right for you so you can begin your career in healthcare or grow in your current career. If you click below and enter your telephone number we will be connected immediately. Tidewater Medical Training is a great place to train and our classes are fun and exciting. I am here to help you get started; let’s talk. “

    Click here to connect directly with Curnethia!

    New students may also fill out an online application.


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  • Travel Agent Social Media Marketing Tools #travel #booking #sites

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    Agent Social Media Tools

    International Expeditions has the tools to make your social media marketing easy! Keep reading for suggested tweets, Facebook posts and even blog material that will keep your clients engaged AND ensure you look like a true authority on nature travel .

    Suggested Tweets

    Share IE’s great voyage values with your Twitter followers. Here are some easy suggested tweets:

  • No single supplement on small-ship Amazon River, Galapagos Islands Cuba cruises! Call xxx-xxx-xxxx for details.

    Insider’s Tip: Store cameras in the bathroom so you don’t fog-up the internal lenses.

    All you have to do is copy, paste and share!

    Facebook Posts

    Facebook is a great way to engage your best travelers. Here are just a few suggestions for great posts that are sure to get your fans talking. Hint: Fill-in the blank questions are great for encouraging comments.

    Keep checking back often for new suggestions.

    • Where will your next passport stamp come from?
    • What was the first country you visited?
    • What country has the best beaches?
    • What airline has the best in-flight entertainment options?
    • What is the one place you’d love to visit…but haven’t yet?
    • New York? Paris? LA? What is the best city for a weekend getaway?
    • The thing I hate the most about air travel is _________ .

    Plus, if you have a blog, be sure to post links to your stories on your Facebook wall.

    Blog Posts

    International Expeditions is happy to pass along posts on wildlife, travel tips and more that you can use on your blog and e-newsletters. Here is a sampling of what we have available. Contact Emily Harley for more information.

    • 6 Fantastico Havana Experiences

    As the largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba is packed with some of the most distinct cultural and natural wonders to be found in the region. Here’s International Expeditions’ guide for making the most of your time in Havana.

  • Spot a Rare Black Rhino in Ngorongoro

    Nature travel in Tanzania offers hundreds of opportunities to see animals that most have only gotten to know through textbooks and magazines.

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    If you aren’t one of the lucky few sipping Pisco Sours in Lima, be sure to try out this Pisco Sour recipe from International Expeditions’ Amazon River tour Expedition Leader, Jorge Salas.

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  • Professional Photo Tips for Travelers

    With over 35 years of wildlife photography experience and credits including Robb Report. Atlanta Journal Constitution and Birmingham Magazine. George Ritchey offers travelers tips on how to capture, preserve and enhance their memories while exploring.

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    Recent years have seen birdwatching emerge as one of the most popular nature travel activities. There are a few things birdwatchers should keep in mind whenever they enter the brush in search of an elusive species.





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    Social Media Tips for Travel

    Score Free Perks

    T+L Tip: Want the freebies to come to you? Leverage your Klout score, a marker of social influence (available at klout.com ). Last year, American Airlines offered free admission to its Admirals Clubs for anyone with a score of 55 or higher.

    Get Faster Customer Service

    Airlines

    Hotel Brands

    *Based on 60-day averages of activity on Twitter, according to skift.com data. All figures accurate at press time.

    T+L Tip: Don’t go overboard. “Reaching out through more than one channel will multiply our efforts to assist that customer, and can inadvertently slow things down,” says Rob Hahn, Southwest Airlines’ team leader for Customer Advocacy and Social Media.

    Shape the Next Great Travel Innovation

    Guests have long wielded power over travel companies with the impact of their online reviews (look no further than Yelp and TripAdvisor’s combined 200 million user-generated assessments). These days, the feedback loop is evolving, as hotels, airlines, and developers canvass for input before debuting new products and services—allowing travelers to sculpt new experiences. Real estate company Prodigy Network took the most direct approach this spring, crowdsourcing design concepts and technological innovations in a generously funded competition that will inform a hotel in New York City’s Financial District. Similarly, Marriott asked the public to suggest innovative hotel services as part of its Travel Brilliantly campaign; the winner, a healthy-food-on-demand concept, will soon be piloted at one of the brand’s properties. Guests weigh in on smaller decisions, too: Omni Hotels Resorts has polled its Facebook fans to create the most appealing package deals, while National Car Rental and JetBlue have developed mobile apps with help from their online communities.

    $50,000: The total prize earnings in Prodigy Network’s crowdsourced hotel competition.

    Unlock Exclusive Deals

    Hotels are using social media channels to foster loyalty and generate direct bookings—offering as much as 50 percent off via Twitter and Facebook. Not to be outdone, booking engines such as Orbitz and Expedia are responding with deals of their own. Travelocity has offered $150 off package deals on Facebook, for instance, and this past Mother’s Day, Priceline gave an extra 10 percent off any Name Your Own Price deal with a special code shared on Facebook and Twitter. The bottom line: always check a company’s social network pages before finalizing your reservation.

    T+L Tip: Checking in on Foursquare can unlock even deeper discounts. Hertz regularly uses the platform to offer 20 percent off rental-car bookings.

    Gain Early Access to the Concierge

    Three ways to get personalized service without the face-to-face request.

    On Pinterest: With the new Pin.Pack.Go program from Four Seasons, guests can create inspiration boards on the Pinterest site or app before their trip and invite their hotel’s concierge to collaborate. Within 48 hours, they’ll receive “pinned” restaurant recommendations, shopping suggestions, and more—all based on the items they’ve selected.

    On Facebook: Kimpton guests who are looking for gluten-free restaurant options or noteworthy local concerts can take their questions to Facebook, where an online concierge team awaits. For the best result, send a private message rather than a public wall post—staffers typically respond within 24 hours.

    Get Your 15 Minutes of Fame—Or a Free Vacation

    Call it the Warhol effect: When Marriott’s new millennial-focused Moxy brand debuts in Milan this September, a flagship feature will be its Instagram wall, a floor-to-ceiling installation of guests’ best snapshots. Virgin America has beamed Instagram pics tagged with #myVXexperience onto billboards in Times Square; W Hotels created a pop-up art gallery dedicated to their guests’ best mobile images. Even better: at Sydney’s 1888 Hotel, users with 10,000-plus followers can score a free night’s stay (in addition to having their photos featured in the lobby), while Australia’s Hamilton Island actively scouts digital “influencers,” sending them to the destination on paid trips in exchange for a handful of potentially viral shots.

    T+L Tip: Your photos can’t go viral unless they’re good. Here, a few pointers from SMITTY juror, photographer, and prolific Instagrammer, Cole Rise.

    Take advantage of third-party photo-editing apps. They allow you to fine-tune your photographs as a professional would.

    Accessorize your phone. Waterproof cases, mounted lenses, and extra battery packs help you get the most from your device.

    Shoot videos in Instagram directly. The app offers excellent built-in stabilization.

    Stay on Top of Breaking News

    T+L Tip: Follow trending hashtags, which aggregate relevant tweets and surface the latest details. To confirm the legitimacy of Twitter sources, look for blue check marks next to the source’s name (they’re proof of a verified identity).





    04/07/2017

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    Hospice offers medical care toward a different goal: Maintaining or improving the quality of life for someone whose illness, disease or condition is unlikely to be cured. Each patient’s individualized care plan is updated as needed to address the physical, emotional and spiritual pain that often accompanies terminal illness. Hospice care also offers practical support for the caregiver(s) during the illness and grief support after the death. Hospice is something more that is available to the patient and the entire family when curative measures have been exhausted and life prognosis is 6 months or less.

    ​History of Hospice

    In Western society, the concept of hospice has been evolving in Europe since the 11th century. Hospice were places of hospitality for the sick, wounded or dying, as well as those for travelers and pilgrims. The modern concept of hospice, includes palliative care for the incurably ill given in such institutions as hospitals or nursing homes. but also care provided to those who would rather spend their last months and days of life in their own homes.

    It began to emerge in the 17th century, but many of the foundational principles by which modern hospice services operate were pioneered in the 1950s by Dame Cicely Saunders. when she opened St. Christopher’s Hospice in 1967. St. Christopher’s Hospice in London emphasized the multi-disciplinary approach to caring for the dying, the regular use of opioids to control physical pain and careful attention to social, spiritual and psychological suffering in patients and families.

    Within the United States. the term is largely defined by the practices of the Medicare system and other health insurance providers, which make hospice care available, either in an inpatient facility or at the patient’s home, to patients with a terminal prognosis who are medically certified at hospice onset to have less than six months to live.

    Hospice care also involves assistance for patients’ families to help them cope with what is happening and provide care and support to keep the patient at home.

    In 1969, Elisabeth wrote On Death and Dying. coining the 5 stages of death: Shock/Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.


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    Graduation ceremony marks the start of new opportunities

    Joshua Hills will receive a Doctor of Philosophy, his fourth award from Southern Cross University

  • The first of our kind: scientists discover the oldest Homo sapiens fossils at Jebel Irhoud, Morocco

    State-of-the art techniques at Southern Cross University played a role in direct-dating the human remains

  • Ocean acidification may bolster destructive crown-of-thorns starfish

    Crown-of-thorns starfish may grow faster as ocean acidification levels increase, according to new research from Southern Cross University.

  • $1m Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to investigate chemical pollution in coastal waters

    The only Future Fellowship in the field of Oceanography in Aust this round, showing University’s leadership in this field

  • Rising sea temperatures put seafood quality at risk

    Researchers find deterioration in nutritional quality of marine snails in climate change study

  • Species under threat due to taxonomy �chaos�

    Calls for International Union of Biological Sciences to create taxonomic commission that applies standards

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    24/06/2017

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    CATEGORY: Educational Technology

    Posted May 2, 2017

    Sure, adolescents spend too much time “glued to their screens,” but why not turn that to your advantage — and theirs? Students love of technology can be a powerful force in language arts classrooms thanks to the possibilities of digital storytelling. Students’ beloved smartphones can be essential tools for sharing their unique thoughts and experiences

    Posted November 14, 2016

    Long gone are the days when high school seniors filled out individual applications online to each of their choice schools — and further gone are handwritten applications mailed out individually with enough time before the deadlines. For the past several years, prospective college students have been able to apply to their choice schools in a

    Posted October 31, 2016

    While PowerPoint remains an industry standard for creating effective and engaging presentations, several new and innovative options enable students and teachers alike to create presentations for in-person and virtual audiences. Presentation options used to be much more limited. Either we needed certain software or a specific computer type, or the cost was prohibitive. That’s all

    Posted September 13, 2016

    Today’s education models tend to focus on a child’s achievement deficits — if students aren’t reading at grade level, for instance, then teachers try to get them caught up. Mindprint Learning flips this model, using cognitive tests to identify children’s strengths and engage them in ways that compensate for their weaknesses. The goal: Let kids

    Posted April 6, 2016

    Stackup is a Chrome browser extension that measures students’ time learning on the Internet. “Teachers use Stackup to make free reading fun and accountable,“ said Nick Garvin, the company’s CEO. Browser extension measures the time students spend learning online by subject or website Students can use the browser extension to research subjects that interest them,

    Posted August 27, 2015

    Early childhood arts-based learning is suffering at many schools. Despite recognizing the benefits of art instruction, teachers have less time for creativity and fun during class time. School budgets for visiting artists are tight as well. Cutbacks appear to be nationwide and beyond. Canadian schools, for instance, are dealing with the same budgetary realities,” said

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Knowing how to calculate volume, area and perimeters isn’t just reserved for mathematicians, physicists and engineers. It’s an important skill that workers use every day in dozens of professions including carpenters, surveyors, landscapers, painters and architects. And it all starts with simple geometry. Geometry has been a part of most middle and high school math

    Posted September 2, 2014

    For generations of chemistry students, the Periodic Table of the Elements has been a must-have tool for solving science homework problems and completing classroom tests. Scientists developed the periodic table in the late 19th century to organize elements, the basic building blocks of ordinary matter, into a cohesive document that can be studied and shared. The

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Now is a great time to be a social studies or government teacher, thanks in part to a multitude of technology resources that can help educators engage students, promote classroom deliberation and develop rich K-12 lesson plans. An excellent example of those resources is the website C-SPAN Classroom, which provides high-quality, up-to-date teaching materials for

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Studying historical facts and figures has been a mainstay in elementary and secondary schools for generations. That’s especially true in government and civics classes, where students learn about the U.S. presidents and their places in history. But memorizing this information can be a monotonous task for some students. Fortunately, technology can help make that job

    Posted August 11, 2014

    One of the best ways to engage students in learning is to include multimedia in lesson plans. Audio, video and interactivity in lessons tend to keep students interested and help them retain the material better. That’s the idea behind the popular BrainPOP collection of educational websites, programs and animated movies. Since 1999, BrainPOP curriculum-based content

    Posted August 6, 2014

    For generations of K-12 students, a paper notebook or three-ring binder was a necessity for classroom organization. But thanks to technology, today’s students can cast aside paper organizers in favor of mobile apps that take classroom organization to a whole new level. Mobile organization apps let students combine lecture notes, study materials and classroom resources

    Posted March 21, 2014

    When Rod Powell’s school went one-to-one, giving a computer to every student, he was thrilled with the opportunity for professional development offered by the North Carolina school district where he teaches history. But he knew he wanted to learn about more than the machine. Powell wanted to know how to bring technology into his students’

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Melissa Techman is a librarian who knows her tech. And she’s willing to share. The Broadus Wood Elementary School’s librarian expands her reach beyond her home district in Virginia. She is on Twitter, Diigo, Symbaloo and Pinterest as mtechman, sharing tech tips and tools for educators. Techman first used technology in her library when she

    Posted December 19, 2013

    With the days of dusty card catalogs long gone, school librarians are taking a leading role in bringing technology into K-12 education. Promoting the importance of technology in education is just one of librarians’ many roles in schools. By serving as role models for technology use and demonstrating how technological resources serve students’ learning aims,

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Some exciting education technology trends appear poised to influence the classroom in new ways. They could give teachers access to a broader range of education options while helping students better prepare for the world they will face. Mobile apps Veteran teachers, new teachers and those training to become teachers are probably all familiar with mobile apps .

    Posted November 1, 2013

    With the costs of education skyrocketing, students can t pass up a chance for a free online textbook. Whatever the subject matter, these textbooks allow teachers to pass the cost savings on to their students and parents. Textbooks can be found for elementary students just beginning their education as well as for college students in specialized

    Posted July 29, 2013

    If you really want to integrate technology into the classroom, asking which apps are best for math or science is the wrong question. “There’s tons of great math apps if you are trying to skill and drill , but there’s more to technology than that,” said Jon Samuelson, best known as iPadSammy from his blog of

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Education is continuously changing, and so are the techniques. The visual literacy classroom is becoming a priority to keep up with digital technology trends in learning. The capacity, comprehension and communication of current students differ considerably from the student of 10 and even five years ago. The classroom environment must adapt to the students learning

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Education technology is at the forefront of discussions about how education will look in the future. Gaming technology and digital badges may play a significant part of that process. While there seems to be a growing reluctance to keep score in youth sports, a new way of tracking wins and losses may just be what’s

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    5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media #svr #travels

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    5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media

    By Erica Swallow 2012-02-07 08:49:57 UTC

    Finding travel deals on the Internet seems to get easier and more fun each year.

    It used to be that you’d have to book directly through airlines and hotels, and then came the aggregators. Sites like Orbitz and Priceline made prices more transparent — and deal seekers rejoiced.

    Now, there are tons of web and mobile applications that specialize in travel, and social media is making easier than ever for travelers to plan, book and share details about their travel itineraries.

    The world of social media travel deals is ever-changing, so we’re glad to present you with the latest information on how to find travel deals using social media. Read on for five hot tips, and let us know your deal seeking strategies in the comments below.

    1. Stay on Top of Twitter Deals

    Finding travel deals on Twitter is all about following the right accounts, utilizing search and acting fast when the right deal pops up.

    For starters, follow — or make a Twitter list of — the airlines you often fly and the hotels you often book. Wanderlisting is a great resource for finding not only airlines and hotels on Twitter, but also travel bloggers, publications and tips. Just a heads-up, JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic are known to tweet out some pretty sweet deals, too.

    But you don’t always have to be on Twitter to reap the rewards of its service. FareCompare.com enables users to receive real-time tweets when airfare prices drop from their home airport — or you can simply browse its web app for deals.

    If following isn’t working out for you, try searching Twitter. A quick search for “NYC travel deals,” for example, yields a number of relevant tweets, including one from Travelzoo. promoting NYC hotel deals, and another from the L.A. Times promoting a Valentine’s Day dinner deal in New York.

    If you’re really not sure where you’d like to go, the hashtag #traveldeals is always a good fallback.

    2. Use Facebook for Loyalty Reward Programs

    While you could follow airlines, hotels and deal sites on Facebook. we don’t recommend clogging up your stream with travel deals. The occasional “like” for your favorite travel companies is enough.

    In general, Facebook doesn’t offer many good experiences for finding deals and booking travel. While a number of airlines — including Alaska Airlines and Malaysia Airlines — have Facebook apps that help you book flights, you’re not going to get the best deals if you’re searching just one airline.

    If serendipity presents you with a great deal, that’s wonderful. Otherwise, keep your Facebook travel deal searching to a minimum. You’re better off using the usual web apps of choice — Kayak. Orbitz. Hipmunk and Airbnb. among others.

    That being said, Facebook does come in handy when you’re a member of a hotel or airline’s loyalty membership program. If you are a Hilton HHonors member or Starwood Preferred Guest. for example, it’s a great idea to “like” the program’s Facebook Page and sit back while offers roll in.

    If you’re seriously addicted to Facebook, though, you should try out Airbnb’s Facebook app. which enables users to find and rent homes around the world.

    3. Get Social Recommendations

    There are a number of apps — such as Gogobot — that enable users to pull travel advice from their social graphs.

    Check out the latest on the block, Trippy. It lets you get your friends’ recommendations for places to visit and things to do when you’re planning a trip. After all, it’s great to get a recommendation from a friend who has already traveled the road you’re about to take. Once a trip is planned, the user can even check rates or book the trip right from Trippy’s platform.

    This strategy should be used in tandem with other deal searches, though — while it could lead to finding the best recommendations from your friends, they may not be the cheapest.

    4. Forums Still Count

    While you don’t hear about forums much anymore — mostly due to the fact that they’re horribly designed and difficult to navigate — they can still be useful, especially for the travel-deal hunter.

    For all the latest news and gossip regarding loyalty reward programs and travel deals, check out FlyerTalk. which deems itself “the world’s most popular frequent flyer community.” This savvy group of travelers will have you snatching up great deals in no time.

    5. Last-Minute Lodging Deals

    If you fly by the seat of your pants and have arrived in your destination city without a place to stay, there are a number of options for booking last-minute lodging. For starters, check out HotelTonight. an app that enables you to book a room at discounts of up to 70%.

    Likewise, you could try using Airbnb’s iPhone app. which has a button appropriately labeled “Help! I need a place tonight!” You could also try the standby feature if you can’t find an Airbnb spot — this prompts local homeowners to send offers your way, usually at lower rates than they usually charge.

    And lastly, don’t forget Foursquare. While it’s unlikely that you’ll find discounted hotel prices, you could discover some other sweet perks. I did a quick search for on Foursquare for hotels within 10 miles, and I found a special for 1,000 Priority Club Rewards Bonus Points for checking in three times at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square. For the right person, loyalty points could be a better deal than a discounted bill. Not too shabby, right?

    Your Tips

    What’s your strategy for finding travel deals using social media? Let us know your best tips in the comments below.

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    18/05/2017

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    Go Direct: Direct Deposit for Social Security – Federal Benefits #magellan

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    U.S. Treasury Requires Electronic Federal Benefit Payments

    If you still receive a paper check for your Social Security or other federal benefit payments, you are out of compliance with the law. The Treasury Department requires federal benefit payments to be made electronically.

    Switch to Electronic Payments Today!

    You can choose to get your payments by direct deposit to a bank or credit union account or to a Direct Express Debit MasterCard card account. Sign up by contacting the U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at (800) 333-1795. You may also sign up for direct deposit online or at your local bank or credit union.

    If you do not comply, the Treasury Department will contact you directly and may send you a Direct Express card.

    Exceptions will be granted in rare circumstances. Find out if you qualify.

    If you already receive your federal benefit payments electronically, you do not need to take any action.

    If you want to get your federal benefit payments paid by direct deposit to your checking or savings account, you ll need:





    11/05/2017

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    5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media #travel #supermaket

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    5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media

    By Erica Swallow 2012-02-07 08:49:57 UTC

    Finding travel deals on the Internet seems to get easier and more fun each year.

    It used to be that you’d have to book directly through airlines and hotels, and then came the aggregators. Sites like Orbitz and Priceline made prices more transparent — and deal seekers rejoiced.

    Now, there are tons of web and mobile applications that specialize in travel, and social media is making easier than ever for travelers to plan, book and share details about their travel itineraries.

    The world of social media travel deals is ever-changing, so we’re glad to present you with the latest information on how to find travel deals using social media. Read on for five hot tips, and let us know your deal seeking strategies in the comments below.

    1. Stay on Top of Twitter Deals

    Finding travel deals on Twitter is all about following the right accounts, utilizing search and acting fast when the right deal pops up.

    For starters, follow — or make a Twitter list of — the airlines you often fly and the hotels you often book. Wanderlisting is a great resource for finding not only airlines and hotels on Twitter, but also travel bloggers, publications and tips. Just a heads-up, JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic are known to tweet out some pretty sweet deals, too.

    But you don’t always have to be on Twitter to reap the rewards of its service. FareCompare.com enables users to receive real-time tweets when airfare prices drop from their home airport — or you can simply browse its web app for deals.

    If following isn’t working out for you, try searching Twitter. A quick search for “NYC travel deals,” for example, yields a number of relevant tweets, including one from Travelzoo. promoting NYC hotel deals, and another from the L.A. Times promoting a Valentine’s Day dinner deal in New York.

    If you’re really not sure where you’d like to go, the hashtag #traveldeals is always a good fallback.

    2. Use Facebook for Loyalty Reward Programs

    While you could follow airlines, hotels and deal sites on Facebook. we don’t recommend clogging up your stream with travel deals. The occasional “like” for your favorite travel companies is enough.

    In general, Facebook doesn’t offer many good experiences for finding deals and booking travel. While a number of airlines — including Alaska Airlines and Malaysia Airlines — have Facebook apps that help you book flights, you’re not going to get the best deals if you’re searching just one airline.

    If serendipity presents you with a great deal, that’s wonderful. Otherwise, keep your Facebook travel deal searching to a minimum. You’re better off using the usual web apps of choice — Kayak. Orbitz. Hipmunk and Airbnb. among others.

    That being said, Facebook does come in handy when you’re a member of a hotel or airline’s loyalty membership program. If you are a Hilton HHonors member or Starwood Preferred Guest. for example, it’s a great idea to “like” the program’s Facebook Page and sit back while offers roll in.

    If you’re seriously addicted to Facebook, though, you should try out Airbnb’s Facebook app. which enables users to find and rent homes around the world.

    3. Get Social Recommendations

    There are a number of apps — such as Gogobot — that enable users to pull travel advice from their social graphs.

    Check out the latest on the block, Trippy. It lets you get your friends’ recommendations for places to visit and things to do when you’re planning a trip. After all, it’s great to get a recommendation from a friend who has already traveled the road you’re about to take. Once a trip is planned, the user can even check rates or book the trip right from Trippy’s platform.

    This strategy should be used in tandem with other deal searches, though — while it could lead to finding the best recommendations from your friends, they may not be the cheapest.

    4. Forums Still Count

    While you don’t hear about forums much anymore — mostly due to the fact that they’re horribly designed and difficult to navigate — they can still be useful, especially for the travel-deal hunter.

    For all the latest news and gossip regarding loyalty reward programs and travel deals, check out FlyerTalk. which deems itself “the world’s most popular frequent flyer community.” This savvy group of travelers will have you snatching up great deals in no time.

    5. Last-Minute Lodging Deals

    If you fly by the seat of your pants and have arrived in your destination city without a place to stay, there are a number of options for booking last-minute lodging. For starters, check out HotelTonight. an app that enables you to book a room at discounts of up to 70%.

    Likewise, you could try using Airbnb’s iPhone app. which has a button appropriately labeled “Help! I need a place tonight!” You could also try the standby feature if you can’t find an Airbnb spot — this prompts local homeowners to send offers your way, usually at lower rates than they usually charge.

    And lastly, don’t forget Foursquare. While it’s unlikely that you’ll find discounted hotel prices, you could discover some other sweet perks. I did a quick search for on Foursquare for hotels within 10 miles, and I found a special for 1,000 Priority Club Rewards Bonus Points for checking in three times at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square. For the right person, loyalty points could be a better deal than a discounted bill. Not too shabby, right?

    Your Tips

    What’s your strategy for finding travel deals using social media? Let us know your best tips in the comments below.

    Series supported by join.me

    The Social Travel Series is supported by join.me. the easiest way to have an online meeting. Named one of Time magazine’s best websites of 2011, join.me lets you share your screen so you can instantly get together, collaborate, demo, show off, and more. Plus, it’s totally free. How will you use it? Check it out today .

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    07/04/2017

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