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The Occupational Hazards of Social Work

What is our relationship with work? How much of our lives do we spend at work? How does occupation influence other aspects of our lives? What does it mean to have a “good job” and when we tell someone to “get a job?”

For my Occupational & Environmental Health class last semester, I explored the unique occupational hazard of chronic job strain (or stress) and burnout in social work and caring professions. In public health, we are taught to conceptualize the causes of health outcomes on multiple levels: Individual (attitudes, beliefs), interpersonal (social pressures and norms), environmental (community or organizational dynamics), and societal (values held by the larger society). By mapping out elements on each level, we can comprehensively assess the problem—usually, an illness or disease—and develop appropriate interventions.

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Faces of Addiction: Portraits of Hunts Point

Mary Alice and new jewelry (click through for full story – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Just Judge)

I spent nearly two years working at the clinic on Hunts Point Ave., in the neighborhood of the South Bronx where Chris Arnade takes portraits. Many of the faces—of people who would be labelled by some as addicts, prostitutes, pimps, dealers—are familiar to me. I knew them simply as patients. My relationship with Hunts Point, now, is terribly complicated. I no longer go there, but I remember it every single day. It has stayed with me. Despite that, I hope that those who remember coming to me at the clinic, remember being treated with respect, humility, and humanity, as we all always deserve.

Indeed a lot about addiction is ugly, but it does not mean an addict has abdicated every shred of their self-worth.