Professionals: Be a Leader in Social Justice

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I’m a business owner. I’m a professional social worker bound by a code of ethics and a set of practice standards. I have been told, by people who know better, that I can’t speak out politically. That I can’t cuss in public. That I can’t write about my personal life or talk about it, because “that would be unprofessional”.  That I can’t be a leader in the social justice movement “because it’s controversial”.  Don’t believe it. Your profession, your professionalism, creates an obligation to speak out against injustice, and for the rights of people who look up to you and…

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Free Speech, Sea Lions, Sad Puppies, Comment Moderation and the Modern Day Salon

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I stuck my neck out not too long ago on the Sad Puppy debate, and got some criticism. Some people criticized my use of a psychological frame for what they saw as a social justice debate, others had trouble distinguishing between my identification of common psychological tropes evident in public actions of people involved in the debate with diagnosis of those people. I have addressed these issues privately with those involved, and will probably write a post about the importance of understanding underlying psychological issues to social justice arguments in the future. My website is now set to having comment…

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Ending Radio Silence: Updates, Comments, and Thoughts

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I have been in my new therapy office now for nearly a month. The pictures scattered through this post are of that space. In that month I have gained an average of 1.5 (I’d like to know who that half person is, too) new participants per week and at that rate I will reach sustainability very quickly. The hardest part, by far, has been wrestling with the various insurances. By inclination and location, I will be getting most of my therapy participants from the ranks of people who are working and poverty class, which means that most of them have…

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For My Birthday I’m Getting a Room of My Own

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For my birthday I’m getting a room of my own. Today is my birthday, my wedding anniversary, and the Celtic first feast of the harvest, Lughnassadh (the wheat harvest), all rolled into one. Today is a day that reminds me I’m not dead yet, I’m not done yet, and I still have a lot to do. And that inspires me (oddly enough) to make plans. Because of the holiday, it also reminds me that time is fleeting, and winter is coming. And officially, today, I have a room of my own, but I won’t take possession for a couple of…

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