Theresa Beatty - Social Work

Theresa Beatty

Being a social worker is a demanding profession that requires its practitioners to call on many and diverse skills. It can be a very difficult job, but according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. According to their projections, social work is expected to grow by twenty-five percent by the year 2020. At present, more than 650,000 people have social work degrees in the United States.

Some of the qualities that social workers should possess include:

Empathy: the ability to identify with another person's situation, so that the social worker is able to help the person resolve their issues;

Boundary setting: the ability to accept the limits about what he or she is able to do for a given client. The nature of the work can be consuming, and the social worker must understand that not all problems can be resolved quickly;

Listening: the ability to listen carefully to a client's issues, and ask relevant questions that will establish trust, and understand the client's unique circumstances;

Social perceptiveness: the ability to be sensitive to social cues and body language, as well as cultural patterns of behavior, which are vital to establishing a relationship with the client;

Self-awareness: the ability to evaluate one's own performance and effectiveness, while working to improve;

Organization: the ability to work with busy schedules and heavy caseloads, as well as with what might appear to be gratuitous paperwork.

Theresa Beatty holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Arizona State University, and is currently employed as a mediator in the judicial circuit court in LaGrange, Georgia.

Opposing the Death Penalty

For decades, both Democrats and Republicans have competed with each other to be "tough on crime." With this, during the ‘80s and ‘90s, the number of executions that took place in the United States skyrocketed. In recent years, however, support for the death penalty has declined with 64 percent of Americans in support of the death penalty, down from the high of 80 percent in 1994. There are several reasons why the death penalty is losing support across the country.

Many see the death penalty as being applied in a racially biased manner. Not only does this bias extend to the race of those on death row, but also to the race of the victim. Not only is the death penalty seen as being racist it is also seen as a way to punish the poor. Unless you have the money to seek an experienced defense attorney, you are more likely to end up on death row if you are charged with a capital crime.

The most convincing argument opponents of the death penalty have is that it condemns the innocent to die. Since 1973, 25 states have released 125 people because of evidence being presented that proved their innocence. Michael Radlet, a criminologist, notes that between 1900 and 1992, 416 cases of innocent persons who were convicted of murder or capital rape were document. A total of one-third of these people were given the death sentence, and 23 of them were executed. Theresa Beatty, a family mediator in LaGrange, Georgia, is strongly opposed to the death penalty and is working to help see it banned.

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Theresa Beatty - The Death Penalty

Capital punishment remains one of the most hotly debated political issues today, and those on both sides of the issue argue heatedly that the death penalty is either justifiable retribution on some of society's worst offenders, or a barbaric practice that doesn't work and should be stopped, once and for all.

Its supporters say that the death penalty provides a sense of closure to the families of murder victims who have already suffered. And it also deters future crime, since a criminal would know he or she faces certain death by taking another person's life. Death penalty proponents further argue that the justice system in the United States provides more sympathy to criminals than it does to the victims of violent crime.

But opponents of the death penalty say these are specious and wrong-headed arguments. Clarence Darrow, the famous attorney who successfully defended two notorious murderers in 1924, said after that trial that capital punishment did nothing to prevent crime. "A logical man who finds out that the murder rate goes up in spite of the death penalty," he observed, "would conclude the death penalty is no deterrent."

More recently, the human rights group Amnesty International demonstrated that the death penalty is racially biased. The overwhelming majority of death row inmates, they say, have been executed for killing white victims. Moreover since 1973, one hundred and forty people have been released from death rows nationwide after new evidence showed they had been wrongly convicted; meanwhile some twelve hundred people were executed.

Opponents say that the death penalty is arbitrary and unfair, because most people convicted of capital crimes were unable to afford their own attorneys. More than two thirds of the countries of the world have abolished the death penalty. Most executions in the world take place in five countries: China, Iran, North Korea, Yemen, and the United States.

Theresa Beatty is a social worker and death penalty opponent who lives and works in LaGrange, Georgia.

Sources:

http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/death-penalty/us-death-penalty-facts

http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/campaigns/abolish-the-death-penalty

http://www.balancedpolitics.org/death_penalty.htm

Attorney for the Damned, A. Weinberg, ed. (Simon & Schuster, 1957 – Source of Darrow quote.)

Theresa Beatty - RIP Mr. Spock

The Starship Enterprise first flew into the imaginations of TV viewers nearly half a century ago, and it is still going strong. The original TV series has spawned movies and TV spinoffs and a host of imitators. And it has also provided countless millions of its fans with fun and fascinating entertainment.

Those countless millions of fans were saddened to learn of the death of Leonard Nimoy on February 27th, 2015. The actor played the transcendent and pointy-eared half-Vulcan Mr. Spock on the original show and in several of its movies, and also directed the movies Star Trek III and Star Trek IV.

Leonard Nimoy recalled being skeptical about the chances of Star Trek, and conceded that he never dreamed it would become the cultural phenomenon that it did. "The chance of this becoming anything meaningful was slim," he said. But on a popular show, he played one of its most popular characters, an unflappable and always reliable alien.

Before he was cast as Spock, Leonard Nimoy had appeared in many roles on TV but never had any kind of regular series job. In fact none of his acting jobs ever lasted more than about two weeks. But playing Mr. Spock changed all that. "Spock was a character whose time had come," he wrote in one of two memoirs he penned later in life. "He represented a practical, reasoning voice in a period of dissension and chaos."

Leonard Nimoy, who was also a poet and a skilled photographer, was eighty-three years old when he died of end-stage, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which he attributed to smoking, a habit he gave up thirty years before his death.

Theresa Beatty is a family mediator in LaGrange, Georgia, who has attended several Star Trek conventions.

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Family and Divorce Mediation – Understanding the Process

The process of divorce is often emotionally draining. Trying to decide who gets what, along with coming to an amicable custody agreement is never easy. If an agreement can't be reached, most states require the parties to go through the process of mediation to come to an agreement that is acceptable for the parties involved.

Mediation is a process where a mediator encourages the participants to come to a voluntary agreement. The mediator, through impartial communication assistance, encourages understanding and helps focus the participants on their individual as well as common interests. When first entering into mediation, the mediator outlines what the roles are of each participant and demonstrates the mediator's neutrality. At this time, the mediator will also review the process and recap the issues and what needs to be addressed.

Once the introduction is completed, the parties will provide the mediator with their side of the story. This is designed to not only allow the participants to frame issues in their mind, but to give the mediator a better idea of each parties emotional state. The mediator will then begin gathering information by asking open-ended questions to build rapport and make sure everyone is on the same page.

Finally, once the issues have been identified, the mediator will propose a brainstorming session to explore options in hopes of bringing about possible solutions for the parties to consider. If the parties can reach an agreement, which addresses the issues they have, the agreement is signed and entered into the court. Theresa Beatty, a family and divorce mediator, knows first hand that family and divorce mediation is hard.

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Insights into the mediation process

As a process that involves two disputing parties coming before a neutral third to try and find a resolution, structure and guidelines and guidelines to the process are necessary. The following are some of the basic steps followed in mediation.

Introduction
Here, the mediator provides an opening statement to the proceedings. He/she gives an outline of the proceedings, with particular regard to the roles of each party, time to be taken, and the protocol of dispute resolution.

At this point, both sides are provided an opportunity to give their sides of the story. Most often, the party feeling most aggrieved will go first. Regardless, this opportunity is used by the parties to frame the issue at hand in their words, thus giving the mediator a chance to assess the emotional state of each side.

Gathering information
Once both sides have presented their cases, the mediator asks questions that help them gather facts and seek clarification. Additionally, it is in the mediator's best interests to find a common understanding of both parties. For effective information gathering, the mediator needs to build rapport with both sides.

Generating solutions and agreements
Once the mediator is sufficiently satisfied with the information gathered, they will look to come up with a proposal that both sides can take sides agreeing upon. The commitment of both parties to finding a settlement is crucial, as their input goes a long way in achieving that.

Theresa Beatty is an experienced family/divorce mediator who works in LaGrange, Georgia. Her work has helped many families find lasting solutions to pressing issues.

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Read with a purpose

In this day of smartphones, Twitter, and the Internet, it may be ignorant to say people don’t read. They still do, perhaps not as much as they used to. Whether it’s magazines, school material, or just a novel, reading is not a dying skill. However, one reason for declining interest in reading is not technology, but rather people don’t remember much of what they read. We don’t read well, and it’s noticeable.

Reading proficiency is a good skill to have, but takes time to cultivate. When much of the information we consume is in graphical or pictorial form, reading well takes to take a back seat. However, it is not too late to work on your reading skills.

Read with purpose

You should have a purpose for your reading, and constantly try and figure out if it's being achieved as you read. Continuous checking ensures that you stay on track and can recall the most relevant parts of the material.

Understanding your purpose should be easy. Just ask yourself, "Why read this?" If it's for entertainment purposes, it's not much of an issue. But if you are reading to "understand why certain government policies should be supported," you need to ensure that what you read meets this goal.

In a school environment, a lot of guidance is given when it comes to reading assignments. But you won't always have school. In such a situation, it's best to formulate a good guess about what the material you read.

Theresa Beatty, a family and divorce mediator, is an avid reader. She established and ran a book club called Diva's Book Club.

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The Effect of Climate Change on Human Health

Climate change impacts more than just the environment; it’s effects are felt by humans. Major health organizations have already said as much and warned that climate change may worsen the effect of some conditions and ailments. The most vulnerable people in society – the elderly, poor, and those with pre-existing health conditions – are more at risk of feeling the effects of climate change.

More heat

When temperatures rise and persist for long periods of time, and don't drop during the night, heat can have adverse effects on human health. Of all the projections made by climate change scientists, rising heat is the most common. Rising heat is also the most easily attributable to human behavior. The fewer carbon emissions we emit into the atmosphere, the cooler our planet will be.

Polluted air

Pollution from cars and industries is combined to produce smog, which lessens the quality of the air we breathe in. As humanity, we need to put more effort in curbing the amount of pollution we release into the air.

Unnatural weather patterns

Changes in global temperature are having an effect on the weather patterns. Prolonged dry periods lead to drought and forest fires, which put the lives of many people in danger. Also, a hotter atmosphere holds more water, so extreme rain and flooding continues to be an issue in some areas. Warmer sea and ocean waters bring on intense hurricanes and storms.

Better awareness of the effects of climate change can help communities become more proactive in the face of a warmer world.

Theresa Beatty is concerned about the effects of climate change. Together with the local Sierra Club, she’s trying to raise more awareness in the hopes of getting communities to reduce their carbon footprint.

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How to become a social worker

A social worker is an important person in the society. Their work helps individuals and communities find solutions to many of life’s problems. Social work has many different aspects to it, with each aspect requiring special education, experience, and licensing from registered bodies. The following information gives you a brief look at how to pursue this fulfilling profession.

Choose a specialty

Some social workers work with the family unit while others focus on all types of people. Others work with the elderly while others work with children. Social workers have different areas open to their skills, so it helps to know which specialty may be of interest to you. Knowing which area to pursue will also help you choose the right post-secondary education.

Get a degree

For most social work entry-level positions, a degree in social work or a related field is a requirement. The most popular degrees in this field are psychology, social work, education, sociology, and child development. The course work will prepare you intellectually for the work and experiences ahead.

Internships

While a degree is important, an internship will provide you the opportunities to be of service to others. Even if the internship is not exactly in line with your interest, any work with the community builds the skills necessary to excel in the field.

Master’s degree

If you want to become a licensed social worker, you need at least a master’s degree. Master’s programs mix coursework with clinical practice. A master’s program will ensure you are adequately prepared for taking on bigger roles and responsibilities.

Theresa Beatty is a family mediator working in LaGrange, Atlanta. She has a BA in Psychology and a Master's degree in Social Work, the education she attained at the start of her career in the late 1970s.