SWU Member benefits: Learn with Neil Thompson

The following message has recently been sent to all Social Worker’s Union (SWU) members:

A personal message from Neil Thompson

I am delighted to be working with SWU to offer membership of my online learning programme at half price. It’s not a course in the conventional sense. Rather, it’s an online learning community, a place where people support each other in their learning. It’s based on principles of self-directed learning (the most effective type of learning) where you decide – with guidance ...

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Neil Thompson’s Lesson for Living – Feelings are real, but they don’t always reflect the reality

Many people adopt a very ‘rational’ approach to life and relegate feelings or anything to do with emotions to a secondary position, as if they are somehow less important. In reality, of course, feelings are generally much more powerful sources of motivation than reasoning or rationality, and emotions are so often a key factor in decision making, however hard people will work to make the basis of their decisions appear entirely objective and rational, uninfluenced by such subjective matters as ...

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How to spot a toxic workplace and what to do about it

Issues with the cultures of big companies, including Uber and Google, have recently been in the news, turning the spotlight onto the subject of toxic workplaces. But few are talking about the causes.

What are the indicators that a company’s culture or workplace could quickly turn toxic?

The roots of a company culture include rules, expectations, and policies. If these are subjective – left open to interpretation – the company invites differing opinions, which causes conflict, which results in toxicity. Subjective work processes and systems ...

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Bullying and harassment advice

Bullying and harassment means any unwanted behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated, degraded, humiliated or offended. It is not necessarily always obvious or apparent to others, and may happen in the workplace without an employer’s awareness.

Bullying or harassment can be between two individuals or it may involve groups of people. It might be obvious or it might be insidious. It may be persistent or an isolated incident. It can also occur in written communications, by phone or through email, not ...

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Home sweet micro home: sleep-testing a pod for the homeless

The sort of adjectives estate agents use to describe the tiniest of homes – compact, snug, bijou – do not really cover it.

But young people who have endured homelessness are jostling to become the first occupant of a unique “micro home” inspired by the layouts of luxury yachts and airline first-class cabins.

The iKozie, which measures 17.25 square metres, was craned into place in Worcester after being built off-site and has been carefully fitted out and furnished. Ahead of the keys being handed ...

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Deaths in custody report ‘will not improve trust’

A forthcoming report of a government review into deaths in custody will do little to boost public confidence in the judicial system, according to human rights campaigners.

In 2015, then-home secretary Theresa May, now Prime Minister, commissioned an independent review into police deaths in custody which was to include an investigation into racial disproportionality. The report was due to be published over a year ago.

The delay in its publication led a coalition of race equality campaigners that included former Met chief ...

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