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Conference Offers Help To Busy Social Workers

One report says some social workers deal with between 76 and 100 clients at a time.

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A conference in Indianapolis says the blood pressure of social workers may be as high as some of their many patients, due to large caseloads.

Industry experts say the biggest problem facing Hoosier social workers today is the enormous caseloads. A conference this week aims at helping relieve some of the pressure that comes with that issue.

National Association of Social Workers’ Indiana director Josephine Hughes said the conference features programs and seminars that can educate social workers on how to better serve their clients.  She said the conference offers social workers “a chance to be revitalized, reenergized, refocused.”

Ultimately, a conference can only do so much. Though she acknowledges Indiana has a limited amount of money in its budget, Hughes said it is a struggle to get funding for social work programs.

“Sometimes in situations like this we need to spend the money so we don’t end up spending more money three years or four years or five years down the road,” she said.

The conference takes place in Indianapolis October 3 and 4.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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