Monthly Archives: March 2013

Mike’s Clothes

Mr. and Mrs. Mendoza looked tired sitting across from me, telling me about their son, Mike.  They were Mexican Americans who spoke good English, had good jobs and high hopes for their children.  Mrs. Mendoza told me that Mike, their … Continue reading

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Ginnie

by Robert J. Lanz, LCSW Ginnie was a woman in her mid-forties whose self-destructive behavior included cutting herself.  She would show up at the ER frequently after having done it.  No one believed she really liked cutting herself, because she … Continue reading

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Death Skills

by Robert J. Lanz, LCSW The combination of skills, not just professional but personal and social, that it takes to deal with death on a regular basis leaves us in a psychological Catch 22.  To survive, we have to be … Continue reading

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The Basics of Social Work in the E.R.

by Robert J. Lanz, LCSW The ER: Frantic doctors and nurses working heroically against the clock to save life and limb. EMTs defying the laws of physics to give accident victims a last chance at survival. Blood, sweat, tears, pain … Continue reading

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The Regulars

by Robert J. Lanz, LCSW Every business has its regulars.  Sometimes they’re a pain and sometimes they’re a pleasure.  Sometimes they matter and sometimes they don’t.  Every waitress in an all-night cafe can name the guys who nurse a cup … Continue reading

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