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November/December 2011 Issue

FEATURES

Families and Addiction — Surviving the Season of Stress
Families of active substance abusers or people in recovery may face difficulties during the holidays. Learn strategies that your clients can use to navigate this season of mixed emotions.

Parenting With Intellectual Disabilities — Changing Times
Attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities parenting children have come a long way. What type of support and resources do disability experts advocate for individuals with intellectual disabilities to be effective parents?

Aging Parents of Adults With Serious Mental Illness
Parents of people with serious mental illness are often special caregivers to their children from youth through adulthood. What happens as these parents age and need care and support themselves?

Divorce at the Holidays — Putting Children First
With nearly one-half of first marriages and two-thirds of second marriages ending in divorce, achieving peace and civility at the holidays is no simple feat.

Social Services Directory
A great resource for facilities, schools, and related organizations

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Home for the Holidays

Mental Health Monitor
Mental Health Assessment — A Medical Perspective

Children and Families Forum
Yoga and Children’s Mental Health

Datebook


September/October 2011 Issue

FEATURES

Bullying and Suicide Risk — Building Resilience
Bullying is not the only suicide risk factor, but it is one of the few that is intentional and external, making it a valuable opportunity for social workers to help build resiliency skills.

Connecting With Clergy — Stepping Stone to Treatment?
A recent study shows that some individuals turn to clergy for help with alcohol-related problems. Could social workers encourage treatment by connecting with clergy and providing valuable resources and referrals?

Environmentalism & Social Work — The Ultimate Social Justice Issue
Social workers have long been trained to look through the person-in-environment lens but are overdue in considering the “environment around the person.” Prioritizing the conservation of natural resources is a social justice issue.

Spiritually Sensitive Hospice Care
Hospice staff members use various skills and activities to enhance patient life meaning and spiritual well-being at the end of life.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
The Road to Resilience

Mental Health Monitor
Suicide — Personally and Professionally

Evolving Education
Developing Native American Expertise in Social Work

Addictions Advisor
Two Session Talks With Teens Lead to Less Marijuana Use; Hearing Loss Another Danger of Secondhand Smoke

Datebook


July/August 2011 Issue

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A Decade of Social Work Today — 10 Trends That Transformed Social Work
Social Work Today honors 10 years of success celebrating social work by looking at 10 trends that transformed the profession in the last decade.

Culture of Intoxication — College Binge Drinking
Drinking has been a traditional rite of passage for college students, but binge drinking now threatens the lives of those who went to campus presumably to start on a promising future.

Raising Healthy Families in a Weight-Obsessed Culture
Children are vulnerable in a sea of media images of the “perfect body” and peer pressure to conform. Therapists can offer parents resources to help children better understand the reality of what makes a healthy body.

Substance Abuse in People With Intellectual Disabilities
The deinstitutionalization of people with intellectual disabilities has led to more opportunities for community-based living, but on the downside, it has also created more opportunities to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. How can standard recovery models be adapted?

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Happy 10th Anniversary, Social Work Today!

Aging Advocate
Driving Errors Increase With Age Among Older Drivers; Middle Age Obesity Linked to Dementia; Moderate to Intense Exercise May Protect the Brain

Mental Health Monitor
TeenScreen Proactive on Mental Health

Datebook


May/June 2011 Issue

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Building a Practice in a Digital World
It’s next to impossible today to build a thriving practice without an online presence. Find out how tech-savvy therapists are doing it and how to avoid potential pitfalls.

Treating People Who Hoard — What Works for Clients and Families
What do the experts and the research say about hoarding, and how can people who hoard and their families be helped?

The Power of Play Therapy
As playtime decreases in competitive, tech-oriented classrooms, the use of play therapy is growing. What’s the connection?

Couples & Money — Financial Social Work to the Rescue
Are money problems really just about money? Hear what financial social workers have to say about how they help couples sort out financial and relationship issues.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Selling Therapy Safely

Aging Advocate
Creating Age-Friendly Environments; The Art of Aging: Creativity Matters

Evolving Education
CSUF Social Work Program Gets Nod of Approval; Touro College Receives CSWE Accreditation

Addictions Advisor
National Antidrug Campaign Appears to Lower Marijuana Use; Most Treatment Programs Accept Private Insurance

Datebook


March/April 2011 Issue

FEATURES

Transitioning Social Work Leaders — The New Educational Challenge
Emerging leaders share their thoughts on what needs to happen to strengthen the future of the profession.

Communication Partners for Older Adults
For an elder whose communications skills are compromised, a communication partner can improve quality of life.

Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse — Looking Through a Gendered Lens
Social workers specializing in this area explain how a male survivor’s experience can differ from that of a female survivor of childhood sexual abuse.

Clinical Supervision in Healthcare in the Internet Era
Learn about the new ethical, legal, and practice issues that clinical supervisors of social workers in healthcare face in the current online climate.

Annual Education Guide

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Social Workers Change Futures

Letters to the Editor

Aging Advocate
Monitoring Care Transitions

Mental Health Monitor
Military Sexual Trauma

Children and Families Forum
Parental Deployment and Child Mental Health

Addictions Advisor
Helping Others Helps Alcoholics With Recovery; Increasing Numbers of Teens Abuse Prescription Drugs

Datebook


January/February 2011 Issue

FEATURES

Pause Before Posting — Using Social Media Responsibly
An explosion of social media use requires social workers to fully understand their professional risks, ethical concerns, and potential fallout.

10 Dedicated and Deserving Social Workers
Social Work Today proudly presents the 10 finalists nominated by our readers—their colleagues and coworkers.

The Healthcare Reform Puzzle — How Does Social Work Fit?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will bring changes for many Americans. How will it affect your clients and your work?

Innovations for Aging in Place
Home sweet home is where most people prefer to remain as they age. Read about the technological advances that may make it easier.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
Liking/Disliking Social Media

Aging Advocate
What’s in a Name?

Evolving Education
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

Addictions Advisor
More Alcohol Drinkers Than 20 Years Ago; Can Exercise Curb Drub Abuse?

Datebook