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November/December 2013 Issue

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Alternatives to 12-Step Addiction Recovery
Options are available for people in recovery who do not choose to follow the 12-step approach.

Adoption Competency in Clinical Social Work
Competency is a complex mix of values, knowledge, and skills in working with adopted people and their extended biological and adoptive families as well as the complex legal and service systems in which they are embedded.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders — Therapeutic Tool of Acceptance and Change
DBT has been adapted for use in treating complex and simpler cases of people with eating disorders who have difficulty regulating their emotions.

Workplace Bullying in Social Services — Client Care at Risk
When bullying happens in the social services workplace, it affects not only professionals, but can also affect quality of client care.

departments

Editor’s Note
Recovery Diversity

Technology Trends
Autism in the Technology Workplace

Children and Families Forum
A Different Approach to High-Risk Youths

Mental Health Monitor
Veterans’ Outdoor Activities Linked to Improved Mental Health; Depression Overdiagnosis, Overtreatment Common

Social Services Directory

Aging Advocate

Addictions Advisor

Datebook


September/October 2013 Issue

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Kinship Foster Caregivers — Partners for Permanency
As family preservation policy has evolved, the number of available licensed foster homes has not kept pace with the need for foster care and, despite its flaws, kinship care has emerged to fill some of the gaps.

Transitional Care After Limb Loss — Boston Marathon Survivors Navigate Change
Amputation is a loss that must be grieved like any other and one that creates transitional challenges for which social workers can help patients prepare and prevail.

Global Partnerships in Social Work Education
Students and educators are helping to build social work educational capacity around the world while learning about other methods of delivering social services.

Substance Abuse in People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities — Breaking Down Treatment Barriers
With deinstitutionalization, people with I/DD have increased access to alcohol and other drugs, but when substance abuse treatment is needed, the resources are not there for them.

departments

Editor’s Note
Building Bridges

Evolving Education
Schools Assist Residents After Hurricane Sandy

Addictions Advisor
Fewer States Hold Alcohol Retailers Liable for Harm; Childhood Poverty Linked to Youths’ Substance Use

Children and Families Forum
Study Links Teen Antisocial Texting to Problem Behaviors; Child Health Concerns Vary Among Races, Ethnicities; Teen Fighting Injuries Deal a Blow to IQ

Mental Health Monitor
Grandparent-Grandchild Bond Reduces Depression; Cancer’s Toll on Mental Health; Mental Health Component Improves Teen Intervention

Datebook


July/August 2013 Issue

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Ethical Dimensions of Social Work Whistleblowing
While many organizations are putting whistleblowing policies in place, this is an area where the social work profession has some special challenges.

Warrior Canine Connection — Puppy Training Program Tackles PTSD and TBI
A strengths-based service dog training program is helping service members with PTSD and mild traumatic brain injuries who have not responded to standard treatment protocols.

Transitions to Hospice Care — Social Workers Foster Meaningful Conversations About Dying
Talking about death is never easy, but honest conversations among patients and treatment providers is a good first step to making better decisions about end-of-life care.

College Mental Health Initiatives — Outreach to At-Risk Students
For adolescents and young adults with or without a predisposition to mental health conditions, adjusting to campus life is a major stressor that advocacy groups are recognizing and addressing as a risk factor for which support is needed.

departments

Editor’s Note
Best Friends

Social Services Software
Group Concept Mapping Software

Aging Advocate
Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults

Addictions Advisor
Marijuana Myths and Misperceptions; Parents Unaware One in 10 Teens Using ‘Study Drugs’

Children and Families Forum

Mental Health Monitor

Datebook


May/June 2013 Issue

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Understanding Traumatic Grief — Mass Violence, Shattered Lives
Experts agree that the key to helping the loved ones of mass violence victims is knowledge of the unique qualities of traumatic grief.

Living With Co-Occurring Disorders — The Rocky Road to Recovery
Support groups for dually diagnosed individuals help some, but mental health and substance abuse treatment systems remain difficult for clients to navigate.

EHRs in Behavioral Health — A Digital Future?
Many behavioral health providers currently are excluded from meaningful use incentives for electronic health record adoption, but is there hope this will change?

Integrating Yoga and Meditation With Anxiety Treatment
Practitioners are increasingly integrating yoga and meditation into sessions with clients with anxiety.

departments

Editor’s Note
Going the Distance

Mental Health Monitor
Reducing Homelessness in Veterans With Mental Illness

Technology Trends
Social Media and Interpersonal Communication

Addictions Advisor
Regulating Alcohol Outlets May Improve Public Health; Alcohol and Mental Illness Costly ICU Combination; Internal Possession Laws Curb Underage Drinking

Children and Families Forum
Focus on STD Prevention to Promote HPV Vaccine Use; Teen Prevention Programs Reduce Substance Abuse; Child Asthma Initiative Impacts Health Care Use

Datebook


March/April 2013 Issue

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Working With Veterans and Military Families
The social work profession mobilizes to meet the needs of service members, veterans, and military families.

Trauma-Informed Social Work Education
Over the past decade, more social workers are learning specialized techniques for helping traumatized clients and meeting a growing need in our culture.

The Growth of Legalized Gambling — A Professional Wake-Up Call
Expanded legalization puts individuals with vulnerabilities to pathological gambling at greater risk. Social workers must be aware of the symptoms and prepare to refer for treatment.

Multidisciplinary Child Protection Teams — The Social Worker’s Role
Teams of various clinicians focus on identification and treatment of child abuse, and a social worker frequently coordinates this effort.

departments

Editor’s Note
Coming Home

Evolving Education
The Human-Animal Connection in Social Work

Social Services Software
Software Sea Change — Tech Gains Traction

Children and Families Forum
Actors Portray ‘Real World’ of Social Work

Annual Education Guide

Datebook


January/February 2013 Issue

FEATURES

10 Dedicated and Deserving Social Workers
Enjoy our annual recognition of 10 outstanding social workers nominated by our readers—their colleagues, students, and coworkers.

Music and Memory — Elders With Dementia Find Hope in a Song
An innovative project is using personalized digital music to help improve the quality of life for elders with dementia.

The Future of the Affordable Care Act — A Social Work Perspective
Healthcare reform is finally here, but it will continue to be challenged in ways of which social workers should be aware.

Aging in Place in the Village — Social Work Roles Shine
This aging-in-place model empowers elder care residents to be involved in decisions about their community, and social workers’ professional training supports and encourages this every step of the way.

DEPARTMENTS

Editor’s Note
The Road Less Traveled

Aging Advocate
Supporting Elder Holocaust Survivors

Mental Health Monitor
Benefits of an Eldercare-Friendly Workplace

Technology Trends

Children and Families Forum

Addictions Advisor
Relational Resilience in Treating Adolescent Substance Use

Datebook