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November/December 2015 Issue

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Public Health Social Work — Now More Than Ever
Public health social work has a leading role to play in directly preventing and helping manage health issues such as diabetes, tobacco use, HIV/AIDS, suicide, and substance abuse and in recognizing the social determinants of such issues.

Adoption Trends Today
What has changed about adoption? Just about everything—who is adopting, who is being adopted, views about adoption, and the language we use to communicate about adoption. It's a new world.

Motivational Interviewing and Addictions — Collaboration, Not Confrontation
While not a therapy itself, motivational interviewing is a conversational style or way of being a clinician uses when interacting with clients that is focused on conversations around change, primarily those involving ambivalence when clients are going back and forth about making changes. 

Deathbed Phenomena in Hospice Care — The Social Work Response
Knowing how to respond to clients and their families when they report near-death experiences, deathbed visions, and after-death communication is a challenge social workers in end-of-life settings must sometimes face.

departments

Editor's Note
Promoting Prevention

Technology Trends
Social Media Shaming—Parenting Strategy Failure

Eye on Ethics
Shades of Gray in Social Work Ethics

Datebook

September/October 2015 Issue

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Somatic Experiencing — A Body-Centered Approach to Healing Veterans' PTSD
This new approach to treating PTSD views trauma as an experience that impacts the body, so it's necessary to engage the body in the healing process.

Trauma-Informed School Social Work
Children who've experienced trauma may have challenges that affect both their social and academic performance at school. The school social worker's role is to be a catalyst, educator, advocate, and mediator as part of an interdisciplinary team focused on cocreating a trauma-informed school culture.

Ethical Misconduct and Negligence in Social Work
An ethics instructor explores the kinds of challenges social workers face that can lead to lawsuits, licensing board complaints, and other disciplinary action.

Solution-Focused Supervision: A Go-To Approach
This supervision technique, which can be used with student interns, emphasizes competence, strength, and possibilities, and focuses on generating solutions rather than exploring problems.

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Editor's Note
Body Healing Mind

Technology Trends
Health Coaching and Technology With Vulnerable Clients

Evolving Education
Christian Beliefs and Sexual Orientation in the Classroom

Education Spotlight

Children and Families Forum
Home Visiting Programs

Mental Health Monitor
Elders Get Mental Health Meds at Twice Rate of Young Adults; See Psychiatrists Less

Datebook

July/August 2015 Issue

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Article Stirs Debate on Long-Term Psychiatric Care
A controversial op-ed has raised questions about deinstitutionalization and the community mental health system's failure of those with the most severe mental illnesses. But should this mean a return to institutionalization?

Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care on One Floor
Behavioral health clinicians and primary care providers collaborate in one location to treat both the emotional and physical needs of their patients.

Treating Eating Disorders: The Value and Peril of Self-Disclosure
A social worker recovered from years of struggling with eating disorders discusses the pros and cons of self-disclosure.

Legal and Relational Permanence in Older Foster Care Youths
It is ideal but not always possible for youths to attain legal and relational permanence.

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Editor's Note
The Kindest Care

Social Services Software
Biometrics, Data Security, and Patient Safety

Addictions Advisor
A New, Integrative Approach to Curb Addiction

Eye on Ethics
The Challenge of Peer Support Programs

Datebook

May/June 2015 Issue

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More Than Toys — Gamer-Affirmative Therapy
Gaming has come into its own and clinicians have discovered its therapeutic appeal.

Self-Care Solutions — Facing the Challenge of Asking for Help
Taking care of yourself is as important as taking care of your clients.

Recovery High Schools — Getting an Education and Learning to Stay Clean and Sober
Recovery high schools provide a supportive environment for students with substance use disorders to complete their education.

Beyond Talk — Creative Arts Therapies in Social Work
Words are sometimes inadequate to express an emotion, but maybe a painting or a poem can, and clinicians are finding their therapeutic value.

departments

Editor's Note
Game Change

Addictions Advisor
Therapy for Opioid-Dependent Pregnant Women

Technology Trends
Social Media and Mental Health

Mental Health Monitor
Shame: The Elephant in the Room

Children and Families Forum

Datebook

March/April 2015 Issue

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Can Social Work Students Learn Empathy?
Critical to social work is the expression of empathy. Researchers, instructors, and students discuss how it is acquired.

Behavioral Health Technologies — Clinician Extenders
Technology is expanding access of behavioral health tools to individuals who are not connected to systems of care, and extending the clinician's reach outside the office to those already in treatment.

How Children Grieve
Misperceptions about if and how children grieve have complicated the process necessary for kids who have lost a loved one and must express their grief just as deeply as do adults.

Accountable Care Organizations — Social Work's Impact on an Emerging Model
New networks of health care delivery must include social workers who have always understood how important socioeconomic factors are in a holistic approach to health.

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Editor's Note
Empathy Education?

Evolving Education
Bridging Generation Gaps in Practicum Supervision

Technology Trends
Discharge Planning and Care Coordination

Eye on Ethics
Cultural Diversity in Social Work Ethics

Annual Education Guide

Datebook

January/February 2015 Issue

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Prevent Elder Transfer Trauma — Tips to Ease Relocation Stress
Older adults who must move or be transferred to other facilities or levels of care will experience stress, but trauma can be avoided with guidance, structure, and comfort through these difficult changes.

Ethical Challenges in the Technology Age
Social work has come a long way since the days of Mary Richmond. Technology has created ethical challenges no one of that age could have imagined and the solutions are not always easy.

10 Dedicated & Deserving Social Workers
Read our tribute to 10 committed social workers whose achievements in their profession warranted nomination by their colleagues for this annual honor.

Caregiving 2.0 — Reaching Out for Digital Resources
Caregivers of older adults can feel isolated and overburdened. Sometimes, technology can offer new avenues of support.

departments

Editor's Note
Mindful Moving

Social Services Software
Beyond Required Reporting — There's Much More in Your Software 

Aging Advocate
The Value of Person-Centered Care

Mental Health Monitor
Reconceptualizing Adolescence

Datebook