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November/December 2016 Issue

features

Bibliotherapy — The Healing Power of Words
Reading and writing is allowing some social workers to help their clients make progress in therapy when something more is needed.

Supporting Families of People Living With Dementia
Millions of families are in need of support as they face caring for a family member living with dementia. Social workers can be a valuable source of comfort, guidance, and resources.

Coaching's Growth Offers New Opportunities for Social Workers
Coaching's expansion is offering new possibilities for social workers, but it is still an industry that remains unregulated.

Adoption Issues in Health Care Settings
How health care professionals speak with adoptive families in health care settings matters, and they are becoming sensitized to their experiences and needs.

departments

Editor's Note
Reading and Writing to Heal

Social Services Innovations
Virtual Parent Education and Support

Mental Health Monitor
Equine-Assisted Therapy 

2016 Annual Social Services Directory

Children and Families Forum
Addressing High School Bullying — Online

Datebook

September/October 2016 Issue

features

Financial Social Work Education — In the Field and the Classroom
In a world many say is still recovering from the 2008 recession, social workers are learning tools to help clients become financially literate.

Social Worker Safety — Ultimate Self-Care
Most social workers have learned to care for themselves mentally and emotionally, but many are still at risk for their actual physical safety. Organizations are reaching out to support them and teach social workers how to protect themselves in risky environments.

Moral Injury in War Veterans — Seeking Invisible Wounds
Many combat veterans did what they had to do overseas and ignored their internal lives, but questions are now arising among some veterans about whether they violated their morals and values.

Parenting Skills Training — When Does It Fit?
Not all parents require parenting training skills, but when they do, it is important to seek an individualized, evidence-based plan for each parent.

departments

Editor's Note
Valuing Financial Literacy

Technology Trends
Teens Seek Validation Through Social Media

Evolving Education
CSWE and IPEC Join Forces

Education Spotlight

Mental Health Monitor
Animal-Assisted Crisis Response

Datebook

July/August 2016 Issue

features

Treating Trauma in America's Refugees
Men, women, and children seeking asylum from human rights violations and other horrific brutalities come to the United States and must adjust to a new land while also trying to come to terms with the trauma conditions they left behind. Social workers are learning how to help.

Americans and Guns — A Complex Relationship
Some individuals in this country are wedded to their guns, which has caused a big problem in trying to enact legislation that could help to curb the gun violence that has plagued us in recent years.

Orthorexia Nervosa — The Eating Disorder Hidden in Plain Sight
In a culture so heavily focused on healthy eating, it is often difficult to recognize when someone has crossed the line from health conscious to obsession.

Visioning Social Work's Future, Celebrating its Past
For our 15th anniversary, Social Work Today's editorial advisors look to the future of the social work profession while reflecting on its rich past.

departments

Editor's Note
Welcoming Ways

Eye on Ethics
The Challenge of Subpoenas: Protecting Client Confidentiality

Social Services Software
Evaluating Therapist Empathy With Psychotherapy Software

Children and Families Forum
Treatment Instead of Serving Time

Datebook

May/June 2016 Issue

features

Building a Better Practice
Strong clinical skills are not enough to build a successful practice in today's health care environment. One must cultivate marketing, business, entrepreneurial, and technology skill sets while keeping abreast of the latest in federal and state policy.

Moderate Alcohol Consumption — Weighing the Risks
Our society normalizes moderate alcohol consumption, so we must ask whether there are really any benefits of daily low to moderate alcohol consumption that outweigh the long-term risks.

Moral Distress in Social Work Practice — When Workplace and Conscience Collide
Agency decisions about resources and programs; management directives, policies, and procedures; work culture; and changes in agency ownership, leadership, or focus are just a few of the factors that can lead to moral distress in social work practice.

Children of People With Serious Mental Illness
Many children of parents with serious mental illnesses are resilient and will not experience problems. For those who do, problems may persist into adulthood, but intervention and support are available.

departments

Editor's Note
Practice Makes Perfect

Mental Health Monitor
Promoting Prevention

Social Services Innovations
Online Patient Communities

Addictions Advisor
Substance Abuse and Intervention at Colleges and Universities

Datebook

March/April 2016 Issue

features

Fighting Youth Sex Trafficking — The Social Worker's Role
Secrecy and poor research funding limit understanding of this problem, but social workers can learn to identify, engage with, and advocate for its victims.

Trends in Macro Social Work Education
While micro practice has been dominant for years, macro social work practice is regaining ground, and it couldn't be happening at a better time.

Integrating Behavioral and Primary Health Care — Technology and Collaboration
Connecting behavioral and primary health care systems has been advanced by technology for more holistic patient care.

Grief in the Workplace — When It's Not Business as Usual
When a loss occurs, our lives are interrupted, but we eventually return to our routines, and for many of us that includes work.

departments

Editor's Note
March Winds

Technology Trends
Training Social Workers in Telebehavioral Health Care

Mental Health Monitor
Mental Health Courts — Improving Outcomes for Defendants With Mental Illness

Education Guide

Children and Families Forum
Sex Ed for Young Adults With I/DD

Datebook

January/February 2016 Issue

features

10 Dedicated & Deserving Social Workers
Each year, our readers nominate social workers who are deserving of recognition for their dedication to the profession, and we feature 10 of those social workers in the first issue of the year.

Standing With Soldiers to the End
The VA has made remarkable strides in honoring and caring for dying veterans.

LGBT Elder Housing — Opening Doors Without Finding Closets
Despite historic recognition of same-sex marriages, some LGBT elders find that aging is a time when open acknowledgement of sexuality is difficult when seeking decent housing.

Touch and Self-Disclosure With Clients — Into the Ethical Minefield
A social worker takes a look at two areas fraught with ethical dangers and does a risk/benefit analysis.

departments

Editor's Note
Hearing the Call

Social Services Software
Integrating GIS Software With Social Work Practice

Eye on Ethics
To Post or Not to Post

Mental Health Monitor
Universal Trauma-Informed Education

Datebook