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Practice and Professional Development

Webinar: Reaching Teens in Therapy: Evidence Based Practice for Clinicians

Effective work with adolescents requires particular skill sets and knowledge.  In this webinar, participants will gain an understanding of the multidimensional developmental tasks and growth taking place in this stage of life, evidence-based relational approaches to effectively engage teens in treatment, and gain strategies for addressing the unique challenges in working with this population.  This webinar benefits clinical social workers ... Read More »

New IOM Report Highlights Advances in Understanding of Child Abuse, Neglect

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) on September 12 released a new report, New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research, that highlights advances made in understanding and treating child abuse and neglect over the past 20 years. Joan Levy Zlotnik, director of NASW’s Social Work Policy Institute, was a member of the multi-disciplinary consensus committee that examined what has been ... Read More »

Educational Personnel as Reporters of Suspected Child Maltreatment

Over 3 million referrals for suspected child abuse or neglect were made to Child Protective Services (CPS) in the US in 2009. Reports of suspicion of child maltreatment are more likely to come from educational personnel than from any other professional or non-professional reporting source. However, research consistently raises concerns as to the quantity and quality of reports by this ... Read More »

Implicit Spiritual Assessment: An Alternative Approach for Assessing Client Spirituality

Social work professionals realize more and more that spirituality plays an important role in fostering health and wellness. To help practitioners understand this relationship in clients’ lives, a spiritual assessment is commonly recommended as a routine component of practice. Administering a spiritual assessment—as part of a larger bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment—provides a more holistic understanding of clients’ realities, which in turn provides ... Read More »

“Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Addiction, Stress, and Pain,” by Eric L. Garland

Human existence can be beset by a variety of negative mental states such that life seems devoid of meaning, but it can also be liberated—a meaningful life reclaimed and savored through cultivation of a higher kind of mind. This quality, mindfulness, refers to both a set of contemplative practices and certain distinct psychological states and traits, and it can be ... Read More »

NASW and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy: Working Together to Support a 21st Century Approach to Drug Policy Reform

On July 8, NASW met David Mineta, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction at the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).  Mr. Mineta was appointed by President Obama to oversee the Office of Demand Reduction (ODR) and is now working to implement evidenced-based drug policy reform initiatives aimed at the fostering development of a national community-based prevention system, ... Read More »

Social Security Administration Issues New Rules on Gender Designation

In late June, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published new rules that make it easier for the estimated 700,000 transgender Americans to update their Social Security records to reflect their gender designation. Under the new rules, a transgender person can change their gender on their Social Security records in one of two ways: either by submitting government-issued documentation reflecting a ... Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Decision – Impact on LGBT Rights

June is Pride Month and two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions are creating a positive response in support of LGBT equity.  On June 26, 2013, the  Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional (U.S. v. Windsor) and made a procedural ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry (re: Proposition 8) that now allows the ... Read More »

Supreme Court: NGO Anti-Prostitution Pledge violates freedom of speech

On Friday, June 21, 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled that USAID  vs.  AOSI  violates the First Amendment.  Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the legal opinion, wrote “freedom of speech prohibits the government from telling people what they must say”. Referred to as the “anti-prostitution pledge”,  the policy stated that in order for any non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ... Read More »