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Returning Home: Reintegration after Prison or Jail

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. In 2013, there were 2.3 million persons in U.S. prisons and jails. Eventually 95% of these people will be released. As of 2013, there are 850,000 persons on parole after release. Yet these people have great difficulty re-integrating back into society. The data shows that within 3 years of ... Read More »

Multicultural Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Identity

In the past 30 years, the United States has undergone an unprecedented and accelerated growth in the diversity of its population. These changes affect all elements of our society, underscoring the need for an informed and knowledgeable public that can understand, respect, and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds. To foster further dialogue and insight into these issues, NASW Press ... Read More »

Linear Regression Analysis: Assumptions and Applications

Information surrounds us; data floods us. Whether presidential poll numbers, statistics on childhood poverty, or the latest box office numbers, we are inundated with figures. Being able to analyze data is important for people who work with data, and statistical analysis is an important tool in this work. Linear Regression Analysis: Assumptions and Applications, by John P. Hoffmann and Kevin ... Read More »

Social Work Speaks, 10th Edition

NASW Press has released the tenth edition of Social Work Speaks. The publication presents, in one comprehensive and unabridged collection, the policy statements adopted by the NASW Delegate Assembly in 2014. The Delegate Assembly, the key policymaking body of the National Association of Social Workers, meets every three years. Social Work Speaks is the result of the Delegate Assembly’s systematic ... Read More »

Harm Reduction for High-Risk Adolescent Substance Abusers

In today’s society, adolescents are faced with several life-changing challenges—peer pressure, bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, diseases, and engaging in various sexual behaviors. Yet often adolescents are ill-equipped to face these challenges. Substance abuse in particular affects many communities and families. In recent decades, younger people are increasingly involved in use and abuse of alcohol and drugs. Furthermore, substance abuse ... Read More »

Hope Matters

Social work has been called the profession of hope. When looking for a change or a solution to a problem, we turn to manifestations of hope—expectation, optimism, belief, promise— both as individuals and on a societal level. The capacity to hope for change enables social workers to serve people who have experienced torture, trauma, drug addiction, domestic violence, or child ... Read More »

By Grace: The Challenges, Strengths, and Promise of African American Marriages

From the highly visible partnership of Barack and Michelle Obama to the much-discussed book Is Marriage for White People?, the state of African American marriage has garnered much attention in recent years. Few would argue that there aren’t unique challenges to African American marriages, but the strengths and promise of African American marriage are left unexplored in the media and ... Read More »

Parallels between Writing Biographies and Clinical Practice

Esther Urdang, PhD, MSS, LICSW, is a mental health social worker with years of experience in family agencies, hospitals, and private practice. She is also an avid reader of biographies and autobiographies. In her reading it occurred to her that studying biography can have an impact on clinical social work in the mental health field. Biographers struggle with the some ... Read More »

“Social Workers and Alternative Dispute Resolution” Law Note Published

 An important part of a social worker’s professional responsibility is to manage conflict in a productive manner. Whether advocating for clients, dealing with conflict within organizations, or resolving conflict employment settings or in the delivery of services to clients, social workers involved with conflict resolution daily. Social workers are increasingly compelled to follow disputes into court, but the courtroom can ... Read More »