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Tag Archives: social work journal

Risk-Informed Intervention: Using Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment within an Evidence-Based Practice Framework

Intimate partner violence is a pervasive problem in the United States. intimate partner violence is often repetitive and may escalate; in a small number of cases, intimate partner violence leads to homicide. In a recent issue of the journal Social Work, co-published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press, an article presented an evidence-based practice model for risk-informed social work ... Read More »

Social Work’s Role in Collaborative Community-Academic Partnerships: How Our Past Informs Our Future

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In recent years, community–academic partnerships (CAPs) have gained traction in academia as a method for bridging the research-to-practice gap and reducing health disparities for marginalized populations. The field of social work may be well poised to enhance its ability to engage in partnerships and research around partnerships given its emphasis on conducting practice research and its historical roots in boundary ... Read More »

A Study of a Cross-Age Peer Mentoring Program on Educationally Disconnected Young Adults

A small body of literature has identified cross-age peer mentoring (CAPM) as an effective mentoring model that is reciprocal in nature, affecting the outcomes of both mentees and mentors. To date, however, much of the attention and research focused on CAPM models have been conducted within school settings and few have described programs with an emphasis on disconnected young adults. ... Read More »

Social Worker Identity: A Profession in Context

Social work is such a broad field, encompassing micro-, mezzo-, and macro-practice, that it can feel like it lacks a unifying professional identity. What are the underlying values and concepts of social work that delineate the profession, and how can these values and concepts help social workers frame their identities and situate themselves as professionals? An article in a recent ... Read More »

Social Workers’ Perceived Barriers to and Sources of Support for Integrating Clients’ Religion and Spirituality in Practice

Over the past few decades, the role of religion and spirituality in health and mental health clients’ lives has caught the attention of a variety of helping professionals, including social workers. Research indicates that not only does the inclusion of religion and spirituality have the potential to enhance health and mental health outcomes, but clients prefer such integration in treatment. ... Read More »

Group Work with Homeless Mothers: Promoting Resilience Through Mutual Aid

The “feminization of homelessness” is a growing social problem. In 2010, the last year for which such data were available, 37.2 percent of all homeless people were in families with children, and the overwhelming majority of these families were female-headed. Group participation provides homeless mothers with much-needed support and validation and promotes independence, resilience, and self-sufficiency. In a recent issue ... Read More »

Civil rights and social justice: A social work imperative

NASW Press has published a special issue of the journal Social Work titled “Civil Rights and Social Justice: A Social Work Imperative”. The contents of the journal reflect the theme of the necessity of a social justice emphasis in the practice of social work. In their editorial for the issue, Tricia B. Bent-Goodley and June Gary Hopps discuss the timeliness ... Read More »

Muslim Women in America and the Hijab: A Study of Empowerment, Feminist Identity, and Body Image

Social work studies continue to grow in their understanding of people of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, and yet there is still a significant gap in the literature dealing with Muslim Americans. This knowledge deficit is crucial given the increased visibility and vulnerability of Muslims in U.S. society, especially since the events of 9/11. Cultural competency practices for social workers ... Read More »

Men’s Mental Health: A Call to Social Workers

Generally speaking the attention of mental health social workers, social work researchers and social work educators has been drawn to the most vulnerable people in society, namely women and children. But what about the needs of men? Not only are the mental health needs of men inherently important; the status of a man’s mental health affects the women and children ... Read More »

Mental Health Needs of Women Veterans

[Referencing “Mental Health Issues in Recently Returning Women Veterans: Implications for Practice,” Bonnie E. Carlson, Layne K. Stromwall, and Cynthia A. Lietz, Social Work, Vol. 58, No. 2 (April 2013), pp. 105-113.] Women are joining the military in increasing numbers, and they are now performing roles similar to those of male service members. As a result, more women service members ... Read More »