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COVID-19 and First Responder Social Workers: An Unexpected Mental Health Storm

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COVID-19 has disproportionally affected people living in poverty; new immigrants; and those living in healthcare settings (hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes), shelters, detention centers, and prisons. The pandemic has also significantly impacted social workers who face hidden mental health consequences. The resultant feelings and behaviors are similar to disaster-induced trauma, including excessive rumination, hypervigilance, exhaustion, and excessive crying as a ... Read More »

Anti-Semitism in the United States: An Overview and Strategies to Create a More Socially Just Society

Hate crimes against members of the Jewish community have increased dramatically over the past few years. According to federal data, the number of hate crimes directed at Jews now appears to exceed those directed at many, if not most, minority groups. Yet, despite the number of hate crimes aimed at Jews, little recent scholarship has considered the issue of anti-Semitism. ... Read More »

Gender Matters: Infusing a Gender Analysis into the “Healthy Development of All Youth” Grand Challenge

The Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative, led by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, invites social work researchers to direct their work toward society’s most pressing problems—problems for which solutions are just out of reach. The grand challenges initiative addresses concerns in the areas of individual and family wellbeing, having a stronger social fabric, and moving ... Read More »

Self-Care in an Interprofessional Setting Providing Services to Detained Immigrants with Serious Mental Health Conditions

A special issue of the journal Social Work, published by NASW and Oxford University Press, seeks to deepen the social work profession’s conceptualization of self-care and promote effective implementation of self-care in professional practice. The issue’s coeditors and contributors advocate for self-care as an essential element of ethical professional practice. One article in the issue was authored by social workers ... Read More »

Developing a Financial Literacy Program with Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: The Voices of Survivors 

As the social work field increasingly recognizes economic abuse within intimate partner relationships, the field has developed financial empowerment programs to empower survivors for their financial future. Although research has demonstrated the effectiveness of financial literacy programs, there are barriers to their implementation in the field. Studies have explored, from the perspective of advocates, best practices in incorporating financial literacy ... Read More »

Relationship between Future Orientation and Pain Severity in Fibromyalgia Patients: Self-Compassion as a Coping Mechanism

In a recent issue of the journal Social Work, published by NASW and Oxford University Press, researchers revealed their findings from a study that examined the relationship between future orientation and fibromyalgia-related pain severity in a sample of 287 adults with fibromyalgia. Specifically, the authors examined dimensions of self-compassion (for example, self-kindness, isolation, mindfulness) as possible mechanisms through which future ... Read More »

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 »