Tag Archives: social work practice

Building Knowledge to Support Human Service Organizational and Management Practice: An Agenda to Address the Research-to-Practice Gap

Leaders of human service organizations (HSOs) face significant pressures from policymakers and funders to justify practices and ensure successful outcomes, an issue that has implications for social work practitioners and evidence-informed management practice. Although empirical research has advanced understanding of the factors that improve human service effectiveness and organizational improvement, considerable research-to-practice gaps exist and the use and translation of ... 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 »

Bridging the Gap between Research-Supported Interventions and Everyday Social Work Practice: A New Approach

Clinical trials are essential to making progress in developing new methods for social work to help clients. Research universities use randomized clinical trials to conduct research in the field. But there are limitations to applying the results of randomized clinical trials to actual field situations. Clinical trials rely on comparing a test group to a control group. Yet often in ... Read More »

New Book on “Self-Care in Social Work” Published

Most social workers enter the profession out of a desire to help others who are in need, and to contribute to society’s betterment. They are drawn to a career in which they can assist individuals, families, groups, and communities in surmounting the challenges and hardships of life. New to their craft, these nascent professionals seek to use their hard-earned knowledge ... Read More »

“The Lived Experiences of Tobacco Use, Dependence, and Cessation: Insights and Perspectives of People with Mental Illness,” by Erica Singer Solway

People with mental illness are more likely to be smokers than the general population. In fact, studies indicate that individuals with mental illness or addictions are two to three times more likely to be addicted to tobacco than are individuals in the general population. However, few studies have been conducted to determine why this is the case. Recently, Erica Singer ... Read More »

Reconciling Paternalism and Empowerment in Clinical Practice: An Intersubjective Perspective

Through its history as an organized profession, social work has worked under two competing models or philosophies: paternalism and empowerment. But perhaps a third model will provide a more comprehensive view for client care and empowerment.  In “Reconciling Paternalism and Empowerment in Clinical Practice: An Intersubjective Perspective” in the January 2011 issue of Social Work, Cassandra L. Bransford discusses these ... Read More »

NASW announces the release of the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults

NASW is pleased to announce the release of the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults, designed to enhance social work practice with family caregivers of older adults and to help the public understand the role of professional social work in supporting family caregivers. The standards were developed as part of Professional Partners Supporting Family ... Read More »

Educating Today’s School Social Workers: Are School Social Work Courses: Responding to the Changing Context?

Shifts in the educational landscape affect services for students and the context in which school social workers practice.  Broad changes in education have consequences for social work practice—specifically, the ability of school social workers to align services with school goals.  For example, more emphasis on student and teacher accountability and the expansion of school choice, charter schools and vouchers, calls ... Read More »

NASW Requests Comments on Draft Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults

Draft available for public review and comment. Family caregivers constitute the foundation of care for older adults but often provide such care at risk to their own health and well-being. Social workers across practice settings play a critical role in supporting family caregivers at the individual, family, group, community, and organizational levels. To view the standards and submit comments, visit ... Read More »