Ashes2Art:   Mitigation Strategies for Short-and Long-term Distress in Emergency Services Personnel During COVID-19
AbstractAshes2Art, a nonprofit organization working with fire fighters and first responders since 2017, promotes creativity to counter balance the exposure to extreme loss and trauma. Operating under the Northern Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council, Ashes2Art provides art supplies, art classes, and a creative community of support to mitigate the deleterious effects the stress of the job can take on fire fighters and first responders ’ health and mental health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashes2Art has seen an increased demand for art supplies and the, now online, creative arts classes and self-care strategi...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 25, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

A Pilot Study of Peer-to-Peer SBIRT Simulation as a Clinical Telehealth Training Tool During COVID-19
This study explores 35 social work graduate students’ experiences of learning SBIRT skills in a remote learning format and subsequently delivering a SBIRT intervention to a live “client” via a peer-to-peer simulated telehealth session. Overall, students reported that the shift from FTF to remote learning made learning SBIRT skills difficult, and that providing brief intervention and referral was the most difficult step of the simulated SBIRT telehealth intervention. Qualitative feedback indicates that overall, students found the simulated telehealth sessions a valuable learning experience, but also report...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 25, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Developing Engagement Competence for Public Child Welfare: Results of an Inter-University Simulation Project
AbstractStrong clinical competence is required for the successful engagement of clients in public child welfare. Successful engagement is associated with increasing positive outcomes for families. Three universities partnered to implement a simulation based learning (SBL) project to better prepare Title IV-E students in engagement competence when working with clients in public child welfare. Over three years, 70 students participated in a two scenario Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) interviewing an adolescent and her mother regarding an allegation of abuse with post interview reflection and feedback. The project ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 21, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Engagement with a Multi-Component, Preventative Program to Reduce Child Maltreatment: Program Satisfaction and Acceptability
AbstractThe development and implementation of interventions to prevent child maltreatment (CM) is particularly challenging in view of the numerous stressors experienced by families within the child welfare system (CWS). Difficulties engaging families, particularly those who are most vulnerable, can lead to lower program dose and poorer outcomes. This qualitative study, conducted as part of a larger process evaluation, explored participant perspectives of a newly developed, multi-component, community-based intervention designed to reduce the risk of CM in families with young children. The study involved one-to-one interview...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 20, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Offsetting Racial Divides: Adolescent African American Males & amp; Restorative Justice Practices
AbstractZero-tolerance suspensions are exclusionary practices that disrupt and deny students access to structured routines, academic instruction, and school-provided meals. Throughout the United States, statistical comparisons in zero-tolerance suspensions illustrate harsh racial disproportionalities, particularly for adolescent African American males. Inequities in disciplinary practices place adolescent African American males at higher risk for dropping out of high school, retention, and incarceration. Recent literature highlights the pathway of restorative justice as a tool to decrease inequities in zero-tolerance schoo...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 18, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Emerging Elderhood: Transitions from Midlife
AbstractAs the number of older adults grows exponentially, social work and psychology practice must embrace a more nuanced appreciation of the aging process. Family life is evolving in unprecedented ways, leaving adults with new challenges and choices for how best to live out their lives. Adults may face difficult decisions and increased anxieties regarding their own health, concern for loved ones, and uncertainties about the future. The noteworthy trends associated with the “new adulthood” holds clinical significance and raises important questions for contemporary practice. Our collective clinical and research...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 16, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Using Mixed Methods to Assess the Coping and Self-regulation Skills of Undergraduate Social Work Students Impacted by COVID-19
AbstractDeveloping coping and self-care strategies has always been important for social work students as they prepare for work that can take a psychological, emotional, mental, and physical toll and adversely impact their health and well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented in its impact on social work education as it forced students to quickly transition to online learning and leave field sites abruptly to do remote activities. The degree to which and how social work students effectively coped with these changes has not been adequately studied, despite recognition that understanding how personal experiences and a...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 11, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Decision-Making and Relationship Competence When Reporting Suspected Physical Abuse and Child Neglect: An Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation
AbstractMandatory reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect highlights the challenges between the ethical and legal obligations of social workers and the need to maintain the therapeutic relationship with the client. The ability to bridge this tension is paramount to ensure continued psychosocial treatment and the well-being of children. This paper discusses a study to determine the decision-making factors of social work students and practitioners when facing a suspicion of child abuse and neglect, how they justify their decision to report or not report to child protection services, and the current and future relation...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 6, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

COVID-19 and Beyond: A Prototype for Remote/Virtual Social Work Field Placement
This article will delineate the program redesign for oncology social work interns using remote/virtual modalities. This melded approach involved creating simulated clinical interactions, based on selected points along the illness trajectory targeting specific clinical competencies, which were presented to interns by phone and/or videoconference. Examples will be provided related to developing clinical skills and critical thinking and preparing for professional responsibilities within a b road range of healthcare settings. Guidelines for working with individuals, couples/families, and groups will be included. Issues of indi...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 4, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Teaching Mental Health and Well-Being Online in a Crisis: Fostering Love and Self-compassion in Clinical Social Work Education
This article is a reflexive collaborative autoethnography written by four educators of different international and cultural backgrounds at a regional university in Queensland. Our university has experienced a shift from primarily a face-to-face delivery to online delivery due to social distancing. This article is grounded in an ethic of love, a values-based relationship-oriented practice promoting care, collaborative dialogue and solidarity between people, using self-compassion and reflexivity. We explore how COVID-19 has forced the authors to alter their teaching practice, cope with uncertainties, and respond with loving ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - January 28, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Faculty Respond to COVID-19: Reflections-on-Action in Field Education
AbstractThe field placement process has become increasingly challenging for schools of social work, particularly for large graduate programs situated in urban centers with competing schools. The unprecedented circumstances created by the COVID-19 public health crisis further strained the placement process, revealing a delicate balance of interdependent systems that schools must address when confronted with an unforeseen disruption of field education. This paper reflectively examines the steps taken by the field faculty and department of one large school of social work to address the impact of the pandemic on field educatio...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - January 22, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Virtual Reality Exposure Simulation for Student Veteran Social Anxiety and PTSD: A Case Study
AbstractExposure based exercises are a common element of many gold standard treatments for anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder and virtual reality simulations have been evaluated as a platform for providing clients with opportunities for repeated exposure during treatment. Although research on virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) indicates effectiveness and high levels of user satisfaction, VRETs require a participant to complete exposure exercises in-offices with specialized equipment. The current exploratory case method study evaluates the experience and outcomes of one student veteran with social anx...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - January 19, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

“Making Sure We Are All Okay”: Healthcare Workers’ Strategies for Emotional Connectedness During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This study focused on three extended-response questions about definitions of and strategies for emotional connectedness. Data were analyzed using reflexive thematic analysis. Participants conceptualize emotional connectedness as having empathy and value, help and support, presence, and vulnerability. They also describe emotionally connected relationships as being characterized by mutuality and frequent contact. Participants identify current behavioral strategies for cultivating emotional connectedness, such as using technology, providing instrumental help or sending gifts via mail, and building quality time within their ho...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - January 11, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Examining Cross-Cultural Child Welfare Practice Through Simulation-Based Education
AbstractSimulation-based learning is an emerging pedagogical approach in social work education that is expanding to specialized areas of practice. This research examines the intersection of cross-cultural practice and child maltreatment investigations. Thirty-one (N  = 31) BSW and MSW social work students participated in a three-hour voluntary child welfare simulation workshop and engaged with one of three child welfare scenarios: (1) an immigrant Chinese family, (2) an Indigenous family, and (3) a White youth. Drawing upon the concept of cultural agility, a theoretically-informed mixed methods approach was u...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - January 11, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Backing the Blue in the Midst of COVID-19: Simultaneous Shared Trauma and the Effects of Coping in Law Enforcement Couples
AbstractThe impact of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has placed a significant amount of stress on local and state law enforcement departments. In addition to responding to crimes, police officers now have additional responsibilities that include enforcing non-essential business closures, dispersing social gatherings, and maintaining order at testing sites and local hospitals, all while trying to preserve their own health. Spousal support serves a critical role in helping officers cope with occupational stressors. However, when both officer and spouse are being affected by the same traumatic event, such as t...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - January 11, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Responding to COVID-19: New Trends in Social Workers ’ Use of Information and Communication Technology
AbstractCOVID-19 changed the context for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use globally. With face-to-face practice restricted, almost all communication with clients shifted to ICTs. Starting in April 2019, we conducted semi-structured interviews with social workers from four agencies serving diverse populations in a large urban centre, with the aim of exploring social workers ’ informal ICT use with clients. Approximately 6 weeks after the cessation of face-to-face practice in March 2020 due to COVID-19 measures, we re-interviewed social workers (n = 11) who had participated in our study. ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 24, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Computerized Clinical Training Simulations with Virtual Clients Abusing Alcohol: Initial Feasibility, Acceptability, and Effectiveness
AbstractAlthough masters-level social work students typically build clinical skills via role-playing with their peers or instructors, several innovative training simulations are emerging in the literature that may enhance existing skill-building methodologies. We evaluated the initial feasibility, acceptability, usability, and effectiveness of three computerized simulations (two cognitive behavioral therapy, one motivational interviewing) during an interpersonal practice course among 22 students in a Master of Social Work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Trainees repetitively practiced their clin...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 19, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Use of Simulation Methods in Social Work Research on Clinical Decision-Making
AbstractWhile simulation has become an increasingly sophisticated and standardized method of clinical teaching and performance assessment in social work, unlike other clinical and health care fields, it is not generally used in other areas of social work research. Yet, it has the potential to address challenges and limitations in several areas of social work research. For instance, in the area of professional decision-making, research has demonstrated high variability in the conclusions of not only different professionals encountering the same case, but also in a single professional encountering a case at different times. ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 10, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Guidelines for  Advancing Clinical Social Work Practice Through Articulating Practice Competencies: The Toronto Simulation Model
AbstractKnowledge for clinical social work practice is ever evolving and consists of underlying explanatory concepts, practice models, and intervention skills. Conceptualization and identification of competencies for practice provides a bridge from knowledge and understanding to actual skills needed in clinical sessions. Articulating competencies also guides education of students and provides grounded skills and behaviors needed for clinical research. Analysis of simulation-based practice provides a useful methodology to identify generic practice competencies as well as competencies in specialized fields of practice. This ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 31, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Precedent of Good Enough Therapy During Unprecedented Times
AbstractThe unprecedented nature of the coronavirus pandemic and clinicians ’ own concerns for safety and stability amidst collective uncertainty have threatened to undermine our ability to trust what we already know about our clients and how to help them. Rather than search for a novel solution, I suggest that what we need during a shared crisis is to renew our trust in the existing ethos of good enough therapy, a metaphoric corollary to Winnicott’s concept of good enough mothering, which presupposes the realities of imperfection and uncertainty along the continuum of growth. Using personal reflections, clinic...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 24, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

In the Fertile Minefield: Navigating Challenges and Opportunities with Facilitating Self-development and Growth in the Intercultural and Interracial Clinical Treatment Dyad
AbstractThe “use of self” is a powerful tool that social workers rely upon to facilitate treatment growth for their clients. Yet, for many ethnic and racial minority clinicians, their self contains personal, psychological, social, and cultural aspects that they must acknowledge, examine and negotiate as the y enter into the clinical arena. The therapeutic world is increasingly diverse, therefore, the profession must address issues relating to researching, educating, training, supervising, and supporting clinicians from diverse backgrounds to attend with greater knowledge and self-examination. They must attend t...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Long-Term Effects of a Cult Childhood on Attachment, Intimacy, and Close Relationships: Results of an In-Depth Interview  Study
This study aimed to investigate these cultic childhood experiences and their long-term effects on the individual development and the further lives of those affected. Former cult members (n  = 16) who were born and raised in cultic groups participated in an in-depth qualitative interview study. The findings indicate that growing up in a family belonging to a cult is often associated with serious restrictions, burdens and even traumatization. Later in life, this may lead to the deve lopment of self-esteem problems, mental disorders, and difficulties in intimate relationships. Individual life experiences should ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Connecting Loose Ends: Integrating Science into Psychoanalytic Theory
AbstractFreud wanted to be a scientist but fell short of this goal in several ways: first by attempting to make psychoanalysis consistent with Newtonian physics, second by not being rigorous with the scientific method, and finally, by responding to political and social needs. As a result, science did not welcome psychoanalysis into its fold. Fortunately, this is changing. In the years since Freud ’s death, two science-based psychoanalytic theories have developed: attachment theory and affect theory. They are both measurable and supported by social psychology, neuroscience, and infant research. We will explore the cen...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 19, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Using Simulation as an Investigative Methodology in Researching Competencies of Clinical Social Work Practice: A Scoping Review
This article reports a scoping review designed to synthesize current literature that used simulation as an investigative methodology (simulation-based research; SBR) in researching practice competencies in clinical social work. Following Arksey and O ’Malley’s scoping review framework, 24 articles were included in this scoping review. The majority of articles reported SBR studies conducted in Canada and the U.S. and were published in the last 10 years, signifying that this is a burgeoning area of research in clinical social work. Areas of c linical competencies included professional decision-making (33%), ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 23, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Scope of Psychotherapy Integration: Introduction to a Special Issue
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Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - July 23, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Adapting Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treat Complex Trauma in Police Officers
AbstractPolice officers are at risk of being exposed to multiple traumas throughout their careers. Compared to the general population, police officers are also at elevated risk for the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), increased suicidal ideation, and increased substance use. Cognitive-behavioral interventions have proven empirical validity for the prevention and treatment of PTSD and complex trauma. However, the efficacy of these interventions in police officers has not been studied. This paper will provide the practitioner with an overview of the factors that contribute to the complexity of trauma exp...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - July 22, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Couple Therapy Integrated: A Commentary on Couple Impasses —Three Therapeutic Approaches
AbstractCouple therapy is too complex, and too important, to be undertaken under the sway of doctrinal orthodoxy. Integrating various schools of thought enlarges our toolkit and optimizes our efforts. In their excellent paper, “Couple Impasses: Three Therapeutic Approaches, Siegel, Goldman, and Fishbane provide three contemporary examples of such integration. In this commentary, I will note some commonalities in their work, highlight some singularly useful ideas from each author’s section, and conclude with some of my own thoughts about integrating and sequencing interventions in couple therapy. (Source: Clinic...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - July 17, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

How to be Yourself: Student Perspectives on Learning Use of Self
AbstractUse of self is a core concept in the development of authentic social work and human services practice. For students with a history of adversity, learning how to integrate past adverse experiences into their use of self can be difficult. Adversity may have motivated many to enter the helping professions, but students may not always be sure how and when their adverse experiences can be integrated into their use of self. A qualitative survey of students from three different universities in South East Queensland, Australia, found that recognizing experiences of adversity and their impact could be an essential component...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - July 10, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Levels of Meaning and the Need for Psychotherapy Integration
AbstractWe argue for the importance of multitheoretical integrative clinical intervention and training. Mental health professionals, including clinical social workers, are frequently primarily committed to a single dominant therapeutic theory, perhaps one that was favored by a school, fieldwork agency, inspiring teacher, or influential supervisor. However, each such theory tends to target just one aspect of the extraordinarily complex human meaning system that scientific research has shown to operate at biological, neuroscientific, behavioral, cognitive, unconscious, family-systems, and cultural levels in complexly interac...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - July 9, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Toward an Integrated Psychoanalytic Theory: Foundation in a Revitalized Ego Psychology
AbstractI propose that a revised and expanded ego psychology constitutes the strongest foundation for a unified psychoanalytic theory that is capable of integrating different psychoanalytic schools and also capable of assimilating and integrating relevant findings from non-psychoanalytic disciplines. (Source: Clinical Social Work Journal)
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - July 8, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Bridges to Sobriety: Testing the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Mobile App Designed to Supplement an Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program
AbstractAdolescent substance use is a growing problem that causes a myriad of negative outcomes. Using substances during adolescence can lead to decreased executive functioning and is correlated with the top three causes of deaths for adolescents. Treatment options vary and the impact on outcomes are mixed, with engagement being of the most important indicators. Gaming is a popular activity among adolescents, and yet smartphone applications are relatively unexplored within substance use disorder treatment programs. This paper explores the feasibility and acceptability of implementing a mobile application as a supplement to...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - June 17, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Couple Impasses: Three Therapeutic Approaches
AbstractMany couples present to therapy feeling trapped in impasses that they do not understand and feel powerless to escape. The impasse causes great emotional distress and may threaten the couple ’s connection and commitment to each other. This paper is based on a presentation given at the 2018 annual SEPI conference and reflects the work of three experienced scholar-therapists who presented their approaches to working with couple impasses as the first step in exploring areas of overlap an d potential integration. Although each clinical approach developed independently, the emphasis on exploration of emotions and r...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - June 15, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Intimate Partner Violence Perpetrator Treatment: Tailoring Interventions to Individual Needs
AbstractIntimate partner violence (IPV) remains a devastating public health issue in the United States. Given the high stakes of IPV, it is imperative that treatment provided to perpetrators be efficacious to prevent further victimization and not lull survivors into a false sense of security. Unfortunately, the historically dominant modalities of perpetrator treatment, group-based Duluth and cognitive-behavioral therapy, show small effectsat best in deterring re-assault. Because of this, new directions are needed. In this article, we report on a literature review that centered on IPV perpetrator treatment. Results suggest ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - May 29, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Enlivening Psychodynamic Brief Therapy with Emotion-Focused Interventions: An Integrative Therapist ’s Approach
AbstractFocusing on affect and the expression of emotion has long been a key feature of psychodynamic psychotherapies. While psychodynamically-oriented therapists have always paid attention to the emotional life of their clients, they usually do not focus on accessing and processing emotions in the manner and to the degree that emotion-focused therapists do. By recognizing the power of emotion as a fundamental change mechanism, an increasing number of therapists who previously defined themselves a classically psychodynamic (e.g., fostering insight through interpretation) are now placing themselves in the “experientia...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - May 25, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

State of Clinical Social Work in South Africa
This article presents the only review of clinical social work in South Africa. It maps the history of the field, its current definition, training opportunities and registration (licensing) procedures. Drawing on a national survey of clinical social workers, the article describes the range of theories and practice modalities employed by clinical social workers, foregrounding the use of grief counselling, cognitive behavioral therapy, crisis intervention and psychodynamic therapy, and a predominance of individual work. Three case examples of clinical practice are advanced, related to a range of contemporary issues, including...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - May 7, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Introduction to Special Issue: Productive Aging
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Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - May 7, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Clinical Social Work in Ethiopia: A Field Study in Gondar
AbstractSocial work as currently practiced in Ethiopia does not commonly include mental health clinical interventions as traditionally practiced in the United States. Instead, the social work profession has had a sporadic presence throughout the years depending on government rule and the degree to which social problems have been relegated to community and volunteer systems. Today, social work in Ethiopia is heavily influenced by the rapid pace of technological change and economic development occurring in urban areas and to a limited extent in rural villages. Consequently, during the last fourteen years the number of univer...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - May 6, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Promoting the Integration of Psychodynamic and Emotion-Focused Psychotherapies Through Advances in Affective Science and Neuroscience
AbstractPsychodynamic psychotherapy (PDT) and emotion-focused therapy (EFT) have much in common and much to offer one another. Yet, their differing theoretical foundations create challenges when attempting to integrate the two. PDT is founded on concepts such as the dynamic unconscious, defenses, a developmental perspective and recurrent patterns including transference that are not included in EFT theory. By contrast, EFT is founded on basic affective science rather than clinical observations, a focus on experiencing affect fully rather than simply overcoming defenses and an emphasis on gestalt methods such as 2-chair work...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - May 6, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Restricting the Gendered Body: Understanding the Trans-masculine Adolescent with Anorexia
AbstractIn recent years, researchers discovered that transgender and gender expansive (TGE) individuals had elevated rates of eating disorders when compared with their cisgender peers. TGE clients experience an increased risk for developing eating disorders due to co-occurring gender dysphoria and trauma from gender minority stressors. An inspection of the literature reveals a gap when searching for the trans-masculine adolescent experience of eating disorder treatment, including nominal research targeting TGE clients with eating disorders and minimal exploration of treating these phenomena concurrently. Gender dysphoria c...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - April 28, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

An Integrative Conceptual Framework of Engagement in Socially-Productive Activity in Later Life: Implications for Clinical and Mezzo Social Work Practice
AbstractAs the global population ages, expectations around socially-productive engagement in work, volunteer, and caregiving activities in later life are rapidly changing. Several streams of research to date inform our understanding of meaningful engagement in later life, but these bodies of research tend to be siloed in their approaches with few integrative frameworks. Further, advancing the national conversation around the AASWSW ’s grand challenge to “Advance Long and Productive Lives” will require that social workers and other professionals have an understanding of what productive aging is at every le...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - April 24, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Ageism and Age Discrimination in the Family: Applying an Intergenerational Critical Consciousness Approach
AbstractAgeism and negative age stereotypes can be expressed unconsciously and consciously through microaggressions in interpersonal interactions, through social and cultural institutional messaging, and through exposure to and encounters with systems of law, government, employment and healthcare. The negative impact of age stereotypes on older adults has been well documented, yet the experience of older adults and ageism within the family has been understudied. This paper reviews theories and evidence on the manifestations of ageism and age discrimination, drawing from an ecological framework emphasizing the importance of...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - April 24, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Integrating Music into Couple Therapy Theory and Practice
This article argues for broadening integrative efforts to include the perspectives and products of the arts and humanities into couple therapy, with a focus on music. The article presents the r ationale for this broadened scope of integration by discussing E. O. Wilson’s consilience theory and its bearing on the distinctions and convergence among the science, craft, and art of therapy. The research on the neuroscience of music and the role of music in affective experience, expression, an d intimate relationships strongly supports use of music in transformative work with couples. Music theory and arts provide a useful...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - April 23, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

How the Science of Memory Reconsolidation Advances the Effectiveness and Unification of Psychotherapy
This article reviews these historic findings and how they translate directly into therapeutic application to provide the clinical field with an empirically confirmed process of transformational change. Psychotherapists ’ early use of this new, transtheoretical knowledge indicates a strong potential for significant advances in both the effectiveness of psychotherapy and the unification of its many diverse systems. The erasure process consists of the creation of certain critical experiences required by the brain, and it neither dictates nor limits the experiential methods that therapists can use to facilitate the neede...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - April 21, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Young Adult Depression and Anxiety Linked to Social Media Use: Assessment and Treatment
AbstractStudies suggest that more 30% of college students are currently depressed. A small but growing body of literature suggests that young adults ’ social media use correlates with their depressive and anxious symptomology. As many as 90% of young adults use social media currently, compared to just 12.5% in 2005. Further, more than a quarter of college students report spending at least six hours per week on social media, compared to only 18 .9% in 2007. Smartphone use within young adult populations also is extremely high: estimates of undergraduate smartphone ownership appear to be as high as 97%. Collectively, th...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 14, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Introduction to the Special Issue on Social Isolation Across the Lifespan
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Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 10, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Correction to: The Role of Social Isolation in the Relationships Between Psychosis and Suicidal Ideation
The original version of the article unfortunately contained an error in corresponding author name. Author name was incorrectly published as ‘Lindsay A. Borhneimer’ and the corrected name is ‘Lindsay A. Bornheimer’. (Source: Clinical Social Work Journal)
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 6, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Resource and Network Predictors of Multiple Volunteering Cessations: Implications for Social Policy and Practice
AbstractThe benefits of volunteering are well-documented, however, studies specifically investigating the cessation of volunteering in old age are relatively limited, especially on multiple stops of volunteering. The present study explores the number of times older people stop volunteering over 14  years, and examines its association with financial resources, health, family demands, social networks, neighborhood environment as well as the sociodemographic characteristics. Using eight-wave data from the Health and Retirement Study, the sample included 3914 volunteers who were 50 + in 1998 and were alive t...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 3, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Eradicating Social Isolation: A Grand Challenge for Social Work
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Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 3, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Productive Aging in the Social Work Profession: A Comparison of Licensed Workers 60 Years and Older with Their Younger Counterparts
This article reports the findings of an online survey in 13 U.S. states that compared the self-described demographics, wellness factors (mental health, physical health, and substance misuse), practice factors (fields of practice and work environment issues), and feelings about being a social worker (compassion satisfaction, workplace stress, being glad one chose social work and feeling valued as a professional in society) of 870 employed licensed social workers age 60 and older to 4076 licensed social workers under age 60. The results indicate that the older social workers were more likely to be male and white, less likely...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - January 27, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Evaluating and Intervening in the Trauma of Solitary Confinement: A Social Work Perspective
AbstractClinical social work has yet to address the trauma that prisoners experience from solitary confinement. This paper examines the relationship between trauma and solitary confinement from a social work perspective. The conservation of resources (COR) theory and structural racism provide frameworks from which clinical social workers can evaluate and intervene in the traumatic effects of solitary confinement for prisoners. A review of the literature suggests that few concrete interventions exist for clinical social workers to provide evidence-based treatments to prisoners traumatized by the experience of solitary confi...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - January 23, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research