An Attachment-Informed Approach to Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
AbstractTrauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is a widely utilized evidence-based practice for treating children exhibiting symptoms of trauma. The model is theoretically grounded in principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and incorporates a safe caregiver throughout treatment. TF-CBT ’s use of a safe parental figure is supported by attachment theory, but the model does not fully address the complex needs of the families frequently served by social service organizations. Through the lens of attachment, the TF-CBT model holds more potential by directly supporting the parent/chil d bond and enha...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - March 13, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

A Ghost in Contemporary Theory: Selma Fraiberg ’s Social Work Identity and Her Contributions to Modern Psychoanalysis
AbstractRe-examining the work of Selma Fraiberg, an early psychoanalytic social worker, reveals the prediction of two dominant strains in contemporary psychoanalysis: attachment theory and the study of trauma. On the hundredth anniversary of her birth, reading her papers is a reminder of clinical social work ’s natural partnering with psychoanalysis. As American psychoanalysis has moved away from its primary focus on intrapsychic conflict toward relational models, it has incorporated the sine qua non of clinical social work: the person-in-environment. Fraiberg’s original identity as a social worker strongly inf...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 6, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Discourses of Migration and Belonging: How Language Shapes the Return-Thinking Processes of Ethiopians in Canada
This study examined how 15 Ethiopian-Canadian immigrants define and express their post-migration intentions. Specifically, this paper explores how the linguistic and cultural features embedded in language inform their return-thinking process. This paper contributes to emerging scholarship that expands the dominant conceptualization of language and migration to include a focus on how language becomes integral to the experience of migration through beliefs and value systems. Particularly, this paper argues that it is essential to recognize the multifaceted nature of migration, language, identity, and transnationalism and to ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - January 25, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Breaking with Norms of Masculinity: Men Making Sense of Their Experience of Sexual Assault
AbstractIn recent years, the sexual assault of males has received growing attention both in the research literature and among the public. Much of the research has focused on documenting prevalence rates or the psychological consequences of male sexual assault. However, this article aims to understand how men, as gendered, embodied and affective subjects, make sense of their experiences of sexual assault. In-depth interviews with ten adult males who have experienced sexual assault have been analyzed using a phenomenological approach in order to learn more about their lived and gendered experience. Four themes emerged from t...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - January 7, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Orthodox Jewish Couple in Therapy: Addressing Religious Conflict and Confronting the Divine Elephant in the Room
AbstractThis case study illustrates how religious conflict can define a couple ’s therapy. The couple therapist’s understanding of religious background can enable deeper discussion. For example, the therapist’s knowledge of observance creates a therapeutic space to explore broader themes of grief, longing, anger, religious commitment, God, and ultimately, commitment to m arriage. Religious themes emblematic in Orthodox Judaism are highlighted in this case study. Changes in one’s religious practice can generate a shift in the marital relationship; how to address religious changes and conflicts in the...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - December 18, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Introduction to the Special Issue on Field Education of Students
AbstractTwo Special Issues of the Clinical Social Work Journal have been dedicated to building on the social work discipline ’s tradition and commitment to the supervision of staff and field education of students. The first issue included papers on the supervision of professional social work staff. The focus of this issue is field education of students, the signature pedagogy of social work (CSWE in Educational policy a nd accreditation standards, CWSE, Alexandria,2008,2015a). Attention is given to macro structural issues impinging on the profession ’s capacity to provide quality learning experiences, in additi...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - December 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

How Well-Prepared are Graduating MSW Students in Clinical Competencies?
This study explored field supervisors ’ and students’ perceptions of how well-prepared graduates are in general and specific clinical competencies. The study was a mixed method design that included a quantitative survey and follow-up focus groups. Results suggested a significant consensus around perceptions of competencies for which graduates are prepared as well as those with which they struggle. This article presents both qualitative and quantitative findings of the study and their implications for increased coordination between faculty of graduate social work programs and field representatives. (Source: Clin...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - December 3, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

10 Years Later …Are Rotational Field Placements Working?
AbstractA rise in social work programs has led to increased needs for quality field placements. Social workers are expected to occupy educator roles in addition to increasing clinical demands and responsibilities within their work settings. In response to this demand, rotational models of field placements have been introduced. This qualitative study Examined recent trends and perspectives of acute-care hospital social workers engaged in rotational models of supervision. Using focus group data and qualitative data analysis, results indicated that the model has grown in popularity over the past decade, with increasing use fo...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 16, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Clinical Social Work Scope of Practice Related to Diagnosis
AbstractThis paper discusses a relatively undocumented movement by clinical social workers to gain mental health diagnostic privileges as part of their scope of practice across the United States. The primary purpose of this paper is to identify which states permit social workers to diagnose. Reviewers located the state regulatory codes on social work scope of practice to determine if diagnosis of mental disorders was permitted and contacted corresponding state boards and NASW chapters to understand diagnostic privileges and grassroots movements in this area. We found that only three states do not authorize social workers t...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Empirical Support and Considerations for Social Work Supervision of Students in Alternative Placement Models
AbstractField education is a core component of the Australian entry-level professional social work qualification and has long been recognized globally as offering students significant personal and professional growth and learning. However, in Australia, as in other western countries, social work courses are under pressure to find sufficient placements for increasing numbers of social work students, many of whom bring their own complexities and learning needs. Field education programs have been responding by using a range of alternative supervision models to replace the traditional one-on-one approach but there has been lit...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Grading Individual Observations of Practice in Child Welfare Contexts: A New Assessment Approach in Social Work Education
AbstractStudents in the Frontline social work qualifying program undertake seven graded observations of practice in child welfare contexts during their qualifying studies. Before the Frontline program, educators had not attempted to implement graded observations of practice in a qualifying program in the United Kingdom. In this paper, we seek to show how graded practice observations have been undertaken in the Frontline program and provide information about the research base informing its development. A summary of findings from three preliminary research studies are presented. We suggest it is possible to grade practice co...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Availability of Supervision in Routine Mental Health Care
AbstractClinical supervision is an embedded resource for practice quality in community mental health organizations. Supervision has been found to increase provider competence and decrease stress. In addition, supervision has been associated with service user outcomes including decreased depressive symptoms. However, little is known about the availability and nature of supervision in real world settings. The primary aims of this study were to identify available supervision and the extent to which contextual factors are related to that availability. The data source for this study was a multi-state and multi-site (N  =...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Introduction to the Special Issues on the Supervision of Staff and Field Education of Students
AbstractTwo Special Issues of the Clinical Social Work Journal have been dedicated to building on the social work discipline ’s tradition and commitment to the supervision of staff and field education of students. These issues bring together contemporary theorizing, clinical supervisory and field education practice experience and wisdom, and research studies to contribute to the knowledge base for practicing supervisors and field educators. As the first of the Special Issues, this issue has been dedicated to the supervision of staff. In this Introduction, we share the salient aspects of the articles published, as the...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Feeling Lucky: The Serendipitous Nature of Field Education
AbstractField education and the supervision that occurs during this process cements learning and enhances preparedness for a career in social work. Graduate readiness for social work practice is however a contested subject in New Zealand with recent criticism focusing on the adequacy of social work education. This paper reports on findings from focus groups with 27 faculty members and 35 students from eight Schools of Social Work in New Zealand which explored aspects of the taught and learned curriculum. Overall, students and faculty revealed some dissatisfaction with the taught curriculum on supervision that occurs on cam...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 11, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Art as a Facilitator of Communication on Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence: A Retrospective Examination of a 10-Year-Old Girl ’s Therapy
AbstractTo adapt methods of accessing the voice of children who are exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV), this paper explores the contribution of art as means of communicating during therapy with a 10-year-old girl. Based on a retrospective review of the intervention, it presents several examples of the use of art, as well as the way in which they contributed to the creation of a direct and indirect discussion about the girls ’ exposure to IPV. This is discussed in relation to the developmental world of children who have been exposed to IPV, and their location within the family as a system. (Source: Clinical Social Work Journal)
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 11, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Field Supervision Training for a Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Implementation Project
This study describes findings from a 3-year project during which field education supervisors were trained to supervise students ’ use of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) and motivational interviewing. The core components of the supervisory training model are described (i.e., didactic training, coaching, in-person visits), and self-reported field supervisor outcomes are examined using pre-trai ning and post-training assessments. On our 30-day post training assessment, field supervisors (n = 79) reported increased personal use of motivational interviewing (86.5% vs. 73.9% at...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Constructing Critical Conversations in Social Work Supervision: Creating Change
AbstractClinical social work supervision is not immune to enactments of racial and social injustice, prejudice, power and privilege rampant in our social environment and institutions. These dynamics are active in all social interactions. Most often felt on impact, these remain underground and unevenly experienced —though predominantly by people representing intersecting marginalized identities. Such real enactments can be misunderstood or avoided in social work supervision. Negative consequences not only impede learning for the supervisee and supervisor, and affect clinical understanding of client care the y also per...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 29, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Mechanisms for Building Working Alliances in Clinical Supervision
AbstractWhile social workers and researchers acknowledge the importance of a positive working alliance between service providers and clients, less is known about mechanisms for developing working alliances between supervisors and supervisees. TheAlliance Building: Learning to Engage (ABLE) model was developed to measure and enhance the supervisory relationship. The ABLE model consists of a tool for continuous measurement of the supervisory working alliance as well as several research supported resources. This two part study assessed the reliability and validity of the ABLE supervision tool (ABLE-S), and then a randomized c...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Sensory Integration Theory in Psychotherapy: A Case Study
AbstractAs emotional beings in a physical body, human consciousness and perception are bombarded with information from within and without. Information comes from the body ’s sensory systems, which helps a human know if a situation is safe or not safe, pleasurable or painful, with which to engage or to avoid. As situations become common, the body lessens the response in deference to new situations. The push and pull of neural focus impacts perception, behavior, and emotions. This paper uses sensory integration theory to examine a psychotherapeutic case study and make connections to perceptions and worldview that stem ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 25, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Developing a Working Model of Cross-Cultural Supervision: A Competence- and Alliance-Based Framework
AbstractDespite numerous suggestions to integrate culture, diversity and social justice issues in clinical supervision, empirical studies on cross-cultural supervision indicate limited uptake of such recommendations. We suggest that a comprehensive model of cross-cultural supervision could benefit the field by guiding supervisors in this task. A working model is proposed based on a foundation of the supervisory alliance and a focus on social work practice competence, integrating strategies to promote self- and relational-reflexivity within the supervisory relationship. The model is comprised of four components: component 1...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Evaluating the Quality of Social Work Supervision in UK Children ’s Services: Comparing Self-Report and Independent Observations
In this study, we observed 12 social work supervisors in a simulated supervision session offering support and guidance to an actor playing the part of an inexperienced social worker facing a casework-related crisis. A team of researchers analyzed these sessions using a customized skills-based coding framework. In addition, 19 social workers completed a questionnaire about their supervision experiences as provided by the same 12 supervisors. According to the coding framework, the supervisors demonstrated relatively modest skill levels, and we found low correlations among different skills. In contrast, according to the quest...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Developing a Working Model of Cross-Cultural Supervision: A Competence- and Alliance-Based Framework
AbstractDespite numerous suggestions to integrate culture, diversity and social justice issues in clinical supervision, empirical studies on cross-cultural supervision indicate limited uptake of such recommendations. We suggest that a comprehensive model of cross-cultural supervision could benefit the field by guiding supervisors in this task. A working model is proposed based on a foundation of the supervisory alliance and a focus on social work practice competence, integrating strategies to promote self- and relational-reflexivity within the supervisory relationship. The model is comprised of four components: component 1...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Evaluating the Quality of Social Work Supervision in UK Children ’s Services: Comparing Self-Report and Independent Observations
In this study, we observed 12 social work supervisors in a simulated supervision session offering support and guidance to an actor playing the part of an inexperienced social worker facing a casework-related crisis. A team of researchers analyzed these sessions using a customized skills-based coding framework. In addition, 19 social workers completed a questionnaire about their supervision experiences as provided by the same 12 supervisors. According to the coding framework, the supervisors demonstrated relatively modest skill levels, and we found low correlations among different skills. In contrast, according to the quest...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Social Work Supervision of Staff: A Primer and Scoping Review (2013 –2017)
AbstractSupervision of staff has a rich history within the social work profession, and is widely valued internationally for the support, knowledge, and skill it is perceived to provide. Moreover, quality supervision is championed for ensuring good client care. However, supervisors practicing within the social work profession have not typically had access to best practice information, nor accessed the parallel research related to the supervision of staff. A supervision primer provides an orientation to the supervision literature, including definitions and disciplinary perspectives. This sets the stage for a scoping review o...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Non-death Loss: Grieving for the Loss of Familiar Place and for Precious Time and Associated Opportunities
AbstractGrieving for the non-death losses of one ’s place and all that is familiar and the loss of precious time and the associated opportunities go largely unnoticed in society as well as in the profession’s literature and practice. Too often, people are left on their own to grieve and suffer from these types of non-death losses. In this arti cle, the authors attempt to broaden the conception of grief by discussing and illustrating two types of more ambiguous non-death losses (Boss, J Fam Theory Rev, 8:269–286,2016). Each of these types of non-death losses is examined from a theoretical, empirical and cl...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Social Work Supervision of Staff: A Primer and Scoping Review (2013 –2017)
AbstractSupervision of staff has a rich history within the social work profession, and is widely valued internationally for the support, knowledge, and skill it is perceived to provide. Moreover, quality supervision is championed for ensuring good client care. However, supervisors practicing within the social work profession have not typically had access to best practice information, nor accessed the parallel research related to the supervision of staff. A supervision primer provides an orientation to the supervision literature, including definitions and disciplinary perspectives. This sets the stage for a scoping review o...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Addressing the Indirect Trauma of Social Work Students in Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Field Placements: A Framework for Supervision
AbstractIntimate partner violence (IPV), which encompasses physical, sexual, financial, and/or emotional abuse in a dating or partner relationship, is a serious and prevalent issue that social workers respond to. IPV can create varying degrees of trauma among survivors, such as posttraumatic stress, hypervigilance, flashbacks, anxiety, and depression. Social workers play a key role in helping survivors of IPV recover from this trauma, which in turn puts them at risk of experiencing indirect trauma such as vicarious trauma, secondary traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue. Unfortunately, social work students are at an eve...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Remission from Depression in the DSM: Moving from Rhetoric to Restoration
AbstractThe Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, uses the term “remission” to describe the reduction of depressive symptoms. This paper argues that by categorizing someone who no longer has depressive symptoms as “in remission,” that person may feel indefinitely tied to his or her diagnosis. Considering the unfortunate stigma associated with mental illn ess, permanent linkage to diagnosis through records and professional memory may cause individuals to internalize pathology. In fact, ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

A Critical Examination of CBT in Clinical Social Work Practice
AbstractThe dominance of cognitive behavioral treatment in social work practice is acknowledged and challenged, not from the usual quarters of pointing out its limitations as a theoretical and conceptual model, but from a fundamental critique of its evidentiary basis and the methodology from which such claims of superiority are pronounced. Significant concerns are raised about the restrictive inclusion criteria, the lack of ethnic and racial diversity, inadequate control groups, and researcher bias in random controlled trials studies. Further concerns are raised from social/cultural/political/professional dynamics that are...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

“Bridging Several Worlds”: The Process of Identity Development of Second-Generation Ethiopian and Eritrean Young Women in Canada
AbstractThis paper explores the social and cultural experiences of second-generation Ethiopian and Eritrean young women in relationship to expectations surrounding identity continuity by way of maintenance of traditional culture. From the analysis of ten in-depth interviews, complexities in family relationships emerged as a major category with interrelated concepts that particularize the social and cultural experiences of second-generation Ethiopian and Eritrean women with their process of identity formation. These included gendered intergenerational relationships whereby Ethiopian and Eritrean parents maintained a strong ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Practice What You Preach: An Exploration of DBT Therapists Personal Skill Utilization in Burnout Prevention
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between DBT therapists personal skill use on burnout and stress levels. The study was exploratory in nature and used a mixed methods convenience sample that surveyed DBT practitioners through an international list serve. Burnout and stress were measured, along with skill use and demographic information in a sample of 135 participants. The main findings suggest that DBT practitioners use DBT skills on their own and report benefits of doing so in their personal lives; perceived stress in the workplace is a predictor of burnout; and DBT skill use was a signific...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Impact of Stressful and Traumatic Life Events and Implications for Clinical Practice
AbstractResearch findings suggest that behavioral interventions are effective in improving educational outcomes and fostering skill development in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, high rates of comorbidity between ASD and other psychological disorders, including depression and anxiety, indicate that standard behavioral approaches are not adequately addressing issues related to mental health in this population. Research emerging since the publication of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is advancing our understanding of the nature of childhood stress a...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

A Review of the Effectiveness and Mechanisms of Change for Three Psychological Interventions for Borderline Personality Disorder
This article will review three major evidence-based treatments for BPD: dialectical behavior therapy, schema-focused therapy and mentalization-based treatment. While not a panacea, these treatments have provided, to differing degrees, a reasonable level of evidence indicating therapeutic effectiveness. The evidence base for each of these models is discussed as well as possible mechanisms of change. The article highlights similarities between the differing modalities as well as the features that distinguish the models. The article contends that increasing mentalization skills may be a common underlying factor in all treatme...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Exposure to Client Trauma, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and the Health of Clinical Social Workers: A Mediation Analysis
AbstractWhile it is widely acknowledged that providing services to traumatized populations may negatively impact the mental health of clinicians, little is known about the impact of exposure to traumatized clients and secondary traumatic stress on the physical health status of clinicians. As such, the twofold purpose of this study was to: (1) document the prevalence of STS in a national (US) sample of clinical social workers, and (2) to examine the relationships between exposure to client trauma, STS, and perceived health of clinical social workers. Specifically, we sought to determine if STS mediates the relationship betw...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Children of Incarcerated Parents
AbstractThis paper explores children ’s trauma symptoms related to parental incarceration and lays the groundwork for the implementation of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) within a clinical community-based setting treating children and adolescents affected by parental incarceration. Children and adolescents who e xperience parental incarceration are more likely to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): depression, anger, aggression, and isolating and self-harming behaviors. Although parental incarceration is a known source of trauma, there are no documented studies examining e...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Reflective Supervision for Social Work Field Instructors: Lessons Learned from Infant Mental Health
AbstractReflective supervision is a specialized approach to supervision essential to infant mental health (IMH) practice, a relationship-based approach to working with infant and toddlers and their families. This unique approach to supervision is rooted in reflective practice, which has been cited as an important component of social work field and practice education (CSWE in Educational policy and accreditation standards,https://www.cswe.org/getattachment/Accreditation/Standards-and-Policies/2015-EPAS/2015EPASandGlossary.pdf.aspx, 2015; Bogo in Clin Soc Work J 43:317 –324, 2015; Franklin in Clin Superv 30(2):204&ndas...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - August 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Implications for Social Work Practice and Research
AbstractThe pervasive impact of trauma across populations and stages of life has made it imperative that the field of social work remain at the forefront of trauma-informed theory, research, and practice. The limited, adjunctive use of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) in the psychotherapeutic treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a promising new treatment model that has shown impressive efficacy in phase I and II clinical trials. Preliminary meta-analysis suggests that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy (MDMA-PT) may be superior to prolonged exposure, a first-line treatment for PTSD, and the U.S. Food and D...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - August 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Reflective Supervision for Social Work Field Instructors: Lessons Learned from Infant Mental Health
AbstractReflective supervision is a specialized approach to supervision essential to infant mental health (IMH) practice, a relationship-based approach to working with infant and toddlers and their families. This unique approach to supervision is rooted in reflective practice, which has been cited as an important component of social work field and practice education (CSWE in Educational policy and accreditation standards,https://www.cswe.org/getattachment/Accreditation/Standards-and-Policies/2015-EPAS/2015EPASandGlossary.pdf.aspx, 2015; Bogo in Clin Soc Work J 43:317 –324, 2015; Franklin in Clin Superv 30(2):204&ndas...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - August 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Implications for Social Work Practice and Research
AbstractThe pervasive impact of trauma across populations and stages of life has made it imperative that the field of social work remain at the forefront of trauma-informed theory, research, and practice. The limited, adjunctive use of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) in the psychotherapeutic treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a promising new treatment model that has shown impressive efficacy in phase I and II clinical trials. Preliminary meta-analysis suggests that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy (MDMA-PT) may be superior to prolonged exposure, a first-line treatment for PTSD, and the U.S. Food and D...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - August 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Contribution of Role Characteristics and Supervisory Functions to Supervision Effectiveness
This study examined the factors that contribute to the perceived effectiveness of supervision for child welfare workers. Specifically, we examined role characteristics such as: exposure to child abuse cases, years of work experience, and role stress, as well as the supervisory functions of administration, education, and emotional support to effectiveness of supervision. The findings revealed that the supervisory function of administration, as well as social workers ’ high exposure to child abuse cases and role stress, correlated negatively with perceived supervision effectiveness. In contrast, the use of the supervis...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - August 28, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Supervising Students in Emerging Adulthood: Modeling Use of Self in Developmentally Informed Supervision
AbstractSupervisory models have historically assumed that trainees enter supervision with a degree of identity stability that informs their professional identity development. More recent theories of emerging adulthood suggest that instability of self is typical for young adults in their early to late twenties, a period when many social work students first enter a field in which one of the primary tools and values is “use of self.” I offer a new conceptualization for integrating understanding of the psychosocial and professional developmental theories. I review theories of modeling use of self in supervision for...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - August 24, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

NASW ’s Supervisory Leaders in Aging: An Acceptable and Feasible Model for Training and Supporting Social Work Supervisors
AbstractSocial services are instrumental in addressing challenges associated with aging. Yet, practitioners report needing expanded gerontological knowledge and better supervision. The Supervisory Leaders in Aging (SLA) program of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) was designed to improve gerontological services by strengthening supervision of the social service workforce. With support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, the program was adopted between 2015 and 2017 in four regions, where NASW trained 134 MSW supervisors who support 1200 social service staff, potentially enhancing the well-being of 264,000...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - August 24, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Supervising Students in Emerging Adulthood: Modeling Use of Self in Developmentally Informed Supervision
AbstractSupervisory models have historically assumed that trainees enter supervision with a degree of identity stability that informs their professional identity development. More recent theories of emerging adulthood suggest that instability of self is typical for young adults in their early to late twenties, a period when many social work students first enter a field in which one of the primary tools and values is “use of self.” I offer a new conceptualization for integrating understanding of the psychosocial and professional developmental theories. I review theories of modeling use of self in supervision for...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - August 24, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Infusing Clinical Supervision Throughout Child Welfare Practice: Advancing Effective Implementation of Family-Centered Practice Through Supervisory Processes
AbstractChild welfare supervision is fundamental to advancing the quality of practice when seeking to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. Child welfare supervisors serve administrative, educational, and support functions as they oversee frontline caseworkers and direct service providers. Clinical supervision, a dialog-driven process of case review and consultation is situated within the educational function. The process of clinical supervision is essential to child welfare practice, because it prompts reflection and builds analytical thinking skills needed to address complex situations involved in ch...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - August 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research