Introduction to the Book Reviews
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Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - March 22, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

It is Time to Delink Psychodynamic Theory from the Definition of Clinical Social Work
Abstract The language used by the National Association of Social Workers in defining the practice of clinical social work explicitly states that psychodynamic theory (PT) is an intrinsic component of the field. While PT does remain an important influence within the field, the majority of practice theories, models and perspectives now employed by clinical social workers are not based on PT. Asserting that this one approach is somehow a required element of contemporary clinical social work practice in effect disenfranchises large segments of the profession. The NASW definitions of clinical social work and descriptio...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - March 20, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Impact of Electronic Communication on Confidentiality in Clinical Social Work Practice
Abstract Clinical social work practice has been significantly impacted by the evolution of electronic communication through the development of cyber technology. The increased methods for electronic communication raise questions about the impact of electronic communication on patient confidentiality. This paper will review the way that clinical social work ethics have addressed the use of electronic communication with clients, insurers, or other professionals. The history of confidentiality is briefly reviewed. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act will be discussed as a new context for confidenti...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - March 19, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Young African American Men and the Diagnosis of Conduct Disorder: The Neo-colonization of Suffering
Abstract Existing research attributes the disproportionate number of young African American men diagnosed with conduct disorder to a variety of factors but does not adequately incorporate historical, social, or political analysis. Utilizing the perspectives of Michelle Alexander and Joy DeGruy this article considers how historical stereotypes of Black men influence this diagnostic pattern and examines how slavery and its legacy impact the clinical practice of psychological assessment today. The way in which a client’s behavior is defined leads to specific treatment, and thus it is necessary to investiga...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - March 18, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Field Education for Clinical Social Work Practice: Best Practices and Contemporary Challenges
Abstract Field education is arguably the most significant component of the social work curriculum in preparing competent, effective, and ethical clinical social workers. Students and alumni characterize it as such, and national accrediting bodies, both in the United States and internationally, recognize its crucial impact on the quality of social work services delivered to the public. In addition, there is likely more scholarship and research conducted on field education than on any other component of the curriculum. And yet, field educators anecdotally describe a crisis in their ability to implement the best peda...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - March 18, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Introduction to Special Issue: Entering the Digital World: Cybertechnology and Clinical Social Work Practice
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Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - March 18, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Mothers’ Parenting Styles and the Association with Family Coping Strategies and Family Adaptation in Families of Children with ADHD
Abstract The aim of this study was to determine how the parenting styles of mothers are associated with the coping strategies and adaptability of families with a child diagnosed with ADHD. Using a cross-sectional research design, data was collected from mothers representing 98 South African families with children diagnosed with ADHD. Significant positive correlations were found between dimensions of the mothers’ authoritative parenting style (connection, autonomy granting and regulation) and the re-evaluation and mobilization of family coping strategies. A regression analysis indicated medication, mothers&rs...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - March 11, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Relational Theory: A Refuge and Compass
Abstract Relational theory offers a structure from which to understand and treat the interpersonal and intrapsychic legacy of severe childhood trauma. During the course of treatment, particularly with such traumatized patients, therapists are challenged to tolerate and make meaning of intense feelings in the transference-countertransference matrix. Relational theory’s ideas regarding adaptation to and perpetuation of the relational patterns of early life, dissociation of disavowed and intolerable self-states, and the inevitability of mutual enactments provide an organizing framework in which to weather and ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - March 11, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Search for Identity When Clinicians Become Clients
Abstract It is widely accepted that those who provide psychotherapy for others benefit from experience in the client role; most clinicians do, in fact, seek their own therapy, as a sizable body of research indicates. Yet these studies address only one side of the phenomenon: the impact of personal therapy, usually early in their careers, on clinicians’ subsequent practice. Little is known about what happens when seasoned clinicians move in the other direction––from the “therapist chair” into, or back into, the “client chair.” These are a special group of clients, reacting ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 27, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

A Personal–Professional Experience of Losing My Home to Wildfire: Linking Personal Experience with the Professional Literature
This article reports on the author’s personal–professional experience of losing a home to wildfire. The article is presented as a self-conducted narrative case study. The author used for narrative raw data 400,076 words from her blog-text that covered the period from the evening of the fire (June, 28, 2012) through 2 year and 3 months post-fire (September, 2014). Thirteen themes were selected based on frequency (>10 %, n = 7) and salience (n = 6). The results echo the extant literature on disaster recovery. The themes greater than 10 % included: the presence of and gui...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Towards a Conceptual Framework for Socio-cognitive Empowerment: Lessons from Intervention Research with Women in Iran
This study set out to construct a conceptual framework for social work with women in Iran, where women are limited in their access to resources, which negatively affects their decision-making capacity. We used a qualitative secondary analysis of data from two intervention projects among Iranian women (n = 25). Each intervention spanned 7 months and included individual and group sessions as well as learning Rahyab, an empowerment-oriented problem-solving model. Practical lessons from the Iranian projects highlight a process of change with regard to thinking, feeling and acting among women during and after the...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

What They Bring: How MSW Students Think About Mental Disorder and Clinical Knowledge
Abstract Social work educators are charged with preparing the next generation of clinical practitioners, since social workers provide the majority of the nation’s mental health services. Yet little is known about the “soil” onto which instruction falls—the ideas about mental disorder that MSW students bring to their clinical assessment courses. Without understanding the concepts that students already have, it is difficult to know how material is actually assimilated and translated into practice. Thus, a survey was conducted of MSW students (N = 388) at three graduate programs in t...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Promoting Smart and Safe Internet Use Among Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Their Parents
Abstract Technological devices and the internet have become standard tools used by young people in their social, recreational and educational contexts. The utility of digital technology continues to expand and influence the ways young people socialize, learn about the world and develop and experiment with identity. The ability to remain in one’s own home while also connecting with others can be perceived as safer than venturing out in the offline world; however, there are a variety of risks associated with online activities. Some youth may be more at risk of harm than others, such as youth with neurodevelopm...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Moving from Flipcharts to the Flipped Classroom: Using Technology Driven Teaching Methods to Promote Active Learning in Foundation and Advanced Masters Social Work Courses
Abstract As part of a larger initiative to promote active learning at Case Western Reserve University, three faculty members (one field and two academic) participated in a year-long fellowship focusing on active instruction and academic technologies. The use of interactive technology and technology-based peer-to-peer active learning was considered a natural fit to the teaching of social work clinical practice skills; these techniques were designed to recognize students’ diverse learning styles and to promote hands-on application of practice skills in classroom and field settings. The following innovations we...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Trauma-Informed Social Work Practice: Practice Considerations and Challenges
Abstract Adult survivors of childhood trauma are an especially challenging group of clients, given the long-term effects of the victimization and the present day difficulties these individuals face. In this article, trauma-informed practice is explained, incorporating the most recent theoretical and empirical literature. The purpose is to educate and provide support to clinicians who encounter survivors of childhood trauma in a range of settings that are particularly likely to serve this population like addictions, mental health, forensics/corrections, and child welfare. The social worker neither ignores nor dwel...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Relational Aggression Narratives of African American and Latina Young Women
This article presents findings from a narrative study conducted to address young women’s experiences of relational aggression and violence in their female peer relationships. Few studies have examined the nature of relational aggression among urban African American and Latina young women. Moreover, when young urban women have been studied, prior research has predominantly focused on physical aggression, often excluding nonphysical forms of aggression that may precipitate violence. Using the listening guide method, this narrative analysis of 19 young African American and Latina women (18–21 years) living in...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Finding Parallels: The Experiences of Clinical Social Workers Providing Attachment-Based Treatment to Children in Foster Care
Abstract Clinical practice with children in foster care often focuses on the attachment-based trauma experienced by many children who enter the foster care system. Attachment-based treatment requires that the clinician be able to form relationships with both the child and caregivers, including foster and biological parents. Given the complex nature of the relational matrix that surrounds children in foster care, clinicians providing attachment-based treatment may have experiences of helplessness and hopelessness that parallel those of the children whom they are treating. This exploratory qualitative study surveye...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Exposure and Response Prevention as an Evidence-Based Treatment for Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder: Considerations for Social Work Practice
Abstract Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is a frequently occurring chronic mental illness involving persistent thoughts, impulses, and mental images that lead to increased anxiety and the urge to preform rituals intended to reduce anxiety. Both obsessions and compulsions can be time consuming and interfere considerably with daily functioning. Once viewed as nearly untreatable, mounting research over the past three decades has since confirmed that symptoms of OCD can significantly improve by use of exposure and response prevention (EX/RP) as an evidence-based treatment. This paper aims to present an argu...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Recovered Professionals Exploring Eating Disorder Recovery: A Qualitative Investigation of Meaning
In this study we examine how recovery is viewed among professionals in the clinical treatment field of eating disorders with a personal history of an eating disorder. We used a phenomenological design and conducted interviews with 13 women participants representing all geographical areas of the United States. Qualitative analysis of interviews resulted in six themes regarding the essential characteristics of the recovery process (it is nonlinear, it is comprehensive, it involves changing attitudes toward the self, it requires de-identification with the illness, developing a sense of purpose, and acquiring meaningful relati...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Other Chair: Portability and Translation From Personal Therapy to Clinical Practice
This study sought to explore a more “answerable” question: what it is, specifically, about personal therapy that clinicians find useful? What are the concrete strategies and behaviors that clinical social workers—who provide more therapy than any other group of helping professionals—emulate or avoid when moving from the “client chair” to the “therapist chair?” Individual interviews with thirty clinical social workers were analyzed thematically using hyperResearch for data management and retrieval. Findings fall into six thematic clusters, including skillful and unskillful mea...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - February 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Parental Self-Efficacy and Paternal Involvement in the Context of Political Violence
Abstract Fathers may serve as critical coping resources for their children in the context of political violence. Nevertheless, their parental characteristics in this context have received scant attention in the literature. The present study examined the relationship between exposure to political violence and parental self-efficacy (PSE). Furthermore, the study examined whether this relationship contributed to paternal involvement. The study included 293 Israeli fathers who were divided into three groups according to their level of exposure to political violence: chronic exposure (n = 88); acute exposure ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - January 24, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Sherry Turkle: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
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Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - January 3, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Ethical and Legal Implications on the Use of Technology in Counselling
This article systematically reviews the ethical and legal challenges as well as benefits of online counselling. We address issues such as accessibility, anonymity, technology, asynchronous communication, online security, informed consent, and the challenges of licensure, liability, and regulation within the profession of online counselling. Current gaps in the empirical literature and legislation about online counselling and considerations for future research, practice and policy implications are also highlighted. The literature suggests that online counselling plays an important role in providing an alternative service de...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - December 14, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Andrew Hill and Ian Shaw: Social Work and ICT
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Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - December 5, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Danah Boyd: It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
(Source: Clinical Social Work Journal)
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Sue Watling and Jim Rogers: Social Work in a Digital Society
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Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Stressful Life Events Across the Life Span and Insecure Attachment Following Combat Trauma
This study examined the implications of stressful life events (SLEs) throughout the life cycle in insecure attachment orientations (anxious attachment and avoidant attachment). The sample included 664 Israeli war veterans from the 1982 Lebanon War, of whom 363 suffered from acute combat stress reaction (CSR) on the battlefield, and 301 comprised a matched control group without antecedent CSR. The findings reveal a positive correlation between insecure attachment and both acute (CSR) and chronic (post-traumatic stress disorder) stress reactions. In addition, post-war SLEs were more powerful predictors of insecure attachment...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

“God Just Brought Me Through It”: Spiritual Coping Strategies for Resilience Among Intimate Partner Violence Survivors
This study highlights the spiritual coping processes for surviving and healing used by Christian women in a conservative faith community who experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). Using data from 42 in-depth qualitative interviews of survivors of IPV, the findings reveal a pattern of spiritually-based survival and resilience strategies women used while coping with and eventually escaping their traumatic lives. The analysis notes the central role of spirituality as a means women used to move from coping for survival to resilient self-efficacy and healing. These findings assist clinical social workers with identifying ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Coping Resources and Stress Reactions Among Three Cultural Groups One Year After a Natural Disaster
Abstract The aim of this study was to examine patterns of personal and community coping resources in explaining stress reactions among three cultural groups: Jews, Muslims and Druze, 1 year after the massive forest fire on Mount Carmel, Israel. We first compared the three cultures in their levels of personal and community resources as well as their stress reactions: anxiety, anger and psychological distress. Data on demographics, personal and community sense of coherence (SOC), as well as stress reactions of state anxiety, state anger and psychological distress, were gathered a year after the fire in norther...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Teaching Trauma Theory and Practice in MSW Programs: A Clinically Focused, Case-Based Method
Abstract Social workers provide much of the mental health treatment in the United States, and, given the ubiquity of trauma, most clinical social workers will provide treatment to trauma survivors during their careers. Therefore, trauma theory and practice must be included in MSW curricula and taught as a clinical course. This paper suggests that experienced clinician instructors teach trauma theory and practice classes using a case-based method. Bringing case material into the classroom helps prepare students for the complexities and challenges of treating survivors of trauma. To demonstrate how cases can help s...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Expanding the Horizons of Forgiveness Therapy: A Cross-Cultural Application with a Bedouin-Arab Woman
This study represents a beginning exploration of its cross-cultural application. Theoretical and empirical perspectives on forgiveness and forgiveness promoting psychotherapy are provided, and Enright’s pioneering process model is delineated. A case study of the utilization of forgiveness therapy with an Israeli Bedouin-Arab woman who experienced a traumatic interpersonal injury within the polygamous family is presented. LaRoche and Maxie’s guidelines for conducting cross-cultural psychotherapy are utilized to examine important dynamics that emerge in the case study. These authors’ recommendations, which ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Making Room for Play: An innovative Intervention for Toddlers and Families Under Rocket Fire
Abstract Evidence from both clinical reports and empirical research suggests that symbolic play may help heal children’s traumas. Playfulness, an enduring individual characteristic, also contributes to resilience. However, trauma often sabotages children’s ability to engage in imaginary play and parents’ ability to be involved in playful interactions with their young children. This paper describes an innovative preventive group-intervention program by the name of NAMAL (Hebrew acronym for Let’s Make Room for Play), designed for mothers and their toddlers who live under the chronic stress o...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Protectors of Indigenous Adolescents’ Post-disaster Adaptation in Taiwan
Abstract The study examined the protectors of post-disaster adaption in indigenous adolescent survivors of a devastating typhoon in Taiwan. In total, 152 adolescent participants were recruited from two mountainous districts that were the most severely destroyed by Typhoon Morakot (August 7, 2009). A self-reported questionnaire with five major sections including: (1) sociodemographic information and previous traumatic experience; (2) the adolescent-family inventory of life events and changes; (3) the Family APGAR Index; (4) the Family Satisfaction Scale; and (5) the WHO Quality of Life Scale was administered to th...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Perceived Need for Psychosocial Services in the Context of Political Violence: Psychological Distress Among Israeli Mothers with Young Children
Abstract The current study investigated the association between mothers’ perceived need for psychosocial services due to exposure to political violence, and theirs and their children’s psychological distress. A representative sample of 904 Israeli mothers of young children aged 2–6 were asked to fill out a questionnaire about exposure to war and other types of trauma, psychological distress, social support, and perceived need for help. The results showed that mothers who reported a need for psychosocial services due to exposure to political violence had higher levels of exposure to politica...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Trauma Through the Life Cycle: A Review of Current Literature
Abstract This paper provides an overview of common traumatic events and responses, with a specific focus on the life cycle. It identifies selected “large T” and “micro” traumas encountered during childhood, adulthood and late life, and the concept of resilience. It also identifies the differences in traumatic events and reactions experienced by men compared to women, those related to the experience of immigration, and cross generational transmission of trauma. Descriptions of empirically-supported treatment approaches of traumatized individuals at the different stages of the life cycle are...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Exploration of Individual Responses to Mass Violence: A Personal Narrative of Trauma on September 11, 2001
Abstract This paper presents a personal experience with trauma during and following the terrorist attack in New York City on September 11, 2001. The paper offers a reflection on the traumatic event itself, the author’s immediate and long-term responses, and an exploration of the subsequent diagnosis and treatment provided. (Source: Clinical Social Work Journal)
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - November 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Relational Dimensions of Virtual Social Work Education: Mentoring Faculty in a Web-Based Learning Environment
This article discusses relational dimensions of teaching in a virtual environment in the context of an extensive virtual MSW program that is hybrid in design, and national and international in scope. An innovative program to provide instructional support and mentoring to faculty was created, combining pedagogical and clinical perspectives and techniques to meet the challenges of the new educational paradigm. (Source: Clinical Social Work Journal)
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 26, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

An Investigation of the Use of Internet Based Resources in Support of the Therapeutic Alliance
In this study, the use of the website was found to be a positive influence on therapeutic alliance. Implications from this study indicate that variations in social presence as an adjunct to traditional treatment services may benefit the therapeutic alliance. (Source: Clinical Social Work Journal)
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 23, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Benefits and Challenges of Online Education for Clinical Social Work: Three Examples
Abstract As growing numbers of social work programs offer online delivery of course content, the positive aspects described in the literature, such as student access and flexibility, as well as concerns about quality, instructor/student relationships, and academic honesty of students, need to be examined as they relate to clinical social work education (Pelech et al. 2013; Reamer 2013). Three examples of fully online courses offered to clinical social work students by an experienced clinician and online instructor are examined in the context of the benefits and challenges put forth in the literature. A foundation ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 17, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Measuring Difficult-to-Measure Concepts in Clinical Social Work Practice Operationalizing Psychosocial Well-Being Among War-Affected Women: A Case Study in Northern Uganda
This article addresses the question of how to define, operationalize, and measure psychological and social well-being. Well-being is a concept central to successful outcomes in clinical social work practice, and its promotion is a goal of the profession, yet it is rarely taken into account when we develop evidence-based practices. The complexity of the construct has led to it being described in the literature as “unmeasurable” (Corlazzoli and White in Measuring the un-measurable: solutions to measurement challenges in fragile and conflict-affected environments. Department for International Development (DFID), L...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 7, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Interventions Targeting Exposure to Community Violence Sequelae Among Youth: A Commentary
This study brings together these disperse literatures. Next, we provide an overview of well- and lesser-established interventions that have been utilized by social workers and other mental health providers to curtail the negative effects of exposure to community violence. More importantly, we discuss how well these interventions match the empirically-identified sequelae associated with community violence exposure. We conclude with social work practice and intervention recommendations based on our commentary. (Source: Clinical Social Work Journal)
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - October 5, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Connecting Without Fear: Clinical Implications of the Consumption of Information and Communication Technologies by Sexual Minority Youth and Young Adults
Abstract Adolescents are coming of age in a rapidly changing media landscape with the increased integration of online information and communication technologies (ICTs) (e.g., internet, social media, photo/video sharing) into contemporary society. Sexual minority youth and young adults (SMYYA) may be particularly avid users of both offline and online ICTs. Despite the presence of considerable risk factors (e.g., cyber bullying, exploitation, overuse and addiction), ICTs may simultaneously provide substantial benefits for SMYYA, who often experience disproportionate social exclusion and victimization in their homes,...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 27, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Texting: the Third Client in the Room
Abstract Psychotherapists often encounter generational differences between themselves and their adolescent clients. Understanding these differences can enhance the communication, interventions, and trust between the therapist and adolescent client. The use of text messages in the lives of adolescents has increased. While there is emerging literature on the significance of texting for an adolescent’s feelings of connection with his/her peers, much less is known about the addition of this form of communication within counseling sessions. This paper uses one case of conjoint therapy with a father and daughter t...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 13, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Introduction
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Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Traumatic Bereavement and Mindfulness: A Preliminary Study of Mental Health Outcomes Using the ATTEND Model
This article presents a quasi-experimental study of a mindfulness-based intervention for traumatically bereaved individuals using a single group with pre-test and post-test design. The intervention consists of the ATTEND model, which is comprised of the following elements practiced by the clinician: attunement, trust, therapeutic touch, egalitarianism, nuance, and death education. The study is based on the charts of 42 clients seeking grief counseling at a mental health agency viewed retrospectively. Participants’ intake scores on the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R), which measures trauma symptoms, and 25-item ...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Preparing MSW Students for Integrative Mind–Body-Spirit Practice
This article explores the development, implementation, and outcomes of an elective MSW course designed to critically examine the IMBS and biomedical paradigms and introduce students to IMBS practice. Two sections of this course were piloted (n = 35) and pre- and post-assessments administered. Findings suggest that experienced clinicians can support the professional development of novice practitioners by encouraging ongoing exploration and critical assessment of the IMBS and biomedical paradigms and incorporation of evidence-based mind–body-spirit practices in their clinical work and self-care. (Source: Clin...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Contributions and Challenges to Clinical Practice from Buddhist Psychology
Abstract Psychotherapy is considered to belong to a branch of medicine, and adheres to many conventions of the medical model. As psychotherapists continue to embrace mindfulness (a foundational practice derived from Buddhist psychology), the way we understand suffering and what is to be done about it may be informed by the insights gained in mindfulness practice. Some of these insights depart in degree and in type from the assumptions underlying the medical model, as well as from prevalent ideas of suffering, treatment, and most challenging, the idea of the self who is assumed to be at the center of suffering...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Body Comes to Therapy Too
Abstract Current research reveals that trauma often cannot be resolved solely through interventions that utilize left-brain functions, such as those used in traditional talk therapy. Because trauma is actually something that happens deep in the core of the brain and the body, the most effective treatment approaches integrate traditional therapy modalities with those that focus on calming the nervous system such as yoga, mindfulness, imagery, expressive arts, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. This paper will focus on synthesizing current information on traumatic stress, the neurobiology of trauma,...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

The Trauma Trifecta of Military Sexual Trauma: A Case Study Illustrating the Integration of Mind and Body in Clinical Work with Survivors of MST
This article explores three factors, referred to as the trauma trifecta, in which the effects of MST are exacerbated: the loss of professional and personal identity, the regulatory functions of self harm behaviors, and the retraumatization that many service members endure as a result of the distinctive characteristics of the military culture and its service to veterans. A case study with clinical interventions will be utilized to demonstrate this concept of “the trauma trifecta” and the unique challenges in treating the PTSD symptoms that can result from MST in clinical therapy. Drawing from multiple theories i...
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research

Of the Soul and Suffering: Mindfulness-Based Interventions and Bereavement
This article presents an overview of the mindfulness-based literature and uses a case study of a bereaved parent to illustrate a mindfulness-based model of bereavement care that is consistent with social work values. Such a model may provide a future direction for care of the bereaved as well as interesting opportunities for further development and research. (Source: Clinical Social Work Journal)
Source: Clinical Social Work Journal - September 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research