Social Media, Texting, Boundaries, and the Consultation Room

In a world of ZocDoc reviews, where “Yelp for people” is even considered a debate, and where more practitioners are turning to an online presence for marketing, it becomes increasingly more challenging for clinicians to clarify boundaries beyond the consultation room. At the very least, maintaining the “analytic anonymity” that the early psychoanalysts encouraged their… Read More Social Media, Texting, Boundaries, and the Consultation Room

Suicide Assessment:  Assessing through the Grays by Balancing Risk and Protective Factors

Our clients most often come to us at their most vulnerable state when we first meet them. One of the toughest calls for social workers is determining when and how to make a suicide assessment. What is the short answer for the exam and practice? Always.  Assessment is an ongoing process during engagement, treatment, and… Read More Suicide Assessment:  Assessing through the Grays by Balancing Risk and Protective Factors

The Genderbread Person: Gender, Sexuality, the DSM, and the Social Work Exam

Summer is coming to an end, and what an eventful summer it has been, both in the United States and in the social work world: With marriage equality legalized in all 50 States for just over a month, what will this mean for social workers in practice, most who are already working with LGBT individuals?… Read More The Genderbread Person: Gender, Sexuality, the DSM, and the Social Work Exam

Toward a Scientific Method: Social Work and the Charity Organization Societies

So, what better day to think about social work than on Thanksgiving! It’s a day where hopefully most of us can take a day for self-care, or go out on the field and do some good work with charitable communities. However, in today’s #TBT post and look at one of the first founding organizations in… Read More Toward a Scientific Method: Social Work and the Charity Organization Societies

A Crash Course in Motivational Interviewing

For social workers who work in addictions, motivational interviewing has become the treatment of choice for working with populations in recovery or living with substance use. Motivational interviewing, pioneered by psychologist William R. Millner, Ph.D., and professor Stephen R. Rollnick, Ph.D., also has common ties with Carl Rogers’ person-centered therapy and social work values.  Clients… Read More A Crash Course in Motivational Interviewing