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

Top Five Ways To Add Self-Care To The Work And School Week

We often think of self-care as something we do outside of the workplace. Since self-care encompasses our different dimensions of needs (Check out SUNY Buffalo’s great social work resource on this): physical, psychological, emotional, relational, and spiritual/existential, it makes sense that many of the only places we can meet those needs are outside of school… Read More Top Five Ways To Add Self-Care To The Work And School Week

What Do You Do? Cocktails and Social Work Roles.

I recently attended a creative exhibit sponsored by a friend’s nonprofit organization when one of the guests there struck up a conversation with me.  Naturally, being in New York, it’s interesting how we often jump to asking someone about what they do before even remembering their name. As social workers, because our field covers a… Read More What Do You Do? Cocktails and Social Work Roles.

Top Five Ways to Create a Positive Agency Experience

Happy Monday being over!  Hopefully you had some good self-care this weekend and are ready to tackle work or internship! The years spent in social work school can be challenging, especially since in most cases we don’t choose our field placements and even after graduation, have to adjust to the new role of working professional.… Read More Top Five Ways to Create a Positive Agency Experience

Evidence-Based Practice

Question time again! A social worker employed at an agency that offers short-term mental health services is treating a client with major depressive disorder who she will be working with for the next six months. Which is the MOST appropriate treatment approach?* A. Insight-oriented therapy. B. Person-centered therapy. C. Cognitive-behavioral therapy. D. Solution-focused brief therapy.