Medical Conditions and the Social Work Exam

Quiz time again! A social worker is working with a 21 year-old transgender college student who has reported several panic attacks since starting university. The client has reported no known triggers and is doing well academically, however stating that it’s often accompanied by severe stomach cramps or indigestion. What should the social worker do FIRST? A.… Read More Medical Conditions 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

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.

Beyond the Study Group: Fostering Relationships with Peer Social Workers

Last Thursday, I went to my first-time event for a Meetup group targeted to therapists in New York City. Four social workers, two licensed mental health counselors, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner walked into a bar…complete the joke at your will. Because we are awesome and low-maintenance (and totally not the stereotype of the stuffy… Read More Beyond the Study Group: Fostering Relationships with Peer Social Workers