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Member Voices: My Journey to Clinical Social Work

Social Work Blog

What was so exciting about envisioning and placing this work into practice locally is that we weren’t talking about helping people theoretically. One might wonder, why and how I shifted from community care-based healing work to becoming a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist.

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Differences Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Social Work

Simmons University

The need for professional social workers continues to grow. It’s important to understand the different types of social workclinical or non-clinical — so that you can make an informed decision about which area of practice is the best fit for you. While both types of social workers are educated at the graduate level, there are key differences. The post Differences Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Social Work appeared first on SC-UMT.

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Celebrate Black History Month with NASW Press—20% Off Select NASW Press Books and eBooks!

Social Work Blog

Across multiple disciplines, women have built and maintained organizations, created social justice movements, governed with compassion, and brought order where there was once chaos. During these challenging economic times, social workers have an opportunity to empower those at risk.

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National Report Addresses Nursing Home Quality & Promotes Value of Social Work

Social Work Blog

The report represents the culmination of 18 months of work by a study committee that included NASW Social Work Pioneer ® and Wisconsin Chapter member Colleen Galambos. NASW applauds these recommendations and thanks the study committee for its work.

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NASW Press Reads for Policy, Advocacy, and Impact!

Social Work Blog

O’Brien, boils down key policies to their most essential elements: historical overview and nature of the social problem, policy overview, and effectiveness. 43 Essential Policies for Human Services Professionals , by Gerald V.

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New Year's Resolutions

American Board of Clinical Social Work

If you are resolved to inspire others in the field of profession of Social Work, please consider joining a committee, running for an ABCSW office, or just start blogging.

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Our Inaugural Conference, Healing A Traumatized World, has finally become a Reality!

American Board of Clinical Social Work

As our Association transitioned from American Board Of Examiners into The American Board Of Clinical Social Work, we also moved into a management partnership with Talley Management Group. For several years, during annual strategic plan meetings, our ABCSW Board of Directors, brought up the idea of hosting an annual conference for our members.

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Reframing Repetition Compulsion

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Using the information we have gathered about our clients’ childhood pasts, couples therapists conduct the work with endless curiosity about the nature of the repetitions, rather than resorting to conceptualizations about partners’ character structure. As students, those of us who were pursuing a career as psychodynamic psychotherapists learned about the repetition compulsion.

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Healing a Traumatized World

American Board of Clinical Social Work

The American Board of Clinical (ABCSW) Social Work inaugural conference was timely as it conducted a variety of sessions. The work of clinicians was captured through professional workshops such suicide prevention in law enforcement personnel and implementation of PTSD treatments.

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Don't Despise the Packaging.

American Board of Clinical Social Work

"Don't Despise the Packaging." I recently watched Robin Roberts from Good Morning America, interview Glori Tuitt and her Mother, Ruthie Tuitt.

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The Perfect Language of Couples Complaints

American Board of Clinical Social Work

I accept his apology and say that we have some work to do to figure out why he would shame himself that way. As we worked, we experienced together the many feelings that were attempting to be accessed by using the words “You don’t love me.” All psychotherapists know the importance of language. We pay close attention to exactly what our clients say and how they say it.

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Best Practices In Mental Health Journal Call for Papers

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Best Practices in Mental Health is a premier, peer-reviewed journal that represents the highest quality scholarship in the field of mental health. With a comfortable format and a broad scope, BMPH is an excellent resource that provides an interdisciplinary and evidence-based focus for its audience of mental health educators and practitioners.

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The Neurobiopsychological Mechanisms of Couples Systems

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Most forms of couples therapy are focused on resolving conflicts in the present-day lives of couples who seek treatment. Some methods do delve into the historical antecedents of those conflicts, but their primary goal remains helping couples meet their current needs.

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Happy New Year!

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Write down something you’d like to work on this year. Happy New Year! As we reflect on 2021 and look forward to this brand new year, here are a few things to consider; For Yourself… Celebrate each day as a new opportunity to be happy. Enjoy your morning coffee/tea outside, if weather permits.

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The Delicate Balancing of the Couples Therapist

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Most forms of psychotherapy require that the therapist perform a “delicate balancing act” between competing forces. Some authors refer to this skill as dialectical thinking–the ability to mentally (and emotionally) hold seemingly opposite factors in dynamic tension in service of moving a system toward higher functioning. In Neurodynamic Couples Therapy, there are primarily three areas in which the delicate balancing of the couples therapist is required for therapeutic success. Safety?Danger

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The Difference Between Hurt and Harm

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Their work in therapy together revealed the childhood drivers of his rage, and his volatility toward his wife stopped. The therapist must work carefully to validate both the hurt and the harm–without blame–and to explore these feelings in depth to help both partners experientially understand the historical harm that has been exposed. A frequent complaint that therapists hear from couples when they enter treatment is that they have felt hurt by each other.

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Reliving Rage

American Board of Clinical Social Work

What is rage? My sweet little cairn terrier taught me what rage is. One day I put down her feeding bowl, and she started her meal. I needed to move the bowl slightly to get it out of my way. As I reached my hand down toward her bowl, she bit me! She had never bitten anyone before. Since I hadn’t spoken before reaching down, I think she might not have even been aware that it was my hand. Rage is the amygdala-driven fight response to threat.

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Group Perspective to Current Events

American Board of Clinical Social Work

We can approach it from many perspectives such as groupthink, systems theory, social categorization theory, social identity theory, etc. I recently came across the works of Margret Rioch who attempted to explain some of his work, which I believe helps to define groups and teams. I will make an attempt to interpret the work below.

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Reliving Terror

American Board of Clinical Social Work

At the end of my last post, I wrote about the shame connected to childhood abuse that must be relived in couple relationships. Couples in which one or both partners were victims of childhood abuse will likely also be reliving terror. Terror is the feeling that leads to a flight or freeze response. The victim experiences such extreme threat to their continued existence or mental integrity that their fear expands into terror.

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Reliving Shame

American Board of Clinical Social Work

The couples therapist is called upon to empathize with the shame of both partners, work toward eliminating blame, and help the partners verbalize the historical shame instead of getting stuck on continually processing only the affair. Because the emotion of shame usually derives from having done something “wrong” in the eyes of significant others, it is inevitably part of every important relationship.

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The Dysregulated Emotions of Trauma

American Board of Clinical Social Work

When couples come to us for treatment, they have frequently been struggling with the dysregulated emotions of trauma. Their right brains have been correctly mutually creating an outlet for these unmetabolized emotions through their recycling dramas, but the partners usually do not know what to do with them and have almost always developed a sizable amount of fear around their expression.

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Happy Social Work Month Clinical Social Workers!

American Board of Clinical Social Work

We mentor our students/interns/clinical supervisees, and Work on collaborations, networking and forging partnerships. We work diligently to improve the lives of those we serve, and their families. As we celebrate National Superheroes (SW) Month, I am reminded of all the things we do for others…. How we strive to provide the best quality care to our clients on a daily basis. Of how as clinicians, we do our best to educate, motivate, and empower others.

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Why Relationships MATTER

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Studies have found that social relationships improve lifespans. The significance of the quality of our relationships to our health and even social behavior was revealed in this study, surprising many. High ACE scores are reported to be linked with higher rates of violent behavior, failed marriages, depression, and work absences. To mask or not to mask? Anti-vax or total vax? What will we most remember from the COVID crises?

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Elements of Treatment Success Beyond our Control

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Another way of thinking about this post might be the old adage, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” Couples therapists are not responsible and cannot control the timing of a couple’s desire to be together or their readiness to use therapy. Every person’s right brain (nonconscious) is completely in charge of their ability to tolerate the unearthing of childhood experiences and feelings.

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Roadblocks in Therapy

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Every skilled couples therapist needs to have some ideas about what to do when the treatment doesn’t seem to be working. Fears of failure begin to creep into even the most experienced of us, so knowing how to identify the roadblocks in therapy can help us redirect the work and reduce feelings of responsibility for elements of treatment success that are beyond our control.

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Love.and Relationships

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Love is patient. Love is kind Love is faithful Love is sublime At a young age, most of us begin dreaming of growing up and meeting our “Prince Charming” or “Knight in Shining Armor”. We are waiting for love to come knock on our door and are ready to be consumed by eternal bliss. This is an immature and unrealistic love that we can all relate to as part of the “happily ever after”. As we mature into our 20’s, then our 30’s and beyond, our outlook on love and relationships usually changes.

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Clinician Need and COVID Fatigue

American Board of Clinical Social Work

As social workers, we have been challenged with personal health and financial concerns, feelings of loss, guilt, and have at times felt ill equipped by our training to navigate the unprecedented changes which have been required. Social workers struggled to meet the needs of clients through virtual settings and to address complicated social justice issues which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. The British Journal of Social Work, bcab 158.

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Mining Conflicts

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Does that work? In previous posts, I have explained why it is countertherapeutic to shut down the repetitive conflicts that bring couples to therapy. Within those conflicts are the unmetabolized feelings that their right brains have been waiting to experience and voice. The therapist’s job is to mine their conflicts for every possible ounce of meaningful emotions that the couple has been trying to bring to consciousness.

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Self-Reflection

American Board of Clinical Social Work

What makes social workers successful? After almost 10 years as an active duty social worker in the Air Force, my search for the answers to these questions is still a work in progress. What remains meaningful to me are the core things that brought me to the profession--my passion for helping, my desire to advocate for social justice issues and for those in need to receive appropriate support and services. What do we strive for?

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Therapeutic Response to Needed Conflicts

American Board of Clinical Social Work

This should be an end-goal for the work; not the first reaction from the therapist. But this isn’t often the case, unless the therapist is working in a domestic violence setting. Conflicts in couple relationships hand us the potential for profound, deep, permanent change “on a silver platter”. Knowing how to respond to this opportunity is the key to effective couples treatment.

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Needing Conflicts

American Board of Clinical Social Work

A popular notion of marital health says that couples have to fight in order to work out their differences–i.e., The concept of needing conflicts is central to understanding how Neurodynamic Couples Therapy heals. Some other forms of couples treatment characterize conflict as simply an important avenue for communication and negotiation between partners. partners who fight together stay together. Our idea of needing conflicts is quite different from these.

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A Daughter's Dilemma

American Board of Clinical Social Work

Mami always told me, “when I’m no longer able to take care of myself, put me in a nursing home…my dignity is very important to me”. These words and personal preferences were shared, by my now 87 year-old Mother, close to twenty years ago. At the time, Mami was physically healthy, and her mind was clear and strong. Other than never driving or speaking English, she was self-sufficient and a great role model to all her six children.

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Board Member’s Career Trajectory Changed During Internship

Social Work Blog

When I started an MSW program at Boston College, my plan was to work in HIV/AIDS, with the immigrant population here in Boston or maybe to go back to Ethiopia,” he says. “I I have now spent over 17 years working on these important issues.”. By Paul R.

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Reproductive Justice: A call-to-action for Social Work in the Post-Roe World

inSocialWork

What are the implications for the field of Social Work, our clients, and where do we go from here? In this conversation, Peter Sobota steps aside and passes the microphone to Hyatt and Diaz, who are long-time friends and dedicated Social Workers.

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Michigan Medicine’s Social Justice Grand Rounds Renamed to Honor Daniel Fischer

Michigan Social Work

Assistant Dean of Field Education and Clinical Associate Professor Dan Fischer was honored on Tuesday by the Michigan Medicine Department of Social Work for his work as “a formidable leader, mentor and social work pioneer.”

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CMS Creates Additional Place of Service Code for Telehealth

Social Work Blog

The purpose of this blog is to clarify what POS codes clinical social workers should use when providing telehealth services. Since the policies around the use of these codes may vary, clinical social workers should consult with each health insurance company with whom they are credentialed for specific guidance on the usage of POS codes. Senior Practice Associate, Clinical Social Work. June 2022.

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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Transitions to 988

Social Work Blog

While these statistics are a significant cause for concern, social workers have been instrumental in providing support to people in crisis. Senior Practice Associate, Clinical Social Work.

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NASW Recognizes October 6th as National Depression Screening Day

Social Work Blog

Senior Practice Associate, Clinical Social Work. It can result from a number of social, emotional, and biological factors. Screenings are completed by licensed clinical social workers and include questions about symptoms, their severity, and duration.

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Theories and Methods - Family Systems Theory

The Licensed Clinical Social Worker Exam

Family systems theory may or may not show up on the licensed clinical social work exam. But the language of family systems theory can still come in handy, in clinical practice and in life. Family systems theory springs from the work of Murray Bowen (you'll sometimes see it labelled "Bowenian Family Therapy"). And you may never practice family therapy. Take a moment to review.

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The Code of Ethics - Responsibilities to the Broader Society

The Licensed Clinical Social Worker Exam

To be prepared for the clinical social work exam, it's wise to dig past the micro practice principles in the code and continue all the way through to item #6, "Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader Society." That includes four subsections: social welfare, public participation, public emergencies, and social and political action. Social and Political Action This one's got several paragraphs--we covered it in an earlier post.