Preventing veteran suicides is not so different from any other caring intervention, yet, being with a veteran does offer some unique challenges for social workers. more


There is consensus among major social work, mental health, medical, and other helping professional organizations that the separation of children from their parents at the U.S. border is inhumane and harmful. Use these resources to take action. more


Historical trauma has emerged as a critical area of study in understanding and addressing long-term health problems in communities. more


Book review of Managing the Psychological Impact of Medical Trauma: A Guide for Mental Health and Health Care Professionals. more

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Most of the clients who came into my office, no matter what the diagnosis, had a history of extensive trauma, including childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, neglect, and exposure to violence, among other difficult experiences. more

Field Placement

With the recent allegations of serial sexual offenses against Harvey Weinstein, and the widespread response to the #MeToo campaign, we review the impacts of sexual assault, harassment, and coercive control. more

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Kenneth Lonergan, writer and director of the emotionally gripping film Manchester By The Sea, may not have been informed by the science of trauma, but his characters clearly illustrate the complicated relationship between trauma and loss. more

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Burning the Candle at Both Ends - poetry by social worker Mirel Adler. more

Social Work Month Project 2017

Dr. Danna Bodenheimer on micro/macro practice, the economy, trauma, social movements, and the future for social workers and their clients after the election. more

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Art 4 Social Change

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Recognizing the space and time needed to heal from trauma, isolation is the opposite of what we need. The key to healing and building resilience is connection with others. more

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It is important to know that being triggered is about having first been traumatized. The word triggered signifies that a trauma has occurred and that specific stimuli can bring us back to this triggered state. more

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We typically think about how to avoid retraumatizing our clients. But what about considering a trauma-informed approach to the systems in which we work? How can we build system-wide policies and practices that minimize retraumatization? more

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Social workers work with people with long histories of abuse and violence. Even when not serving the most vulnerable, we may be working with people who have experienced a traumatic event. more

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One week after the mass shooting in Orlando, we are faced with the difficult work of managing the resulting trauma. Part of this management requires us to delineate between the presentation of trauma and other mental health struggles. more

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In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics declared poverty the single most pressing, chronic health issue for children in the U.S. Recent research shows poverty is likely the largest determinant of adverse health experiences throughout the lifespan more

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Most of the time, our clients have some sort of trauma histories. But the hard truth is that so do we. Clinical social work calls for the refusal to separate ourselves from our clients in some deceptively binaried way. more

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Using Stories to Build Bridges with Traumatized Children: Creative Ideas for Therapy, Life Story Work, Direct Work and Parenting - Book Review more

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