Given that trauma, which I am defining as an assault on vulnerability, attachment, and development that leads us to feel endangered and out of control, enters us throughout our work days as social workers, what are we supposed to do about it? Read more

Clinical Intersections

Addressing racial trauma directly with clients, validating the trauma response, and continual self-reflection on our own biases best serves our clients and our profession as a whole. Read more

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The more we use the word trauma to describe the sequelae from psychological stressors, the more we lose the nuance around ways trauma can show up and make itself known. These questions and answers clarify differences between grief, trauma, & C-PTSD. Read more

Clinical Intersections

Over the course of a lifetime, most people will experience at least one potentially traumatizing event. Social workers can take a multi-dimensional, ongoing approach to assessing for PTSD in terminally ill patients. Read more


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Social workers often practice in community settings, but how often do they actually transform the settings? The University of Georgia School of Social Work and the Athens Clarke County Library are working together to create a trauma-informed library. Read more


The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics offers a tool for assessing neurodevelopmental functioning of clients with trauma histories to select treatments to best meet their needs. Read more

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Book review of Wisdom, Attachment, and Love in Trauma Therapy: Beyond Evidence-Based Practice Read more

Reviews & Commentary

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. Read 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. Read more


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


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

Reviews & Commentary

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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

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

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