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Play Therapy: Speaking the Language of Children

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on November 09, 2017  /   Posted in Social Work News

“Play energizes and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.” —Stuart Brown, MD, Contemporary American psychiatrist Play is an essential part of the human experience. It creates joy, fosters imagination and encourages learning, among a host of other benefits. Play therapy harnesses

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Family Social Work in Today’s American Household

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on October 23, 2017  /   Posted in Social Work News

Divorced parents. Grandparents raising grandchildren. Two-income families and same-sex couples. These are just a few scenarios that define today’s changing domestic landscape. According to the article “Family Diversity is the New Normal for America’s Children,” the number of children living in “traditional” households has decreased dramatically since the 1960s. As familial structures become increasingly diverse,

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Healing Through Art: Creative Therapy in Social Work

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on August 28, 2017  /   Posted in Social Work News

Those who find it difficult to communicate their feelings verbally may still gain benefit from visual, tactile, aural and kinesthetic experiences. Creative therapies tap into these modes of expression to facilitate emotional exploration and healing. For social workers who seek to help treating clients who face significant challenges, understanding creative therapy methods can be a

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Addiction Treatment: The 5 Stages of Change

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on July 31, 2017  /   Posted in Social Work News

Approximately 21.5 million American teens and adults have a substance use disorder, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Professionals such as counselors and social workers can help these individuals by understanding the nature of the recovery process and how they can professionally contribute to recovery. Divided into five stages of change,

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An Introduction to Macro Social Work

Posted by Rebecca Bernstein on April 28, 2017  /   Posted in Social Work News

“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” -Jane Addams Social work is often regarded as offering services only on an individual level. In truth, it encompasses much more. Macro social work is an area of practice concerned with

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