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NASW Press has recently published 6 new and revised Practice Standards. The NASW Standards for Social Work Case Management are designed to enhance social work case management and to help the public understand the professional social work role in case management. The Best Practice Standards in Social Work Supervision provide a general framework that promotes uniformity and serves as a resource for issues related to supervision in the social work supervisory community. The Guidelines for Social Worker Safety in the Workplace are a helpful resource to communities; private and public agencies; and local, state, and federal policymakers invested in creating a safer work environment for social workers. The (revised) NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Child Welfare is a basic tool for social work practice in child welfare that might include family preservation and support, out-of-home care, family foster care, kinship care, residential group homes, adoption, independent living, child day care, adolescent pregnancy and parenting services, hospitals, and nontraditional settings such as faith-based facilities. The (revised) NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Clients with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) is intended to inform social work practice and interventions with clients who have SUDs; improve the quality of treatment for clients with SUDs; and encourage social workers' awareness of the knowledge, skills, competencies, and attitudes necessary to work effectively with clients who have SUDs, their families, and other service providers. The NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families are designed to enhance social workers' awareness of the skills, knowledge, values, methods, and sensitivities needed to work effectively with this population.
Social Workers as Expert Witnesses is part of a series of General Counsel Law Notes written with the support of the NASW Legal Defense Fund. Social workers are frequently called to testify as experts in courts of law on a variety of subjects. Courts rely on information offered in evidence as the basis for decisions rendered, and oral testimony by witnesses is often the major source of evidence provided at a trial. Witnesses who testify as experts play a critical role in interpreting data, explaining complex material, and drawing informed inferences on the basis of their training and experience. In areas such as child abuse and capital punishment sentencing, the testimony of a social worker as an expert witness is often critical. This law note discusses the role of social workers as expert witnesses and reviews case law confirming their role as experts in a variety of legal settings. Although this law note is not intended to be a substitute for legal consultation regarding specific issues that affect social workers’ expert testimony in a particular case, many examples are discussed, and social workers who do testify, or may be called to testify, as experts will want to have this volume ready to hand.
Social workers encounter a number of unique forms of occupational stress on a daily basis. The more thoroughly they understand the stressors they face, the better-prepared social workers will be able to manage them successfully. Self-Care in Social Work is a guide to promote effective self-care tailored to the needs of social workers, including both individual and organizational approaches. On a personal level, it goes beyond the typical prescriptions to exercise, eat well, sleep more, and get a massage or meditate. In fact, the book is based on the premise that self-care should not be an add-on activity only happening in the rare instance there is some free time. Instead, it is conceptualized as a state of mind and considered an integral part of a social worker's training. In Self-Care in Social Work, the reader is taught how to approach individually oriented self-care through the development of self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-efficacy. At the organizational level, readers are guided through a process of learning about areas of match and mismatch between themselves and their agency structure and culture. A practical guide to stress management and approaches to self-care, this book includes narratives gathered from both students and practitioners in the field. It is an excellent resource for social workers, counselors, and mental health professionals in education.