Clinical Social Work Journal (CSWJ)

Clinical Social Work Journal (CSWJ) The Clinical Social Work Journal publishes peer-reviewed articles relevant to contemporary clinical social work practice, research, theory, and policy.

Use our timeline, to browse our complete collection of articles–over 40 years of content. Founded in 1973, the Clinical Social Work Journal publishes leading, peer-reviewed original articles relevant to contemporary clinical practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups. It also presents innovations in theoretical, practice, evidence-based clinical research, and interdisciplinary approaches. The Clinical Social Work Journal is devoted to the advancement of clinical knowledge and insight of practitioners, educators, researchers, and policymakers.

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11/02/2020
The Precedent of Good Enough Therapy During Unprecedented Times

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | The Precedent of Good Enough Therapy During Unprecedented Times
| http://ow.ly/ujxZ50C5Aqr | #coronavirus #sharedtrauma

The unprecedented nature of the coronavirus pandemic and clinicians’ own concerns for safety and stability amidst collective uncertainty have threatened to undermine our ability to trust what we already know about our clients and how to help them. Rather than search for a novel solution, I suggest...

10/31/2020
Long-Term Effects of a Cult Childhood on Attachment, Intimacy, and Close Relationships: Results of an In-Depth Interview Study

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Long-Term Effects of a Cult Childhood on Attachment, Intimacy, and Close Relationships: Results of an In-Depth Interview Study | https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10615-020-00773-w | #childrenincults #attachment

Cults are religious organizations requiring total commitment and submission from their members. They form a highly controlling environment with rigid structures to suppress individuality. Being born and raised within a cultic community has a significant impact on the life course of those affected. E...

10/29/2020
In the Fertile Minefield: Navigating Challenges and Opportunities with Facilitating Self-development and Growth in the Intercultural and Interracial Clinical Treatment Dyad

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | In the Fertile Minefield: Navigating Challenges and Opportunities with Facilitating Self-development and Growth in the Intercultural and Interracial Clinical Treatment Dyad | http://ow.ly/4L4S50C5AdD | #self-development #integration

The “use of self” is a powerful tool that social workers rely upon to facilitate treatment growth for their clients. Yet, for many ethnic and racial minority clinicians, their self contains personal, psychological, social, and cultural aspects that they must acknowledge, examine and negotiate as...

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Using Simulation as an Investigative Methodology in Researching Competencies of Clinical So...
10/02/2020
Using Simulation as an Investigative Methodology in Researching Competencies of Clinical Social Work Practice: A Scoping Review

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Using Simulation as an Investigative Methodology in Researching Competencies of Clinical Social Work Practice: A Scoping Review | http://ow.ly/xPfb50BHkdc | #scopingreview #simulation

This article reports a scoping review designed to synthesize current literature that used simulation as an investigative methodology (simulation-based research; SBR) in researching practice competencies in clinical social work. Following Arksey and O’Malley’s scoping review framework, 24 article...

09/22/2020
Promoting the Integration of Psychodynamic and Emotion-Focused Psychotherapies Through Advances in Affective Science and Neuroscience

Open Access Articles From #CSWJ | Promoting the Integration of Psychodynamic and Emotion-Focused Psychotherapies Through Advances in Affective Science and Neuroscience | http://ow.ly/tKew50BxYcu | #psychodynamicpsychotherapy #free2read

Psychodynamic psychotherapy (PDT) and emotion-focused therapy (EFT) have much in common and much to offer one another. Yet, their differing theoretical foundations create challenges when attempting to integrate the two. PDT is founded on concepts such as the dynamic unconscious, defenses, a developm...

07/31/2020
Toward an Integrated Psychoanalytic Theory: Foundation in a Revitalized Ego Psychology

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Toward an Integrated Psychoanalytic Theory: Foundation in a Revitalized Ego Psychology | http://ow.ly/mqME50AKiBh | #psychoanalytictheory #egopsychology

I propose that a revised and expanded ego psychology constitutes the strongest foundation for a unified psychoanalytic theory that is capable of integrating different psychoanalytic schools and also capable of assimilating and integrating relevant findings from non-psychoanalytic disciplines.

07/31/2020
Levels of Meaning and the Need for Psychotherapy Integration

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Levels of Meaning and the Need for Psychotherapy Integration | http://ow.ly/F2oc50AKicy | #psychotherapyintegration #cognitivetheory

We argue for the importance of multitheoretical integrative clinical intervention and training. Mental health professionals, including clinical social workers, are frequently primarily committed to a single dominant therapeutic theory, perhaps one that was favored by a school, fieldwork agency, insp...

07/31/2020
Integrating Music into Couple Therapy Theory and Practice

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Integrating Music into Couple Therapy Theory and Practice | http://ow.ly/R72X50AKhPm | #integrativecoupletherapy

Over the past three decades, the theory and practice of couple therapy has moved towards integrative approaches. Typically, two or more couple therapy theories and their associated practices are blended into a more comprehensive, flexible approach to conceptualizing and intervening with couples’ p...

07/30/2020
Couple Therapy Integrated: A Commentary on Couple Impasses—Three Therapeutic Approaches

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Couple Therapy Integrated: A Commentary on Couple Impasses—Three Therapeutic Approaches | http://ow.ly/PKxU50AKhDZ

Couple therapy is too complex, and too important, to be undertaken under the sway of doctrinal orthodoxy. Integrating various schools of thought enlarges our toolkit and optimizes our efforts. In their excellent paper, “Couple Impasses: Three Therapeutic Approaches, Siegel, Goldman, and Fishbane p...

07/30/2020
Couple Impasses: Three Therapeutic Approaches

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Couple Impasses: Three Therapeutic Approaches | http://ow.ly/P6ZW50AKhuZ

Many couples present to therapy feeling trapped in impasses that they do not understand and feel powerless to escape. The impasse causes great emotional distress and may threaten the couple’s connection and commitment to each other. This paper is based on a presentation given at the 2018 annual SE...

07/30/2020
How the Science of Memory Reconsolidation Advances the Effectiveness and Unification of Psychotherapy

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | How the Science of Memory Reconsolidation Advances the Effectiveness and Unification of Psychotherapy | http://ow.ly/LlIf50AKh3u | #memoryreconsolidation

Memory reconsolidation research by neuroscientists has demonstrated the erasure of emotional learnings. This article reviews these historic findings and how they translate directly into therapeutic application to provide the clinical field with an empirically confirmed process of transformational ch...

07/29/2020
Promoting the Integration of Psychodynamic and Emotion-Focused Psychotherapies Through Advances in Affective Science and Neuroscience

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Promoting the Integration of Psychodynamic and Emotion-Focused Psychotherapies Through Advances in Affective Science and Neuroscience | http://ow.ly/R5jC50AKgD0 | #psychodynamictherapy #affectivescience

Psychodynamic psychotherapy (PDT) and emotion-focused therapy (EFT) have much in common and much to offer one another. Yet, their differing theoretical foundations create challenges when attempting to integrate the two. PDT is founded on concepts such as the dynamic unconscious, defenses, a developm...

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Enlivening Psychodynamic Brief Therapy with Emotion-Focused Interventions: An Integrative T...
07/29/2020
Enlivening Psychodynamic Brief Therapy with Emotion-Focused Interventions: An Integrative Therapist’s Approach

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Enlivening Psychodynamic Brief Therapy with Emotion-Focused Interventions: An Integrative Therapist’s Approach | http://ow.ly/vFgH50AKggG | #psychodynamictherapy

Focusing on affect and the expression of emotion has long been a key feature of psychodynamic psychotherapies. While psychodynamically-oriented therapists have always paid attention to the emotional life of their clients, they usually do not focus on accessing and processing emotions in the manner a...

07/28/2020
The Scope of Psychotherapy Integration: Introduction to a Special Issue

September special issue of @CSWJournal focuses on Psychotherapy Integration! Read the introduction by guest editors Paul L. Wachtel, Judith P. Siegel & Judith C. Baer here: http://ow.ly/Mbq050AKf8a

INTRODUCTION Published: 24 July 2020 The Scope of Psychotherapy Integration: Introduction to a Special Issue Paul L. Wachtel1, Judith P. Siegel3 & Judith C. Baer2 Clinical Social Work Journal volume 48, pages231–235(2020)Cite this article 28 Accesses Metrics details This special issue of the journ...

07/14/2020
Levels of Meaning and the Need for Psychotherapy Integration

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Levels of Meaning and the Need for Psychotherapy Integration | http://ow.ly/9VTT50AybfK | #psychotherapyintegration #cognitivetheory

We argue for the importance of multitheoretical integrative clinical intervention and training. Mental health professionals, including clinical social workers, are frequently primarily committed to a single dominant therapeutic theory, perhaps one that was favored by a school, fieldwork agency, insp...

07/10/2020
Toward an Integrated Psychoanalytic Theory: Foundation in a Revitalized Ego Psychology

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Toward an Integrated Psychoanalytic Theory: Foundation in a Revitalized Ego Psychology | http://ow.ly/YncE50AujTq | #psychoanlytictheory #integration

I propose that a revised and expanded ego psychology constitutes the strongest foundation for a unified psychoanalytic theory that is capable of integrating different psychoanalytic schools and also capable of assimilating and integrating relevant findings from non-psychoanalytic disciplines.

07/07/2020
How the Science of Memory Reconsolidation Advances the Effectiveness and Unification of Psychotherapy

Recent Open Access Articles From #CSWJ | How the Science of Memory Reconsolidation Advances the Effectiveness and Unification of Psychotherapy | http://ow.ly/mOqW50ArWxS | #memoryreconsolidation #psychotherapy

Memory reconsolidation research by neuroscientists has demonstrated the erasure of emotional learnings. This article reviews these historic findings and how they translate directly into therapeutic application to provide the clinical field with an empirically confirmed process of transformational ch...

06/15/2020
Essential Clinical Social Work Series

Coming Soon From #Springer | Essential Clinical Social Work Series | Series Ed. Carol Tosone | http://ow.ly/o6Ig50A8jnd

The Essential Clinical Social Work Series provides state-of-the-art theoretical and clinical knowledge for clinical social workers and other mental health practitioners.

Special Issue From #CSWJ | Advancing the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare's Grand Challenge to Long, Hea...
05/20/2020

Special Issue From #CSWJ | Advancing the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare's Grand Challenge to Long, Healthy, and Productive Lives; Vol 48, Issue 2 (June 2020) | Eds. Ernest Gonzales, Christina Matz, Nancy Morrow-Howell | http://ow.ly/uRNZ50zLWKx

June special issue of @CSWJournal focuses on Productive Aging! Read the introduction by guest editors Ernest Gonzales, C...
05/12/2020

June special issue of @CSWJournal focuses on Productive Aging! Read the introduction by guest editors Ernest Gonzales, Christina Matz & Nancy Morrow-Howell here: http://ow.ly/90M350zDXPS

04/29/2020

Call for Papers! Guest Editor S. Lala Straussner is putting together a CSWJ special issue on the impact of COVID-19 on social work clinicians, practice, and education. Abstracts are due 5/10/20! More here: http://ow.ly/Mp5e50zsrpR

03/01/2020

March is #socialworkmonth! Let us know what you’re doing to acknowledge and celebrate the hard-working members of our profession. #socialwork

02/26/2020

Special Issue From #CSWJ | Social Isolation Across the Lifespan – Clinical Practice Implications, Clinical Social Work Journal; Vol 48, Issue 1 (Mar 2020) | Eds. Suzanne Brown, Michelle R. Munson | http://ow.ly/8IzP50ywAOl

02/13/2020
Introduction to the Special Issue on Social Isolation Across the Lifespan

March special issue of CSWJ focuses on Social Isolation! Read the introduction by guest editors Suzanne Brown & Michelle Munson here: http://ow.ly/n9xo50ylOGe

INTRODUCTION Published: 11 February 2020 Introduction to the Special Issue on Social Isolation Across the Lifespan Suzanne Brown1 & Michelle R. Munson2 Clinical Social Work Journal (2020)Cite this article 12 Accesses Social isolation, having few social network ties and infrequent social contact, is....

01/23/2020
Private Practice Social Workers’ Commitment to Social Justice

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Private Practice Social Workers’ Commitment to Social Justice | http://ow.ly/n7Nh50y3xH1 | #socialjustice #privatepractice

The privatization of mental healthcare among social workers has situated them under scrutiny by others in the profession who question private practice clinicians’ commitment to social justice. Some social workers accuse colleagues in private practice of a dereliction of duty, while others in the p...

12/21/2019

It's #SelfcareSaturday! What are the #selfcare practices that help you personally and professionally? The #CSWJ wants to know! #socialwork

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | The “Wrong Kind” of Immigrants: Pre-migration Trauma and Acculturative Stress Among the Und...
12/13/2019
The “Wrong Kind” of Immigrants: Pre-migration Trauma and Acculturative Stress Among the Undocumented Latinx Community

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | The “Wrong Kind” of Immigrants: Pre-migration Trauma and Acculturative Stress Among the Undocumented Latinx Community | http://ow.ly/PfP150xznMB | #acculturativestress #trauma

There has been an increase in Latinx immigration to the United States as citizens of Mexico and Central America move to escape perilous situations in their countries of origin. These immigrants’...

12/07/2019

It's #SelfcareSaturday! What are the #selfcare practices that help you personally and professionally? The #CSWJ wants to know! #socialwork

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Rethinking Professional Identity in a Globalized World | http://ht.ly/OqCl3026lSO | #social...
04/01/2019
Rethinking Professional Identity in a Globalized World

Recent Articles From #CSWJ | Rethinking Professional Identity in a Globalized World | http://ht.ly/OqCl3026lSO | #socialwork #psychotherapy

Recent literature has shed light on changes in the development of personal identity as a result of globalization, but the development of professional identity in the era of globalization has not yet...

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