When a Client Threatens the Therapist: Guidelines for Mitigating Risk

When a Client Threatens the Therapist: Guidelines for Mitigating Risk



It’s not something that most of us would ever imagine having to deal with in our careers — a client makes or poses a threat of violence against you.

By Renee Lonner and Michele Licht

Therapists seem to be uniquely challenged in terms of knowing what to do to protect themselves, based ..Read More…

What Do We Know About the Psychological Distress of Latino Veterans in California?



By Yessenia Mayorga, MSW Candidate, and Janaki Santhiveeran, PhD, School of Social Work, CSULB.

Recent scholarly work has created renewed interest on the topic of “psychological distress” as it relates to life satisfaction and physical wellness. Psychological distress is a concept often used to express an individual’s well-being and satisfaction with life ..Read More…

Social Workers Creating Changes in Education


By Ashley Battle, Betsy Medina, Esmeralda de la Mora, Leticia Garcia, California State University, Long Beach

School suspension and expulsion, regarded a rigid approach to school discipline (Triplett, et al., 2014), have been correlated with higher levels of antisocial and negative behavior, including drug use, gang involvement, and an increased likelihood to ..Read More…

A Broken Hammer and Bent Nails: Better Tools are Needed for Nursing Home Transition to Succeed in California


By Jason Bloome

Of the approximate 100,000 patients on long-term Medi-Cal in California skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), at least 11,000 have low level care needs that could be met by community-based residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs) according to a legislative analysis.

The number of patients unnecessarily institutionalized could be closer ..Read More…

The Soul of the Poor: Social Work and the Wholeness of Humanity

This article reflects on the use of the word “poor” and an introduction of the term “soul” as a missing factor for consideration in social work practice. The examination of “soul” allows for a more complete understanding of the wholeness of the humanity we seek to serve. This article is a reminder that words continue to be powerful and that they impact significantly social work practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels. With all of our calls for social justice and fairness social workers are reminded that we must constantly be on guard not to stereotype or dehumanize low-income populations that we have pledged to assist by using words such as “poor” against them. This is something we all profess to know, but often in the haste of our work, we forget.

Hazards Ahead! Cal MediConnect Faces Troubled Waters in the Future


By Jason Bloome

The Cal MediConnect Program (CMC) began in 2014 with the expectation that California would improve quality of care, save money and maximize the ability of participants to live at home or in the community in lieu of institutional care by giving dual-eligibles the choice of having Medicare benefits administered ..Read More…

Social Workers as Advocates for Enlightened Twin Counseling



By Joan A. Friedman, PhD

For my social work field education in graduate school, I worked at community mental health centers that served Latino populations. These experiences helped me appreciate how social workers, more than any other helping professionals, are educated to be sensitive to cultural and societal differences. Since the birth ..Read More…

Creating Safe Residential Programs for Teens



By Virginia Avizu, Vanessa Gonzalez, Jessica Herrera, Karen Rebollo, MSW, California State University, Long Beach

The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2018 was created to amend the Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008. To truly protect adolescents from harm in residential ..Read More…

The Patient Self-Determination Act: What Does It Set Out to Do?


By Magnolia Cedeño, Almira Dang, Kenna Hartman, Amy Johnson, & Milagros Villareal

The Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990 (PSDA) brings forth the importance of completing an advance directive. The objective of the PSDA is to inform individuals who receive some form of care in places such as hospitals, nursing homes, etc., about ..Read More…