Selected Readings

A. Biswas, S. Dutta, E. Lawrence, J. Patchett, J. C. Calhoun and J. Ahrens. (2021). Probabilistic Data-Driven Sampling via Multi-Criteria Importance Analysis. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 27, 4439-4454.

This article is written by Biswas who is a researcher who conducted a study on the high risk of development of emotional or behavioral problems in child abuse victims below the age of 5 years. The issues were to be identified by child welfare caseworkers. Notably, the study is significant in the social work practice since it assists in identifying mental health challenges in children and gives potential early mediation services in addressing the escalation of the problem. The literature has been used to compare the children who have undergone maltreatment and those who have not. Likewise, the literature centers on what is presently recognized about the mental health problems of young children. The research question of the study is: what issues do child welfare caseworkers encounter in identifying ECMH and connecting them to treatment? Understanding the ways in which risk factors show up during adolescents is a big priority in my practice. I want to identify these risk factors early on in children and work to build a strength-based network for children. With this, my hope is to bring to the forefront protective factors that can combat these risk factors. By understanding the research developed by Biswas, I can understand the ways in which emotional and behavioral problems show up in children who have experienced severe trauma and abuse and how to utilize intricate interventions and treatment plans to begin to offer support.

Jay Miller, J., Lee, J., Niu, C. et al. (2019). Self-Compassion as a Predictor of Self-Care: A Study of Social Work Clinicians. Clin Soc Work, J( 47), 321–331.

This study used literature to connect the importance of skillful consciousness techniques among clinical psychologists and clinical social workers in particular, which is becoming more widely recognized. This growing understanding stems from current approach concerns that present difficulties for people who provide psychological treatment. This literature also includes background information on the study. The article sorts through various studies that suggest different health conditions of workers and their consequences. This report is essential as it identifies challenges experienced by healthcare workers and possible solutions to curb them. Health workers may not fully execute their duties well when not mentally healthy. As a current clinical intern, I realize how important it is to offer myself grace and compassion. I recognize that there is a desire to “know the answers” that I have adopted and that isn’t healthy nor is it effective in my practice. The truth is, I don’t know the answers. What I do have is a growing skillset and toolkit that can help me help my clients navigate through some of their stressors. In my practice, I aim to give myself the same grace that I constantly urge my clients to give themselves. I also recognize that this means being compassionate to my mind, body and my spirit. In order to offer my clients the compassion, empathy and adherence that they deserve, that requires a certain level of responsibility of me to myself.

Handon, Rose M. (2018). Client Relationships and Ethical Boundaries for Social Workers in Child Welfare.

This article is written by Hadon, who is a bachelor of social work graduate. The article is about the connection of healthy boundaries and power dynamics between clinicians and the clients that they serve. The article focuses on the management of dual relationships and the accountability of transference and countertransference. Dual relationships being when a clinician can relate to their clients in more than one way. As the article notes, clinicians who find themselves in dual relationships with clients run the risk of overstepping boundaries and must ensure that they self-regulate and be knowledgeable and mindful of the NASW Code of Ethics. In my practice as a child welfare social worker, most of my work is going to require me to be intimate and present with my clients. This can in some cases become overwhelming, if I don’t have a solid plan of maintaining healthy and professional distance. With me being exposed to a very diverse clientele, most of which are dealing and sorting through some form of trauma, it is going to be imperative that I approach my clients from a place of empath, cultural competence as well as respect. In order to be effective, I will have to find a manageable balance between my uniqueness as a social worker, the NASW code of ethics and conduct as well as my tools and skillsets.

Stahnke, Brittany. (2022) Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The Doubting Disease.

This article is written by Stahnke, who is a licensed clinical social worker. The article describes the connection between clients dealing with OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder and the loss of income and quality of life. Since OCD is not always as presented as blatantly as other neurodivergent disorders, it often goes untreated and undiagnosed in clients. Since OCD is one of the most misdiagnosed and misunderstood disorders, this article hopes to raise awareness and give clients some of the telltale signs of OCD in their clients. With my practice, it is important to me that I am aware and cognizant of all neurodivergent disorders. As someone who is living with OCD, I understand the disparities and lack of resources, education and awareness of OCD as a neurodivergent disorder. As a clinician, I aim to have a diverse clientele and in order to offer a culturally competent and accessible practice, I have to ensure that I diversify my understanding and awareness of what this can look like in my clients viscerally and physically.