Sharon Dietsche, ACSW, DCSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Alcohol use during pregnancy is a leading preventable cause of birth defects
and intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
Disorders (FASD)—the general term that encompasses the range of life-long adverse cognitive, behavioral and physical effects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure—affects up to 1 in 20 children in the U.S., and is disproportionately present among youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems. Recent resources for social work practitioners to enhance their understanding, competency and practice skills around FASD are included.
These standards are based on the consensus of expert health care social workers from across the country and are designed to enhance social workers' knowledge to work effectively in health care settings, within the current context of the health care environment.
Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW
Though case management has been integral to social work since the founding of the social work profession, the practice of case management has changed greatly over the past century. NASW's standards for social work case management revised in 2013, reflect this evolving context and reinforce the social work profession's leadership role in case management. The practice perspective includes case examples illustrating how the revised standards may be applied with a variety of client populations across practice settings.
These standards were developed to broadly define the scope of services that social workers shall provide to clients with substance use disorders, that clients and their families should expect, and that program administrators should support. The standards are designed to enhance awareness of the skills, knowledge, values, methods, and sensitivities that social workers need to work effectively within systems dedicated to serving clients with substance use disorders.
Rita A. Webb, MS
Violence and abuse have profound costs for all communities. Yet, for communities of color, the preponderance of violence can be linked to a host of outcomes that have both immediate and long term implications. Though domestic violence, also called intimate partner violence (IPV), is not limited to any one socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, or religious group, the burden of exposure for racial minorities to domestic violence is reported to be significantly high.
Sharon Issurdatt, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW
The suicides of many young people have made national headlines over recent months. In 2007, suicide was the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24 (NIMH, 2010). Due to a growing effort to raise awareness and reduce stigma regarding adolescent depression and suicide, more attention has been focused on these mental health issues ranging from local efforts to national agendas.