Behavioral Health Practice Tools

COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Social Workers Treating Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

Apr 29, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted nearly every aspect of life and is negatively affecting the health and mental health of millions of Americans.


Addressing the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide

NASW Practice Alert

Mar 01, 2020

The Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health report "Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America," expands on prior research by exploring suicide and suicidal behaviors among Black youth, risk and protective factors, mental health utilization, treatment interventions, and recommendations.


America's Drug Crisis Challenges and Successes in the Opioid Epidemic and Beyond

Practice Perspective

Dec 03, 2019

In the 12-month period ending in November 2017, the number of drug overdose deaths reached a high of 70,723.


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs): Clinical Resources for Social Work Practice

Oct 10, 2019

FASDs affect up to 1 in 20 U.S. schoolchildren and occur in every social, economic, and demographic group. Social workers can help reduce the prevalence of FASD through primary prevention of alcohol use during pregnancy. This updated guide highlights recent resources to inform our clinical understanding of FASD and enhance practice skills and interventions targeting high-risk drinking and alcohol-exposed pregnancy.


Congressional Black Caucus and Mental Health Professionals Seek to Address Racial Disparities in Access to Behavioral Health

Takia Richardson LICSW, LCSW

Aug 22, 2019

For several years, suicide has remained among the top 10 causes of death for ages 10 through 44. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics’ Suicide Mortality in the United States, 1999–2017 brief indicates that suicide rates in the United States increased by 33 percent during that review period (Hedegaard, Curtin, & Warner, 2018).


How to begin the conversation about alcohol use

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Jul 10, 2019

Women who drink alcohol at risky levels can have serious health consequences. Talking to women about risky alcohol use is key to prevention — yet starting the conversation can be difficult. CDC offers brief “supplemental learning” videos on how to begin a conversation about alcohol use, talking to families about a referral for FASD assessment, along with free online courses on alcohol SBI, preventing alcohol use in pregnancy and more. (NASW is a partner in CDC’s national Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy)


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