Behavioral Health Practice Tools

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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Advocating for Social Workers

NASW Clinical Team

Apr 24, 2019

One of the most frequently asked questions from NASW members is, “What is NASW doing to advocate for social workers?” In response to this popular question, the clinical team developed this advocacy booklet for members.

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Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator


Sep 11, 2018

Use this confidential and anonymous search tool to find treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

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Child Welfare Social Workers and Children with Prenatal Substance Exposure: Current Needs and Potential Solutions

Jun 13, 2018

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) — the general term for the range of adverse effects associated with prenatal alcohol and drug exposure — is estimated to affect 400,000 newborns annually in the United States.

This article presents information on the effects, legislation, and current efforts on prenatal alcohol exposure and the child welfare system. There is a special focus on the current needs and potential solutions for child welfare social workers, children, and their families.

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Practice Perspectives: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Guide to Resources

Sharon Dietsche, ACSW, DCSW, LICSW, LCSW-C

Apr 20, 2017

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.

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Standards for Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings


Jan 01, 2016

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.

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Elder Suicide: Durkheim’s Vision

This publication uses Emile Durkheim’s theory of suicide to understand suicidal distress and to identify circumstances that create suicide potential in the elderly.

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