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Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 1 Page: 2)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 11002.pdf  

Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 1 Page: 4)

Title: Welfare Reform: Implications for Professional Development in Social Work
Author(s): Ronald K. Green and Richard L. Edwards
Abstract:  The authors discuss the recent and continuing changes in welfare reform within the contexts of the "devolution  revolution," and shifts within the socio-political environment with its statutory program requirements and implications for professional development.  The authors challenge social work and related human services to approach the program shifts from the federal government to state responsibilities (with the stringent eligibility requirements, work requirements, time limitations, etc.) as new and bold "creative problem-solvers."
Article PDF: 11004.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 1 Page: 16)

Title: Incorporating Follow-up to Evaluate the Impact of Continuing Professional Education Programs on Social Work Practice
Author(s): Tracey J. Dietz
Abstract:  In order for many social workers across the nation to maintain their licenses or certifications, they must participate in continuing professional education programs.  With increasing pressure from funding sources and the public, there will be greater demands to demonstrate that these programs do indeed improve practice.  The author discusses the three levels at which continuing education programs are evaluated and argues that evaluators need to place greater emphasis on evaluations that measure how well continuing education programs improve practice.
Article PDF: 11016.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 1 Page: 22)

Title: Collaboration in Human Services: Skills Assessment for Effective Interpersonal Communication
Author(s): Alan B. Hen kin, and Jay R. Dee
Abstract:  Collaborative models of social service practice require high levels of interpersonal interaction among professionals representing multiple disciplines. Effective collaboration may depend significantly on the communication skills of practitioners who must manage critical interdependencies in their work.  A range of shills related to effective collaboration are delineated and explicated.  Several measures of constructs associated with effective collaboration and communication are examined.
Article PDF: 11022.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 1 Page: 31)

Title: "In the Polish Way": Social Service and Professional Social Work Development in Contemporary Poland
Author(s): Alice E. Smith
Abstract:  The author identifies and discusses major ideological and methodological issues which underlie the administration of human services and direct social work practice in Poland.  Understanding historical assumptions about the nature and role of government, along with the socio-economic context of the former Eastern Block countries, is crucial for western educated social workers who wish to engage in or study international human services/social work education and practice development in Europe.
Article PDF: 11031.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 1 Page: 38)

Title: Providing Culturally Competent Juvenile Services to the Latino Community
Author(s): Edward Pabon
Abstract:  The interaction between traditional juvenile justice service providers and Latino youngsters and families in this society has been somewhat impersonal, structured, and formal, with minimal give-and-take questioning and relevant discussion.  The resultant evidence continues to suggest that services have not been sufficiently responsive to the needs of minority clients, especially Latino youngsters.  Juvenile justice providers need to understand and incorporate cultural value preferences, such as familialism, all centrism, and personal distance, in their relationship with Latino clients in terms of building therapeutic contacts.
Article PDF: 11038.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 1 Page: 47)

Title: Innovations in Delivering Culturally Sensitive Social Work Services: Challenges for Practice and Education
Author(s): Reviewed by Margret Yeakel
Abstract:  Book Review
Article PDF: 11047.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 1 Page: 49)

Title: Income Security and Public Assistance for Woman and Children
Author(s): Reviewed by Albert E. Wilkerson
Abstract:  Book Review
Article PDF: 11049.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 2 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 12003.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 2 Page: 4)

Title: Professional Social Work and the Battered Women's Movement:  Contextualizing the Challenges of Domestic Violence Work
Author(s): Valli Kanuha
Abstract:  Professional social work has both a distinguished and troubling history in the development of domestic violence policies and programs in the United States and internationally.  Over the last two decades, the evolution of a domestic violence service industry, with social workers as key practitioners, has highlighted the ongoing challenges of the feminist, activist roots of the battered women's movement and increased professionalization of domestic violence services.  The author analyzes the role of social work in the domestic abuse field and provides implications for addressing some of the recurrent practice and ideological tensions.
Article PDF: 12004.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 2 Page: 19)

Title: Grounded Training:  Preparing Child Welfare Supervisors for Domestic Violence Work
Author(s): Ann Fleck-Henderson and Stefan Krug
Abstract:  "Grounded training" is an approach to staff development which draws on insights about adult learners and public service workers and which continuously involves trainees in curriculum development.  As recipients of an innovative training grant from Health and Human Services, the authors of this article developed a training program for child welfare supervisors on working with families affected by domestic violence.  Partners in the grant were Simmons College School of Social Work, Boston Medical Center, and the Massachusetts Department of Social Services.  A description of that project illustrates the grounded training approach.
Article PDF: 12019.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 2 Page: 27)

Title: The Evolution of Professional Training in Accord with Pedagogical Change to Meet Growing Child and Family Needs
Author(s): Jean W. Ross,   Lois Wright,  Anna V. Skipper and  Deborah P. Valentine
Abstract:  Since the 1960s, child maltreatment concerns have prompted federal funding for partnerships between social work schools and public welfare agencies to train professionals working with the escalating and increasingly complex problems facing children and families.  Training models at The Center for Child and Family Studies at the University of South Carolina have evolved in several stages from traditional methodology, giving scant voice to trainees, to a facilitation model, with maximum participant input assuring accountability while meeting participants' self-articulated needs and objectives.  In this evolution The Center's training has paralleled the pedagogical movement from "banking" to "midwife" methodology, incorporating constructivist changes from adult education, feminism, and postmodernism.
Article PDF: 12027.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 2 Page: 38)

Title: Retention Outcomes of a Public Child Welfare Long-Term Training Program
Author(s): Cathleen A. Lewandowski
Abstract:  It has been estimated that approximately one-third of all social workers in child welfare resign each year, which results in discontinuity of service for clients and is detrimental to worker morale.  Long-term training programs have been implemented to improve the professionalism of child welfare service delivery and improve retention rates.  The purpose of this study was to assess the retention outcomes of a long-term training program and examine the impact declassification of social work positions and the privatization of child services has had on long-term child welfare training.
Article PDF: 12038.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 2 Page: 47)

Title: Service Provider Knowledge, Misconceptions and Bias About Aging:  A Case for Professional Development
Author(s): Carole A. Singleton
Abstract:  Qualified providers of services to the elderly may be assumed to have realistic and factually based views of the objective circumstances of their clients.  An assessment of social workers' baseline knowledge about aging suggests reason for concern about potential effects of provider misconceptions and biases on decision making impacting elderly users of a range of services available to this population.  Study findings support the case for formal continuing education opportunities for service providers.
Article PDF: 12047.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 1 No: 2 Page: 54)

Title: Meeting the Continuing Education Needs of Nursing Home Social Workers:  A Professional Development Seminar
Author(s): Patricia Gleason-Wynn
Abstract:  Social workers who decide to go into nursing home social work often find that their formal education has not prepared them with the skills needed to perform the job competently.  This article covers the curriculum for a two-day continuing education seminar that was developed to provide a comprehensive overview of social work services in the nursing home setting.  Seminar participants are presented with theoretical and practical knowledge through didactic and experiential teaching styles designed to enhance their practice.  Other topics relevant for the professional development of nursing home social workers are suggested.
Article PDF: 12054.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 1 No: 2 Page: 60)

Title: Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Social Work and Human Services  edited by Edward Kruk
Author(s): Reviewed by Dorothy  Osgood
Abstract:  Book Review
Article PDF: 12060.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 1 No: 2 Page: 61)

Title: Out of the Double Closet:  A Review of Violence in Gay and Lesbian Domestic Partnerships  edited by Claire M. Renzetti and  Charles Harvey Miley
Author(s): Reviewed by Robert Schoenberg
Abstract:  Book Review
Article PDF: 12061.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 3 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 13003.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 3 Page: 4)

Title: Perspectives on Welfare Reform   Part One: Social Work-- Welfare and Work: Some Suggestions on How the Two Can Mesh, From a Public Policy Administrator
Author(s): David C. Florey
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 13004.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 3 Page: 7)

Title: Part Two: Welfare And Work:  The Need for New Practice Skills
Author(s): Constance Goldman Beresin
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 13007.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 3 Page: 12)

Title: Part Three:  Occupational Social Work and Welfare Reform:  Directions for Continuing Social Work Education
Author(s): Roberta R. Iversen,  Beth M. Lewis, and Lina Hartocollis
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 13012.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 3 Page: 18)

Title: Social Work and Managed Behavioral Health Care:  We Don't Want to Be your Darlings Anymore
Author(s): G. Brent Angell, and Glenn E. Rohrer
Abstract:  Social work is a profession under moral and ethical siege as a result of its favored position with respect to the delivery of fee-for-service mental and behavioral services under managed care.  The authors look at how social workers, in becoming the "darlings" of managed behavioral health care, have compromised their professional autonomy and their ability to advocate in the best interest of consumers of mental and behavioral health services.  The authors call for a professional-identity check-up, and suggest alternative approaches to practice within managed behavioral health care which have ramifications for teaching and continuing education.
Article PDF: 13018.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 3 Page: 31)

Title: Psychopharmacology Knowledge, and Use with Social Work Professionals:  A Continuing Education Evaluation
Author(s): Sophia Dziegielewski, and  Ana M. Leon
Abstract:  This continuing education program was designed to increase social worker knowledge in regard to mental health medications in the practice setting.  This full-day workshop presented the basics of medication use and the effects these medications can have on the counseling environment.  The intention of the workshop was to explore the knowledge level social workers possess, and how comfortable they feel in relationship with other professionals when it comes to the use of medications.  One hundred and sixty-nine participants were surveyed, resulting in approximately 137 usable surveys that addressed general knowledge of medications as well as pretested/post tested responses in regard to whether they felt the workshop was helpful in increasing their current levels of understanding and impressions in regard to medication use.  Significant relationships were noted between several study variables as well as between pretest and posttest scores.  Suggestions for future research and education in this area are presented.
Article PDF: 13031.pdf  


Year: 1998 (Vol: 1 No: 3 Page: 41)

Title: Interfacing with Managed Behavior Health Care Organizations:  An Emerging Scale of Private Practitioner's Self-Perceived Competence
Author(s): Robert A. Keefe, and Michael L. Hall
Abstract:  The Wagner and Morse Measure of Individual Sense of Competence was revised and administered to 168 social workers, 158 psychologists, and 245 psychiatrists in private practice.  The scale measured the practitioner's ability to interface with managed care organizations.  Although seasoned private practitioners were sampled, they indicated that they do not perceive themselves as competent in their interactions with managed care organizations.  These conclusions have pronounced implications for the practitioners' ability to advocate strongly for their clients and for continuing education programs to focus on the interface between managed care organizations and private practitioners.
Article PDF: 13041.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 1 No: 3 Page: 53)

Title: Meeting the Continuing Education Needs of Social Workers Managers  A Professional Development Seminar
Author(s): Joanne J. Thompson, David Menefee, Julee H. Kryder-Coe, and Marsha Marly
Abstract:  The authors explore issues impacting the entry of social workers into management roles within the human services.  While historically there has been a bias toward developing social workers for direct practice roles, there is an increasing need for social workers to be prepared for supervision and management.  The authors present finding of a national study identifying management competencies for human services, and discuss a continuing education human services management program for graduate social work practitioners.
Article PDF: 13053.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 1 No: 3 Page: 61)

Title: Does America Hate the Poor?  The Other American Dilemma:  Lessons for the 21st Century from the 1960s and the 1970s  By John E. Tropman
Author(s): Reviewed by Albert E. Wilkerson
Abstract:  Book Review
Article PDF: 13061.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 1 No: 3 Page: 62)

Title: Living Inside Prison Walls:  Adjustment Behavior  By Victoria R. DeRosia
Author(s): Reviewed by Albert E Wilkerson
Abstract:  Book Review
Article PDF: 13062.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 1 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 21003.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 1 Page: 4)

Title: Globalization, Technology and Continued Professional Education
Author(s): Michael J. Kelly, and Michael L. Lauderdale
Abstract:  This special issue on social work continuing education explores some of the more salient factors seen to be influencing the direction of professional continuing education.  Briefly, there are four analytically separable but intertwined changes that will, when taken together, influence hoe CE professionals will conduct their work.  The first factor is globalization of business and social services including changes in consumer demand.  The second is the resulting changes in organizations as they respond to competitive pressures via staff involvement and continuous learning.  The third is the computerization of the workplace and, finally, the fourth, the "blurring" of the distinction between formal education, credentialing, in-service training, and continuing education.
Article PDF: 21004.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 1 Page: 10)

Title: Technology and Continuing Education in Social Work
Author(s): Michael L Lauderdale, and Michael J. Kelly
Abstract:  The authors examine important new technologies that are available to those that provide professional continuing education.  They examine the recent traditions of how programs were designed and provided and offer some criticism of the shortcomings of that process.  They explain the more salient technologies that are now available, how they can be used, and the likely impact such approaches to education will have on traditional faculty and institutions.
Article PDF: 21010.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 1 Page: 19)

Title: The Failed Promise of Hypertechnology in Social Work
Author(s): Larry W. Kreuger, and  John J. Stretch
Abstract:  The authors argue that the "worldwide hyper technology assemblage" has not lived up to its promise.  They are concerned about a shift from worker-client face-to-face dynamics to impersonal photographic images.  The importance of non-verbal cues has been greatly diminished, as a further example of quantitative over qualitative.  The authors have adapted a set of nine recommendations, developed on 1992 by Mender, which suggest ways in which the social work profession should respond.
Article PDF: 21019.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 1 Page: 28)

Title: Paradigm Shifts and E-Training Preparedness
Author(s): Sharon Weaver Pittman
Abstract:  E-training opportunities abound.  Organizations that remain entrenched in traditional methods will find themselves obsolete.  Shifts in approach to staff training and development may be nominal or radical depending on the organization's historical responsiveness to the infusion of technology.  Adapting Tapscott's (1996) model for defining paradigm shifts, the author suggests parameters that organizational leadership can use to develop a value-added approach for 21st Century staff development and training.  Also provided is a Training Shift Readiness Assessment Tool that can be useful in evaluating an organization's preparedness for the next millennium.  Survey outcomes can suggest areas where the equipment or software may need to be updated.
Article PDF: 21028.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 1 Page: 35)

Title: New Information Technology and Social Work Education in South Korea
Author(s): YoungJong Kim
Abstract:  The author describes the current state of technological development and its impact on social work education in South Korea.  During the 1990s, there has been a general consensus on the usefulness of borrowing information technology for the social work profession and education.  The idea has not, however, been fully developed because of various obstacles, including the high cost of utilizing those technologies.  Now, the costs are being lowered at rapid rate, and as information technology begins to spread rapidly and widely, its impact on social work is inevitable.
Article PDF: 21035.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 1 Page: 38)

Title: Continuing Social Work Education in an Electronic Age:  The Opportunities and Challenges Facing Social Work Education in Ghana
Author(s): Osei K. Darkwa
Abstract:  The author discusses social work education and training in Ghana.  Highlighted are the role of emerging communication technologies and the choices and challenges confronting social work educators in Ghana as they seek to incorporate distance education into social work education and training in that country.  The benefits of technology-based education are addressed, and a discussion of information technology initiatives in Ghana is undertaken.  The author concludes by making recommendations on how to incorporate distance education into continuing social work education and training in Ghana.
Article PDF: 21038.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 1 Page: 44)

Title: Internet Technology and the Assessment of Supervisors:  A Unique Perspective for Professional Development and Continuing Education
Author(s): Noel Landuyt
Abstract:  The author focuses on the task of upper level management in mentoring and in guiding the development of lower ranking supervisors.  This may include overseeing areas on continuing education.  These tasks require access to accurate and pertinent data.  The author explains how a general assessment of organizational functioning, using the Survey of Organizational Excellence, creates a need for specific continuing education.  The use of Internet Technology captures employee perceptual data basic to successful work with the supervisors.
Article PDF: 21044.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 1 Page: 49)

Title: Infusing Technology into the Social Work Curriculum
Author(s): Lee F. Gustafson, and  Austin Kuhn
Abstract:  The authors report on an illustration of the soon to be routine use of information technology in traditional undergraduate teaching.  It is suggestive of what will quickly become the norm in social work education and will prove to offer an extensive set of new relationships with field agencies.  It also illustrates a knowledge gap that may rapidly develop between persons educated in social work some years ago and the more technologically capable new graduate. The authors suggest agency partnerships as a means of closing that gap.
Article PDF: 21049.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 2 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 22003.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 2 Page: 4)

Title: Social Workers and Technology:  Challenges of the Multidisciplinary Team
Author(s): A. Elizabeth Cauble, and  Janice M. Dinkel
Abstract:  As social workers start using technology for continuing education program development and training, they are teaming with technical disciplines.  This departure from traditional teamwork creates a new working environment with many challenges.  A multidisciplinary training project using interactive multimedia  technology is described.  The benefits and challenges for social workers as well as other team members are discussed.  The authors propose using social work practice methods to plan for and resolve difficulties as they arise in the multidisciplinary team.
Article PDF: 22004.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 2 Page: 14)

Title: Educating Social Workers About Changes in the American Family:  Evaluating the Impact of Training
Author(s): Fred Buttell
Abstract:  The author reports on South Carolina's effort to educate social work practitioners about various trends influencing the structure of American family.  Analysis of the pre-training data indicated that the participants were largely ill-formed about the rapidly changing family structure in the United States.  However, analysis of the post-training data demonstrated that there was significant improvement in their knowledge of the program material at the conclusion of the training.  Implications of the findings for using continuing education as a forum for disseminating information about changing family structures are explored and discussed.
Article PDF: 22014.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 2 Page: 19)

Title: Distance Learning in a Rural Environment:  Strategies, Opportunities, and Barriers
Author(s): Monte Miller
Abstract:  The author presents a study of a two-course sequence designed to offer social workers and other health care professionals distance education regarding rural practice with persons with disabilities.  Course delivery included high, and low, technology methods.  Factors discussed include selecting distance education strategies, course development, barriers to distance learning, and strategies for overcoming barriers.
Article PDF: 22019.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 2 Page: 26)

Title: Personality Comparison Between On-Campus and Distance Learners:  Implications for Continuing Social Work Education
Author(s): Christine B. Hagan, Marilyn K. Potts, and Ginger K. Wilson
Abstract:  The authors compared MSW students on the NEO-Personality Inventory (Costa & McCrea, 1989). Comparisons were made between 37 distance learners and 53 on-campus students on five facets of personality: neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness.  Findings indicated minimal differences off-campus and on-campus cohorts.  Among distance learners, personality factors had negligible effects on student satisfaction.  These findings suggest that personality factors have little influence on the successful recruitment and retention of distance education students.  Such efforts might focus more productively on improving the learning environment in distance education classrooms.
Article PDF: 22026.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 2 Page: 32)

Title: A Collaborative Training Effort Between a Continuing education Program do a Graduate School of Social Work and a Volunteer Mentoring Youth Service Agency
Author(s): Carolyn T. Cullen, Vae L. Champagne, and Pauline C. Zischka
Abstract:  As youth mentoring emerges as a rapidly growing field, social work continuing education can play a significant role in providing the specialized training necessary for individuals who supervise volunteer mentors.  A new partnership model between a social work continuing education program and a mentoring agency is described which provides training to social service staff in the area of youth mentoring.  The authors discuss the increasing need for mentoring staff training, benefits of such a collaboration, and feedback from training participants.  The development of a standard curriculum by which individuals may earn credit could be a major contribution to the mentoring field.
Article PDF: 22032.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 2 Page: 43)

Title: The Human Services Training Effectiveness Postcard (HSTEP):  A Tool for Research and Evaluation of Human Services Training
Author(s): Dale Curry, and Theodore Chandler
Abstract:  The authors describe a brief mail survey questionnaire postcard which was used as an outcome indicator to promote research and assess training effectiveness for human service personnel.  A study of almost 600 child protective social workers utilized the Human Services Training Effectiveness Postcard (ASTEP) to assess perceived impact of training on the job and to explore factors which influenced training application.  Information on the reliability and validity of the tool is discussed.  A survey questionnaire which assessed 11 transfer factors (Transfer Potential Questionnaire) provided supportive data which helped strengthen the validity of the Human Services Training Effectiveness Postcard.  And as information technology begins to spread rapidly and widely, its impact on social work is inevitable.
Article PDF: 22043.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 2 Page: 57)

Title: A Model for International Continuing Education:  Cross-Culture, Experiential Professional Development
Author(s): David P. Boyle, and Chrystal Barranti
Abstract:  Since 1995, groups of social work practitioners have participated in a professional education experience, sponsored by the University of Georgia Continuing Education Program in association with the University of Veracruz (Mexico ) for 10 days of language instruction, cultural immersion, home stays with Mexican families, visits to social service agencies, and daily social work seminars.  The goal of the experience is to expand the skills of practicing social workers toward becoming bilingual and culturally competent for work with Hispanic/Latino clients.  The program is described and results are summarized.
Article PDF: 22057.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 2 Page: 63)

Title: Managed Care in Human Services   Steven Wernet,  Editor
Author(s): Reviewed by June Cairns
Abstract:  Book Review
Article PDF: 22063.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 2 Page: 64)

Title: Case Management:  An Introduction to Concepts and Skills   by  Arthur J. Frankel and  Sheldon R.  Gelman
Author(s): Reviewed by E. Jane Middleton
Abstract:  Book Review
Article PDF: 22064.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 3 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 23003.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 3 Page: 5)

Title: Evaluation:  A Practitioner's Perspective on Continuing Education Programs
Author(s): Raymond C. Meyers
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 23005.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 3 Page: 8)

Title: Evaluation:  A Faculty Member's Perspective on Continuing Education Programs
Author(s): Lois Milner
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 23008.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 3 Page: 11)

Title: The Role of the Site Coordinator in a Social Work Distance Education Program
Author(s): Christine B. Hagan,  Ginger K. Wilson,  Marilyn K. Potts,  Donna Wheeler, and  Gary Bess
Abstract:  The authors describe the role of the site coordinator in a social work distance education program.  The 3-year part-time MSW program links rural off-campus sites to a host urban university campus, using interactive television.  Site coordinators serve as teaching assistants, field placement coordinators, academic advisors, and community liaisons.  Additionally, the site coordinator provides an administrative link to the host campus, service as an advocate for students, and provides socialization of students to the values of the social work profession.
Article PDF: 23011.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 3 Page: 19)

Title: Mentoring and Organizational Learning
Author(s): Michael J. Kelly, and  Michael L. Lauderdale
Abstract:  The article describes a multi-year collaborative projects, Mentor+, between a university extension program and a state human service agency that was designed as to address the need for skilled leadership in social service agencies within today's socio-political environment.  The project was founded on two hypotheses: (1) that formal mentoring would be a new management development method that would help senior managers develop mid-level managers; and (2) that a university, as an entity specializing in learning and development, could serve as a unique catalyst for the development of organizational learning.  The authors discuss the findings, which suggest that supported formal mentoring is an attractive management strategy for public human service agencies.
Article PDF: 23019.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 3 Page: 29)

Title: Professional Development and Certification for Child Protective Services Supervisors:  A Follow-up Study of the Texas Initiative
Author(s): Maria Scannapieco
Abstract:  The article provides background, implementation, and follow-up of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services' efforts, in collaboration with the Children's Protective Services Training Institute, to expand training and certification for child welfare supervisors.  The author presents research findings about how supervisors perceive certification, how others perceive supervisor certification, and how supervisors utilize certification.  The implications of the training and certification are explored in light of the fact that the program is currently voluntary, but could become mandatory in the future.
Article PDF: 23029.pdf  


Year: 1999 (Vol: 2 No: 3 Page: 36)

Title: Crisis Management and Brief Therapy    A. R. Roberts, Editor
Author(s): Reviewed by Jay Fagan
Abstract:  Book Review
Article PDF: 23036.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 1 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 31003.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 1 Page: 5)

Title: Challenges for Modern Social Work in Russia: Problems and Prospects
Author(s): Tatiana Tregoubova
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 31005.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 1 Page: 15)

Title: Creating Social Work Virtual Learning Communities in Africa
Author(s): Osei Darkwa and  Fikile Mazibuko
Abstract:  The article discusses the creation of a social work virtual learning environment to promote professional development, continuing education, and access to higher education and training to Africans seeking access to social work education.  It begins by discussing the evolution of social work education, professional development, and continuing education in Africa.  It highlights the role of emerging communication technologies and the choices and challenges confronting policy makers in Africa in their attempt to incorporate distance education into social work education and training.  Additionally, the article explores the technological opportunities for Africans wishing to acquire further education and training.
Article PDF: 31015.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 1 Page: 25)

Title: Recipients' Opinions About Welfare Reform
Author(s): Daphne L. McClellan, Holly C. Matto, and Malinda B. Orlin
Abstract:  In all that has been written since the devolution of welfare, only occasionally have we asked the recipients themselves what they think.  This article presents the views of welfare recipients regarding welfare reform and changes they recommend.  Faithfully reporting the actual words of the recipients, the authors found that the suggestions for change fell into two broad categories: recommendations to improve the existing welfare programs and recommendations to transform the fundamental structure of the welfare system.
Article PDF: 31025.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 1 Page: 31)

Title: Educational Challenges Facing Health Care Social Workers in the Twenty-First Century
Author(s): Claire S. Rudolph
Abstract:  This abstract addresses the challenge faced by the social work profession in the health care services environment, focusing on the education and training direction for current and future practitioners in the health care arena.  Based on the history of medical social work in the twentieth century, a number of challenges in the delivery of health care services are discussed, raising important issues about the preparation of social workers for professional practice.  Professional social work education needs to be restructured by forming new types of university, agency, and/or community partnerships where agency personnel participate fully in identifying the knowledge and skills needed in designing the curriculum.
Article PDF: 31031.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 1 Page: 44)

Title: Professional Social Work Education in Child Welfare:  Assessing Practice Knowledge and Skills
Author(s): Maria Scannapieco, Rebecca M. Bolen, and Kelli K. Connell
Abstract:  Historically, the profession of social work has held a leadership role in the filed of child welfare.  There has been a history of collaborations between schools of social work and child welfare and state child welfare agencies.  Today, hundreds of these partnerships throughout the country (Zlotnik, 1997) are spending millions of federal dollars to professionally educate Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work students for careers in child welfare.  Unfortunately, there is not a corresponding proliferation of evaluation research that attempts to measure the effectiveness of these partnerships.  This article provides a comprehensive description and evaluation of a partnership between a school of social work and a state department of child protective services.  The evaluation focuses on student learning and a exploratory examination of practice changes in the agency.
Article PDF: 31044.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 2 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 32003.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 2 Page: 5)

Title: Reaffirming Our Mission:  From Past to Present
Author(s): Ruth Mayden
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 32005.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 2 Page: 11)

Title: The Implementation of a Sustainable Social Work Exchange Program:  The University of Georgia and the University of Veracruz
Author(s): David P.  Boyle, and  Bertha Murrieta Cervantes
Abstract:  Over a period of eight years, the University of Georgia (UGA) and the University of Veracruz (UV) developed a model of a sustainable exchange program.  The Schools of Social Work of the two universities took l\the lead in implementing the program, which included short intensive courses for graduate students, facility members, and alumni in Jalapa, Veracruz, hosted by the School for Foreign Students (Escuela para Estudiantes Extranjeros) of UV; intensive brief classes for UGA undergraduates at the two Schools of Social Works of UV; jointly-sponsored continuing education seminars; semester-long social work practicum experiences for UGA students of the two institutions.  This paper summarizes the activities, the developmental processes involved, and the lessons learned with some recommendations for similar programs.
Article PDF: 32011.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 2 Page: 24)

Title: The Use of Debriefings in Response to Disasters and Traumatic Events
Author(s): Joshua Miller
Abstract:  A debriefing is a structured group process that responds to the collective experience of trauma as a consequence of disasters.  This paper considers what a debriefing is, why it should be used, and then compares different debriefing models.  A detailed example is provided of a debriefing model developed by a community-based team.  The article concludes with an examination of how debriefings are consistent with social work theory and practice and offers suggestions for continuing education.  The paper is informed by the author's experience as a member of a local community crisis response team.
Article PDF: 32024.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 2 Page: 33)

Title: Single-System Evaluation of Child Protective Services Training
Author(s): Thomas E. Smith, Steven Schinke, and David W. Springer
Abstract:  Objective:  This paper describes a study of training methods for child protective services workers.  Method:  A sample of child protective workers (n=34) were tested before and after a 5-day clinical training program.  A sublet of workers was repeatedly tested within a multiple-probe research design to evaluate the effects on instruction, modeling, and practice.   Results:   Post-training gains were seen for protective services workers' knowledge of child development and behavior change principles, facts about child abuse and neglect, and self-control and anger management abilities.  Observational data on the subset of workers during protective services interviews showed increasingly more specificity, reinforcement, modeling, and rehearsals with a client as the workers learned each training method.  Along with their observed clinical skills, workers in the subset reported progressively less anxiety, greater effectiveness, and higher predictions of future success with the child protective services client.  Consumer feedback from all protective services workers supported the relevance, applicability, and value of clinical training.  Conclusion:  The behavioral training presented in this manuscript can be replicated in practice settings.  Innovating and evaluating child protective services curricula can be accomplished with single-system designs.
Article PDF: 32033.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 2 Page: 40)

Title: The Integration of Theory into Practice:  Suggestions for Supervisors
Author(s): Joan Beder
Abstract:  The mandate of the supervisor is to oversee the educational experience of the social worker.  This responsibility is multifaceted.  One important aspect of the job is to help the social worker integrate theoretical learning and practice.  This article will explore the value and necessity of integrating theory in the practice experience and will help supervisors to better identify their own theoretical orientation(s).  Suggestions for integration of theory into practice will be offered.
Article PDF: 32040.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 3 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J.  Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 33003.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 3 Page: 5)

Title: Continuing Education Across Boundaries:  Exploring the International Exchange of Social Work Knowledge and Practices
Author(s): Beatrice  Traub-Werner
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 33005.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 3 Page: 9)

Title: The "Warmth" Profession:  Societal Perceptions of Social Work Practice
Author(s): Ronald E.  Hall
Abstract:  Perceptions of social Work evolved from a history of social services, including child welfare and mental health (Carlton-LaNey, 1999).  Yet, critics have challenged its occupational status as a profession.   According to critics, social work training is less rigorous, and its status less esteemed, giving its practitioners less right to privileged communication.  In the aftermath, social workers are perceived as warm but not particularly intelligent.  In fact, the generalist approach and grounding in ethics qualify social work training as rigorous and their practitioners as intelligent professionals.  By and large, social work has arrived at professional status.  However, it needs to further clarify and codify its technology.
Article PDF: 33009.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 3 Page: 18)

Title: Using Focus Groups to Design an Interagency Training Program for Child Welfare Workers
Author(s): Thomas Packard,  Loring Jones,   Elizabeth Gross, and  Melinda Hohman, and Terri Fong
Abstract:  A five-day interagency training program for child welfare, domestic violence, mental health, and substance abuse workers was conducted six times over two years.  Interagency collaboration was the underlying emphasis of the training.  To ensure the relevance and utility of the training, five focus groups were held with professionals from various disciplines and agency settings to receive suggestions on session content.  Themes included cultural factors, definitions, assessment, intervention methods, and available community resources.  Collaboration issues included roles, conflict resolution, consensus building, confidentiality, team building, and cultural dynamics.  The groups also seemed to serve a marketing function, creating interest in the training, and they helped reinforce the credibility of the trainers and their design.  Training content is identified and the focus group process should be of use to other training designers.
Article PDF: 33018.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 3 Page: 27)

Title: Exploring " The Managed Behavioral Health Care Provider Self-Perceived Competence Scale":  A Tool for Continuing Professional Education
Author(s): Michael L.  Hall and  Robert H.  Keefe
Abstract:  "The Managed Behavioral Health Care Provider Self-Perceived Competence Scale" was adapted from prior work on self-perceived competence and self-efficacy.  The adapted scale emerged from a sample of private practitioners surveyed for their responses to questions concerning their self-perceived competence in interacting with managed behavioral health care organizations.  The results indicate the development of a psychological dimension along which practitioners are operating as they balance their responsibilities to clients and managed care organizations.  Continuing education programs may wish to use the scale to assist in evaluating workshops for practitioners working with managed behavioral health care organizations.
Article PDF: 33027.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 3 Page: 37)

Title: Distance Education:  Teaching Practice Methods Using Interactive Television
Author(s): Christine Hagan Kleinpeter, and  Marilyn K.  Potts
Abstract:  This study compares 35 on-campus and 41 distance MSW students enrolled in two summer block practice methods courses.  The distance students were located at two rural universities linked through interactive television.  The comparison group was located at an urban university, taught in traditional classrooms.  Comparisons were made on student grades, faculty evaluations, and field instructors' evaluations.  Results indicate that no significant differences were found between on-campus and distance learners.
Article PDF: 33037.pdf  


Year: 2000 (Vol: 3 No: 3 Page: 44)

Title: Social Development, Public Expenditure, and Participation:  The Sharing of Social Responsibility
Author(s): No Author
Abstract:  Registration Announcement
Article PDF: 33044.pdf  


Year: 2001 (Vol: 4 No: 1 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J.  Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 41003.pdf  


Year: 2001 (Vol: 4 No: 1 Page: 5)

Title: Move from Social Justice to Human Rights Provides New Perspective
Author(s): Elisabeth  Reichert
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 41005.pdf  


Year: 2001 (Vol: 4 No: 1 Page: 14)

Title: Perceptions of Responsibility for the Acquisition of Skills and Knowledge in Current Service Environments
Author(s): Michael N.  Kane,  Elwood R. Hamlin II, and  Diane  Green
Abstract:  Social work practitioners and administrations in public, private-not-for-profit agencies (N=66) rated 23 skills and knowledge items identified by Vandivort-Warren (1996) as critically important to managed care and privatized service delivery environments.  Respondents ranked cultural competency (79%), systems thinking (77%), clinical case management (65%), client participation in treatment (64%), and practical research shills (58%) as the most important skill and knowledge items.  Respondents believed it was the responsibility of the University to provide knowledge and skills training for these items. Items with lower ranking were viewed as a collaborative educational responsibility between the university and the agency.  All knowledge and skills listed were analyzed in relation to gender, venue of instruction, employment setting and agency type.  Implications for classroom, filed, and continuing education are discussed.
Article PDF: 41014.pdf  


Year: 2001 (Vol: 4 No: 1 Page: 23)

Title: Re-thinking South Korea's Special Graduate Education as a Continuing Education Resource
Author(s): Junseob  Shin
Abstract:  The need for continuing social work education in South Korea is growing.  A rapid expansion of social work education during the 1980s produced a large number of practicing social workers in the field.  Some of them are currently at the middle-management level in a variety of social work agencies.  Continuing education programs for social workers in the filed, however, have not been well developed.  Based on a survey of 216 graduate students enrolled in both general master's programs and special graduate programs in social work, this study analyzed characteristics and functions of each program.  An exploration of the special graduate program as a continuing education resource was then approached, and possible implications for activating continuing education in South Korea were drawn.
Article PDF: 41023.pdf  


Year: 2001 (Vol: 4 No: 1 Page: 32)

Title: Using a Pretest-Posttest Design to Evaluate Continuing Education Programs
Author(s): Thomas R.  Barton,  Tracy J. Dietz and  Linda L. Holloway
Abstract:  To retain licensure or certification, social workers throughout the nation are required to participate in continuing education programs that, at a minimum, attempt to impact new knowledge.  The pretest-posttest design is a simple, yet methodologically flawed, way to evaluate such programs.  Reported are the results of an experiment that evaluated the impact "testing" has on pretest-posttest evaluations.  We find that participants who completed both a pretest and posttest have virtually the same posttest scores as participants who completed only a posttest.  Findings suggest that this design can be used to conduct meaningful evaluations of programs intending to increase participant's knowledge.
Article PDF: 41032.pdf  


Year: 2001 (Vol: 4 No: 1 Page: 40)

Title: Inside-Outside:  Boundary-Spanning Challenges in Building Rural Health Coalitions
Author(s): Judith M. Dunlop, and  Brent  Angell
Abstract:  Trends in reforming human services systems challenge social workers to become effective boundary spanners.  As government strategies of decentralization and devolution are implemented, social workers interested in leadership roles will need to understand how to manage the multiple external organizational relationships created by coalition building.  This paper presents a conceptual framework for understanding boundary-spanning functions and issues, applies this framework to rural health coalitions, and offers guidelines for teaching about how community practitioners, as boundary spanners, can be more effective in managing the institutional and interpersonal relations involved in coalition building. An understanding  of the dual roles that social workers play inside their own organizations and outside- as members of coalitions- offers an opportunity for social workers in rural health settings to play a major leadership role in building collaborative networks.
Article PDF: 41040.pdf  


Year: 2001 (Vol: 4 No: 2 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J.  Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 42003.pdf  


Year: 2001 (Vol: 4 No: 2 Page: 5)

Title: September 11, 2001:  Implications for Social Work Practice and Education
Author(s): Joshua  Miller
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 42005.pdf  


Year: 2001 (Vol: 4 No: 2 Page: 15)

Title: Developing or Enhancing Interdisciplinary Programs:  A Model for Teaching Collaboration
Author(s): Michelle P. Maidenberg, and Toby Golick
Abstract:  This article explores the process and outcome of an interdisciplinary project titled "Law $ Social Work Housing/Home Care Project".  This project was developed within the setting of a law school to provide social work and law students the opportunity to work together to assist vulnerable clients in need of both legal and social work services.  This article describes how the project was developed and provides examples of clients served at the clinic.  In addition, problems are identified that effect the ability of social work and law students to work collaboratively.  Recommendations are provided by professionals in the field, former students at the clinic, and supervisors of the programs, in a effort to increase teamwork.  This article describes a model for teaching collaboration when seeking to develop or enhance interdisciplinary programs within organizations.  The hope is that detailing this experience will be of help to others who decide to replicate this model, or establish similar collaborations within an organization that employs professionals.
Article PDF: 42015.pdf  


Year: 2001 (Vol: 4 No: 2 Page: 25)

Title: Demystifying Client-Outcomes:  Identifying, Monitoring, and Using Client Outcomes in Child Protection
Author(s): Pat Litzelfelner, and John H.  Pierpont
Abstract:  Social work education programs invariably include courses in research methods.  These courses may or may not include information about how to develop, measure, and monitor client outcomes.  Nonetheless, when social workers enter the field, they will ultimately be faced with the responsibility of  identifying program goals and objectives and monitoring client outcomes.  This article describes the various processes pertaining to developing, measuring, and reporting client outcomes.  Using child protective services as an exemplar, a model for initial development and use of client outcomes is presented.  Implications for continuing education in social work are presented.
Article PDF: 42025.pdf  


Year: 2001 (Vol: 4 No: 2 Page: 32)

Title: Public-Private Mentoring for Leadership and Service Quality
Author(s): Michael J. Kelly and  Michael L. Lauderdale
Abstract:  This paper describes a mentoring program for public and private sector managers to introduce leadership shills and total quality management (TQM) methods.  Managers experienced with TQM in the private sector were matched with public managers and guided through a joint systematic development process to transfer leadership and quality management skills.  The multi-year project was designed and supported by the professional continuing education staff of a research university with state and foundation funding.  Evaluation results suggest that the project was successful, even though most of the mentoring relationships did not last throughout the project.
Article PDF: 42032.pdf  


Year: 2001 (Vol: 4 No: 2 Page: 42)

Title: Social Work Practitioners and Technology Transfer
Author(s): Anna Scheyett,  Amelia C.  Roberts,  and  Raymond Kirk
Abstract:  The application of new skills and interventions into the practice community is often slow and haphazard.  A coaching intervention is proposed to augment traditional social work education techniques and maximize the integration of new knowledge into social work practice.  This coaching model includes assessment of a practitioner's readiness for change, stage-wise coaching interventions, assessment of organizational barriers to the transfer of new information, and development of strategies to address these barriers.  Implications for social work professionals development and future research are discussed.
Article PDF: 42042.pdf  


Year: 2001 (Vol: 4 No: 2 Page: 54)

Title: Distance and On-Campus MSW Students:  How They Perform and What They Tell Us
Author(s): Agathi Glezakos, and  Cheryl D. Lee
Abstract:  The debate over quality of distance education (DE) in social work programs is ongoing.  In an attempt to assess the relative merits of this emerging pedagogy, a questionnaire was administered to 56 DE and 44 on-campus (OC), graduating students.  The instrument assessed practice competencies in the domains of knowledge, values, and skill.  There were no differences between the two groups.  In addition, the DE students were asked to rank their required courses for goodness of fit for DE instruction.  Research and thesis courses were ranked as the least appropriate.  Recommendations include, increasing the amount of DE programs, development of refined outcome assessment tools, and continued research.
Article PDF: 42054.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 4 and 5 No: 3 and 1 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 51003.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 4 and 5 No: 3 and 1 Page: 4)

Title: A Time To Support Fatherhood
Author(s): James Dudley  and  Jay Fagan
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 51004.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 4 and 5 No: 3 and 1 Page: 16)

Title: Federal and State Policy Initiatives to Strengthen Fatherhood:  Issues and Implications for Practitioners
Author(s): Sean E. Brotherson, and  Joseph M.  White
Abstract:  The exploration of ideas and mechanisms for assisting men in their paternal responsibilities encompasses a wide range of possibilities.  Demonstration research projects, grassroots educational programs, and community-led initiatives all have a role in shaping father's lives and activities.  The development of state and federal-level policy approaches to strengthen fatherhood is an important trend among these efforts.  This paper provides a brief conceptual and historical perspective on public policy initiatives related to fatherhood, reviews the status of current federal and state policy initiatives to strengthen fatherhood, and discusses implications for practitioners working in contexts where responsible fatherhood is an issue, including work with low-income fathers, teen fathers, incarcerated fathers, and fathers in other circumstances.
Article PDF: 51016.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 4 and 5 No: 3 and 1 Page: 35)

Title: Becoming the North Carolina Fatherhood Initiative:  A Work in Progress
Author(s): G. Stan Meloy
Abstract:  This article describes the evolving experience of one program director responding to the call to establish a "fatherhood initiative" in Davidson County, North Carolina.  The fatherhood imitative described herein is one of the numerous initiative currently being implemented across the country to assist fathers and families.  The author assumes a personal narrative writing style to relate those frustrations and joys, challenges and breakthroughs, and successes and failures that are likely to occur in other such enterprises.
Article PDF: 51035.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 4 and 5 No: 3 and 1 Page: 45)

Title: Perspectives of a Reform Commission:  Ensuring the Role of Fathers in Their Children's Lives
Author(s): Kathleen A. Clark and  Randall W. Leite
Abstract:  In 1998, the 122nd General Assembly of the State of Ohio created the Ohio Task Force on Family Law and Children (TASK FORCE).  The General Assembly had concluded that the parent-child relationship is of fundamental importance to the welfare of a child, and that the relationship between a child and each parent should be fostered unless inconsistent with the child's best interest.  The Task Force was instructed to make recommendations on how to create a more civilized and constructive parenting process for children whose parents do not reside together.  Qualitative and quantitative data regarding the impact of separation and divorce upon childhood development was obtained through six months of testimony from locally and nationally recognized experts and through reviews of the latest research findings.  This article synthesizes the data concerning the importance of the father-child relationship, and delineates the role of social workers in a task force.
Article PDF: 51045.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 4 and 5 No: 3 and 1 Page: 57)

Title: Nonresidential Never-Married Fathers:  Policy Advocacy Opportunities
Author(s): Glenn Stone
Abstract:  The issue related to divorced fathers and their children have received considerable attention in the research literature.  We have grown in our understanding of how to improve the post-divorce relationship between father, child, and mother.  However, much less attention has been paid to the issues faced by nonresidential never-married fathers and their children.  This is unfortunate, for the rate of children born into never-married relationships in on the rise.  It is the purpose of this paper to provide a clearer picture of the issues faced by these fathers.  In addition, this paper will explore micro and macro practice suggestions that could prove useful in maintaining a positive relationship between the nonresidential never-married father and his child, and the child's mother.  Furthermore, the information provided in this paper could serve as a valuable aid in the professional development of social work practitioners, who need information on how to best serve these fathers.
Article PDF: 51057.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 4 and 5 No: 3 and 1 Page: 70)

Title: Social Work Strategies for Sustaining Paternal Involvement among Unwed Fathers: Insights from Field Research
Author(s): Waldo E.  Johnson
Abstract:  In-depth interviews with a Chicago sub-sample of both unwed fathers and mothers in the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study, conducted at six weeks and again at three months following the focal child's birth, builds upon subsequent survey analysis examining paternal involvement among unwed parents.  Collectively, the findings from a conceptual framework for examining and facilitating paternal involvement and family development via the couple relationship context.  Social work practice strategies, building upon a strength-based perspective, are proposed with a focus on engaging an often overlooked and underserved member of the family in professional practice and advocacy-the unwed father.  Findings are directed toward the development of promising social work interventions for children and families, while simultaneously advancing the aim of social work practice.
Article PDF: 51070.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 4 and 5 No: 3 and 1 Page: 84)

Title: Fatherhood Websites
Author(s): Appendix
Abstract:  Appendix
Article PDF: 51084.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 4 and 5 No: 3 and 1 Page: 85)

Title: Book Reviews
Author(s): Reviewed by William D. Allen and Albert E. Wilkerson
Abstract:  Book Review
Article PDF: 51085.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 5 No: 2 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J.   Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 52003.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 5 No: 2 Page: 4)

Title: Observations from the Field of Faith-Based Organizing:  Revitalizing Social Work Skills in Policy and Social Action
Author(s): Janice M. Staral
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 52004.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 5 No: 2 Page: 15)

Title: Which Clinical Methods Are Associated with Better Preparing Social Work Students and Practitioners for Managed Care, State Licensing, and Other Important Practice Areas?
Author(s): Michael N.  Kane, Elwood R. Hamlin, and  Wesley E. Hawkins
Abstract:  The purpose of this study was to identify which clinical methods were perceived as the most effective in preparing social work students and practitioners for the practice areas of managed care, state licensing, and others.  The clinical methods were identified by ratings from a statewide sample (n=260) of licensed clinical social workers practicing in Florida in 2002.  Canonical correlation analysis (variant 1 ) found that the clinical methods of (1) task/secondary supervision in the filed, (2) student reports/papers to the instructor, and (3) observation/feedback of client interviews in the filed were significantly related to perceived higher levels of preparedness for work overall in managed care environments and for the specific skill of documentation.  A second canonical variant found the clinical methods of (1) process recording, (2) audio-tapes, and (3) task/secondary supervision were inversely correlated to higher levels of preparedness for overall clinical social work practice and the state licensing exam.  Implications and future research are discussed.
Article PDF: 52015.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 5 No: 2 Page: 28)

Title: How Victim Assistance Experts Rate Social Work Competencies for Professional Practice
Author(s): Fran S. Danis
Abstract:  Crime victim assistance is an emerging field of practice. If social workers are interested in working with crime victims, what knowledge and skills do they need?  Is there a fit between generalist social work competencies and those needed for work in this field?  An expert panel of victim assistance professionals rated generalist social work competencies for their relative important for practice with crime victims.  The panel findings provide the social work profession with specific information on both the generalist and specific competencies necessary for practice with crime victims.  Implications for professional development are discussed.
Article PDF: 52028.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 5 No: 2 Page: 38)

Title: Integrating Standardized Measures into Social Work Practice:  An Exploratory Study of BSW, MSW, and Continuing Education Curricula
Author(s): Susan  Dennison
Abstract:  Increased demand for rapid assessments, short term treatment, and ongoing evaluation of client progress have necessitated that social workers more fully integrate standardized measures into their practice.  Historically, however, the social work profession has not provided formal training on the use of standardized scales to students or practitioners.  In this current outcome-based environment, social work education programs and social service agencies need to update their training to ensure that this area of practice is addressed.  This article reports the results of a nationwide survey of BSW and MSW programs that examined: (1) whether standardized measures were addressed in the current curricula; (2) the instructional formats being used; (3) how important social work educators view the inclusion of this material in courses; and (4) concerns that have surfaced around the integration of standardized measures into social work curricula.  Implications for future research and training needs are outlined for both social work education programs and social service organizations.
Article PDF: 52038.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 5 No: 2 Page: 46)

Title: Focus Groups:  A Qualitative Solution Model of Evaluating a Web-Enhanced MSW Course
Author(s): Janaki  Santhiveeran
Abstract:  The purpose of this study is to evaluate a web-enhanced MSW course, to discuss focus group methodology for a solution model of evaluation, and to present findings and implications for continuing social work education.  Overall, the students were very positive about the web-enhancements.  Student benefits included the increased access to the instructor and ongoing feedback from the instructor.  The challenges included time demands, task difficulty, technological challenges, and access.  The students identified course documents, teacher's corner, and the digital drop box as the most useful web components.  Small group pages were rated as the least useful component.
Article PDF: 52046.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 5 No: 3 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 53003.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 5 No: 3 Page: 4)

Title: Workplace Mobbing:  A new Frontier for the Social Work Profession
Author(s): Elisabeth Reichert
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 53004.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 5 No: 3 Page: 13)

Title: There is More Translation Than Words:  Social Work Continuing Education Presentations in Foreign Language Countries
Author(s): Ellen M.  Burkemper, Marla Berg-Weger, and Kathleen J. Welshimer
Abstract:  This paper suggest that there are a number of action tasks that social workers should engage in to prepare for the delivery of professional development seminars in foreign language countries.  The action tasks include: selecting a translator, adjusting one's presentation to the limitations of translation, preparing with the translator, keeping the audience's attention, and finally, the importance of building a relationship with the translator.
Article PDF: 53013.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 5 No: 3 Page: 20)

Title: Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Community Children's Mental Health: An Innovative Field Model
Author(s): Kellie Reed-Ashcraft, Douglas A. Waring, Cynthia Blanchard Kittle and John Turner
Abstract:  The need for staff trained in interdisciplinary settings is increasing in human services.  Unfortunately, little discussion is made between teams that are multidisciplinary, and teams that are interdisciplinary.  This article describes an interdisciplinary, internship effort in which social work and other students had opportunities to participate with various community multi- and interdisciplinary groups working with children with serious emotional disturbances and their families.  The authors also describe the educational focus on delineating multi-versus interdisciplinary groups, and they present evaluation findings of these efforts.  Finally, suggestions are provided for improving interdisciplinary educational opportunities in future community-based children's mental health initiatives.
Article PDF: 53020.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 5 No: 3 Page: 29)

Title: A Survey of County Public Child Welfare Agencies:  Implications for Distance Learning
Author(s): Helen E. Petracchi
Abstract:  Research on the potential utilization of multimedia in the distance education of public child welfare workers is extremely limited.  This paper describes a survey of the presence of available information technology in Pennsylvania's 67 public child welfare agencies, with special attention paid to administrative attitudes and impact of this technology on distance education opportunities for the social workers in these agencies.  With an 87 percent response rate, survey results suggest the technical capacity for onsite distance education of Pennsylvania's public child welfare workers exists, in an environment in which there is also administrative support for this approach to training delivery.
Article PDF: 53029.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 5 No: 3 Page: 37)

Title: Creating a Web-Based Child Welfare Certificate Program:  A collaborative Approach
Author(s): Sally G. Mathiesen, Thomas E. Smith, Pamela W. Graham, Lisa D. Barbanell, and Scottye J. Cash
Abstract:  This paper summarizes the technological challenges and lessons learned during a three-year project that included the development of a child welfare certificate program offered to experienced practitioners and degree-seeking.  The complex process of collaborating with multiple systems is described in this case example.  The paper focuses on the following categories: (a) getting started (assessment of needs and capabilities of all systems); (b) the technological structure of the resulting certificate program; and © lessons learned and recommendations for those beginning similar projects.
Article PDF: 53037.pdf  


Year: 2002 (Vol: 5 No: 3 Page: 47)

Title: Book Review
Author(s): Reviewed by Edward Newman
Abstract:  Book Review
Article PDF: 53047.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 5)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 62005.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 6)

Title: Perspective From The Field
Author(s): Ira Schwartz
Abstract:  Editorial
Article PDF: 62006.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 7)

Title: Guest Editor's Overview
Author(s): Michael J. Kelly, and Paul Sundet
Abstract:  Editorial
Article PDF: 62007.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 10)

Title: Quality Improvement Centers on Child Protective Services and Adoption:  Testing a Regionalized Approach to Building the Evidence Base- A Federal Perspective
Author(s): Melissa Lim Brodowski,  Sally Flanzer, Catherine Nolan, and Elyse Kaye
Abstract:  Each year, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau spends approximately $110 million on discretionary activities to fund a variety of research and demonstration grants, training and technical assistance cooperative agreements, and multi-year research contracts with the purpose of building the knowledge base for child abuse and neglect and child welfare services.  As part of this effort, the Children's Bureau manages more than 200 grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and interagency agreements, with most individual awards ranging from $100,000 to several million dollars per year.  Each project is testing a specific research question or service model, covering a wide range of topics related to child maltreatment, child protective services, child welfare, adoption, and child abuse and neglect prevention, treatment, and intervention  (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2003).  This article presents a more in-depth discussion on the Quality Improvement Center Projects.
Article PDF: 62010.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 17)

Title: Adventures in Partnership:  Using Learning Laboratories to Enhance Frontline Supervision in Child Welfare
Author(s): Crystal Collins-Camargo and Chris Groeber
Abstract:  The Children's Bureau established Quality Improvement Centers to fund regional research projects to improve child welfare practices.  The Southern Regional Quality Improvement Centers conducted a multi-faceted needs assessment to identify casework supervision as the focus area for four learning laboratories.  These projects are researching the effectiveness of clinical supervision in reducing preventable turnover and enhancing worker practice and client outcomes.  Public/university/community partnerships conduct the planning, implementation and evaluation of each site's professional development intervention.  This article will describe the model used to promote the development of learning laboratories, and the design for inter-project collaboration and cross-site evaluation.
Article PDF: 62017.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 32)

Title: Meeting Transformational Challenges:  Continuing Education and Leadership
Author(s): Michael J. Kelly and Michael L. Lauderdale
Abstract:  Organizations and leadership are faced with challenges different for any of those of the 20th century.  Changes in the fundamental relationships between all formal organizations and their environments are most pronounced in well developed countries.  The first year of the 21st century appears to have signaled the end of a two-decade-long economic boom and ushered in shrinkage of federal, state, local and non-profit spending.  Organizations have adjusted by reducing the workforce or discontinuing programs.  Important alternatives exist, but they require creating new structures that can transform existing organizations to re-couple with the environment in a way that can cope with these new circumstances.  Professional continuing education has important roles to play in creating transformational organizations through developing the tools and training the leaders.  The authors' experience with the survey of organizational excellence (SOE) and related tools may provide an example of how this can be done.
Article PDF: 62032.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 40)

Title: Alabama-Mississippi Child Protective Service Casework Supervision Project
Author(s): Kimberly K. Shackelford and Nancy G. Payne
Abstract:  The University of Alabama and the University of Mississippi presented the project design and first-tear activities regarding their joint Child Protective Service Casework Supervision Project.  Each state child protection agency chose intervention groups and control groups of supervisors for research regarding the effect of the learning labs on staff turnover, client outcomes, organizational culture, and social worker self-efficacy.  The Alabama-Mississippi project has been designed to promote evidence-based practice and to help supervisors understand their role in effecting organizational change.
Article PDF: 62040.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 47)

Title: Power to the People: Allowing DHR Workers to Define Aspects of Effective Supervision
Author(s): Joshua Baldwin and Josephine Pryce
Abstract:  This article outlines the first phase of a five-year project that examines supervision and supervisory techniques.  First- and second- year social work master's students on academic leave from Alabama's Department of Human Resources participated in a free listing task and focus group session to develop a list of topics that the students identified as important to effective supervision.  These tasks resulted in a list of 40 topics that will be sorted and ranked by child welfare supervisors in Alabama and Mississippi.  The goal of these tasks is to contribute to the development of curriculum for supervisors learning labs.
Article PDF: 62047.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 52)

Title: Improving Clinical Supervisory Practice in Front Line CPS Supervisors:  A Mentoring Model
Author(s): Carol Griffin and Debbie Schiell
Abstract:  The Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services and IV-E training partners are implementing a model of supervision.  This model will incorporate the international and educational components described by Shulman (1993) and Munson (1995) where supervision reflects the parallel process between worker-supervisor and worker-client relationship, along with the support element provide through a mentor.  Specific techniques will be implemented, with the goal of improving the supervisor's knowledge and ability to enhance the supervisee's assessment shills.  Worker will benefit from regular, structured, supportive contact with the supervisor that will improve the relationship between the worker and the supervisor.  In theory, the enhanced relationship will result in greater job satisfaction and a decrease in worker turnover.
Article PDF: 62052.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 57)

Title: The Arkansas Mentoring Family Service Workers Supervisors Project:  Process and Outcome Evaluation
Author(s): Kenneth I. Millar, Debbie Shiell and Pat Page
Abstract:  This article provides an overview of the evaluation plan for the Arkansas Mentoring Family Service Worker Supervisors Project.  The evaluation will consist of two primary components:  an ongoing assessment process (formative evaluation) that will review the defined set of activities detailed in the project model and a summative assessment that will consider pre- and post- survey, the performance changes which occurred throughout the process, and time management and efficiency issues with respect to supervision and worker performance.
Article PDF: 62057.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 60)

Title: The Role Demonstration Model of Supervision
Author(s): Paul A. Sundet, Joanne Mermelstein and  J. Wilson Watt
Abstract:  Concern for the quality and effectiveness of child welfare supervision in Missouri has been a joint concern of the state agency and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Social Work for some time.  Twenty years ago these organizations collaborated on an intensive training project in this arena, the remnants of which are still impacting the system.  Attempts to revive that initiative have since been hampered by the paucity of funds.  However, when the Children's Bureau funded opportunity through the Quality Improvement Center at the University of Kentucky presented itself, both the administration of the Missouri Department of Social Services and the School of Social Work saw a long sought for resource to draw on to address one of the most pressing workforce needs in this state.  The challenges of developing a coherent model of supervision, imparting it to staff and rigorously evaluating its impact are considerable, but ones that the partners have eagerly accepted.  The following paper details the model chosen, its rationale and strategies chosen for implementation.
Article PDF: 62060.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 68)

Title: Evaluating Missouri CPS Supervisory Development Project
Author(s): Carrie Bolm,  Lesley Pettit,  Michael Kelly, and  Dale Wolchko
Abstract:  This article is an overview of the plan for the Missouri child protective services supervisory development project.  The CPS project is one of four funded through the Southern Regional Quality Improvement Center at the University of Kentucky to test alternative models of structured supervisory training and development.  The article describes the model employed in the evaluation and the specific measures to be used.  It also describes the cooperation between the state child welfare agency and the university in development of this "learning laboratory" project and some challenges of conduction action research.
Article PDF: 62068.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 74)

Title: The Tennessee Child Protective Services Supervisors Development Project
Author(s): Jenny L. Jones, M. Denise Alexander, and  Nancy Patterson
Abstract:  Child welfare agencies around the country face a number challenges recruiting and retaining case workers.  Frontline supervision has been highlighted in the literature as a major contributor to worker satisfaction and retention of caseworker in private and public child welfare agencies, particularly among child protective services caseworkers.  The purpose of this article is to present an effective training model that address supervision issues with frontline child protective services supervisors.  Furthermore, this model will seek to strengthen and expand a coordinated approach to casework supervision of frontline child protective services supervisors.
Article PDF: 62074.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 1, 2 Page: 79)

Title: The Tennessee Child Protective Services Supervisors Development Project:  Evaluating Process, Outcome, and the Role of Secondary Traumatic Stress and Burnout
Author(s): Brian E. Bride, and Jenny L. Jones, Samuel A. MacMaster, and Suzanne Shatila
Abstract:  This article provides an overview of the evaluation plan for the Tennessee Child Protective Services Supervisors Development Project.  Specifically, it describes three primary components of the evaluation design: process evaluation, outcome evaluation, and examination of the role of secondary traumatic stress and burnout.  Further, this article describes our plan to use a Web-based survey and the instruments selected for data collection.
Article PDF: 62079.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 3 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 63003.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 3 Page: 4)

Title: An Assessment of Multicultural Competence in Supervision:  Implications for Continuing Education
Author(s): Sharon Hines Smith
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 63004.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 3 Page: 13)

Title: The Emerging Field of Crime Victim Assistance:  Are Social Workers Ready?
Author(s): Fran S. Danis
Abstract:  Assistance to victims of violent crimes is an emerging field of practice undergoing growth and expansion.  Given a fit between social work generalist competencies and competencies needed for victim assistance, how well prepared are social workers for working with crime victims?  A statewide survey of professional social workers was conducted to assess their academic preparation and their self-identified training needs.  Despite a lack of specific course work, social workers have a great deal of experience in working with victims of violence.  Survey respondents were also interested in a variety of topics focusing on direct practice with crime victims.
Article PDF: 63013.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 3 Page: 20)

Title: The Importance of Including Supervisors When Evaluating Child Welfare Workers' Training
Author(s): Susan E. Mason, Heidi Heft LaPorte, and  Arthur Frankel
Abstract:  Child welfare professional workers and their supervisors responded to surveys on training effectiveness three months after a series of staff development seminars.  Participants in the seminars, which took place in the New York Metropolitan area in 1998-1999, volunteered the names of their agency supervisors and agreed that both they and their supervisors would be asked to complete a follow-up questionnaire on how attendee's professional behavior may have changed related to the staff developing training.  A total of 285 trainees and 115 supervisors returned mailed surveys with response rates of 82% and 47%, respectively.  Training participants were more than their supervisors to think that co-workers and supervisors noticed changes in their work.  Both groups thought that the training benefited clients but there was no formalized way of documenting this finding.  Professional; workers and their supervisors favored additional training even when perceptions of efficacy differed.  This article demonstrates that in child welfare settings, workers and their supervisors may hold disparate perceptions about that good communication between professional workers and supervisors coupled with articulated and measurable agency goals would go a long way to enhance the long-term effectiveness of staff development.
Article PDF: 63020.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 3 Page: 29)

Title: Protective Services Caseworker's Understanding of the DSM:  Improving Risk Assessment through Professional Development Training
Author(s): Jennifer C. Davidson, and  Joanne Levine
Abstract:  Child and adult protective services caseworkers must be capable of understanding relevant information for risk assessment and care plans found in mental health evaluations that are formulated from informative provided in the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR).  The literature suggests that many caseworkers are not trained to understand mental health assessments and the DSM-IV-TR.  Therefore, the vulnerable clients that these caseworkers serve may not receive optimal care.  This article describes a professional development training module, designed to respond to this gap in training and knowledge often reported about protective services workers.  The article provides an overview of the module as well as experiential exercises based on adult learning principles, which may support the transfer of participant's learning from the training room to their casework practice.  The article also discusses the participant's ratings of satisfaction with this module, which indicated they perceived it as highly relevant.
Article PDF: 63029.pdf  


Year: 2003 (Vol: 6 No: 3 Page: 39)

Title: The Impact of Training on Worker Performance and Retention:  Perceptions of Child Welfare Supervisors
Author(s): Theresa Tellers-Rogers,  Eileen Mayers Pasztor, and Christine B.  Kleinpeter
Abstract:  This study examined the impact of training on children's social workers performance and retention.  One hundred and thirty supervisors of the Loa Angles County Department of Children and Family Services were surveyed.  Results revealed that supportive supervision and caseload/workload size contribute most to worker performance and retention.\, and were more important than pre-service or in-service training.  Seventy percent of the respondents indicated that training has an overall positive effect on worker retention.
Article PDF: 63039.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 1 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 71003.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 1 Page: 4)

Title: Distance Education Evaluation:  The Second Cohort
Author(s): Christine B. Kleinpeter and  Marilyn K.  Potts
Abstract:  This paper describes a three-year, part time distance education (DE) program taught using a combination of face-to-face and interactive television (ITV) methods.  This is a partial replication study, which describes results from the second cohort of a large DE program.  The results from the first cohort are described elsewhere (Potts & Hagan, 2000).  The present study will focus on students characteristics, student satisfaction levels, and academic and field work evaluations. Implications for social work education are discussed.
Article PDF: 71004.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 1 Page: 14)

Title: Implementing Policy Change:  Assessing Training Needs in Addictions, Treatment and Criminal Justice Collaboratives
Author(s): Melinda Hohman, Stanley Weisner, and  Virginia Chalmers
Abstract:  The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000, passed by California voters, offers non-violent drug offenders treatment instead of incarceration.  In a training needs assessment, 57 county oversight collaborative teams were interviewed in a focus group format to determine concerns in policy implementation and subsequent training needs.  A content analysis of the focus group discussions found that team members were concerned about clients with complex problems, lack of available treatment options, and interagency collaboration.  Training needs identified included motivating clients and working in a collaborative fashion due to the multiple agencies involved in this Act.
Article PDF: 71014.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 1 Page: 24)

Title: CE Online:  Use it or Lose It
Author(s): Paul Dezendorf, Ronald K. Green and  Ronald Krul
Abstract:  This article describes historical periods in the later 30 Years of the 20th Century in the development of U.S. continuing social work education, highlights the flexibility and adaption of programs to changes, and suggests that the current period contains the greatest challenge to date in the form of CE online.  The article suggests that while programs enjoy increased demand they also face greater competition, more specialization, and pressure for lower costs while at the same time the development of CE online threatens to fundamentally alter their marketplace.  The article provides recommendations for reacting to this new reality.
Article PDF: 71024.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 1 Page: 35)

Title: Developing and Implementing Outcomes Training in the Filed of Family Support:  A Case Example
Author(s): Kellie Reed-Ashcraft,  W. Reid Smithdeal,  Cynthia B. Kittle,  Nancy Sharma, and  David McClune
Abstract:  As family support programs grow in importance, North Carolina established a management information system to provide information for the purposes of management and evaluation of their family support-family resource programs.  This article describes a training effort developed by a state university on behalf of the state to provide an outcome-focused training to the local programs.  Included was training of various levels of staff on the North Carolina Family Support Outcome Scales and definitions, the management information system, and outcome's identification.  Results showed that the training was well received.  Suggestions are given for future training in the area of family support.
Article PDF: 71035.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 1 Page: 42)

Title: At the Border: Beginning Dialogue and Partnership Bewteen a California University and a Mexican Practice Community
Author(s): Sally G. Mathiesen, Terry Carrilio, Lucinda Rasmussen, David Engstrom
Abstract:  A developmental model for international engagement is presented that incorporates key issues in the literature, including the need for faculty and practitioner expertise, challenges of international field placements, and reciprocity in partnerships. A case study is presented demonstrating a continuing education response to the knowledge, skills and values demanded by the unique environment of the California-Mexico border region. The initial dialogues and developing relationship between a California university and social work practitioners resulted in reciprocal goal setting, visits to each country's social service agencies, steps toward international student exchanges, increased involvement of staff, faculty, students and community practitioners on both sides of the border, and a binational roundtable conference.
Article PDF: 71042.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 2 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 72003.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 2 Page: 4)

Title: Evaluation of a Social Work Continuing Education Curriculum in End-of-the-Life Care
Author(s): Ellen L. Csikai and Mary Raymer
Abstract:  In response to the educational needs of social workers for competence in end-of-life care, a data-driven continuing education curriculum was developed, pilot-tested, and evaluated using multiple methods.  A one-day seminar covered a range of topics, and was delivered primarily by a team of practitioners experienced in end-of-life and palliative care.  Attendees rated both the comprehensiveness of content and effectiveness of delivery approach high, in the course evaluation, and suggested expansion of the curriculum into a two-day seminar to allow for additional content and more time for discussion.
Article PDF: 72004.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 2 Page: 12)

Title: The Views of NASW Members in One State Toward Social Action
Author(s): Janet C. Dickinson
Abstract:  This 2003 survey of one states NASW members explores the relationship between attitudes about social action and various demographic variables.  The response rate was 41 percent.  There was strong support for social action on the part if individuals , the profession, and social welfare agencies.  Social action tactics involving demonstrations and strikes had minimal support while serving as expert advisor, writing letters to editors, speaking to lay groups, organizing client groups, and contacting policy makers had strong approval.  Recommendations are made for stronger social action training in BSW and MSW programs and in continuing education programs for social workers.
Article PDF: 72012.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 2 Page: 27)

Title: Social Workers' Perceptions of How Participation in Continuing Education Activities Leads to Changes in Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors
Author(s): Donna Leigh Bliss, Charles A. Smith, Amy Cohen-Callow, and David A. Dia
Abstract:  As family support programs grow in importance, North Carolina established a management information system to provide information for the purposes of management and evaluation of their family support/family resource programs.  This article describes a training effort developed by a state university on behalf of the state to provide an outcomes-focused training to the local programs.  Included was training of various levels of staff on the North Carolina Family Support Outcome Scales and definitions, the management information system, and outcomes identification.  Results showed that the training was well received.  Suggestions are given for future training in the area of family support.
Article PDF: 72027.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 2 Page: 36)

Title: Testing, Treatment, and Trust: Social Work Professional Development and the Genomics Revolution
Author(s): Anna Scheyett and Kimberly Strom-Gottfried
Abstract:  Knowledge in the area of human genetics and genomics is expanding at an exponential pace, with significant implications for social work in health, mental health, and other settings.  This article identifies some key  roles social workers may play in the arena of genetics, discusses social workers responsibility for ongoing professional development in this area, and describes a flexible genetics and genomics social work curriculum developed by the authors.  We provide an evaluation of pilot curriculum implementations, discuss ongoing strategies and barriers to dissemination, and make recommendations for future actions to more fully incorporate genetics and genomics content into the social work professional knowledge base.
Article PDF: 72036.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 2 Page: 44)

Title: Writing Apprehension Among Social Workers:  Addressing Internal and Structural Barriers to Writing About What We Do
Author(s): Virginia Rondero Hernandez, Robert Dole, and Nancy Feyl Chavkin
Abstract:  This article features the results of a survey of social work practitioners who voluntarily attended "Writing About You Do" workshops at professional conferences.  The workshop objectives were to sensitize participants to the individual experience of writing, to identify obstacles and supports for writing through the use of a standardized instrument, and to help participants reframe filed experiences into a written format.  On the basis of the outcomes of these professional workshops, the authors offer recommendations for continuing education activities that address internal and structural barriers to writing and facilitates confidence in the act of writing about one's practice experiences.
Article PDF: 72044.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 3 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 73003.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 3 Page: 4)

Title: Doing Good But Making it Work:  A Reflective Commentary On The Past Fifty Years
Author(s): Edward Newman
Abstract:  Commissioned Paper
Article PDF: 73004.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 3 Page: 10)

Title: Innovative Exchange Creates Global Continuing Education
Author(s): Kathleen Landreth Borland, and  Janice M. Hockensmith
Abstract:  In a world that is simultaneously interconnected by technology and fragmented by cultural divisions, social workers face common professional challenges.  NASW Illinois Chapter's International Activities Network address those common challenges and creates global continuing education.  The Network's exchange programs give social workers an opportunity for "cultural discourse" to improve social services worldwide.  Seasoned professionals often reexamination their assumptions, belief systems, and professional strategies.  This article describes the development of this innovative program that has brought more than 600 social work professionals together from the United States, Germany, England, and South Africa.  It demonstrates social work's global interconnectedness in relating to issues and challenges in our daily professional lives.
Article PDF: 73010.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 3 Page: 20)

Title: Facilitating a Reciprocal International Exchange in Social Work
Author(s): Julia Mirsky and Miriam Barasch
Abstract:  There is a growing recognition of the importance of exchanges between social workers from different countries, but the reciprocity of such exchanges is controversial.  This paper describes an international exchange program that included a mediated cultural immersion and facilitated a reciprocal encounter between western and non-western professionals.  Factors that enabled the successful encounter and conditions needed for the replication of such programs in other settings are delineated and discussed.
Article PDF: 73020.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 3 Page: 30)

Title: Professional Organizational Culture and Retention in Child welfare:  Implications for Continuing Education for Supervision and Professional Development
Author(s): Alberta J. Ellett, and Kenneth I. Millar
Abstract:  This study was designed to understand linkage between new measures of professional organizational culture and employee's intentions to remain employed in child welfare.  A survey was administered to all professional staff in two states, and 941 useable surveys were analyzed.  The findings provide additional support for the validity of the measures and confirmed the hypothesized linkages between dimensions of professional organizational culture and intentions to remain employed.  Implications of the findings for the professional development of supervisors and administrators to strengthen organizational culture in three areas (administrative support, professional sharing among subordinates, and articulating vision and professional commitment) are discussed.
Article PDF: 73030.pdf  


Year: 2004 (Vol: 7 No: 3 Page: 39)

Title: Training Field Instructors:  An Education Module for Field Instructors and Educators
Author(s): Glenda F. Lester Short, Wanda Wahanee Priddy, Marja-Leena Mc Chesney, and Vicki Murdock
Abstract:  This training module address the need for continuing education of field instructors as required by the CSWE.  This article discusses how to orient and train novice and experience social workers as field instructors.  Present is over a decade history of collaboration, development, implementations, evaluation, and revision of the module that has been used to prepare field educators to function effectively as teachers.  Following the literature review that gives a conceptual framework and knowledge base for the training that reviews teaching and learning in social work field education, this article discusses the evaluation process and effectiveness of this particular training.
Article PDF: 73039.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 1 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 81003.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 1 Page: 4)

Title: Understanding and Promoting the Friendships of People with a Dual Diagnosis
Author(s): James R. Dudley
Abstract:  The friendship and other social supports of people who have a dual diagnosis of development disabilities and mental illness are very important to the quality of their lives.  Yet, little is known about these friendships.   The study reported in this article examined the best friend of 90 people with a dual diagnosis based on personal interviews with them.  Questions also explored how staff members supported or discouraged these friendships.  The study compared four general types of best friends.  They were other consumers, staff members, relatives, and outsiders.  The results suggest that each of these four types of best friends raise different issues and deserve different strategies for friendship-building.  Overall, the results suggest that the friendships of people with disabilities deserve considerably more attention in continuing education and staff-in-service training efforts.  Several ideas are shared in the article for improving our understanding of their friendships.  Recommendation are also offered for how continuing education efforts can help in enhancing their existing friendships of other groups such as older adults, people with AIDS, and people with physical disabilities.
Article PDF: 81004.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 1 Page: 15)

Title: Toward Synthesis:  Practical Techniques to Integrate Theory and Practice
Author(s): Vicki Murdock, Wanda Wahnee Priddy, Marja NcChesney, Glenda Short, and Jim Ward
Abstract:  A challenge faced by field instructors, as well as classroom faculty, is to provide opportunities for the social work student to make a workable "whole" out of a segmented curriculum and the distinct but interactive worlds of school and agency, a process that may take years.  This article offers a practical module designed for field instructor and student learning about the process of integrating theory and practice (or classroom and field work) that has been evaluated positively by field faculty.  The article offers a review of field education integration issues as well as detailed instruction and handouts for implementing the experiential activities.
Article PDF: 81015.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 1 Page: 27)

Title: Transfer of Child Welfare Research Findings to the Field:  An Internet-Based Training Series
Author(s): Sandra Owens-Kane, Laurie A. Smith, and Ramona Brinson
Abstract:  Transferring empirically based research findings via an on-line curriculum offers an opportunity to enhance and develop child welfare worker competencies and practice, thereby achieving the main objectives of the federal Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program.  This article describes and evaluates the development, deployment, utilization and effectiveness of an innovative, web-based child welfare training series based on findings from several Title IV-E sponsored research projects.   The findings indicate that this technology transfer method provides a viable and sustainable means for universities and child welfare agencies to collaborate in efforts to improve worker knowledge and skills.
Article PDF: 81027.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 1 Page: 38)

Title: Distance Education:  The Use of Blackboard Software in Practice Methods Courses Taught Over Ltv
Author(s): Christine B. Kleinpeter, Agathi Glezakos and Marilyn K. Potts
Abstract:  In this pilot study Blackboard software was introduced to supplement the traditional delivery of course content of a practice methods course  taught over interactive television (ITV).  Distance education (DE) students participated in a three-year, part time MSW program taught utilizing 75 percent ITV and 25 percent face-to-face methods.  This paper compares the utilization of case vignettes and discussion questions which were presented over the web to both DE and on-campus students.  Case vignettes were employed to supplement course content in the areas of social work knowledge, values, and skills.  Results indicated that a higher percentage of DE students utilized the web-based teaching approaches in social work education, particularly, in practice methods courses.
Article PDF: 81038.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 1 Page: 46)

Title: Attitudes of Members in One NASW Chapter About Social Action:  A 1972 and 2003 Comparison Study
Author(s): Janet C. Dickinson
Abstract:  This survey of NASW members in one state of attitudes about social replicates a 1972 survey.  The 1972 and 2003 Findings are compared.  The 2003 response rate was 42 percent.  Many agreed that social reform should be a high priority of the profession.  Fewer agreed on tactics of social action.  In 2003, respondents had greater agreement with many social action tactics, were more likely to voluntarily participate in social action before, during, and after graduate school, and felt greater obligation to clients and the professional than to their employer.  Implications of these findings for continuing education are discussed.
Article PDF: 81046.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 2, 3 Page: 5)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 83005.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 2, 3 Page: 6)

Title: Perspectives From the Field
Author(s): Wiliam T. Bergman
Abstract:  Editorial
Article PDF: 83006.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 2, 3 Page: 7)

Title: Guest Editor's Comments
Author(s): Tracy M. Soska, John Trudeau
Abstract:  Editorial
Article PDF: 83007.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 2, 3 Page: 12)

Title: The Path to Partnership: A New Model for Understanding University-Community Partnerships
Author(s): Eric Gass
Abstract:  There have been several attempts by different teams of researchers to define the characteristics of community-campus partnerships.  The primary focus of this article is to look at the essential dimensions community-campus partnerships.  The dimensions that each research group has developed will be presented.  Following that, a new model will be proposed, integrating the dimensions that have been identified across the existing models.  After the presentation of the new model, each dimension within the model will be defined, the five essential dimensions of partnership will be elaborated upon, and the interrelationships among the dimensions will be outlined.
Article PDF: 83012.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 2, 3 Page: 24)

Title: A Model for a Pro-Active and Progressive University-Community Partnership
Author(s): David Fasenfest, Larry Grant
Abstract:  Community redevelopment in a coherent and long-term manner that addresses the needs of its residents is a core agenda for many University projects.  After briefly recounting the relationship of universities to their communities we identify what we call "University against Community" and "University with Community" initiatives - the former in response to the university's agenda while the latter reflects that of the community.  We argue that an effective University-Community Partnership must be of the latter variety, and must exhibit comprehensiveness, synchrony, integration, long-term perspective, and inclusiveness if it is to be truly transformative.  We offer a proposal for a University-Community Partnership that has been developed in collaboration with University faculty and the active participation of community stakeholders.  Focused primarily on food and nutrition, this proposed program known as the Lishe Compact involves faculty and students, coordinates community agencies, and pools limited resources to improve interagency planning, builds local capacity, and engages residents in rebuilding the community.
Article PDF: 83024.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 2, 3 Page: 40)

Title: Merging Organizational Development and Social Work Practice to Mentor Organizations to Stability and Sustainability: The Resource Mentoring Project
Author(s): H. Ted Busch, Karen Hopkins, Cheryl A. Hyde, Amy Cohen-Callow, Elizabeth Fisher, Shari Miller
Abstract:  This article describes the implementation and evaluation of the Resource Mentoring Project, a university-community partnerships that aims to build organizational capacity in grassroots community and faith-based organizations.  Using a casework approach in which an organization is the "client," RMP staff provide client agencies with access to a network of technical assistance providers, a capacity assessment tool, a tailored action plan for organizational development, and a match with organizational mentors that helped agencies build capacity in needed areas.  The efforts yielded positive outcomes for many of the agencies and several important lessons for successful grassroots organizational capacity building.
Article PDF: 83040.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 2, 3 Page: 50)

Title: The Role of Leadership Development in Addressing Urban Community Challenges
Author(s): John Musewicz, Marcine Pickron-Davis, James T. Harris, Geoffrey Marczyk
Abstract:  Widener University is an independent, metropolitan, doctoral granting institution whose main campus is located in Chester, Pennsylvania.  Widener is committed to addressing the region's most pressing concerns by contributing to the vitality and well-being of the local community.  Chester is a distressed city of 36,000 residents, and this leadership development initiative targeted members of the Sun Hill community, which is located within Chester and adjacent to Widener.  Sun Hill residents reflect a multitude of diversity in terms of age, race, and resident status.  Quality of life issues, such as trash, curfew violations, drug-related violence, and a general increase in crimes involving theft of property and violence have pervaded the community.  This leadership development initiative was designed to catalyze neighborhood revitalization by enhancing the leadership skills of Sun Hill residents, helping them to contribute to the recreation of a viable community.  Components of the leadership training included recruiting participants, assessing their leadership strengths and developmental needs, and delivering classroom based training and individualized coaching sessions.  Analysis of aggregate data collected during the program indicated that participants have levels of emotional intelligence (an important contributor to effective leadership skill) comparable to the general population, but do not yet have the level of leadership competency exhibited by successful managers in corporate America.  Discussion of these results and the program is provided, and conclusions and recommendations are made.
Article PDF: 83050.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 2, 3 Page: 64)

Title: University-Community Collaborations: A Case Study of an Effective Partnership
Author(s): Manoj Pardasani
Abstract:  University-Community collaboration have become integral to the overarching missions of educational institutions nationwide.  While this trend has always existed in schools of social work, to some extent, this current debate has encouraged the schools to re-asses their commitment to empowerment, advocacy and social action in the context of the communities in which they are located.  This article presents a case study of a productive, meaningful and mutually beneficial partnership established between a community coalition and a school of social work.  This partnership was initiative without any fiscal incentive, but prospered due to the commitment of the school and individual faculty members.  The joint project implemented, the benefits and challenges of initiating and maintaining such collaborations, and lessons learned from this experience are discussed.
Article PDF: 83064.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 2, 3 Page: 73)

Title: Empowering Young African American Males for the 21st Century: A Collaborative Model Between a University and an African American Church
Author(s): Sharon E. Moore, Wanda Lott Collins, Seana Golder, Judith C. Heitzman, Jacquelyn Monroe
Abstract:  Young African American males exhibit resilience and strength despite being bombarded by numerous obstacles and barriers.  The purpose of this article is to discuss a university/faith-based collaborative project, the “Canaan Conference Project,” that was aimed at empowering young African American males toward academic achievement through life skills presentations by adult African American males who served as role models.  This collaborative is a model for replication by others in social work and closely related professions.
Article PDF: 83073.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 2, 3 Page: 84)

Title: Role Changes, Learning Enhancements and Professional Development Through a University-School Collaborative
Author(s): Sandra Austin, Katherine Briar-Lawson, Alice King-Ingham, Jerry Spicer, Dorinda Davis
Abstract:  Engaged Universities position Schools of Social Work to be campus hubs for new kinds of outreach scholarship, pedagogy and programming.  This case study reports on one facet of the outreach work undertaken by a School of Social Work with its neighboring elementary school in an urban, inner city community.  It delineates ways that professional development can emerge when social workers and teachers collaborate to addressing barriers to learning.  Outreach pedagogy positioned students in several macro practice classes to acquire community-building skills.  Outcomes from the pedagogical, outreach and capacity building work are reported along with recommendation for further development such as evaluation research.
Article PDF: 83084.pdf  


Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 2, 3 Page: 98)

Title: University Agency Collaboration to Design, Implement, and Evaluate a Leadership Development System
Author(s): Thomas Packard, Jennifer Tucker-Tatlow, Jessica Waechter, Patti Rahiser, Donald E. Dudley
Abstract:  A collaboration between two schools of social work and nine county human service organizations has provided opportunities for university service to communities and organizations, research for the counties, and the enrichment of university curricula.  University staff facilitate and provide staff support for quarterly meetings of the nine directors, and have completed several action research projects for them.  A leadership development initiative to chance succession planning for the departments has successfully developed 24 of their staff interested in promoting to executive management.  The program and its evaluation finding are presented here, followed by lessons learned which may be useful to other collaborations.

For the past four years, two schools of social work (San Diego State University and California State University, San Bernardino) have been engaged in an ongoing collaboration with the directors of nine county human service organizations in Southern California.  The purpose of this paper is to present some of products, models, and lessons learned from this ongoing collaboration.  Specifically, several major research and training projects have provided valuable technical assistance and capacity building for the nine involved organizations.  One project in particular, a leadership development initiative, will be presented in detail as an example of training for organizational leadership.  Research designs used included qualitative, quantitative, and case study methods.  The knowledge gained from the projects has been useful not only to the involved agencies but also to university faculty, in the form of knowledge and insights about agency practice which have informed curriculum development in a social work administration concentration.
Article PDF: 83098.pdf  

Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 2, 3 Page: 108)

Title: Social Work Professional Education and Workforce Development: A Ladder of Learning
Author(s): Teresa Morris
Abstract:  This article suggests that university based social work programs can collaborate with work place based academies to create a new model of social work professional education providing life-long learning from high school to the doctoral level.  A “ladder of learning” is proposed linking educational levels, competencies, work place requirements and organizational change.  It is suggested that such a framework gives social work a conceptual tool to identify, discuss and promote educational and work place reform.
Article PDF: 83108.pdf  

Year: 2005 (Vol: 8 No: 2, 3 Page: 116)

Title: Escape From the Ivory Tower
Author(s): Hilda Loughran, Mary Ellen McCann
Abstract:  University College Dublin is the largest university in the Republic of Ireland.  The School of Applied Social Science has been working with the community and voluntary sector in the implementation of third level courses in community drugs work.  Participation in third level education is unevenly distributed throughout society.  For many it is the opportunity to engage in a formal, accredited learning process.
Article PDF: 83116.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 1 Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 91003.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 1 Page: 4)

Title: Social Services Workers' and Supervisors' Perceptions of Domestic Violence Training
Author(s): Brian K. Payne, Diane Cyr Carmody, Gina Respass, and Kara Hoofnagle
Abstract:  The lack of college coursework on family violence has resulted in a need for professional development focusing on the role of social services workers in domestic violence cases.  Very little research, however, has considered how workers define their experiences with domestic violence cases as compared to their perceptions of training in this area.  To fill this void, focus groups and in-depth telephone interviews were conducted to assess how social workers and supervisors described their experiences with domestic violence cases and their perceptions of the appropriate forms of training.  Results show differences between the experiences and perceptions of workers and supervisors.
Article PDF: 91004.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 1 Page: 13)

Title: Social Work Doctoral Students and Online Technology
Author(s): Jay S. Swiefach and Heidi Heft-LaPorte
Abstract:  Social work practice today requires that practitioners be proficient in the use of online technologies.  Although social  workers can use information technology for such purposes as conduction research, sharing ideas, communicating with colleagues, and publishing work, very little is known about how social workers use these resources, and the extent to which online activities have supplemented and enhanced scholarly and professional capabilities.  This article reports the findings of a study which examined the manner in which social work doctoral students use online technology, the patterns of its use, and perceptions regarding benefits and self efficacy.  The implications and findings are discussed as well as some strategies to enhance the use of these resources among social work students, faculty and practitioners.
Article PDF: 91013.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 1 Page: 24)

Title: Meeting the Addiction Education and Training Needs of Rural Master's Level Social Workers
Author(s): Timothy B. Conley, David L. Schantz, Sarah Shea, and Mavis Vaillancourt
Abstract:  A comprehensive statewide survey of Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW's) concerning graduate level and continuing education training needs in addictions finds inadequate preparedness for work with addicted constituents, and high interest in and need for training.  Respondents advise that addiction training be infused throughout the MSW curriculum or be separately required.  Survey respondents numbered 294 which is 76.9 percent of the entire population of LCSWs serving a large rural state, all of whom were surveyed.  Selected for survey because they are experienced providers, the group received education in social work schools across North America.  Results from this sample confirm calls by others for increasing social worker's addiction related education.  Implications for social work educational environments concerning addictions training and work force development missions are discussed.
Article PDF: 91024.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 1 Page: 34)

Title: An Online Course in Trauma for School Personnel World Wide: Collaboration, Challenges, and Opportunities
Author(s): Helene Jackson and Jennifer Elkins
Abstract:  In this paper we present an innovative, interactive online course in childhood trauma for school personnel worldwide.  We identify and discuss the academic and cultural challenges and opportunities encountered in a university, public and community agency collaboration.  The goal of the project was threefold; 1) to educate social workers, teachers, school counselors, and administrators to respond to the needs of students (K-12) whose lives have been disrupted by traumatic events; 2) to create a classroom of geographically and ethnically diverse participants in which a collaborative global community could develop; and 3) to evaluate the academic value of the course as reflected in participants knowledge acquisition, adoption and diffusion, and satisfaction.
Article PDF: 91034.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 1 Page: 45)

Title: Examining the Major Barriers to Employment Among TANF Recipients and the Role of Continuing Education in Preparing the Professional Workforce
Author(s): Rebecca Leela Thomas, Rita S. Fierro and Scott Novakowski
Abstract:  This paper highlights the barriers to employment of TANF recipients.  The dual goals of employment and family reunifications demanded clients to comply with the sometimes opposing demands of the service delivery systems.  This paper underscores the importance of continuing social work education in informing workforce development efforts.  These efforts include; 1) developing practice models of intervention; 2) creating a forum for service providers to network amongst themselves; 3) helping service providers understand and modify the demands placed on clients; and 4) developing monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for social programs.  Continuing  education programs can provide important training in all these areas.
Article PDF: 91045.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 5)

Title: Editor's Introduction
Author(s): Seymour J. Rosenthal
Abstract:  Notes from the Editor
Article PDF: 92005.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 7)

Title: Values and Technology:  Benefits and Difficulties of Applied Research in Child Welfare
Author(s): Michael Kelly and Paul Sundet
Abstract:  The guest editors of this special issue examine the underpinnings of social policy development as applied to the filed of child welfare and assess the current state of consensus and dissensus on the values and methodologies currently employed to implement public policy.  The premises of the research in this volume are explained and a short synopsis of the articles and their relevance to the issue theme are presented.
Article PDF: 92007.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 12)

Title: The Children's Bureau Quality Improvement Centers:  Knowledge Development Through Research Collaborations in Child Welfare
Author(s): Carol Hafford, Melissa Lim Brodowski, Catherine Nolan and Jack Denniston
Abstract:  With the renewed emphasis on evidence-based practice in child welfare the U.S. Children's Bureau has reinforced its commitment to empirically sound demonstration projects as a means of furthering best practices in this field.  One critical thrust in this imitative has been the creation and funding of Quality Improvement Centers (QIC).  Through involving intermediary organizations in grant making, managing the required research and disseminating findings, Children's Bureau sought to not only improve child protective practices but make demonstrations specific locality relevant and foster local and regional collaborations that would extend beyond the funding periods.  This article summarizes finding from the interim national evaluation of the initial cluster of four QIC's focusing on some of the lessons already learned from this innovation and potentials for this model in future demonstrations.
Article PDF: 92012.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 24)

Title: University/Child Welfare Agency Partnerships:  Building a Bridge Between the Ivory Tower and the State Office Building
Author(s): Crystal Collins-Camargo, and Kay Hoffman
Abstract:  This article explores the potential for true partnerships between university social work programs and public welfare agencies.  This partnership has a deeply moral foundation related to the purpose of social work which is potential symbiotic and nature.  Social work education and public child welfare both have a stake in the generation of evidence based practice through collaborative research.  A rationale for the development of child welfare agencies as learning laboratories, in which the partnership with universities builds upon but extends beyond Title Iv-E training and education programs, is offered.  Aspects of this potential collaboration include field education, professional education of practitioners, informing and conducting applied research, development and testing of theory-grounded practice techniques and practice protocols, maintaining the relevance of social work education, integration of field innovations into the curriculum, engagement in non-voluntary practice, understanding and interpreting public policy decisions,  and the use of practitioners as social work educators.  The comprehensive exploration of such a partnership offers much to both child welfare and academia.
Article PDF: 92024.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 38)

Title: Secondary Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare Workers:  Exploring the Role of Supervisory Culture
Author(s): Brian E. Bride and Jenny L. Jones
Abstract:  The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine relationships between symptoms of secondary traumatic stress and child welfare worker's perceptions of the culture of supervision in their organizations. A convenience sample of 307 child protection services workers responded to a web based survey that included measures secondary traumatic stress and supervisory culture and practice.  Results suggest that action-oriented (active) rather than emotion-oriented (passive) support from supervisors is most helpful in preventing or reducing secondary traumatic stress among child welfare workers.  Further, it is the qualitative aspects of supervision rather that the quantity of supervision that is most important in preventing STS.
Article PDF: 92038.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 44)

Title: Personal and Organizational Correlates of Outcomes in Child Welfare:  Implications for Supervision and Continuing Professional Development
Author(s): Alberta Ellett, Crystal Collins-Camargo, and Chad D. Ellett
Abstract:  This article describes the finding from recent research focused on personal and organizations factors related to organizational outcomes in child welfare and discusses the implications of these findings for supervision and continuing professional development of child welfare staff.  The results of several recent large-scale studies using quantitative and/or qualitative methods are reviewed as a continuing line of inquiry concerned with child welfare employee retention and organizational outcomes (including selected CFSR variables).  The critical role that supervisors play in strengthening organizational culture and personal characteristics of staff (e. g. self-efficacy beliefs) as a means of enhancing organizational outcomes is emphasized and suggestions for future research are provided.
Article PDF: 92044.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 54)

Title: Making a Mission Statement a Realty in Child Welfare:  Resiliency and Solution-Focused Therapy as Core Strategy
Author(s): Kim Anderson and Paul Sundet
Abstract:  Child welfare agencies regularly espouse a philosophy of "family-centered" and "strengths-based" practice but factors including traditional practice, court auspices and deficient technology combine to impede attaining the worthwhile goals contained in the typical mission statement.  In a three-year demonstration project designed to promote organizational culture change and increase clinical competencies of workers, this issue was added by adopting a human behavior base of resiliency and care intervention strategy of solution-focused therapy.  This article details the implementation of that process and the empirical results on worker attitude and case performance.
Article PDF: 92054.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 65)

Title: From Isolation to Teamwork:  Mississippi's Story of Cultural Change in Child Welfare
Author(s): Kim Shackelford, Kathleen Sullivan, Maxine Harper, and Tiffany Edwards
Abstract:  Professional isolation is a major impediment to positive morale among public child welfare supervisors in rural settings.  In this project in Mississippi supervisors in two regions were provided the opportunity for ongoing peer support by engaging in structured learning laboratories of their own design followed by regular mentoring sessions with university faculty.  Using a quasi-experimental design an external evaluation team assessed the perceived changes in organizational culture, supervisee assessment of self-efficacy and worker turnover rates between the experimental and control areas and found significant positive impact from the model employed.  The article offer practical suggestions on implementation of organizational change through supervisor development.
Article PDF: 92065.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 78)

Title: The Impact of Organizational Culture on Intention to Remain in Public Child Welfare:  A Case Study in Tennessee
Author(s): Jenny L. Jones and Sangmi Cho
Abstract:  This article presents findings from an exploratory study of frontline child protective services supervisors in Tennessee and the impact professional organizational cultures had on their intent to remain employed in public child welfare.  This study was a apart of a large research demonstration project that examined the impact of supervision on worker practice, intent to remain employed and overall outcomes to children and families.  The study contributes to existing child welfare literature on frontline child protection supervisor, and 2) accessing the effects and the impact of organizational culture in a public child welfare agency.
Article PDF: 92078.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 91)

Title: Translating Group Learning into Individual Behavioral Change:  The Role of Critical Analysis Tools in Professional Growth
Author(s): Paul Sundet and Michael Kelly
Abstract:  Improving supervisors ability to teach, supervise and develop clinical skills in front line child welfare workers is critical to improving the quality of services and retention of skilled workers.  However, Supervisory development presents a dilemma for the employing agency.  Empowering supervisors to develop worker's critical analysis abilities, which are essential to effective case work, will likely involve questioning dearly held assumptions, values, and policies of the organization.  This article explores the dilemma of training and development where such an approach is attempted.  Should a staff development initiative for child welfare professionals be directed toward learning within agency defined boundaries, i.e. true learning?  This article details a three year supervisory development programs designed to empower teaching and application of critical reflective skills in front line workers.
Article PDF: 92091.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 100)

Title: Clinical Supervision in Public Child Welfare:  Themes from Findings of a Multisite Study
Author(s): Crystal Collins-Camargo
Abstract:  This article summarizes the themes from findings of a multisite study conducted in four states' child welfare agencies to test the impact of the implementation of clinical casework supervision.  The studies were conducted through the work of a ten state collaborative administrated by the Southern Regional Quality Improvement Center on Child Protection and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Overall quantitative and qualitative findings of the intervention's impact on satisfaction with supervision, organizational culture, worker practice in assessment and treatment, and client outcomes are summarized.  While the outcomes varied across sites, the overall findings support the potential for clinical supervision approaches to be used in this setting.  The utilization of learning collaborations on the site an multisite level was successful in promoting positive findings as well as comprehensive dissemination activities targeted toward impacting practice.  In addition, themes regarding the use of a university, public agency, community partnership, and factors impacting the implementation and evaluation of the projects are described.
Article PDF: 92100.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 111)

Title: Toward the Development of a Research-Based Employee Selection Protocol:  Implications for Child Welfare Supervision, Administration, and Professional Development
Author(s): Alberta J. Ellett, Chad D. Ellett, Tonya M. Westbrook and Betsy Lerner
Abstract:  This article describes components and procedures for the development of a new research-based child welfare Employee Selection Protocol (ESP).  This protocol represents a model that child welfare agencies can use to better select employees with the requisite entry-level knowledge, skills, abilities, and values (KSAVs) that are considered minimally essential for effective job performance.  The long-term goals of developing and implementing the new ESP are to: (a) improve the validity, reliability, and job-relatedness of current child welfare employee selection and hiring processes; (b) enhance the standardization of new employee selection who are suited for work in child welfare; © develop procedures to strengthen application screening of new employee who are suited for work in child welfare; (d) increase child welfare employee retention rates; and ultimately; (e) strengthen services provided to children and families.  Implications for employee selection, supervision, and retention are discussed.
Article PDF: 92111.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 122)

Title: A Complex Partnership to Optimize and Stabilize the Public Child Welfare Workforce
Author(s): Hal A. Lawson, Mary McCarthy, Katherine Briar-Lawson, Peter Miraglia, Jessica Strolin and James Caringi
Abstract:  This article introduces a complex partnership developed in a Northeastern state.  It's aim is to optimize and stabilize public child welfare workforce and thereby improve outcomes for clients as well as results for county and borough agencies.  To achieve this aim, this partnership has implemented a comprehensive, multi-faceted strategy.  Intermediaries play a pivotal roles in this partnership system.  Originating with a focus on social work education, this partnership quickly focuses on research.  Participatory workforce research aimed at understanding turnover led to hybrid, complex intervention involving team-driven participatory action research and learning in local agencies.  These design teams, facilitated by social worker, connect professional development and organizational development to retention planning and ultimately, to workforce optimization initiatives.
Article PDF: 92122.pdf  

Year: 2006 (Vol: 9 No: 2, 3 Page: 140)

Title: Lessons Learned from an Innovative University-community Agency Collaboration:  The Development of a Direct Practice for Training for Child Welfare and Mental Health Social Workers
Author(s): Suzanne Boyd, Deana F. Morrow, Marcia A. Shobe, and Frankie Tack
Abstract:  This article reports on the development and implementation of a 6-session child welfare and mental health training series developed in response to identified training needs by a local Department of Youth and Family Services and Department of Mental Health.  A team of five facility members (four full-time and one part-time) delivered the training content to direct line workers and supervisors over a 2-month period.  Quantitative and qualitative evaluation data are reported from the training sessions, followed by a discussion of the lessons learned from this training series.  Suggestions regarding future trainings are offered.
Article PDF: 92140.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No: 1 Page: 2)

Title: Partnership to Improve the Lives of Children across the Spectrum of Child Welfare Services: A Land Grant University's Opportunity
Author(s): Crystal Collins-Camargo, Chris Flaherty, and Pamela Weeks
Abstract:  The use of Title IV-E funding for child welfare has served to create new bonds between state child welfare agencies and schools of social work. Many current university-child welfare partnerships go well beyond early efforts to train new child welfare workers. Land grant universities are charged with improving the welfare of citizens within their respective states through a triadic mission of teaching, service, and research. The expansion of university-child welfare partnerships has created a unique opportunity for maximizing the impact of the land-grant university’s mission in service of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
Article PDF: 101002.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No: 1 Page: 10)

Title: Evaluating a social work supervision model in a real-world child welfare setting
Author(s): Carol Smith, Regina Russell, and Martha M. Giddings
Abstract:  The Integrative Supervision Model (ISM) was implemented in a public child welfare organization to provide clinical supervision to MSW employees who desired clinical licensure, and to test the effectiveness of the ISM in a real-world practice situation. Data indicates that use of the ISM encouraged a more comprehensive review and clinical approach to child welfare cases on the part of participants, and resulted in a significant increase in their knowledge and skills as defined by the model.  The findings were confirmed by LCSW Supervisors.  The low response rate of child welfare supervisors will be discussed as well as other organizational and clinical implications.
Article PDF: 101010.pdf

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No: 1 Page: 25)

Title: The Role of Self-efficacy in Mediating Personal and Environmental Factors that Influence Practice with Crime Victims: Implications for Professional Development
Author(s): Fran Davis, Dong Pil Yoon, Kim M. Anderson
Abstract:  Assistance to crime victims has emerged as a practice issue that cuts across many social work fields of practice.  Based on a mail survey conducted with  1,406 licensed social workers, a conceptual model is presented that explores the relationships among personal factors, environmental factors, professional self-efficacy, and knowledge and skills for working with crime victims.  Using structural equation modeling, the following conceptual linkages were supported: those with more personal experiences and more support from their practice setting were more likely to have higher levels of professional self-efficacy, and, therefore, were more likely to have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide services to crime victims. Implications for professional development include roles and responsibilities of administrators and supervisors to provide access to continuing education, in-service training, consultation, and policies that provide both knowledge and skills for working with crime victims and a supportive environment that addresses the potential for compassion fatigue.
Article PDF: 101025.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No: 1 Page: 37)

Title: Compressed Social Work Education: An Innovative Approach to Continuing Education
Author(s): Charles Zastrow, Mary Weeden
Abstract:  Compressed MSW education involves offering courses in a more intensive format, with the length of a course being substantially shorter than the traditional semester-long format. The compressed education format for an MSW program in the Midwest is described, and the results of an evaluative study of this format are summarized. The current students enrolled in this program overwhelmingly favor this format over the traditional semester-long format. The students also see a number of advantages in being a member of a cohort group.
Article PDF: 101037.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No: 1 Page: 45)

Title: Court Training for Public Child-Welfare Social Workers: An Evaluation of a Training Program
Author(s): Emily J. Bruce, Stanley  Lee, Cecilia Martinez, Peter Allen Lee, L. Michael Clark
Abstract:  The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of a forensic child-welfare social work training program. We sought to assess whether the professional ability of public child-welfare social workers was improved as a result of their participation in the training program. The program provides public child-welfare social workers with training in courtroom procedures and practices to improve workers’ effectiveness in the juvenile court. The research team found that increased training was the most salient influence on the workers’ perceptions of their improved professional ability.
Article PDF: 101045.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No:Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Information
Author(s): Michael Lauderdale, Michael Kelly, Noel Landuyt 
Article PDF: 102003.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No:Page: 7)

Title: Achieving Desired Outcomes by Privatizing Child Welfare Service Delivery: Lessons Learned through the Kansas Experience
Author(s): Karl Ensign, Jaymee Metzenthin
Abstract:  A decade ago, the State of Kansas privatized its child welfare services delivery system in an attempt to achieve desired outcomes. Within a couple of years, all family preservation, foster care, and adoption case management and service delivery was carried out by private agencies. Thus, the reform was comprehensive and implemented relatively quickly. This paper summarizes key reform elements and how these have evolved over the last decade. It also explains the many factors which complicated the reform’s intended objectives —politically, fiscally, and administratively. Along the way, many important lessons have been learned that can help inform other efforts to privatize child welfare services delivery and introduce performance measurement.
Article PDF: 102007.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No:Page: 16)

Title: Is Social Work Education Relevant to Child Welfare Practice? A Qualitative Analysis from the Adult Learner Perspective
Author(s): Michael Lauderdale, Michael Kelly, Noel Landuyt 
Abstract:  Social work education has become increasing challenged to provide relevant curricula for child welfare
practitioners. This study presents results of a qualitative evaluation of one Title IV-E-funded program for MSW student/workers of a public child welfare agency. Data analysis identified several themes that were used to develop a conceptual model of how social work education may impact worker retention in pubic child welfare with practice implications for the structure and process of IV-E-funded MSW programs.
Article PDF: 102016.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No:Page: 26)

Title: Gender Inequality and Lack of Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women in Ghana: Implications for Social Work Education
Author(s): Marie-Antoinette Sossou
Abstract:  Decades after the first international conference on women and the United Nations’ conventions for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, inequalities between women and men still exist in Ghana. This phenomenological study made visible Ghanaian women’s experiences of their lack of reproductive
and sexual rights. A purposive sample of 68 female participants -- all with different educational, socio-economic, and occupational backgrounds, and from both rural and urban settings -- took part in six focus group discussions. The participants were asked only two questions, both related to their right to demand safe and protected sex and to practice family planning and birth control without permission from their spouses. Textual analysis, based on an adaptation of Smith, Jarman, & Osborn, (1999) interpretative phenomenological analysis, was used to develop two major themes, namely, “Reproductive Decision- making Is Not Easy for Us,” and “Demanding Safe Sex Is a Thorny Issue.” These themes are illustrated with commentary and direct quotations to depict a general sense of the experience of the phenomenon. Implications for social work education and policy advocacy are discussed.
Article PDF: 102026.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No:Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Information
Author(s): Michael Lauderdale, Michael Kelly, Noel Landuyt 
Article PDF: 103003.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No: 3 Page: 5)

Title: Introductory Note: Privatization and Performance Based Contracting in Child Welfare
Author(s): Crystal Collins-Camargo
Article PDF: 103005.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No: 3 Page: 7)

Title: The Privatization of Child Welfare Services: Issues and Efforts at the Federal Level
Author(s): Michael Lauderdale, Michael Kelly, Noel Landuyt 
Abstract:  There has been significant interest in privatization in child welfare, as in other sectors, from officials within the federal government and in some states. This article identifies several policy issues raised by privatized child welfare systems within federal child welfare programs, and describes two federal efforts to understand state and local child welfare privatization initiatives. These efforts are intended to provide information to those who may be considering privatization as a path to child welfare systems reform.
Article PDF: 103007.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No:Page: 14)

Title: Knowledge Development and Transfer on Public/Private Partnerships in Child Welfare Service Provision: Using Multi-Site Research to Expand the Evidence Base
Author(s): Crystal Collins-Camargo, Jennifer Hall, Chris Flaherty, Karl Ensign, Teri Garstka, Brian Yoder, Allison Metz
ract: Quality Improvement Centers (QIC) were established by the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote knowledge development and the effective transfer of that knowledge into practice in the child welfare field. An area identified as in need of research and resources is the privatization of services that have traditionally been provided by the public child welfare agency, as some states have begun to move in this direction. This was identified as a topic in critical need of research based on a knowledge-gaps analysis conducted by the QIC PCW. This article describes the purpose and preliminary data collected by the National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services (QIC PCW) regarding the nature of public/private partnership in this field. It also outlines a multi-site research initiative testing the impact of innovative performance-based contracting and quality assurance systems on organizational and client outcomes in three states.
Article PDF: 103014.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No: 3 Page: 32

Title: Striving for Excellence: Extending Child Welfare Performance-Based Contracting to Residential, Independent, and Transitional Living Programs in Illinois
Author(s): Kathleen A.  Kearney,  
Article PDF: 102003.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No:Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Information
Author(s): Michael Lauderdale, Michael Kelly, Noel Landuyt 
Article PDF: 102003.pdf 

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No:Page: 32)

Title: Editor's Information
Author(s): Michael Lauderdale, Michael Kelly, Noel Landuyt 
Article PDF: 102003.pdf  

Year: 2007 (Vol: 10 No:Page: 3)

Title: Editor's Information
Author(s): Michael Lauderdale, Michael Kelly, Noel Landuyt 
Article PDF: 102003.pdf