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Volume 1-3

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  

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