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November 2010
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Grandparents of Children With Autism — Support, Caregiving, Advocacy
Social workers understand the value of extended family’s involvement in raising children. A new study of grandparents of children with autism recognizes this role, quantifies some of the data, and gives grandparents a voice. Read more »

A Malpractice Insurance Primer
Don’t assume you have no need for malpractice insurance until you’ve read this article. Read more »

Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities
There is another seldom-recognized population also described as dually diagnosed and posing significant challenges for professionals. These individuals have co-occurring intellectual and developmental disabilities and a mental illness. Read more»

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Editor’s E-Note

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.”

— Winston Churchill

The old adage about death and paying taxes being the only two events mandatory in life excluded one other certainty—change. To be sure, change is an inevitable part of life, and when that change involves an individual’s internal life, privacy, and trust, the impact can be deep. Perhaps no other relationship involves these factors as keenly as the relationship between therapist and client. When that relationship must change, for whatever reason, clients can be in a vulnerable place.

Different kinds of treatment have different characteristics that must be considered when a social worker terminates therapy with a client or when a client must change therapists. It is the responsibility of any ethical therapist to try and facilitate this change whenever possible with appropriate care and support for the client.

This month’s E-News Exclusive, written by a therapist with both residential and outpatient experience, addresses some of the concerns that arise in the process of transition in therapy and how therapists can honor their clients’ journey by preparing the path as clearly as possible.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
E-News Exclusive

Transitions in Therapy — Residential and Outpatient Challenges
By Thomas Proctor, MEd, MSW, LGSW

Appropriate and timely transitions between therapists and clients are essential. From the client’s perspective, the transition from one care provider to another can be traumatic and challenging. To some, it can be a devastating event that can lead to missed appointments and terminating therapy. Therapeutic relationships are built around confidences and the resolution of client issues, making the shift from one therapist to another a potentially stressful event. The goal of any clinician who has the client’s needs in mind is to create a transitional experience with integrity and the most support of a client’s needs as possible.

Continuity of care between providers is as important as joining with a client in the initial therapy session. Joining is a therapeutic connection between a therapist and a client that is often viewed as essential before information can be genuinely shared between the two. Joining involves the process of becoming integrated into a person’s lexicon and is used by therapists to create a connection with an individual that helps facilitate the therapeutic process. This method can be expressed in the continuation of care without interruption from one care provider to another.

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Other Social Work News...

Growing Body of Research Supports Meditation for Stress Management
CNN reports on yet another study that finds meditation to be an effective stress-reduction method.

College Student Binge Drinkers Swap Food Calories for Alcohol
According to The Denver Post, some student drinkers eat far fewer calories from food on days they know they will will increase caloric intake from alcohol.

Consumer Psychologists Study Common Pay Day Behaviors
The Miami Herald
reports on research about pay day patterns that usually don't pay off.

Will Sensory Processing Disorder Make the DSM-V?
According to the Chicago Tribune, despite skeptics, families with children who have sensory processing problems and the therapists who treat them are convinced this is a legitimate disorder that should be considered for inclusion in the DSM revision.

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