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Big names in social work talking about even bigger ideas
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Another genius cover by +PostmodernJukebox. Their cover of "Single Ladies" rivals their cover of "Careless Whispers" ft. Dave Koz, both in musicality and choreography. You gotta check it out. Really. 

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Essential listening for any helping professional who was working with clients during any disaster (e.g. 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, war zones, school shootings, etc). Please +1 and share. Thank you. 

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I had a wonderful time in Washington DC at the #2014NASW  conference. Conferences are a great way to network and meet people. This is a small collection of some of the pictures from #2014NASW that show the excitement and joy that social workers experienced when they got to meet the movers and shakers in our profession.

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Hot off the press: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends: Stories about Social Work from Ogden Rogers, Ph.D. 

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[Episode 85] Today's episode of the Social Work Podcast explores the similarities and differences between social work in the United States and the United Kingdom. I spoke with British social worker and podcaster, David Niven. David is the former National Chair of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). He has over 30 years national and international experience in the field of social welfare and is recognized as an independent expert on matters of child protection and parenting. He is the founder and host of the Social World Podcast (

There are many similarities between social work in the USA and the UK, but there are a couple of important differences. One of the biggest differences is that in the UK child and family social workers serve as child protection workers, whereas in the USA child protection and social work are separate professions.

Note: David interviewed me in November 2013 about cyberbullying and youth suicide for his podcast series. You can hear that episode here:

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APA 6th edition citations for all of the episodes of the Social Work Podcast from 2012:

Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2012, December 18). Social workers in court: Interview with Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD [Episode 76]. Social Work Podcast [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from

Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2012, November 16). Proposed Changes in DSM-5: Interview with Micki Washburn, LPC-S and Danielle Parrish, Ph.D. [Episode 75]. Social Work Podcast [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from

Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2012, September 11). The Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE) Approach: Interview and role play with Shawn Christopher Shea, M.D. [Episode 74]. Social Work Podcast [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from

Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2012, August 10). Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI): Interview with Jennifer Muehlenkamp, Ph.D. [Episode 73]. Social Work Podcast [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from

Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2012, June 25). Psychodynamic therapy for vulnerable, at-risk and oppressed populations: Interview with Joan Berzoff, M.S.W., Ed.D. [Episode 72]. Social Work Podcast [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from

Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2012, February 27). Religious Child Maltreatment: Interview with Janet Heimlich [Episode 71]. Social Work Podcast [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from

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[Episode 84] Today's episode of the Social Work Podcast is about Motivational Interviewing, Third Edition. In today's episode I speak with Mary Velasquez, Ph.D., Centennial Professor in Leadership for Community, Professional and Corporate Excellence and Director of the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Velasquez is a trainer for the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and has been involved in research that informed the changes to Motivational Interviewing, Third Edition. In today's interview Mary talks about how she became involved with Motivational Interviewing, what has changed and stayed the same in the revised version of Motivational Interviewing, DARN CATS, the four change processes, and how people can experience Motivational Interviewing in less than 15 minutes.

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[Episode 83] In today's Social Work Podcast I speak with Dr. Gail Wyatt, pioneering sex researcher, award winning teacher, mentor, and researcher, and the first African-American woman to be licensed as a psychologist in the state of California. I spoke with Dr. Wyatt in April 2010 when she was at Temple University giving a talk about her research with African American HIV serodiscordant couples. Serodiscordant couples are those in which one partner is HIV positive and the other is HIV negative. Dr. Wyatt and her co-investigators had just concluded an 8-years investigation of a couples therapy intervention that they hoped would reduce HIV/STD risk behaviors in African American HIV serodiscordant couples. They called the intervention Eban which is "a traditional African concept meaning 'fence,' a symbol of safety, security, and love within one's family and relationship space" (El-Bassel et al., 2010, p. 1596) The Eban intervention combined components of social cognitive theory, historical and cultural beliefs about family and community preservation, and an Afrocentric paradigm. If you want to read more about the Eban intervention or the results of this clinical trial I’ve posted the links to those and related articles on the Social Work Podcast website. So, you’re probably wondering, after 8 years did it work? Yes. At the end of 8 years, and 535 couples later, the couples that were part of the Eban intervention used condoms more frequently and more consistently and reported fewer sexual acts without condoms than the couples in the health promotion comparison group. And I have no doubt that when the researchers finished running those analyses, they went "Phew! Thank Goodness!"

For today's interview, Dr. Wyatt and I talked a bit about the research, but mostly we talked about two of the techniques that were used in the clinical trial. The first was a way of having couples plan and enjoy safe sex. The second had to do with addressing past histories of abuse within the context of a consensual sexual relationship.  It was at this point that the conversation moved away from couples therapy into a conversation about healthy sexual behaviors. Dr. Wyatt made the point that most health and mental health providers ask about a client's "age of first sexual contact" without distinguishing between consensual and non-consensual sexual contact. She pointed out that adolescents sometimes do not distinguish between the two. She encouraged providers to be more precise in their questions, and to find out if their clients are current victims of sexual abuse. We about how to include adolescent clients in mandated abuse reporting calls if current abuse is uncovered, and how to address the issue of sex among adolescents who are victims of past or current sexual abuse. And, as usual, I asked Dr. Wyatt if she could provide some resources for people who were interested in learning more, and she was happy to oblige.

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