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It would be nice if, as a counselor, you were able to form a therapeutic bond with all types of clients that you meet, with the same amount of ability and ease. In reality, however, even if you may have excellent engagement skills, there are some types of individuals who may be easier to engage than others. When clients possess certain types of qualities and characteristics we are comfortable with, engagement can almost come naturally while with other situations, we may need to make more of an effort to make that essential therapeutic connection. So with that said, in the following exercise you are being asked to look at which area are strengths for you and which areas may be challenging to you when it comes to engagement.
Despite a growing literature on best practices, the details of how aftercare workers help young people transition into the community after incarceration remain unexplored. This ethnographic study examines the daily practices of direct care workers within a large juvenile aftercare organization, focusing on the dilemmas that they face as street level bureaucrats. Although aftercare workers face tremendous organizational constraints, they do not always exhibit the bureaucratic responses that some scholars describe. Using care work and public administration theory as a lens, we explore how juvenile aftercare workers draw upon intrinsic motivation to provide meaningful services for returning youth.
Clinical Social Work JournalA Sea of Trouble: A Relational Approach to the Culturally Sensitive Treatment of a Severely Disturbed Client
In this article we will show how a relational approach provides a conceptual framework that shapes and informs culturally sensitive practice with a severely disturbed client. We argue that a relational approach facilitates therapeutic action through the intense focus on countertransference, the close attention to enactments, and the therapist's authenticity and self-disclosure. Additionally, we emphasize that a therapeutic matrix that includes the cultural, racial, socioeconomic, and institutional factors, increases the likelihood clinicians will attend to what Perez-Foster calls their “dissociated and disavowed personal values.” We present a case that had a less than satisfactory outcome where the therapist found herself in a “sea of trouble.” The case illustrates how a relational approach enhanced the therapist's understanding of the case and allowed her to continue to work with a difficult and challenging client. We conclude by suggesting that our conceptual understanding of this case exemplifies a necessary and appropriate focus for future social work research and practice.
Journal of Psychoactive DrugsCauses, Consequences, and Prevention of Burnout Among Substance Abuse Treatment Counselors: A Rural Versus Urban Comparison
ACSM’s Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity and ExerciseCommunication skills to elicit physical activity behavior change: How to talk to the client
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PsycEXTRA DatasetEstablishing a Therapeutic Alliance With Substance Abusers
Journal of Social Service ResearchThe Influence of Rural and Urban Substance Abuse Treatment Counselor Characteristics on Client Outcomes
Journal of Substance Abuse TreatmentProcess improvement needs in substance abuse treatment: Admissions walk-through results
Journal of Addictions & Offender CounselingAdolescent Substance Abuse Treatment: Organizational Change and Quality of Care
Journal of Counseling & DevelopmentSolution-Focused Counseling and Motivational Interviewing: A Consideration of Confluence
Women & TherapyWomen–Focused Treatment Agencies and Process Improvement: Strategies to Increase Client Engagement
Journal of Psychoactive DrugsMoving toward Trauma-Informed Practice in Addiction Treatment: A Collaborative Model of Agency Assessment
BookSex Workers and Criminalization in North America and China : Ethical and Legal Issues in Exclusionary Regimes
NIDA research monographTransitional case management: a service model for AIDS outreach projects
Journal of Marital and Family TherapyUse of Simulated Clients in Marriage and Family Therapy Education
Journal of Substance Abuse TreatmentImproving client engagement and retention in treatment: The Los Angeles County experience
Cognitive and Behavioral PracticeTraining Addiction Counselors to Implement an Evidence-Based Intervention: Strategies for Increasing Organizational and Provider Acceptance
PsycEXTRA DatasetBeyond the Therapeutic Alliance: Keeping the Drug-Dependent Individual in Treatment: NIDA Research Monograph 165
Behavioral Health NewsWhat do we know about social workers’ use of heroin? (2017)
Pallotta-Chiarolli, M.; Wiggins, J. & Locke P. (2019). “We need much more of the same‚”: An Evaluation of Equinox Gender Diverse Health Centre. Melbourne: Thorne Harbour Health.Pallotta-Chiarolli, M.; Wiggins, J. & Locke P. (2019). “We need much more of the same‚”: An Evaluation of Equinox Gender Diverse Health Centre. Melbourne: Thorne Harbour Health.