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Through words and images, Dr. Danna Bodenheimer brings to life a wide range of realities for clinical social workers. Consider her a master teacher, supportive mentor, or caring friend--this volume of “meditations and truths” is her gift to you and to the social work profession she loves.
In her own gentle voice and conversational style, On Clinical Social Work is a collection of Bodenheimer’s writings and photographs. She encourages you to think critically about everything from assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and clinical supervision to the social worker’s internal world, anxieties, and self-care. She expounds on attachment and trauma in detail. She comments on current events and how they relate to the clinician’s work. Through it all, she weaves themes of social justice and an awareness of macro-level influences on clients’ lives.
Images from Dr. Bodenheimer’s daily self-care practice of photography offer a glimpse into her deep exploration into the details of both clients’ and clinical social workers’ everyday lives through the keen focus of her camera’s lens.
Building on her first book, Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way, this volume shows you that you are not alone. All clinicians are seeking the “truth” about their work, and that is okay.
This beautiful, full-color, hardcover edition makes a beautiful gift for yourself, a student, or a colleague.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
From the Foreword
"Danna pays attention to life’s details with a psychotherapist’s insight and writes about them with the passion of a slam poet. She speaks to the soul of social work and inspires us to think about more than just social work."
Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW
Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Founder and host, Social Work Podcast
"I read Danna’s writing with excitement because I know that, in her reflections, I will find some of my own truths. I find myself thinking that we are so different from each other. After all, we are of different ages, races, sexual orientations, religions, family structures. Yet, I consistently find connection to her thoughts and feelings. Her writing is honest, passionate, and filled with wisdom."
Valerie Dorsey Allen, DSW, LSW
Director, African-American Resource Center
University Of Pennsylvania
"Dr. Bodenheimer writes not only about “how to” for social workers but also talks about the role of the social workers themselves. This emphasis on self reflection is often missing from treatment manuals."
Sean Erreger, LCSW
Stuck on Social Work Blog
"Dr. Bodenheimer’s book offers pearls of wisdom that all clinical social workers, ranging from novices to seasoned practitioners, can truly benefit from. I plan to include this book as recommended reading on the Advanced Social Work Practice [and] Leadership and Management course syllabi that I teach."
Jack B. Lewis, DSW, LCSW
Stockton University MSW Program
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword by Jonathan B. Singer
Introduction to the Essays
Why I Believe New Social Workers Are a Gift
Introduction to the Photos
PART 1: The Field and Its Stressors and Realities
1. Keeping the Clinical in Social Work
2. Negotiating Salary, Negotiating Worth
3. On Social Work Supervision
4. Scapegoats and the Social Work Workplace
5. What’s So Wrong With Social Work School?
6. Social Work Ethics in the Real World
7. Quit Your Social Work Job
8. Leaping Into Private Practice
PART 2: Attachment and Trauma
9. Twin Traumas
10. I Believe in Ghosts
11. Childism and Its Implications
12. Troubled Me, Troubled You
13. On the Orlando Mass Shootings and Beyond
14. Poverty as Trauma, Social Work as Cure
15. Deciphering Trauma
16. Emotional Acres of Land/Black Lives Matter
17. On Childhood Sexual Abuse
PART 3: Diagnosis and Beyond
18. The Chicken, the Egg, and the DSM
19. In the Realm of Personality Disorders
20. On Narcissism and Its Discontents
PART 4: Our Clinical-Internal Worlds
21. Can We Ever Take Our Hats Off?
22. Stinging Stoicism
23. Invisible Bodies
24. The Anxious Social Work Mind: Part 1
25. The Anxious Social Work Mind: Part 2
26. An Enactment With Rice—Reflections on
Lunch and Therapy
PART 5: On Theory
27. Joining the Chorus
28. Boundaries Versus the Super Ego
29. It’s Not You, It’s Me
30. On Couples
PART 6: Self-Care
31. Social Workers as Empaths, Small Talk,
and Self Preservation
32. The Tyranny of Self Help or the Necessity
of Existential Depression
33. Self-Care During Resolution Season
34. Art as Self-Care, the Art of Self-Care
35. Self-Care, Clients as Tenants, and Peer Support
PART 7: What To Do and How To Do It: The World of Assessment and Intervention
36. Alphabet Soup: EMDR, DBT, CBT, TF-CBT, IEP,
ABFT, MBSR, MSFT, DSM, BPD, EBP, MSW
37. Questions That Deepen
38. Assessing Through a Kaleidoscope: Part 1
39. Assessing Through a Kaleidoscope: Part 2
40. Nothing But the Truth
41. Obscured Paths Toward Wellness
42. Tenderly Assessing Suicide
43. Rethinking Addiction Treatment
PART 8: Demystifying Dominant Tropes
44. The Myth of the Perfect Intervention
45. The Impostor Phenomenon and the Social Worker
46. On Grief and Its Permutations
47. Saying No to Gratitude and Forgiveness
PART 9: Clinical Social Justice, We Were Made for This
48. The Health of Trans People
49. The Mental Health of Trans People
50. What Really Triggers Us
51. When Everything Hurts
52. An Internal Home for the Holidays
53. Social Work as Moral Compass
About the Author
List of Photographs
No Libs Art
Bird of Grief