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On Clinical Social Work: Meditations and Truths From the Field

On Clinical Social Work: Meditations and Truths From the Field

On Clinical Social Work: Meditations and Truths From the Field

On Clinical Social Work: Meditations and Truths From the Field


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781929109661
Publisher: White Hat Communications
Publication date: 07/17/2017
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Dr. Danna Bodenheimer, LCSW, lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Smith College, in addition to attending a post-baccalaureate program in psychology at Columbia University. Danna went on to receive her doctorate in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Danna divides her time between consulting, supervising, writing, and practicing. After nearly 10 years in private practice, Danna opened the Walnut Psychotherapy Center, an outpatient, trauma-informed mental health practice that serves the LGBTQ population. The practice makes use of psychodynamic therapy and strives to make long-term mental health treatment affordable and available to as many people in Philadelphia as possible.

Danna has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Rutgers University, and currently at Bryn Mawr's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She teaches clinical practice and classes on gender and sexuality. Danna is now the head of the Walnut Psychotherapy Center.

She is the mother of two fascinating and inquisitive young boys. She uses social work theory to understand both her personal life and her professional life, strongly believing that social work is the field that will lead us forward into a more equitable and just future. Using Philadelphia as a landscape to study issues of oppression, intersecting identities, and complex socioeconomic struggle, Danna's love of and commitment to social work deepens steadily over time.

Danna received the 2011-2012 Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania. She was also selected as a fellow for the American Psychoanalytic Association for 2012-2013. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania.

Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, is an associate professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, and is founder and host of the Social Work Podcast. He received his MSW from the University of Texas-Austin and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.

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,


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


Golden Hour

No Libs Art

Beach Glass

Reluctant Companions







Pink Tree






Yes, Ship


Reflecting Trees

Bird of Grief

Proper Graffiti


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