Position Statements on Clinical Topics

Practice with Children & Their Families: A Specialty of Clinical Social Work

This is the position statement by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE), Practice with Children & Their Families: A Specialty of Clinical Social Work, to which the reader is referred for a much fuller discussion of this specialty and its impact on children and families. The position statement is the source for ABE’s national credential, the Board Certified Clinical Social Worker Specialist in Practice with Children & Their Families.

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The Practice of Psychoanalysis: A Specialty of Clinical Social Work

The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work has published a position statement on Psychoanalysis as a specialty within the overall practice of Clinical Social Work. The statement identifies the elements of the advanced practice of psychoanalysis in the clinical social work profession. In highly detailed groupings of professional knowledge and skills, it sets forth the specific characteristics of practice by which a clinical social worker psychoanalyst may be recognized for competence.

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Clinical Supervision: A Practice Specialty of Clinical Social Work

This position statement addresses Clinical Supervision as a specialty within the overall practice of Clinical Social Work. It was undertaken to address, from the practitioners’ perspective, it identifies the salient features of clinical supervision and its impact on quality of care and public protection. No area of practice has more power to affect the competent delivery of behavioral healthcare in America With more than 180,000 practitioners in virtually every county of every state, clinical social workers make up the nation’s largest group of providers of those services. At least 40,000 of them receive ongoing clinical supervision. Further, every year, roughly 20,000 new graduates of master’s-level programs enter the field, to be trained by clinical social worker supervisors for the next two years. During that time, most of the graduates’ school-learning will be challenged by the realities of serving people in need who look to them for help and healing.

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Clinical Social Work Standards for Delivery of Care and Guidelines for the Three-Party Model of Clinical Social Work Services

This is a position statement by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE) on the delivery of competent care by clinical social workers and to describe the rights and responsibilities of the three parties (practitioner, third-party entity, client as consumer) involved in the ethical, timely, and effective provision of that care.

The Board, which first published a version of this paper in 1995, published this second edition (in November, 2002), updated and reorganized, with a bibliography. In this third version, the Board promulgates standards for clinicians, where before it issued guidelines. The drafts of the paper were improved by the comments of clinical social work practitioners, educators, clinical supervisors, program administrators, and leaders of professional organizations.

This paper was produced by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (the Board), a standard setting and credentialing organization for the field of clinical social work whose practitioners provide more mental-emotional healthcare than any other professional group in the United States.

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Professional Development and Practice Competencies in Clinical Social Work

This position statement describes standards for the competent practice of clinical social work. Clinical social workers provide more behavioral healthcare than any other professional group in the United States.

The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE), which first published a version of this paper in 1995, published this second edition (in March, 2002), updated and reorganized, with a bibliography and greater emphasis on clinical practice. The drafts of the paper were enriched by the comments of 67 distinguished clinical social work practitioners, educators, clinical supervisors, program administrators, and leaders of professional organizations.

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