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Social Work Center: Resources for clinical practice

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Social Work Reference Center supports clinical practice for social workers, nurses, allied health professionals, mental health professionals and inter-professional health care teams. Content is organized into core areas such as: Diseases and Conditions, Practices and Skills, Assessment Tools, Drugs, Patient Education, Practice Guidelines, and Current Legislation

Located within those areas are

  • Evidence-based quick lessons summarize common conditions, causes and risk factors; contraindications and precautions; assessment and care plans; desired outcomes and outcome measures; best practices and prevention.
  • Evidence-based care sheets detail the best and most current clinical data for specific diseases and conditions. All evidence is evaluated according to a seven-step methodology to ensure the best and most current evidence is presented.
  • Clinical assessment tools are designed for assessing a client through devices used for measuring a given phenomenon (e.g., pain or coping). These can include interviewing, research tools, a questionnaire or a set of guidelines for observation.

Social Work Reference Center also provides access to free continuing education modules that offer CE credits online. Each module includes course material, an interactive review and a competency test along with a certificate of successful completion. New VCU users can pre-register online.

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By Nita Bryant, behavioral and social sciences research librarian

Image: Generations by Christopher Michel

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Therapeutic methods

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Learn the role therapy plays in people’s lives with Counseling and Therapy in Video.

Counseling and Therapy in Video provides users with more than 700 hours of video about the challenges and steps associated with working with various clients. Search through various titles, therapeutic approaches and therapists to figure out what methods work with particular people and why.

Get in-depth explanations on various topics from well-established therapists. The database offers insight into working with specific populations such as veterans or teens. There are videos for users to get a firsthand look into putting methods to use.

Watch videos from therapists like Jon Carlson, Kevin Nadal and Irvin Yalom. Learn from the best by watching videos such as “Poverty as Social Exclusion” or “Crisis Counseling: The ABC Model and Live Demonstration With Two PTSD Clients.”

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By Katlyn Pierre, public relations intern. For more information about this resource or others

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Race and Violence Research: Charting the Literature

For much of the 20th century, librarians fielding questions relevant to the topic of race and violence guided researchers to historical and general social science resources.

Scholars found articles about people, court cases, or events in databases like America: History and Life, or Sociological Abstracts. Primary evidence might be most easily found in newspapers, and court records. Photographic records, personal and agency records, newsreels, and video have long been available, but until large-scale digitization efforts were underway,  these were not readily accessible outside of individual archives.

In 2016, the range and number of resources on race and violence, and their ease of access, looks quite different.

It’s possible to create quick searches that reveal compelling patterns of growth and change in disciplinary topic treatment. A sophisticated multi-disciplinary database, like Web of Science, allows a search that offers evidence for expanding perspectives. Comparing decades, and using a search on “race OR racial” and “violence”, an effort identifies:

  • 1970-1979, 11 scholarly articles;
  • 1980-1989, 18 scholarly articles;
  • 1990-1999, 381 scholarly articles;
  • 2000-2009, 1,003 scholarly articles.

By the latest half decade, from 2010-2015, the same search identified 1,386 scholarly articles.

This exercise reveals the information explosion in research. But, these sorts of carefully constructed searches can offer evidence to help us  quantify, and pinpoint these “explosions” in a field.  What may be more intriguing, if not entirely surprising, is that while the 11 articles from 1970-1980 spanned across four broad disciplinary areas, notably sociology and ethnic studies, by the most current five years, the 1,386  identified articles spanned 50 broad research areas. These 50 include predictable disciplines like history, psychology and urban studies, but also include research in fields like substance abuse, anthropology and international relations. The largest current disciplinary area for this research appears to be in criminal penology, with emerging  research in areas as diverse as surgery and linguistics.

Today, librarians will want  to understand more about your interests in race and violence to recommend additional databases, but here are some starting suggestions:

Because Web of Science is also a citation-tracing database, it is possible to reveal author connections, disciplinary crossovers and persistence of research findings through citation analysis. This sort of search in Web of Science can quickly identify leading and new scholars in a field like race and violence, or other areas. For help with crafting a search in Web of Science that can reveal a quick picture of growth in disciplines relevant to topics that interest you, contact Sara Williams, liaison to African American Studies.

By Sara Williams, Head, Academic Outreach

Image: Black Panther Demonstration, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1970, Black Studies Center

Psychotherapy.net: Trial of streaming videos

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VCU Libraries offers a trial of streaming videos from Psychotherapy.net. Faculty are invited to access this item from the Trials web page.  Test this from home or remote locations to see how the streaming holds up. Feedback will be important to making a purchasing decision. The trial goes through Oct. 10.

Psychotherapy.net includes interviews, lectures and therapy sessions conducted by leading psychotherapists and counselors. VCU Libraries already holds many Psychotherapy.net titles on DVD and online via Counseling and Therapy in Video. The collection in preview now includes newer titles but there is some overlap with existing products.

Features include the ability to search the collection by keyword or browse by client population, therapist, therapeutic genre or specific issue. There is also an easy way to create clips for classroom use or research by highlighting text in the transcript. Plus, users can further refine their search by looking for keywords in the transcript when they are viewing a particular video.

By Lynne Turman, collections librarian, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences

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Psychiatry Online: Online mental health database

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Want the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders online? PsychiatryOnline is the place to go.

PsychiatryOnline is a portal with entry points into a variety of resources from the American Psychiatry Association. Among them are the DSM-5; DSM-IV-TR Handbook of Differential Diagnosis; and cases from DSM-IV-TR Casebook and its Treatment Companion. Other resources include psychiatric textbooks and journals. All of the materials are browsable by topic.

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*This is the direct link for DSM-5. Each section and item in the DSM-5 has a permanent URL as well. 

By Marilyn Scott, research librarian for education

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