Social Work News

New Article: Dr. Hye-Kyung Kang

January 13, 2020

Dr. Kang headshot

Our very own Dr. Hye-Kyung Kang (Seattle University MSW Director and Associate Professor) and colleague Rani Varghese recently published an article titled Essential Knowledge for Clinical Social Work Practice: Social Work Faculty Perspectives. Their goal was to research how clinical social work is defined by clinical social work faculty. 

Read the abstract below to gain insight into the research goals and outcomes. 

"Clinical social work educators have a critical role in defining clinical social work and conveying their understanding through their teaching. While there have been a few conceptual articles that have defined clinical social work, there is little empirical research conducted on this topic. In this study, we asked 15 social work faculty teaching advanced clinical social work practice how they defined clinical social work, particularly what core concepts, principles, and theories or frameworks that guided clinical social work. The results indicate that participants conceptualized clinical social work drawing upon the concept of person-in-environment and the therapeutic relationship. Furthermore, participants identified teaching a range of psychological theories but emphasizing a psychodynamic orientation. Furthermore, participants identified multi-level analysis and a commitment to diversity and social justice as important concepts that they wanted students to recognize about clinical social work. This article, through the voices of clinical social work faculty, challenges the field of clinical social work to define what their commitment to social justice means and reflect on how we are responding to criticisms and moving forward as a field (Varghese & Kang, 2019)."

The full citation for the article is listed below if you would like to read further into their research. 

Rani Varghese & Hye Kyung Kang (2019) Essential Knowledge for Clinical Social Work Practice: Social Work Faculty Perspectives, Smith College Studies in Social Work, 89:3-4, 200-219, DOI: 10.1080/00377317.2019.1702344