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Suggested Resources for Clinical Social Workers

Clinical social workers seek resources from the National Association of Social Workers daily to help them practice more effectively and efficiently in their private practices. The questions listed below were generated from frequent telephone calls received from NASW members. The resources are suggestions to help clinical social workers find answers to their questions. Many of the resources are available through the NASW Membership Information Center, 1-800-638-8799, 750 First Street NE, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002-4241, or the NASW Press Distribution Center, PO Box 431, Annapolis JCT, MD 20701, 1-800-227-3590.


Start a private practice:

  • Barker, R. (1992). Social Work in Private Practice. Washington, DC: NASW Press.
  • Starting a Private Practice? Most frequently asked questions by NASW members. NASW brochure.
  • NASW Guidelines on the Private Practice of Clinical Social Work. (1991). NASW Press.

CPT codes used by social workers:

  • Coleman, M. (1998). "Psychotherapy codes." Social Work Practice Update. Washington, DC: NASW.
  • Coleman, M. (1999). "CPT codes most frequently used by clinical social workers." Social Work Practice Update. Washington, DC: NASW.
  • American Medical Association. Current Procedural Terminology, CPT 2000. (1999). Chicago: American Medical Association Press.

Market your private practice:

  • Davis, J., Freeman, M. (Eds.). (1996). Marketing for therapists. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Barker, R. (1992). Social Work in Private Practice. Washington, DC: NASW Press.
  • National Council on the Practice of Clinical Social Work. NASW Guidelines on the Private Practice of Clinical Social Work. (1991). Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Obtain samples of patient forms to use in private practice:

  • Houston-Vega, M. K., Nuehring, E., & Daguio, E. (1997). Prudent Practice: A Guide to Managing Malpractice Risk. Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Maintain records and other documents:

  • Barker, R. (1992). Social Work in Private Practice. NASW Press.
  • Bemstein, B., & Hartsell, T. (1998). The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • NASW Guidelines on the Private Practice of Clinical Social Work. (1991). Washington, DC: NASW Press.
  • Houston-Vega, M. K., Nuehring, E., & Daguio, E. (1997). Prudent Practice: A Guide for Managing Malpractice Risk. Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Obtain a list of managed care companies for social workers:

  • Coleman, M. (1999). Managed care companies with provider panels for social workers. Social Work Practice Update. Washington, DC: NASW

Computer software to help social workers with record keeping and billing:

Limits of client confidentiality:

  • National Association of Social Workers. (1996). NASW Code of Ethics. Washington, DC: Author.
  • Polowy, C., & Gorenberg, C. (1997). "Client confidentiality and privileged communications.' Law Note. Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Brochures available for office display to help patients understand what clinical social workers do:

  • Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice. (NASW brochure)
  • Clinical Social Workers: Helping You Find Solutions. (NASW brochure)

    Contact the Information Center for a copy of either brochure (1-800-638-8799) or call NASW Press Distribution Center for bulk orders (1-800-227-3590).

How to buy or sell a private practice:

  • Edwards, J. (1995). "Selling or buying a social work practice." Social Work Practice Update. Washington, DC: NASW.

How to close a private practice:

  • Retiring or Closing a Private Practice. (NASW brochure)

    Contact the Information Center for a copy of above brochure (1-800-638-8799) or call NASW Press Distribution Center for bulk orders (1-800-227-3590).

Prepare an outcome assessment for a managed care company:

  • American Psychiatric Association. (1998). Outcome Assessment in Mental Health. Washington, DC: APA Psychiatric Services Resource Center.
  • Sederer, L., & Dickey, B. (1996). Outcome Assessment in Clinical Practice. Baltimore, MD: Williams and Wilkins.

ICD-9-CM codes used by social workers:

  • American Medical Association. (2000). International Classification of Diseases. ICD-9-CM2001. Chicago: American Medical Association Press.
  • American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. (1994). Washington, DC: Author.

 

 


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