Editorial Letter

We welcome you to the inaugural edition of the Journal of Diverse Social Work. In this volume, we offer the reader articles on a range of topics which reflect the diversity of contemporary social work practice.

In Disparities in the Health Care Experience of Lesbian Patients, Sharon Kaye O¡¯Connor illuminates the systemic micro©\aggressions to which the current health care paradigm actively and passively subjects its lesbian patients.

In Improving Mental Health Care for Veterans: Lessons for Social Workers, David Shernoff discusses the unique mental health needs with which veterans returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan present, and explores two particular therapeutic programs which are successfully striving to provide this population with necessary and deserved support.

In Conflict Theory and Education: A Case Study at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Cameron Brown argues for the importance of Spanish©\language social work programs in effectively addressing the needs of the fastest rising ethnic group in the United States, and presents a case study of a pilot program aimed at improving the
cultural and linguistic competence of social work students.

In Karen Horney¡¯s Contribution to the Strengths Perspective in Clinical Social Work, Tiffany Hung discusses the underappreciated and potential impact of Karen Horney on the field of clinical social work, and demonstrates that aspects of Horney¡¯s psychoanalytic theory speak to the core elements of social work¡¯s strengths perspective.

In The Politics of Physician©\Assisted Suicide: A Synthesis of Reverence for Life and Individual Autonomy, Dana Kragh explores opposing sides of the ideologically©\fueled debate over physician©\assisted suicide, and attempts to draw out the central aspects of each position.

In Documentary Theatre and Eating Disorders: An Art©\Based Intervention for Education, Empowerment, and Advocacy, Mikki Jordan proposes a unique treatment modality for eating disorders, enumerating the benefits that documentary theatre can have for a population which is often misunderstood and therefore undertreated.

David Katzenstein & Hal Pollack, Editors

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