Welcome to Issue #229
and the last issue for 2019 of the Social Work E-News!
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With December comes a flurry of holidays, and then the new year. As we head into 2020, I wish you the very best of everything. Below, I have included a few holiday-related articles for you:
If you are looking for a gift for a special social worker (including yourself!), scroll down to the "In Print" section of this newsletter. We have some books on social work careers, self-care, and clinical practice that we think are pretty special.
Social Work Month (March) will be here before you know it! The New Social Worker is seeking your submission of an essay or photo for our Social Work Month Project 2020. The submission deadline is January 29, 2020. Please see the call for submissions below, under "News and Resources." Please consider submitting an entry.
Here’s a quick link for immediate download of the PDF edition for Fall 2019:
Highlights: initiating NASW's professional review process, field placement away from home, mapping your social work career path strategy, Dr. Bernice Harper, narrative therapy with Latinx clients, and more. See listing below (after the "Featured Excerpt").
The Winter 2020 issue will be out in January!
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THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER®
December marks several observances, including but not limited to:
- World AIDS Day (December 1)
- Jane Addams Day (December 10)
- Human Rights Day (December 10)
- International Human Solidarity Day (December 20)
Job Corner/Current Job Openings
7 Strategies for Mapping Out Your Social Work Career Path
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER's Fall 2019 issue. Read the complete article at:
by Jennifer Luna, MSSW
Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn to your cell phone and
use your GPS app to lead you to your career goals? If you had SIRI to
inform you of opportunities along the way, or to ask you to make a
U-turn if you were going in the wrong direction? Unfortunately, many
social workers figure out what they don’t want to do, before they learn
what their calling is. Many of us take our first jobs out of
happenstance, sometimes because we are afraid we won’t get another
offer, or we feel as if we need to settle. Additionally, most social
workers are not trained to research, identify goals, and prepare for a
job search. We are also not trained to advocate for ourselves. So where
does that leave us?
Strategic career planning involves identifying opportunities in
your current situation that will propel your career to the next level at
each stage of your career, before you enter that stage. Each time you
make a career transition, it is important to make sure it is a
purposeful career move and will contribute to a clear and logical career
trajectory when you put it on your résumé.
There are times when we make a career transition that involves
concessions. For example, you might take on additional duties at your
job without actually receiving a promotion. These are called workplace
concessions, and although you may not feel the value of these
opportunities right away, they will lead to other opportunities that
will have a positive impact on your value.
Additionally, at times, your supervisor may ask you to “switch
gears.” You may be tasked to contribute to an important project or
committee—one that is time-limited and not part of your daily work
duties. This ability to switch gears is an invaluable work
characteristic that will enhance your reputation and leadership.
Strategic career planning also includes goal-setting for each
stage of your career, to enhance your skills, increase your visibility,
and maximize career opportunities. In each stage of your career, you
will find opportunities to network with experts and advance your
knowledge, in order to hone your expertise. By taking the following
steps, you will become a leader in your field and your community.
Depending on how far you would like to go, you could become a national
expert in your field, area of practice, or expertise.
1. Explore certifications that you would like to have.
Additional certifications go beyond CEU opportunities. They are
programs that demonstrate a specific competence on an advanced level. Do
your research before your next job interview or performance evaluation.
Identify what credential you would like to have (for example, DBT), how
much it costs, how it relates to your current job, and dates by which
you could complete the training. Oftentimes, an employer or supervisor
may not be able to give you the raise you were looking for, but they can
pay for a certification out of a different budget (such as professional
2. Develop your transferable skills.
By recognizing your transferable skills, you can begin to see
how these skills can apply to multiple levels of your career path. One
of the greatest limitations that some social workers have is the ability
to articulate their transferable skills.
Read the rest of this article at:
Selected articles from the Fall 2019 issue:
You have concerns about a social work
colleague's conduct. What are your ethical obligations? What is the best
way to proceed? Reporting to the National Association of Social
is one option. Is it warranted, and what does it entail?
Completing your social work field
away from home, in another country or state, takes emotional
It also provides rich experiences that will change your
Quick response (QR) codes can become a tool for any social worker to serve the public in a positive way.
it be great if your GPS led you to
your career destination? It won't,
but you can map out your social work
career path with these strategic
Social work has a long tradition of
outstanding women leaders. Dr. Bernice Harper is a leader who continues
to inspire well past retirement. Learn from her 70-year social work
Fall brings a new academic year and new
digital technologies for social work students. Here is your
back-to-school pep talk and tech toolkit, all rolled into one.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are
just for techies. They are offering more and more courses of
to social workers. And you can take them in your pajamas.
Is a macro social work license necessary?
#MacroSW hosted a Twitter chat on the topic of macro-level social work
Susan Mankita reviews Ethics and Values in Social Work: An Integrated Approach for a Comprehensive Curriculum - Second Edition.
Book Review of Stress, Trauma, and Decision-Making for Social Workers
- reviewed by Amy Ward.
Book Review of Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness - reviewed by Joshua Sanchez.
Peter Kindle reviews Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America.
For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
Recent Web-Exclusive Articles
HUSITA Best App Award 2020 Nominations
husITa is proud to announce the Best Human Service Application
Awards. The purpose of this competition is to recognize outstanding
software applications that support husITa’s mission - promoting the
ethical and effective use of information technology to better serve
An app is any use of computer or mobile device hardware, software,
and communications to address a human-service problem or a personal
The New Social Worker - Social Work Month 2020 Call for Submissions
March is Social Work Month! As in previous years, The New Social Worker will publish a Social Work Month series online—our Social Work Month Project 2020.
The submission deadline is January 29, 2020.
We are seeking submissions in the following categories from social work students, practitioners, and educators.
- The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has chosen as its 2020 Social Work Month theme: Social Workers: Generations Strong. In keeping with this theme, write an essay (500 words maximum) about a
social work mentor, mentee, or other social worker who has inspired you.
What was it about the person that was inspiring? What is/was special
about this person? Give examples of what they did that was special or
had a major impact on you as a social worker. Tell a story. Include a
- Write an essay (500 words maximum) focusing on a particular field
of social work practice that has meaning for you or that you are
interested in. This can be a story from your practice, reflections on
why you chose your field, what you have learned about the field, why it
is important, what you want others to know about the field. This essay
should focus on one area/field of practice, rather than the profession
of social work as a whole.
- Social work selfies/snapshots. Submit a photo of yourself
representing something about social work—what you do, what you like,
what the profession means to you, what you want others to know, how you
“do” self-care. For example, you might submit a photo of yourself in
your office, holding a sign about social work, or wearing clothing that
represents social work (such as a social work t-shirt). Include a short
paragraph to tell what the photo represents. Be creative!
All submissions must include the following to be considered:
- your name and social work credentials, as they are to appear with your submission
- school you attend or graduated from
- expected graduation date, if you are a student
- your contact information (email required)
- title of the submission (make it creative and brief)
- a short bio (no more than 50 words)
- the following statement: “If accepted, I ___________ (fill in your full name), grant The New Social Worker/White
Hat Communications all rights to this submission. I understand it may
be published on its websites, on its social media channels, and/or in
- Each person may submit ONE entry.
- Essay submissions: submit in a Word file.
- Photo submissions: submit photo in a JPG file, with the descriptive paragraph in a Word file.
Send submissions and questions to Linda Grobman, publisher/editor
. Attach your file(s) to an email, and please include "Social Work
Month Submission" and the title of your submission in the email subject
line. If you would like to include a photo of yourself, or other photos
to illustrate your essay, attach it/them to your email as JPG files.
Please do not send your submissions more than once. Before you send your submission, make sure it is the best it can be! Proofread, make corrections, and edit. It can be helpful to have someone look at your work and give you feedback.
Please pass this call for submissions along to others who may be interested.
Submissions that do not follow the above instructions will not be considered. Entries must be received by January 29, 2020.
University of Iowa National Poetry Contest for Social Workers
The University of Iowa School of Social Work National Poetry Contest for Social Workers in now open for submissions. The deadline is January 31, 2020. As in previous years, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poems will be published in The New Social Worker. In addition, the writers of the top three poems will receive cash prizes.
Write for THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER
I am seeking a limited number of articles for THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER website and magazine. Is there an issue that you are passionate about that corresponds with an upcoming “awareness” month, week, or day; holiday; or time of year/season? Or an issue you have experienced as a social worker or social work student that you would like to share with peers? These are good places to start to identify a topic for a timely article for our website.
For the magazine, we are seeking articles on social work career development, field placement issues, and fields of practice.
Our style is conversational and educational, and web articles typically run 500-750 words. Feature articles typically run 1,250-1,500 words. We want positive articles that social workers can use to help them advance in their careers.
I also welcome submissions of poetry, photographs, illustrations, artwork, videos, audio, and other creative work depicting social work and related topics.
Submit articles to Linda Grobman with a subject line that says “Submission—(insert title or topic of submission).” Attach your submission as a Word file. Please include in this file: title of submission, your name as you want it to appear with your article, body of your submission, a brief bio about yourself. I will then review your submission and let you know if I need anything else and/or whether it is accepted for publication.
Please email Linda Grobman
with ideas for longer (1,250-1,500 words) "feature articles" for THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER
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The University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
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