Your Social Work E-News for December is here!
Social Work E-News 
Issue #229, December 10, 2019
Social Work E-News
Editor's Eye
Hello --
Welcome to Issue #229 and the last issue for 2019 of the Social Work E-News! Thank you for subscribing to receive this email newsletter, which is brought to you by the publisher of The New Social Worker magazine,,, and other social work publications.
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.
Reminder: Our Fall issue is OUT!  Read articles from it at
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!
The New Social Worker website is a great place to find a variety of new and archived articles on job search, social work careers, practice, ethics, technology, and more issues for new grads, as well as seasoned social work professionals.
We also publish web-exclusive articles on our website! See listings below of the most recent articles.

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Until next time,
Linda Grobman, ACSW, LSW
This Month

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)
and more!
Job Corner/Current Job Openings
Find jobs for new grads and experienced social work practitioners at, THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER’s online job board and career center.
If you or your agency are hiring social workers, don’t forget to post your jobs on Please check the SocialWorkJobBank “products/pricing” page for job posting options and SPECIAL offers. 
Job seeker services are FREE—including searching current job openings, posting your confidential résumé/profile, and receiving email job alerts. Please let employers know that you saw their listings in the SOCIAL WORK E-NEWS and at
Featured Excerpt

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:
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 Workers is one option. Is it warranted, and what does it entail?

Completing your social work field placement away from home, in another country or state, takes emotional fortitude. It also provides rich experiences that will change your life. 

Quick response (QR) codes can become a tool for any social worker to serve the public in a positive way. 

Wouldn't 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 steps. 

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 career. 

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 not just for techies. They are offering more and more courses of interest 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 licensure.

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.
I also invite you to listen to my (Linda's) podcast about The New Social Worker's Fall 2019 issue.
Recent Web-Exclusive Articles
News and Resources
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 humanity.
An app is any use of computer or mobile device hardware, software, and communications to address a human-service problem or a personal challenge.
Nomination deadline is February 28, 2020. See for details on how to nominate an app.

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.
Submission Categories
  • 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 photo.
  • 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 its publications.”
  • Each person may submit ONE entry.
File Formats:
  • 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.

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.
Please contact Linda Grobman, editor/publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER, at:
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 magazine.
For more detailed information, please read our complete Writers' Guidelines.
Thank you!
In Print
Days in the Lives of Social Workers: 62 Professionals Tell "Real-Life" Stories From Social Work Practice (5th Edition)
Spend a day with social workers in 62 different settings, and learn about the many career paths available to you. Did you ever wish you could tag along with a professional in your chosen field, just for a day? DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS allows you to take a firsthand, close-up look at the real-life days of 62 professional social workers as they share their stories. Join them on their journeys, and learn about the rewards and challenges they face.
"While the broadness of social work is what brings many people into the profession, at times it can be overwhelming. Fortunately, we have Linda May Grobman to help social workers navigate their careers through the eyes of those with real life experience. The 5th edition of Days in the Lives of Social Workers includes traditional and non-traditional career paths that offer a practical and realistic snapshot of the diverse fields of social work. An added bonus is the updated list of professional organizations, web resources, and social media, blogs and podcasts. This is a must have for social workers at any stage in their career!"
Jennifer Luna, MSSW
Director, Dinitto Career Center
The University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work

The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals

The A-to-Z format in this book provides 26 practical strategies for your personal self-care plan. Learn how to make a SMART plan and keep yourself accountable. Easy to read and essential for any social worker or helping professional.
ISBN: 978-1-929109-53-1


With just the right blend of humor and candor, each of these stories contains nuggets of wisdom that you will not find in a traditional textbook. They capture the essence and the art and soul of social work.

Now in Paperback and Hardcover: ON CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK: MEDITATIONS AND TRUTHS FROM THE FIELD is Dr. Danna Bodenheimer's NEWEST book.

The beautiful, full-color book - now in paperback and hardcover - makes a meaningful gift for you, a student, or a colleague. It is available  now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble (and other bookstores, too).

Jonathan Singer of the Social Work Podcast wrote the foreword to this book, and he said, "Danna pays attention to life’s details with a psychotherapist’s insight and writes about them with the passion of a slam poet. She speaks to the soul of social work and inspires us to think about more than just social work."
Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Founder and host, Social Work Podcast

Now available in a black & white edition, too.
A perfect companion to Danna Bodenheimer's first book, Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way.

White Hat Communications, publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine and the Social Work E-News, has published several books about social work. These books make great gifts (for graduation, holidays, or other occasions) for yourself, or for your friends, students, and colleagues in social work!
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