Social Work E-News 
Issue #196, March 14, 2017
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The New Social Worker's Social Work Month Project 2017 is now underway. Thank you to all social workers for the important work you do! I hope you are having a wonderful month. Also, thank you to all who submitted entries for our project. We are publishing new items (essays, artwork, and poetry) each day throughout March, so please visit the project's page for these inspiring posts by social work students, practitioners, educators, and leaders.
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This Month
March marks several observances, including but not limited to:
  • National Social Work Month
  • Women's History Month
  • American Red Cross Month
  • Problem Gambling Awareness Month
  • School Social Work Week (March 6-10)
  • Social Work Management Week (March 6-10)
  • Social Work Week (Canada) (March 6-12)
  • World Social Work Day (March 21)
and more!
Featured Excerpt

10 Essentials Social Workers Must Know About Hope
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Winter 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:

by Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH
Few would dispute that social work is the profession of hope. It is, after all, the profession that works with marginalized, disadvantaged, and even devalued populations—what President Lyndon Johnson in his War on Poverty called people who live in “the outskirts of hope.” Many factors contribute to the decision to become a social worker. Certainly, most of us want to make a difference in the world. Some see social work more as a calling than a career choice. Regardless of the reason for entering the field, social workers come to the profession with an essential hopefulness. Without hope, without a belief that positive change is possible, the profession would cease to exist.
In 2012, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) held an annual conference with the theme of “Restoring Hope: The Power of Social Work.” After the conference, 58 social work experts wrote essays that described examples of hope in their practices. Called Hope Matters, this collection of case studies spans the continuum of hope from the individual to society. It is a testimony to the importance of hope for our clients, our communities, and our nation (Clark & Hoffler, 2014). Equally important is that social workers combine hope with human rights, social justice, and advocacy. It is this activism that sets social work apart from other helping professionals.
While we recognize the power of hope in a general way, perhaps we have not paid enough attention to hope as a concept in our field. We rarely define it, assess it, measure it, research it, or use it as a clinical tool. We learn and discuss the importance of empowerment, resiliency, the strengths perspective, and advocacy, but hope is often overlooked as a resource. It is understudied and is rarely taught as a therapeutic asset in our classrooms. Yet, as indicated above, it provides the framework that underlies most of our interventions.  
Surprisingly, we have no entry for “hope” in the Encyclopedia of Social Work (Franklin, 2016) or the Social Work Dictionary (Barker, 2014). Several other major and important works, such as the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care Social Work (Altilio & Otis-Green, 2011) and the Handbook of Oncology Social Work (Christ, Messner, & Behar, 2015), each have fewer than half a dozen references to “hope” in their almost 800-page volumes.
Not to be discounted, though, is the groundbreaking work of individual social workers who have been using hope clinically in their practices. Almost 30 years ago, oncology social worker David Callan (1989) described the value of hope in the counseling process. He developed a practical framework for assessing and enhancing a patient’s hope with special attention to identifying sources of hope, distinguishing hope from denial, and using hope to change maladaptive behaviors.
Similarly, a decade ago, Koenig & Spano (2006) looked at the use of hope in gerontological social work. They challenged the assumption that social workers use hope effectively when working with older adults and encouraged incorporating hope-inducing models into clinical practice. They also emphasized that we need to examine the role hope plays in our educational programs, as well as the agencies in which social workers practice.
Other helping professions, especially psychology and nursing (Herth, 2001; Lopez & Snyder, 2009), have higher levels of training in using hope clinically. They also have developed formal assessment measures, such as the Nowotny Hope Scale in nursing (Nowotny, 1991) and hope measurement scales in psychology (Snyder, 2002). These instruments identify critical components of hope and provide direction for clinical interventions and future research.
One difficulty with hope is defining it. On a personal level, we each have our own definition of hope, but we may not fully understand the concept as it applies to others. To the untrained eye, hope may appear fairly uniform, and people believe that everyone hopes like they hope. In actuality, hope differs from person to person and from family to family.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Winter 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:

Social Work Month Project 2017

Happy Social Work Month, Day 14! I am so excited about this year's project. Please visit the main Social Work Month Project 2017 page throughout the month of March. Items published so far are listed below:
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News & Resources
Influencing State Policy Awards
Influencing Social Policy has several student contests each year.

There are three contest levels for students to participate in. This year's contests are as follows:

Click on the links to these awards to learn the eligibility rules for each contest and to see some of the projects from past awardees. Contest documents are available for downloading/posting should you find that useful in your organization.

NASW-NYS Suffolk Division Scholarships
The Suffolk Division of the National Association of Social Workers - New York State Chapter announces its 2017 Suffolk Division Social Work Student Scholarship Competition.

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017
You must incorporate this year’s theme, Social Workers Stand Up, into your submission.
Scholarships Available:
  • 1 BSW Scholarship at $500
  • 1 MSW Scholarship at $500
    Each scholarship comes with a one-year paid NASW student membership.
Entry Requirements:
  • Be currently enrolled full-time at a BSW or MSW level in School of Social Work/Welfare
  • Have at least a GPA of 3.2
Winners are required to:
  • Attend the 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony
  • Be an active NASW Suffolk Division student member and ambassador
For further information, click the link below: or email: – Attn: Scholarship Committee Chair
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