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The New Social Worker's Social Work Month Project 2017
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, the stages of change
model, what social workers must know about hope
, addiction in pregnancy
, must-see movies
for social workers in 2017, racial equity
, social work in sports
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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)
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
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
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Winter 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Winter issue:
...and more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
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The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals
Edited by Erlene Grise-Owens, Justin “Jay” Miller, and Mindy Eaves. This is
the latest book from The New Social Worker Press. The book, which takes
readers through the alphabet to discover a variety of self-care
strategies and develop a personalized self-care plan, is now available in both print and Kindle formats.
Order the book now at:
This book is ideal for individuals or for group trainings on
self-care. If your agency is interested in buying it in bulk for
training or other purposes, please contact me
caring and useful resource for helping professionals concerned
burnout, stress, staff turnover, and wellness.... By focusing on
insights and reflections and providing resources and strategies, The
A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook is a practical guide and an empowering book.
BARBARA W. SHANK, Ph.D., MSW, Dean and Professor,
Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine University,
of Directors, Council on Social Work Education
...well-researched and practice-based book that offers instructions,
insights, and recommendations on incorporating self-care that can guide a
person’s practice in helping others.
BEDTIME READING/GIFTS FOR SOCIAL WORKERS
What does a life in social work look like?
You might look at it
as a series of “sideways” stories! “If life were black and white, we’d
have no need for social work.” Read Ogden Rogers’ collection, Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work.
Available on Amazon.com
(print and Kindle), Google Play (e-book), directly from the publisher
and other bookstores.
Do you know a social worker or social work
student who loves to read? This book is a welcome retreat from academic
Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Ogden W. Rogers is a
thought-provoking book about the evolution of the author's career in the
field of social work. The real-life stories are whimsical as well as
enlightening. You follow the yellow brick road of a social work career
and feel the passion and dedication that is required of those who are
engaged in the social work profession.... A great read for anyone
entering the profession, or if you are involved and feel your passion
flickering, this book will surely re-ignite your love. --Mildred Mit
Joyner, MSW, LCSW, Emerita Director and Professor of Social Work, West
Chester University of Pennsylvania
Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way
A ground-breaking book by Dr. Danna Bodenheimer, LCSW, from The New Social Worker Press
Available now at:
"Danna Bodenheimer has written an insider’s guide to clinical social work that doesn’t make the reader feel like an outsider. This book is the clinical supervisor you always wanted to have: brilliant yet approachable, professional yet personal, grounded and practical, yet steeped in theory, and challenging you to dig deeper." Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago, Founder and Host, Social Work Podcast
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Influencing State Policy Awards
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.
- 1 BSW Scholarship at $500
- 1 MSW Scholarship at $500
Each scholarship comes with a one-year paid NASW student membership.
- Be currently enrolled full-time at a BSW or MSW level in School of
- 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:
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