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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").
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November marks several observances, including but not limited to:
- National Adoption Awareness Month
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
- International Survivors of Suicide Day (November 23)
Job Corner/Current Job Openings
UPMC Cole is seeking enthusiastic, warm, and optimistic Licensed Clinical Social Workers who will be driven by their passion to care for people in a rural, underserved area. The ideal candidate will feel fulfillment from being an active and vital part of a small, well trained and experienced primary care practice and will settle into the close-knit community that responds well to friendly, caring mental health professionals. The Licensed Clinical Social Workers in this rural community are highly esteemed and are treated very well by their employer that boasts an impressive physical plant and welcoming staff with great personalities. The organization is very fair and friendly in nature, offering strong compensation packages with production incentives.
The Behavioral Health Service Line is currently comprised of two Licensed Clinical Social Workers, adult and child and adolescent tele-psychiatrists and an assessment and referral counselor and is expanding to include several additional Licensed Clinical Social Workers and a Substance Use Disorder program.
Behavioral health therapist practice locations are in one or more of the primary care physician practices situated within the UPMC Cole service area and are open weekdays with flexible hours.
Patients are supported off hours by crisis workers through the various county agencies that support the patients’ community.
Workload is expected to be approximately 1,300 encounters per year.
Behavioral health therapist employment is with Cole Memorial Medical Group with an initial agreement requiring a minimum 36-month term
Compensation is based on benchmarks and regional data
Relocation reimbursement stipend is negotiable
Signing bonus is negotiable based on initial term
Retention bonus is negotiable (Candidate must extend contract commitment for at least two additional years past the initial term)
6 weeks per contract year are allotted for vacation, holidays, continuing education, and personal time off
Occurrence based Malpractice Insurance is included in package
Access to Dental, Vision, and Health Insurance is available to behavioral health therapist and dependents, with routine employee participation in accordance with the Hospital’s insurance program
Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurances are provided
Life Insurance is provided
403(B) Retirement plans are immediately available with an employer match
Professional association, society and licensing dues up to $700/year and reimbursement for continuing education up to $2,000/year, if approved by employer
Tuition reimbursement opportunity through HRSA National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
US Citizen, Green Card Holder
Any Experience Level
Start Date: ASAP
Licensed Social Worker, Twin Cities, MN
Bluestone Physician Services provides expert, on-site geriatric healthcare services to members in the comfort of their own home.
We are the largest provider of residential primary care in the nation, serving thousands living in assisted living and memory care communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Florida.
Bluestone has proven that personal engagement, quality of care, and exceptional service results in high patient and staff satisfaction.
Join us in this exciting new position and learn why Bluestone has been voted as one of Minnesota’s Top 150 workplaces, 7 years in a row! The Dementia Care Manager, LSW is a core member of a collaborative care team, including a Bluestone primary care provider and psychiatric consultant, as well as the community staff caregivers. Responsibilities include supporting Bluestone's patients diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers in order to ensure the highest quality of life possible. Establishing care plans that outline interventions, educating and support to patient's care team on Alzheimer's disease and related memory loss/dementias and their impact on cognitive function.
For questions, contact:
Felicia Mead / Sr Talent Acquisition Partner /
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When You Have Ethical Concerns: Initiating NASW's Professional Review Process
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER's Fall 2019 issue. Read the complete article at:
by Allan Barsky, J.D., MSW, Ph.D.
Assume that you have concerns about the ethicality of the
conduct of another social worker. For instance, a colleague is engaged
in a dual relationship (providing counseling to a family member) or a
co-worker is providing substandard services attributable to a substance
use disorder. What are your ethical obligations to address these
concerns, and what is the best way to proceed? This article provides a
brief overview of the options for redressing ethical concerns, followed
by a more in-depth description of when and how to initiate the National
Association of Social Workers (NASW) professional review process. This
article provides a relatively brief overview. If you are actually
involved in a professional review process, please refer to the specific
provisions of the NASW (2012) Procedures for Professional Review manual
and instructions for how to file a complaint.
Obligations to Redress Concerns
Under the NASW (2018) Code of Ethics, social workers have a
number of obligations to redress concerns about other social workers.
Under Standard 2.08(a), for instance, when social workers “have direct
knowledge of a social work colleague’s impairment that is due to
personal problems, psychosocial distress, substance abuse, or mental
health difficulties and that interferes with practice effectiveness,”
they should consult with that colleague and assist him/her in taking
remedial action. If the colleague does not take adequate steps to
address the impairment, Standard 2.08(b) guides social workers to “take
action through appropriate channels established by employers, agencies,
NASW, licensing and regulatory bodies, and other professional
The appropriate channel offered by the NASW for redressing
ethical issues (including impairment) is the professional review
process. Standards 2.09 and 2.10 have similar provisions for responding
to social work colleagues who are acting in an incompetent manner or who
have acted in an unethical manner. Thus, when a social worker becomes
aware of a colleague’s impairment, incompetence, or unethical behavior,
the social worker should first try to address the issue with the
colleague. If addressing the issue directly with the colleague is not
sufficient, the social worker should consider reporting the situation to
the colleague’s employer, licensing body, the NASW, or other
professional association. The Code of Ethics provides social workers
with discretion in determining the appropriate channel for redressing
Reporting Colleagues to the NASW
So, how should one decide whether to report a colleague to the
NASW through the professional review process (PRP)? Typically, the best
way to redress concerns is through the most informal and most
collaborative process first. Thus, speaking directly to a colleague or
the colleague’s supervisor may be preferable to initiating a formal
licensing grievance or a criminal charge. Workers should also consider
the gravity of the concerns.
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
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.
- 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.
All submissions must include the following to be considered:
- Your name and credentials, as you want them to appear with your submission.
- 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.”
Send submissions and questions to Linda Grobman, publisher/editor
. Please include "Social Work Month Submission" and the title of your submission in the email subject line.
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
GET READY FOR HOLIDAY GIFT-GIVING SEASON!
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.
the broadness of social work is what brings many people into the
profession, at times it can be overwhelming.
Fortunately, we have Linda
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eyes of those with real life experience.
The 5th edition of Days in
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paths that offer a practical and realistic snapshot of the
fields of social work.
An added bonus is the updated list of
professional organizations, web resources, and social media, blogs and
This is a must have for social workers at any stage in their
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
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.
BEGINNINGS, MIDDLES, & ENDS: SIDEWAYS STORIES ON THE ART & SOUL OF SOCIAL WORK
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
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