Social Work E-News 
Issue #195, February 14, 2017
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How are things going for you, in your life and your work? I just recently returned from vacation, and it reminded me that we all need times and spaces for renewal and replenishment. As social workers, we help clients take better care of themselves. Are you remembering to take care of youThis month's A-to-Z Self-Care blog post focuses on financial self care - it's Frugal February!
Reminder! The Winter 2017 issue of The New Social Worker is available now! Read articles from the Winter issue at
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Most articles from the winter issue can be read on our website, as well. Highlights include: ethics of documentation, 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, what the social work licensing board does (and does not do), book reviews, and more!

Valentine's Day is today! As social workers, we know that it is not all candy hearts and roses for everyone. Some have a difficult relationship with this day. This new article by social worker Sherry Saturno focuses on using your broken heart for good.
February is Black History Month! Did you hear that there is a new Black Heritage Series U.S.postage stamp, and it features Dorothy Height? And did you know that Dorothy Height - called the "Godmother of the civil rights movement" by Barack Obama - was a social worker, as well as an NASW Social Work Pioneer?  Read more about Dorothy Height and about the new postage stamp.

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This Month
February marks several observances, including but not limited to:
  • Black History Month
  • American Heart Month
  • LGBT History Month (UK)
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
  • International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
  • Rosa Parks Day - February 4 (in California and Missouri)
  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - February 7
  • Susan B. Anthony Day - February 15
  • World Day of Social Justice - February 20
and more!
NEXT MONTH - Social Work Month! Be on the lookout for our Social Work Month Series. Thank you to everyone who sent in a submission. If you have not heard back from me, I will be in touch soon.
Featured Excerpt

Is the Social Work Licensing Board for Me or Against Me?
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Winter 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:

by Brian Carnahan and Tracey Hosom
As public protection administrators with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, we speak with applicants and licensees daily about a range of issues and topics. Some issues are simple, involving directing someone to a resource on our website or explaining a provision of the law. Others are more difficult, such as helping applicants understand why their current circumstances do not allow us to issue a license. It is in working through these difficult situations that an interesting question can arise: Is the board “for” or “against” licensees? Or perhaps: Why doesn’t the board represent social work or counseling, or marriage and family therapy values? Why can’t the board make decisions that are “best” for the applicant?
These are fair questions. After all, the three professions are listed in the title of our board in Ohio. (Other states’ boards vary.) We have board members who represent these professions in their role as public protectors. It can be easy to confuse what the board does and what the board does not have the authority to accomplish.
The mission of our licensing board is public protection. In other words, the board exists to ensure that Ohio counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists are qualified, based on the laws and rules. When practitioners violate a rule or standard, the board can investigate and potentially discipline a licensee. Licensing board staff often have to make decisions in the context of issuing a license, which is separate and distinct from advocating for an individual to become licensed. The interests of the public take precedence over those of the individual.
Keeping in mind that licensees are not the “clients” of the board—rather, they are “customers”—can help when confronted with an issue. Although the board staff is here to help applicants or licensees achieve the best outcome for their individual situations, they cannot act as advocates for any applicant or licensee. The board must consider the public interest first and foremost.
The board is not an advocate for a profession, a set of values associated with that profession, or any political position—and the board is cognizant of these limitations. Advocating is the role of professional associations such as the National Association of Social Workers, the American Counseling Association, or the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. These organizations and their state affiliates advocate for the professional licensees, encourage their development, and promote the professions that they represent. Nonetheless, board staff recognize that the services provided by the board facilitate the licensee’s or applicant’s ability to pursue a career and earn a living.
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:
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Book Excerpt

by Gary M. Grobman, Ph.D.
This is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of A Practical Guide to Ethics in Your Nonprofit Organization, a new book published by White Hat Communications. Read the rest of Chapter 3 at
Book cover     In recent years, fundraising has become quite sophisticated. Technology has advanced so that there is much less face-to-face contact with donors. Fundraising has become a profession, with credentialing, training, university courses, and specialized software that makes solicitation more efficient. Ethics codes have been advanced that address many of the issues that relate to fundraising (see Chapter 9). And despite all of this, there is a dark side, as well. High profile cases of fraud and mismanagement have made the public more cynical about whether their donations are really being funneled to charitable purposes. For example, a year-long investigation by CNN investigative reporter Drew Griffin found that 50 U.S. charities “devoted less than 4% of donations raised to direct cash aid. Some charities gave even less. Over a decade, one diabetes charity raised nearly $14 million and gave about $10,000 to patients. Six spent no cash at all on their cause. The Chicago Tribune disclosed irregularities within the “Save the Children Federation” child sponsorship program, in which donors who contributed to support individual children were not informed that their sponsored child had died as many as five years before.
     Among the ethical issues that are of particular interest in fundraising are:
1. Fundraisers should obey all laws, rules, and regulations. The federal government has laws that apply to fundraising disclosure, substantiation, and record-keeping. Forty states and the District of Columbia require registration and reporting. Some local governments have restrictions relating to solicitation, such as times telephone solicitors may call, door-to-door solicitation, or canning on public streets, or on private property without permission from the owner. Organizations should honor “no solicitation” postings. Organizations should train their fundraising staff to know about and comply with these laws, and be scrupulous in insisting that violators will be subject to discipline, even if the intent of the fundraiser was a good-faith effort to benefit the organization. Organization staff members should be encouraged to report violations of law and organization policies, and not look the other way when their colleagues engage in illegal or unethical activities that stain the reputation of the charitable sector in general and the organization in particular.
2. Privacy and confidentiality must be protected. Organizations must protect the identity of donors who provide a gift on condition that they remain anonymous. Donor information, including credit card information (see for information about Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard compliance), Social Security numbers, e-mail addresses, and prospect research files must be protected and not disclosed to anyone without a legitimate need to know this information, unless the donor agrees. Donors should be afforded the option to opt out of having their address and/or e-mail address shared with other nonprofit or commercial entities. Organizations that use the services of third-parties for fundraising, gift processing, data management, data analysis, and similar services that require the release of sensitive data outside of the organization must make it clear in their contracts that donor privacy and confidentiality will be protected.
3. Organizations should meticulously honor gift restrictions of the donor. From the organization’s perspective, it may make perfect sense for there to be some flexibility in how a donor’s gift is used, even if it is not quite consistent with the stated purpose of the gift. However, it is unethical to divert the gift for purposes other than those expected by the donor without that donor’s express permission. There is certainly nothing wrong with alerting donors about alternative or related uses of their donations when the organization believes it is in their best interest to do so. If the organization solicits donations that are intended to be for unrestricted purposes, that should be clear to donors. Because there is a cost to tracking, managing, and reporting restricted gifts, many organizations will have some minimal threshold in their gift acceptance policy (see #4 below) that makes it clear that small donations are put to use where they are most needed by the organization.
(This is an excerpt from A Practical Guide to Ethics in Your Nonprofit Organization, by Gary M. Grobman, published by White Hat Communications in 2017. The book is available at
Job Corner
Full-Time and Part-Time Intensive In-Home Counselors

Build your career with a 100+-year-old organization, as an intensive in-home counselor serving children and families in the Calhoun County area. The right candidate is well-organized, driven, and focused. Must have skills in assessment, treatment planning and service delivery.  Must be licensed in a qualified mental health field. Part-time counseling allows a great deal of flexibility; viable candidates must be willing to commit at least 8 hours/week to direct service delivery. Travel to clients’ homes is required.

We are seeking talented professionals who are either Limited Licensed or Fully Licensed Social Workers or Counselors with their LLMSW/LMSW/LLPC/LPC/LMFT/MFT to provide therapy, psychological testing, and positive, strength-based support to individuals and their caregivers in the Community Mental Health System.  
Contact Person: Kathleen Fox
Phone: 517-630-2580
Director of Social Work
Bon Secours St. Petersburg
Bon Secours St. Petersburg seeks an experienced leader to serve our residents as Director of Social Work! We offer competitive compensation and a generous benefits package. As Director, you will be eligible for an annual bonus, as well as $5,000 in tuition assistance and up to $900 in wellness incentives. Relocation assistance is also available! We are seeking a compassionate leader to carry on a mission begun by the Sisters of Bon Secours nearly 200 years ago to bring good help to those in need, especially the poor and dying. 
To learn more about this opportunity, and to apply online, please visit Qualified applicants may submit your résumé to

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News & Resources
Call for Workshop Submissions
November 2-5, 2017  
Charlotte, North Carolina
Contact Person: Rick Chamiec-Case (
Deadline: March 1, 2017
The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) announces its 67th annual conference entitled "Advocating for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation in Communities." All are encouraged to submit proposals for workshop and poster presentations sensitive to the ethical integration of spirituality, faith, and social work practice. Presentations are encouraged that present model integration practices, report on research findings, and/or provide valuable information and insights relevant to the project of integrating spirituality, faith, and social work practice.
Workshop tracks include: 1. Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children; 2. Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment; 3. Direct Practice: Groups and Communities; 4. Administration and Work with Organizations; 5. Public Administration and Policy; 6. Professional Relationships, Values, and Ethics; 7. Social Work Education; 8. Social Work Research; 9. Technology & Social Work; 10. Student-Focused; 11. Research and Practice with Ethnically Diverse Populations; 12. Empowering Communities; 13: Faith and Justice
All potential presenters are encouraged to contact Rick Chamiec-Case ( with questions or to discuss ideas for workshop proposal submissions.

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