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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 you?
This month's A-to-Z Self-Care blog post focuses on financial self care - it's Frugal February
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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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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
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.
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
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:
...and more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
BONUS: Recent online articles on our website:
by Gary M. Grobman, Ph.D.
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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payment_Card_Industry_Data_Security_Standard 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
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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
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"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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Call for Workshop Submissions
NACSW’s 67th ANNUAL CONVENTION
AND TRAINING CONFERENCE
November 2-5, 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) with questions or to discuss ideas for workshop proposal submissions.
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