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Highlights: gun violence dialogue and social work values, social work and autoimmune disease, your social work legacy, assessing for PTSD in terminally ill patients, loss and chronic illness, the technology monster, and more. See listing below (after the "Featured Excerpt").
Our next issue will be Fall 2019. In the meantime, we have published articles by our columnists and others throughout the summer! See listings below of these recent articles.
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Job Corner/Current Job Openings
Jersey Behavioral Care in Union, NJ, is looking for LSW/LCSW/LAC for individual, family, couple, and group counseling. Part/Full time. Flexible hours. Must be fluent in Spanish.
Contact Person: Felix Grinberg
International Paruresis Association - Executive Director
Function: To provide inspiring leadership toward the achievement of the
organization’s mission, vision, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives.
Reports to: Board of Directors
1. Supports Board of Directors, serving as the primary communicator between the Board and the staff.
2. Oversees the design, marketing, promotion, delivery, and quality of all services and initiatives.
3. Develops and recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages organization's resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations. Ensures tight financial controls are in place.
4. Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.
5. Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders. Partners with other organizations to leverage efforts.
6. Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals, and administrating fundraising records and documentation.
7. Serves as an advocate for the needs of persons with Paruresis, including educating policy-makers regarding the challenges of living with Paruresis and the current regulatory environment that presents barriers to this population.
1. Experience running a not-for-profit organization, preferably one with national scope.
2. Strong communication skills.
3. Experience with legislative advocacy.
4. Program management experience.
5. Strategic planning experience.
6. Fund development experience.
7. Understanding of budget process and monitoring.
8. Understanding and/or experience working with people who have paruresis.
Paid vacation, holidays and sick days
Equal Opportunity Policy: All qualified applicants who are authorized to work in the United States will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, or sexual orientation. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of age with respect to individuals who are 40 years of age or older. Employees are subject to the provisions of the Workers' Compensation Act.
Contact Person: Steven Soifer
Boulder Jewish Family Service
Counselor/Care Manager II
Position Summary: As a member of the Senior Solutions Department, will provide care management and counseling services to older adults, adults with disabilities, individuals experiencing poverty, and impacted family members in the Boulder JFS program.
Position located in Boulder, CO.
JFS offers competitive pay and benefits, including generous holiday and leave programs.
Contact Person: Human Resources
Clinical Social Workers, MSW, FT, Days
Positions available in Social Services and Neurology departments.
With a 609-licensed-bed hospital, 1100 physicians and 4500 employees, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is one of the largest healthcare delivery networks in the Washington, D.C., area.
Provides direct services to patients and families related to hospitalization, dealing with illness and post-hospital planning. For Neurology, provides for the Department of Neurology – Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center, dealing with illness and post-hospital planning.
Provides social work consultation, leadership and teaching functions for designated medical departments, as well as for the community.
MSW degree from school of social work approved by the Council on Social Work Education.
Medical/acute care/crisis experience preferred.
DC licensure at the LICSW level.
Clinical social work knowledge and practice skills related to psychosocial aspects of illness.
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SpringHealth Behavioral Health is expanding and looking for passionate social workers with ABA experience to join our teams in GA, KY, IN, and VA! Our clinicians meet the unique needs of adults and youth with ASD, IDD, and mental illness.
If you're passionate about helping others live their best lives, we would love to talk to you!
Call us at (502) 424-2830 or email your resume to:
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Assessing for PTSD in Terminally Ill Patients
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER's Spring/Summer 2019 issue. Read the complete article at:
by Scott Janssen MA, MSW, LCSW
Over the course of a lifetime, most people will experience at
least one potentially traumatizing event. Some will develop
posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); others will experience lingering
after-effects, such as situational anxiety, hypervigilance, or patterns
of avoidance. Underlying posttraumatic stress can accrue and be
intensified by issues associated with aging, medical care, and terminal
illness. Social workers working with such patients in geriatric,
hospice, and palliative care settings may encounter challenges for
patients that run counter to conventional end-of-life goals, such as
effective symptom management, good communication, and a peaceful death.
Identifying such patients can be difficult. Symptoms of
posttraumatic stress are often misattributed to personality or
disease-related factors. Patients may be unaware that they are
experiencing posttraumatic stress or may be reluctant to disclose this
because of the fear of stigma, stoicism, or a preference to avoid
painful memories. Limited energy and cognitive changes may hamper a
patient’s ability to provide information. Symptom management concerns or
other end-of-life goals may take priority. Although information may
emerge during conversations about concerns or coping, there may be
issues related to privacy or trust that render assessment through direct
Standard PTSD assessment tools may send the wrong message to some
patients who are sensitive to psychiatric labels or perceived
inferences that they are being judged as having a psychiatric disorder.
Social workers familiar with the many validated measures of assessing
for PTSD may be able to adapt these with patients who are receptive, but
what about patients with cognitive impairment, high levels of distrust,
or who prefer to avoid the topic?
In such cases, the best approach may be a blend of
trauma-sensitive observation and inquiry within the larger context of
ongoing end-of-life care. Such an approach includes an awareness of
patients whose life experiences place them at elevated risk for trauma
exposure, identifying behaviors and symptoms suggestive of PTSD,
recognizing trauma triggers and elevated nervous system responses, and
the potential assessment-related uses of life review.
Read the rest of this article at:
Selected articles from the Spring/Summer 2019 issue:
For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
Recent Web-Exclusive Articles
New in Self-Care Summer:
Voting Is Social Work Campaign Kickoff Webinar - August 21, 2019
Voting Is Social Work! Get involved in the campaign by attending the kickoff webinar THIS Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.
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? This is a good way 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
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
May Grobman to help social workers navigate their careers through the
eyes of those with real life experience.
The 5th edition of Days in
Lives of Social Workers includes traditional and non-traditional
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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