Your Social Work E-News for May is here!
Social Work E-News 
Issue #234, May 12, 2020
Social Work E-News
Editor's Eye
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Welcome to Issue #234 of the Social Work E-News! Thank you for subscribing to receive this email newsletter, which is brought to you by the publisher of The New Social Worker magazine,,, and other social work publications.
The New Social Worker is continuing to provide information for social workers in regard to navigating issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social workers have been providing essential services on the front lines of this crisis. I applaud you, whether you have continued to report to a work site in the community or you have transformed your practice from an in-office one to an online one with little notice. You can find our COVID-19 page here.
Our Spring/Summer issue focuses on the 2020 BSW and MSW graduates, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to social work and social workers. Congratulations to all new social work grads, and welcome to the profession. We need you and are excited about your future in the profession!
Our Spring/Summer issue is out NOW!  Read
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Highlights: ethical exceptions during COVID-19 pandemic, open letter to social work students, minimizing job search stress during COVID-19, 19 ideas for field placement, societal burnout, National Poetry Contest for Social Workers winning poems, and more. See listing below (after the "Featured Excerpt").

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Linda Grobman, ACSW, LSW
This Month

May marks several observances, including but not limited to:
  • Mental Health Month
  • National Foster Care Month
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
  • National Women's Health Week (May 10-16)
...and more.
Job Corner/Current Job Openings
Bergen's Promise
Assistant Director of Operations
We at Bergen’s Promise are seeking that visionary and mission driven leader who shares our passion and intensity to join our senior management team. We are a fast-growing social services agency serving the youth and families of Bergen County, New Jersey. Do you embrace collaboration and excellence? Do you possess the experience to nurture, to motivate, and to coach a high-achieving team? Finally, can you lead the integrated wraparound care management model? If you possess these traits and more, we are interested in talking with you!
  • Responsible for and leadership of Care Management department.
  • Assist Chief Operating Officer, when needed, in oversight of daily agency responsibilities.
  • Collaborate with Executive Leadership to develop and implement the agency's strategic vision.
Qualifications & Skills:
  • Master’s Degree in a related field (such as Social Work, Counseling, Clinical Psychology).
  • Maintenance of a full license in an appropriate discipline (LPC or LCSW) required.
  • Minimum of three years experience supervising middle management personnel.
  • Minimum of three years post Master’s related experience supporting children with mental health needs.
BP will offer YOU an excellent benefit package including Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance, and two types of pension plans. We offer liberal time off benefits including Vacation, Personal, and Sick time; and provide 13 paid holidays a year. We are committed to your professional development and will provide you with ample opportunities for continued education and training.

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Featured Excerpt

Nothing Was the Same: 3 Reasons Post-COVID-19 Social Work Practice Is Never Going Back

Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER's website. Read the complete article at:

News and Resources
Survey on Social Work Ethical Challenges Under COVID-19
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) invites social workers around the world to respond to a request for accounts of ethical challenges they are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to respond is May 18, 2020. Information and response forms in various languages are available on the IFSW website. For more information, please see:

Medicare Now Reimbursing for Audio-Only Psychotherapy During Pandemic
May 01, 2020The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) on May 1, 2020, announced that clinical social workers can now receive Medicare reimbursement for psychotherapy services provided via audio-only devices such as landlines during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced these and other temporary rule changes and waivers to increase access to healthcare and mental health services for the millions of older adults who, as a result of the pandemic, cannot safely receive services in-person. The agency in March implemented numerous flexibilities to promote greater deployment of telehealth, including allowing health care providers such as clinical social workers to use smart phones with video chat apps to provide services, in addition to video conferencing platforms that were permissible pre-COVID-19.
NASW advocated vigorously for further expansion of this telehealth flexibility to include audio-only devices. Millions of Medicare beneficiaries, especially those in rural areas and those who have low incomes, do not have smart phones and/or reliable access to the internet. Some, because of health or mental health conditions, are not able to use video chat apps.
“CSWs are the nation’s largest provider of mental and behavioral health services, and essential health care providers in this pandemic” said Angelo McClain, Chief Executive Officer of NASW. “With this new regulatory flexibility, our workforce now has another extremely valuable telecommunications tool at its disposal in meeting the urgent psychosocial needs of Americans who are older or living with a disability."
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.
In addition, we are accepting articles of up to 500 words for our website on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Please contact Linda Grobman, editor/publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER, at:
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 magazine.
For more detailed information, please read our complete Writers' Guidelines.
Thank you!
In Print
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.
"While 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 the Lives of Social Workers includes traditional and non-traditional career paths that offer a practical and realistic snapshot of the diverse fields of social work. An added bonus is the updated list of professional organizations, web resources, and social media, blogs and podcasts. This is a must have for social workers at any stage in their career!"
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

The 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.
ISBN: 978-1-929109-53-1


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.

Available 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

Now available in a black & white edition, too.
A perfect companion to Danna Bodenheimer's first book, Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way.

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