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Happy New Year! I hope your 2019 is off to a great start. I am looking forward to all that is in store for this new year.
At the end of each year, we publish a wrap-up of our top articles and activities for the year. In the process of putting this together, I was so excited to see all of these items in one place. The New Social Worker's top articles for 2018 list
is really a must-read list for social workers! I hope you'll take a look at it and share these articles with your colleagues and students.
Social Work Month
will be here before you know it! Social Work Month is in March, and we are already planning for this special month. See "News and Resources" below for details on our call for submissions, or check out the Social Work Month call for submissions here.
The New Social Worker website
is a great place to find a variety of new and archived articles on job search, social work careers, practice, ethics, and more issues for new grads.
Here’s a quick link for immediate download of the PDF edition for Winter 2019:
Highlights: religious freedom and social work ethics, Ms. Wheelchair America (a social worker), disenfranchised grief, difficult conversations, and more. See listing below (after the "Featured Excerpt").
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January marks several observances, including but not limited to:
- Human Trafficking Awareness Month
- Cervical Health Awareness Month
- National Birth Defects Prevention Month
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 21)
- National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (January 22-27)
Preparing Social Workers for Underrepresented Communities
Loyola’s New Online, Bilingual Master of Social Work (MSW)
The need has never been greater for social workers equipped to provide aid to Latinx, immigrant, and refugee communities. Loyola University Chicago announces the nation's first fully online, bilingual Master of Social Work
—taught in Spanish to prepare linguistically and culturally competent social workers.
Online Bilingual MSW Highlights:
- 100% online
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- No GRE required
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- Specialization in mental health and migration studies available
Find out why Loyola’s School of Social Work is named among the Top 50 Graduate Social Work Schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
- July 1 – Fall Session
- October 1 – Spring Session
Memorial Health System has an opportunity for a Behavioral Health Consultant on our multi-disciplinary treatment team in Lincoln and Springfield, Illinois. Our ideal candidates are continually advancing in knowledge, innovative in thought, and willing to work with others to achieve superior results.
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Ethics Alive! Religious Freedom and Social Work: Ethics of Referring Clients
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Winter 2019 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER.
Read the complete article at:
by Allan Barsky, Ph.D., JD, MSW
Freedom of religion is a central tenet within the American psyche. It is enshrined in American law through the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Religious freedom is also a cornerstone of American immigration history. Dating back to the earliest European settlers, many immigrants and refugees have come to America to escape religious persecution and enjoy freedom to practice any religion—or no religion at all.
In recent years, some politicians, businesses, and professionals have used religious freedom arguments to advocate for the right to refuse to provide services to people from certain diversity groups on the basis of religious objections. This article explores religious freedom in the context of social work practice, specifically whether it is ethical for social workers to cite religious differences with clients as the basis for referring clients to other workers, rather than providing services themselves.
Consider the following dialogue between two social workers in a family counseling agency.
Roger: I’ve just conducted an intake interview with Mr. Perez. I’d like to refer him to you. I think it would be a better fit. [Note: Ella identifies as a lesbian.]
Ella: Thank you, Roger. I’m wondering why you think it would be better for Mr. Perez to work with me.
Roger: Mr. Perez says he is gay, which fits more with your area of expertise.
Ella: I certainly welcome working with clients of all sexual orientations. However, I would also hope that you could work with gay clients.
Roger: As you know, I am Christian, and homosexuality is viewed as an abomination in my religion. It’s partly an issue of who can serve this client better, but also, a question of religious freedom. I don’t think I should be forced to support a homosexual lifestyle. This would violate my core beliefs. [Note: Roger identifies as an evangelist Christian.]
Ella: As a social worker, isn’t respect for the dignity and worth of all people one of our core beliefs? Don’t we have an obligation to provide service to all people, regardless of their sexual orientation?
Roger: Yes, respect for all is important, including respect for the religious beliefs of social workers. And yes, I do believe clients have a right to access to services, which is why I am referring Mr. Perez to you.
This abbreviated interaction highlights issues that may arise when the principles of religious freedom conflict with social workers’ obligations to clients, including the ethical obligations to provide service and to treat all people with respect. What are your thoughts on Ella’s and Roger’s perspectives? What are the key differences in their narratives and ethical perspectives? How could they engage one another in a collaborative problem-solving discussion of these issues, despite their differences?
One of Roger’s key points is that he should enjoy freedom of religion, just as any other person. The principle of religious freedom suggests that people should be able to have their own religious beliefs and conduct their life in accordance with these beliefs, without interference or coercion from the state or other actors (Carlson-Thies, 2017). The NASW Code of Ethics (2018) does not explicitly mention religious freedom. Standard 2.01 of the Code does suggest that social workers should show respect to their colleagues and not demean their religion. Standard 4.02 further suggests that social workers should not discriminate on the basis of religion. Remember, however, that the Code focuses on social workers’ ethical obligations to clients, employers, society, colleagues, and the profession. It does not identify social workers’ rights or freedoms.
Standard 1.01 says that social workers’ primary commitment is to their clients. This is one of Ella’s key points. Standard 1.01 implies that social workers should give precedence to their clients’ needs for service, even over their religious beliefs. Further, Standard 4.02 suggests that social workers should not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. So, does Roger’s decision to refer Mr. Perez to Ella amount to discrimination? Isn’t he refusing to provide service on the basis of the client’s sexual orientation?
Read the rest of this article at:
Here are articles from the Winter 2019 issue:
- Student Role Model - Jessica Watkins (in PDF format only)
- How Literary Fiction Helps Us Become Better Social Workers (in PDF format only)
- Practice Lessons Learned From Parenthood (in PDF format only)
For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
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Call for Submissions: The New Social Worker Social Work Month Project 2019
The New Social Worker will once again publish an online series for Social Work Month in March 2019. As part of this series, we are seeking submissions on the values of social work.
The New Social Worker is accepting submissions for Social Work Month
in the form of essays (up to 500 words) and other creative work that relates to one of the six core values of social work (see the Preamble to the NASW Code of Ethics).
Focus your essay/work on one of the six values, and be creative in expressing what this value means to you, its importance, or how you have seen the value's relevance in your life/work.
Send Social Work Month submissions to Linda Grobman
no later than January 31, 2019.
Submissions must be by social work students or social work graduates. Please include the following information at the top of your manuscript: your name, your degree (expected or received), school you attend or graduated from, and your email address. Then include the body of your submission, followed by a brief bio.
Please include "Submission - Social Work Month" and which value you are focusing on in the email subject line.
School-Based Threat Assessment Toolkit Available for Free Download
The School-Based Threat Assessment Toolkit is meant to be utilized as a practical guideline for schools to create their own policies and procedures in assessing threats. The toolkit was developed by Troy Brindle, LCSW, Vice-President of Springfield Psychological, and Terri Erbacher, Ph.D., Certified School Psychologist & faculty of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Every school and school district is unique and will present with characteristics requiring an individualized approach. Every school needs policies in place to properly manage school threats; identify, assess, and intervene with students who pose a risk; and effectively deal with the aftermath of a violent school act, including the complex trauma and grief that follow.
This toolkit serves as a resource to support safer schools in assessing threats. This toolkit is not meant to be prescriptive, but to provide the research and offer potential strategies to be individualized by each district or school entity.
The toolkit is available for free download at:
University of Iowa National Poetry Contest for Social Workers
Accepting poem submissions until January 31, 2019.
The University of Iowa School of Social Work conducts an annual, nationwide poetry contest to acknowledge the creative talent of social workers and to draw attention to social work as a profession. “Hosting the national poetry contest here in Iowa City is a natural extension of what the School of Social Work has been doing for decades," says faculty member Mercedes Bern-Klug, one of the contest's founders. "We have a 28-year track record of offering a Creative Writing Seminar for social workers--and the University of Iowa is known as "The Writing University." In Iowa City--recognized internationally as a UNESCO City of Literature--writing is the air we breathe."
The contest is open to students, faculty, or alumni from any United States CSWE-accredited social work program. See full contest rules and submit your original poetry online at http://bit.ly/SSWpoetry2018.
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poems will be published in The New Social Worker magazine.
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 and field placement issues.
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
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