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May marks several observances, including but not limited to:
- Mental Health Month
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- Older Americans Month
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Changing Areas of Practice: The Transferability of Social Work Skills
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Spring 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
The New Social Worker will be co-hosting a #MacroSW Twitter chat on May 18 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time based on this article, with Valerie Arendt as the guest expert. Please watch our Facebook page, Twitter, or MacroSW.com for details and to join in the discussion.)
by Valerie Arendt, MSW, MPP
School social work, mental health social work, aging social work,
medical social work, child welfare social work, military social work,
macro social work. At the heart of these diverse areas of practice and
expertise, we are all social workers and hold a variety of social work
When I review member résumés in my position at NASW-NC, I am
often asked how one can portray the social work skills specific to one
area of practice as transferable to another practice area. If you have
spent the last five years working with children, this doesn’t mean you
can’t successfully switch your area of practice to aging adults or
program administration. Most of the time, being able to successfully
articulate skills an open position requires is crucial to making the
case for a practice move. Licensure may be a barrier, if you don’t have
one. But, in general, being able to switch from one area of social work
practice to another is one benefit of our profession that enables us to
continue to learn and grow.
Transferable skills are skills social workers develop in one
setting that they can use and build upon in another setting. The ability
to identify your transferable skills allows you to explore career
opportunities where you can use your personal qualities and abilities as
well as your professional knowledge and competence. That can be more
important than the job titles you’ve held or where you’ve worked in the
Let’s start by outlining the difference between hard skills and
soft skills when it comes to defining your professional social work
skillset on your résumé and articulating your value in an interview, job
review, or to anyone who questions what a social worker does.
Transferable Soft Skills in Social Work
Soft skills are the personal qualities and interpersonal skills
needed to perform a job. Soft skills for the social work profession are
incredibly important. However, when considering including them on a
résumé, examples are essential. I often see résumés of social workers
who have a skills section and list soft skills with no supporting
information, for example: Listening skills, Organized, Flexible,
Teamwork, Patience, etc. To a hiring manager, these are just empty words
on a page if there is no information to convey how you might actually
possess these skills.
When articulated appropriately, these soft
skills are actually considered hard skills for the social work
profession. The key is to communicate how well you use these skills that
make you a good social worker, regardless of area of practice. Here are
a few examples.
Listening skills. One of the core tenets of
being a competent social worker is the ability to actively listen.
Paying attention to, and remembering, what a client tells you and
responding with appropriate questions allows you to establish trust.
Good listening skills are also critical in your work with colleagues,
supervisors, volunteers, and community members.
Communication. The ability to read, write, and
speak clearly to convey important information is essential. But for
social workers, it is crucial to be able to communicate well with a
variety of individuals, including clients, team members, and
supervisors. Social workers should understand and be practiced at verbal
and nonverbal communication, as well as be able to write clearly and
concisely to communicate objectives, goals, and scope of services.
Self-care and coping with pressure. Stress and
burnout in social work are real. Being able to articulate how you manage
pressure is critical. Do you actively use supervision, set boundaries,
seek out professional development opportunities? Outlining a self-care
plan and following that plan as a social worker is, indeed, a valuable
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Spring 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Spring issue:
...and much more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please dowload the PDF. You can also watch my Video Table of Contents
Mental Health Professionals
Now Offering $2,000 Retention Bonus for Full-Time New Hires!
Centurion of Florida, a partnership with MHM Services and Centene, is one of the fastest growing correctional healthcare companies in the nation and is proud to be the provider of healthcare services to the Florida Department of Corrections.
We are seeking FT Mental Health Professionals to work at the Suwannee Correctional Institution in Live Oak, FL.
The Mental Health Professional provides mental health case management services to clients and consults with a multi-disciplinary team in providing comprehensive mental health care, including: intake and assessments, crisis intervention, treatment planning, and providing individual and group therapy.
We offer excellent compensation and comprehensive benefits, including:
• Health, dental, life, vision, and disability insurance
• 401k with employer match
• 20 paid days off plus 8 paid holidays
• Health savings account with matching employer contributions
• Tuition reimbursement NHSC Loan repayment is available for qualifying locations
Contact: Shanda Bourne
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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 Linda Grobman
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 WORK GRADUATES
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
Available now at:
"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
Watch for Dr. Danna Bodenheimer's new book, ON CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK, coming soon!
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National Association of Social Workers Strongly Opposes Legislation To Repeal Affordable Care Act
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has issued a statement opposing legislation designed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, stating that the legislation "...would have a devastating impact on the health of our nation’s most
vulnerable citizens and make it more difficult to provide affordable
health care for poor and low-income Americans."
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