Social Work E-News 
Issue #193, December 13, 2016
Social Work E-News
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Welcome to Issue #193 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.
I have been busy working on the Winter issue of The New Social Worker, which will be the first issue of our 24th year! I am very excited about the articles in this issue, which will be out in early January.
Remember, the Fall issue of The New Social Worker is available now! Read articles from the Fall issue at
Here’s a quick link for immediate download of the PDF edition for Fall 2016:
Most articles from the fall issue can be read on our website, as well. Highlights include: coping with multiple codes of ethics, getting funding for social work studies, how to quit your job professionally and ethically, occupational social work, internalized racial oppression, becoming a social work leader, developing an emotional sense of direction, and more!

The holiday season is upon us! Here are a couple of holiday-related articles we recently published

As you think about holidays and colleagues, remember that The New Social Worker publishes books that make interesting and unique gifts for social workers, such as Real World Clinical Social Work; The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers & Other Helping Professionals; and Beginnings, Middles, & Ends. Check our site at or (click on titles above) for more information on these titles.

Submit your entry for The New Social Worker's Social Work Month Project 2017!
We are now accepting submissions for Social Work Month, which is in March. See the submission guidelines on our website, or scroll down to the "news and resources" section in this newsletter for more details. I look forward to seeing your submission!

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Linda Grobman, ACSW, LSW
This Month
December marks several observances, including but not limited to:
  • World AIDS Day (December 1)
  • Human Rights Day (December 10)
  • International Human Solidarity Day (December 20)
and more!
Featured Excerpt

I Quit! How a Social Worker Can Leave a Social Work Job Professionally and Ethically
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2016 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:

by Valerie Arendt, MSW, MPP
     Leaving your social work job can be a difficult decision. Figuring out if and when you should leave will have an impact on your career and your family. There are many reasons to leave a job:
  • Another exciting opportunity has come along.
  • You’re stressed out.
  • The agency has poor leadership.
  • Your employer won’t let you attend professional development. Ever.
  • They don’t encourage your career growth, or there are no advancement opportunities.
  • It’s not a right fit.
  • It’s just time to move on.
  • All of the above.
    These reasons aren’t unique in the social work profession, but there are some additional ethical considerations social workers need to think about before leaving their current positions. For whatever reason, you are ready to make a move. Here are a few steps to help you through the process of quitting your job with poise and without burning those essential professional bridges.
What To Do  Before You Quit

    1. Update your résumé and tap into your network. You should be doing this on an ongoing basis anyway, not just when you are ready to quit. Ideally, you will already have a job lined up before you quit, but sometimes employees need to exit quickly. Keeping up with your professional network and knowing what opportunities might be available for you are good life-long career strategies (see tool #3 of 9 Tools for Your Professional Social Worker Toolkit in the Fall 2015 issue of The New Social Worker).
    2. Be discreet about your job search. Don’t search for or apply for jobs while you are at work. This may get you fired. Do your online job search at home, but definitely use your professional work contacts to find out which organizations may be hiring.
    3. Start collecting your things. When you give notice of your departure you may be asked to leave immediately for security purposes. Many social workers don’t expect this, but it does happen. If you have more than a boxful of personal items at your desk, quietly start taking things home, so there isn’t a big scene if you are asked to leave on the day you resign.
    4. Write a letter of resignation. Give your employer documentation of your resignation. Keep it simple and positive, as this will likely go in the organization’s file on you. Even if they treated you poorly, they did hire and employ you. Thank them for the job, and give them the date of your last day of employment.
    5. Give appropriate notice. Check your organization’s policies on the amount of notice that is required. Two weeks is standard for entry-level positions, but if you are in a supervisory role or manage programs, a month is a decent amount of time for your employer to put a plan in place until your replacement is hired.
    6. Resign in person. Schedule an in-person meeting with your supervisor to give notice that you are leaving. Be prepared to be asked why you are quitting, but don’t feel obligated to tell them everything if you are truly dissatisfied with your job or employer. You don’t want to risk an emotional outburst from either side. Practice what you are going to say and restate what you have written in your resignation letter.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2016 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:

Job Corner
Director of Social Work
Bon Secours St. Petersburg
Bon Secours St. Petersburg seeks an experienced leader to serve our residents as Director of Social Work! We offer competitive compensation and a generous benefits package. As Director, you will be eligible for an annual bonus, as well as $5,000 in tuition assistance and up to $900 in wellness incentives. Relocation assistance is also available! We are seeking a compassionate leader to carry on a mission begun by the Sisters of Bon Secours nearly 200 years ago to bring good help to those in need, especially the poor and dying. 
To learn more about this opportunity, and to apply online, please visit Qualified applicants may submit your résumé to

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services - Arizona
Join Southwest Behavioral & Health Services, Arizona’s largest and leading nonprofit community-based provider of behavioral health services, as we celebrate 40 years of helping people feel better and maximize their potential. If you’re a compassionate, dedicated professional looking to make a positive impact in the lives of individuals, families, and communities, consider the following full-time opportunities:
Program Coordinator – Located in Bullhead City, AZ
Behavioral Health Professional – AZ statewide locations
Licensed or licensed eligible applicants highly encouraged to apply!
Competitive Salary Ranges of $47,000 - $65,000 (DOE)
100% Paid Benefits, Relocation Assistance, Sign-on bonus, Tuition and license Reimbursement Programs!
We provide an EXCELLENT compensation package including: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, 403(b), Pet Insurance, 10 Paid Holidays and Generous Vacation & Sick Time!
Drug screen & background check required. EOE

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Words From Our Sponsors: Holiday & Graduation Gift Ideas for Social Workers

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.
...a caring and useful resource for helping professionals concerned about 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.
DR. BARBARA W. SHANK, Ph.D., MSW, Dean and Professor, School of Social Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine University, Chair, Board of Directors, Council on Social Work Education

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 (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 textbooks.
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
ISBN: 978-1-929109-50-0
223 pages
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

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News & Resources

Submit Your Entry
The New Social Worker's Social Work Month Project 2017
Deadline: January 16, 2017
       The New Social Worker is seeking submissions from social work practitioners, educators, and students for Social Work Month 2017. Please consider submitting your work for The New Social Worker magazine’s online Social Work Month Project.
     We invite you to submit a creative work that presents a positive view of social work on the micro, mezzo, and/or macro level. These can be, for example, writings or videos on what you like best about your social work career, the best/most important thing you've learned as a social worker and how you learned it, a moment in your career that inspired you, what you see as the main purpose of social work, dispelling myths about social work, social work ethics/values (for example, choose one of the core values in the NASW Code of Ethics), a story about social work, or your favorite area of social work practice. Don't limit yourself to these ideas, though. Use your imagination!
     Submissions may be in the form of:
  • Essay/creative writing (no more than 500 words)
  • Video
  • Memes
  • Other creative work
   Works that are accepted will be published on The New Social Worker website during March 2017 and may also appear on our various social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and in our publications.
     See for complete guidelines and instructions for submitting your entry.
     Submissions that do not follow the instructions will not be considered.  Entries must be received by January 16, 2017.

National Poetry Contest for Social Workers
Deadline: January 1, 2017
Any social work student, faculty member, or alumnus from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may participate in the National Poetry Contest for Social Workers, hosted by the University of Iowa School of Social Work.  The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2017. Poems should speak to hopes, dreams, fears, and experiences related to social work.
The purpose of the contest is 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, a founder of the poetry contest. "We have a 25-year track record of offering a Creative Writing Seminar for social workers and the University of Iowa is known as the 'writing university.' Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature. Writing is in the air."
There is no cost to enter the contest. One submission per social worker is allowed. Entries will be judged by a panel of social workers, writers, and poets. The top three submissions will be awarded cash prizes and published in The New Social Worker. All submissions that meet the requirements will be published in an electronic chapbook on the UI School of Social Work website.

In Print
White Hat Communications, publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine and the Social Work E-News, has published several books about social work. These books make great gifts (for graduation, holidays, or other occasions) for yourself, or for your friends, students, and colleagues in social work!
We also publish books on nonprofit management. Want to start your own agency? We have a book for that.
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You can also view and download our catalog in PDF format.
Quick Link: Fall 2016
The above advertised program is not a social work degree program.

This Month
Featured Excerpt
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