Social Work E-News 
Issue #199, June 20, 2017
Social Work E-News
Editor's Eye
Hello --
Welcome to Issue #199 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.
It is summertime here in the U.S.! I hope you are enjoying the change of season.
I am so excited! I have a secret and I'm telling you first! As you know, Dr. Danna Bodenheimer, LCSW, wrote the hugely popular Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way, which The New Social Worker Press published last year. The exciting news is that Dr. Bodenheimer has a NEW book coming out next month. The book is On Clinical Social Work: Meditations and Truths From the Field. I absolutely love this collection of writings and photographs, and I think you will, too, if you are interested in the clinical aspects of social work. (P.S. Danna's blog is returning, too.)
The beautiful, full-color, hardcover edition of this book makes a beautiful gift for you, a student, or a colleague. It is available for PRE-ORDER now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble (maybe at your local bookstore, too), and they will ship it to you on or around July 17. 
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
I hope you will take advantage of the pre-order offer. And if you cannot wait until July 17, I will let you in on another secret! We have a (very) small supply at our office, and if you order it from our online store, we will send it to you now (while supplies last). I suspect that this supply will not last very long.

Last year, we had a Self-Care Summer project. Some people have asked me if we would be doing this again this year. So, by popular demand, please send me ( a short essay, poetry, artwork, original music, or other creative work related to self-care and/or how you practice self-care, and I will consider it for publication on our website. Send your submission with the subject line: “Submission: Self-Care Summer 2017.” I will consider submissions throughout the summer season.

The New Social Worker will be co-hosting a #MacroSW Twitter chat this Thursday, June 22, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Self-Care for Sustaining Our Social Work Practice, with guest experts Erlene Grise-Owens and Laura Escobar-Ratliff. Please watch our Facebook page, Twitter, or for details and to join in the discussion.

Reminder! The Spring 2017 issue of The New Social Worker is available now! Read articles from the Spring issue at
Here’s a quick link for immediate download of the PDF edition for Spring 2017:
Most articles from the spring issue can be read on our website, as well. Highlights include: ethics in social work advocacy, social work in Alaska, transferability of social work skills from one practice area to another, respite foster care, tangible social work, palliative care and hospice, online disability advocacy and allies, volunteer opportunities, book reviews, and more!
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Linda Grobman, ACSW, LSW
This Month
June marks several observances, including but not limited to:
  • LGBT Pride Month
  • Men's Health Month
  • National Safety Month
and more!
Featured Excerpt

Palliative Social Work and Hospice - My Passion
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Spring 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Andrew Smith, MSW

     In January 2015, at the age of 24, I began practicing palliative home care social work. In my work, I have experienced the most intense emotions in my life, both moments of deep sadness and intense joy. I have come face-to-face with secondary trauma and at times felt that I had reached my breaking point. Throughout this overwhelming journey, however, I have grown dramatically and have never been more satisfied both in my professional and personal life.
Why I Am Passionate About Palliative Social Work and Hospice
     My journey with palliative social work began as a secondary role to my position as a hospice social worker. I graduated in 2012 with a BSW and shortly thereafter had the good luck to secure a position at a nonprofit hospice agency in California. After working in hospice for a year, our sister home care agency developed a palliative program, and I jumped at the opportunity to be part of this promising new experience. It was the perfect opportunity for me, because I was beginning an MSW program, and becoming a palliative social worker would act as both my employment-based internship and an extension of my passion for hospice and working with end-of-life issues.
     Hospice care is end-of-life care for individuals who are no longer seeking curative or life-prolonging treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation, and experimental treatments. Palliative care, while similar to hospice, allows individuals to receive treatments that will prolong their lives, but these patients are often living with terminal illness.
     My primary motivation for seeking the position, and what continues to motivate me to this day, is the reality that death and dying are extremely taboo topics. Therefore, many individuals do not receive adequate information regarding their end-of-life options. Current research indicates that a major barrier for a patient’s preference to die at home is poor communication between patients and their doctors (Reese, 2013).
     Additionally, many individuals in our society do not receive adequate education on the risks and benefits of CPR and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders for someone with a terminal illness, nor do enough individuals receive sufficient education on their rights to elect against pursuing treatment that may only be prolonging a painful dying process. As a palliative social worker, I have the opportunity to address this gap in care and provide the education so many people need when they are living with a terminal disease. Little did I know, however, the enormity of the challenge I was undertaking until I was in the thick of a near-emotional breakdown of my own.
The Challenges of Being a Palliative Social Worker
     There is undoubtedly great reward in being a palliative social worker. It is a position that holds a great deal of responsibility, stress, and demand. Reflecting back on when I first began the MSW program and my new position, I realize now that I set enormously high expectations for myself. I saw a problem that I had every intention of fixing—I would close the gap in the end-of-life education that was not happening adequately between terminally ill patients and their physicians. I took the task upon myself to help patients process the information that they were terminal. What an enormous job I had undertaken!
     Grief is something I have had to look squarely in the face in this position, and this was not initially a conscious decision. The stress of my placement and the emotional difficulty with palliative care has brought up a tremendous sense of empathy that has also brought a strong sense of grief. Although I had worked in hospice for the previous two years, there is a different sense of connection and purpose with palliative care. Being a hospice social worker means I take a journey with patients to their final days. I entered into it with a sense of optimism that may sound strange to many. It is a beautiful concept that individuals have the ability to remain at home with their friends and family and get the symptom management they need.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Spring 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:

BONUS:  Read Erlene Grise-Owens' newest self-care blog posts, on more inspiring lessons of resilience and being fired up for self care (on being fired and self-care).
And recent online exclusive articles:
Job Corner
KVC Behavioral Health Nebraska
Extended Family Homes Specialist
The EFH Specialist actively recruits and provides initial and ongoing training to Extended Family Homes (EFH). Primary responsibilities will be to provide direct support and ongoing services to the EFH’s that are certified and trained through KVC and have placement individual(s) with developmental/intellectual disabilities. EFH Specialists will work to ensure that support and community resources are available for each EFH and for any individuals placed within their care. Leadership is required within all essential job functions and is demonstrated through positive and appropriate communication, community collaborations, excellent customer service, business and professional integrity. The EFH Specialist will have passion and respect for the mission and vision of the organization. Will meet outcomes to provide excellent services to individuals, youth, and families, and will help create a positive perspective of the overall public image of the organization.
To apply:

Community Concepts Inc.
Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia organization serving adults with intellectual disabilities has opening for a Full-Time Licensed LCSW.
Responsibilities include Crisis Stabilization and Therapeutic Consultation Services in accordance with company policies and VA Licensing and Medicaid requirements, developing behavior plans, and training staff on behavior plans.
Requirements include MA/MS in Psychology, Social Work or a related area with three years exp. working with special needs and challenging behaviors, exp. in developing behavior plans, ability to work flexible schedule.
MUST HAVE Licensure as a LPC, LCSW, or LMHP in VA.
Qualified candidates should submit resume to EOE. Drug-free workplace.

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Words From Our Sponsors

The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals
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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
husITa Names Winners of Best Human Services App Award
husITa recently announced the winners of the Best Human Services App Award for 2017. The award recognizes outstanding software applications that support husITa’s mission to promote the ethical and effective use of information technology to better serve humanity. Submissions were judged by a panel of three (two husITa Board Members and one app developer) using a set of seven criteria including the app's purpose, its value to end users, evidence of effectiveness, sustainability, number of users, financial support, and how the award would be used.

The judges awarded first place to Learning Pool in Northern Ireland for Child Development Apps 1-3, second place to Rob Morris from the USA for Koko, and third place to Ansible Australia for Record my Hours.
For more information, see:

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? This is a good way to identify a topic for a timely article.
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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.
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In Print
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