Your Social Work E-News for December is here!
Social Work E-News 
Issue #217, December 11, 2018
Social Work E-News
Editor's Eye
Hello --
Welcome to Issue #217 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.
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.
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.  
I wish you the  very best of everything this holiday season! I am looking for a few short (up to 500 words) articles for our website for upcoming holidays (Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year, or others). Do you have something to share about helping clients during this season or through a particular holiday? Or a holiday story from your social work practice? Please send your manuscript to Linda Grobman. (See "Write for The New Social Worker" below.) For some inspiration, take a look at our holiday articles from previous years.
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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)
Job Corner
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Featured Excerpt

Keep Making an Impression After Your Social Work Job Interview: The Art of Following Up
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER.
Read the complete article at:

by Jennifer Luna Jackson, MSSW

     You’ve prepared, researched, applied, and interviewed. Now what? The job search process doesn’t end until you have started your first day of work at your new job.  
    The following tips will set you up for success in the days following your interview. During your interview, don’t forget to ask the employer, “What are the next steps in the hiring process? What is your timeline for hiring?” Many job seekers are so relieved when the job interview is over that they forget to ask these important questions. Without this knowledge, it can feel like entering a black hole.  
Take a minute to reflect.

    After you have finished your interview, take a moment to reflect on the questions that were asked, the culture of the organization you experienced, and the work style of your potential supervisor. Write down any questions that you may or may not have expected. This will help you with your next interview. Many times, when interviewing, you may notice something unique about the working environment or culture of the organization. Take note of this, especially if it was an element that impressed you. These are golden nuggets that will make your thank-you note stand out. For example, you might write, “When I was waiting for my interview, I was particularly impressed with the  customer service of the staff at the reception desk. They made everyone feel so comfortable, including the social workers, the anxious clients, and an anxious job seeker!”
    Finally, as we all know, an interview works both ways. Make sure that you write down any questions that you may have forgotten to ask the interviewer. These will come in handy when you get a second interview.
Write a thank-you note.

    Did you know that most job seekers don’t write thank-you notes?  According to an Accounttemps survey of human resources, only 24% of job seekers send thank-you notes. However, 80% of the hiring managers found them helpful when reviewing applicants. Thank-you notes should never be left out of the job search process. If you think about the other side, job recruiters have quite a few tasks to accomplish to select the best applicant. They must create a good job posting, gain approval from supervisors and human resources, sift through résumés, and schedule and conduct interviews. Even if the interview was not quite what you expected, the interviewer should always be thanked for giving you their time. A well-crafted thank-you letter gives you the opportunity to plug your skills and reiterate something that stood out about the interview or the organization. If you have interviewed with a panel, it is not necessary to send the thank-you letter to the entire panel, but do mention their names in the letter that you send to the lead interviewer. Aside from this, it’s just good manners to always send a thank-you.
Sample Thank-You Letter



Dear Mrs. Perez:

I would like to thank both you and Ms. Fox for taking time to meet with me to discuss the position of Geriatric Social Worker. I enjoyed learning about the Johnson Center and the many services it provides to older adults and the community.  I was delighted to learn about the integration of technology your agency uses in order to keep families connected through Facetime and Skype. After speaking with you and learning more about your organization, I am confident that my experiences in working with older adults and their families, case management, and coordinating volunteers offers the leadership qualities that make me an excellent fit for the job. Enclosed you will find the report I wrote on long-term care alternatives that you requested. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Again, thank you for your time and consideration.

    Thank-you letters should be written within 24 hours of the interview. This correspondence can be written by hand, emailed, or in the form of a formal letter sent by mail. It’s important to gauge the culture of the agency when selecting the type of correspondence you would like to send. For example, if it is a casual nonprofit, perhaps a handwritten thank-you note is in order. If it is a formal agency, such as a government or legislative position, you may want to send a formal letter. If the interviewer tells you that the selection process will occur within the next couple of days or sooner, definitely send a thank-you letter via email.  
Here are articles from the Fall 2018 issue:

Student Role Model - Gabriela Solis (in PDF format only)
Social workers often focus on successful outcomes. But has this emphasis diminished the role of process in social work practice? Can we resist the urge to "fix" and instead "sit with"?
What? Another group project? Social workers and social work students often work in groups. Learn to embrace the process.
Social workers use varying terms related to culture and social diversity - cultural competence, cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, cultural humility, and cultural responsiveness. What do they mean? What’s the difference?
Your professors said you would be working at three levels of social work - micro, mezzo, and macro. But your job seems to be all micro. Are you doing something wrong?
You made it through the job interview for the social work job you want. Now what? Do not neglect to follow up. Write a thank-you letter, connect on LinkedIn, and prepare for the next interview. The search isn't over until you start your new job.
You are excited about your new position as a social work manager and have many ideas about what can be done differently. You can’t wait to start, but it may be beneficial to take some time to consider several important issues
Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) provide a supportive environment within the college campus culture for students in recovery. The person-in-environment approach is one that is in sync with social work.
A series of #MacroSW Twitter chats has focused on social action in social work, including: vision, community assessment, action planning, and community organizing.
Is automation a threat to social work practice in the field? Or is it a tool?
AmeriCorps is similar to the Peace Corps, but volunteers stay in the U.S. Volunteering for the program can offer benefits to aspiring social workers.
The New Social Worker is an endorser of the National Social Worker Voter Mobilization Campaign. Terry Mizrahi and Mimi Abramovitz write about the campaign's background and ways social workers can get involved in getting out the vote in 2018.
As a social worker, what can you do to prevent youth suicide? The good news is that there are several psychotherapies that have been shown to reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors in youth. Expert Jonathan Singer provides 5 tips for social workers.
Book review of The Hidden Among the Hidden: African-American Elder Male Caregivers
Book review of Explorations in Diversity, Examining the Complexities of Privilege, Discrimination, and Oppression
Book Review: After the Cradle Falls: What Child Abuse Is, How We Respond To It, And What You Can Do About It
Book review of Narratives on Positive Aging: Recipes for Success.
...and more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.

BONUS! Read recent web exclusive articles:
News & Resources
Call for Submissions: The New Social Worker Social Work Month Series 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, 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.

Ethics and Values Video Available
The New Social Worker's ethics columnist Allan Barsky has developed a new video, Ethics and Values in Social Work: Client-Centered Processes for Managing Ethical Concerns. See details and a short excerpt from the video 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           
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poems will be published in The New Social Worker magazine.

Social Work in the News
This is a brief sampling of social work-related items in the news:

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.
Other topics of interest include: social work field placement issues, licensing, and career development.
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.
Please read our complete Writers' Guidelines.
Thank you!
In Print
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.

Now 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.


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


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!
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