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Erlene Grise-Owens and Justin "Jay" Miller (two of our webinar presenters) write that self-compassion may be the heart of self-care
. Enjoy their post!
And since it is February, that means that next month is...SOCIAL WORK MONTH 2018! Throughout March, we will be celebrating the social work profession by publishing messages from leaders and practitioners in the field. We will publish the winners of the Reverse Poetry Contest sponsored by The New Social Worker, in collaboration with Loyola University Chicago. AND...we will kick off
our first ever webinar series.
In collaboration with BSCorbett Consulting, we offer two webinars
this spring. The first is on self-care
and the second on negotiating
your best salary and
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these topics. Find
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Additionally, we are still accepting submissions for Social Work Month
in the form of essays (up to 500 words), artwork, music, videos, and other creative work that relates to social work in a positive way. Answer the question: What's so great about social work? Or write about an aspect of social work ethics/core values. Or reflect on a positive social work experience or a particular field of practice that you love. Send Social Work Month submissions to Linda Grobman
no later than February 20, 2018 (extended deadline).
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. Our social work career experts will choose one question to answer each month.
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THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER®
February marks several observances, including but not limited to:
- Black History Month
- American Heart Month
- Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
- Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week (last week of February)
Loss and Suffering: The Role of Social Work
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Winter 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., MSW, MPH
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
Experienced social workers can easily recall a situation that
involved the witnessing of suffering, a situation so difficult that the
details of the memory remain clear throughout their careers. For me,
that situation was the death of a mother from lung cancer. I was
consulted late in the afternoon because medical staff felt the woman
would not live through the night, and her children were there alone.
When I arrived, I found her four teenage children clustered around her
hospital bed. They were tearful and overwhelmed. Their mother was
unresponsive, and despite provision of oxygen and medications, her
breathing was quite labored. There was no father in the picture, and
there were no relatives or close family friends available to help them. I
did not go home that night, but stayed to provide emotional support
during their deathwatch. It was heartbreaking to see the fear in their
eyes as they waited for their mother’s breathing to stop. In early
morning, it did. Their mother’s suffering had ended, but the grief of
the four teenagers had only begun.
Witnessing suffering is difficult. Regardless of self-awareness,
self-care, and support, witnessing suffering on a regular basis can be
overwhelming. Arbore, Katz, and Johnson (in Katz & Johnson, 2006)
note that “being present to suffering on a daily basis places huge
demands on our psyches, our souls, and our very being.”
Eric Cassel, a physician, wrote a definitive article on suffering
that has guided many professional interventions. He defined suffering
as the “state of severe distress associated with events that threaten
the intactness of the person” (1982), and described suffering and its
impact in broad terms. Cassel acknowledged that suffering is ultimately a
personal matter, even though one can suffer enormously at the distress
of another person. Although it is accurate that suffering usually is
linked with physical pain and related symptoms, it goes much further.
Suffering affects personal relationships, personal performance, personal
transcendence or meaning, even one’s personhood (Cassel, 1991).
Loss and suffering often go hand-in-hand, and social work
frequently entails working with individuals who have experienced, or are
experiencing, loss. Examples include settings such as nursing homes,
cancer programs, hospices, intensive care units, addictions, prisons,
and foster care. Although the concept of loss has basic features
regardless of the setting, each type of loss has specific
characteristics, circumstances, and consequences. For example, loss of a
loved one to cancer is not too dissimilar to the loss someone feels
when a family member is sentenced to a long prison term, or diagnosed
with Alzheimer’s disease, or removed from a family and placed in foster
Temporary, sometimes reversible, losses also have consequences.
These can include loss of employment, loss of possessions to a fire or
natural catastrophe, financial losses, or separation from loved ones as a
result of estrangement, immigration, or a lengthy deployment for
Then there are losses that have a personal, direct, and
significant impact on the daily lives of the individuals who experience
them. Loss of limb, loss of function or ability, loss of sight or
hearing, or loss of reproductive capability are examples that often
require ongoing and prolonged psychological adjustment and adaptation.
Regardless of the type of loss, one characteristic is fairly
constant—every loss is accompanied by a grief response of some
intensity. At the same time, we understand the importance of resilience
(Greene, 2012), and recognize that individuals are generally resilient,
perhaps more resilient than we previously recognized (Bonanno, 2004). We
also know that professional interventions may be needed and useful for
managing some losses, but not as necessary for others.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Winter 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Winter 2018 issue:
Student Role Model - Luisa Lopez, MSW student at NYU (in PDF format only)
Social work is a single profession with a distinct set of values,
ethical principles, and standards. How do these apply differently for
clinical and nonclinical social workers?
Most of the clients who came into my office, no matter what the
diagnosis, had a history of extensive trauma, including childhood sexual
abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, neglect, and exposure to
violence, among other difficult experiences.
In her final column, Valerie Arendt provides 7 tips for your social work résumé, along with some "do"s and "don't"s.
Loss and suffering often go hand-in-hand, and social work
frequently entails working with individuals who have experienced loss.
Examples include settings such as nursing homes, cancer programs,
hospices, ICUs, addictions, prisons, and foster care.
Social work has a tradition of leadership. A good reason to become a
social work leader is the fact that the profession is too important to
be left to those without a social work background or a clear
understanding of our profession.
One of the strengths of social work practice is our ability to be
leaders in technology use. In developing new programs or creating new
interventions involving technology, we are strongest when we aren’t just
competent, but are emergent leaders.
Macro social workers asked: What constitutes a protest song? On the
surface, this seems straightforward - a topical song with a focus on
social justice and social change. That said, the best songs are
propelled by their themes and their quality.
Addison Cooper goes to the movies and reviews Mully, Coco, and Daddy's Home 2 through a social work lens.
Book review of Bipolar, Not So Much: Understanding Your Mood Swings and Depression.
Book review of Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy With Families in Transition.
Book review of Domestic Abuse, Child Custody, and Visitation.
...and much more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
BONUS: Read recent online exclusive articles:
Bilingual Social Worker
New York, NY
Participate as a member of an interdisciplinary team for case assignments, case conferences, and development of treatment plans and treatment plan reviews.
Perform intakes and unit evaluations (Psychosocial Assessments).
Carry a selected caseload using individual, group, and family modalities of treatment.
Maintain patient records as outlined by Medical Records, Quality Assurance, and Policies and Procedures.
Participate in mandatory supervision meeting, conferences, Grand Rounds, team meetings and/or facility meetings.
Perform other duties as assigned by Program Director.
REPORTS TO: Program Director and/or designee.
Masters in Social Work; State Certification (LMSW/LCSW).
One to three (1-3) years of clinical social work experience preferred; (recent MSW Graduate accepted).
Should have experience working with the mentally ill.
MUST BE FLUENT WRITING/SPEAKING SPANISH AND ENGLISH.
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Social Work Month 2018 - General Submissions
The New Social Worker is accepting submissions for Social Work Month in the form of essays (up to 500 words), artwork, music, and
other creative work that relates to social work in a positive way.
Answer the question: What's so great about social work? Or write about
an aspect of social work ethics/core values. Or reflect on a positive
social work experience or a particular field of practice that you love.
Send Social Work Month submissions to Linda Grobman
no later than February 20, 2018.
Please include "Submission - Social Work Month" in the email subject line.
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? 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
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Submit articles to Linda Grobman with a subject line that says
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Please email Linda Grobman
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speaks to the soul of social work and inspires us to think about more
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Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Founder and host, Social Work Podcast
What does a life in social work look like? You might look at it
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Do you know a social worker or social work
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Middles, and Ends by Ogden W. Rogers is a
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Joyner, MSW, LCSW, Emerita
Director and Professor of Social Work, West
Chester University of
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
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Bodenheimer has written an insider’s guide to clinical social work that
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professional yet personal, grounded and practical, yet steeped in
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A-to-Z format in this book provides 26 practical strategies for your
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