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Issue #207, February 13, 2018
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Editor's Eye
Hello --
Welcome to Issue #207 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 February, and we want to show you some social work love with a special Valentine's Day post. 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 benefits. I am pleased (and excited!) to present top experts on these topics. Find out more and register for the webinars. Registration is open - reserve your seat today!
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).
New feature - send your career/job search questions to me, Linda Grobman. Our social work career experts will choose one question to answer each month.

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Linda Grobman, ACSW, LSW
This Month
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)
and more!
Featured Excerpt

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.
                                                             --Helen Keller                                    
     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 care.
    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 military service.
    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:
Job Corner
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. 

Reentry Program Manager
Social work jobs in prisoner reentry

Research and Assessment Specialist
Prisoner Reentry Social Work Jobs in Innovative Program

Clinical Research Associate

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News & Resources
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.

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 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
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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Now in Paperback and Hardcover! 
ON CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK: MEDITATIONS AND TRUTHS FROM THE FIELD is Dr. Danna Bodenheimer's NEW book. Published in July by The New Social Worker Press, it  reached #1 in new social work releases on Amazon.

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

We also have a supply available from our online store.

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


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

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