Social Work E-News 
Issue #194, January 10, 2017
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Welcome to Issue #194 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.
With the new year and the impending start of a new administration, there is much uncertainty about U.S. policies that affect social work and our clients. For this reason, I am excited that social worker Brad Forenza had the insight to contact former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and that she agreed to an exclusive interview for The New Social Worker about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and social policy. This is must-reading for all social workers. You can read the interview here: The ACA Today: An Interview With the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services Under President Barak Obama.
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Most articles from the winter issue can be read on our website, as well. Highlights include: ethics of documentation, the stages of change model, what social workers must know about hope, addiction in pregnancy, must-see movies for social workers in 2017, racial equity, social work in sports, what the social work licensing board does (and does not do), book reviews, and more!

With the new year upon us, here are some recently-published articles on thinking about New Year's Resolutions:

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This Month
January marks several observances, including but not limited to:
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (last week of January)
  • Martin Luther King  Jr. Day (January 16)
and more!
Featured Excerpt

Ethics Alive! To Record or Not To Record: The Ethics of Documentation
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Winter 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:

by Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, Ph.D.
Social work documentation. Now, how exciting is that?! Yes, documentation is not exactly the most thrilling aspect of social work practice. In fact, sometimes the documentation process can be downright tedious. Still, if you want excitement in your professional life, try documenting in an incompetent, disrespectful, dishonest, incomplete, or disorganized manner. Nothing says “malpractice lawsuit” faster than situations in which social workers provide direct evidence of substandard practice in their client records. Conversely, good old boring records are vital to risk management, reducing the risk of malpractice lawsuits, professional disciplinary hearings, and agency discipline.
Standard 3.04 of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics (2008) provides social workers with guidance about documentation and record keeping. Part (a) states that social workers should ensure their documentation is “accurate and reflects the services provided.” That makes sense. Be honest. End of sentence.
Part (b) instructs social workers to include sufficient information to “facilitate delivery of services and to ensure continuity of services provided to clients.” Once again, this standard seems obvious. Records are supposed to support the provision of services. Social workers, supervisors, and colleagues need to know about the client’s concerns, the client’s goals, and the plans for reaching those goals. Good records can keep the helping professionals and clients on track, and ensure that services are provided in a competent and effective manner. For these purposes, comprehensive, and perhaps expansive record keeping might be suggested. Isn’t it better to have more than enough information, rather than not enough?
Part (c), however, suggests that “social workers’ documentation should protect clients’ privacy to the extent that is possible and appropriate and should include only information that is directly relevant to the delivery of services.” Ah, there’s the rub. More is not always better. Given that clients have a right to privacy, documentation should be limited to what is relevant to service delivery. Even though most client records are “confidential,” there are many people within the agency and beyond who could have access to all or parts of the records:
  • Supervisors and co-workers
  • Researchers and program evaluators
  • Government auditors or other officials responsible for monitoring and accountability
  • Insurance providers
  • Other agencies or people as authorized by client consent
In addition, client records may be used in courts under various circumstances—for instance, in child protection cases, in family law cases, in malpractice lawsuits, and in mental health hearings.  To protect client privacy, social workers should consider limiting what they document, so as not to embarrass clients or share information that clients may want to remain private.
“So,” you may be asking, “how do I balance the need to provide full and accurate information in client records with the interest of protecting client confidentiality?” I’m glad you’ve asked. To address this balancing act, consider the following factors: laws, agency policies, client wishes, and social worker needs.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Winter 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:

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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:
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   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.
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     Submissions that do not follow the instructions will not be considered.  Entries must be received by January 16, 2017.

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