Your Social Work E-News for May is here!
Social Work E-News 
Issue #210, May 8, 2018
Social Work E-News
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Welcome to Issue #210 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.
Congratulations to all new social work graduates for 2018! I wish you the very best as you go out into the profession. Here are two "welcomes" to you from two of our authors:
In addition, the inSocialWork podcast of University at Buffalo School of Social Work recently released an inspiring new interview with Dr. Danna Bodenheimer, author of On Clinical Social Work: Meditations and Truths From the Field and Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way. In this new interview, especially applicable to new grads, Dr. Bodenheimer talks about imposter syndrome and the crucial role of clinical supervision in helping students and new social workers recognize their own true strengths and potential. Listen to inSocialWork's interview with Dr. Danna Bodenheimer.
Don't forget - 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.
Thank you to everyone who attended our first live webinar series! We recorded the two webinars, Self-Care Wellshop™: Foundations & Fundamentals and Negotiate Your Best Salary & Benefits, and they are now available on demand. Registration is open - purchase by June 30, 2018, and complete by July 31, 2018.
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This Month
May marks several observances, including but not limited to:
  • National Mental Health Awareness Month
  • National Foster Care Month
  • Older Americans Month
  • National Maternal Depression Awareness Month
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
  • World Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day (May 20)
and more!
Featured Excerpt

Historical Trauma and Social Work: What You Need To Know
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Spring 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER.
Read the complete article at:
by Marcos J. Martinez, Ph.D., MSW, and Elisa Kawam, MSW, Ph.D.
The notion of a shared story over time is deemed historical trauma (Mohatt, Thompson, Thai, & Tebes, 2014). Important to illustrating sources of risk and markers of reduced health/mental health, historical trauma places importance not just on the individual, but in the communities’ experience of a negative event or events (Sotero, 2006).
Historical Trauma
Those with individual histories of trauma may be more likely to experience negative behavioral health outcomes, as well as decreases in daily functioning and quality of life. Compounding individual trauma is historical trauma, defined as the “cumulative psychological and emotional wounding across generations... [emanating] from massive group trauma” (Brave Heart, Chase, Elkins, & Altschul, 2011, p. 283). Starting in the 1960s, knowledge of historical trauma emerged from the stories of those who endured the Holocaust and its impact on subsequent generations, as well as the experiences of Japanese Americans placed in internment camps after World War II (Evans-Campbell, 2008; Sotero, 2006). Finding that these two groups had endured persistent mass trauma and that their children’s mental health was affected was groundbreaking at that time and built the foundation for historical trauma research today.
In a study on Lakota elders, it was found that both individual and family-wide mental health was affected by trauma. Elders reported experiencing depression, difficulty showing emotion, shame, over-dependence, isolation, anxiety, sadness, avoidance of culturally significant places, loss of concentration, and constant thinking about historical loss (i.e., language, indigenous land, and so forth) and how alcoholism was affecting the community (Whitbeck, Adams, Hoyt, & Chen, 2004). This research provided rich qualitative evidence of the long-term impact that historical trauma had on the psychological and emotional well-being of the population affected.
Populations that have historically experienced mass trauma tend to have a higher prevalence of chronic disease several generations later (Sotero, 2006). Generally, historical trauma consists of three elements: 1) a traumatic event, 2) the shared experience of the trauma by a group of people, and 3) the multigenerational impact of such trauma (Mohatt et al., 2014). Historical trauma is described as collective trauma that is inflicted on a group of people based on their identity or affiliation related to ethnicity, religious background, and nationality (Evans-Campbell, 2008). Some examples of collective/mass trauma include the experience of indigenous boarding schools, forced relocation of people, enslavement, biological warfare, ethnic cleansing, incarceration, and genocide (Evans-Campbell, 2008; Mohatt et al., 2014; Sotero, 2006). These experiences can be damaging on a physical and/or emotional level for the group/community, and the trauma can then be transmitted epigenetically to future generations, especially if descendants strongly identify with their family culture/heritage (Evans-Campbell, 2008).
Historical Response and Loss

Although many conceptualizations of trauma in general have focused on the individual effects, namely the micro and mezzo levels, historical trauma originates as a macro-level concept for investigating how a population exposed to long-term mass trauma is affected over time and generations (Sotero, 2006). Historical Trauma Response (HTR) refers to the reactions that individuals and communities experience as a result of such long-term oppressive events. Some HTRs include survivor’s guilt, depression, intrusive thinking about past events/loved ones, emotional numbing, dissociation, and unpleasant thoughts/nightmares (Evans-Campbell, 2008).
Most historical trauma research/prevention work over the past two decades has focused on Native populations, although the concept has been applied to groups of people who have been oppressed historically, including Armenian refugees, African Americans, and Palestinian youth, as a few examples (Mohatt et al., 2014). In the Native American context, historical trauma is usually associated with the experience of mass genocide/forced relocation inflicted by white colonists (Brave Heart et al., 2011). Historical loss in this regard is one way in which historical trauma is measured/assessed, specifically the loss of life and culture/language. A previously mentioned study by Whitbeck and colleagues (2004) found that individuals who were many generations removed from the mass trauma still showed intense emotional suffering.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Spring 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:

Here are some highlights from the Spring 2018 issue:
Student Role Model - Cindy Camacho (in PDF format only)
What are social workers' ethical obligations when they live in small communities and dual relationships are unavoidable? Boundaries can be complex, with no simple or perfect solutions. 
LinkedIn is the most powerful networking site available today. Have you created your professional profile and checked out all the site has to offer your social work career?
The growing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) movement helps individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. Social workers are among both the trainers and the trainees. 
Historical trauma has emerged as a critical area of study in understanding and addressing long-term health problems in communities. 
You're finally done with classes and assignments. People are suggesting you find a mentor. Is that really necessary? 
Technology in higher education is constantly changing. Students and faculty continue to adapt to these changes. 
Disabled women are at significant risk of experiencing severe domestic violence. Social workers must become informed about the issue and work to become better allies. 
The Academy Awards ceremony usually features some social commentary. What would you say if you had a worldwide audience (and with social media, you do)? 
Book review of Helping the Suicidal Person 
Book review of Irvin Yalom's Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir 
Book review of Human-Animal Interactions: A Social Work Guide 
Book review of Funded! Successful Grantwriting for Your Nonprofit 
Book review of Managing the Psychological Impact of Medical Trauma: A Guide for Mental Health and Health Care Professionals. 
...and more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.

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News & Resources
The New Social Worker® Spring 2018 Webinar Series - Now Available on Demand

Your career is important. You are important.
We are pleased to bring you two expert presentations to enhance your career.

Self-Care Wellshop™: Foundations & Fundamentals

Dr. Erlene Grise-Owens and Dr. Justin "Jay" Miller, co-editors of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals

Negotiate Your Best Salary & Benefits

Jennifer Luna Jackson, Director of the DiNitto Center for Career Services at the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
We are excited to collaborate with BSCorbett Consulting LLC to bring you these experts as part of our Social Work Month (and beyond) celebration. We hope you will join us.
Both webinars, presented live in April 2018, have been recorded and are now available on demand through June 30, 2018. (You have until July 30 to complete the programs.)

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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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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 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.


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.
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