Social Work E-News 
Issue #191, October 12, 2016
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Most articles from the fall issue can be read on our website, as well. Highlights include: coping with multiple codes of ethics, getting funding for social work studies, how to quit your job professionally and ethically, occupational social work, internalized racial oppression, becoming a social work leader, developing an emotional sense of direction, and more!

The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals—edited by Erlene Grise-Owens, Justin “Jay” Miller, and Mindy Eaves —is the latest book from The New Social Worker Press. The book, which takes readers through the alphabet to discover a variety of self-care strategies and develop a personalized self-care plan, is now available in both print and Kindle formats.
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Watch the book trailer video! AND the editors have a new Self-Care A-to-Z blog. Read the first entry here.
This book is ideal for individuals or for group trainings on self-care. If your agency is interested in buying it in bulk for training or other purposes, please contact me.
...a caring and useful resource for helping professionals concerned about burnout, stress, staff turnover, and wellness.... By focusing on insights and reflections and providing resources and strategies, The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook is a practical guide and an empowering book.
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October marks several observances, including but not limited to:
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  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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  • National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 2-8)
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Featured Excerpt

Achieving Racial Equity Through Social Work: Internalized Racial Oppression
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2016 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Mary Pender Greene, LCSW-R, CGP, Sandra Bernabei, LCSW, and Lisa V. Blitz, Ph.D., LCSW-R

     Heeding the NASW call to action on structural racism, our columns have discussed the principles of Undoing Racism® outlined by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB). We do this because racial disparities persist in areas touched by social work: child welfare, criminal justice, education, health, and wealth distribution, where outcomes for people of color are consistently worse than for White people. We have explored some of the complex reasons for this, and we now consider a factor that is often ignored or misunderstood: internalized racial oppression.
    Internalized racial oppression is a multigenerational process of accepting social messaging about one’s standing in society and one’s comparative value. Unless there are conscious, rigorous, and well-informed efforts to challenge them, social messages become internalized and, thus, invisible. Once invisible, the legacies of privilege and oppression become part of what is handed down through generations as social, cultural, and institutional norms and practices. Therefore, to understand structural racism, we must understand internalized racial oppression.
    Success for any person ultimately depends on the efforts of the individual, but until the barriers of racism are acknowledged and addressed, people of color must strive for achievement without the foundation provided to White people through imbedded systems of White privilege. White privilege includes historical and structural components that allow greater access to education, wealth, and power; it also includes cultural messages around race. White people can see themselves represented throughout American society, and can go through life without needing to consider their race when navigating social systems. White people do not need to consider race as a factor in their success or failure. Thus, White people can focus on their own skills, talents, and work ethics as keys to achievement, with cultural messages reinforcing the idea that they are deserving and capable of success.
    In contrast, people of color face daily challenges imposed by structural and institutional racism that are often invisible to White people. As they put energy and talent into efforts to achieve, people of color must respond, react, and filter through multiple factors related to their race: interpersonal microaggressions, cultural norms that inhibit expression, and structural barriers. These cultural messages reinforce the idea that people of color are suspect and only capable of success if they distance themselves from their culture: as individuals they may be deserving, but their group is associated with failure.
    Internalized racial oppression is not individual race bias; the focus is still on structural racism. We define racism as race prejudice plus power. Power is held by social, economic, and political institutions. Collective attitudes inform culture and institutions, and assumptions based on those attitudes become part of the structural norm. The norm becomes accepted and its history forgotten, and this forms the core of structural racism.
    The concept of internalized racial oppression includes internalized racial superiority (IRS) and internalized racial inferiority (IRI): two sides of the same coin, where IRS is designated as an oppression, not a privilege. As noted by Martin Luther King and others, people cannot be truly free if they participate in the subjugation of others, regardless of whether participation is intentional or if it is an unwitting consequence of maintaining the status quo through failure to oppose injustice.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2016 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:

Self-Care A-to-Z Blog

With the publication of our newest book, The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals, we have also launched a new self-care section on our website! This section brings together in one place all self-care related articles from The New Social Worker, our Self-Care Summer Project, and the new Self-Care A-to-Z Blog. Here are the first two entries in the new blog:
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