Welcome to Issue #205
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We are now in what is known as the "holiday season," and I wish you all the best, whatever holiday traditions you observe. As social workers, we know that holidays aren't always "jolly" for ourselves or our clients, and that - in fact - holidays can be distressful when one's feelings don't match all the "merry"-ness that is all around. We recently published Tami Micsky's article "Tis the Season To Be Jolly? A Guide to Grief During the Holidays
." For additional ideas about this season, see Erlene Grise-Owens' post on self-care during seasons of stress
I hope you will find this a useful reminder: The New Social Worker Press has published several books that are quite different from the usual social work textbooks. The feedback we get is that our books are enjoyable
to read, as well as practical
. They make quite meaningful gifts
for social workers and social work students! So, if you are stressed about gifts or looking to complete your shopping list with something a little different, you can find our selections at Amazon.com
or at our online store
Speaking of which...our authors have been busy with interviews in the last month. Here are interviews from The Social Workers Radio Talk Show (University at Albany):
- Danna Bodenheimer interview on clinical social work (author of Real World Clinical Social Work and On Clinical Social Work)
- Erlene Grise-Owens and Justin "Jay" Miller on self-care (co-editors with Mindy Eaves of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals)
- Ogden Rogers (2014 interview) on the social work profession (author of Beginnings, Middles, and Ends)
These are well worth a listen.
LOOKING AHEAD - A CONTEST!
It is not too soon to think about Social Work Month 2018. The New Social Worker,
in collaboration with Loyola University Chicago, is having a CONTEST! Enter our Reverse Poetry Contest
to win cash prizes and publication
on our website. Read the full Reverse Poetry Contest guidelines.
Reminder: Our Fall issue is out! This issue includes important articles for all social workers summarizing the NEW NASW Code of Ethics (taking effect January 1) and the new standards for technology in social work practice. If you have not yet read these articles and the related documents, please do! Other highlights include articles on interrupting Islamophobia, resilience for social workers, female genital cutting, making the most of your time as a social work student, asking for professional references, and more.
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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
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
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 Amazon.com (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
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
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.
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December marks several observances, including but not limited to:
- World AIDS Day (December 1)
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Interrupting Islamophobia: It Takes a Social Work Village
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Anne C. Deepak, Ph.D.
I have been including the topic of Islamophobia in my social work
teaching since I first started teaching diversity and social justice in
2005. This topic is as urgent today as it was in 2005 and, as is true
with every social justice issue we encounter in our personal and
professional lives, it takes a social work village to address it. I have
had the pleasure of collaborating with social work alumni and students
at the undergraduate and graduate levels in building this village
through supporting efforts to organize and implement university-wide
events; co-presenting in class, workshops, and academic conferences;
creating and managing a Facebook fan page on the topic; and by inviting
alumni to make short videos included in a classroom lecture.
On a personal note, I was living in New York City on September
11th (2001) relatively close to the Twin Towers. Immediately following
the attack, people perceived to be Muslim started being targeted. This
included young children, veiled women, people of all ages, and close
family members. This hostility was bolstered by a misplaced sense of
patriotism. As an anti-racism educator, I was concerned about the ways
in which Islamophobia went unquestioned after 9/11 within social work
and feminist conversations by people who are authentically concerned
with issues of racism, discrimination, human rights, and social justice.
I included curricular content on Islamophobia in the undergraduate
social justice and diversity course through a Pakistani film, Khuda Ke
Liye (In the Name of God), and in a community practice course through a
documentary, Point of Attack, which addresses the impact of the Patriot
Act and the policy of special registration right after 9/11 on the
Pakistani community in Brooklyn. This documentary chronicles the ways in
which the community organizes to question these policies and the role
of non-Muslim allies in supporting the community.
What is Islamophobia?
The term Islamophobia refers to a set of beliefs that
characterizes Islam as: (1) monolithic and static, (2) separate and
other rather than having common aims or values in common with other
cultures, (3) inferior to the West—barbaric, irrational, primitive, and
sexist, (4) an enemy—violent, supportive of terrorism, engaged in the
“clash of civilizations,” (5) manipulative—a political ideology used for
military or political advantage, and (6) criticism of the West rejected
without consideration. Hostility toward Islam is used to justify
discriminatory practices and exclusions of Muslims from mainstream
society. Anti-Muslim hostility is accepted as natural and normal
(Runnymede Trust, 1997).
What does it mean to interrupt Islamophobia?
My perspective on racism and all forms of oppression is that we
are all part of the problem and that we can all be part of the solution.
This means that it is too easy to say that the problem is “them”—the
ones who are actively perpetrating hate. When we focus on “them,” we
avoid examining our privilege and roles in passively supporting and
enabling oppression. Beverly Tatum (1997) describes racism as a system
of advantage based on race and uses the metaphor of a moving sidewalk
that all folks identified racially as White are standing on. Active
racists are running forward on the moving sidewalk; others, many of whom
reject racist views and actions, are standing quietly while still
benefitting from white privilege. To interrupt this system is to make a
choice to walk in the opposite direction of the moving sidewalk; this is
a choice to engage in anti-racism work. This is how privilege can be
used to interrupt systems of injustice.
Islamophobia is a form of racism because it is embedded in
systems, policies, laws, and stereotypes, and it is racialized. Those
who are perceived to be Muslim are the targets, and this perception is
shaped by racialized stereotypes. In the current political environment,
non-Muslim allies are crucially needed to stand up and have
conversations with their non-Muslim friends and community members, to
educate them or support them in the work they are doing to stand against
Islamophobia. There are places and settings that are not safe for
Muslims to speak out in. As an ally and a social work educator, I work
to create spaces where Muslim students feel empowered to share their
experiences and spaces where allies can find their voice.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Fall 2017 issue:
Student Role Model - Joshua Collins (in PDF format only)
The NASW Delegate Assembly approved a number of significant
amendments to the NASW Code of Ethics, to take effect January 1, 2018.
Read a summary of the changes. more
How do you secure your field placement? Especially for social work
students in online programs and others whose schools require them to
find their own placements, these 10 tips will provide guidance. more
A crucial step in landing a social work job is lining up
references. Who should you ask? Who should you avoid? What exactly are
you asking them to do, and how do you present them? more
What does it mean to interrupt Islamophobia? And how does social work fit in? more
Mariya Taher focused all of her MSW research on female genital
cutting. Within a few years, she was a sought-after expert on the
Do you want to be the social work student who completes the bare
minimum requirements to get your degree? Or the student who stands out
above the rest? more
What is in the new 64-page document known as the NASW, ASWB, CSWE,
and CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice? And what are
social workers saying about the standards? more
Resilience isn't about eliminating anxiety, fear, or uncertainty.
Resilience allows us to face challenges with greater confidence and
ability to bounce back. Self-concordant goals, physical well-being, and
emotional well-being are included. more
#MacroSW Twitter chats on the Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative are summarized. more
Addison Cooper takes a look at three popular films through a social work lens - The Glass Castle, Leap!, and Cars 3. more
Book review of Shame-Proof Parenting: Find Your Unique Parenting Voice, Feel Empowered, and Raise Whole, Healthy Children. more
Book review of Fatherhood in America: Social Work Perspectives on a Changing Society. more
...and much more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
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Social Work Month 2018 and The New Social Worker's Reverse Poetry Contest
Submission Deadline: January 16, 2018
Win cash prizes and publication!
The New Social Worker®
magazine, in collaboration with
Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, is having a poetry
contest! We are seeking submissions from social work practitioners and
students for Social Work Month 2018. The contest is being co-coordinated
by Linda May Grobman, MSW, ACSW, LSW, and Brian L. Kelly, PhD, MSW,
Submissions are to be in the form of a reverse poem. This is a poem that has one meaning when read from top to bottom and
another meaning when read from bottom to top.
We chose this form of poetry for the contest, because it
requires creativity and critical thinking, and it lends itself to themes
of social justice. Use your imagination!
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, technology, self-care, 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.
Submit articles to Linda Grobman with a subject line that says
“Submission—(insert title or topic of submission). Attach your
submission as a Word file. Please include in this file: title of
submission, your name as you want it to appear with your article, body
of your submission, a brief bio about yourself. I will then review your
submission and let you know if I need anything else and/or whether it is
accepted for publication.
Please email Linda Grobman
with ideas for longer (1,250-1,500 words) "feature articles" for THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER
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