Your Social Work E-News for January is here!
Social Work E-News 
Issue #206, January 9, 2018
Social Work E-News
Editor's Eye
Hello --
Welcome to Issue #206 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.
First things first... Please accept my wishes for a happy, healthy, successful, productive, and peaceful new year in 2018. At The New Social Worker, I am incredibly excited to be starting our 25th year of publication. I am looking forward to a great year. With the publication of our Winter issue last week, we said good-bye to our career columnist, Valerie Arendt, who did such an amazing job providing on-target career/job search advice. At the same time, we welcomed more top-notch leaders in the social work profession to our roster of writers! Stephen Cummings is now writing the Social Work Tech Notes column. Elizabeth Clark and Becky Corbett have started a new column, Social Work Leadership. Please join us this year for some awesome reading to help you in your social work career.
LOOKING AHEAD - SOCIAL WORK MONTH 2018 IS COMING IN MARCH! As announced in our last newsletter, 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. Deadline is January 16.
We will, as in past years, publish the winning entries from the National Poetry Contest for Social Workers held each year by the University of Iowa School of Social Work. We love to support the creativity of social workers and social work students!
Additionally,  we are accepting submissions for Social Work Month in the form of essays (up to 500 words), poetry, 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 January 31, 2018.
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.

AND... Our Winter issue is out! Read articles from the Winter issue at
Here’s a quick link for immediate download of the PDF edition for Winter 2018:
Most articles from the winter issue can be read on our website, as well. See listing below (after the "Featured Excerpt").

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This Month
January marks several observances, including but not limited to:
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Month
  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15)
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (January 22-28)
and more!
Featured Excerpt

7 More Tips for Your Amazing Social Work Résumé
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Winter 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Valerie Arendt, MSW, MPP

     It has been an honor to have authored the Career Connect column for The New Social Worker magazine since 2014. In my 15 articles, I have written about social work interviews, salary negotiation, the value of a strong professional network, job search strategies and mistakes to avoid, transferable social work skills, and my first and most popular article, “10 Essential Tips for Your Amazing Social Work Résumé.”
    I am passing the social work career baton, and this will be my last column for The New Social Worker, for now. I am leaving you all with where we started, a follow-up to my résumé article. Since writing my first article about social work résumés, I have reviewed and provided résumé feedback to more than 500 National Association of Social Workers—North Carolina members. I review résumés of students, new professionals, and seasoned social workers who are looking to advance their social work careers. I speak often with hiring managers and organizations about what they are searching for in social work candidates and what they are looking for, both positive and negative, on candidates’ résumés.
    Make sure to read my first résumé article, “10 Essential Tips for Your Amazing Social Work Résumé” before diving into this article. The following are even more tips to help you develop a résumé that stands out and gets read by the hiring manager. I use a few real-life “DON’Ts” I have found on résumés and have included example “DOs” to help your résumé shine.
1. Include your credentials behind your name at the top of your résumé.
   The first item most hiring managers look for on a résumé is the applicant’s credentials. If they are looking for someone with a social work degree, credential, and/or license, they don’t want to have to search the rest of your résumé to see if you meet the basic educational and licensure qualifications. You worked hard for your education and credentials. Always include them after your name on your résumé, cover letter, and email signature.
DON’T: (Résumé header) Katherine Jones
Address, City, State, Phone, Email
DO: Katherine Jones, MSW, LCSW
Address, City, State, Phone, Email
2. State clearly who your clients are.
   Over the years, I have seen many résumés that make no mention of who the client is at internship placements or places of employment. Social work is a person-centered profession. If you don’t mention who it is you provide psychotherapy for, who you assessed for services, or who your services are designed for, your résumé will not be as attractive to the hiring organization. Even if you do not provide direct services, you need to define what population your organization or program serves. Do you serve adults, children, seniors, individuals with substance use issues, individuals with developmental disabilities, individuals with mental illness? And in what settings? Be specific, especially if you are applying for a job working with similar populations.
DON’T: Primary responsibilities include intake, assessments, and referrals.
    Even if I told you the name of this organization, you would have a hard time guessing who this social worker’s clients are. Always define who your clients are in the first bullet of each position.
DO: Provide clinical care management for adult patients (age 21 and up) referred from Family Medicine Department, including conducting psychosocial assessments; developing patient-centered care plans; linking patients with community resources; and engaging in care coordination, communication, and follow-up.
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 Fall 2017 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
Jewish Vocational Service - Kansas City, MO
The Social Worker is responsible for fulfiilling the JVS mission by providing clinical and case management services for social work clients.  SIP is focused on holistic, culturally competent social work interventions, based on strengths, empowerment, and ecological perspectives and adhering to the NASW Social Work Code of Ethics. These culturally competent interventions utilize multicultural and language abilities of staff, as well as trained contracted interpreters. Types of interventions, as well as frequency and intensity of services, are driven by the needs of each client. Counseling and case management services cover a range of issues including mental health services, assistance accessing physical health services, increased knowledge of women’s rights, increased understanding of DV/sexual assault and increased knowledge/access to community resources. The majority of social work clients come from diverse backgrounds. Building and maintaining positive relationship with clients, communities, and agencies is an integral part of the position.  
Licensed Master’s Degree preferred; experience working with diverse cultures; AND two years experience working in a social service field or related capacity; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.  
  • Provide clinical and intensive, therapeutic case management services for social work clients as described in overview of position
  • Provide individual counseling and case management services for refugees experiencing DV
  • Manage and maintain client files by completing all assigned documentation
  • Assist in developing and expanding refugee support groups and group work
  • Assist in writing and submitting grants for potential funders
  • Participate in program evaluation and best practice research
  • Other duties as assigned
Contact Person: Vernetta Adair Phone: 8164712808 Ext. 8895
Email Address:   
Fax: 816-471-2930

Brooke Grove Retirement Village - Silver Spring, MD
Brooke Grove Retirement Village is seeking a dedicated professional who has a desire to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment with a quick turn-over, and the ability to juggle many tasks and assignments every day.  This candidate should have a Master’s level degree in Social Work and an LGSW license in the state of Maryland or the ability to test for that level of license and certification.  This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position.  We are looking to hire as soon as we find the ideal candidate. Previous knowledge from either a prior position in a Long Term Care and Rehab Center, or a recent internship experience to build upon, would be ideal.  Basic knowledge of MDS, Care Planning, Discharge/Transitional Planning, and EMR is a must. This would be a great position for someone who is just beginning their career with the elderly population and wants to learn from experienced and supportive professionals in an interdisciplinary medical setting.
Interested candidates may submit a résumé via email to or fax to 301-924-1200.  Application packets may be filled out at our Human Resources Office Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  If you have questions or would like further information about this or other employment opportunities, please contact us at 301-924-2811, option 3.
Brooke Grove Retirement Village
18100 Slade School Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Brooke Grove Retirement Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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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), poetry, 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 January 31, 2018. Please include "Submission - Social Work Month" in the email subject line.

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, CADC.
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!
Please read the Reverse Poetry Contest guidelines (including an example reverse poem) before submitting your poem. Thank you!

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.
Please contact Linda Grobman, editor/publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER, at:
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 magazine.
Please read our complete Writers' Guidelines.
Thank you!
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!
We also publish books on nonprofit management. Want to start your own agency? We have a book for that.
All of our books are available through our secure online store at:
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Some of our books are also available as ebooks at VitalSource.
You can also view and download our catalog in PDF format.

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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