Your Social Work E-News for October is here!
Social Work E-News 
Issue #203, October 10, 2017
Social Work E-News
Editor's Eye
Hello --
Welcome to Issue #203 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.
I am so excited that our Fall issue is out! This issue includes some 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. Every social worker needs to become very familiar with these two documents! 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.

Read articles from the Fall issue at
Here’s a quick link for immediate download of the PDF edition for Fall 2017:
Most articles from the fall issue can be read on our website, as well. See listing below (after the "Featured Excerpt").


Thank you to those who joined us for our live author chat on September 26. We will post a video soon! Watch our Facebook page for an announcement of it.

Now in Paperback! 
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 (maybe at your local bookstore, 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
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This Month
October marks several observances, including but not limited to:
  • World Mental Health Day (October 10)
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • National Bullying Prevention Month
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
and more!
Featured Excerpt

New Standards Provide Guidelines for Social Workers in an Ever-Changing Tech World
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Linda May Grobman, MSW, ACSW, LSW

In June 2017, the NASW, ASWB, CSWE, and CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice were released. The 64-page document marked the culmination of a 2-year process of collaboration among the four organizations. The Task Force for Technology Standards in Social Work Practice reviewed literature and emerging standards in social work and related professions. A draft of the standards was released in Summer 2016 for public comment, and the Task Force then reviewed every comment received.
Allan Barsky, J.D., MSW, Ph.D., served as a member of the National Task Force on Practice Standards on Technology and Social Work and Chair of the NASW Task Force on Code of Ethics Revisions. “In both capacities, my colleagues and I strove to identify what types of guidance may be helpful in helping social workers determine whether and how to implement different forms of technology in social work in an ethical manner,” Barsky says. “We did a lot of research on how other professions handled similar issues....We incorporated feedback from social workers representing a broad range of areas of practice. The process of developing practice standards was very dynamic, and not without controversy and spirited conflict. And now, the process and dialogue continue. Both task forces realized that any guidelines we establish today will need to be reconsidered as technology and its applications in social work continue to evolve.”
According to the document’s  Introduction, the standards “...are designed to guide social workers’ use of technology; enhance social workers’ awareness of their ethical responsibilities when using technology; and inform social workers, employers, and the public about practice standards pertaining to social workers’ use of technology.” The Standards provide general guidance to social workers and are best used in conjunction with the NASW Code of Ethics and relevant statutes and regulations. (See Barsky’s article on technology-related and other changes to the Code of Ethics.)
Julie Gilliam, Sc.D., M.S., BSW, Lead Instructional Technologist at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, served as a member of the Technology Standards Sub-Task Force Advisory Group. She told The New Social Worker, “In my opinion, the new standards are very comprehensive in terms of the utilization of technology for social workers. The new standards doubled in size from 28 to 64 pages. The new standards cover the following topics in terms of social work and technology: presenting, designing, delivering, gathering, managing, storing, connecting, and educating.”
Barsky adds, “The standards do not dictate whether social workers should use technology, or how they should use technology, but they do inform social workers about some of the complications and concerns that should be addressed when deciding whether and how to use various forms of technology in social work practice.”
This comprehensive document includes four main sections:
  1. Provision of information to the public (2 standards)
  2. Designing and delivering services (27 standards)
  3. Gathering, managing, and storing information (14 standards)
  4. Social work education and supervision (12 standards)
The document provides an extensive glossary of terms, as well as resources.
Section 1 (provision of information to the public) includes standards on ethics and values, as well as representation of self and accuracy of information. Section 2 (designing and delivering services) is by far the most extensive, with 27 standards. Examples of standards in Section 2 include: ethical use of technology to deliver social work services, services requiring licensure or other forms of accreditation, informed consent, providing electronic social work services, assessing clients’ relationship with technology, confidentiality, electronic payments, maintaining professional boundaries, social media policy, fundraising, using personal technology for work, and others.
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 subject. more
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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Job Corner
Our Mental Health Team at Wakulla Correctional Institution is growing! Come join our team of caring Mental Health professionals!  
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