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April marks several observances, including but not limited to:
- Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
- National Alcohol Awareness Month
- National Autism Awareness Month
- National Child Abuse Prevention Month
- National Minority Health Month
- National Poetry Month
Tangible Social Work: It's Not Just Child's Play, It's Neuroscience
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Spring 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Kristina Sargent, MSW, LISW-S
As a fresh-out-of-graduate-school social worker, I remember
being open and excited about the opportunities ahead. The sky seemed to
be the limit in all the prospects social work offered, and after passing
my licensure exam, I was willing and ready to explore the vast and
diverse landscape of social work as my career. After noticing a posting
for an early childhood mental health specialist, I reviewed my child
development class notes and had a successful interview for the position.
However, I quickly felt unprepared for and was challenged by how to
apply the theoretical concepts and interventions I learned in graduate
school to the young children on my caseload.
- What are the stages of change for a 5-year-old?
- Is it possible to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a pre-schooler?
- How can I teach a lower functioning 4-year-old about “deep breathing” when the child does not even understand that terminology?
It didn't take me long to realize that the social work principle
of “meeting clients where they are” would require further training and
some visits to yard sales and toy stores.
When we understand the brain and its development, we realize
that children learn through experience. Just as young animals can be
seen on National Geographic pouncing playfully on their mothers and
pawing joyfully through foliage after insects, children also learn,
explore, and heal through play. Through the repetitions of motor skills
and behaviors such as in play-based behavior, brain activity is altered
and the brain changes (Kolb, 2009). Truly comprehending this
understanding of learning through experience and the undeniable power of
play in learning, growth, and development changed everything for me
about how I related with clients and families.
As I received further training in play therapy, I began feeling
more comfortable taking known concepts, theories, and therapeutic
interventions and making them tangible. For example, instead of
expecting a young child to talk about her day or process through
stressful and traumatic experiences verbally, I began to use story
stones. These are tangible rocks with small pictures on them that
children can use to show the linear progression of an occurrence and
identify the changing emotions in the story they are sharing. These
visuals allow children to explore and identify what they could have done
differently to change the outcome of the story (for example, take a
stone representing yelling and throwing things and replace with a stone
representing taking a walk). These pictured stones also became a sorting
game in which clients would sort the pictures based on emotions they
elicit for them, thus identifying triggers and leaving opportunities to
process unresolved trauma-related experiences and gain self-awareness
and self-perceptions. Who knew some little grey stones could be such a
powerful tool in any social worker’s office?
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Spring 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Spring issue:
...and much more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please dowload the PDF. You can also watch my Video Table of Contents
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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. This 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.
Order the book now at:
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
caring and useful resource for helping professionals concerned
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.
BARBARA W. SHANK, Ph.D., MSW, Dean and Professor,
Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine University,
of Directors, Council on Social Work Education
...well-researched and practice-based book that offers instructions,
insights, and recommendations on incorporating self-care that can guide a
person’s practice in helping others.
BEDTIME READING/GIFTS FOR SOCIAL WORKERS
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
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Hope for the Warriors Awarded Grant to Support Master of Social Work Internship Program and Staff Capacity-Building
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (March 29, 2017) –
Hope For The Warriors has been
awarded a three-year grant from Altria Group, Inc., to provide major
support of its Master of Social Work (MSW) Internship Program. In
addition, the grant will support staff capacity-building and leadership
Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a
sense of self, family, and hope for veterans, service members, and
The goal of the Hope For The Warriors MSW Internship Program is to train
tomorrow’s military and veteran mental health service providers by
ensuring that interns enter the social work profession with a thorough
understanding of the unique needs of military families.
During the MSW Internship Program, interns gain firsthand experience by
working under Hope For The Warriors’ licensed social workers. Learning
opportunities include formal and experiential military cultural
competency training, one-on-one interaction with service members and
veterans, and training and application of trauma-informed practices to
Since it was launched in 2012, the MSW Internship Program has placed
more than 40 students. These interns have provided more than 20,000
hours of program support in the clinical health area to Hope For The
Warriors during this period.
“We’re extremely grateful to Altria Group for its three-year commitment
to our Master of Social Work Internship Program,” said Robin Kelleher,
co-founder, president, and CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “Thanks to this
grant, we’re able to substantially increase the quantity and quality of
case management and care coordination services, allowing us to serve
more military personnel and their families.”
For more information on Hope For The Warriors, visit hopeforthewarriors.org
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