Social Work E-News 
Issue #197, April 11, 2017
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Most articles from the spring issue can be read on our website, as well. Highlights include: ethics in social work advocacy, social work in Alaska, transferability of social work skills from one practice area to another, respite foster care, tangible social work, palliative care and hospice, online disability advocacy and allies, volunteer opportunities, book reviews, and more!
The New Social Worker's Social Work Month Project 2017 is now completed. Thank you to all who submitted entries for our project. We  published essays, artwork, and poetry showing the variety and depth of our profession. So please visit the project's page for these inspiring posts by social work students, practitioners, educators, and leaders.
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This Month
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
and more!
Featured Excerpt

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.
Story Stones
     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:

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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.
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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


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News & Resources
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 development activities.

Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family, and hope for veterans, service members, and military families.

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 client care.

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

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