Your Social Work E-News for May is here!
Social Work E-News 
Issue #222, May 14, 2019
Social Work E-News
Editor's Eye
Hello --
Welcome to Issue #222 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.
Congratulations to all NEW social work graduates! Welcome to the social work profession. Do you have a great graduation photo you would like to share? Tag us on Instagram (@newsocialworker) or Twitter (@newsocialworker).
I am excited to announce that the 5th edition of my book, Days in the Lives of Social Workers, is now available for pre-order! This new edition includes a total of 62 stories of social workers, each in a different role or setting. New chapters include social work in: a public library, a police department, anti-trafficking, opioid treatment, suicide prevention/intervention, adoption, a legislative office, arts-based programming, and social work education.
Pre-order now at Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and your book will ship May 22 or shortly thereafter!
The New Social Worker website is a great place to find a variety of new and archived articles on job search, social work careers, practice, ethics, and more issues for new grads.  
Did you hear the news? Our Spring/Summer issue is available NOW! Read articles from the Spring/Summer issue at
Here’s a quick link for immediate download of the PDF edition for Spring/Summer 2019:
Highlights: gun violence dialogue and social work values, social work and autoimmune disease, your social work legacy, assessing for PTSD in terminally ill patients, loss and chronic illness, the technology monster, and more. See listing below (after the "Featured Excerpt").

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This Month

May marks several observances, including but not limited to:
  • Mental Health Month
  • National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
  • National Foster Care Month
  • National Women's Health Week (May 12-18)
and more.
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Job Corner/Current Job Openings
Alliance for Healing, White Bear Lake, MN
Alliance for Healing, White Bear Lake, MN, is looking for therapists to join our team. We have a beautiful, welcoming clinic. Our therapists work with trauma, behavioral addictions, relational betrayal, and rebuilding resiliency from loss and other life stressors. We specialize in neurofeedback - in making changes that last. This salaried position has benefits including 401K retirement plan, health/dental insurance, vacation pay, holiday pay, and training opportunities.
Must be fully licensed as a Mental Health Professional in the state of Minnesota and have an interest and experience in trauma work, relationship betrayal, attachment disorders, and compulsive behaviors. We are looking for competent, confident, and creative therapists who are committed to be part of a growing team.
To apply: Send letter of interest and resume to Diane Hovey, PhD, Alliance for Healing PA, to or in writing to Alliance for Healing PA, 4505 White Bear Parkway, WBL, MN 55110.

St. Dominic's Family Services
The Vice President of Administrative Services in the Family Foster Care Program is to manage all aspects in the program related to fiscal viability, CSNYC fidelity, Record management, Policies/Procedures, Homefinding/Intake Unit, Accountability Unit Program Facilities, Program Administration (including administrative support personnel), and general office management. 
Master's in Social Work, a Licensed Social Worker (LCSW or LMSW) preferred with a minimum of (ten) 10 years experience in the field of social work and in the field of Child Welfare. A minimum of eight (8) years of supervisory experience is required.

Bluestone Physician Services
Bluestone Physician Services is one of the largest providers of residential primary care in the nation. In addition, Bluestone has a highly developed care coordination model for seniors and individuals living with disabilities. Our Licensed Social Workers promote patient, family, and clinical partnerships to more than 2,000 members throughout Minnesota. Join our growing team as a Care Coordinator working with seniors (MSHO/MSC+) throughout the St Paul/Mpls metro area. Through partnerships with managed care organizations, we provide case management and care coordination services ensuring DHS and CMS required activities are met for senior members (MSHO/MSC+) living in the community, group homes, assisted living facilities. From initial assessment to care planning and coordination of Medicare and Medicaid benefits & services acting as a member of the client’s interdisciplinary team. This position works from home and in the field with clients. For questions, contact: Felicia Mead / 651.472.8358 To apply:

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Featured Excerpt

The Intersection of Autoimmune Disease and Social Work: An Effective Partnership for Health

Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER's Spring/Summer 2019 issue.
Read the complete article at:
by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
    The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc., estimates as many as fifty million Americans suffer from autoimmune related diseases; 80 to 100 diseases fit into these categories (2018). Social workers offer services in diverse community sectors such as schools, mental health agencies, hospitals and medical clinics, nonprofits, and private practices. Clients are not often referred for mental health services following a diagnosis of autoimmune disease. It is more common that social workers will learn of other stressors—such as a diagnosis of autoimmune disease—through assessment or ongoing interactions with their clients.  Autoimmune disease may not come up in conversation, as clients can be unclear about how their illness overlaps with mental health. They may not see how a social worker can help. As an LCSW who lives with Crohn’s disease—an autoimmune disease also known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease—I learned the nuances in treatment from my own personal experiences. Social workers are an integral part of the treatment team and contribute significantly to helping patients manage symptoms and heal. Therefore, understanding how to approach these patients in an ethical and diligent manner is critical.
What Is Autoimmune Disease?
    Our immune system is supposed to protect us from disease and infection. However, in the case of autoimmune disease, the immune system loses its ability to distinguish foreign invaders from the body’s own self. It sees its own tissues, healthy cells, and gut microbes as a threat, and the confused immune system attacks its own body.
    Some common autoimmune diseases include:
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Endometriosis
  • Lyme disease (chronic)
  • Lupus
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
Common Physical Aspects of Autoimmune Disease
   Many patients who have autoimmune disease experience chronic distress as evidenced by common symptoms: fatigue, joint pain and swelling, skin problems, abdominal pain or digestive issues, recurring fever, and swollen glands (Orbai, 2018). The distressing symptoms are compounded by unpredictable relapses and remissions. It is not unusual for patients suffering from autoimmune disease to have sensitivities to food, chemicals, and environmental triggers. University of Virginia rheumatologist Angela Crowley, MD, describes how autoimmune diseases can present with common symptoms, such as joint pain, alone or in combination with common symptoms overlapping other diseases. Because autoimmune disease can mimic dozens of diseases, it is important to view each patient as “unique” in their presentation of symptoms—no one patient will look the same as another patient with the same condition. This makes diagnosis challenging (Marshall, 2014).
    At the root of autoimmune disease is inflammation (Hyman, 2010). Most of us can recall being bitten by a mosquito; the swelling that results is obvious. Inflammation is a natural response by the body to protect itself from a foreign invader (in this case, the mosquito bite). The area of the bite is flooded with immune cells mounting their attack on the invader, and you can see swelling, redness, and feel heat or pain. Similarly, in autoimmune disease, the body attacks its own tissues, mounting an inflammatory response. This inflammation can have a negative impact on organs and lead to a variety of symptoms.
News and Resources
Mental Health Month Resources
May is Mental Health Month. Mental Health America is "expanding upon last year’s theme of #4Mind4Body and taking it to the next level, as we explore the topics of animal companionship (including pets and support animals), spirituality, humor, work-life balance, and recreation and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness" (from MHA website).
You can find resources on each of these topics (and more) on MHA's website:
Find a variety of infographics, fact sheets, and other resources at MHA's Mental Health Month page. - Newly-Designed Free Website Provides Objective Health Information, Protects User Privacy

Kenilworth, N.J. (May 2019) – provides its users with health information that is free of advertising or sponsored content of any kind.
Use of the website is unlimited and always free. Moreover, there is no registration and visitors are never asked to provide personal information.
Visitors to the Merck Manuals website can select advanced content, appropriate for health professionals and medical students, or easier to understand information developed for patients and consumers.

Among improvements to the website are a more prominent search box, a “letter spine” for locating health topics and medical conditions alphabetically, and “quick links” to material about first aid and emergencies, normal laboratory results, and drug information.
The expanded online collection of assets includes a news feed, commentary, infographics, videos, podcasts, 3D models, health calculators and trackers, quizzes, a pill identifier, and a guide to the pronunciation of medical terms.
The digital platform allows for timely discussions of pressing social issues with significant public health implications, such as healthy travel, school bullying, and elder abuse.

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; holiday; or time of year/season? This is a good way to identify a topic for a timely article for our website.
For the magazine, we are seeking articles on social work career development and field placement issues.
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:
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Please email Linda Grobman with ideas for longer (1,250-1,500 words) "feature articles" for THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine.
For more detailed information, please read our complete Writers' Guidelines.
Thank you!
In Print
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


With just the right blend of humor and candor, each of these stories contains nuggets of wisdom that you will not find in a traditional textbook. They capture the essence and the art and soul of social work.

Now in Paperback and Hardcover: ON CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK: MEDITATIONS AND TRUTHS FROM THE FIELD is Dr. Danna Bodenheimer's NEWEST book.

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

Now available in a black & white edition, too.
A perfect companion to Danna Bodenheimer's first book, Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way.

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!
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