Your Social Work E-News for April is here!
Social Work E-News 
Issue #221, April 9, 2019
Social Work E-News
Editor's Eye
Hello --
Welcome to Issue #221 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.
Our Social Work Month Project 2019 is complete, and I want to thank you for celebrating with us. Our focus this year was on the six core values of the social work profession - service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence (from the NASW Code of Ethics). Please visit the Social Work Month 2019 page to read the published works on this important topic.
In case you missed it, our new Clinical Intersections blog is published twice a month, written by Dr. Danna Bodenheimer, LCSW - author of Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way and On Clinical Social Work: Meditations and Truths From the Field - and colleagues from her private practice at Walnut Psychotherapy Center. Danna's newest post, on boundaries, is fresh off the press this morning!
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.  
Our Spring/Summer issue is in the works and will be available very soon! IN THE MEANTIME... 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 2019:
Highlights: religious freedom and social work ethics, Ms. Wheelchair America (a social worker), disenfranchised grief, difficult conversations, and more. See listing below (after the "Featured Excerpt").

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Linda Grobman, ACSW, LSW
This Month

April marks several observances, including but not limited to:
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • National Poetry Month
  • Autism Awareness Month
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • National Youth Violence Prevention Week (April 8-12)
and more.
Job Corner
ProtoCall Crisis and Access Counselor
Work From Home Hiring in Arizona, Michigan, New Mexico, Washington, and Oregon
ProtoCall is a resilient team that works around the clock to provide immediate help for those in crisis. We are hiring fully remote Counselors and Social Workers. If you have a Master's degree and are licensed or registered with your state board, we are interested in discussing this opportunity with you.
What does an average day look like for a Crisis and Access Counselor?
You will receive calls from people reaching out in a time of crisis who need to know that there is a compassionate professional on the other end of the line who wants to help. Your clinical skills and training will prepare you to work with people in real despair, you’ll answer questions, make referrals, and help get people set up with a better plan. You’ll help people feel heard and supported. You’ll offer hope to many.  You’ll even help save lives.  And you’ll do this for people from all over the country, of all ages, races, and ethnicities, all in a single day.


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Featured Excerpt

"Shoplifters" - When Love Lives Amidst Ethical and Moral Violation (Film Review)

Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER's website.
Read the complete article at:

by SaraKay Smullens, MSW, LCSW, DCSW

     In Shoplifters, the Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda provides a social work audience with echoes of the heartbreak we face with our clients day in and day out: the toll of poverty, hopelessness, with lack of empathy from so many; the suffering and vulnerability of children and their deep longing for love; the inhumanity of a dense inner-city existence; bureaucratic arrogance and callousness. He also points to the frightening underbelly of human existence when nothing is as it first seems (or how people portray it); how lack of control over both events and personal instincts plays a major role in each life; the ultimate cost of dark secrets; the power of love; and how even in the tiniest slivers, love can make endurance possible.
     In this film, gentle and understated, yet throbbing with intensity, Hirokazu Kore-eda examines what constitutes a family: Does family consist only of blood relatives? What emotions and choices offer sustenance? What counteracts hope and a feeling of belonging? What role does manipulation, betrayal, and cruelty play? What is the impact of inconsistencies and contradictions? In this complex focus, viewer emotions are in constant flux as a dark mystery slowly unfolds, bringing its painful truths. What you see initially in Shoplifters is surely not what you get! All of the Shibata family members have unsettling, disturbing components to their lives, having an impact on others. 
     (Please note: the following introductions of family members and some of their activities is for framing only. I will not reveal the film’s intricate, unfolding, startling development.)
     In the initial moments of Shoplifters, we are introduced to a unifying Shibata family business - father and son steal food and household necessities, using quirky hand motions to coordinate and signal proper timing for the grab and hide. At first glance, they seem to steal only to care for basic human needs of their family, which seems to include a middle-aged husband and wife, Osamu (Lily Franky) and Noboya (Sakura Ando); their son Shota (Kairi Jyo); a daughter (or perhaps Osamu’s younger sister), Aki (Mayu Matsuoka); and a grandmother, Hatsue (Kirin Kiki, the beloved character actor in her final film before death).
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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.
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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.

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