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Highlights: responding to NASW's professional review process, self-disclosure, travel social work, preparing for job interview questions, self-care apps, and more. See listing below (after the "Featured Excerpt").
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Ethics Alive! Responding to NASW's Professional Review Process
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER's Winter 2020 issue. Read the complete article at:
by Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD
You’ve got mail. Unfortunately, unlike the mail in the movie of
the same name, this letter is not part of an email romance. It is a
letter from the Office of Ethics and Professional Review of the National
Association of Social Workers (NASW) letting you know that a client or
other person has issued a request for professional review (PR). The
request claims you have breached the Code of Ethics. What do you do?
Panic? Become angry? Feel defensive? Regardless of the feelings you
experience, you may need time to process them. You may also want to
consult with a colleague or supervisor who can help you process these
feelings. This article is not about how to process your feelings, but
rather, about the practical steps you may take to respond ethically and
effectively to this request for PR.
Remember that the NASW’s PR process is one of the ways in which
the NASW promotes ethical practice, holds social workers accountable,
and provides clients and others with an avenue for redressing ethical
concerns about social workers. We should respect clients’ rights to have
their concerns addressed. Also, we should be open to the PR process as a
means of resolving concerns in a collaborative manner.
Note that most cases accepted for PR go through a mediation
process, not a court-like adjudication process. Only some of the more
serious allegations, including allegations of sexual relations with
clients, go directly to a hearing process. If mediation does not result
in agreement, the case may be referred to a hearing. Accordingly, it may
be in your and your client’s best interests to resolve the concerns
Know that a PR request does not necessarily result in a
professional review process. Upon receiving notification of the PR
request, you will have 14 days to respond to the PR request. Your
response is very important, because it will be used by the NASW’s Intake
Committee to help determine whether to proceed with PR. Along with the
notification of the PR request, you will receive the complainant’s
statement of alleged breaches of the NASW (2018) Code of Ethics, a copy
of the NASW (2012) Procedures for Professional Review manual, the
complainant’s pledge of confidentiality, and forms that you are to
submit in response to the complaint. You may feel overwhelmed or
uncertain about how to respond. You may, however, request an NASW
consultant to help you through the process, including how to complete
your written response.
Selected articles from the Winter 2020 issue:
You receive a notice that someone has
issued a request for professional review, claiming you have breached
the NASW Code of Ethics. What are your next steps? This is Part 2 of a
The social work literature typically
frames self-disclosure as a complex and controversial use-of-self
practice. Inquiring minds still want to know: "Should I do it or not?"
That question is too simple.
Travel social workers work at
short-term assignments in a variety of locations. Travel allows much
time for self-reflection and growth.
Be ready for various interview
formats and behavioral interviewing. Your Social Work Career Coach
Jennifer Luna provides sample interview questions to help you prepare
for your social work job interview.
Stephen asked social workers on Twitter what self-care apps they use. Most common were meditation and fitness apps.
Military spouses in social work face
challenges such as needing to learn new local resources every few years,
licensure mobility, and frequent termination with clients.
The New Social Worker's book review of Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do
The New Social Worker's book review of How To Be an Antiracist.
The New Social Worker's book review of People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, and Social Justice
The New Social Worker's book review
of Old and High: A Guide to Understanding the Neuroscience and
Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Baby Boom Adults’ Substance Use, Abuse,
The New Social Worker's book review of The Hospice Team: Who We Are and How We Care
Art is a powerful means of
expression. These three art pieces by social work educator Wendy Turner
address issues of racism, homophobia, and sexism.
This article was published in our Winter 2020 issue. We subsequently received feedback that led to its retraction and removal five days later on Monday, January 13. Click on above link for full retraction statement.
For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
Recent Web-Exclusive Articles
The New Social Worker - Social Work Month 2020 Call for Submissions
March is Social Work Month! As in previous years, The New Social Worker
will publish a Social Work Month series online—our Social Work Month Project 2020
The submission deadline is January 29, 2020.
We are seeking submissions in the following categories from social work students, practitioners, and educators.
- The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has chosen as its 2020 Social Work Month theme: Social Workers: Generations Strong. In keeping with this theme, write an essay (500 words maximum) about a
social work mentor, mentee, or other social worker who has inspired you.
What was it about the person that was inspiring? What is/was special
about this person? Give examples of what they did that was special or
had a major impact on you as a social worker. Tell a story. Include a
- Write an essay (500 words maximum) focusing on a particular field
of social work practice that has meaning for you or that you are
interested in. This can be a story from your practice, reflections on
why you chose your field, what you have learned about the field, why it
is important, what you want others to know about the field. This essay
should focus on one area/field of practice, rather than the profession
of social work as a whole.
- Social work selfies/snapshots. Submit a photo of yourself
representing something about social work—what you do, what you like,
what the profession means to you, what you want others to know, how you
“do” self-care. For example, you might submit a photo of yourself in
your office, holding a sign about social work, or wearing clothing that
represents social work (such as a social work t-shirt). Include a short
paragraph to tell what the photo represents. Be creative!
All submissions must include the following to be considered:
- your name and social work credentials, as they are to appear with your submission
- school you attend or graduated from
- expected graduation date, if you are a student
- your contact information (email required)
- title of the submission (make it creative and brief)
- a short bio (no more than 50 words)
- the following statement: “If accepted, I ___________ (fill in your full name), grant The New Social Worker/White
Hat Communications all rights to this submission. I understand it may
be published on its websites, on its social media channels, and/or in
- Each person may submit ONE entry.
- Essay submissions: submit in a Word file.
- Photo submissions: submit photo in a JPG file, with the descriptive paragraph in a Word file.
Send submissions and questions to Linda Grobman, publisher/editor
. Attach your file(s) to an email, and please include "Social Work
Month Submission" and the title of your submission in the email subject
line. If you would like to include a photo of yourself, or other photos
to illustrate your essay, attach it/them to your email as JPG files.
Please do not send your submissions more than once. Before you send your submission, make sure it is the best it can be! Proofread, make corrections, and edit. It can be helpful to have someone look at your work and give you feedback.
Please pass this call for submissions along to others who may be interested.
Submissions that do not follow the above instructions will not be considered. Entries must be received by January 29, 2020.
University of Iowa National Poetry Contest for Social Workers
The University of Iowa School of Social Work National Poetry Contest for Social Workers in now open for submissions. The deadline is January 31, 2020. As in previous years, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place poems will be published in The New Social Worker. In addition, the writers of the top three poems will receive cash prizes.
Write for THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER
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? Or an issue you have experienced as a social worker or social work student that you would like to share with peers? These are good places to start to identify a topic for a timely article for our website.
For the magazine, we are seeking articles on social work career development, field placement issues, and fields of practice.
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.
Submit articles to Linda Grobman with a subject line that says “Submission—(insert title or topic of submission).” Attach your submission as a Word file. Please include in this file: title of submission, your name as you want it to appear with your article, body of your submission, a brief bio about yourself. I will then review your submission and let you know if I need anything else and/or whether it is accepted for publication.
Please email Linda Grobman
with ideas for longer (1,250-1,500 words) "feature articles" for THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER
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