Your Social Work E-News for November is here!
Social Work E-News 
Issue #204, November 14, 2017
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Welcome to Issue #204 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.
Veterans Day was observed this past weekend. We appreciate all who have served and continue to serve. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the largest employers of social workers, with more than 8,000 employed throughout the system. Rachel Dietkus Miller wrote a great article about reasons to consider a VA social work career. Read: 11 Excellent Reasons To Consider VA for Your Social Work Career.
Thanksgiving is only a week and a half away. I send you good wishes, and I am thankful that you are a part of our social work community. Erlene Grise-Owens wrote about gratitude for her Self-Care A-to-Z blog this month. Read: Gratitude as Focus, Frame, and Fuel for Self-Care. And Danna Bodenheimer has an important perspective on gratitude and forgiveness at the holidays, in her piece from last year. Read: Saying No to Gratitude and Forgiveness.
Reminder: Our Fall issue is out! This issue includes some important articles for all social workers summarizing the NEW NASW Code of Ethics (taking effect January 1) and the new standards for technology in social work practice. If you have not yet read these articles and the related documents, please do! Other highlights include articles on interrupting Islamophobia, resilience for social workers, female genital cutting, making the most of your time as a social work student, asking for professional references, and more.

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Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago, Founder and host, Social Work Podcast
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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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Do you know a social worker or social work student who loves to read? This book is a welcome retreat from academic textbooks.
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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This Month
November marks several observances, including but not limited to:
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
  • National Adoption Awareness Month
  • National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Great American Smokeout (November 16)
and more!
Featured Excerpt

Resilience for Social Workers: How To Increase Flexibility, Energy, and Engagement in the Face of Challenge
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Elizabeth Whitney, MSW, LICSW
I arrive at the conference center tired and distracted, aware of the gnawing anxiety that has been with me since starting my new job months earlier. “Who am I—feeling this way—to be teaching about resilience?” I wonder. As I scan the presentation space, taking deep breaths to calm my nerves, I also remember, “Who else?”
Resilience is not about eliminating anxiety, fear, or uncertainty. Cultivating resilience allows us to face these and other stressful experiences with greater confidence, so we have the resources to bounce back. This article provides an introduction to tools and resources for building resilience and working with, rather than avoiding or distancing from, the realities that confront us.
Social work, practiced conscientiously, is a practice of the head and the heart. Effective social work demands deep engagement at all levels of intervention. To do this work requires presence, self-knowledge, acceptance, and flexibility. One has to be willing to “not know,” even when having practiced for a long time. To do this work demands tenacity in the face of imperfect systems and inadequate funding. Grounded in a commitment to serve often-marginalized individuals, families, and communities, a career as a social worker may also bring a host of challenges, including the increasingly trying conditions within which we work.
To address these realities, workshops and articles on stress reduction, avoidance of compassion fatigue, and burnout prevention have proliferated with the promise of teaching social workers how to cut down, manage, or create space from situations that overwhelm us. Within these approaches, however, is a deep and troubling contradiction.
Burnout is synonymous with breakdown; compassion fatigue with depletion. Inherent in both is a presumption of finite capacity within each person that, unless carefully guarded, can be used up. The best that can be achieved is to stave off or protect against becoming drained of a precious ability to care, or when nearing a depleted state, to take time away to refill ourselves with purpose and energy. Furthermore, the source of this damage and brokenness, against which social workers are counseled to buttress themselves, is often posited as being the very people we seek to help. Nowhere within this worldview do we find ideas about abilities, or promises of the capacity for growth.
Resilience - A Strengths-Based Approach
Resilience, on the other hand, draws from and reinforces a strengths perspective. The concept of resilience springs from a belief that, fundamentally, we have personal wisdom and capacity to persevere and grow from experience. Adopting a resilience mindset helps us to tap into these capacities and to flourish, even in the face of challenge. Rather than seeing our work as ultimately draining, we incorporate the challenges we face into meaning-making. Difficulties are expected as part of the whole of what we do. When resilient, we seek to understand adversities that arise, to continually cultivate attitudes of curiosity, and to formulate actions for solutions and justice.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines resilience as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte, in their practical book The Resilience Factor (2003), discuss resilience as having to do with the ability to regulate emotions, attention, and behavior. Furthermore, recent research shows that how you interpret and how you respond to stress is related to how much stress you will feel. Early research by Suzanne Kobasa (1979) identified three critical factors for resilience: control, commitment, and challenge. Resilient people believe that they can influence events and situations, are engaged and find work as a source of meaning, and see change and uncertainty as opportunities for growth more than as stressors.
Resilient social workers rely on habits of mind and actions to foster attitudes of open curiosity and awareness of judgment that sustain them through the vicissitudes of their often difficult work. A focus on resilience allows us to move from the deficit perspective posited by avoidance of burnout to a sustainable framework based on day-to-day positive practices. With resilience, we are more able to keep our minds free from limiting thoughts, to access courage and creativity, to connect with others rather than withdraw, and ultimately, to find new possibilities for ourselves and the people we serve. Buoyed by resilience, we are more able to confront and work with problems without losing connection to ourselves or engagement with those we serve. At its simplest, working on resilience is about being proactive rather than reactive.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:

Here are some highlights from the Fall 2017 issue:
Student Role Model - Joshua Collins (in PDF format only)
The NASW Delegate Assembly approved a number of significant amendments to the NASW Code of Ethics, to take effect January 1, 2018. Read a summary of the changes. more
How do you secure your field placement? Especially for social work students in online programs and others whose schools require them to find their own placements, these 10 tips will provide guidance. more
A crucial step in landing a social work job is lining up references. Who should you ask? Who should you avoid? What exactly are you asking them to do, and how do you present them? more
What does it mean to interrupt Islamophobia? And how does social work fit in? more
Mariya Taher focused all of her MSW research on female genital cutting. Within a few years, she was a sought-after expert on the subject. more
Do you want to be the social work student who completes the bare minimum requirements to get your degree? Or the student who stands out above the rest? more
What is in the new 64-page document known as the NASW, ASWB, CSWE, and CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice? And what are social workers saying about the standards? more
Resilience isn't about eliminating anxiety, fear, or uncertainty. Resilience allows us to face challenges with greater confidence and ability to bounce back. Self-concordant goals, physical well-being, and emotional well-being are included. more
#MacroSW Twitter chats on the Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative are summarized. more
Addison Cooper takes a look at three popular films through a social work lens - The Glass Castle, Leap!, and Cars 3. more
Book review of Shame-Proof Parenting: Find Your Unique Parenting Voice, Feel Empowered, and Raise Whole, Healthy Children. more
Book review of Fatherhood in America: Social Work Perspectives on a Changing Society. more
...and much more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.

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Job Corner
Vice President Developmental Disabilities Goshen/Rockland Programs
The Vice President will be responsible for the overall management of the Developmental Disabilities Goshen IRA Programs and Rockland IRA Campus Programs. He/She will supervise the Assistant Vice President of Goshen/Rockland Campus Programs and Clinical Coordinator.  The VP will be actively involved in DD managed care preparedness. He/She assumes administrative coverage of the entire DD Department in the absence of the Senior Vice President of Rockland IRA Community/Bronx Developmental Disabilities Programs, and will be on-call 24 hours per day, seven (7) days per week.  To be successful, the Vice President must be adaptable, a strategic thinker, and able to develop and implement strategies to support the program and Agency’s strategic growth plans.
Qualifications and Requirements:
The candidate must have a Master’s in Social Work (MSW).  A Licensed Social Worker (LMSW) required, QIDP.  A minimum of five (5) years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities or behavioral challenges in a residential setting is required. A minimum of five (5) years of progressive, supervisory, broad based management experience and three years of supervisory experience working in an OPWDD setting.  Knowledgeable in managed care.   Exceptional communication, analytical, organizational, interpersonal, writing, and problem-solving skills. A valid, non-restricted driver license is required.
Contact: Dr. Heather Waitman
Phone: 845-359-3400
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