Your Social Work E-News for February is here!
Social Work E-News 
Issue #219, February 12, 2019
Social Work E-News
Editor's Eye
Hello --
Welcome to Issue #219 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.
Social Work Month will be here before you know it! Social Work Month is in March, and we are already planning for this special month. Thank you to everyone who submitted material for our Social Work Month Project 2019. I am in the process of reviewing your submissions and will notify you later this month about our selection decisions. Please be on the lookout beginning March 1st for our month-long celebration of the social work profession on our website.
Thinking ahead to Summer 2019, I am happy to announce that The New Social Worker is a sponsor of the NASW New Mexico Social Workers at Sea cruise! Check it out and make your plans now to participate in this unique continuing education adventure, with wellness experts including our own Becky Schwartz Corbett and one of the co-editiors of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals.
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.  
REMINDER... 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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This Month

February marks several observances, including but not limited to:
  • Black History Month
  • American Heart Month
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
  • Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week (February 25-March 3)
Job Corner
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Featured Excerpt

Disenfranchised Grief: When Grief and Grievers Are Unrecognized

Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Winter 2019 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER.
Read the complete article at:
by Lisa S. Zoll, LCSW

     Grief is disenfranchised when others avoid talking to someone about a painful loss or use a cliché that minimizes that loss. When this happens, the visible evidence of the grief tends to disappear from public sight. Corr (1999) states that whether these types of responses to a loss are careless, unintentional, or a deliberate “restriction of the meaning of grief to its emotional components is an unrecognized form of disenfranchisement of the full grief experience” (p. 9). Essentially, when a loss is minimized, the griever may feel tentative or inhibited about grieving the loss publicly. Doka defines this concept of disenfranchised grief as grief that is not or cannot be openly acknowledged, socially validated, or publicly supported (Doka, 2002a).  
    There are three primary concepts that serve to disenfranchise someone’s grief: 1) the relationship between the griever and the deceased is not recognized, 2) the death or loss is not recognized, and 3) the griever’s ability to grieve is not recognized (Corr, 1999). This article will address these three concepts through the use of case examples. Loss, in this article, is defined as the disappearance of something cherished, such as a person or possession to which there is an emotional attachment or bond (Zoll & Shiner, 2017).  
The Relationship Is Not Recognized
   Through the foster system, a couple was attempting to adopt two young girls, ages one and three, who had been living in their home. During the four months of foster placement, the couple had developed a parent-child relationship with the girls. At the custody hearing, the judge awarded custody to a distant relative of the biological mother. For all intents and purposes, the couple had lost the parental relationship with the girls, a loss that felt as significant as losing legally defined “daughters.” The couple observed, for a short time, that although their loss was recognized, it seemed that the significance and depth of loss was not. The couple reported feeling a sense of abandonment by those closest to them. In their experience, “nobody understood, and nobody brought it up, so they could understand.” The response, “At least, they got to be with you for that time” (M. & J. Schwartzman, personal communication, February 11, 2018), seemed to diminish the magnitude of their grief. Ten years later, that loss was still palpable to the couple. Loss, in this case, was related to the significant emotional bond that the couple had formed with the girls.
Here are articles from the Winter 2019 issue:

  • Student Role Model - Jessica Watkins (in PDF format only)
  • How Literary Fiction Helps Us Become Better Social Workers (in PDF format only)
  • Practice Lessons Learned From Parenthood (in PDF format only)

News & Resources
NASW/Brady Campaign Social Justice Brief on Gun Violence

The National Association of Social Workers and the Brady Campaign/Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence have developed a Social Justice Brief that looks at concrete ways social workers can help stop gun violence. The 10-page publication, titled Tools for Social Workers to Prevent Gun Violence: Safe Storage of Guns in the Home, Protective Orders, and Other Methods of Gun Violence Prevention, is available in PDF format.

American Heart Month Events
  • #CardiacRehabChat: Improving Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral Rates: Million Hearts® (@MillionHeartsUS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (@AACVPR), and the American College of Cardiology (@ACCinTouch) will hold a Twitter chat on Tuesday, February 12th at 1:00 pm ET, in observance of National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. The chat will highlight the importance of cardiac rehabilitation and how health care professionals can increase referral rates.
  • Facebook Live Experts Panel: DHDSP will hold a Facebook live on Monday, February 25, from 12:30-1:00 p.m. ET, featuring a panel of cholesterol experts who will discuss and answer questions about high blood cholesterol, cholesterol management, and the 2018 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol. Tune in at

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In Print
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.


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


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