SOCIAL WORK E-NEWS
  Issue #131, October 11, 2011
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Editor's Eye
Dear Social Work Colleagues,

Hello! Welcome to Issue #131 of the Social Work E-News! Thank you for subscribing to receive this e-mail newsletter, which is brought to you by the publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine, SocialWorker.com, SocialWorkJobBank.com, and other social work publications.

I would like to welcome back to school all new and returning social work students and wish you a great academic year! If you know of social work students who might like to receive this newsletter, please feel free to share it with them and let them know that it is free to subscribe.

October marks the observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, National Bullying Prevention Month, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, SIDS Awareness Month, Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 2-8), National Depression Screening Day (October 6), World Mental Health Day (October 10), National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15), and more.

Coming in November: American Diabetes Month, National Adoption Month, National Family Caregivers Month, National Hospice Palliative Care Month, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, National Survivors of Suicide Day (November 19), the Great American Smokeout (November 17), and more

Later this month, I will travel to Atlanta, GA, to attend the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting (CSWE APM).  I know many who read this newsletter will be at the conference, and I look forward to seeing you!  I will be stationed in the exhibit hall.  Please stop by the "White Hat Communications/The New Social Worker" exhibit booth to say hello.  I would love to talk with you about our publications and social work in general!

One of those publications is the new edition (the 4th) of my book, DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS, available now!  The book consists of 58 first person stories of professional social workers, each describing a “typical” day in his or her life. The variety of social work roles and settings amazes me, and the stories really open up readers’ eyes to the possibilities of what social workers can do.  The newest edition features a foreword by National Association of Social Workers executive director, Elizabeth J. Clark. It also has 4 new chapters, as well as a new appendix focusing on social media, blogs, and mobile apps. For more information, see http://shop.whitehatcommunications.com/products/Days-in-the-Lives-of-Social-Workers-%284th-Edition%29.html or look for it on Amazon.com. It is the edition with the purple cover.

In addition, Jesus Reyes’ book THE SOCIAL WORK GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICANT’S HANDBOOK is now available in Kindle format.  This book looks at what schools of social work look for in applicants, as well as what applicants need to look for in a school.  Find out more at: http://amzn.to/qq8B9o

The Fall 2011 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER is available NOW!  Highlights of the Fall issue include ethics committees, the supervisor/student relationship, a new VA policy on treatment of transgender/intersex vets, the DREAM Act, tax reform and social justice, a black woman having multiple children by multiple men, virtual clinical social work practice, book/video reviews, and more!

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Individual articles from this issue are also available on our Web site in Web format. Just go to http://www.socialworker.com and start reading!

I want to mention that the Fall issue marks the conclusion of Karen Zgoda's SW 2.0 column.  For the past three years, Karen has shared her passion for and knowledge of the most innovative and new technology practices in social work.  I am most appreciative of Karen's contributions to THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER and the social work literature in this regard.  Although Karen will not be writing this column on a regular basis anymore, we will still continue to follow the most up-to-date developments in tech use in social work practice.

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Job Corner
Lilliput Children’s Services--Program Manager
Fairfield, CA


Lilliput Children’s Services seeks FT Program Manager, MSW required.  Apply online at www.lilliput.org.

See full job description and requirements at: http://jobs.socialworkjobbank.com/c/job.cfm?keywords=lilliput&vnet=0&max=25&site_id=122&jb=8742506

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CASA for Children--Program Director
Portland, OR


The Program Director provides direct supervision and leadership to the CASA program staff and assists the Executive Director in the implementation of the programs of the agency.

Responsibilities include:

Provide professional support, guidance, and supervision to Advocate Supervisors and the Training Coordinator while ensuring that children in the dependency system assigned to a CASA receive the advocacy needed so their “best interests” are represented to the court by Court Appointed volunteers.

Please go to www.casahelpskids.org for more details.

 
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Features
Social Work and the Art of Jazz Improvisation
by Jason McKinney, LMSW, Ph.D.


Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an article from the current (Fall 2011) issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the full article at:
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Professional_Development_%26_Advancement/Social_Work_and_the_Art_of_Jazz_Improvisation/


Walking to class as an undergraduate student, with the pleasant view of autumn leaves and the soothing sounds of rehearsing jazz students, I would never have guessed that the most precious advice for my social work career would come from a course in jazz improvisation.  Throughout the course, I would learn jazz standards on my guitar and then rehearse with the instructor, who played piano.

After learning the melodies of the songs, I would practice improvised solos while being accompanied by the piano. My instructor often provided me with various “tricks of the trade” for producing more substantive solos. What was intended to augment my playing in reality diminished my confidence, as I would focus intently on counting the rhythm or selecting the “best” notes, rather than on creating a piece of art commensurate with my level of comfort and ability. The learning that transpired not only helped my jazz improvisation skills, but also encouraged me as a new professional social worker.

Remembering and Forgetting

Remembering theoretical frameworks and interventions can sometimes feel like a daunting task for new social workers, especially when deciding which are most applicable for each person. As a new family social worker, I faced many questions about which family therapy models would prove most beneficial for the families with whom I was working. The choices were many, including solution-focused therapy, brief strategic family therapy, narrative therapy, functional family therapy, and so on. Sometime during the first few weeks on the job, I remembered the lesson from my jazz instructor and the suggestion that liberated me to use my skills to the best of my ability. He said, “Forget everything you’ve learned, and just play.”  Students become so accustomed to the process of remembering academic information that it can be difficult to transition into the workplace, where memorization is of less value and application becomes paramount.

In the conversation that followed, my instructor informed me that I had spent enough time developing my technical ability and that the time had come for me to let my skills unfold. That’s not to say I would never think about theory again. In fact, just the opposite was true. Theory became more and more important; however, the time and place for theory in practice shifted.

Read the rest of this article at:
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Professional_Development_%26_Advancement/Social_Work_and_the_Art_of_Jazz_Improvisation/

Articles from the Fall 2011 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER include:

Health Care Social Workers and Ethics Committees
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Ethics/Health_Care_Social_Workers_and_Ethics_Committees/

Understanding the Supervisory Relationship With Social Work Students
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Field_Placement/Understanding_the_Supervisory_Relationship_With_Social_Work_Students/

VHA Clarifies Medical Treatment of Transgender/Intersex Vets
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/News/Veterans_Health_Administration_Clarifies_Medical_Treatment_of_Transgender%10Intersex_Vets/

Reflections of the Group Process: An Ex-Group Member Returns as an Observier
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Professional_Development_%26_Advancement/Reflections_on_the_Group_Process%3A_An_Ex-Group_Member_Returns_as_an_Observer/

The Moment of Truth: Tax Reform, Social Justice, and Social Work
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Ethics/The_Moment_of_Truth%3A_Tax_Reform%2C_Social_Justice%2C_and_Social_Work/

A Black Woman Naming Her Truth: Multiple Children By Multiple Men
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/General/A_Black_Woman_Naming_Her_Truth%3A_Multiple_Children_By_Multiple_Men/

Viewpoint: Dare to DREAM
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/General/Viewpoint%3A_Dare_to_Dream/

SW 2.0: Exploring Virtual Clinical Social Work Practice
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Technology/SW_2.0%3A_Going_Where_the_Client_Is%3A_Exploring_Virtual_Clinical_Social_Work_Practice/

…and more!


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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
New Survey Reveals 43% of Dating College Women Have Experienced Violent or Abusive Dating Behavior


A new survey reveals dating violence and abuse to be surprisingly more prevalent among college students than previously believed. Nearly half of dating college women (43%) report having ever experienced violent or abusive dating behaviors, and more than one in five (22%) report actual physical abuse, sexual abuse, or threats of physical violence. Despite the high number of students experiencing these types of abuse, more than one-third of college students (38%) say they would not know how to get help on campus if they found themselves in an abusive relationship.
 
The survey, “Liz Claiborne Inc.’s Love Is Not Abuse 2011 College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll,” was conducted by Knowledge Networks to address the lack of data on dating violence and abuse among college students and to increase the understanding of this problem on college campuses nationwide.
 
According to dating violence expert, Dr. Karen Singleton, Director of Sexual Violence Response, a program of Columbia University Health Services, “This survey expands on earlier reports and reinforces the complexity of the issue.” Among the findings are:

Nearly 1 in 3 (29%) college women report having been a victim of an abusive dating relationship in her life.
57% of students who report having been in an abusive dating relationship indicate it occurred in college.
52% of college women report knowing a friend who has experienced violent and abusive dating behaviors including physical, sexual, digital, verbal, or controlling abuse.
Further, 58% of students said they would not know how to help if they knew someone was a victim.

“The findings of this survey prove that colleges and universities need to provide a more comprehensive response and additional creative educational programs to address dating violence and abuse,” said Jane Randel, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Liz Claiborne Inc.
 
The full report of survey results can be found at www.loveisnotabuse.com.
 
National Dating Abuse Helpline and Break the Cycle Respond to the Urgent Need for Education
 
In direct response to these new findings, www.loveisrespect.org, a partnership between the National Dating Abuse Helpline and leading teen dating violence prevention organization, Break the Cycle, is launching an initiative to target college students with new, relevant resources to address the issue of dating abuse.
 
The expanded online content includes: Take Action (information on how students can get involved on their campus), Stay Safe (safety planning designed specifically for college students) and Help a Friend (information to assist bystanders). The survey shows that 57% of college students say it is difficult to identify dating abuse--substantive evidence of the need for increased education and awareness.
 
“It is our hope that with these targeted college resources, we can help increase knowledge about how students can combat the issue, and ultimately, help prevent the prevalence of dating abuse and violence among students,” said President of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and National Dating Abuse Helpline, Katie-Ray Jones.
 
The resources are available free online at www.loveisrespect.org.
 
In addition, Liz Claiborne Inc. has created a college dating violence curriculum called Love Is Not Abuse, designed to help students deal with dating violence and abuse on campus. The first college curriculum of its kind, Love Is Not Abuse educates students about the dangers and warning signs of dating violence, offers lessons specifically on abuse via technology, and provides resources where college students can find help on campus.
 
The Love Is Not Abuse curriculum was created by a task force consisting of educators and domestic and sexual violence experts from Columbia University, George Mason University, the University of Kansas, Virginia Community College System, Northern Virginia Community College, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) following the May 2010 murder of University of Virginia student Yeardley Love.
 
The Love Is Not Abuse college curriculum is available online, free of charge, at www.loveisnotabuse.com/web/guest/curriculum.


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Articles from THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER on Domestic Violence

Breaking the Cycle
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/General/Breaking_the_Cycle/

Better Together or Safer Apart?
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Ethics/Better_Together_or_Safer_Apart?_An_Application_of_Ethics_to_Everyday_Violence/

10 Things Every Social Worker Needs to Know About Domestic Violence
http://www.socialworker.com/domesticviolence.htm

Empowerment Through Group Process
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Field_Placement/Empowerment_Through_Group_Process/


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Tweeters to Follow for Breast Cancer Awareness

Here are some suggestions for who to follow on Twitter during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

@TheBreastCancer
@Komenforthecure
@BCAction
@SU2C
@breastcancer
@BCACV
hashtag: #breastcancerawareness

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HHS announces $224 million to support evidence-based home visiting programs to help parents and children

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced $224 million to help at-risk families voluntarily receive home visits from nurses and social workers to improve maternal and child health, child development, school readiness, economic self-sufficiency, and child abuse prevention.  As part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, these grants are funded by the Affordable Care Act and are awarded to state agencies that applied for the grants in 49 states across the U.S.

"Home visiting programs play a critical role in the nation's efforts to help children get off to a strong start. Parenting is a tough job, and helping parents succeed pays big dividends in a child's well-being and healthy development," said HHS Secretary Sebelius.  

Both the formula and competitive grants awarded will be used by state agencies to support home visiting programs that bring nurses, social workers, or other health care professionals to meet with at-risk families that agree to meet with them in their homes.  They work with families to evaluate their circumstances, help parents gain the skills they need to succeed in promoting healthy development in their children, and connect families to the kinds of help that can make a real difference in a child's health, development, and ability to learn.  

Research has shown that home visiting programs can improve outcomes for children and families, including improving maternal and child health, reducing child maltreatment, increasing parental employment, and improving the rate at which children reach developmental milestones. HHS undertook an exhaustive review of the research evidence on different home visiting programs to identify the models that have been shown to work.  

"These investments will go a long way toward keeping our kids healthy and building robust early childhood systems across the country," said Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration.  

Under the MIECHV program, states must use at least three-quarters of the funding provided to implement one or more of these evidence-based programs.  The program also supports continued innovation by allowing up to 25 percent of funding to carry out and evaluate promising new approaches.  Formula grant awards totaling $124 million were awarded to 55 eligible agencies including 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and America Samoa.  

A total of $100 million in competitive funding was awarded to those states that have sufficiently demonstrated the interest and capacity to expand and/or to enhance the development of their home visiting efforts.

Reflecting the multi-faceted nature of successful home visiting programs, HHS' Administration for Children and Families (ACF) collaborates with HRSA on the implementation of the MIECHV program.  Taken together, the two agencies bring expertise in early learning and development, the prevention and identification of child maltreatment, the improvement of maternal and child health outcomes, and family engagement.

"Helping children and families thrive requires a multi-faceted approach, and home visiting is a critical component that can strengthen families and put children on solid footing." said George Sheldon, acting assistant secretary of the Administration for Children and Families.

The program is part of the Obama Administration's strong commitment to invest in what works, including evidence-based approaches to improve outcomes for America's most vulnerable children and families.

Lists of grant awardees are available at: http://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2011tables/110922homevisiting.html

For more information on HRSA's MIECHV program, visit http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/homevisiting/.  

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.HealthCare.gov.

 
News & Resources
25th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference
March 4 - 7, 2012
Tampa, Florida


Call for Papers closes October 31, 2011.  The Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit proposal applications for research topics benefiting children, youth, and their families, policy and practice. Special themes this year include: understanding the impact of a changing health care environment on system of care evaluators, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners; and a heightened focus on transition age youth and young adults up to the age of 30.

The following special interest areas will be highlighted at the conference:

  • Research on system level structures and processes that impact effectiveness
  • Research within and across systems, policy, and practice
  • Research regarding family, youth, and young adult roles in children's mental health services
  • Linking primary care to mental health
  • Family-to-family and peer-to-peer supports
  • Community-based approaches to reducing disparities
  • Integration of policy and practice across sectors (such as child welfare and mental health, schools, and juvenile justice)
  • Implementing evidence-based and community-defined practices
  • The role of youth and young adult leadership in shaping system change
  • Innovative approaches to research, evaluation, and performance measurement in complex settings
  • Early childhood mental health
  • Substance abuse and dual diagnosis among youth and young adults
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Innovative approaches for older youth and young adults

See http://cmhtampaconference.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=81&Itemid=75 for details.


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Spirituality and Social Work Conference 2012 Call for Papers
 
This international conference will bring together academics, practitioners, and students to discuss and explore the importance of spirituality for individuals throughout their lifetimes, and its significance in relation to overall mental health and well-being.  Spirituality is expressed in diverse ways and plays an important and meaningful role in human growth and development, especially when coping with negative life events.  Spirituality can also be complex and intertwined with social, economic, environmental, and global issues.  Sessions will include:

  • Scholarly papers and presentation
  • Panels analyzing issues, discussing research, promoting dialogue, and sharing resources
  • Keynote speakers
  • Experiential workshops
  • Posters

 A joint conference provides an exciting opportunity for an exchange of scholarship and knowledge among Canadian, American, and international participants from social work and various disciplines to stimulate dialogue and the sharing of resources on spirituality in research, professional education, and social work practice and social action.
 
Abstract submissions are invited for academic papers, experiential workshops, posters, and panel presentations. Abstract must be tied to the conference theme.  Papers will be allocated 30 minutes (plus 15 minutes for discussion). Experiential workshops will be allocated 90 minutes. Proposals from students and practitioners are welcome. The deadline for this call for proposals is December 9, 2011.  
 
Details for abstract submission can be found at www.spiritualityandsocialwork.ca

All submissions will be subjected to peer review, and notification will be sent no later than February 15, 2012.  Papers based on presentations can be submitted for inclusion in conference proceedings. (Papers from previous conferences are available at www.spiritualityandsocialwork.ca) Papers based on conference presentations can also be submitted for peer review and consideration for inclusion in a special issue of a scholarly journal.
 
Submissions are invited on diverse topics related to the conference theme, such as:
 
  • Research studies and intervention that demonstrate the role of spirituality over the lifespan from diverse Canadian Northern Communities to global localities
  • Diverse case examples discussing spirituality as a developmental factor in resilience, growth, healing, wellness, abuse, control, social justice, oppression, and/or discrimination
  • Contribution or issues regarding diversity of spirituality in social work education, service delivery, and public policy in relation to transcendence and growth
  • Aspects of spiritual traditions/experiences/practices that support or challenge our beliefs and thoughts (e.g., religion, class, gender, ageism, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race)
  • Curricula to help students develop sensitivity, respect, and competence for spiritual diversity
 
Workshops are expected to engage participants in an activity. Papers/presentations may discuss research or practice issues and will include a time for discussion with attendees.
 
Submit expression of interest abstract form to: Sonya Matson at smatson@lakeheadu.ca
 
Questions?? E-mail: spiritualityconference2012@gmail.com


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Write for THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER

I am seeking articles for upcoming issues of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine.  I am especially interested in articles on social work ethics, field placement, practice specialties, news of innovative social work practice, technology, and other topics of interest to social work students, new graduates, and seasoned professionals.  Our style is conversational and educational, and articles typically run 1,500-2,000 for feature articles (considerably shorter for news items).  

I also welcome submissions of poetry, photographs, illustrations, artwork, and other creative work depicting social work and related topics.

Please contact Linda Grobman, editor/publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER, at: lindagrobman@socialworker.com


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Elder Wisdom Circle

Elder Wisdom Circle provides an inter-generational twist to the idea of free advice.

The Elder Wisdom Circle (http://www.elderwisdomcircle.org) "provides free and confidential advice on a broad range of topics. Online advice seekers from all over the world are paired with a network of seniors who share their knowledge, insight, and wisdom. Most seeking advice are 15-35 years old, but people of any age can request advice on most any topic and will receive a personalized e-mail response."

This group of "cyber-grandparents" is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and boasts more than 600 elders (aged 60 to 105) across North America. It is one of the largest providers of personal advice, with hundreds of thousands of readers.


 
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SocialWorkChat.org–A Service of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER and NASW
 
Connect with other social workers online! THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine and the National Association of Social Workers have teamed up with the Social Work Forum to bring you SocialWorkChat.org, an online community of social workers offering twice-weekly online real-time chats on a variety of topics. The chats are held on Sunday and Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Susan Mankita is the manager of SocialWorkChat.org.
 
Registration is free! Chats are at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and will last about an hour. Check regularly for chat topics or sign up for e-mail reminders.
 
Go to http://www.socialworkchat.org to register and participate in the chats and other features of the site.  (Note: The site has been experiencing some technical difficulties. The bulletin board section is working.  The chat room is still being worked on.)
 
 
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On Our Web Site
 
FALL 2011 ISSUE OF THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER IS NOW AVAILABLE!
 
The Fall 2011 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER is available now! It is available to download in PDF format at:
 
 
THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER’s Web site at http://www.socialworker.com includes the full text of many articles from past issues of the magazine. The current issue is featured on the site’s main page. Past issues can be found under “Magazine Issues” in the right column of the page. For selected full-text articles from issues prior to Spring 2006, click on “Feature Articles Archive” on the left side of the page. The magazine is also available for FREE download in PDF format.
 
Individual articles from the Fall 2011 issue now online include:
 
Health Care Social Workers and Ethics Committees
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Ethics/Health_Care_Social_Workers_and_Ethics_Committees/

Understanding the Supervisory Relationship With Social Work Students
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Field_Placement/Understanding_the_Supervisory_Relationship_With_Social_Work_Students/

VHA Clarifies Medical Treatment of Transgender/Intersex Vets
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/News/Veterans_Health_Administration_Clarifies_Medical_Treatment_of_Transgender%10Intersex_Vets/

Reflections of the Group Process: An Ex-Group Member Returns as an Observier
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Professional_Development_%26_Advancement/Reflections_on_the_Group_Process%3A_An_Ex-Group_Member_Returns_as_an_Observer/

The Moment of Truth: Tax Reform, Social Justice, and Social Work
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Ethics/The_Moment_of_Truth%3A_Tax_Reform%2C_Social_Justice%2C_and_Social_Work/

A Black Woman Naming Her Truth: Multiple Children By Multiple Men
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/General/A_Black_Woman_Naming_Her_Truth%3A_Multiple_Children_By_Multiple_Men/

Viewpoint: Dare to DREAM
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/General/Viewpoint%3A_Dare_to_Dream/

SW 2.0: Exploring Virtual Clinical Social Work Practice
http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Technology/SW_2.0%3A_Going_Where_the_Client_Is%3A_Exploring_Virtual_Clinical_Social_Work_Practice/
 
and more!
 
 
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Dual Degrees (http://blog.socialworker.com/2011/10/dual-degrees.html) by Kryss Shane
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DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS: 58 Professionals Tell Real-Life Stories From Social Work Practice (4th Edition), edited by Linda May Grobman
 
MORE DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS:35 Real-Life Stories of Advocacy, Outreach, and Other Intriguing Roles in Social Work Practice, edited by Linda May Grobman
 
DAYS IN THE LIVES OF GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIAL WORKERS: 44 Professionals Tell Stories From Real-Life Social Work Practice With Older Adults, edited by Linda May Grobman and Dara Bergel Bourassa.
 
IS IT ETHICAL? 101 SCENARIOS IN EVERYDAY SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE: A DISCUSSION WORKBOOK, by Thomas Horn
 
THE FIELD PLACEMENT SURVIVAL GUIDE: What You Need to Know to Get the Most From Your Social Work Practicum, 2nd Edition, edited by Linda May Grobman
 
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