Issue #73, December 13, 2006


Dear Social Work Colleagues,

Welcome to Issue #73 of the Social Work E-News. This e-mail newsletter is brought to you by the publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine, SocialWorker.com, SocialWorkJobBank.com, and other social work publications.

This month, I have come across a variety of interesting news stories related to social work. I have included some of them in this newsletter.

Happy Belated Jane Addams Day! This day was celebrated on December 10, marking the 75th anniversary of her Nobel Peace Prize.

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Gov. Blagojevich signs legislation creating Jane Addams Day
December 10th will honor Hull House founder each year

The Jane Addams Hull House Association in Chicago celebrated a new holiday, Jane Addams Day, on December 10, 2006, by holding a public policy lecture featuring author Louise Knight. Jane Addams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 75 years ago, on December 10, 1931.

Governor Rod R. Blagojevich earlier this year signed House Bill 5243, designating each December 10 as Jane Addams Day in honor of the native Illinoisan's important contributions to her home state and the world.

"Jane Addams brought together not only a neighborhood in Chicago through her work with Hull House, but also the world as she attempted to promote peace before World War II," said Gov. Blagojevich. "We are all so proud that she is a native Illinoisan, and glad to be able to pay tribute to her each year with this new day in her honor."

"It is a proud day when the first woman to be honored with a commemorative day in our State is Jane Addams of Cedarville, Illinois, who was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize," said Lt. Governor Quinn.

Jane Addams founded Hull House in 1889 with Ellen Gates Starr, in what is now the University Village area of Chicago. One of the first settlement houses in the United States, Hull House was not only a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, and a public bath in a time when many of the area tenements lacked running water, but also a venue that provided social and educational opportunities to nearly 2,000 people a week in the largely immigrant neighborhood.

In addition to founding Hull House, Addams was active as a humanitarian in the fight to stop child labor, and in the suffrage and pacifism movements. She was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the National Foundation of Settlement Houses and Neighborhood Centers, also serving as its first president in 1911. In 1931, she was the first American woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work as the president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Addams passed away on May 21, 1935.

Hull House is now a museum on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus in tribute to Jane Addams and her work.

For further reading:
Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy by Louise Knight

Other books about or by Jane Addams, and books that have received the Jane Addams Honor Book Award:


Arlington, VA -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is teaming with a new on-line community, HOTSOUP.COM, as part of an experiment to transform polarized national debate into constructive dialogue.

NAMI will lead discussions on "Mental Illness and Society" as an original partner in the initiative.

Lance Armstrong, Jon Bon Jovi, Senator John McCain, Senator Barack Obama, and former President Bill Clinton are among the other voices seeking to build a broad, non-partisan community, using advanced technology on the Internet.

"HOTSOUP will stir up and nourish ideas," said NAMI executive director Michael J. Fitzpatrick. "It is intended to find common ground through the involvement of both national and grassroots leaders in addressing hot issues that are important to the future."

With approximately 1,000 state and local affiliates, NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with serious mental illnesses and their families.

NAMI's "issue loop" can be found at http://www.nami.org/hotsoup. By signing on from the upper right hand corner of the Web page, people can begin contributing to discussions. Additional loops on HOTSOUP.COM will address other topic areas.

According to Senator McCain (R-AZ), "The people of influence in this country don't reside in Washington, D.C., or work on Wall Street. They're the 30 million or so average Americans who inside their own social networks are the people others turn to for advice and guidance. They're a powerful force if a Web site like HOTSOUP.com can bring them together and give them a platform to amplify their voices and influence."

"Americans are tired of the spin they get from too many leaders today," said Senator Obama (D-IL). "If an online community can give grassroots opinion leaders a platform for smart, civil debate, it will fill a huge void in today's politics."

To begin the HOTSOUP.COM dialogue, NAMI has posed the following questions online:

How would you rate mental health care in your state?
Is mental illness ever funny? Where does humor stop and stigma begin?
How big of a role does faith play in healing?
Should health insurance provide the same coverage for mental illnesses as other illnesses and diseases?
Did you know that approximately 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have at least one mental illness? How can we put their lives back on track?


By Linda May Grobman, ACSW, LSW

With the Winter holidays around the corner, shopping has been on a lot of people's minds lately. Making your gifts meaningful is sometimes a challenge. What does the person really want? What would make him or her feel really special?

Besides finding just the right item for the right person, you can make a difference with your gift giving -- not only to the person receiving the gift, but to others, as well. Fair trade shopping is one way you can shop with a purpose. Many nonprofit charity organizations sell gift items or provide ways for you to support them through online shopping. In addition, if you are looking for ways for your charity to raise money, your organization can benefit, too.

The Advocacy and Outreach Committee of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) recently encouraged the organization's members to consider purchasing fair trade items for their holiday shopping. Two Web sites they suggested are: http://www.agreatergift.org and http://www.nosweatapparel.com

According to the Fair Trade Federation, "Fair Trade means an equitable and fair partnership between marketers in North America and producers in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and other parts of the world. A fair trade partnership works to provide low-income artisans and farmers with a living wage for their work." You can support fair trade by shopping at Fair Trade stores. See http://www.fairtradefederation.org/memret.html for a listing of fair trade retail outlets. You can also search Google (or your favorite search engine) for "fair trade" to find online fair trade merchants.

For more information about fair trade, see http://www.fairtradefederation.org

Some nonprofit organizations sell gift items on their Web sites. These might include items with the organization's logo on them, or more traditional gift items, such as jewelry or toys. Here are a few examples.

Child Welfare League of America:
National Mental Health Awareness Campaign:

American Red Cross:

Lance Armstrong Foundation:

Do you have a favorite charity or cause you want to support? Check its Web site and look for a "shopping" link. This will most likely lead to a page where you can purchase gift items directly from the organization's site, or to a place where you can shop and allow a portion of your purchase to go to the organization.

Another idea is to "give" an animal (or a "share" of one!) through Heifer International (http://www.heifer.org). This is an unusual gift that helps the organization accomplish its mission of "working with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth." See Heifer's Web site for more information on how this works. There are also printable cards and e-cards on the site that you can send to let someone know of your gift in his or her honor.

There are also online shopping portals where you can shop and a portion of your purchase will be donated to a charity of your choice. JustGive.org is an example of a national nonprofit organization that "uses technology to increase overall giving by connecting people with the charities and causes they care about most." JustGive (www.justgive.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to increase charitable giving across the United States by leveraging unique technology to connect people with more than one million 501(c)(3) charities representing the causes they care about most. JustGive offers services such as charity gift certificates, a charity wedding registry, and charity wish lists to make giving a part of everyday lives.

For additional information, visit http://www.justgive.org.


The Perils of Getting Big: Larger social service organizations may result in less innovation

By Alana Conner Snibbe

Over the past few decades, many aspects of American life have enlarged. Our cars, commutes, shopping centers, parking lots, portion sizes, pets, and waistlines have all gotten wider, taller, longer, or all three.

The same holds true for private human service organizations, according to University of Michigan researchers David J. Tucker, a professor of social work and sociology, and David H. Sommerfeld, a Ph.D. candidate in social work and sociology. The researchers analyzed how the average size of private nonprofit and for-profit human service firms changed from 1982 to 2000. In the June 2006 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, they report that the number of social service firms with fewer than 100 employees has fallen, while the number of social service firms with 100 employees or more has grown. The birthrate for smaller social service firms has also decreased.

These macrolevel shifts may transform the nature of the human service sector. "My conjecture is that more large firms will result in less innovation," Tucker says. "All organizations resist change, but this is particularly true of larger organizations. Oil tankers are hard to turn," he notes. To overcome inertia and discover ways to be more innovative, human service firms will have to devote more resources to research and development, he predicts.

Tucker points out that a top-heavy private human service sector would have its benefits. Larger firms are more efficient because they can take advantage of economies of scale and scope. Efficiency, in turn, can translate into longer-lived, more competitive organizations, as well as jobs that are both more stable and better paid. But these more attractive jobs could have a dark side, because they may attract more materialistic employees. "Will the values of the sector be changed by these people?" he asks.

Exactly why human service organizations are getting larger remains somewhat of a mystery. The authors looked at whether the downsizing of government social service programs led to the bulking up of private firms in this sector, but could draw no clear conclusions. They also could not deduce whether the growing number of for-profit human service organizations has forced nonprofits to get larger in order to stay competitive.

Tucker and Sommerfeld's study is the first to examine how the size distribution of firms in the private human service industry is changing. Paying attention to the structure of the entire sector is important, says Tucker, because "we don't ask sufficiently about what changes are happening in our environment. Instead, we make judgments about what happened in terms of human agency." By getting people to pay more attention to overall trends in the social service sector, rather than just their own actions or those of their own organizations, Tucker hopes that they will be better prepared for larger changes afoot.

This article is reprinted with permission from Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2006. Copyright 2006 by Leland Stanford Jr. University. All Rights Reserved.


Author Launches a Campaign Against Heightism and a Message of Inspiration to Live Beyond Measure

Ellen Frankel, a Massachusetts based clinical social worker specializing in the field of eating disorders for nearly twenty years, has long been involved with challenging fat prejudice. Now she is on a mission to challenge height prejudice. Frankel explains that heightism, like weightism, is rampant in our society and that we glorify tall people the way we glorify thin people, and stigmatize short people the way we stigmatize fat people. She notes that the tendency for people to round up their height and round down their weight is a symptom of this cultural bias.

Ellen wasn't immune to this social prejudice. She wanted to be tall and thin just like the models that decorated the covers of her glossy teen magazines. She explained that growing up, the fantasy she had of herself losing weight included a tall, leggy thin woman walking along the seashore, her long blonde hair swaying gently in the breeze, her blue eyes as crystal clear as the turquoise sea. She says, "I would be, quite frankly, Sea Time Barbie. Never mind that I was and still am 4' 8 1/2" tall with red hair and brown eyes. These were mere details."

As a child, Ellen's parents took her to different doctors in an attempt to add inches to her short stature, despite the fact that she was healthy and simply short because her parents were short. "They did this out of love. They believed I would suffer because of the bias against short people." But Ellen explains that as a result of so much attention on her height and the pressure to grow, she came to believe that she didn't "measure up."

In her new book, Beyond Measure: A Memoir About Short Stature and Inner Growth, Ellen speaks to the soul breaking attempts to fit an arbitrary and elusive cultural ideal of physical perfection. Ellen insists that being short is not the problem. She claims that the real difficulties lie in the social prejudice against short people, whether it occurs on the school playground or in the corporate boardroom.

Ellen highlights the extreme of height prejudice in the FDA's recent approval of using human growth hormone for healthy short children in an attempt to make them taller. Treatment involves injecting the child with growth hormones six times per week over an average of five years. The cost is between $20,000 and $40,000 annually. Ellen explains that, at most, some children may gain an extra 1 to 1 1/2 inches.

"What we need is education for those who discriminate against short people, not the attempted physical altering of the victims of that prejudice," Ellen points out. "Both fat people and short people have been discriminated against, marginalized and ultimately medicalized. This has to stop."

Laughing, Ellen says, "I know my Achilles heel, and for a long time that heel craved a stiletto. Now I am proud to stand on my own two feet, short legs and all, and take a stand against heightism. Short stature is not a disease!"

Ellen encourages her readers to stop weighing their self-esteem by the numbers on a bathroom scale or measuring their self-worth by the inches of a tape measure. She advocates the celebration of people of all shapes and sizes and encourages people to live fully and freely in the world by living an authentic life and speaking their truth. For more info, see: http://www.beyondmeasureamemoir.com

You can buy Ellen's book, "Beyond Measure: A Memoir About Short Stature and Inner Growth," here:


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Master's Level:
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Adult Services Case Manager II, Crisis/Intake Case Manager II, SMI Case Manager II, Family Involvement Specialist.

We offer competitive wages, with liberal benefit package and pension.
Must be 21 years of age. Fingerprint clearance required.

To apply: fax resume to 928-757-3256 or e-mail to barbt.mohave@narbha.com. Call the HR Department at 928-757-8111 ext 3336 or 3362 for more information on the position listed.


MS Social Worker--Dialysis

Ministry Health Care, with a network of hospitals, clinics, Home Care and Hospice services throughout northern and central Wisconsin, has an opportunity at our Dialysis In-Center in Wausau, WI, for a Master Social Worker who will assess and develop plans of care in a multidisciplinary setting for dialysis patients and families.

The qualified candidate will possess:

A Master's Degree in Social Work.
A valid license to practice Social Work in the state of Wisconsin.
One to two years of experience as a practicing social worker, chronic or clinical health care setting preferred.
Knowledge of area resources and state codes, willingness to learn the skills necessary to provide competent and efficient support to dialysis patients and families, and, above all, compassion for the patients we serve.

Visit our website at http://www.ministryhealth.org and click on Career Opportunities.


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Setting the Stage for Creative Collaboration in Social Work Practice, Teaching, and Research

AUGUST 3, 2007 - AUGUST 5, 2007

University of Maine School of social Work
Orono, Maine

Social work, like life, is unscripted. Both client self-determination and professional integrity have encouraged a shift away from models that focus on problems and pathology toward those that emphasize strengths, possibilities, creativity, and empowerment. This shift is also supported by fifty years of evidence that the nature of the alliance between worker and client is the most potent variable in creating lasting change. Relationships are developed through accepting what clients offer, meeting and engaging their strengths and unique abilities with our own creativity and resources, and collaborating improvisationally.

Proposals are invited from social work practitioners, faculty, students, and community partners who are interested in social work, the arts, and creativity, for the first gathering of Improvisation for Lasting Change. Presentations are sought related to social work practice, education, theory, art, performance, and inquiry that are new, creative, and "outside the box." Proposals that incorporate participatory and alternative methods of learning are particularly encouraged. Potential workshop themes include but are not limited to:

Expressive arts (e.g., visual arts, music, dance, theater) in relation to health, mental health, and human development
Performance based approaches to mental health, community development, and social change
Mind-body-spirit approaches
Creative approaches to cancer, chronic illness, and disability
Post-modern and social constructionist approaches
Resilience and strengths-based approaches
Creative efforts to pursue social and economic justice
Methods to stimulate discourse, inclusion, and diversity in social work
Evidence for changing paradigms

The theme of art and improvisation will be incorporated throughout the conference, including opportunities for participants to share creative works such as music, poetry, and visual arts both within workshops and in common activities.

Proposal Requirements: Proposals will be evaluated for relevance to the conference theme. They should describe both the general content as well as the method of presentation.

Presenter Requirements: Presenters must have appropriate training or experience relevant to the presentation topic; include a biography for each presenter. Please submit no more than two proposals per person, and only one as primary presenter.

Submission Guidelines: Please submit the proposal application by mail or e-mail. A separate application must be submitted for each presentation. Please contact for proposal application: Robin Arnold, School of Social Work, University of Maine, Orono, Maine 04469 or e-mail at Robin.Arnold@umit.maine.edu or call Robin Arnold at 207-581-2398.

Proposal must be postmarked by January 15, 2007


24th Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations

The 24th Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations has been scheduled for Friday, March 23, 2007,
1-4 p.m. at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The theme is: Women and Development: Best Practices. Watch the Web site for updates: http://bluehawk.monmouth.edu/swork/UN




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Ethics: Culturally Competent Social Work Practice With Latino Clients
Field Placement: Team Supervision -- Is It For You?
Special Report: Racism -- The Challenge for Social Workers
My Civil Rights Journey
Career Talk: Keeping Track of It All -- Building Your Social Work Portfolio
Electronic Connection: Nothing New Under the Sun?

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Student Role Model: Amal Elanouari
Classroom Comes to Life in HIV/AIDS Field Placement
Empowerment Through Group Process
Cultural Competence in a Field Placement as a Victim Witness Advocate
Overhauling the Image of the Social Worker
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Playing Nice, and Other Lessons From the Field
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