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HAPPY SOCIAL WORK MONTH! March is designated as National Professional Social Work Month. This is a time to take a few moments and pat ourselves, and each other, on the backs. Social workers work in a wide variety of settings and roles every day, helping individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities of all kinds to reach their optimal level of functioning. Just think of all you and your colleagues do! What a contribution social workers make in the world! As the National Association of Social Workers motto for this Social Work Month says, “Social Workers Change Futures.” (See NASW's Social Work Month Toolkit at: http://francesperkinscenter.org/index.php.) And don't forget...World Social Work Day is March 15 (http://www.ifsw.org/p38002232.html), and this week is National Social Work Week in Canada!
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Article Excerpt: I Could Never Do What You Do
by Gary Weinstein
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an article from a past issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. I am including this article in honor of Social Work Month, as it addresses the various roles of social workers. Read the full article at:
Social workers often hear this: “They couldn’t pay me enough to do what you do!” Or, more flattering, “Thank goodness you’re here!” Or, “I don’t know how you do what you do.” And even, “I thought about social work, but I could never do what you do.”
Our colleagues in nursing and throughout the medical community have some idea what social workers do—enough of an idea to know it is difficult, mysterious, taxing, and sometimes risky work. Some have no concept of what it is we do and are only further mystified when we try explaining.
Oddly, social workers know well what nurses and physicians do. We feel similarly: we could never do what they do! I’ve often called social work the invisible profession. We do little, if any, self-promotion. Our greatest skills, our greatest assets, are unseen. The ability to occupy a room with grieving or enraged clients and remain clear-minded and helpful, strategic, and professional—this is a lifelong skill developed over years of training and experience. The management of complex family, community, and professional systems is an acquired expertise. The management and counseling of difficult emotions, mental health crises, and social catastrophe is a fine art, honed in the heat of countless client encounters. Skilled listening, systems thinking, advocacy, alignment, and decisive interventions are all designed to unlock obstacles and resolve patient difficulties.
They are non-transferable, and they are invisible to colleagues, cohorts, and clients. Yet we use them all day long, hone them, and offer them—in how we enter a room, the precise words we choose, the manner in which we carry ourselves, the thinking and sensitivity we bring to bear when most other professionals may be at a loss.
As an Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit social worker at University Hospital in Syracuse, New York, I rotate hats and work many roles. Upstate Medical University’s 360-bed hospital is a Level One Trauma Center. It is a crossroads for treatment, trauma, research, and teaching for a vast swath of upstate New York. Here, these skills are brought to bear daily by our staff.
Ralph wants to leave against medical advice, because he is terrified about the expense of his hospital stay. He needs to get home to his pets, and he’s angry. Nursing has called social work to speak with him. Ralph’s physicians want him to stay through the weekend, but he refuses. I ask him whether our patient financial office has had a chance to meet with him, given he has no health insurance.
“No! And I don’t care, and you can’t make me stay!” He’d been in surgery and unable on other occasions to receive counsel on his financial options.
“Ralph, I understand; it’s Sunday, and no one is here. But first thing tomorrow, I promise to have someone here to review your options. You have several. Leaving against medical advice is your worst option. You haven’t gotten to hear all your options, because you were in treatment. You might well be Medicaid eligible. There is hospital financial assistance. There may be worker’s comp or Federal disability. But if you leave without working it out, you’ll actually be in far worse shape.”
We problem-solve who will feed his animals. I make some calls and locate a trusted neighbor. After napping and his pain subsides, he decides to stay.
Don’s wife has received a definitive diagnosis of terminal liver cancer. “I can’t tell my daughters. I’ve always tried to shelter them.”
“So, Don, your strong wish is to protect them from this and not tell them. They are how old?”
“19 and 21. The older one, she may already know, or sense something.”
“So, they’re both young adults. Given Gwen’s limited time, how do you think this will go—if you told them both, and, alternatively, if you did not?”
“Well, I could tell my oldest, but my younger one, she could never take it.”
“Her mom’s news is coming one way or another, no? Can I help you find a way, or find the words, or some way through this?”
“That would be good....”
“How might you start, Don? Can you picture it? What words would work?”
Don begins to tremble and cry again. We spend an hour together, down the hall from his critically ill wife, examining his family’s crisis. We carefully select words, and imagine his daughters’ grief. I help him reason through his options. He’d been stuck; he feels he’s reached new ground.
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Articles from the Winter 2011 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER include:
ASU and Community Partnership of Southern Arizona Establish Social Work Scholarship in Tucson to Honor Gabe Zimmerman
Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA) has donated $100,000 to the Arizona State University (ASU) School of Social Work in the College of Public Programs to establish an endowed scholarship honoring Gabe Zimmerman, who graduated in 2006 with a Master’s in Social Work. The donation will be combined with a contribution from ASU to provide scholarships benefitting students enrolled in the School of Social Work’s Tucson Component. Zimmerman was one of six people killed in the Tucson shootings on January 8, 2011.
"Gabe was a good friend to CPSA and a dedicated champion of the public behavioral health system. We think the best way to honor Gabe's impact in this community is to help make sure his work continues, through the new social workers trained under this scholarship,” says Neal Cash, president and chief executive officer of CPSA.
“ASU is an institution mandated to serve the public, and its College of Public Programs aims to produce graduates committed to improving their communities through leadership and public service. Gabe Zimmerman embodied this ideal, and we want to encourage others to follow his example by making scholarship resources available, in perpetuity, for students who choose to pursue training in social work. ASU is contributing additional support to the CPSA gift to pay tribute to Gabe’s extraordinary life and work and to enhance the positive impact our graduates make on Arizona’s communities,” says ASU President Michael M. Crow.
Zimmerman was a 2006 graduate of the ASU Master of Social Work program in Tucson. He also served as a field instructor for the Tucson program, helping others in their social work training. He then began working as a community outreach director for Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
“We at the School of Social Work are extremely grateful to Community Partnership of Southern Arizona for this generous gift. I could not think of a more fitting tribute to Gabe Zimmerman, who not only graduated from our Tucson Program Component but continued to mentor our social work students in Tucson as his career progressed. We are very proud of his work in the community and service to our School, and know that this gift will allow others interested in community-based social work to follow his path,” says Steven Anderson, Director of the School of Social Work.
A scholarship committee will choose the first recipients, who will begin receiving the scholarship for fall 2011. The School of Social Work’s Tucson component has had a presence in Tucson since the mid-1960’s, and now enrolls approximately 150 Masters level students and 50 undergraduate students.
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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.
ASWB Advanced Generalist Exam Pilot Project
Advanced generalist exam to be administered free of charge through June 30, 2011
The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is redesigning its Advanced Generalist examination to provide a stronger base for advanced non-clinical social work practice across the U.S. and Canada. The new version of the ASWB Advanced Generalist licensure examination will be more directly targeted to advanced generalist practice than it has been in the past.
To accomplish this goal, ASWB will administer an expanded examination of up to 255 questions, with a longer time limit to complete the exam. Test-takers will have the $260 examination fee waived and will only be scored on 150 questions. The additional questions will be “pretest” items to help ASWB develop a new 170-question Advanced Generalist exam to go into effect as of January 1, 2012.
The expanded Advanced Generalist examination will be the primary examination offered for all Advanced Generalist tests administered between January 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011. First time candidates for this exam, as well as re-test candidates who failed the Advanced Generalist examination before January 1, 2011, will be assigned to the free expanded examination during this time frame. Candidates who register to retest after taking the free expanded Advanced Generalist examination will be administered a 170-question test at the full registration fee of $260.
For further information, please see: http://www.aswb.org/SWLE/AdvancedGeneralistPilot.asp
SAMHSA Announces New Discussion Guide for Primary Health Care Providers
Talking With Your Adult Patients About Alcohol, Drug, and/or Mental Health Problems: A Discussion Guide for Primary Health Care Providers will equip primary health care providers with questions to begin discussions with their patients about alcohol, illicit drug, and mental health problems, as well as co-occurring disorders. This brief guide also includes resources for patients who need an evaluation based on positive screening results.
Download or order your free copy today!
To order your free copy of Talking With Your Adult Patients About Alcohol, Drug, and/or Mental Health Problems, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at http://store.samhsa.gov or 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727) (English and Español). Ask for publication order number (SMA) 10-4584.
Coming of Age
Coming of Age is an organization that helps people 50+ explore their future; connect and contribute through opportunities, both paid and unpaid, in their communities; and provides training to nonprofits about how to build their capacity to capture the energy and expertise of this population. For information, visit: http://www.comingofage.org
“Living Proof” Podcast Reaches Milestone
Earlier this year, the University at Buffalo's School of Social Work recorded its 100,000th download to its "Living Proof" podcast series, a milestone the school's dean calls "a sign UB's School of Social Work's entrance into cyberspace is here to stay."
The podcast series was the first of its kind developed by a graduate school of social work in the U.S. Launched in 2008, the series is aimed at social work professionals, but available to anyone with basic download capabilities.
"Because so many people are now on the Internet and using social media -- especially young adults -- it's more important than ever for our profession to be present there," says Nancy J. Smyth, dean of the UB School of Social Work. "This is both to inform people about key social issues and to increase awareness about the social work profession."
"Living Proof" emphasizes lifelong learning, promotes the use of the latest research in practice settings, and encourages the generation of new knowledge as practice informs research, which is when researchers learn from the practical experience of professionals.
The podcast has been downloaded by users from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 150 countries. Past podcast topics have addressed pressing issues like the best approaches for parents and children affected by domestic violence, decision-making for those at the end of their lives, treating compulsive hoarding, and cyberbullying.
Go to http://www.socialwork.buffalo.edu/podcast to download the podcasts.
"Social work addresses the full range of critical social problems confronting modern society, and yet few people are fully aware of all we can bring to the table," says Smyth. "Our podcasts cover the full range of contemporary social issues, from cyberbullying to human rights, and would be of interest to anyone wanting to better understand complex social problems and what can be done to ameliorate them."
The name "Living Proof" comes from the UB School of Social Work motto, which states the school's intention of making a real difference in people's lives. The podcast is a bi-weekly series.
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Winter 2011 ISSUE OF THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER IS NOW AVAILABLE!
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