Issue #95, October 2008



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Dear Social Work Colleagues,


Welcome to Issue #95 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.


First, I want to sincerely apologize to anyone who has been trying to reach our site at SocialWorker.com over the past few days.  We were experiencing some technical difficulties, which I believe have now been resolved.  Please try again!


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, National Spina Bifida Awareness Month, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month.  Also, Mental Illness Awareness Week was October 5-11, National Depression Screening Day October 6, World Mental Health Day October 10, and Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day October 13.  This is not an exhaustive list, but a representative list of some of the observances this month.


I am happy to announce that the Fall issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER has just been uploaded to our Web site!  Go to http://www.socialworker.com to read the articles from this issue in Web format. You can also download this issue (and others) of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine in PDF format FREE at http://www.socialworker.com/home/component/remository/Download/TheNewSocialWorkerMagazine/TheNewSocialWorkerVol.15No.4(Fall2008)/


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Until next time,

Linda Grobman, ACSW, LSW











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I Could Never Do What You DO

By Gary Weinstein, LCSW


(Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from the Fall 2008 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER.  See our Web site to read the full article.)


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.


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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Domestic violence, defined as the use or threat of use of physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse with the intent of instilling fear, intimidating, and controlling behavior, is a prominent public health issue in the United States. It is the most frequent cause of serious injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and stranger rapes combined. Because the majority of victims never report these crimes, it is very difficult to estimate how many individuals are affected. It is estimated that only 20% of all rapes and 24% of all assaults on women in the context of an intimate relationship are reported.


In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, look to an important database of health statistics to find research, facts, and figures on domestic violence nationally and locally.


Quick Health Data Online, a free database provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, includes extensive state-by-state health information. Although comprehensive data are limited due to lack of reporting, Quick Health Data Online maintains a variety of indicators that may be useful in understanding domestic violence. The site includes information on:


The system can generate maps as well as charts and tables to present data, such as the percentage of men and women self-reporting that they have been forced to have non-consensual sex. Additional chart features in the system can present data in horizontal or vertical bar charts, showing trend lines, or in pie charts.

Check it out at www.womenshealth.gov/quickhealthdata






Task Force recommends model policies to reclaim youth in the juvenile justice system


A national task force earlier this month released recommendations on how local, state, and federal levels of government can reinvent the way they help young people in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime.

The task force, made up of a diverse group of juvenile justice and substance abuse experts, has authored Model Policies for Juvenile Justice and Substance Abuse Treatment. The report outlines specific policy options for lawmakers, judges, and administrators to improve juvenile justice and drug and alcohol treatment.


“We’ve identified specific, practical steps that leaders at all levels of government can adopt to help reclaim the lives of young people in our communities,” said Judge Laura Inveen of the King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington, a member of the report’s task force.


The report draws on best practices in juvenile justice and substance abuse and lessons learned by Reclaiming Futures, a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A recent independent evaluation by the Urban Institute and the University of Chicago's Chapin Hall Center for Children shows that Reclaiming Futures is working. The evaluation found that communities that piloted the Reclaiming Futures model reported significant improvements in juvenile justice and drug and alcohol treatment.


 “We hope that policy-makers at all levels of government, as well as other community leaders, will consider the policy options, many of which were pioneered by Reclaiming Futures,” said Laura Nissen, national director of Reclaiming Futures.  

The report recommends policy options for the federal government include amending the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) to cover substance abuse treatment, ending rules that prevent drug and alcohol treatment, and allowing Medicaid to pay for treatment for young people in public institutions.  

It presents policy options for state government for revising state contracts and grants to encourage collaboration, allowing integrated program funding, and educating state leadership about the use and limitations of Medicaid funds to support screening, assessment, and treatment.

On the local level, the report advises using standardized tools to screen all children entering the juvenile justice system, continuing support for young people and their families after they have left the juvenile justice system, and encouraging tax incentives for local businesses to provide mentoring and youth activities. 

The report can be read in its entirety at www.reclaimingfutures.org





Family Caregivers Need Help to Handle Heavy Care Demands – Lack Information, Training


Patient Care Must Be Redefined To Include Family Members; Professionals and Advocates Pledge To Help Educate Family Caregivers


In a first of its kind collaboration, national organizations representing nurses, social workers, family caregivers, and people age 50+ released a report calling for a re-definition of good patient care to include those family members and friends who provide ongoing, often daily, care.  Family members are very often not prepared to take on the task of caregiving—especially as many family caregivers are providing services typically reserved for registered nurses and doctors.


The report, “State of the Science: Professional Partners Supporting Family Caregiving,” (www.NursingCenter.com/AJNfamilycaregivers) is a joint endeavor of the AARP Foundation, the American Journal of Nursing, the Council on Social Work Education and its Journal of Social Work Education, the Family Caregiver Alliance, and Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (New Jersey).

Family and other informal caregivers provide the vast majority of the long-term care provided in the U.S.  Yet, the 44 million caregivers assisting those 18+ years of age tend to have limited preparation for the job and receive limited ongoing support, even as their contributions to the economy have been estimated at $350 billion annually.  

The report argues that the relationships between and among nurses, social workers, patients, and the friends and family who care for them must change as Americans live longer and need more long-term care at the same time that the nation faces workforce shortages among healthcare professionals, and earlier discharge from hospitals require more sophisticated care to be provided by family caregivers.

“Family caregivers are often asked to do things that would make nursing students tremble,” said Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, AARP's Senior Vice President for Public Policy.


“At the same time, America’s healthcare system has yet to take into adequate account both the risks and responsibilities carried by family and other informal caregivers and the potential to improve patient care if they are given more support and treated like partners with healthcare professionals,” said Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance.  


To that end, the report redefines best practices in the fields of nursing and social work as they concern caregiving for older adults, and the partner organizations have pledged to spread those practices to reach more caregivers.  As an initial step, a database of tools and resources for both family caregivers and professionals is available on the Family Caregiver Alliance website at www.caregiver.org.      


“Our ultimate goals are to change the everyday practices, standards, and protocols of the healthcare delivery system to treat both patient and caregiver as clients and to educate the next generation of nursing and social work professionals to serve caregivers in new and beneficial ways,” said Diana J. Mason, RN, PhD, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing.   “We also hope to be able to raise family caregivers’ own expectations about the support they should receive from professionals.”


The report also argues for eliminating the barriers to engaging caregivers that nurses, discharge planners, and social workers currently face, such as lack of time due to heavy workloads. 


“Enhancing the working relationships between nurses, social workers, patients, and caregivers is essential,” said Nancy Hooyman, PhD, co-principal Investigator of the CSWE Gero-Ed Center and Hooyman Gerontology Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle.   “Assessing the needs of family caregivers can assist nurses and social workers in offering the most effective support available.”

The parties to the report pledged to partner with families in new ways to:




The report both outlines the knowledge and skills needed by the caregiving professionals and suggests ways to develop them.  It also lays out an agenda for future research on family caregiving.  A special issue of the Council on Social Work Education's Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) also will be devoted to how the social work and nursing professions can prepare to serve caregivers. This first-ever endeavor will feature resources on developing the nursing-social work partnership, issues in caregiving assessments, and the knowledge and skills that nurses and social workers need. This JSWE issue also proposes a comprehensive research agenda for the profession to consider, including evidence-based intervention design and testing and technology integration.


 “The unified voices of the professionals and loved ones who have the closest relationships with patients make this a particularly powerful statement of goals,” concluded AARP’s Reinhard.  “With this unanimity of purpose, we will be able to begin to change the course of healthcare in America.”


 The State of the Science report was made possible by funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.  It was released to coincide with a new initiative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ offering enhanced information on caregiving at www.medicare.gov and from other sources.









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LCSW, immediate openings in Hamilton, NJ 08690. Must be licensed in New Jersey with LCSW license. Busy psychiatric practice seeking full- or part-time candidates. Great team and atmosphere. Fax resume to 215-885-7197.





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Sleep-In for the Homeless, Pittsburgh, PA, October 17-18, 2008


On the night of Friday, October 17, 2008, beginning at 6:30 p.m. until the morning of Saturday, October 18, 2008, at 6:30 am, the portico and first floor lobby of the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh will be transformed into a place where local citizens can learn more about homelessness in Allegheny County as they participate in Pittsburgh’s first Sleep-In for the Homeless.

The Sleep-In is a unique homeless awareness fundraiser that will raise critical operating funds for 1,000 homeless persons served by Community Human Services emergency shelter, housing programs, street outreach team, physical and mental health care clinics, rental assistance support along with individualized assistance for those residing in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Approximately 2,130 individuals are homeless in Pittsburgh on any given night of the year.

The event is designed to raise awareness about the issues that surround the life crisis that we call homelessness. Those who participate will learn why homelessness exists while camping out and experiencing what it feels like to be homeless in an urban city center.  They will also learn how they can contribute to solutions that are being planned to end homelessness in Allegheny County.

Similar to a charity walk or run, Sleep-In participants are asked to raise a minimum of $25 from colleagues, families, and friends in support of CHS homeless assistance programs. To register for this event, go to: www.chscorp.org. Follow the Sleep-In for the Homeless link to register. More information is available at http:sleepinforthehomeless.blogspot.com.





Superstar Foundation Opens Call for Nominations for the Best Social Service Professionals

$10,000 in Cash Grants to be Awarded—October 31 Deadline

The Superstar Foundation, a new nonprofit organization aimed at attracting and retaining talent to the field of social services, has announced an open call for the first-ever grants awarded to the highest-performing social service professionals. The grants will be awarded across five categories to high-performing social service professionals who have demonstrated a substantial impact on social change. Each grant will be worth $2,000 and awarded on December 15, 2008.
The Superstar Foundation, launched in June by Steve Butz, founder and president of Social Solutions, is an effort to celebrate and invigorate social service professionals who are the best in their fields through public recognition and financial rewards. It is the first nonprofit organization to call attention to and respond to the need to better compensate individual, high-performing social service staff. Through the Veronica Grants, named in the spirit of Steve’s mother, who was dedicated to the idea of helping others, the Foundation hopes to help the industry retain key talent.
Submissions will be judged in the following categories:

Youth development, including early childhood learning
After-school/out-of-school youth services
Adult men’s services
Adult women’s services
Family services

A panel of leaders from the nonprofit sector will judge all entries, and grants will be awarded to individuals who can demonstrate that they have outperformed their peers. Statistics and information proving the workers’ quality of service is required.
“We are excited to provide an opportunity where social service professionals are challenged to be the best and the brightest,” said Steve Butz, Founder of the Superstar Foundation. “Our plan to grow the program to reward up to 20-30 superstars each year is crucial to providing the incentives that will keep these talented professionals in the sector, to continue to deliver the services that are vital to our communities.”
The deadline for submissions is October 31. For more details and to download the application, please visit: http://www.superstarfoundation.org .



The Journal of Public Child Welfare

Call for Papers on Child Welfare Practice with Immigrant Children and Families


Immigrant children and families represent one of the largest and fastest growing populations in the United States. While the number of child welfare cases involving immigrant children and families remains relatively small, recent federal attention to the apprehension and arrest of undocumented immigrant workers has further increased the potential for child welfare system involvement. When immigrant children and families come to the attention of child welfare systems, differences in culture, language, and traditions may serve as significant sources of stress and may create barriers to accessing needed resources. Additionally, existing laws and policies may impede the ability of child welfare agencies to provide effective services to this population. Given the complexity of these cases, child welfare agencies must be equipped to effectively respond to the unique needs of immigrant children and families to promote positive outcomes of safety, permanency, and well-being.


This special issue of the Journal of Public Child Welfare will focus on issues addressing child welfare practice with immigrant children and families. Of particular interest are manuscripts that address the following topics:


·         Studies that explore the needs and experiences of immigrant children and families involved in the child welfare system

·         The development and implementation of promising practices and their outcomes

·         The effect of worksite enforcement raids on immigrant children and families and the child welfare system response

·         Innovative training or workforce initiatives to improve cultural competence with immigrant children and families

·         Analysis of multi-system approaches or transnational collaborations to improve outcomes

·         Analysis of state and/or federal policies and their impact on child welfare outcomes


Deadline:  September 1, 2009


Manuscripts must be formatted in the APA 5th edition publication style and prepared using Microsoft Word. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in length, inclusive of all tables, figures and references. Please feel free to contact the guest editor with questions.


Manuscripts should be e-mailed to the guest editor:


Alan J. Dettlaff, Ph.D.

Jane Addams College of Social Work

University of Illinois at Chicago

Phone: 312-996-4629

E-mail: aland@uic.edu


All manuscripts will be reviewed using a blind, peer review process, and authors will receive reviewer comments.






Abstracts Due November 10, 2008


A multidisciplinary conference, The Art of Gender in Everyday Life VI, will take place at Idaho State University (ISU), April 2 & 3, 2009.  A formal call for papers, an announcement of a student competition, and a registration form can be found at http://www.isu.edu/andersoncenter

Abstracts must be postmarked by November 10, 2008.

The Conference Committee invites abstracts from university faculty and staff, as well as from graduate and advanced undergraduate students.  ALL submissions related to the art of living gendered lives will be considered.  This year, given our speakers, we are especially interested in submissions that address gender and the academia, gender and career, and gender and education. 

For further information, please contact Heidi Harold, Anderson Center Assistant Director, via phone (208-282-2805) or email (gndrctr@isu.edu).




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. EST.  Upcoming chats include:


Sunday, October 19, Career Chat: Creating YOUR Social Work Career, Phase 3 (with Linda Grobman and The New Social Worker columnists Lyndal Greenslade and Amanda Vos)

Tuesday, October 21, Personality Disorder

Sunday, October 26, Ethics in Child Welfare

Tuesday, October 28, Coaching


Registration is free! Chats 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. 





SocialWorkJobBank.com Offers Ways to Find Social Work Jobs


Have you been to SocialWorkJobBank.com lately?  Well, now is the time to visit and learn about THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER’s online job board for professional social workers.  This site is available to all social workers searching for employment opportunities.  Check out the site’s new look today!


We recognize that searching for employment opportunities within our specialized niche can be time-consuming and frustrating.  In providing this career center for our users, we are streamlining the process by focusing on our specific profession and offering jobs targeted to you.


The SocialWorkJobBank.com Career Center is easy to use and unique in its ability to 



The SocialWorkJobBank.com Career Center is the perfect place to begin searching for your next employment opportunity.  To access the career center to search through job listings, post your resume, and create job alerts, go to http://www.socialworkjobbank.com





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DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS: 54 Professionals Tell Real-Life Stories From Social Work Practice (3rd 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. 


THE SOCIAL WORK GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICANT’S HANDBOOK: The Complete Guide to Selecting and Applying to MSW Programs (2nd Edition), by Jesus Reyes


THE FIELD PLACEMENT SURVIVAL GUIDE: What You Need to Know to Get the Most From Your Social Work Practicum, edited by Linda May Grobman


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