Issue #94, September 2008



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Dear Social Work Colleagues,


Welcome to Issue #94 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.


Welcome back to school, social work students!


This month is filled with celebrations and observances!  One that is especially relevant to social workers is Jane Addams’ birthday, which was September 6.  Also this month, we have Childhood Cancer Month, National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and Reye’s Syndrome Awareness Month.  This week (September 7-13) is National Suicide Prevention Week, and September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day.  This is not an exhaustive list, but a representative list of some of the observances this month.


I just returned from a 3-day family get-together/reunion, visiting with family members from age one through 87.  These are always good times to reflect on times gone by and those yet to come.  The National Kidney Disease Education Program has put together a kit for just such occasions for African American families, to help them to discuss some important health issues.  See the news and resources section of this newsletter for an article on this program.


The Summer issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER is available now!  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.3(Summer2008)/


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Special Topics in Social Work Practice – A Continuing Education Opportunity


September 12: Practical Ethics: Using a Decision-Case Model to Resolve Dilemmas

(Approved for 2 Continuing Education Ethics Hours)


October 24: PTSD:  Families Matter

(Approved for 3 Continuing Education Hours)


November 14 Transpersonal Social Work

(Approved for 3 Continuing Education Hours)


December 19: Post Modern Approaches:  A.C.T.  Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

(Approved for 2 Continuing Education Hours)


The cost per workshop is $45 or $150 for all 4 workshops and includes the certificate processing fee. For registration questions, please contact Tia Gilbert-Beverly toll free at 1-866-769-1860 or e-mail:  tia@temple.edu. For program questions, please contact Lynn Notestine at lynn.notestine@temple.edu.


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Powerful Coaching for Social Workers/Mental Health Practitioners The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has approved Life Potentials Training -- created and offered by the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching (iPEC) -- for 27 continuing education contact hours (CECs)! 


A special teleseminar on October 21st  will give you the chance to learn how this training, which teaches iPEC's Core Energy Coaching process, success theories, and empowerment principles, is valuable for  social workers and mental health practitioners. Why? Not only is coaching a complementary and powerful skill set to add to your present training and expertise, but it can also help you establish a private practice generating fees from $150 - $300 an hour while working predominantly with clients who want to reach new heights and partner with you to get them there. Hosted by Francine Carter, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Empowerment Coach, and Professional Credentialed Coach, you'll get all your questions answered, from how coaching compares to therapy, what the credentialing requirements are, what the Core Energy Coaching process is, and much more.

This is a FREE teleseminar. However, the number of attendees is limited, so register early at http://www.ipeccoaching.com/events/coaching-for-social-workers.php




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Insights on Grace From the South Pacific

By Susan Lanae Burkholder, MSW


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


Peering through the palm fronds, I spied on Hefu as he tottered sideways on one foot like Pooh Bear. In his sixties, Hefu had decided to cease the day’s opportunity and catch a butterfly with his sulu, the traditional Fijian wrap-around skirt. As I lingered in the moment with him, my heart was steeped in his capacity for sincerity.

Previously, I had lived in Fiji for half a year in 2005 and half a year in 2006. During those times, I was wooed by the people, topography, and culture of this exotic South Pacific island nation. Once in graduate school, I managed to finagle the opportunity for an independent study in Fiji during a summer session. While academically I was providing court advocacy, conducting interviews, and gathering information on Fiji’s international adoption policies and laws, personally I was saturating myself in quality time spent with friends and the joys of communal living. I would have never witnessed Hefu’s mid-day rendezvous had I been isolated in my own home or exercising independence from the workings of daily village life.  

Hefu never knew he had been under surveillance, and later that day I wrote this in my journal:

One reason it’s so easy to love [the people of Fiji] is because they don’t seem to practice skepticism. [A friend] mentioned earlier that they make great party guests because they’re easily amused, they entertain themselves if there’s dead space, and they have a unique willingness when it comes to cleaning up afterwards. A huge determining factor in this is that, whether 10 or 60, their hearts are young. I watched Hefu, a grown man, pounce around after a butterfly today—there was no reserve, no shame, no insecurity; just simplicity and raw sincerity. Skepticism says, “I’m too good for that; too cool; too old; too afraid I’ll look like an idiot in someone else’s eyes.” To be genuine is so refreshing and beautiful! Make any suggestion to [Fijians] and their response is typically one of two things, if not both: laughter and an attitude of “okay—let’s try this” with 100% personal investment. These people know what it is to live in the moment. These people know what it is to be alive!


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or download the Summer 2008 issue (which includes this article) at:






Happy Birthday, Jane Addams


September 6th was the birthday of Jane Addams.  For those who are in the Chicago area, you may want to attend the Jane Addams birthday celebration TODAY at 5:30 p.m.  Information is here:



Here are some links to places you can learn more about Jane Addams:


YouTube Video—Extraordinary American Woman: Jane Adddams:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tta-K_dfeA


Hull House Museum:  http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/hull_house.html


Nobel Peace Prize Site—Jane Addams Biography:  http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1931/addams-bio.html





Increase in Youth Suicide Rate Following Decade-Long Decline May Reflect Emerging Health Crisis
Largest single-year increase in pediatric suicide rate cause for concern

A sudden and dramatic increase in pediatric suicides may reflect an emerging trend rather than a single-year anomaly. That's the conclusion of new suicide research, conducted at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and published in the September 3rd issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which looked at pediatric suicide trends over a 10-year period.

Following a decade of steady decline, the suicide rate among U.S. youth younger than 20 years of age increased by 18 percent from 2003-2004 – the largest single-year change in the pediatric suicide rate over the past 15 years. Although worrisome, the one-year spike observed in 2003-2004 does not necessarily reflect a changing trend. Therefore, researchers examined national data on youth suicide from 1996-2005 to determine whether the increase persisted from 2004-2005, the latest year for which data are available.

Researchers estimated the trend in suicide rates from 1996-2003 using log-linear regression. Using that trend line, they estimated the expected suicide rates in 2004 and 2005 and compared the expected number of deaths to the actual observed number of deaths. Researchers found that although the overall observed rate of suicide among 10 to 19 year olds decreased by about 5 percent between 2004 and 2005 (the year following the spike), both the 2004 and 2005 rates were still significantly greater than the expected rates, based on the 1996-2003 trend.

"The fact that this significant increase in pediatric suicides continued into 2005 implies that the alarming spike witnessed from 2003-2004 was more than just a single-year anomaly," said Jeff Bridge, PhD, lead author and a principal investigator in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. "We now need to consider the possibility that the increase is an indicator of an emerging public health crisis."

To understand the possible causes behind the increase in youth suicides between 2003 and 2005, researchers say additional studies must be conducted.

"Identifying the risk factors associated with pediatric suicide is an important next step," said Joel Greenhouse, PhD, Professor of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University and a co-author of the study.

Several factors that should be considered as possible contributors to the increase in youth suicides include the influence of Internet social networks, increases in suicide among U.S. troops, and higher rates of untreated depression in the wake of recent "black box" warnings on antidepressants – a possible unintended consequence of the medication warnings required by the Federal Drug Administration in 2004. Researchers stress that, whatever the explanation, effective interventions to reduce pediatric suicides must be addressed nationally.









EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Homeless Women's Shelter, Burien, WA


Hospitality House, an emergency/transitional shelter for single homeless women in South King County, Washington, seeks a qualified woman drawn to meaningful work as a full-time Executive Director of a small non-profit organization.  Minimum of two years successful management of a non-profit social service organization.  Demonstrated ability to lead an organization.  


Mail (no faxes or emails accepted) a cover letter stating your reasons for your interest in the position and your resumé to:


Hospitality House

15003 14th Avenue S.W.

Burien, WA 98166

Attn: Board of Directors





LCSW, Hamilton, NJ


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.





Find more jobs for new grads and experienced social work practitioners at http://www.socialworkjobbank.com, THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER’s online job board and career center.  We are proud of the fact that this site was chosen as one of 350 (out of 40,000+ employment sites) to be included (for the third consecutive time) in Weddle’s Recruiter’s and Job Seeker’s Guide to Employment Web Sites 2007/2008.  Post your confidential resume at http://jobs.socialworkjobbank.com/c/resumes/resumes.cfm?site_id=122


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Help Patients With Diabetes and Hypertension Make The Kidney Connection


The National Kidney Disease Education Program’s (NKDEP) African-American Family Reunion Initiative is aimed at helping families make the connection between diabetes, hypertension, and kidney disease.


Kidney disease is a growing epidemic, affecting about 20 million Americans. African Americans are disproportionately affected by kidney failure, due in large part to the prevalence of hypertension and diabetes—the two leading causes of kidney failure—within this population.


Many people know they have diabetes or high blood pressure, but they may not know that these conditions increase their risk for kidney disease. Because diabetes and high blood pressure often run in families, family reunions are opportunities to discuss kidney disease risk factors, testing, and treatment.


NKDEP’s free Family Reunion Health Guide contains everything families need to share important kidney health information, including fact sheets about kidney disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It also outlines three sample approaches families can use to communicate the information, including: presenting a 15-minute Make The Kidney Connection health overview, conducting one-on-one discussions with family members at risk, and distributing kidney disease information to attendees. Families can use one or more of these approaches, or create their own.


Call 1-866-4 KIDNEY or visit www.nkdep.nih.gov/familyreunion to get copies of the free Family Reunion Health Guide for your office or waiting room. Encourage your patients to Make Health a “Family Reunion” Affair.


The National Kidney Disease Education Program is an initiative of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health.




Power Source Parenting Now Available to Address Emotional and Social Challenges Facing At-Risk Teen Parents


A new book released by the Lionheart Foundation, Power Source Parenting: Growing Up Strong and Raising Healthy Kids, is a hands-on parenting guide to address the social and emotional issues of high-risk teen parents. It is currently being piloted in youth development centers and parenting classes in Massachusetts and distributed free of charge to professionals across the country who serve young parents.


According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of teenagers having babies in the U.S. rose last year for the first time in 14 years. Experts believe the rise may point to a failure in connecting with very hard to reach adolescents whose at-risk behaviors include unprotected sex and a misguided desire to have babies.  The book is written to interrupt intergenerational patterns of abuse, neglect, and ineffective parenting and to offer young parents a chance to give their children the love and support they need.


Free copies of Power Source Parenting are available to professionals who are working with pregnant or at-risk teen parents in a counseling capacity.  For more information, see:  http://www.lionheart.org/parenting/index.html






Free Disaster Mental Health Course


In light of the recent hurricanes, CEU-Hours is offering a free disaster mental health online continuing education course.  The free offer began last Thursday for a 7-day period.  See http://www.ceu-hours.com/tests/disasterentry2.html for course details.




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:


TONIGHT! Tuesday, September 9, Parental Guilt and Anger

Sunday, September 14, Research in Social Work

Tuesday, September 16, Financial Success in Mental Health Practice

Sunday, September 21, Thinking Critically About Psychotropic Meds

Sunday, September 28, Dually Diagnosed Native Americans


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. 


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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Continuing education credit is available for the Winter 2006-Spring 2008 issues of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER (2 hours/credit per issue).


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The Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics, a free, online, peer-reviewed journal published by the publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER, now offers continuing education credit. Beginning with the Spring 2007 issue of the journal, you are able to read selected articles and then take an online exam and receive continuing education credit.  See http://www.socialworker.com/jswve/content/view/57/52/ for complete details of this program. 


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The Summer 2008 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER is now available to download in PDF format at: http://www.socialworker.com/home/component/remository/Download/TheNewSocialWorkerMagazine/TheNewSocialWorkerVol.15No.3(Summer2008)/


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. The last several issues can be found under “Magazine Issues” on the top 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.


Current articles from the Summer 2008 issue now online include:



Our online discussion forum/message board is a place for open discussion of a variety of social work-related issues.  Join in our discussion at http://www.socialworker.com (click on the “Forum” link).


Be sure to check out http://www.ceu4u.com/tnsw for online continuing education offerings, including courses based on reading THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine. Receive a 15% discount on all courses you take at http://www.ceu4u.com/tnsw.






The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics is a free, online, peer-reviewed journal published by the publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. It is published twice a year (with occasional special issues), in full text, online at: http://www.socialworker.com/jswve


The Fall issue will be available soon! The Spring 2008 edition is available online now.


Included in this edition are the following articles:


Special Issue on Academic Honesty



Editorial: Social Work’s Role in Promoting Academic Honesty



Tackling Plagiarism: Linking Hi-Tech, Low-Tech & No Tech Methods for Detection



Lead Us into Temptation: The Big Business of Cyber-Cheating



The Fair Use Rule: When Copying Is Not Cheating



An Interdisciplinary Approach to Preventing Plagiarism: A Librarian - Social Work Educator Collab



Letters to the Editors Spring 2008



Book Reviews: The Plagiarism Handbook and Using Sources Effectively



Plagiarism & Fair Use Webography



Announcement: Term Paper Contest 2009



Go to the journal Web site at http://www.socialworker.com/jswve to read this and other available issues.  You can also sign up for a free subscription, and you will be notified by e-mail when each issue is available online.


Get continuing education credit for reading selected articles from the Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics. See http://www.socialworker.com/jswve/content/view/57/52/ for details.








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White Hat Communications, publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine and the Social Work E-News, has published several books about social work.  These books make great gifts (for graduation or other occasions) for yourself, or for your friends, students, and colleagues in social work!


Briefly, those currently in print are:


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


We also publish books on nonprofit management.  Want to start your own agency?  Check out the NEW edition of THE NONPROFIT HANDBOOK: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Run Your Nonprofit Organization (5th Edition), by Gary Grobman.



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