Issue #97, December 2008



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Dear Social Work Colleagues,


Welcome to Issue #97 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.


December 1 was World AIDS Day.  (For one useful site on HIV prevention, see http://www.stophivaids.org/)  December 10 is International Human Rights Day.  (See http://www.state.gov/video/?videoid=4261944001 to watch a video of Secretary Rice presenting the International Human Rights Day Awards.)  This week (December 7-13) is National Handwashing Awareness Week.  And this month marks Safe Toys and Gifts Month.  This is not an exhaustive list, but a representative list of some of the observances this month.


The Fall issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER has 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)/


You can now go to http://www.socialworker.com/home/menu/Subscribe/ and subscribe (free) to receive an e-mail reminder and table of contents of each issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine when it is available.


In the Fall 2008 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER, we introduced our series on social work and the arts. The first article in the series, Hip-Hop Social Work, by Barbara Trainin Blank, is excerpted in the “features” section below.  We will be following this with articles on music therapy, art therapy, and other creative arts therapies and how they intersect with social work.  If you are involved in any such therapies, please let me know!


Also, I am excited to announce that in 2009 we are introducing our new student columnist, T.J.  She will report to us on her experiences as a graduate student.  She will also be blogging on our site!  In fact, she just posted her first blog post today!  Read it at: http://www.socialworker.com/home/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=177


Also in 2009, we will continue to expand our book reviews, as well as reviews of other media.  I recently received review copies of two films, one documentary and one fictional, about some of the horrors of child abuse and children living on the street.  There are many such films that can open viewers’ eyes to these and other social issues.


The Winter holiday season is upon us!  With the holiday shopping season and graduations coming soon, you may find that a book such as Days in the Lives of Social Workers or The Social Work Graduate School Applicant’s Handbook would make a nice gift for a social work colleague, friend, or student. Go to http://www.socialworker.com/home/blogsection/Publications/ for a listing of our publications and convenient “Add to Cart” buttons.  As a special “thank you” gift, we are offering a 15% discount—just use coupon code THANKS08 when you check out to receive the discount.  You will be able to use the coupon one time between now and December 31, 2008.

You can also download our current catalog at http://www.socialworker.com/catalog20082009.pdf.


The Social Work E-News now has 25,000+ subscribers, and thousands of social workers (and people interested in social work) visit our Web sites. If you like our Web sites, The New Social Worker, and the Social Work E-News, help us spread the word!  Tell a friend, student, or colleague to visit us at http://www.socialworker.com, where they can download a PDF copy of the magazine, become our fan on Facebook, participate in discussions, and lots more.


Until next time,

Linda Grobman, ACSW, LSW











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Hip-Hop Social Work

By Barbara Trainin Blank


(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.)


Rap music, hip-hop, and social work may seem like an unlikely combination. They may, in fact, seem contradictory, because of rap’s themes of misogyny, violence, and racism—but some social workers find hip-hop not only a possible but highly beneficial therapeutic tool in working with some of their high-risk clients. As hip-hop and youth culture have become increasingly pervasive, it’s likely the combination will become even more common as practitioners seek ways to interact successfully with the youth with whom they work.

One social worker who used hip-hop in her practice for a time is Lauren Collins. Hip Hop Heals is a group therapy program for at-risk youth and young adults, whose passion for rap encourages an acceptance of therapy and an understanding of its goals, according to Collins, who holds an MSW from Hunter College’s Graduate School of Social Work. “Hip Hop Heals provides a comfortable forum for honest self-examination while helping participants find their way along the path to personal growth,” she adds.

One reason Hip Hop Heals may have been successful is that Collins shared her clients’ passion for hip-hop. Realizing many of them were influenced by the hip-hop culture and its values, she developed a curriculum structured around the sounds and messages of rap music. The curriculum was first implemented at Palladia-Starhill, a residential alternative to incarceration in the Bronx, NY.

Collins used the lyrics of hip-hop to separate out “what’s true and what’s false” about the reality. “I’d tell them that rappers have a lot of money but can’t pay for their kids’ education. We talked about the misogyny, drug references, and gang violence—what’s smoke and what’s mirrors. Only about one percent of rappers really have money, and kids can’t eat diamonds or learn from a car,” says Collins.

Collins’ clients were African American and Hispanic males, 18-25, all mandated to be in the group. When they saw her, she admits, they started laughing, wondering what she’d know about hip-hop. They didn’t want to talk to her. She started playing a Tupac song, “calming and equalizing them. It started a discussion, and they opened up,” Collins says.

Ironically, she found, not all of her clients were into hip-hop—some really didn’t like it. But she helped them understand that the songs topically had relevance to what brought them to jail and found the hip-hop program “made a huge impact.” It helped unite the group and foster camaraderie.


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PREVIEW: Carissa


By Linda May Grobman, ACSW, LSW


Filmmaker David Sauvage recently sent me a copy of his short documentary film, Carissa.  I will publish a more extensive review of it later, but want to give a short preview of what I experienced when I watched it a few days ago.


The 23-minute film captures the real-life story of Carissa, who at age 12, was “dropped off” at juvenile hall by her mother, eventually ending up on the streets.  I was completely engrossed in Carissa’s story of child prostitution, rape, and survival through the help of a caring counselor and supportive teacher.  Carissa has completed her MBA and law degrees now, and she is an avid advocate for children, yet the vulnerable child—still not too far from the surface—comes through in her telling of her story.


See http://www.carissaproject.com/ for more information about this film project.





Day Without a Gay—December 10, 2008


Gays, lesbians, and straight allies plan to call in “gay” to volunteer within their local LGBT communities on December 10, 2008 (which is International Human Rights Day) to protest passage of anti-gay constitutional amendments in Arizona, Florida, and California. Wherever possible, gay Americans and allies plan to volunteer for local gay and civil rights organizations across the country through a brand new national database at www.daywithoutagay.wetpaint.com. In addition, a national one-day boycott of anti-gay companies will be in effect throughout December 10, 2008.

Since Election Day, thousands have protested up and down streets in cities across California, including in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento. A national, grassroots coalition of LGBT activists has followed in their footsteps. Now gay citizens and their allies are teaming up to show America and the world the compassion, the love, and the positive spirit of the gay community through service.

On December 10, 2008 the gay community, along with forward-thinking companies, will take a historic stance against hatred by donating their time to a variety of different causes in order to raise public awareness of the need for LGBT equality in marriage and in other civil rights.

To search or post a volunteer opportunity, visit http://daywithoutagay.org/ and join the more than 100,000 others who have already posted, joined, or visited the site to make a change in their community.




National Handwashing Awareness Week


The Henry the Hand Foundation celebrates "National Handwashing Awareness Week" December 7-13, 2008.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, "Handwashing is the single most important means  to prevent the spread of infection." The CDC estimates that 36,000 people die from the flu or flu-like illness each year, 5,000 people die from food borne illness each year, and between 78,000 and 90,000 patients die each year from hospital acquired infections(HAI), for which a direct link to many of these deaths is poor handwashing.

Furthermore there are 2 million patients who contract hospital acquired infections (HAI) of 33 million hospital admissions annually. There are 76 million food borne illnesses each year resulting in more than 300,000 hospital admissions. Handwashing and hand awareness are important for nosocomial (hospital acquired) infection prevention, food safety, school health, personal health and disease prevention.

An estimated 164,000,000 days are lost from school because of illness, of which 22,000,000 are due to the common cold alone. There are many critical times to wash your hands. A few examples are before eating, after using the toilet, during food preparation, after handling animals, upon arriving home, after changing diapers, leaving the hospital or physician's office, and any time you think your hands are dirty. Use soap, running water, and scrub all surfaces of your hands for 20 seconds and dry with a paper towel.

Henry the Hand Champion Handwasher is asking you to help reduce infectious disease spread by our hands. Make a concerted effort during National Handwashing Awareness Week (December 7-13) to promote the importance of handwashing and hand awareness to give all of us a head start to prevent illness this winter. Help spread the word, not the germs, by making handwashing and hand awareness a habit. Recommendations for activities can be found at www.henrythehand.com.

National Handwashing Awareness Week started in 1999 in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a result of the flu vaccine shortage.  It was a collaboration of the Henry the Hand Foundation and the Greater Cincinnati Health Council Flu Vaccine Committee.

For more information, contact Dr.Will Sawyer at dr.will@henrythehand.com.










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If you or your agency are hiring social workers, don’t forget to post your jobs on SocialWorkJobBank.com.  Please check the SocialWorkJobBank “products/pricing” page at http://jobs.socialworkjobbank.com/r/jobs/post/index.cfm?site_id=122 for job posting options and SPECIAL offers.


Job seeker services are FREE—including searching current job openings, posting your confidential resume/profile, and receiving e-mail job alerts.  Please let employers know that you saw their listings in the SOCIAL WORK E-NEWS and at SocialWorkJobBank.com. 


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The Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE’s) Minority Fellowship Programs (MFP) are pleased to publicly recognize the 2008-2009 cohort of fellows.


Representing 26 social work schools all over the United States, this new cohort has 25 fellows in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program funded by the United States Substance Abuse and Health Administration (SAMHSA) and 15 in the Underrepresented Mental Health Research Fellowship Program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Ten in the SAMHSA-funded program are returning fellows, and 15 are new. In the NIMH-funded program, there are eight new fellows and seven who have returned.


“MFP serves as a conduit to doctoral programs and helps fill the gaps in ethnic diversity that have been identified in higher education,” said Jenny Jones, Minority Fellowship Programs Director. “By placing minority social work researchers in strategic positions, we can enhance the mental health services provided to people of color.”


The SAMHSA new cohort consists of Cesar Abarca, Boston University; Carl Algood, Howard University; Dana Baynard, Ohio State University; Dirk Butler, University of Chicago; Jacqueline Dyer, Boston College; Carrie Elliott, University of Texas at Austin; Lydia Franco, Rutgers University; Maya Gibbons, University of Maryland; Marcella Hurtado, University of Utah; Isok Kim, University of Michigan; Antonette King, University of Michigan; Alvin Lee, Boston University; Nancy Lucero, University of Denver; Robin McKinney, Virginia Commonwealth University; Terrence Lewis, Boston University; Marcia Martinez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Anquenette Perkins, Jackson State University; Tina Peterson, University of Alabama; Anna Rosales, Boston University; Elithet Silva-Martinez, University of Iowa; Eusebius Small, University of Houston; Rhoda Smith, Loma Linda University; Venus Tsui, University of Houston; Theda Rose, Catholic University; and Nikki Wooten, University of Maryland.


The NIMH Program new cohort includes Ramona Beltran, University of Washington; Melissa Edmondson, University of Southern California; Antonio Garcia, University of Washington; Stella Gran-O'Donnell, University of Washington;  Millie Harris, Ohio State University; Young Sook Kim, University of Tennessee; Kosta Kalogerogiannis, Columbia University; Sharon Parker, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Carol Peng, University of California at Berkeley; Marinilda Rivera-Diaz, University of Puerto Rico; Ebasa Sarka, University of Washington; Bushra Sabri, University of Iowa; Daniel Velez Ortiz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Yolanda Villarreal, University of Houston; and Tasanee Walsh, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


The Minority Fellowship Programs provides mentorship and training to ethnic minority social work professionals, preparing them for leadership roles in mental health research and in the delivery of mental health services. The Minority Fellowship Programs accomplish this by supporting students in completing their doctoral degrees in the field of social work.


The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education.





First Blog Launched Dedicated to Juvenile Justice Teens Struggling with Substance Abuse


Reclaiming Futures announced that it has launched a blog dedicated to the topic of teens in the juvenile justice system struggling with drug and alcohol use. Reclaiming Futures Every Day is professionally staffed and aims to keep people informed of the latest happenings in the area of juvenile justice and substance abuse treatment.


“This is an easy, informal way for judges, probation officials, treatment providers, and other community members to stay abreast of the latest developments in juvenile justice reform as related to adolescent alcohol and drug treatment,” says Laura Nissen, Ph.D., Reclaiming Futures national program director. “We want to increase the national dialogue surrounding this important topic. Inviting people to read and comment on our blog is a powerful way to keep the conversation moving.”


Reclaiming Futures Every Day can be found at http://blog.reclaimingfutures.org/


The editor of Reclaiming Futures Every Day is Benjamin Chambers, who formerly worked at the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice in Portland, Oregon.  Chambers held several positions at Multnomah County, including serving as director of the local Reclaiming Futures project. He will make three to five posts a week and also recruit national leaders to contribute regularly to the blog as well.





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:


Tuesday, December 9, Building a Successful Private Practice  (TONIGHT)

Tuesday, December 16, Eating Disorders


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


SocialWorkJobBank.com Offers for Employers


The year 2008 is coming to an end very soon.  We have some great offers to close out this year.  On our Products/Pricing page at http://jobs.socialworkjobbank.com/r/jobs/post/index.cfm?site_id=122 you can find all of our rates, packages, and special offers.  These include an End of Year Special 3-Pack and End of Year Super Special Unlimited package.  Also, get a discount on your job postings with our December Savings Coupon.  Employers, just use coupon code DECEMBER08 when you check out, and you will receive $20.08 off the cost of your job posting order!  This coupon expires 12/31/08.




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YOU DESERVE CREDIT! Now you can get it. Keep up with your profession (and get credit for it) with THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER.


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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. 


CE credits for the Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics are offered in cooperation with CE-Credit.com.  To see a complete listing of the 600+ courses that CE-Credit.com offers, go to: http://www.socialworker.com/cecredit.html












The Fall 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.4(Fall2008)/


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 Fall 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


A special issue on disabilities will be available soon!


The Fall 2008 edition is available online now.


Included in this edition are the following articles:




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.


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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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