Issue #132  November 8, 2011
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 Dear Social Work Colleagues,
Hello! Welcome to Issue #132 of the Social Work E-News! Thank you for subscribing to receive this e-mail newsletter, which is brought to you by the publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine,,, and other social work publications.
November marks the observance of American Diabetes Month, National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, National Family Caregivers Month, National Hospice Palliative Care Month, National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, COPD Awareness Month, National Adoption Month, National Survivors of Suicide Day (November 19), the Great American Smoke Out (November 20), and more.
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Here’s the chance you’ve been waiting for—be part of a new book! I am working on some exciting new projects for the coming year. One of these projects is a GROUP WORK edition of my DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS books. I am co-editing the book with Jennifer Clements, associate professor of social work at Shippensburg University in PA, in collaboration with the International Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (AASWG). Are you a group worker? Do you have a story you would like to share with other social workers and future social workers? See the call for submissions in this newsletter, under "News and Resources." We want to hear from YOU.
The Fall 2011 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER is available NOW!  Highlights of the Fall issue include ethics committees, the supervisor/student relationship, a new VA policy on treatment of transgender/intersex vets, the DREAM Act, tax reform and social justice, a black woman having multiple children by multiple men, virtual clinical social work practice, book/video reviews, and more!
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SW 2.0: Going Where the Client Is: Exploring Virtual Clinical Social Work Practice
by Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, ABD
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an article from the current (Fall 2011) issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the full article at:
It was a dark and not-so-stormy night. At least it was in Boston, where I was physically located, and across the river into Cambridge, where Mike Langlois was. Nancy Smyth was situated in my hometown of Buffalo, NY, and Linda Grobman, publisher of The New Social Worker, was in Harrisburg, PA. Virtually, however, we were all together video chatting in a new Google Plus (G+) hangout. I had never met Nancy in real life, but she had met Mike via their related work. Mike and I had met after connecting over Twitter, and Linda and I met at a social work conference after e-mailing for years.

The G+ experience raises some interesting questions about learning, social work practice, and human interaction and connection. Geographically, where do they all take place? Are they bound by a ZIP code or physical presence? Don’t they occur where the human connection is, even over a simple text message that shares a funny joke with a loved one? Are the experiences of learning or human connection one size fits all, or are these experiences just as diverse as we are? By extension, why does virtual social work practice have to be such a hard sell to social workers? How might our social work practice also take place and be extended virtually?

Nancy and Mike are at the forefront of incorporating virtual technologies into their practices. Nancy is the Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Buffalo, author of the Virtual Connections blog (, and is very passionate about this work. According to Nancy, “technology is all about talking and collaboration,” and it represents a great shift from a more traditional one-way communication model. She considers collaborative technology use as vital to keeping social work competitive as a profession:

We need to learn how to use this stuff to stay competitive and show up on the radar or folks will not select us as a profession. People are looking online for career options and information. We will be left behind.

Mike is a practicing clinician and author of both Reset: Video Games and Psychotherapy ( and the Gamer Therapist blog ( According to Mike, our clients have already integrated technology tools such as text messaging and social media into their lives. Like Nancy, he agrees that social workers need to better incorporate our clients’ technology practices into our social work practice. Mike adds that our clients shouldn’t be burdened with teaching us technology and roots the process of technology discovery and learning within the social work tradition:

Anytime most people are using something and we refuse to know about it, that’s a problem. It’s important to learn and start where the client is. This is not new, and requiring social workers to stretch into technology is similar to first conducting a home visit. You’re a guest, thrown in, and it’s very difficult. We need to apply the principles of social work to technology–tech is not negotiable anymore. We need to meet people where they are at. Social work has a rich tradition of doing so even when it has been difficult.

Nancy adds, most importantly:

We are missing out on connections. It’s always about relationships, not the technology. We need to understand some of the possibilities, especially with our clients. Where else can you make connections with thought leaders in our profession and get their opinions?
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Articles from the Fall 2011 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER include:
Health Care Social Workers and Ethics Committees
Understanding the Supervisory Relationship With Social Work Students
VHA Clarifies Medical Treatment of Transgender/Intersex Vets
Reflections of the Group Process: An Ex-Group Member Returns as an Observier
The Moment of Truth: Tax Reform, Social Justice, and Social Work
A Black Woman Naming Her Truth: Multiple Children By Multiple Men
Viewpoint: Dare to DREAM
SW 2.0: Exploring Virtual Clinical Social Work Practice
…and more!
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Articles from THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER on Adoption
Addressing an Overt Challenge to the Code of Ethics
Analysis of an Ethical Dilemma
Articles from THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER on Suicide
Students Face Client Suicide: A Painful Reality
It Gets Better: A YouTube Response to Anti-Gay Bullying and Suicide
Tweeters to Follow for Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Awareness
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CDC study shows suicidal thoughts and behavior vary among U.S. adults
Study looks at data from 2008 through 2009 

Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies by suicide. And for every person who dies, there are many more who think about, plan, or attempt suicide, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Serious thoughts of suicide range from about 1 in 50 adults in Georgia (2.1 percent) to 1 in 15 in Utah (6.8 percent). For suicide attempts, the range goes from 1 in 1000 adults in Delaware and Georgia (0.1 percent) to 1 in 67 in Rhode Island (1.5 percent).  This report is the first to present state-level data concerning suicidal thoughts and behavior among adults in the United States.    
“Suicide is a tragedy for individuals, families, and communities. This report highlights that we have opportunities to intervene before someone dies by suicide. We can identify risks and take action before a suicide attempt takes place,” said Thomas M. Frieden, M.D., director of CDC. “Most people are uncomfortable talking about suicide, but this is not a problem to shroud in secrecy. We need to work together to raise awareness about suicide and learn more about interventions that work to prevent this public health problem.”
CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) studied data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2008-2009. 
“Suicide is a preventable tragedy,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde.  “With this new data, we will be able to work more effectively to reach people at risk and help keep them safe. For people in need, help is always available by calling 1-800-273-TALK/8255.”
Findings include:
  • More than 2.2 million adults (1.0 percent of adults) reported making suicide plans in the past year, ranging from 0.1 percent in Georgia to 2.8 percent in Rhode Island.
  • More than 1 million adults (0.5 percent of adults) reported attempting suicide in the past year, ranging from 0.1 percent in Delaware and Georgia to 1.5 percent in Rhode Island.
  • The prevalence of serious suicidal thoughts, suicide planning, and suicide attempts was significantly higher among young adults aged 18–29 years than it was among adults aged 30 years or older.
  • The prevalence of serious suicidal thoughts was significantly higher among females than it was among males.
  • Suicide rates have consistently been higher in Western states, especially the Rocky Mountain states. In the current report, which looks at nonfatal behavior, the pattern was mixed: adults in the Midwest and West were more likely to have thoughts of suicide than those in the Northeast and South. Adults in the Midwest were more likely to have made suicide plans than those in the South, and suicide attempts did not vary by region.
“Multiple factors contribute to risk for suicidal behavior. The variations identified in this report might reflect differences in the frequency of risk factors and the social, cultural, and economic makeup of the study populations,” said Linda C. Degutis, Dr.P.H., M.S.N., director of CDC′s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. “These differences can influence the types of prevention strategies used in communities and the groups included.”
This research underscores the importance of collecting and using local information for prevention purposes. Continued surveillance is needed to design, implement, and evaluate public health policies and programs that can lead to a reduction in morbidity and mortality related to suicide-related thoughts and behaviors. Possible suicide prevention strategies include those designed for broad audiences, such as public education campaigns that focus on improving recognition of suicide risk, and more intensive strategies (e.g., cognitive-behavioral therapy) for those who are at heightened risk, such as people who have made suicide attempts.In cognitive-behavioral therapy, the cognitive part helps people change thinking patterns, and the behavioral part helps people change the way they react to situations.
CDC’s Injury Center works to prevent injuries and violence and their adverse health consequences.  For more information about suicide prevention, visit
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Web site.
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News & Resources

Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2012

Submissions are currently being sought for a group work edition in the DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS book series.

The group work edition is being co-edited by Linda May Grobman, publisher/editor of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER, and Jennifer Clements, associate professor of social work at Shippensburg University, and is being developed in collaboration with the International Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups.

Each chapter is to be written by a professional social worker with a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree in social work. The editors’ goal is for the book to include narratives of social work with various types of groups (therapy, psychoeducational, self help, support, task, etc.) and groups within a variety of settings/populations/issues. Each chapter will describe a day in a social worker’s life, focusing on working with groups.

For the full call for submissions and guidelines, to inquire about our interest in a particular group work topic, or for other information, please contact Linda Grobman at or Jennifer Clements at
Please feel free to pass this along to colleagues you know who may be interested in submitting a chapter. Thank you!
I am seeking articles for upcoming issues of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine.  I am especially interested in articles on social work ethics, field placement, practice specialties, news of innovative social work practice, technology, and other topics of interest to social work students, new graduates, and seasoned professionals.  Our style is conversational and educational, and articles typically run 1,500-2,000 for feature articles (considerably shorter for news items). 
I also welcome submissions of poetry, photographs, illustrations, artwork, and other creative work depicting social work and related topics.
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Individual articles from the Fall 2011 issue now online include:
Health Care Social Workers and Ethics Committees

Understanding the Supervisory Relationship With Social Work Students

VHA Clarifies Medical Treatment of Transgender/Intersex Vets

Reflections of the Group Process: An Ex-Group Member Returns as an Observier

The Moment of Truth: Tax Reform, Social Justice, and Social Work

A Black Woman Naming Her Truth: Multiple Children By Multiple Men

Viewpoint: Dare to DREAM

SW 2.0: Exploring Virtual Clinical Social Work Practice
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