Issue #130, September 13, 2011
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Dear Social Work Colleagues,
Hello! Welcome to Issue #130 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.
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September marks the observance of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Healthy Aging Month, National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (September 18), World Alzheimer's Day (September 21), and more.
Earlier this month, on September 6, we celebrated the birthday of Jane Addams! See her biography at Here’s an article we published in 2009, “Following in Jane Addams’ Footsteps,” in the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics:
Coming in October: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, SIDS Awareness Month, Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 2-8), National Depression Screening Day (October 6), World Mental Health Day (October 10), National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15), and more
Since the last issue of the Social Work E-News went out, I have personally experienced an earthquake that shook my building and knocked things off my desk, effects of a hurricane, and a flood that led to my being evacuated from my home and office.  Others experienced much more severe effects of these events, and my thoughts go out to them as they rebuild and recover.
Certainly, this week’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks puts things into perspective.  The commemorative events of the last few days have reminded me of all the ways in which our world can change in an instant, and of the social workers who have been involved in so many ways with the aftermath of that day.  Thank you to all social workers who do such important work every day.
I am excited to announce that a new edition (the 4th) of my book, DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS, is now available! I first had the idea for this book in 1993, and the first edition came out in 1996. The book consists of 58 first person stories of professional social workers, each describing a “typical” day in his or her life. The variety of social work roles and settings still amazes me, and the stories really open up readers’ eyes to the possibilities of what social workers can do.  The newest edition features a foreword by National Association of Social Workers executive director, Elizabeth J. Clark. It also has 4 new chapters, as well as a new appendix focusing on social media, blogs, and mobile apps. For more information, see or look for it on It is the edition with the purple cover.
The Fall 2011 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER will be available soon!  Don’t forget—the Summer 2011 issue is available NOW!  Highlights of the Summer issue include Facebook/social media ethics, making the workplace (or field placement) work for you, Peace Corps Master's International Program, understanding care coordination, Kickstarter, book reviews, and more!
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Job Corner
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We are seeking a dynamic professional to play a key role in our growing senior care counseling team. The ideal candidate will be a Social Worker (MSW preferred) or experienced senior care professional with demonstrated expertise in assisting families to navigate the complex decisions associated with caregiving.  The Senior Care Counselor (SCC) will be responsible for telephonic consultations, including assessments, coaching, and provider options on a national basis. Experience working with caregivers, seniors, and providers throughout the continuum of care is a plus. This is a great opportunity to join a fast paced, growing Internet startup based in Waltham, MA,  where you will have a meaningful impact providing expert consultation and support to family caregivers nationwide.
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10 Things I’ve Learned in My First Post-MSW Job
by Kristen Marie (Kryss) Shane, LMSW
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an article from the current (Summer 2011) issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the full article at:
1. Your New Boss is Your Friend…

Most media show bosses of main characters as conniving, demanding, and downright awful. Although some likely are, most are just humans, trying to get their own jobs done and hoping that the new person on staff (you) will make the day easier. Coming in with the assumption that she or he is out to get you starts your relationship off on the defensive, which is never good for a professional relationship’s growth.

2. Be Kind to Support Staff…

With a shiny new degree, it’s easy to feel like a king, but the secret at most agencies is that the receptionist, secretary, and janitor often know more about the inner workings of the office than anyone. They’re great sources of information about office culture, and they can sometimes clue you in to where to find the best office supplies, when to avoid the boss, and other tidbits of information that’ll make your day easier.

3. Get It In Writing…

Any time the boss tells you that it’s okay to be a few minutes late to the office because you worked late the night before, approves your time off, or thanks you for a job well done, communicate in writing when possible. Thanks to e-mail, this is easier than ever to do. This way, you have a written record in case your boss questions your tardiness in the morning, questions why you’ll be gone for a week, or when there’s a job review. Besides, being able to show consistent communication and how much the boss appreciates you in his or her own words makes for a great starting point to discuss a raise!

4. Make Yourself At Home…

Think of it as being an overnight guest in someone’s home; it’s okay to take your own pillow for the bed, but not so wise to take along 743 photos of your relatives to place everywhere. In other words, if having your favorite art print, a coffee mug you enjoy, or a decorative mouse pad makes you feel less like you’re working in a generic box, it’s okay to keep them in your office—but don’t go overboard. It’s wise to consider the social implications of what personal items others see, so consider the office politics and culture before displaying photos of you and your friends in bathing suits on the beach or that funny sign you love about how you’d rather be doing anything other than working. What might remind you of sunshine or free time may cause your boss to wonder why she or he knows that you have your navel pierced or question why you were hired if you’d rather be elsewhere.

5. Boundaries at Home…

Your friends have likely gotten used to your schedule before this job began, which may have allowed you to be up late or sleeping in. Remind them that this is no longer the case, and stick to your guns about when you’ll stop taking phone calls in the evening or when you’ll be out socializing. Otherwise, you’ll give less than your best in the office, and you’ll end up needing to use your sick days within the first weeks of your new job.
Read the rest of this article at:
Articles from the Summer 2011 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER include:
…and more!
September 11, 2001—10th Anniversary

In remembrance of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, here are some social work-related links that pertain to this event:
Emotional Ground Zero
By Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW
The Longest Day
By Andrew Malekoff, CEO, North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center
Remembering 9/11: An Actors Fund Story
9/11 A Decade Later: Study Finds Shared Trauma Still a Factor
See THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER’s Facebook page at to read social workers’ accounts of where they were on 9/11/01 and add your own.
Tweeters to Follow for Awareness
Here are some suggestions for who to follow on Twitter, based on some of the issues being highlighted this month.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Healthy Aging Month
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
World Alzheimer's Day
By Linda May Grobman, ACSW, LSW, Publisher/Editor, THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER
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News & Resources
Call for Abstract Submissions
Child and Youth Mental Health Matters
First National Parental Mental Health Conference
First International Young Carers Congress
Third International World Congress on Children of Parents with Mental Illness
Vancouver, BC, Canada
May 6-8, 2012
Deadline for abstract submission: September 26, 2011
Conference Description: This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of mental health with young people and parents and other stakeholders to share knowledge and experiences related to child and youth mental health. Three themes of the conferences are Parental Mental Health, Children of Parents with Mental Illness, and Young Carers.
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In Print
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: 58 Professionals Tell Real-Life Stories From Social Work Practice (4th 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 FIELD PLACEMENT SURVIVAL GUIDE: What You Need to Know to Get the Most From Your Social Work Practicum, 2nd Edition, edited by Linda May Grobman
We also publish books on nonprofit management. Want to start your own agency? Check out THE NONPROFIT HANDBOOK: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Run Your Nonprofit Organization (6th Edition), by Gary M. Grobman.
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