Issue #133  December 13, 2011
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Dear Social Work Colleagues,
Hello! Welcome to Issue #133 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.
As 2011 comes to a close, I would like to personally thank each of you for the work that you do as social workers or future social workers.  I truly enjoy being in contact with each of you, hearing about your experiences in different parts of the world, and sharing information and ideas. I would like to take this time to wish a very happy holiday season to all who celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve/Day, and other holidays at this time of year! And I am looking forward to seeing what the coming year will bring!
December marks the observance of Universal Human Rights Month, Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, Tolerance Week (December 1-7), World AIDS Day (December 1), Rosa Parks Day (December 1), Jane Addams Day (December 10), and more.
Coming in January: National Birth Defects Prevention Month, Cervical Health Awareness Month, Blood Donor Month, Poverty in America Month, National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
Reminder—be part of a new book! I am working on an exciting new project -- 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! We want to hear from YOU. The deadline is January 15, 2012.
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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Health Care Social Workers and Ethics Committees
by Karen Neuman Allen, Ph.D., LMSW
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:
Social workers can be instrumental in helping hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other health care organizations resolve complex cases with ethical dimensions. One way of contributing to the process is though involvement with the organization’s ethics committee. There are two ways in which social workers are involved in ethics committees. One is by making a request for a consultation on a case by the ethics committee. The second is by serving as a member of the committee. For the purposes of this article, we will consider an ethical dilemma to be a situation in which a decision has to be made and each option compromises or conflicts with an ethical standard in some way.

Overview of the Ethics Committee

In 1992, the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations mandated that health care systems develop a formal mechanism for addressing ethical issues in patient care. By 2000, 95% of hospitals surveyed had or were in the process of developing an ethics consultation service (O’Reilly, 2008). Larger home care agencies and nursing homes followed the lead of hospitals and developed ethics committees or consultation, as well.

An ethics committee is an interdisciplinary group of providers, staff, patients, family members, administrators, and lay people who volunteer their time and expertise to the hospital so that a fair, inclusive, and consistent process is used to resolve ethical dilemmas. In addition to consulting on individual cases, the committee develops relevant policies and procedures, provides staff and community education, resolves conflicts, advocates for legal and policy changes, and provides support to staff who are troubled by ethical dimensions in a situation. The composition of the committee is critical, and it is essential that patients and leaders from the community participate and are not marginalized or intimidated by members of the medical team (American College of Physicians, 1998; Ross, et al., 1993). Although there may be some overlap, the role of the ethics committee is usually different from that of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The ethics committee is centered on issues related to patient care, whereas the IRB reviews research conducted at the institution to assure regulatory compliance and protection of human subjects.

According to the American College of Physicians (1998), the purposes of an ethics committee are to:

  • provide support and guidance to patients, families, and the health care team in complex situations in which ethics, values, legal principles, and cultural and religious practice conflict, and potentially affect patient care;
  • review cases as a consulting service when ethically complex cases arise;
  • help clarify the issues;
  • identify all potential courses of action and decisions;
  • help weigh the possible options and make a recommendation;
  • help the patient, family, and treatment team reach a consensus on a decision;
  • review the outcome and implications of each case; and
  • promote policies and practices that assure best ethical practices in the institution.
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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!
Universal Human Rights Month
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December 1: World AIDS Day
Classroom Comes to Life in HIV/AIDS Field Placement
Tweeters to Follow for AIDS/HIV Awareness
December 1: Rosa Parks Day
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December 10: Jane Addams Day
December 10 marked the 80th anniversary of Jane Addams’ being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Here are a couple of related articles from THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER:
Settlement Houses: Old Idea in New Form Builds Communities
Book review of Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
Secretary Sebelius on 30 Years of AIDS
Commemorating 30 Years of Leadership in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

The following is excerpted from Secretary Kathleen Sibelius’ speech on June 8, 2011, in Washington, DC, commemorating 30 years of leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. You can watch the full speech at

We are here to remember those we have lost to this pandemic and to honor those who fight against the virus and for a cure. We are here to mark the gains we have made over the last 30 years and to look ahead with hope and purpose at the next steps we must take in our fight against HIV/AIDS.
The story of the first three decades has been one of great commitment, discovery, and collaboration. But it is also a story of enormous uncertainty and terrible loss.
More than 600,000 Americans have died long before they should have. Worldwide, more than 30 million people are living with HIV today, including 2.5 million children.
It can be easy to focus on all the data, dollars, and scientific milestones that we so often use to measure our progress. And they are important.
But we can never forget that the story of HIV/AIDS is one of countless individual human lives.
There are many of us in this room today who never thought this disease would still be with us 30 years later. And there are some people in this room who were not born when this epidemic began.  
Just think about that.  A generation of people who have never lived in a world without this virus.
And in this age of advanced treatments, when HIV is no longer a death sentence for many, it can be easy to forget how scary those first years were. 
We didn’t know what caused the disease and we weren’t sure how it spread.  What we did know was that it almost certainly meant death.  One advocate compared these early days to living in a war zone: you were never sure when the next bomb would drop.
With this uncertainty came fear.  And with fear came prejudice. Children like Ryan White were turned away from their schools because they were HIV positive. Tenants were locked out of their apartments and forced to live on the streets. 
Workers were fired from jobs they had held for decades.  Sons and daughters lying in hospital beds were abandoned by their families.
Treatment was hard to come by unless you qualified for Medicaid or could keep a job that provided insurance.  And the treatments we did have were not as effective as any of us wished.
When our national government was slow to act, it was community organizations, springing up on street corners across the country that met people’s needs.  They connected people to treatment, educated them about how to protect themselves, battled discrimination, and got the country’s attention.
And they taught us, most poignantly, that silence equals death.
Many of you know this story because you lived it. And you went on to build strong coalitions that included government, community-based groups, employers, health professionals, and people with AIDS coming together with a sense of urgency to develop better approaches for treating and reducing the spread of this disease.
No single narrative can do justice to our journey over the last three decades.  There are, instead, a million individual stories sewn together by a shared hope for progress:
Science must keep moving forward. Prevention must reach even further and be even more effective. And all people living with HIV/AIDS must have better access to the treatment and care they need whether they live in Washington, DC, or a village outside Nairobi.
Over time – in some instances a relatively short time – science took what was once an impenetrable mystery and began to uncover answers – the kind of answers that not only worked in the lab but also saved lives.
Thanks to the work and ingenuity of scientists and doctors at places like CDC, NIH, FDA, and HRSA, new effective therapies and tools for prevention came online.
Today, more than 30 licensed drugs are widely available in the developed world and have begun to transform HIV into a chronic disease, adding years to people’s lives.
But we know that progress is not enough. That’s why President Obama has made the fight against HIV at home and around the world a top priority for his Administration -- including the development of a National AIDS Strategy that is providing direction and focus to all our efforts.
This battle is not over.  As long as this virus threatens the health and lives of people here and around the globe, the struggle continues. 
And so, on this day, in this place, we need to remember the words of Mother Jones who told us to [quote] “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living!” 
(From, the one-stop source of U.S. government HIV/AIDS information.)
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 Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, an International Professional Organization.

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.

See the full call for submissions at Please read the full call before submitting your manuscript.

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 in the following categories:
  • ·         social work ethics
  • ·         field placement
  • ·         practice specialties
  • ·         news of innovative social work practice
  • ·         technology
  • ·         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). 

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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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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
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