Issue #74, January 9, 2007


Dear Social Work Colleagues,

Welcome to Issue #74 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.

Happy New Year! Many people take the opportunity at the beginning of the year to make "resolutions," or set goals. As social workers, we help people set and work toward goals all year long! I found an interesting Web site related to New Year's resolutions at http://www.firstgov.gov/Citizen/Topics/New_Years_Resolutions.shtml -- this U.S. government Web site lists the most popular resolutions and links to information to help accomplish them. They include weight loss, paying off debts, quitting smoking, drinking less alcohol, reducing stress, and others. The links provide some useful resources for those who are working to reach these goals.

January 15 marks the 21st anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday in the U.S. Billed as "a day ON, not a day OFF," the holiday encourages community service. See a short video about the day at http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/News/Martin_Luther_King_Jr._Day_of_Service_2007/ and read more about the holiday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Web site: http://www.mlkday.gov

Social workers are under stress. We all know it. And now two new studies have been released about it. Read about them in this issue of the E-News.

I am pleased to announce that the Winter 2007 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine is hot off the press! You can read articles from this issue on our Web site now at http://www.socialworker.com, and download the full issue in PDF format at http://www.socialworker.com/home/component/option,com_docman/task,cat_view/gid,48/Itemid,136/ today. You will need the free Adobe Reader to read the PDF magazine. (You can get this at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html if you don't already have it on your computer.)

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Until next time,
Linda Grobman, ACSW, LSW


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By Linda May Grobman, ACSW, LSW

A couple of recent headlines about social worker stress caught my eye. Here they are:
Social workers have twice the rate of PTSD

This article discusses the results of a study conducted at the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Researcher Brian Bride found that 15% of the social workers surveyed met the criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the week prior to the survey, compared to 7.8% of the general population experiencing PTSD over a lifetime. The study, which was published in the journal SOCIAL WORK, discusses the issue of secondary traumatic stress disorder, in which social workers (and other helping professionals) experience traumatic stress as a result of hearing and working with others who have experienced various kinds of trauma.

Social workers in Ontario: busier than ever experiencing more stress

The Ontario Association of Social Workers released its "Quality of Work Life Survey," in which more than 1,000 social workers were surveyed, Conclusions included the following:
• social workers are being asked to contribute 1 to 6 hours of unpaid work per week
• 63% of the respondents reported experiencing workplace stress
• more than 50% of the respondents said they felt "rushed"
• 44% indicated that they were also caregivers
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Communities Gearing Up For Largest King Day of Service Ever

Washington, DC-With the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service just days away, communities across the country are planning a record number of projects and activities to honor the slain civil rights leader on Monday, January 15. For the first time, service projects are scheduled in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with nearly 1,500 projects open for volunteer sign-up at http://www.mlkday.gov.

"Participating in community service projects on King Day creates a living memorial to this national hero, and we hope that millions of Americans will get involved in the King Day of Service," said David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency charged by Congress with overseeing the annual service effort. "Throughout his lifetime, Dr. King was dedicated to making our country a better place for all citizens. There is no better way to honor him than by continuing his life's work."

Traditionally, Philadelphia has the largest service effort in the country, and more than 600 projects involving 55,000 volunteers are planned in that city alone. In addition, the Corporation is supporting expanded service efforts in several other cities across the country. Highlights of service projects include:

Birmingham, AL- More than 300 volunteers will converge on Parker High School to paint murals throughout the school depicting the Civil Rights struggle that involved many of the school's students and took the life of one, Addie Collins, who was one of the four girls killed by a bomb at the 16th Street Church in 1963. A planning committee made up of community residents developed the idea of the murals that will be painted throughout the 110-year-old building, so students will be surrounded by the school's history everywhere they look. Students, parents, AmeriCorps members, community members, corporate volunteers, and employees of The Home Depot will participate in the event. The murals will include modern-day social justice themes that help make students aware that they are living out the legacy of Martin Luther King.

Buffalo, NY- The West Seneca Youth Bureau/Western New York AmeriCorps has joined with the Hands On Network to bring the "Seats for Social Justice," a public art project that celebrates the lives of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and their accomplishments against social injustices, to Greater Buffalo. The AmeriCorps members will recruit 30 artists who will design themes for bus seats and with the help of 400 community residents will serve the community as they transform these symbols of the social struggles of the 50s and 60s into canvases of hope. Claudette Colvin, one of the originators of the Birmingham bus boycott, will attend the event, as will AmeriCorps Director Kristin McSwain.

Los Angeles, CA- The National Alliance of Faith and Justice, through its subgrantees and partners across the country, is working to mobilize up to 10,000 at-risk youth in service-learning (through the PEN OR PENCIL: Let Me Read You Your Rights Initiative) and to engage a minimum of 25,000 adults and college students to train as mentors during the Justice Sunday National Recruitment Initiative, January 12-15, and continuing through the rest of the year. In addition, AmeriCorps members serving with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps will work on the exterior of the homes of 25 elderly residents of Pacoima including gardening, clearing debris, and removing bulky items from the premises.

Louisville, KY-Service for Peace is hosting the fourth annual Greater Louisville Martin Luther King Season of Service. Volunteers from Wal-Mart and Sam's Club will assist Boy Scout troops in cleaning and painting the Wayside Christian Mission; youth volunteers will perform at an afternoon Day of Service recognition event; and 100 Home Depot employees will paint the Shawnee Community Center.

Phoenix, AZ-Through a collaborative partnership with the Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center and Make A Difference (Hands On Network), the Arizona Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism is sponsoring dozens of projects, including a large scale neighborhood revitalization project, campus beautification at Gateway Early College High School; creating a Unity and Diversity Garden at Madison Park School; and MLK Unity Day, a civic education event that will kick-off with lessons about Dr. King and his teaching and continue with youth breaking off into work circles for group discussions, participation in service projects, and essay writing. The number of service projects in Phoenix for the Day of Service increases nearly 90% over last year.

Washington, DC-About 6,000 volunteers, including numerous federal employees, are expected to serve at the 42 project sites sponsored by Serve DC. Volunteers are invited to bring used clothing to opening ceremonies at the Howard University Business School; donations will be sorted by Howard students after the ceremony. Other projects include a cleanup of a homeless shelter sponsored by the DC Jewish Community Center; a cleanup of the Pope Branch Stream, a tributary of the Anacostia River, with AmeriCorps members serving with the Earth Conservation Corps; and a beautification project at Cardozo High School.

In addition to these cities, hundreds of communities across the country are planning service activities on Martin Luther King Day. Visit http://www.mlkday.gov for more information, including details of planned projects and how to sign up to volunteer.

The Day of Service is supported by numerous national organizations, including the American Red Cross, America's Promise, the Arizona Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism, Big Brothers Big Sisters, City Year, Do Something, First Book, Habitat for Humanity International, Hands On Network, HOPE worldwide, National Alliance of Faith and Justice, National Association of Service and Conservation Corps, Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network, Service for Peace, United Way of America, Volunteer Match, and Youth Service America. National corporate sponsors include Best Buy, Cargill, Clear Channel Communications, Comcast, and the UPS Foundation.


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Articles Sought for THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER

THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine is looking for social workers to contribute feature articles on ethics, field placement, and practice issues. Articles should be about 1,500-2,000 words in length and should be geared toward social work students and those new to the profession. Please submit articles or queries to Linda Grobman, editor/publisher, at linda.grobman@paonline.com


Health & Social Work Names New Editor-in-Chief
Plymouth State University professor tapped to guide health practice journal

Washington, DC & The NASW Press has announced that Stephen Gorin, PhD, MSW, is the new Editor-in-Chief of Health & Social Work. Dr. Gorin, who is a professor of social work at Plymouth State University, began his tenure on January 1 and will serve through December 2010.

Dr. Gorin has played a leadership role in social work and in health care policy, serving on President Clinton's Health Care Task Force and the Advisory Council of the Center for Mental Health Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He served as a delegate for the White House Conference on Aging and on Social Security. Dr. Gorin has been editor of the National Health Line column for the past eight years.

"Dr. Gorin will be an enormous asset to Health & Social Work as Editor-in-Chief," said Cheryl Bradley, publisher of the NASW Press. "Dr. Gorin has a distinct interest in national health care reform and resolving disparities in health care. These issues are extremely relevant to Health & Social Work."

Currently serving the NASW New Hampshire Chapter as Executive Director, Dr. Gorin is a past president of NASW New Hampshire and was the chapter's Social Worker of the Year in 1992.

For 20 years, Health & Social Work has published the latest advances in areas such as aging, clinical work, long-term care, oncology, substance abuse, depression, and maternal health. Articles also cover research, policy, specialized services, quality assurance, in-service training, and other topics that affect the delivery of health care services.




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Current articles now online include:

• Classroom Comes to Life in HIV/AIDS Field Placement
• Cultural Competence in a Field Placement as a Victim Witness Advocate
• Six- and Seven-Year-Old Children and Their Families
• Overhauling the Image of the Social Worker
• Tackling the Graduate Admissions Process With a Graduate Education Action Plan (G.E.A.P.)
• Playing Nice, and Other Lessons From the Field: The First 18 Months
• Handwriting vs. Keyboarding, Fountain Pens vs. PDAs

…and more!

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The Winter issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine is available! Print subscribers should receive it within the next couple of weeks. Highlights of this issue include:

• Student Role Model: Amal Elanouari
• Classroom Comes to Life in HIV/AIDS Field Placement
• Empowerment Through Group Process
• Cultural Competence in a Field Placement as a Victim Witness Advocate
• Overhauling the Image of the Social Worker
• Tackling the Graduate Admissions Process
• Playing Nice, and Other Lessons From the Field
…and more!

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