Issue #99, February 10, 2009



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Dear Social Work Colleagues,


Welcome to Issue #99 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.


February marks the observance of American Heart Month and National Cancer Prevention Month, among others.  February 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, and February 14 is National Donor Day.  National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 22-28.


The Winter issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER is available on 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.16No.1(Winter2009)/


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 Winter 2009 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER, we introduced our new student columnist, T.J., who writes the “An MSW Student’s Life” column.  See her first column at: http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Professional_Development_%26_Advancement/An_MSW_Student%27s_Life%3A_Winter_2009/


You can read THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER’s new blog at: http://blog.socialworker.com – T.J. and I are both posting on the blog.  Please be sure to leave your comments.  You can also subscribe to receive new blog posts by e-mail or in a feed reader.


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Creating YOUR Social Work Career, Phase 4: Cultivating Your Purpose

by Lyndal Greenslade, BA, BSocWk, MAASW, and Amanda Vos, BSocWk, MAASW (Acc)


Discuss this article at SocialWorkChat.org this Sunday night, February 15, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time!


Welcome back to the final column dedicated to exploring what’s on your social work horizon. Our previous three columns invited you to clarify your unique purpose, understand the purpose of social work, and to use the insights you gained to begin to create your purpose. We hope that in reading through the articles and in trying out some of the exercises, you have increased your confidence in relation to how you go about seeking out the career you want. Our message should be really clear by now—you are in charge!

The final phase, and the topic of this column, explores how to cultivate your purpose and includes tips on how to ensure that you remain connected to WHY you are a social worker. Keeping yourself grounded in this knowledge will provide you with a way to continue to be motivated and inspired and assist you to grow a career that resonates deeply with who you are. You’ll be challenged to feed your passions, nurture your interests, and develop ongoing strategies to fulfill your potential. Let’s get started!

Let’s imagine that all that reflecting and clarifying, seeking and connecting has paid off, and you have found yourself work that fits well with who you are and what you want to achieve. Well done! We knew you could do it. What now? Is that it? Will you live happily ever after sheltered in the warm glow of a job that meets your needs? Well...we don’t mean to bring you down, but chances are if you breathe a sigh of relief and think your career is now sorted...think again! Like anything in life, things change. We change. When we change, our career needs change. This is a good thing! If our purpose is to choose work that resonates with who we are, we will need to regularly review and reflect, to ensure that our careers grow alongside us. Just like spring cleaning, New Year’s resolutions, or end of year reviews, our careers need a regular injection of reflecting and re-setting our goals, to keep them fresh and challenging. Whether it’s a monthly, twice yearly, or annual review, ask yourself the following questions:


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Book Review Excerpt


Three Little Words: A Memoir, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, Atheneum, 2008, 320 pages, $17.99 hardcover, $9.99 paperback.


Reviewed by Michele Estile, LMSW

Ashley Rhodes-Courter dedicated her memoir about her journey from foster care into adoption to the “more than half million American children who are still waiting for safe, permanent homes.” She describes the fear and bewilderment of being taken from her young mother at less than four years of age, followed by the constant parade of caseworkers and “so-called mothers” that led up to her wary entry into an adoptive home at age twelve.

In the nine years between, Ashley experienced frustration and confusion about being taken, chaos in overcrowded foster homes, even neglect and abuse in one particular family. At the Mosses’ home, discipline was often harsh or unusual, including children being forced to drink hot sauce. There she and other foster children experienced hunger, shame, and unsanitary living conditions.

Many of the nineteen foster parents Ashley encountered were not abusive, however. While in stable foster homes, she still felt the constant ache for her mother. Ms. Rhodes-Courter does an excellent job of reporting her experiences in a raw child’s voice, complete with the complexity often missed by the adults around her. Ashley’s dogged attempts to wait for her mother were slowly eroded by missed visits and other disappointments.

Three Little Words points out several other complicated relationships. Ashley veered between feeling protectiveness and love for her younger brother and the fear and anger that he might be keeping her from her mother. Ashley’s dependence on both her caseworkers and foster parents made her vulnerable when any of them were oblivious to her pain. The last chapters of the book poignantly express her tentative steps into an adoptive family, complete with power struggles and hesitations.

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by ML Dellafiora



Editor’s Note: Last week, Congress passed the DTV Delay Act, which extends the deadline for TV stations to complete the transition to digital to June 12.  However, TV stations are not required to wait until June 12, and some may complete the transition earlier, as previously scheduled. The legislation is expected to be signed by President Obama. The digital conversion will free up parts of the broadcast spectrum for public safety communications such as police, fire departments, and rescue squads, in addition to allowing viewers access to more channels.


Just because I’m still stuck in the seventies, only bought my first CD player a year ago, and think there is no other music than The Voice, a.k.a. Vern Gosdin, is no reason to punish thousands of innocents. This digital conversion melee has got me bugged.


As both a conscientious woman of the new millennium and graduate student of social work, I can’t stand silently by; action is my call name, and  “convert” I am not. Not willingly. You see, it started when I made my first phone call for those forty-dollar coupons issued by the government. The NTIA, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, is in charge of the TV converter box coupon distribution program as we go from analog signal to that of digital. Analog has been the Head Monky-monk on the block for the last fifty years. The switch is supposed to free up hundreds of additional channels that will come on the market in the future, offering us rabbit-eared folks an intimacy with our remotes that we have never known.


“Wait’ll you see how clear your picture will be,” my techno-addicted friend, Jaysen, assures. Not enough to bait my enthusiasm, I assure him. I happen to like my hand-me-down Zenith that gives me a backache whenever I mop the kitchen. I’ve grown accustomed to the sturdiness of that pedestal to which it is drilled (and chained?). And no, I did not question the previous owner about the set’s earliest beginnings, though the word “motel” may have been mentioned a time or two.


The coupon gods informed me that I was not entitled to any coupons, as my home was listed as a commercial business. Huh? Four e-mails later I got someone to listen and access a premier real estate Web site where the resolution is so clear, you can see the burrs on my goathead thorns in the backyard. Two coupons coming up. The next problem surfaced ninety days later. Where were the coupons? Another e-mail assured me they had been mailed to my house. House? No, house, no! I said I had a post office box! They were to go there! The waif in me came out: Could I please have some more, sir? Would you re-send? A big fat “no” came through the line. Then another and another, even from management where I explained the problem. Too bad, so sad. They stopped answering my mail.


I was befuddled and flabbergasted, all on the same day. What do the elderly do? The shut-ins? The disabled? What if they have not even half the technology skills I do, or any access to technology at all? What if they have trouble hearing the instructions through the phone? The implications are many. At least I was fifty years young with a little fight still in me. Besides, I have four TVs! There was no way I was spending $240 on converter boxes. Get up and fight! Vern would.


I stopped the mailman on the street a few days later. The coupons, he explained, if mailed to houses with expired forwarding directives, are automatically destroyed as bulk mail. There was no way I was getting my chubby little fists on even one coupon; all my friends were using theirs, too. I tried to have out-of-region friends call and say they were my new renters. They smiled sympathetically.


I have learned many things from this forced “conversion.” Perhaps those on both sides of the fifteenth century Crusades could have said the same. I learned that you cannot trust those snappy-sweet ads that tell you how easy it is to plug this wire into that, and then, bingo, you’re ready for the big day. I learned that one of our local channels was speeding up its conversion by one full week, on the very day President Obama announced a possible delay date to help older, lower socioeconomic, indisposed, and less digitally-astute Americans. My home state of New Mexico is one of the least compatible with only thirty percent preparedness. According to the 2006 U.S. Census, it is ranked fourth in the nation in poverty. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization whose primary mission is to foster human service reforms and community supports, ranks New Mexico as 48th in the U.S. for children’s poverty. We’re not a state that can casually cast out the old and outdated. I also learned that well-publicized investigative “action” folks don’t always answer their mail; none wrote back.


Personally, I think it was the second-by-second countdown board that flashed on the screen one night that literally scared me and had me rushing off to a department store the next morning. I was not going to be left behind. I even attempted to install the converter as soon as I got home. After all, I only had to plug this into that, right? Ah, but the scads of tape on the outside of the box! I pried and peeled, and even scissored my way, and still ended up having to cut through the box itself with a box cutter. What do the elderly do? I groaned. I thought of the seniors with whom I had spent my second year internship at the Senior Connection Program; none of them could have cut through that packing, not even with King Arthur’s sword. What if one had no thumbs? No hand? Self-determination was null and voided.


I finally…plugged this-into-that, but not one of those commercials had mentioned the button pushing and scanning I would have to configure next. I even took out a yellow highlighter and marked where it said in the directions that a green light meant the box was “off,” and a red one meant “on.” Where was that loud weeping and gnashing of teeth coming from?


“Jaysen, could you come over and hook up this thing?” I was desperate; I threw in some bacon and eggs. Happily, not even ten minutes in the door, my forward-thinking genius friend had the green light on. The picture was stunning; I could appreciate the difference. Still, the torturous journey to a more comprehensive shot of Oprah’s pearly whites cannot be diminished, but I was at least one of those able in the end, to secure a box and an installer, but without Jaysen, the Today Show would have had to go on without me.


“Jay, think we could go next door to Mr. Potter’s?”


Bill Potter was the neighbor who two Christmases earlier had lent me his snow shovel when there were none to be had in all of Albuquerque. They had sold out after three days of constant deluge. Bill had become even dearer to me because I had a flat fifty-six-year-old roof. No shovel could have easily meant collapse of my roof.


“What’s up?” Jaysen looked at me quizzically as he munched on a bacon strip.


“Bill’s eighty years old. He’s got a heart of gold and funny little ears that look like a rabbit’s.”


A smile came across my friend’s face.


“Sure thing,” he said.


*Note: “December 2008 coupon requests totaled 7.2 million…By January 4, 2009 the Program’s current funding ceiling was reached, resulting in a waiting list for new coupon requests that will be filled as funds from expiring coupons become available. Based on current 60% redemption levels, as many as another six million coupons could be distributed as unused coupons expire over the next three months.” – from TV Converter Box Coupon Program Bulletin, January 2009 (http://www.ntiadtv.gov/download/newsletter.cfm)

** Complaints about the NTIA’s handling of coupon distribution and possible replacement of lost coupons can be logged at 1-888-CALL-FCC.


ML Dellafiora teaches Service Learning and Writing for high school students, while pursuing her MSW, and fighting the forces of darkness where she finds them. She is currently at work on a guide for Native teens. Ya’ah t’eeh!



1)     2006 US Census Bureau figures, www.usccb.org

2)     August 2007 Annie E. Casey Foundation figures, www.aecf.org


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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been identified as the "signature injury" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 


TBI is known to cause deficits in memory, attention, and decision-making, and often occurs in conjunction with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse.


An estimated 150,000 U.S. veterans have been diagnosed with TBI, based on statistics gathered by the Veterans Administration's (VA) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative, known as QUERI.


While the numbers are relatively easy to assemble, the long-term cognitive and affective consequences of TBI and the effect on veterans' quality of life are not well understood, according to the VA, and evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and treatment are limited.   To be prepared to meet the needs of these veterans over time, the VA's Health Services Research & Development Unit is funding a $1.4 million, four-year prospective cohort study of Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans, headed by University at Buffalo researchers at the Buffalo VA Medical Center.  The results will be used nationwide.


VA medical centers in Albany, Syracuse, Bath, and Canandaigua/Rochester also will participate in the study.  Kerry T. Donnelly, Ph.D., UB adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, is principal investigator.


The Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology is in the UB Graduate School of Education, while the Department of Psychiatry is part of the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. 


"This project began here at the Buffalo VA in June 2008," said Donnelly.  "While the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have worked well in concert to address the needs of service members with major injuries, such as limb loss or severe TBI, veterans who might have more subtle cognitive and psychological problems are less likely to be identified in the field or upon returning home.


"Symptoms associated with mild TBI often can be overlooked in deference to more obviously visible injuries," she continued. "Nonetheless, war-related TBI is a serious and potentially costly health concern within the VA, and the interplay of TBI and cognitive and affective symptoms in Iraq War veterans over time has not been adequately explored.


"Further, symptoms similar to those associated with TBI may develop from combat experience alone. We're interested in studying returning veterans both with and without TBI, looking at a broader trauma complex.


"Our goal is to provide evidence-based understanding of cognitive and affective correlates of TBI and combat exposure in these veterans, the relationship of symptoms to the use of health care and quality of life, and the evolution of the phenomena over time," Donnelly said.


The study will construct clinical profiles of 500 veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Profiles will cover cognitive functioning, psychological symptoms, substance use, TBI status, and combat and demographic characteristics, and will examine health care use among those with different diagnoses, quality of life, and community participation.


Veterans will be studied at four time points, six months apart. The investigators also are conducting the first large-scale examination of the reliability and validity of the VA TBI screening tool, a brief survey used nationwide to identify veterans who might have sustained TBI in battle.


James Donnelly, Ph.D., UB clinical associate professor of counseling, school and educational psychology, is coinvestigator on the study.





BPD Summer 2009 Policy Fellow Application


BSW students who are currently enrolled or who have completed a policy course(s) are invited to apply for the Summer 2009 Policy Fellow Award sponsored by the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) in collaboration with the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR).  2009 BSW graduates may apply.


This BSW Policy Fellow experience will provide the opportunity for an undergraduate social work student to spend the summer of 2009 in Washington D.C. to gain experience in the areas of political advocacy, lobbying, and participating in policy change efforts at the national level.


The selected Fellow is expected to spend 10 weeks in Washington D.C. under the supervision of the Executive Director of IASWR. The Fellow will have office space at IASWR in downtown Washington D.C.


The stipend amount awarded is $5,000, which can be used any way the Fellow deems necessary to assist in covering expenses.  The Fellow is responsible for arranging his/her own housing.


Students applying should have an interest in addressing social work issues through policy-change at the national level and have an understanding of the policy changing process.  The student must be willing to perform administrative, organizing, writing, and research activities.  Basic computer skills are expected, including the ability to do Internet research.


The applicant must submit a resume, a current transcript (unofficial copy), two letters of reference (only one from a social work faculty member), which specifically address the applicant’s ability to work as an advocate on social work relevant policy issues.


In addition, the applicant must submit a personal statement of approximately 1,000 words that addresses the following questions:


a)     Based on your area of interest and knowledge of the policy making process, how would you envision using your social work policy knowledge to contribute to policy change?  (child welfare, mental health, health care, and so forth)

b)     What are some of your professional goals that would complement this policy fellow experience?

c)      What experiences have you had that prepared you for this opportunity?


The recipient of the Fellow Award must also commit to attend the March 2010 BPD conference in Atlanta, GA to present his/her Washington experience.  (BPD will pay for air travel and one night’s lodging for the student selected.) The recipient will also be required to write an article on the experience for publication.


Deadline for receipt of the application material is February 20, 2009.  Applications will be reviewed by the BPD Advocacy and Outreach Committee members who serve as the Selection Committee.  Finalists will be interviewed by telephone.  Please send two (2) copies of the personal statement, resume, letters of reference, and transcript to:


Dr. Susan Kosché Vallem, Chair

BPD Policy Fellow Selection Committee

Department of Social Work

Wartburg College

Box 1003

Waverly, IA  50677-0903


The Chair of the Selection Committee will e-mail or call each applicant within seven days after receiving the application to confirm that the application was received.  If the applicant has not received a receipt confirmation within seven days, please notify Dr. Vallem by e-mailing her at susan.vallem@wartburg.edu, or calling her at 319-352-8250.


The winner of the 2009 Summer Policy Fellow Award will be announced by March 31, 2009.











www.parentsrpeople.com has exciting opportunities for social workers/therapists. 
1.      Create a profile and promote your practice for free.
2.      Program Manager wanted for fundraising events with nonprofits and charities.
3.      Social worker with excellent writing skills to manage and write content for this new website.
Both jobs are contract and can be done from home.  Contact: stacy@parentsrpeople.com


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We have a full-time opportunity for an Illinois-licensed Social Worker available within our organization, a leading provider of medical services in the Belleville, Illinois metro area. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of experience in adult, adolescent, and/or family counseling. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefit package. For consideration, please e-mail your résumé and salary requirements to: Human Resources at hrrecruit2@yahoo.com


Equal Opportunity Employer.



Find more jobs for new grads and experienced social work practitioners at http://www.socialworkjobbank.com, THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER’s online job board and career center.  We are proud of the fact that this site was chosen as one of 350 (out of 40,000+ employment sites) to be included (for the third consecutive time) in Weddle’s Recruiter’s and Job Seeker’s Guide to Employment Web Sites 2007/2008.  Post your confidential resume at http://jobs.socialworkjobbank.com/c/resumes/resumes.cfm?site_id=122


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. 


As of this morning, there are 1,078 jobs currently posted on SocialWorkJobBank.com.  Check it out today.








New Training Manual on Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) announces the availability of Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment Training Manual. This new curriculum based on Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 45 is for use by clinical supervisors for training staff members about detoxification services for individuals with substance use disorders. The manual includes information on the physiology of withdrawal, pharmacological management of withdrawal, patient placement, and incorporating detoxification services into comprehensive systems of care. It includes step-by-step instructions for providing in-service training.

Download or order your free copy today!

The manual is available for download at http://www.kap.samhsa.gov

To order your free copy of Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment Training Manual, contact SAMHSA’s Health Information Network (SHIN) online at http://www.samhsa.gov/shin or by phone at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727) (English and Español). Ask for publication order number (SMA) 08-4331.






Nominations for the 2009 Purpose Prize® are now open.  In its fourth year, The Prize provides ten awards of up to $100,000 to social entrepreneurs, 60 years and older, who are creating new ways to solve our most pressing social issues—from health care to the environment, poverty to education.

Nominations, including self-nominations, are due March 5, 2009 and can be submitted at www.encore.org/prize







The Do Something Award® (formerly the BR!CK Award) identifies exceptional young social entrepreneurs, activists, and community leaders who have significantly changed the world for the better.

For 2009, five winners will be selected. Each will receive a minimum of $10,000. One of those five will be selected to win the Grand Prize total of $100,000. Applicants must be age 25 and under and citizens or residents of the U.S. or Canada.

For information on last year's winners, more information, or to apply, go to www.dosomething.org. The application is due March 1, 2009.

Questions: E-mail DSAWARDS@dosomething.org








Want to know what social workers are thinking?  The creator of SocialWorkBlogs.info has found a way to keep us informed of the many blogs written by social workers and/or about social work.  Go to http://www.socialworkblogs.info to check it out.  New or newly-found social work blogs are added regularly.




Domestic Violence Resources for Professionals

Child Welfare Information Gateway has a newly enhanced domestic violence web section. It provides updated and expanded information on the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence, as well as information on how social service providers can work together to improve services for children, youth, and families affected by domestic violence.

Visit the domestic violence web section at: www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/service_array/domviolence





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. Eastern Time.  Upcoming chats include:


Tuesday, February 10, Psychological Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis  (TONIGHT)

Sunday, February 15, Your Social Work Career, Part III

Sunday, February 22, Adults With Learning Disabilities


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


We have some great offers to start out the new 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 a Buy One Get One Free February Special for 30-day job postings.  Also, get a discount on your job postings with our February Savings Coupon.  Employers, just use coupon code FEB09 when you check out, and you will receive 10% off the cost of your job posting order!  This coupon expires 2/28/09.




15% Discount Now Available on THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER® Continuing Education Program


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


We have partnered with CEU4U (http://www.ceu4u.com/tnsw) to provide online testing, so you can receive continuing education credit for reading your favorite magazine. Take THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER courses or ANY courses at http://www.ceu4u.com/tnsw and automatically receive a 15% discount.


Continuing education credit is available for the Winter 2006-Fall 2008 issues of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER (2 hours/credit per issue).


All of these issues can be downloaded free of charge in PDF format at: http://www.socialworker.com/home/component/remository/Download/TheNewSocialWorkerMagazine/




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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 Winter 2009 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.16No.1(Winter2009)/


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 Winter 2009 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


The Winter 2008-2009 edition, a special issue on disabilities, 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 NONPROFIT HANDBOOK: Everything You Need to Know to Start and Run Your Nonprofit Organization (5th Edition), by Gary Grobman.



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