Issue #128, July 12, 2011
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Dear Social Work Colleagues,
Hello! Welcome to Issue #128 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.
July marks the observance of Bereaved Parents Awareness Month, National Child-Centered Divorce Month, Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, and Alzheimer’s Awareness Week (July 6-12), among others.
Coming in August: Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7), and more.
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Must I Un-Friend Facebook?
By Lisa Kays, MSW
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:
Is it necessary to prevent therapists from using Facebook any more than it would be to tell them that they can’t go out to dinner for fear of running into a client? What, exactly, is the difference?
As a 30-something MSW student, I find that Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter have become some of my primary methods of communication with former and current colleagues, family, and friends.
I am, therefore, affected by this issue in a different way from people of previous generations who didn’t have such early exposure to the Internet or don’t communicate as much via social media. Likewise, my experience differs from that of the MSW student who will enroll in 10 years, having never known a past that wasn’t logged online.
The Internet gained popularity when I was in my early 20s. I joined Facebook in 2007 at the suggestion of my employer, to help promote the organization’s work.
Despite this later start, there is a lot about me online, as is true for many of us, because once the Internet evolved, it became standard practice to post various types of information, from professional bios to wedding announcements. A Google search will reveal that I served in the Peace Corps, teach improv, and do communications consulting. You could find that I’ve written an article about an Abba cover band. And, now, that I wrote this one.

These are not things I would likely share with a client in a therapy session.

And yet, most people my age or younger will be unable to escape such exposure to some degree by the time they enroll in an MSW program. Begging the question, is the “blank slate” therapist even possible in the Internet age?

Logging in to the Dilemma

In my first field placement, I didn’t have to consider any of this. I didn’t use my last name with clients because of the nature of the setting, and they were unlikely to have access to the Internet. However, in my current placement, I’m forging longer-term relationships with clients, all of whom have Internet access and are likely to use social media.

My question related to this issue centers primarily on dual relationships or harm to clients through therapist self-disclosure.

Although informal discussions of this have occurred among professionals (Scarton, 2010), little empirical research exists, but more is forthcoming, such as a recent study of online contact between therapists and clients (Kolmes, 2011).

The Ethical Web

In reviewing the NASW Code of Ethics, I found that some of the most relevant ethical dimensions of this discussion focus on the following issues.

Do no harm.

This principle asserts that when faced with dilemmas, social workers should endeavor always to choose the option that decreases or prevents harm (Dolgoff, Loewenberg, & Harrington, 2009). This value asks that we explore what level of harm exists for clients when therapists use social media and under what conditions they should be used or not used.

Although there is limited research on this, literature on self-disclosure and the alliance provides insight.

First, it is well established that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most complex and important aspects of psychotherapy (Glassgold, 2007). This is not an issue to be treated lightly.

Clients may prefer to think of their therapists as existing only in the therapy space. Potential harm may occur, then, when the client feels impinged upon by finding a therapist’s personal information online (Scarton, 2010). In one case, a patient experiencing erotic transference saw pictures online of his therapist in a bathing suit and was unable to continue treatment (Scarton, 2010).
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By Linda May Grobman, ACSW, LSW, Publisher/Editor, THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER
THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER Book Club is back! The new book selection for our book club is Jaycee Dugard's new book, A STOLEN LIFE: A MEMOIR. In this book, Dugard chronicles her experience of being kidnapped at age 11 and being held by her captors for 18 years before being found and returned home to her family. I anticipate that this book contains several social work-related themes to be discussed by our book group.
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Bereaved Parents Awareness Month
July is Bereaved Parents Awareness Month. Social workers in all settings work at times with clients who are grieving the loss of someone close to them. Any loss can be devastating, and the loss of one's own child—at any age—is especially heart-breaking. Here are some resources that help bereaved parents.
Compassionate Friends—
Bereaved Parents USA—
Missing Grace Foundation—
Infants Remembered in Silence (IRIS)--
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While House Holds Hearing on Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Last week, the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths (NCECAD), which includes the National Association of Social Workers as a member, released the new report The Growing Crisis in Child Protection – a compilation of national media headlines drawing attention to the growing number of child abuse and neglect deaths happening every day in our society. With nearly seven children dying in America every day from abuse or neglect, the report shows how media coverage has drawn a connection between these deaths and severe state budget cuts.

Described by NCECAD as “simple, but stark,” the report is part of the Coalition’s campaign to stop child abuse and neglect deaths. The Coalition is sending this report to Congress and the President asking them to provide financial relief for state child protection systems and to convene a national commission to address this urgent situation for children.

According to NCECAD Coordinator Kimberly Day, MSW, “The release of this new report is another step in the Coalition's ongoing efforts to bring public attention to the issue of child abuse and neglect related deaths. The time has come for our country’s leaders to make systemic changes that will result in a safer world for our children.”

The release of the document coincides with a Congressional hearing on child abuse deaths being held today, Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Called by Representative Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the hearing will highlight the forthcoming Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on child abuse deaths.

The hearing was announced earlier this year at a NCECAD sponsored Congressional briefing on the subject, during which NCECAD celebrity spokesperson Tamara Tunie (Law and Order: SVU) presented Chairman Camp with a petition asking Congress to hold hearings on the matter. Ms. Tunie, who not only plays a medical examiner on television but has a strong personal interest in combating child abuse deaths, is expected to testify at the hearing.

For more information about this report, the hearing, and to learn how you can help with the campaign to end child abuse and neglect fatalities, visit
News & Resources
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Anger Management
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Social work professor Karen Slovak comments on reasons bystanders shy away from reporting bullying.
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