Issue #72, November 14, 2006


Dear Social Work Colleagues,

Welcome to Issue #72 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.

I would like to welcome the new subscribers who signed up for the E-News at the BPD conference in Los Angeles last month. It was great seeing you there! For those who may not know, BPD is the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, a great group of people dedicated to undergraduate social work education.

This month is National Hospice Month, National Adoption Month, American Diabetes Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Epilepsy Awareness Month, National Family Caregivers Month, National Runaway Prevention Month, and Prematurity Awareness Month. This is not a complete listing, but rather a sampling of the issues being recognized during the month of November.

There have now been close to 1,100 downloads of the Fall issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine. In case you haven't heard, you can now download the full 32-page magazine FREE from our Web site in PDF format. Go to http://www.socialworker.com/home/component/option,com_docman/task,doc_details/gid,1/Itemid,135/ to download the Fall issue right now. You will need the free Adobe Reader to read the magazine. (You can get this at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html if you don't already have it on your computer.)

Also, there is still time to share your experience and wisdom with others who may be interested in gerontological social work! Submit a chapter to the book Dara Bergel Bourassa and I are working on. You may be familiar with my earlier books, DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS and MORE DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS. This new edition will focus on days in the lives of gerontological social workers. Please see the call for submissions in this issue of the E-News, under the "News" heading.

The Social Work E-News now has more than 22,200 subscribers, and thousands of social workers (and people interested in social work) visit our Web sites. If you like our Web sites and the Social Work E-News, tell a friend or colleague!

Until next time,
Linda Grobman, ACSW, LSW


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I would like to add that October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. [Also], breast cancer is not just occurring with women; men are also getting it.

Thank you.
Kathy R. Clark, MSW
Social Work Certificate Minor Coordinator
Department of Social Work
Metropolitan State College of Denver

Editor's Response: Ms. Clark is correct. We did not mention National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in our partial list of monthly observances last month. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (http://www.ncadv.org/) is an excellent resource for information on this important topic. Also, on the issue of breast cancer in men, see the American Cancer Society's detailed guide at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_1X_What_is_male_breast_cancer_28.asp





Social services worker Boni Frederick was murdered last month in Kentucky in the line of duty, while supervising a parental visit (see http://www.courierpress.com/news/2006/oct/18/she-had-a-big-heart-slain-social-services-aide/ ). Ms. Frederick's death is a terrible tragedy and is of concern to all social workers and social service workers. We have published Barbara Trainin Blank's article on social worker safety, from the Summer 2005 issue of The New Social Worker, on our Web site.

Below is an excerpt from Blank's article on social worker safety.

By Barbara Trainin Blank

In August 2004, Teri Zenner, a case manager with the Johnson County (Kansas) Mental Health Center, was a newlywed who was getting her MSW degree. Then she was stabbed to death while visiting the home of a client. The 17-year-old client, diagnosed with a mental illness, has been charged with the murder.

The previous January, Greg Gaul, a licensed private clinical social worker in Johnson, Iowa, was apparently killed by a troubled 16-year-old client. The young man previously had killed his house sitter and later committed suicide during a police chase.

Are these isolated events? Unfortunately not. But such incidents lend renewed emphasis to client violence and the need for social workers (and the agencies they work for) to protect themselves.

"It's an open secret, really; social work is a dangerous profession," declared the newsletter of the North Carolina Division of Social Services and the Family and Children's Resource Program."

Just how dangerous? A survey by NASW's Committee for the Study and Prevention of Violence Against Social Workers, with the support of the Massachusetts Chapter (see http://www.naswma.org/about/default.asp?
topicID=99), revealed that 51.3% of the sample reported feeling unsafe in their jobs. Nearly one-third have experienced some form of violence, including verbal abuse, at least once in the office. Nearly 15% reported at least one episode in the field.

According to OSHA, only one more setting is more dangerous, and that's working at night in a retail store, notes John Weaver, a social worker with the Northampton County in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Nor is client violence a "new issue," says Christina Newhill, an associate professor of social work at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Client Violence in Social Work Practice (Guilford Press). "I can say that client violence has been like the elephant in the room no one is talking about. We were just managing it. But now, we're talking about it more-because of deaths (occurring) close together."

Probably few social work students or new practitioners realize when they enter the field that they may be a target for assault. Yet threats of violence and actual violence occur more frequently than even experienced social workers care to admit, according to several studies.

A National Survey of Violence in the Practice of Social Work, Srinika Jayaratne, et al., reported in Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services (October-December 2004), for example, indicates that verbal abuse is quite common, whereas threats of assault and actual assault are less common-but still problematic. For example, verbal abuse is pervasive across all settings-22.8% of agency workers reported being physically threatened.
Being young and male places a worker at higher risk, and public and nonprofit agency practitioners report many more incidents than workers in private practice. Within institutional settings-where much of the available data have been gathered-73% of psychiatrists in a 1999 study reported threats violence.

OSHA announced in 1996 that "more assaults occur in the health care and social services industries than in any other," but social work is not separated out. According to a 1998 study (Guy & Brady), usually the violence is not premeditated, and the weapon is frequently an object found in the immediate surroundings.

Newhill found in a 1995 survey of MSW students that client violence is one of the top three practice concerns in their field placements. A large study of mental health workers in Georgia (2003) showed 61% had been victimized either psychologically or physically, and 29% had feared for their lives during their professional careers.

There are a number of reasons client violence seems to be on the rise. One is the "sea change," as one executive of a social work agency put it, from seeing clients in the office to seeing them in the community. Other factors are the availability of guns and a population adept at using them; the rise in violence in general, including in schools and other work places; and deinstitutionalization.

Read the rest of this article at: http://www.socialworker.com/home/component/magazine/Safety-First-Paying-Heed-to-and-Preventing-Professional-Risks/


CWLA Calls for Federal Law to Make All Members of Congress Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect

October 3, 2006, Washington, DC -- The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is calling on members of Congress to enact legislation requiring that they be mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. The new law would follow the laws of all fifty states and the District of Columbia, which require key professionals and those responsible for the care and safety of children to report instances of child abuse and neglect.

Shay Bilchik, CWLA President and CEO, said, "We are greatly surprised by the recent revelations surrounding a congressman's apparent sexually explicit exchanges with under age youth. We are equally upset over the apparent inaction to fully address this conduct when knowledge of it first became known. Fifty states and the District of Columbia have mandatory reporting laws that require various professions such as physicians, nurses, schoolteachers, child care providers and law enforcement officers to report instances of abuse when they become aware of it. Since the Congress does not fall under the jurisdiction of any state government, it is appropriate that a new federal law now be applied to all members of Congress."

All fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have mandatory reporting laws on the books. According to recent information from the Children's Bureau at HHS, these laws vary, but typically include social workers, school personnel, health care workers, mental health professionals, child care providers, medical examiners/coroners, and law enforcement officers. Some states such as Florida include judges under their mandatory reporting laws. In twenty-five states, members of the clergy are now included. The state of Oregon requires members of its legislative assembly to be mandatory reporters.

Mandatory reporters are required to make a report when they suspect or know of abuse or neglect. In addition to specific professions, some states expand their coverage to include any professional who has responsibility for the care or treatment of a minor. The CWLA believes that this standard should be applied to members of Congress who assume the role of trusted caretaker for minor children who serve as pages, the same as any health professional or teacher.

"We think it is essential for Congress to act and to send a clear message that the abuse of children, whether it is through the internet or any other means, is not acceptable and that members of congress give this issue the same level of attention state governments have," commented Bilchik.


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Kids run away from home. Even more contemplate running. And more than half of the youth calls handled by the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) deal with a youth who is already on the street as a runaway, throwaway, or homeless youth.

November is National Runaway Prevention Month, and NRS and the National Network for Youth (NNY) are embarking on the fifth annual national public education campaign to raise awareness of youth runaway issues, and to educate Americans about solutions that help prevent youth from running away.

"Both organizations are working closely with local school-based and social service agencies across the nation, encouraging each group to implement activities throughout November," said Maureen Blaha, NRS executive director. "They are part of the solution in our effort to prevent America's youth from running from home."

An information and "how to" kit have been made available on the NRS website for youth, parents, and organizations to download and implement locally. The web site can be found at http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

Spirit of Youth Kicks Off National Runaway Prevention Month

National Runaway Prevention Month officially kicked off with NRS' annual benefit, Spirit of Youth: A 35th Anniversary Celebration, Friday, November 3, in Chicago. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the annual "Spirit of Youth" award. This year, a star-studded cast received the award for its work on the Lifetime Original Movie, Augusta, Gone, the true story & based on the best-selling book & about a mother struggling to save her daughter from drugs, self-destruction, and continuously running from home. The family was reunited after the daughter called NRS.

Also recognized with a 2006 "Spirit of Youth" award was the Family and Youth Services Bureau of the United States Department of Health & Human Services.

About NRS

The National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for homeless and runaway youth. Recognized as the oldest hotline of its kind in the world, NRS, with the support of more than 150 volunteers, has handled more than 3 million calls in its 35-year history and handles an average of 100,000 calls annually. Over 10,000 youth have been reunited with their families through NRS' Home Free program offered in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The NRS crisis hotline is 1-800-RUNAWAY. For more information, visit http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org.

About NNY

The National Network for Youth, founded in 1975, is a membership organization comprised of youth-serving agencies, young people, youth workers, and youth advocates who seek to ensure that all young people can be safe and lead healthy and productive lives. The National Network focuses its work with and for youth, especially those who, because of life circumstance, disadvantage, past abuse, or prejudice, need greater opportunities and supports to become contributing members of their communities. For more information visit http://www.nn4youth.org.



"Answer the Call" is this year's National Adoption Month theme, urging Americans to adopt children waiting in foster care. AdoptUsKids and the Adoption Exchange Association are promoting a campaign for foster parent recruitment and retention, supported by Ad Council public service announcements (PSAs), including new PSAs on adoption of teens. "You don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent. There are thousands of teens in foster care who would love to put up with you," the campaign states.

Visit the National Adoption Month web site at http://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam to find recruitment resources for professionals and information for parents and teachers.

View the AdoptUsKids' national photo listing of children and youth waiting for homes: http://www.adoptuskids.org


By Linda May Grobman, ACSW, LSW

I've always known the power of a good song, for as long as I can remember. I "grew up" listening to Carole King and James Taylor and others in the '70s singer-songwriter genre.

In college, I had a roommate, Lisa Miller, a music therapy major who I believe was one of the greatest songwriters I have ever come across. I lost touch with her when she moved to Colorado after college, but I hope she is still somewhere writing songs. (If you know where she is, let me know!) Her songs had such deep meaning and could easily bring tears to my eyes.

Some singer-songwriters get to be well known, while others are yet to be discovered.

I've been thinking about a few lately that I think are especially worth mentioning, not only because I like their music, but because I think that what they are doing has relevance to social work. A song can elicit emotions, convey an opinion about a social issue, or get a person to open up and tell a story of his or her own.

A couple of weekends ago, I saw and heard Vance Gilbert in concert at a local bookstore. This was my second Vance Gilbert concert. I was mesmerized and didn't want the concert to end. Vance Gilbert is an extremely talented, and FUNNY, folk singer/songwriter who defies stereotypes. His songs speak to issues of interracial relationships ("Oh, Eliza Jane, it was you and I, holding hands, black and white, and looking like a Unitarian Christmas card"), loss ("Now that there's no you, everything is new, like this unfamiliar moon"), war, friendship, infidelity, and other issues of the day. His humor is infectious, and he hangs out with the audience during intermission. I picked up a copy of his CD, "Unfamiliar Moon," after the concert as a gift to myself, and I'll probably be giving his music to a few people for holiday gifts. If I were practicing social work in a mental health setting, I could use several songs from this CD to elicit discussions with clients. If you can see him live, it's a special treat, and you might see something there that you could use in your social work practice, too.

Another very talented singer songwriter is Anne Hills, who is a social worker, as well. I first heard Anne when I was sitting in a room at a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) conference. It was part of CSWE's annual "Arts Festival," and a bunch of social workers were sitting in a circle around the room, each singing or suggesting a song to sing that might relate to social work in some way. When it came Anne's turn, she (an MSW student at Marywood University, at the time) began to sing a song, and I was in awe. Her voice is both pure and powerful, and she sings songs (both her own and those of other songwriters) with social relevance, too-such as "Manuel Garcia," a song about a man coping with cancer, on her "Woman of a Calm Heart" recording. We later featured her in THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER as a student role model. Anne has recorded many CDs since 1982 and also tours often, so you may be able to catch her in concert on the folk music circuit.

Maybe there are other singers and/or songwriters whose music you like, or that you use in your work as a social worker. Let me know about them.

I have added Anne's and Vance's music to our Web site's shop. See:

For more information on these two performers:
Vance Gilbert: http://www.vancegilbert.com
Anne Hills: http://www.annehills.com





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Submit cover letter and resume to HR, FSRI, Inc., P.O. Box 6688, Providence, RI 02940-6688; e-mail: hr@familyserviceri.org; fax: (401) 277-3366.



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Days in the Lives of Gerontological Social Workers

Deadline for Submissions: December 1, 2006

Linda May Grobman and Dara Bergel Bourassa are planning a new gerontology edition in the DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS book series. The editors are seeking social workers in a wide variety of roles within the gerontology field. Please pass this call for submissions along to colleagues, alumni, and others who may have a unique story to contribute to this exciting new collection.

Background: The book DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS, now in its third edition, is a collection of narratives focusing on "typical" days in the lives of social workers. This book serves as a career resource for social workers, students, and those considering entering the profession, and is used as a textbook for Introduction to Social Work and other courses. Each chapter is written by a professional social worker with a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree in social work. Chapters are written in first person, describing a day in the writer's life as a social worker.

The gerontology edition: The editors are seeking submissions for a new book, tentatively titled DAYS IN THE LIVES OF GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIAL WORKERS, which will follow the same first-person narrative format, featuring professional social workers whose work is with or on behalf of older adults. If you work in or have experience in direct or indirect gerontological social work practice and are interested in submitting a chapter about your work, please e-mail linda.grobman@paonline.com for the guidelines.

The submission deadline is December 1, 2006.

We want to hear from you! For further information, contact: Linda Grobman: linda.grobman@paonline.com or Dara Bergel Bourassa: dpberg@ship.edu




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Current articles now online include:

• Ethics: Culturally Competent Social Work Practice With Latino Clients
• Field Placement: Team Supervision-Is It For You?
• Special Report: Racism-The Challenge for Social Workers
• My Civil Rights Journey
• Career Talk: Keeping Track of It All…Building Your Social Work Portfolio
• Electronic Connection: Nothing New Under the Sun?

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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, in full text, online at http://www.socialworker.com/jswve

The Fall 2006 edition is available online now. Articles in this issue include:

A Co-operative Inquiry into Structural Social Work Students' Ethical Decision-Making in Field Education

Managed Care and the Care of the Soul

Applying NASW Standards to End-of-Life Care for a Culturally Diverse Aging Population

Teaching Ethics Through Self-Reflective Journaling

A Part Versus Apart: The Relationship Between Social Workers' Political Ideology and Their Professional Affiliation

Sexual Harassment or Consensual Sexual Relations? Implications for Social Work Education

Book Review: Ethical Standards in Social Work: A Review of the NASW Code of Ethics (2nd Edition)

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The Fall issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine is available now! Print subscribers should have received this issue by now. Highlights of this issue include:

• Student Role Model: Darnell Morris-Compton
• Ethics: Culturally Competent Social Work Practice With Latino Clients
• Field Placement: Team Supervision-Is It For You?
• Special Report: Racism-The Challenge for Social Workers
• My Civil Rights Journey
• The Inherent Value of Social Work
• Learning From Living: My Mexico Experience
• Career Talk: Keeping Track of It All…Building Your Social Work Portfolio
• Electronic Connection: Nothing New Under the Sun?
• Honoring the Legacy: Building a Professional Identity in Clinical Social Work With Families
…and more!

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