Issue #89, April 8, 2008


Dear Social Work Colleagues,

Welcome to Issue #88 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.

This month, on April 15, we celebrate World Social Work Day! This is a special day to "focus on social work's contributions to society and be part of an ongoing dialogue with all partners on how challenges linked to social conditions can [be] met by communities." The theme for the day is "Social Work-Making a World of Difference."

This month is also Child Abuse Prevention Month, Sjögren's Syndrome Awareness Month, Alcohol Awareness Month, National Autism Awareness Month, and STD Awareness Month, among others.

Don't miss the chat TONIGHT, April 8, at 9 p.m. EST, at http://www.socialworkchat.org . Tonight's chat will focus on "Building Your Practice." See http://www.socialworkchat.org/swChatForum/index.php?topic=163.0 for more info and links to articles that relate to this chat topic. Chats are co-sponsored by The New Social Worker and NASW.

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Los Angeles, CA

Non-profit, International children's medical program needs social worker to manage the international children while they are in California receiving treatment and support their American host families. MSW and work experience desired. Spanish required. To apply, e-mail resumes to info@mendingkids.org, fax (661) 298-8833 or phone (661) 298-8000.



Join an outpatient clinical practice in Chesterton, IN (near Lake Michigan in northwest Indiana.) Seeking LCSW for Monday/Wednesday position -- afternoon and evening. Available now preferably, but no later than June 30th.

We have an active referral base from physicians, schools, community outreach, and advertising. Our motto is "Support for your hopes and goals which are lost or forgotten due to stress, depression, anxiety, grief, troubled kids or teens, ADHD, relationship difficulties, or sexuality concerns. We can help."

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This position requires a Master's level clinician for outpatient private practice in Northwest Suburbs. This position needs to provide counseling services to adults, children, and their families. Design and implement treatment plans. Maintain timely and clinically appropriate service notes. State Licensure is required. Prefer 2 years experience. Competitive salary based on experience. Contact Dorothy@Kernsandassociates.com or fax (847) 381-9198.


Find 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.

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As of this morning, there are 127 jobs currently posted on this site.




April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. Here are some autism-related resources for social workers/other professionals and families.

Autism Society of America

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Autism Information Page

Autism Speaks

National Institute of Mental Health-41-page publication on autism

Autism Research Institute

KidsHealth Autism Page


You've Been Served: How to Handle the Stress of Subpoenas
By Brenda Gray, Esq.

The innocent-looking envelope you've received contains a letter that ominously commands you to "APPEAR UNDER PENALTY OF LAW." Congratulations. Like thousands of social workers and case manager/therapists, you've joined the ranks of the subpoenaed. So, best practice dictates that you file the paper away, wait for the court date, and dutifully take your case file to the courthouse prepared to walk into the courtroom to divulge numerous details about your client, right?

Wrong. By doing do, you may have just violated your client's state- and federally-mandated privacy rights, wasted hours of precious productivity time sitting in a courthouse hallway, and blemished your professional reputation. However, by arming yourself with knowledge of this process and what you can do to prepare for it, you can minimize these potential outcomes.

What is a subpoena?

Contrary to popular belief, an ordinary subpoena is not a court order from a judge. At the most, it is a document filed by an attorney that compels you to come to the courthouse at a particular time. The important thing to remember is that the subpoena does not give you permission to divulge any information about your client to the attorney or to the court. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and most states require that you obtain permission of the client before disclosing anything under these circumstances absent a court order signed by a judge. According to Sherri Morgan, Associate Counsel for the National Association of Social Workers, ignoring this fact is one of the biggest mistakes a social worker can make-a mistake that may result in substantial consequences. "Disclosing information based on a subpoena without client permission or a court order may be a basis for a licensing board complaint or an ethics complaint," she says.

Another mistake Morgan cautions workers against: ignoring the subpoena altogether. By doing so, you may be exposing yourself to contempt of court charges.

What should I do? Do I really have to go?

Let your client know that you've received a subpoena. Your client may be eager for you to testify, or may have been referred to you for treatment through a court-ordered case plan. If so, ask your client to sign a release for you to discuss the case with the attorney and the court. If he or she does not want you to disclose any information, contact your agency's in-house attorney or privacy officer. The attorney can file a motion with the court to get you out of the subpoena, called a "motion to quash." If you do not have someone at your agency who serves in this capacity, you can call the subpoenaing attorney to let them know that you don't have permission to talk about the case. Then, the burden is on that attorney to get permission from your client or a court order signed by a judge.

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American Humane Association Offers Practical Information to End Child Abuse
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Throughout National Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, the American Humane Association joins with thousands of other child welfare advocates to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect. American Humane believes in the strength of a community to help raise a child and offers these tips and guidelines for those who want to do their part to help make a positive impact on the life of a child:

• Be objective and supportive. Remember that most parents want to be good parents but may need additional help, encouragement, and guidance.
• Be an active listener. Do not blame, accuse, or make judgments about family members or their situations.
• Offer your support in any way in which you feel comfortable. Families in challenging situations can greatly benefit from social support, which could include anything from babysitting to carpooling to just offering to listen.
• Depending on the nature of your relationship with the child or family, your caring actions are just as important to strengthening families as they are to supporting child safety.
• Become an involved member of your community and inform yourself about the reporting laws in your state.
• If you are really worried, contact your local Department of Human Services or law enforcement and let them know your concerns. Sometimes, that is all it takes to help a family get the support or services they need.
• Don't let uneasiness about reporting suspected abuse or neglect interfere with your taking the proper steps for the well-being of a child. To overcome any reservations about becoming involved, consider that the consequences of not reporting your concerns to child welfare professionals could be seriously detrimental to a child's safety.
All states have laws that protect reporters of child abuse and neglect from legal liability as long as the reports are made in good faith.

Remember, kids are counting on us to do our part.

For more information about American Humane's Children's Division, visit http://www.americanhumane.org/children.

About American Humane

Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association is the only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Through a network of child and animal protection agencies and individuals, American Humane develops policies, legislation, curricula, and training programs to protect children and animals from abuse, neglect and exploitation.


Social Workers Can Assist With Preserving History
By Killeen M. Decker, SSD/DMA

Story telling is an ancient art that is crucial to carrying on the morals and values of any given culture. It is a tradition that has existed from the moment humanity began on this earth. From cavemen around camp fires to those out in the blog-a-sphere, information continues to be passed on from generation to generation. You don't have to be a famous person to have a story worth telling, for everyone's life story is valuable and extraordinary in its own way. Two unique ways that social workers can assist with the preserving of their clients' history are Story Corps Memory Initiative and Veteran's History Project.

Story Corps is a not-for-profit oral history project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another's lives through listening. It has several worthwhile programs, including the Memory Loss Initiative. The Memory Loss Initiative is a grant-funded project that records the memories of individuals with cognitive loss. The Memory Loss folks travel across country to serve people in long-term care by recording their life stories. Copies of the person's history are given to the person's family, added to the Library of Congress, and given to National Public Radio for broadcasting.

The Veterans History Project was created by the United States Congress in 2000. It is through this project those who served in the military from 1914 to the present have a unique opportunity to record their life history and have it preserved in the archives of the Library of Congress, as well as have a special Web site about them and their service.

Both the Story Corps Initiative and the Veterans History Project have additional programs that are open to the community at large. To check out Story Corps for yourself, you can log onto http://www.storycorps.net. To check out the Veterans History Project, you can log onto http://www.loc.gov.

Killeen M. Decker, SSD/DMA is employed at Sunbridge Care & Rehabilitation for Folkston.




World Social Work Day-April 15, 2008

Social workers around the world will join together to celebrate the second World Social Work Day on April 15, 2008. This annual event is held to focus on social work's contributions to society and be part of an ongoing dialogue with all partners on how challenges linked to social conditions can be met by communities.

The general theme for World Social Work Day is "Social Work -- Making a World of Difference," and is initiated by the International Federation of Social Workers, a global body for social workers in 84 countries around the globe.

The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) has since its original establishment in 1928 been the representative body of professional social workers globally. Today, IFSW represents social work associations in 84 countries with a total membership of more than 500 000 social workers. Special consultative status has been granted by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). In addition, IFSW is working with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and others.

See http://www.ifsw.org for more information.


500 Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide and Autism Speaks to Host Storytime Events Celebrating Autism Awareness Month

Five hundred Barnes & Noble stores across the country have partnered with Autism Speaks to host special story times in April as part of Autism Awareness Month. The Storytime events kicked off on Wednesday, April 2, with a special "Let's Be Friends: An Autism Awareness Storytime Event" at the Lincoln Triangle Barnes & Noble store in New York City.

On April 2, Barnes & Noble stores across the country hosted celebrity Storytimes in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas. Celebrities read books that encourage compassion and respect for individuals with autism and other disabilities. Some 500 Barnes & Noble stores will continue the reading program during Autism Awareness Month.

"Autism affects one in 150 children in this country and yet remains a mystery for far too many people," said Steve Riggio, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. "Our special Storytime events, in partnership with Autism Speaks, are a unique way in which we can help spread knowledge and promote understanding of this disorder, which affects so many children each year."

"We are extremely grateful for Barnes & Noble's participation in our effort to increase awareness about autism throughout the month of April," said Suzanne Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks. "These in-store events will do a great deal to foster a sense of tolerance and understanding, something families affected by autism desperately need as they face the many day-to-day challenges posed by this disorder."

Barnes & Noble's national program, in partnership with Autism Speaks, is designed to raise awareness about autism and foster understanding of the disorder through in-store readings, activities, and discussions. Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, and to funding research into the causes, prevention, and treatments for autism. All stores will feature books and information about autism.

For more information on the Storytime event and for a complete list of participating store locations, visit http://www.bn.com/autism


SocialWorkChat.org&New 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 being held on Sunday and Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. EST. Upcoming chats include:

TONIGHT! Tuesday, April 8: Building your Social Work practice with guest expert Sheila Peck
Sunday, April 13: What Social Work Students Really Want
Tuesday, April 15: International Social Work (in honor of World Social Work Day)

The site offers:

An active, participant-rich online community of social workers
Twice weekly moderated chats on assorted social work topics
Categorized, monitored bulletin boards
Weekly e-mail with chat topics and screened, related web links
Monthly newsletter
Colleagues to bounce ideas off of, literally at your fingertips
A unique and accessible way of getting ongoing professional education

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.


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The Spring 2008 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.15No.2(Spring2008)/

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 Spring 2008 issue now online include:

• Publisher's Thoughts & Table of Contents Spring 2008
• White Privilege and the Mental Health Profession
• You've Been Served: How to Handle the Stress of Subpoenas
• Should I? Shouldn't I? When Is It Okay to Say No During Field Practicum
• Creating YOUR Social Work Career: Clarify Your Purpose
• Beyond Standard Practice: Social Work and the Media
• Traveling Toward a Social Work Degree: 10 Road-Tested Trip-Tips
• Electronic Connection: First U.S. Social Work Distance Ed Course Catalog Announced
• Book Reviews: I'm Not Alone and Finding My Way
• Book Review: Infidel
• Book Review: Married With Special Needs Children
• Advertiser Index Spring 2008
• Write for The New Social Worker

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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 (with occasional special issues), in full text, online at: http://www.socialworker.com/jswve

We have published the Spring 2008 edition, and it is available online now.

Included in this edition are the following articles:

Special Issue on Academic Honesty

Editorial: Social Work's Role in Promoting Academic Honesty

Tackling Plagiarism: Linking Hi-Tech, Low-Tech & No Tech Methods for Detection

Lead Us into Temptation: The Big Business of Cyber-Cheating

The Fair Use Rule: When Copying Is Not Cheating

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Preventing Plagiarism: A Librarian - Social Work Educator Collab

Letters to the Editors Spring 2008

Book Reviews: The Plagiarism Handbook and Using Sources Effectively

Plagiarism & Fair Use Webography

Announcement: Term Paper Contest 2009

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

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