Issue #136  March 13, 2012
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Dear Social Work Colleagues,  
Hello! Welcome to Issue #135 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.
HAPPY SOCIAL WORK MONTH! March is National Social Work Month (in the U.S.), and I would like to personally thank and recognize professional social workers around the world during our special month.  During this month, I have been posting daily “thank you” messages to social workers on Facebook.  I have seen a lot of other Social Work Month activity on various social media sites.  In addition, there have been many news articles about social workers this month. I hope this helps to raise awareness about the important work social workers do.  What have you been doing to celebrate this special month?
Also this month (later this week), I will be attending the BPD conference in Portland, OR. If you will be there, please stop by my booth in the exhibit hall.  I would love to talk about any ideas you have for THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER and show you our publications!
March also marks the observance of National Women’s History Month, Save Your Vision Month, National Nutrition Month, Red Cross Month, National Kidney Month, Music in Our Schools Month, and more.
Coming in April: Alcohol Awareness Month, Autism Awareness Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Donate Life Month, and others.
And…here’s something fun! My book, Days in the Lives of Social Workers, was recently featured in a clue on the TV show, Jeopardy! This occurred on February 27, 2012, just in time to highlight the social work profession just prior to the beginning of Social Work Month. Read about it here:
The Winter 2012 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER is available NOW!  Highlights of the Winter issue include duty to warn and protect, delivering unwelcome news, sexualization of young girls, surrender in substance abuse treatment of veterans, social work and reproductive justice/sexual health, Facebook and suicide prevention, New Year’s resolutions, letter to the editor about the Jerry Sandusky case, poetry, book reviews, and more!
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How My Field Placement Showed Me Why I Wanted to Be a Social Worker
by Katie Ullman
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an article from the current (Winter 2012) issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the full article at:
People often ask, “Why social work?” It is almost inevitable that a social work student will be asked to answer this question multiple times during his or her social work education. Of course, many people will answer with something along the lines of “wanting to help people.” Personally, I have always hated this question. I knew I wanted a career in social work, but I could never find the words to fully explain why. Becoming a social worker was something that just seemed right, an unexplainable feeling that this is what I am supposed to do. Having a feeling is great (especially in this field), but I needed a more definite answer. I needed a universal answer I could tell to salesclerks, my 80-year-old grandfather, and potential employers. So how do you capture your passion for social work in words? I struggled with this question for a long time, and it wasn’t until the end of my field placement that I finally understood what social work actually means to me.

My first official field placement was at Families Moving Forward, a supportive program to assist families experiencing homelessness. This field placement was everything I could have hoped for: an amazing field instructor, friendly staff, meaningful work, support, independence, and my very own caseload. The abundance of knowledge I obtained during my placement was something for which I will forever be grateful.

As my hours were coming to an end, I began to invest less of myself at my internship. As many social work students understand, I was juggling far too many things to finish school. Papers, tests, work, field placement, family, friends were taking a toll on me. I was on a race to the finish line, counting hours until I could breathe again. It was in the midst of this chaos that I finally began to answer the infamous question, “Why social work?”

My last case started out seeming ordinary. Little did I know Mary would have such an influence on me. Mary was a hardworking single mother who came to Families Moving Forward seeking shelter. She was a delight to be around and was a breath of fresh air to the emergency shelter program. Mary had an associate’s degree and was considered highly employable. I would often find her diligently working on the computer to find housing programs and applying to new jobs.

In one of our case management meetings, Mary shared with me the devastating news—she had been diagnosed with cancer and needed to be treated with chemotherapy and radiation immediately. My heart broke for this woman; being homeless is one thing, but having to go through a serious illness while being in a shelter seemed like cruel and unusual punishment. As social workers know, when it rains it pours. A series of unfortunate events followed as Mary began treatment. As her case manager, I felt completely powerless. What could a social work student such as myself have to offer someone facing cancer in a homeless shelter?
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Articles from the Winter 2012 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER include:
Infusing Social Work and Reproductive Justice To Advocate for Women’s Sexual Health, by Nicole Clark
Facebook and Suicide Prevention, by Linda May Grobman
Duty To Warn, Duty To Protect, by Steven Granich
How My Field Placement Showed Me Why I Wanted To Be a Social Worker, by Katie Ullman
I Am Not Sure How To Tell You This: Delivering Unwelcome News, by Misty Wall
3 Components of Turning Passion Into a Successful Social Work Career, by Sonya Hunte
Sexualization on Young Girls in Entertainment, by Heather Dawley-McClendon
When to Surrender: A New Definition for Veterans in Substance Abuse Treatment, by Heidi Peck
A Social Worker’s Resolutions, by Kryss Shane
…and more!
Social Work Month
National Association of Social Workers—
International Federation of Social Workers—
Red Cross Month
American Red Cross—
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Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month—Library of Congress--
National Women’s History Project--
National Kidney Month
March in National Women’s History Month

Women's Education - Women's Empowerment is the theme for National Women's History Month 2012.
Although women now outnumber men in American colleges nationwide, this reversal of the gender gap is a very recent phenomenon. The fight to learn was a valiant struggle waged by many tenacious women — across years and across cultures. After the American Revolution, the notion of education as a safeguard for democracy created opportunities for girls to gain a basic education. However, that education was based largely on the premise that, as mothers, they would nurture the minds and bodies of the (male) citizens and leaders. This idea that educating women meant educating mothers endured in America for many years at all levels of education.
The equal opportunity to learn, which today is taken for granted, owes much to Title IX of the Education Codes of the Higher Education Act Amendments. Passed in 1972 and enacted in 1977, this legislation prohibited gender discrimination by federally funded institutions. Its enactment has served as the primary tool for women's fuller participation in all aspects of education from scholarships, to facilities, to classes formerly closed to women. It has also transformed the educational landscape of the United States within the span of a generation.
Each year National Women's History Month employs a unifying theme and recognizes national honorees whose work and lives testify to that theme. This year we are proud to honor six women who help illustrate how ethnicity, region, culture, and race relate to Women's Education - Women's Empowerment.

The 2012 Honorees are:

·         Emma Hart Willard, Women Higher Education Pioneer
·         Charlotte Forten Grimke, Freedman Bureau Educator
·         Annie Sullivan, Disability Education Architect
·         Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick, Feminist Educational Reformer
·         Okolo Rashid, Community Development Activist and Historical Preservation Advocate
·         Brenda Flyswithhawks, American Indian Advocate and Educator
The stories of women's achievements are integral to the fabric of our history. Learning about women's tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength. Knowing women's stories provides essential role models for everyone. And role models are genuinely needed to face the extraordinary changes and unrelenting challenges of the 21st century. National Women's History Month, designated by Joint Resolutions of the House and Senate and Proclamations by six American Presidents, is an opportunity to learn about and honor women's achievements today and throughout history.
For more information and resources to commemorate multicultural women's history and to celebrate Women's Education - Women's Empowerment, visit, WWW.NWHP.ORG or 
News & Resources
I am seeking articles for upcoming issues of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine. I am especially interested in articles in the following categories:
  • social work ethics
  • field placement
  • practice specialties
  • news of innovative social work practice
  • technology
  • what every new social worker needs to know about…
  • other topics of interest to social work students, new graduates, and seasoned professionals
Our style is conversational and educational, and articles typically run 1,500-2,000 for feature articles (considerably shorter for news items). 
I also welcome submissions of poetry, photographs, illustrations, artwork, and other creative work depicting social work and related topics.
Please contact Linda Grobman, editor/publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER, at:
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The AGING WELL program of BHETA is a County of San Diego Mental Health contracted program of the Academy for Professional Excellence, a project of SDSU School of Social Work
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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS—4th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Management of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity
The 4th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Management of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity, to be held in October 2012 in Halifax, NS, provides a forum for authors to present their work in an interactive setting. Posters are ideal for presenting
scientifically based investigations, clinical case studies, and demonstrations of community projects. Posters are intended to provide attendees with a forum to connect with each other and to engage in discussions about their work.
For Trainees Only
Up to four abstracts submitted by trainees will be chosen to be presented as oral presentations. Please indicate on your abstract submission whether or not you are a trainee (i.e., undergraduate student, health professional intern, graduate student, research fellow) and your presentation preference: Poster Presentation Only or Poster or Oral Presentation.
Guidelines for Submission
  • Outline how your work is related to the conference objectives
  • Abstract summary (400 words or less) must be submitted online at or by e-mail to in Word Document format (.doc)
  • Submission Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2012 (to be considered for an oral presentation if you are a trainee).
For poster abstracts, the deadline has been extended to Friday, May 18, 2012.
See the full call for abstracts, including abstract formatting guidelines, at:
Social Work-Related News Headlines
Here are several recent news stories that may be of interest to social workers:
1)    Social Workers Give Voice to the Voiceless. This letter to the editor at discusses National Social Work Month and how social workers help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges.

2)    Dead Serious: MSU Offers New Course on “Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse.” Michigan State University School of Social Work is offering a new online course called "Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse — Catastrophes and Human Behavior" this summer. According to Glenn Stutzky, the instructor and creator of the course, "We are using the idea of a zombie apocalypse to attract attention to the important research and science on the topic of Catastrophes and Human Behavior.”
3)    NYC Social Workers Want Protection on the Job.  Workers in NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services are seeking a state law that would make it a felony to assault them while they are on the job.
4)    Best Jobs 2012: Social Worker.  Social work has been named one of the best jobs for 2012.
On Our Web Site
The Winter 2012 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER is available now!  It is available to download in PDF format at:
THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER’s Web site at includes the full text of many articles from past issues of the magazine. The current issue is featured on the site’s main page. Past issues can be found under “Magazine Issues” in the 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.
Individual articles from the Winter 2012 issue now online include:
Infusing Social Work and Reproductive Justice To Advocate for Women’s Sexual Health, by Nicole Clark
Facebook and Suicide Prevention, by Linda May Grobman
Duty To Warn, Duty To Protect, by Steven Granich
How My Field Placement Showed Me Why I Wanted To Be a Social Worker, by Katie Ullman
I Am Not Sure How To Tell You This: Delivering Unwelcome News, by Misty Wall
3 Components of Turning Passion Into a Successful Social Work Career, by Sonya Hunte
Sexualization on Young Girls in Entertainment, by Heather Dawley-McClendon
When to Surrender: A New Definition for Veterans in Substance Abuse Treatment, by Heidi Peck
A Social Worker’s Resolutions, by Kryss Shane
…and more!
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In Print
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: 58 Professionals Tell Real-Life Stories From Social Work Practice (4th 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 FIELD PLACEMENT SURVIVAL GUIDE: What You Need to Know to Get the Most From Your Social Work Practicum, 2nd Edition, 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 (6th Edition), by Gary M. Grobman.
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