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  Issue #116, July 13, 2010
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Dear Social Work Colleagues,
Hello! Welcome to Issue #116 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 National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, National Make a Difference to Children Month, Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, National Black Family Month, and UV Safety Month, among others.
Coming in August: Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month, Happiness Happens Month, National Minority Donor Awareness Day (August 1), and more.
The Summer issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER is now available. The summer issue is filled with exciting articles on such topics as new social worker anxiety, social workers as whistle blowers, dialysis social work, the importance of closure, creating your own field placement, the social work licensing exams, and more!
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Be the Difference - Outstanding Children's Social Work Opportunities in London, England
Social Worker, Senior Practitioner, & Management Roles
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Chicago Interviews 11th - 15th August 2010 - Start date in UK January 2011
Bromley is the largest borough in London. As a place to live and work, it has much to offer – excellent leisure and shopping facilities, easy access to beautiful countryside, yet only 20 minutes from Central London by train.
We are looking for BSW/MSW qualified social care professionals with minimum 18 months post qualification experience of working with vulnerable children and their families:
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A strong feature of Bromley is its diversity and mix of communities. These embrace affluent communities, and those in social exclusion.  
If you are looking for a new challenge for 2011, then working in Bromley would be the ideal place for you to expand your horizons, experience new cultures, and develop your practice.
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Children and Families Social Workers    
The Synergy Group is currently recruiting permanent Children and Families Social Workers for frontline child protection teams within Hertfordshire County Council, near London, England. For more information, please visit our website at or e-mail your current résumé to for the attention of Ngaire Wallace.            
Army Reserve Social Worker  
You can gain the unique experience needed to enhance your career when you become a social worker and officer on the U.S. Army Reserve Health Care Team. By working in your community and serving when needed, you’ll provide a wide range of services to our Soldiers and their families that are designed to improve their lives.    
Benefits include:
  • Paid continuing education and training
  • Non-contributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service
  • Low-cost life and dental insurance
  • Travel opportunities, including humanitarian missions
  • Commissary and post exchange shopping privileges
  • Flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k)
  • Privileges that come with being an officer in the U.S. Army  
  • Training to become a leader in your field  
Requirements include:
  • Master’s degree in social work from an accredited program acceptable to the Surgeon General
  • Professional unrestricted license
  • Between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver)  
  • Permanent U.S. residency  
Numerous positions are available worldwide.
Social Worker U.S. Army Medical Department  
As a social worker and officer in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, you’ll play an important role in ensuring the well-being of our Soldiers and their families. In addition to providing direct services, your responsibilities could include teaching, training, supervision, research administration, and policy development.    
Benefits include:
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  • 30 days of paid vacation earned annually
  • Non-contributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service
  • No-cost or low-cost medical and dental care for you and your family
  • Commissary and post exchange shopping privileges
  • Flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k)
  • Privileges that come with being an officer in the U.S. Army
  • Training to become a leader in your field  
Requirements include:
  • Master’s degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Current, unrestricted license for practice
  • Between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver)
  • U.S. citizenship   
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Article Excerpt:  Social Workers as Whistle Blowers
by Allan Edward Barsky, MSW, JD, Ph.D.
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from an article from the Summer 2010 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the full article at:
Rod Blagojevich, Mary McArty, Joseph Eggelletion, Bernie Madoff, Tiger Woods, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, Father Thomas Naughton, Geralyn Graham...these are but a few names associated with recent scandals in government, banking, education, sports, international terrorism, the church, and social services. 
Whether it is a politician accepting bribes or misappropriating public funds, a financial advisor defrauding investors, a golfer who has extramarital affairs, an airline passenger with explosives in his underwear, a trusted clergyperson molesting children, or a child welfare worker charged with murder, we often wonder: how could this happen? Didn’t someone know, and how much suffering and anguish could we have avoided if those who knew what was going on had confronted the person or told appropriate authorities sooner?

On the other hand, how does society view people who snitch; tattle; or turn on friends, family members, co-workers, or others in trusting relationships? Children learn at a young age not to be tattle-tales. Adults—even social workers—retain these lessons and understand the social stigma that goes along with being seen as a snitch. They may also have difficulty differentiating what is idle gossip, what is betraying a trust, and what is taking morally positive action to correct a wrongdoing and to protect others from being harmed.

As advocates for social justice and the welfare of clients, social workers should be among the forefront of whistle blowers (Greene & Latting, 2004; Mansbach & Bachner, 2008). So, what types of guidance does the NASW Code of Ethics (2008) provide for social workers with regard to whistle blowing? Actually, the Code does not specifically mention whistle blowing. The Code does identify “respect for the inherent dignity and worth of the person” as a core principle for social work. The Code also says that social workers should respect a client’s right to privacy (Standard 1.07[a]). But is whistle blowing tantamount to showing disrespect and violating a client’s right to privacy? Standard 1.07 gives social workers some guidance about when to report (blow the whistle) when they suspect child abuse or neglect, or when a client is at risk of committing suicide or homicide. However, the Code does not give much guidance on whether, when, and how to blow the whistle in other circumstances—particularly circumstances in which social workers become aware of illegal or unethical practices by government officials, business people, clergy, or other non-clients.
Read the rest of this article at:
Additional articles from the Summer 2010 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER include:
…and more!
An Open Letter to the Children of California
by Sakura Lackey
Dear Children,
I hope that, someday, you will read this and accept my apology. I hope you can find it in your heart to understand. I have not hurt you, and I shall never hurt you, but I cannot help you anymore.
Soon, desks of social workers will be cleaned out and the empty cubicles will be used to house old, faulty office equipment. Voicemails will be erased and business cards destroyed. I will return my badge and return to a life where I am not mandated to think about or care for your safety any longer. But I still will. Every day. Every night. Every breath.
There is not enough money for so many workers to make home visits. I will not be able show up to your school so that I can talk to you in your safe place. No longer can I talk to your parents about the choices they are making to reunify with you. I cannot pick you up to visit your family as they work their problems out so you can go home, and I cannot drug test your parents anymore to make sure they are following through with promises.
The social workers that are remaining will be over worked, over stretched,  and have to carry the load of the social workers that are gone. So they might not have time to take you for a cookie after your parents forget to show up for a visit, or for that milkshake when they forget your birthday.
Your teachers will watch over you. They can call the child abuse hotline, but they will have to wait for an available social worker. Sometimes, they will have to leave a message. Between larger classes, lesson plans, recess, and meetings, hopefully someone can reach them. By then, I hope your bruises haven’t disappeared and you still have food in your refrigerator. Or electricity. Or someone to protect you when you’re scared.
During summer vacation, I hope your doctors aren’t too busy to notice. Especially when your baby sister has a spiral fracture of her left femur because she “tripped” while learning to walk. Or because that picture frame fell on your head “again” and you have another black eye. Or two. I won’t be there to see through your anxious cover-ups, and I won’t be able to wipe off the make-up that your mom used to cover the bruise she gave you when she got drunk last night. I hope your best friend’s mom catches it when you’re swimming.
But I really hope you can forgive me for not being there. The police will come to your house if you call. I hope law enforcement realizes that the children are the most vulnerable victims of domestic violence, and I hope they feel the glare your father gives you while they are questioning you. If you run away, I hope they don’t just assume you’re out of control. I know you are hurting. I hope you don’t pay for your parents’ anger and mistakes.
I hope that, someday, you will read this and accept my apology. I am sorry for my generation’s likelihood to favor the preservation of the Delta Smelt and deteriorating roadways over your welfare. For my generation’s intolerance of gay marriage over child abuse. For how negligent we have been with the money that should have been used for you. I cannot help you anymore, and for that, I am eternally sorry.
Sincerely yours,
Your Social Worker
Sakura Lackey is a doctoral student in forensic psychology.  Sakura worked for the child welfare system in California in many capacities, until California budget cuts forced mass layoffs. These layoffs resulted in larger caseloads for the remaining social workers and fewer funds set aside for the children in the child welfare system.
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Nearly 44 million Americans experience mental disorders each year. And the illness doesn’t discriminate — it can affect anyone at anytime, regardless of ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, or income. July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
“National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate the public about serious mental illness in culturally diverse communities,” said Pat Hanberry, CEO of the Mental Health Association of Frederick County, Maryland. “Mental illness is real and it is every bit as important as physical illness.”
Cultural differences and lack of information about mental health result in greater levels of stigma associated with mental illness. This causes many people to avoid accessing and adhering to treatment. Minorities also may encounter multiple barriers to treatment, including language and cultural barriers, a fragmented mental health system, no health insurance, and a shortage of bilingual mental health providers. While all groups experience mental disorders, minorities are over represented in populations at high risk for experiencing mental illness, including people who are exposed to violence, homelessness, in prison or jail, foster care, or the child welfare system. Unfortunately these and other conditions lead to significant disparities in access and quality of care for minorities dealing with mental illness.
“One out of every four Americans has a diagnosable mental health problem, and all of us are touched by these illnesses in one way or another,” said Ms. Hanberry. “We may have an illness, have a loved one with an illness, or know someone who is ill. Untreated or under-treated mental disorders cause significant, unnecessary suffering for individuals, their families and the entire community. It can even bring about negative economic implications, since it can result in a loss of productivity and increased workplace absenteeism.”
An important message during National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is that recovery is possible. “While mental illness can disrupt your life, there are resources, treatments, and supports that can help you live a healthy, full, and meaningful life,” said Ms. Hanberry.
For additional information about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, visit
In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Bebe Moore Campbell was an African American author and advocate whose books, for both children and adults, raised awareness about mental health and the health care system for diverse communities.
For more information, see:
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TONIGHT’S CHAT: Supervision vs. Consultation--July 13, 9 p.m. Eastern Time
July 18--Investigating Child Abuse
July 20--Bibliotherapy
July 25--Public Speaking for Social Workers
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New Jersey Offers Free Webinar about Postpartum Depression in the Cultural Context
Participants Can Earn One CME Credit
Healthcare providers who provide care to patients of childbearing age and/or pregnant patients can learn more about postpartum depression and earn one Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit by participating in a free Webinar entitled “Postpartum Depression in the Cultural Context: Provider and Patient Perspectives.” 
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services is offering this Webinar to educate pediatricians, obstetricians-gynecologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and social workers on how to assess, screen, diagnose, treat, and refer patients with postpartum depression. 
The Webinar can be accessed online at
Additional resources include an informational Web site,, which provides resources and written and video testimonials of women who suffered with PPD, along with stories from partners and other family members.  In addition, the 24/7 toll-free telephone helpline – 1-800-328-3838 – helps with general questions and information about treatment services, support groups, and referrals to counseling. 
Four years ago, New Jersey enacted the first law in the U.S. requiring all hospitals and birthing centers to screen new mothers for PPD.  New Jersey remains the only state in the nation to mandate this type of screening. 
HHS Launches New Consumer Focused Health Care Web Site,
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently unveiled an innovative new on-line tool that will help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage.  Called for by the Affordable Care Act, is the first Web site to provide consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a single, easy-to-use tool. helps consumers take control of their health care and make the choices that are right for them, by putting the power of information at their fingertips,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  “For too long, the insurance market has been confusing and hard to navigate. makes it easy for consumers and small businesses to compare health insurance plans in both the public and the private sector and find other important health care information.” is the first central database of health coverage options, combining information about public programs, from Medicare to the new Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan, with information from more than 1,000 private insurance plans.  Consumers can receive information about options specific to their life situations and local communities.
In addition, the Web site will be a one-stop shop for information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, as well as other health care resources.  The Web site will connect consumers to quality rankings for local health care providers as well as preventive services.
As the health care market transforms, so will  In October 2010, price estimates for health insurance plans will be available online. In the weeks and months ahead, new information on preventing disease and illness and improving the quality of health care for all Americans will also be posted. 
WGBH Interview With Sapphire
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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: 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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