Issue #78, May 9, 2007


Dear Social Work Colleagues,

Welcome to Issue #78 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.

May is Mental Health Month, Older Americans Month, and National Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Month. It is also Better Sleep Month, Hepatitis Awareness Month, and National High Blood Pressure Education Month, among others. This is not a complete list, and I will focus on only a few of these in articles in this month's E-News.

Reminder-the Spring 2007 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine is available now. You can read articles from this issue on our Web site at http://www.socialworker.com, and download the full issue in PDF format FREE at http://www.socialworker.com/home/component/remository/Download/TheNewSocialWorkerMagazine/TheNewSocialWorkerVol.14No.2(Spring2007)/ . (NOTE: This is a new address, as we have changed to a new download system.)

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And now for another CE announcement… low-cost continuing education credits are now available for reading selected articles in the JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK VALUES & ETHICS. Go to http://www.socialworker.com/jswve to read this free online journal and to receive credits through CE-Credit (go to http://www.socialworker.com/cecredit.html for complete listing of their courses). There are currently two CE articles available for the Journal, both in the Spring 2007 edition.

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By Sheila Peck, LCSW-R

A few years ago, I wrote an article for The New Social Worker on when to start private practice. Later on, I realized that I had left out something important, something that I had hardly considered. Let my experience with Charlene tell you what I mean.

I teach classes on "How to Start Your Practice, How to Build Your Practice," at several schools of social work in New York. "Charlene," a member of one group, blew into the first meeting with breathless enthusiasm. The air conditioning currents in the October too-warm room atmosphere feathered her long blonde hair around her face as she said, "I just got my LCSW, and I'm ready to begin!"

Her behavior underlined her excitement. As the class progressed, I saw how eager she was to learn. Her pen scratched busily over her pad as we talked about various aspects of starting private practice, and she eagerly participated in our discussions.

At the start of the first session of each class, I usually begin by inquiring, "Who has clicked?" This is a shorthand way of asking, "Have you really committed to the hard work and necessary expenditure of time and money to create or build a private practice?" And I ask the question again at the beginning of each of our meetings. Every time I asked the "click" question, Charlene was one of the first to raise her hand.

In December, when the group finished, Charlene rushed up to me, shook my hand, and said, "I want to thank you. You gave me some important information and really clarified my thinking."

Inside, I was pleased as my ego secretly gave itself a hug at another job well done. Then Charlene explained what she meant. "I've decided that I'm NOT ready for private practice now-that I'm happy with the way things are. I have a job and two private clients, and I also want to have a life. If I put all that time into expanding my practice, I couldn't have lunch with my friends or go to the gym or have time to just lie around and loll."

I must have looked surprised. "But I never would have discovered that without this class," Charlene informed me in her breathless way. "I would have gone into building my practice ineffectively without knowing what I had to do-all the tasks, the time, the expenditures, that were necessary. And I wouldn't have done it right."

This article is an excerpt from the Spring 2007 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. For free access to the complete article, go to: http://www.socialworker.com/home/Feature_Articles/Professional_Development_%26_Advancement/Private_Practice%3A_When_It%92s_Not_Right_For_You/


African American Families and Mental Health: What You Need to Know
NAMI Releases Family Guide to Mental Health

Arlington, VA & The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has released A Family Guide to Mental Health: What You Need to Know, oriented especially to African-American families affected by medical illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. The 15-page booklet outlines symptoms and treatment options for each illness, along with NAMI education and support programs, and other information resources. It is intended for use by churches, community-based organizations, health and mental health centers, and schools.

NAMI's signature programs include its Family-to-Family Education program, which offers a free 12-week course to family caregivers for individuals living with a mental illness, as well as Peer-to-Peer education for people moving toward recovery.

NAMI seeks to educate in personal terms. The booklet offers testimony from three families about their experiences with mental illness.

• LaTonya's husband, who has bipolar disorder, no longer seems like the man she married 10 years ago. "There were times when I just didn't know who he was. He would get angry over nothing and everything would get on his nerves."
• Tommy had to ask his boss for a few days off from work in order to help his mother with his sister. She has artistic talent, but also symptoms of schizophrenia. "Mom tells me she hears Tammy talking with someone in her room…when there is nobody in there but her."
• Serita's father always had experienced "the blues" from time to time, but no one expected suicide.He was a deacon in his church, but stopped going to social events. He wrote a letter to an estranged sister. He sold his prized fishing boat. "Four days ago, for no apparent reason, he began cleaning out his closet-throwing away a lot of his old clothes and bagging other stuff for Goodwill."

Single copies of the booklet can be requested at 1-800-950-6264 (NAMI). It also can be downloaded, or multiple copies ordered at a bulk rate of 50 copies for $27.00, at http://www.nami.org/mac/familyguide.


May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Growing Proportion of Teens Say Parents Most Influence Their Decisions About Sex

Washington, DC - Teens say that parents most influence their decisions about sex. However, parents of teens underestimate the influence they have in this area, according to a new nationally representative survey released by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. In fact, the proportion of teens who say their parents most influence their decisions about sex has increased since the last National Campaign survey in 2004.

Results from the survey of more than 1,000 adults and 1,000 teens are contained in the report, With One Voice 2007. Other survey results include:


• Although 47% of teens say parents most influence their decisions about sex, only 34% of parents of teens believe parents are most influential.
• Only 18% of teens-compared to 41% of parents of teens-say friends most influence teens' decisions about sex.
• The proportion of teens who say parents most influence their decisions about sex increased from 37% in 2004 to 47% in this survey.
• The proportion of teens who say they have had a helpful conversation with their parents about delaying sex and avoiding teen pregnancy increased from 63% in 2004 to 71% in this survey.

Abstinence and Contraception

• Most adults (93%) and teens (90%) believe that providing young people with a strong abstinence message is important.
• A majority of adults (73%) and teens (56%) also continue to believe that young people need more information about abstinence and contraception rather than either/or.

Gender Differences

• Most teens (62%) and adults (75%) believe that teen boys often receive the message that they are "expected to have sex."
• Teens (59%) and adults (74%) also believe that teen girls often receive the message that "attracting boys and looking sexy is one of the most important things they can do."

The survey canvassed 1,037 young people age 12-19 and 1,162 adults 20 years and older and provides nationally representative estimates of each age group. The telephone surveys took place between September and October 2006 and were conducted by International Communications Research (www.icrsurvey.com), an independent research company.

Founded in 1996, the National Campaign is a private, nonprofit organization with the goal of reducing the teen pregnancy rate by one-third between 2006 and 2015.

See also:

Why It Matters (relating teen pregnancy to other critical social issues): http://www.teenpregnancy.org/wim/default.asp
What Is Your Relationship Reality (geared toward teens): http://www.teenpregnancy.org/teen/relationships/default.asp
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: http://www.teenpregnancy.org/default.asp

Older Americans Month is in May
AoA Announces 2007 Choices for Independence Program Champions

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging Josefina G. Carbonell recently announced the 2007 Choices for Independence Program Champions. The 2007 Program Champions highlight programs and initiatives in States, tribes, and communities that demonstrate the principles of the Administration on Aging's (AoA) strategy to rebalance and modernize health and long-term care for older persons and those with disabilities.

The 2007 Program Champions will be featured on the AoA Web site (http://www.aoa.gov) each business day during Older Americans Month. Older Americans Month is celebrated each May to recognize older persons for the important contributions they have made and continue to make to the success and prosperity of the United States. The theme for Older Americans Month 2007 is "Older Americans: Making Choices for a Healthier Future." The goal of this theme is to encourage Americans to think differently about health and long-term care, and to work together to modernize current systems in order to adequately plan for and address the needs of current and future generations.

The AoA rebalancing strategy represents a new direction in the future of home and community-based long-term care in the United States. Its key principles, which promote choice, control, and independence for older persons and those with disabilities, were included in the recent reauthorization of the Older Americans Act signed into law by President Bush in October 2006.

"We know there are many innovative programs and activities underway throughout the national aging services network, as well as in the public and private sector, that are providing seniors with options on where and how they will live as they age," said Assistant Secretary Carbonell. "We want to make sure that these important strategies are shared throughout the country and replicated, if possible."

The 2007 Program Champions highlighted demonstrate streamlined access to information and services, evidence-based prevention and wellness projects, and consumer-directed service programs that help seniors avoid unnecessary placement in nursing home facilities. The 2007 Champions can be found at the Administration on Aging Web site at http://www.aoa.gov.


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The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) has an opening for a Director of Supportive Services. Manage services and case management staff in low income housing. Responsible for the overall quality of services delivered to LIHI residents for the goal of promoting self-sufficiency and stability in housing. Master's in Social Work required + 5 years experience. See full job listing at http://www.lihi.org


CHILD PROTECTION SOCIAL WORKERS URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR ENGLAND. How would you like to live and work in England? Surrey County Council, in South East England, will be visiting San Francisco to interview Social Workers who wish to relocate to England for a minimum of 2 years. The positions are within Children's Services and will require you to have either a Master's or a Bachelor's of Social Work and experience in working with children as either a case manager or CPS investigator. Call toll free for more information about this exciting opportunity 1-866-392-4201 or e-mail me your resume at richard.evans@pulsestaffing.co.uk


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May is Mental Health Month. The 2007 theme for the month is "MIND Your Health." See http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/may for educational materials and more information on Mental Health Month.


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The Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics, a free, online, peer-reviewed journal published by the publisher of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER, now offers continuing education credit. Beginning with the Spring 2007 issue of the journal, you will be able to read selected articles and then take an online exam and receive continuing education credit. See http://www.socialworker.com/jswve/content/view/57/52/ for complete details of this program.

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Michigan Victim Alliance Male Support Network

In its effort to help develop support systems for persons suffering from traumatic stress, The Michigan Victim Alliance is providing a unique matching service for men. The Michigan Victim Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the healing and protection of victims of violence, trauma, and abuse.

The Michigan Victim Alliance will maintain a roster of male survivors who are willing to participate in an International network of peer support. The purpose of this service is to give survivors the opportunity to connect emotionally with others about what they are feeling and experiencing. This support system also gives survivors the unique opportunity to help others in need. This service is not meant to be a substitute for professional help.

Participants are screened, required to sign a form, and must agree to certain conditions. All names are kept strictly confidential. For more information, contact Kris Kirby at The Michigan Victim Alliance at kirbyk@edzone.net or krisk@oe.edzone.net. See the MVA Web site at: http://www.mivictims.org


San Francisco Radio Personality Becomes Spokesperson for Mental Health America's Real Lives Program, Encourages Others to Speak Out About Their Mental Health Conditions Through Soon-To-Launch Web Site

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Jeff Bell, a long-time radio and news veteran in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento areas, is now an official spokesperson for Mental Health America's soon-to-launch Real Lives online program. Bell, one of the millions of Americans living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), will campaign for others with mental health conditions to tell their own personal stories of living with OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and other mental health conditions that affect more than 58 million Americans each year. For individuals interested in contributing their story to Real Lives, go to http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/action/share-your-story.

"I'm very fortunate to be in a position to share my voice-not only as a radio personality, but also as an obsessive-compulsive-and it's my great hope that I might encourage others silenced by the stigma of mental illness to share their voices and stories, as well," said Bell, who currently co-anchors the afternoon news at KCBS-AM, one of the most successful all-news radio stations in America. "The more we who are living and coping with a mental illness speak out about our experiences, the more we can help our nation learn. Real Lives offers all who are affected by mental illness a way to connect, encourage one another, and share experiences and understanding."

Real Lives is a multi-year online communications initiative designed to humanize mental illnesses and tell the personal stories, both triumphant and painful, of those living with mental health conditions. Through these compelling and real-life stories, Mental Health America will work to institute needed change on how Americans view mental health.

"Real Lives is such an important vehicle for individuals to speak out. There is no other national Web site of its kind. Jeff is an excellent spokesperson for Real Lives. He lives successfully with OCD," said David L. Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. "Jeff will lead the way for the millions of Americans who need a helping hand to encourage others to speak out."

The Real Lives Web site will be the hub of the initiative, allowing people to contribute their stories. Some may choose to do this because it helps them come to terms with their experience. Others may do so for other reasons, including a desire to help others, to educate, or to leave a legacy.


8th Annual HIV Clinical Care Symposium

The Division of HIV Medicine at Albany Medical College has announced the 8th Annual HIV Clinical Care Symposium to be held at the Albany, NY Marriott on May 30-31, 2007.

To register, call the Division of HIV Medicine at (518) 262-6864. See http://www.amc.edu/Academic/CME/documents/Final_HIV_Brochure.pdf for more details.


National Satellite Broadcast on Preventing HIV/AIDS Among Men Who Have Sex With Men

The AIDS Institute's Office of the Medical Director is pleased to announce viewing sites for the upcoming CDC national satellite broadcast titled: Preventing HIV/AIDS among Men Who Have Sex with Men: Challenges and Innovation, Thursday, May 17, 2007 1:00&3:00 PM EDT.

The intended audience for this program includes organizations that plan and implement HIV prevention activities including health departments, community-based programs, the faith community, colleges and universities, and HIV prevention researchers as well as policy makers and news media.

Please see the attached flyer for a listing of sites. Additional sites may become available and will be listed on the DOH Web site at http://www.nyhealth.gov/diseases/aids/training/bcastinformation.htm





Data Matters is an interactive electronic newsletter of the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health. Each month, an article is posted that coincides with the topic of the Center's monthly conference call. Visitors to the site may post comments on the article. See the Data Matters page at http://gucchdgeorgetown.net/data/ to access the current and previous articles and comments.




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 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 now online include:

• A Social Worker Grandfather Thinks About Global Warming
• Private Practice: When It's NOT For You
• How to Snag a Job in International Social Work
• Considerations in Writing a Literature Review
• Rape Crisis Response: Before and After
• Toward a Guide to Distance Education in Social Work

…and more!

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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 Spring 2007 edition is available online now. Articles include:

• Your Philosophy of Social Work: Developing a Personal and Professional Definition to Guide Thought and Practice (Continuing Education article)
• Ethical Delegates in the Social Work Classroom: A Creative Pedagogical Approach
• Ethical Issues in Online Social Work Research
• Social Work and Female Genital Cutting (Continuing Education article)

The Journal is sponsoring a term paper contest. The deadline is May 15, 2007. See http://www.socialworker.com/jswve/content/view/55/50/

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.

Get continuing education credit for reading selected articles from the Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics. See http://www.socialworker.com/jswve/content/view/57/52/ for details.





Highlights of this issue include:

• Student Role Model: Greta Martin
• A Social Worker Grandfather Thinks About Global Warming
• Considerations in Writing a Literature Review
• Rape Crisis Response: Before and After
• Self-Analysis
• Is a Psychiatric Unit the Right Setting For You?
• Private Practice: When It's Not Right For You
• How to Snag a Job in International Social Work
• Toward a Guide to Distance Education in Social Work
…and more!

See our Web site at http://www.socialworker.com for more details and full-text articles from this and previous issues, and to download this issue free of charge in PDF format.



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