Publisher's Thoughts - Summer 2014

Thoughts from publisher/editor Linda May Grobman on the Summer 2014 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine. more »

Linda's Agenda (2 Comments)

Teaching Cultural Competence

New social workers are on a path of self-discovery and has embraced acceptance, where he or she is from, and all that it entails. The new social worker speaks with confidence about race and ethnicity and knows about his or her culture. Are we ready? more »


8 Tips for New Social Work Interns

Drawing from my experiences as a student, social worker, field instructor, field liaison, and now coordinator, I have been able to see all sides of the field education experience. I learned many valuable lessons, and I want to share them with you. more »

Field Placement

Finding the Wisdom: 5 Tips for Young Supervisors

I am now the manager of my department, supervising a group of passionate, committed staff, some of whom are more than a decade older than I. Although I was fully aware of this fact when I accepted the position, it didn’t negate my discomfort more »


10 Essential Tips for Your Amazing Social Work Résumé

Whether you are a clinical or macro social worker, student, new professional, or have been in the field for 30 years, these essential tips will keep your résumé ready to send out to your future employer. more »


Cover Letters for Social Workers: Get Yourself the Interview

Should you submit a cover letter when one is not required? The answer is yes. Cover letters are essential to getting an interview. They are a concise way to communicate your value to an organization, and hiring managers use them to winnow candidates. more »

Careers (3 Comments)

Cross-Disciplinary Theater Production Focuses on Abusive Relationships

Abusive relationships and their origins were examined in a play staged in Apl 2014 by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare (HBSSW). The Milwaukee premiere of Surviving the Cycle was performed by 17 college more »


Social (Work) Connections Through Social Media

Twenty years ago, I relied on my supervisor, co-workers, trainings, community meetings, and organizational newsletters to develop my networking with colleagues. Advances in technology offer global access to resources, enabling a richness and depth to more »


What Every Social Worker Needs To Know About Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

The U.S. federal government has put forth the SBIRT model to identify and provide treatment services to individuals with substance disorders. SBIRT is an acronym for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. more »

Practice (2 Comments)

A Hostility Reduction Group

One violent person without treatment can create a significant number of victims in his or her lifetime. Hostility reduction groups focus on helping participants share the struggle and move in the direction of decisions that eliminate thinking errors more »


Belle Challenges Viewers To Think

Set in 1769 England, the film Belle looks in on Lord Mansfield, the Lord Chief Justice and highest judge in all of England, who must rule on a case that threatens to disrupt the nation’s vast slave-based economy. more »

Reviews & Commentary

Impersonating a Social Worker

If I met you at a party or the grocery store, and you asked me what I did for a living, I would repeat my well-rehearsed lie. “I’m a social worker.” I told myself that it was not really a lie, because I actually worked as a case manager in a social more »

Careers (3 Comments)

Children of Substance Abusing Parents Book Review

Book review of Children of Substance Abusing Parents more »

Reviews & Commentary

Sexual Health in Recovery Book Review

Book review of Sexual Health in Recovery. more »

Reviews & Commentary

From Pariahs to Partners Book Review

Review of From Pariahs to Partners: How Parents and Their Allies Changed New York City's Child Welfare System more »

Reviews & Commentary

Home From the War: Reflections on Memorial Day

This year, as in other Memorial Days past, I went to nearby Fort Campbell, KY, and paid my respects to friends and buddies no longer with us. Inevitably, as the day goes on, I'll think of my own journey, and the pain I carried for YEARS--and the more »


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