Welcome to our summer issue! A couple of weeks ago, I was at the National Association of Social Workers national conference in Washington, DC. The sessions I attended were very stimulating, and it was awesome to catch up with colleagues and meet new ones. If you have not attended a face-to-face social work conference, I recommend that you do so.
I want to congratulate Jonathan Singer and Sean Erreger for receiving the 2016 NASW Media Award for their article in The New Social Worker, “Let’s Talk About Suicide—#LanguageMatters.” If you missed it, please find it on our website to learn some important information about talking about suicide.
HOT OFF THE PRESS! We just published our new book, The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals, edited by Erlene Grise-Owens, Justin “Jay” Miller, and Mindy Eaves. The book has been out for two weeks, and from the initial response, I can tell that people are hungry for some help in helping themselves. This is such an important topic, and we want every social worker and social work agency to make a commitment to it. With the difficult jobs social workers have, combined with the daily stressors of personal life and society, we cannot afford to “skip” self-care for ourselves and in our organizations. See pages 21 and 31 for more details about the book and how to participate in our Self-Care Summer Project.
Now, on to this issue! We have several articles on themes related to job satisfaction and success. Allan Barsky looks at ethical obligations when working with collaterals. Valerie Arendt provides tips on work relationships. Elisa Kawam and Marcos Martinez introduce readers to trauma informed care and incorporating it into micro and macro practice. Mercedes Samudio shares with us some secrets of using Periscope and Facebook Live to educate and connect with our communities. Lisa Bundrick has written a handy glossary of school terms. There are book reviews and much more.
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Until next time—happy reading!
Linda May Grobman, MSW, ACSW, LSW, Publisher/Editor