Congratulations to new social work graduates! Our cover photo on this issue conveys the joy and excitement that come with walking across the stage in cap and gown to receive one’s diploma. In this issue, we talk about what comes next—the job search and the first professional job. We have articles on making a decision to accept or decline a job offer (page 8), interviewing (page 14), and finding a mentor in your first social work position (page 24).
The DSM-5 is used in many social work settings. Have you thought about the ethics of providing a diagnosis at all? Allan Barsky outlines some possible pitfalls in his Ethics Alive column on page 4.
In the past year, we have seen an increasing number of high profile cases involving systemic and overt racism. As social workers and human beings, we are ethically bound to address these issues and work to end these isms in our society. This is on my mind often, and for these reasons, I enlisted three experts last year to write an ongoing column about racial equity through social work. In this issue, Mary Pender Greene, Sandra Bernabei, and Lisa Blitz look at the principle of sharing culture.
I have been working with social work clinician and educator Danna Bodenheimer on development of her book, Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way. A sneak peek is included in this issue! See the excerpt on self care on page 35.
ReMoved, a short film on foster care that is available on YouTube became a huge viral hit last year. Part 2, Remember My Story, is now available, and Addison Cooper has good things to say about it on page 28.
How does social media make you feel? Read Ellen Belluomini’s column on page 31. Uncertainty, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, foster care, and neuroscience round out this issue.
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Until next time—happy reading!
Linda May Grobman, Publisher/Editor