In Being Mortal, which aired February 10, 2015, on Frontline (PBS), producer Tom Jennings and Dr. Atul Gwande showcase the exploration of the relationships between the terminally ill and their healthcare providers. more »

Reviews & Commentary

The next time you find yourself struggling to indulge in emotional well-being sustaining self-care, remember to give yourself permission to reach for that oxygen mask. It really is okay and necessary. more »

Self-Care Summer

Many people are truly called to work with patients who are dying. As someone who didn’t feel called to this work and didn’t have a lot of experience being in the dying space with someone, this was terrifying work for me. more »

Careers 3 Comments

I wish she could see that she inspired both my younger sister and me to become social workers. I wish she could see that the way she worked with us has molded my practice. I wish I could say “thank you.” more »


As many of us, as social workers, look toward becoming supportive allies of the trans community, we need to truly interrogate what it means to be an ally. more »

Real World Clinical

West Chester University social work student Callie Fraser writes about Camp Dreamcatcher, a camp for children affected by HIV and AIDS. more »

Social Work Month Project 2016

I have an auto-immune condition that resulted in frequent hospital stays. For me, it was not the duties of the social workers with whom I interacted that stood out to me, but rather their ability to connect and communicate with their clients. more »

Social Work Month Project 2016

The "six-word story" writing prompt is used in a "Living with Cancer" writing group to facilitate members’ (both patients and caretakers) inner dialog, expression, and themed group conversation. more »

Social Work Month Project 2016

The New Social Worker publisher/editor Linda May Grobman looks back at the most popular articles of 2015 and looks ahead to 2016 as the new year approaches. more »

Linda's Agenda

Pregnancy and infant loss often occurs in silence, causing a moratorium on grief that can have tremendous impact upon the health of the mother and the rest of the family. This grief can transform into various physical and mental health issues. more »

Practice 2 Comments

Proxies play an important role in the lives of people who lack mental capacity, making key decisions on their behalf. Acting as a proxy can be very interesting and meaningful work. When deciding whether to act as a proxy, consider benefits and risks. more »


We met for some grueling and tough talks. We also asked the hospice nurse to join us for a session, and Joe’s questions became more and more intense as she explained the concept of hospice and said the word “death.” more »


Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, one that causes cognitive, behavioral, recognition, and recollection difficulties for the patient, as well as a great struggle for his or her loved ones. more »


National HIV Testing Day, June 27, 2015

June 27, 2015, is National HIV Testing Day. Find testing locations and useful tools for social workers and other providers. more »

Linda's Agenda

NASW, CSWE Award 10 Universities With New Social Work HEALS Scholarships

The Council on Social Work Education, National Association of Social Workers, & National Association of Social Workers Foundation have awarded scholarships under the Social Work HEALS: Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars program. more »

Social Work News

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a debilitating body image disorder that engrosses the minds of individuals, causing them to believe that they have imperfections in their appearances. more »


As social workers, we must find a way to provide services to the 117 million plus people who are living with chronic illnesses and recognize that they each have individualized and unique needs. more »

Social Work Month 2015 4 Comments

March is both National Social Work Month and National Kidney Month. The National Kidney Foundation's Council of Nephrology Social Workers (NKF-CNSW) is recognizing outstanding professionals who are advancing the field of nephrology social work. more »

Social Work Month 2015

These works from the Repeal Hyde Art Project are part of a series on reproductive justice. more »

Social Work Month 2015

Haight Ashbury Free Clinic

By stu_spivack [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Dr. David E. Smith founded the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinics. The clinics established a foundation for today’s free clinic model. These clinics have employed social workers every step of the way. more »

Social Work Month 2015

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