Elizabeth Clark

Elizabeth Clark

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark writes about social work as a profession and leadership development. She is an experienced CEO, national leader, author, and speaker. She is the President of the Start Smart Career Center, which helps women navigate nonprofit careers and become leaders. Her previous position of 12 years was CEO of the National Association of Social Workers.

She has practiced clinically as director of a hospital cancer program, and as director of diagnostic and therapeutic services at Albany Medical Center (NY). She has also held the academic positions of Associate Professor of Health Professions at Montclair State University (NJ) and Associate Professor of Medical Oncology at Albany Medical College.

Her publications focus on social policy and leadership and on the clinical areas of cancer survivorship, loss, hope, and burnout. Recent books include Choose Hope. Always Choose Hope, 100 Ways to Stay Smart and Keep Your Career on Track, 100 Ways to Start Smart and Get Ahead in Your Career, and Hope Matters: The Power of Social Work.

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Social work has a long tradition of outstanding women leaders. Dr. Bernice Harper is a leader who continues to inspire well past retirement. Learn from her 70-year social work career. Read more


Do you have to go to school to be a social worker? Yes, but a social work degree is only the beginning. Read more

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You hold a social work degree because you chose social work. Be proud of it and call yourself a social worker. Read more

Careers 11 Comments

Even complete strangers know they can talk to me. Each of you reading this can relate to what I am saying, because you have an aura about you that flashes "Social Worker, Social Worker," too. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

The 6-month mark in your new job is a good time to assess how things are going. Consider these six issues that may be areas of concern. Read more

Careers 2 Comments

You are excited about your new position as a social work manager and have many ideas about what can be done differently. You can’t wait to start, but it may be beneficial to take some time to consider several important issues Read more

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There is one sign of burnout that often goes unnoticed and frequently is encouraged in subtle ways. This is what can be called the "need complex" -- the feeling that you and your social work intervention are so needed that you must work more. Read more

Self-Care Summer 6 Comments

Your personal brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room. It is who you are and what you do. Read more

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You're finally done with classes and assignments. People are suggesting you find a mentor. Is that really necessary? Read more

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Think what the world would be like without social workers. If the profession ended this decade, would it matter? I contend that it would matter, and matter greatly. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2018

Loss and suffering often go hand-in-hand, and social work frequently entails working with individuals who have experienced loss. Examples include settings such as nursing homes, cancer programs, hospices, ICUs, addictions, prisons, and foster care. Read more


Social work has a tradition of leadership. A good reason to become a social work leader is the fact that the profession is too important to be left to those without a social work background or a clear understanding of our profession. Read more

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Few would dispute that social work is the profession of hope. Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark shares 10 essentials of hope for social workers to keep in mind. Read more

Practice 4 Comments

Book review of Choose Hope (Always Choose Hope) Read more

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