Fall 2014

Thoughts from publisher Linda May Grobman for the Fall 2014 issue of The New Social Worker magazine. Read more

Linda's Agenda

You land your ideal social work job and are thrilled. Then, when you begin work, you realize that your boss is severely burned out, and the staff is under heightened stress from negative leadership, which is causing poor worker-client relationships Read more

Practice 1 Comments

Public libraries have always been democratic, serving a cross-section of the population. After all, they are public, often easily accessible, and free. As these populations have shifted, some libraries are hiring social workers. Read more

Practice 9 Comments

Networking isn’t about being in a secret club, and it’s not just for business professionals. It is for all professionals. Social workers are great at building relationships and trust with their clients. Networking really isn’t that different. Read more

Careers 2 Comments

By the first week of August 2014, more than 2,100 people in the west African countries had contracted the Ebola virus. More than 1,100 of these people had died.People were told there was no cure, but ZMapp was given to two Americans. Read more


There is nothing that frustrates me more than when a good social worker can’t pass the licensure exam. I am a firm believer that every good social worker can earn his or her professional license, once he or she has the appropriate tools. Read more

Education & Credentials 3 Comments

Technology in systems is only as good as the planning behind it. An example of needing a systems plan integrating technology is the current crisis in Veterans’ mental health and health care. Read more



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Why not make the cinema part of your professional development? With a clinical eye, movies can provide an excellent and easy way to connect with clients, to provide them with understandable analogies, and possibly even provide exercises to use at Read more

Reviews & Commentary 1 Comments

Is burnout an endpoint or a process? If it is an endpoint, are professional helpers at risk for that outcome while having limited ability to do anything about it? If it is a process, doesn’t that suggest we can have control over burnout? Read more


Book review of Pleading Insanity by Andrew James Archer. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Social work students are shown in a slide show wearing t-shirts representing their social work student clubs and the social work profession. Read more


Book review of Gender Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, by John Hamel. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Book review of Practical Supervision by Penny Henderson, Jim Holloway, and Anthea Millar. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Book review of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves by Laura Erickson-Schroth, Editor. Read more

Reviews & Commentary 1 Comments

Bubbly, energetic, driven. These words describe Cierra Kaler-Jones, a bachelor of social work (BSW) student who not only is competing for the Miss America title, but aims to someday become the U.S. Secretary of Education. Read more



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