Social Work Profession

The more we talk about being in the same sea as our clients, the more we can demystify the stigma around mental illness that keeps all of us from building the robust teams we need to continue our work in this powerful field of social work. Read more

Clinical Intersections 3 Comments

Let me tell you what I know at this exact moment, as a social worker who loves this work and loves this world and is really worried about everything. I know this might hurt a little, but I think it might help, too. I hope it will. Read more


Days in the Lives of Social Workers, 5th edition, allows you to take a close-up look at real-life days of 62 professional social workers as they share their stories. Join them on their journeys, and learn about the rewards and challenges they face. Read more

Social Work Books

Submitting a first academic paper for publication can be scary. What if your "blind" reviewer asked to talk to you and review your paper line by line? Mentoring is difficult AND has rewards for both the mentor and the mentee. Read more

Practice 2 Comments

Keep On Walking - a poem by social worker Amy Stage. Read more

Creative Work 2 Comments

There are a number of reasons for social workers to consider incorporating as a benefit corporation. Benefit corporations must be committed to creating a public benefit in addition to generating a profit. 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 6 Comments

I am not known for my writing, research, or speaking. I don’t have a program named after me. But over the years, as a social worker, I have interacted with hundreds, probably thousands, of young people. Read more

Practice 4 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

Attempting to circumvent the social work profession’s title and mission does us all harm. I thank my first supervisor every year for educating me about social work and disabusing me of the misconceptions I had about the profession. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

In practicing self-regulation, all social workers voluntarily adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics. When a social worker becomes licensed, the aspirational goals of the Code become a legal obligation. This is one way licensure elevates social work. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

I have a dream that one day the Social Work Profession will be universally known as The Profession that requires its members to not only embrace, but also known as The Profession that follows a Code of Ethics that demands equal treatment of all. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019 2 Comments

Something is wrong. Free yourselves from the idea that you are what is wrong. You, social workers, are the most right thing out there. This is the first entry in the new Clinical Intersections blog. Read more

Clinical Intersections 2 Comments

Ingredients for a successful social work career include presenting yourself as a social worker, planning for licensure, having a self-care plan, and joining your professional association. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

It's THAT time of year again. March is Social Work Month, and The New Social Worker invites you to spend it with us. And I want to THANK you for all you do. Follow us all month (March 2019) to see what we have in store. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

The typical understanding of self-care is that it happens outside work. However, professional self-care—practicing self-care as part of work—is crucial! Read more

Self Care

AmeriCorps is similar to the Peace Corps, but volunteers stay in the U.S. Volunteering for the program can offer benefits to aspiring social workers. Read more


I do not mean to dismiss your feelings. I just want us to remember that our clients are really tired, too. Read more

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The walls are not just the walls of my house. They are the architecture of my life, and the brick and mortar and plaster and paint have all come on loan from those who lent me their suffering. Read more


We like to think there are no limits to what we can do as social workers. The truth is that hitting up against your limits as a helper is something one has to come to terms with to remain in the social work profession. Read more

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