Spring 2014

Thoughts from publisher/editor Linda May Grobman for the Spring 2014 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine. Read more

Linda's Agenda

Self-determination is built on the values of autonomy and respect for the dignity and worth of all people. So, given the primacy of self-determination, how is it that social workers can ethically justify working with clients who are mandated to Read more

Ethics 9 Comments

I’m not sure if my experience as a first-year social work graduate student exactly mirrors that of others. Actually, I believe it unfair to assume that there is one “standard” experience of a student in this field, as the beauty of this profession is Read more

Field Placement 1 Comments

New social workers often feel overwhelmed trying to remember and apply what seems to be mountains of information to become effective and successful practitioners. GO FAR is a framework for remembering essential ingredients in social work career succe Read more


Surprisingly, the highlight of the 86th Academy Awards night for me wasn’t finding out who won what; it was Lupita Nyong’o’s enthusiastically grateful acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Through the use of strengths and empowerment perspectives, social workers are in a unique position to support all members of the adoption triad, including birth parents, child, and adoptive parents. Read more

Practice 6 Comments

The Universal Accreditation Act extends the safeguards provided by Hague accreditation to orphans born in countries that are not signatories to the Hague Adoption Convention, their adoptive parents, and birth parents. Read more


Not all that long ago in our culture, creative pursuits were more commonplace. People kept personal journals, painted watercolor studies of their gardens, sketched while on vacation, and repurposed objects like spools and used bottles into toys or Read more


Through my work as a social worker on a voluntary inpatient psychiatric unit, I have seen how complicated the mental health system can become when a state entity must get involved with psychiatric care. Despite the paperwork that patients sign Read more

Practice 4 Comments

Congratulations! You used your education, experience, expertise, and critical thinking skills to make a tough call to Child Protective Services. Now you’re wondering what’s next… Read more

Practice 3 Comments

I posit that we, as social workers, embrace a new philosophy about our profession. I no longer want to be merely culturally competent. The vision of compassion plus competent action can indeed change the world. Read more

Practice 7 Comments

The online environment is rampant with prejudicial statements against many different populations not in the majority. Microaggressions are about power imbalance and privilege afforded the dominant culture. Read more


Book review of Transcending Dementia Through the TTAP Method: A New Psychology of Art, Brain, & Cognition, Madori. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Book review of Research Methods for Social Workers, 2nd Edition, Faulkner and Faulkner Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Book review of The Children's Bureau: Shaping a Century of Child Welfare Practices, Programs, and Policies, Lawson, McCarthy, and Dickinson. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Book review of Multiple Minority Identities: Applications for Practice, Research, and Training, Nettles and Balter Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Spoken word poetry that takes viewer on the emotional roller coaster that veterans with PTSD go through. 1 in 5 veterans suffer from PTSD and 23+ a day commit suicide. Something needs to change; therefore, the Post-Traumatic Growth movement commences Read more

Video 4 Comments

Bayard Rustin's skills as an organizer, planner, and leader were highly valued by prominent leaders in the Civil Rights Movement; yet, Rustin was relegated to the background during the Movement. He was a gay man, which he guarded from public scrutiny Read more



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