Winter 2014

Publisher's Thoughts - Winter 2014

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

Linda's Agenda

When deciding whether to make a report, or not, mandated reporters often wonder, “What if I’m wrong?” “Can I be sued?” “Can I lose my license?” Read more


This slideshow features social workers who graduated in 2013. Congratulations, grads! Read more

Education & Credentials 1 Comments

There are a lot of changes in the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) that have social workers talking. Some of the revisions are seen as positive. Several are raising concern Read more

Practice 7 Comments

The New Social Worker magazine features social workers and social work students in action in a slideshow. Read more

Practice 1 Comments

The NASW Code of Ethics does not mention private practice, per does not specifically condone or support private practice, and it does not reject or warn against private practice. It does, however, include a number of relevant ethical standard Read more

Ethics 2 Comments

The first day of field can bring anxiety and excitement. You may ask yourself a lot of questions. Am I cut out for this? How do I make a good first impression? How can I define my role? Do I have enough experience and knowledge to be a supervisor? Read more

Field Placement 2 Comments

Physician assisted suicide, euthanasia, and dying with dignity are three related phrases. The terminology used is different depending on where one lives. Read more

Practice 6 Comments

Growing up in a household with Afro-Caribbean parents, I was brought up to neither share confidences nor admit emotional pain to outsiders. The personal disclosure and behavioral changes that therapists typically suggest were often embarrassing Read more

Practice 1 Comments

In today’s digital age, multiple streams of competing information are exchanged rapidly through communication technology that has become more affordable, accessible, and available than ever before. Recent studies have shown that while the number of Read more


As a mandated reporter, the law requires that you make a report as soon as you have REASONABLE SUSPICION (or reasonable cause to suspect/believe) that child abuse or neglect is occurring or is about to occur. But what does reasonable suspicion mean, Read more


Social work is facing its watershed moment—the crucial turning point that will define our future. Six years ago, the Social Work Reinvestment Act (SWRA) was brought before Capitol Hill in an attempt to promote the need for social workers, and to Read more

Practice 2 Comments

A poem and video by social worker Laura McBride, on test anxiety, labels, and dreams of a social worker. Read more


Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. photographed by Marion S. Trikosko, 1964. LC-DIG-ppmsc-01269

A poem about Martin Luther King, Jr., by social worker Mozart Guerrier. Read more

Audio 1 Comments

Advocacy is at the foundation of social work practice. One of the differentiating premises between social work and other fields of human services is the underlying need to work toward equality and social justice for every population. Traditional Read more


In my experience, single prospective adoptive fathers are viewed with much more suspicion than prospective adoptive couples or single prospective adoptive mothers. Maybe this resonates with you—but why? Maybe this surprises you, but again—why? Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Looking back now, I realize that Miss Martha taught me most of what is important to know in life, and as a social worker. I’d like to share her lessons with you, in case you, like me, didn’t pay close enough attention back then. Read more


Book Review of Handbook of Military Social Work Read more

Reviews & Commentary

Book review of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Addiction, Stress, and Pain Read more

Reviews & Commentary


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