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The New Social Worker is the quarterly magazine for social work students and recent graduates, focusing on social work careers for those new to the profession. This blog is a companion to the free online magazine at http://www.socialworker.com.

Friday, December 21, 2012



I want to take this time to wish you a very happy holiday season! Social workers' work is so important, and I truly appreciate everything you do. I commend all the social workers who have been working tirelessly to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and, most recently, the Sandy Hook School shootings...in addition to all the work each social worker does each and every day.

If you are a December social work graduate, congratulations and welcome to this wonderful profession!

Download the Fall issue

Have you read our fall issue yet? It has gotten a LOT of great feedback! Highlights include thwarting disclosure in court, burnout and self-care (must-reading for every social worker), homeless education, workplace safety for social workers, getting in to social work grad school, benefits of undergrad research, digital disaster resources, book reviews, and more!


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Moving Forward

I am very excited about 2013! It will be our 20th year of publication! We have lots of great things in store, so stay tuned! The Winter issue will be out before you know it, in early January! Please be sure to tell your friends, students, and colleagues about THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Newtown Shootings: Questions and Resources

The school shooting in Newtown, CT, is a tragedy that has shaken our nation. I have heard many people debating what to do, how to respond, what are the possible causes, and so forth. This tragedy has opened up new discussions about gun control, mental health services access, causes of violence, and more. Parents are wondering what to say to their children. Social workers are wondering how to respond to their clients.

There are several resources I want to bring to your attention. First, Gift From Within provides resources on PTSD for survivors and caregivers. Some especially relevant resources on GFW's web site include:

Kathleen Nader, D.S.W.
 Helping Traumatized Children at School
Erwin Randolph Parson, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
 Inner City Children of Trauma: Urban Violence Traumatic StressResponse Syndrome (U-VTS) and Therapists' Responses
Dr. Kathi Nader and Dr. Robert Pynoos School Disaster: Planning and Initial Interventions
Frank M. Ochberg, M.D.
 Bound By A Trauma Called Columbine

Survivor Guilt

Kathleen Nader, D.S.W.

 Guilt Following Traumatic Events


Many are offering help in one way or another. Here are some examples.

Here's what one group of social work students from the University of Maryland did to help the Newtown survivors:
Social Work Students Send Sympathy Cards to Newtown

Give an Hour is coordinating to offer mental health services to those affected by the shooting:
Give an Hour to Offer Services for Conn. Tragedy

The American Red Cross is also providing support to the Newtown community:
American Red Cross Helps Support Community 


Music can be a great healer.

The Voice "Hallelujah"

Vance Gilbert "26 Reasons"

There are many other articles, as well as discussions going on on various social media sites and social work sites...too many to mention.
What do you think are the next steps for social workers in the aftermath of this tragedy? How has it affected your social work practice? What resources/ideas have you found helpful for you and your clients?