Many times, social workers are called upon to deliver unpleasant news to clients and families. Dr. Misty Wall explains the PREP method for presenting unwelcome information to a client.

I Am Not Sure How To Tell You This: Delivering Unwelcome News
Expressive techniques such as photography, writing, and other arts are tools for both the client and social worker to benefit from by accessing inner worlds and processing thoughts and feelings. Read about how one social worker is using these techniques, complete with a sample assignment to use with clients.

Accessing Inner Worlds - Photos as a Social Work Tool
This article was awarded the 2016 NASW Media Award for best magazine article. Jonathan Singer (Social Work Podcast) and Sean Erreger (Stuck on Social Work) give a line- by-line analysis of why some terminology is problematic when talking about #suicide, as well as providing guidance on preferred terminology. #languagematters

Let's Talk About Suicide: #LanguageMatters
Social work licensing boards vary from state to state, but they all have a primary mission of public protection.

Is the Social Work Licensing Board for Me or Against Me?
We all have the capacity for and need for #hope.

10 Essentials Social Workers Must Know About Hope
Whether you are new to the #socialwork field or an experienced professional, it's always a good idea to have an up-to-date and amazing résumé ready, in case an amazing job opportunity or project presents itself! Valerie has 10 essential tips for you.

10 Essential Tips for Your Amazing Social Work Résumé
Movies can be an escape from the cares of the world, and they can also help us see the world in different ways. What movies have you seen that spoke to you? What movies will you see in the near future? #Movies #socialwork

3 Must-See Movies for Social Workers in 2017
Social workers have a long history of being advocates. "Social workers are loud because we speak out for those who have been silenced by pain, shame, and stigma that society buries them under. Social workers speak loudly because we understand the beauty that is being human, that is being humane." #socialwork #advocacy #beloud #nosilence

Social Workers Are Loud
This week, as we have just celebrated the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a new administration is set to take office, these words on advocacy and equality provide food for thought. #socialwork #advocacy #equality

The Rhythm of Advocacy - Poetry
Proposals are due TOMORROW, January 20, for the Social Work Distance Education conference being held this April. See the event listing for details and links.

Social Work Distance Education Conference 2017
#MacroSW Twitter chat 9 pm EST tonight on GIS technology in social work. Geographic information systems (GIS) technologies have become a commonplace part of our daily lives. However, GIS technologies can also be used in social work practice for a variety of purposes including planning, education, and evaluation.

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Social Work: #MacroSW 1/19 at 9pm ET
A trauma-informed approach, based on the principles of trauma-informed care (TIC), produces sound policies that can help not only our clients but ourselves and our co-workers. It undergirds an ethical path in the work toward social justice.

Preventing Retraumatization: A Macro Social Work Approach to Trauma-Informed Practices & Policies
Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told The New Social Worker that, while healthcare is a universal concern, the task of defending core components of the ACA will likely fall on social workers and allied professionals. “In most developed nations, the right to things like healthcare and education are part of the framework,” she said.

The ACA Today: An Interview With the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services Under President Barack Obama
An Ode to Social Work #poetry #socialwork

An Ode to Social Work
Are you looking for activities to use with your young clients? Social workers who work with children will find Photo Explorations a useful resource, as the ideas for using photography, writing, and art can be helpful for people who have a hard time opening up in traditional “talk therapy.”

Book Review: Photo Explorations: A Girl’s Guide to Self-Discovery Through Photography, Writing and Drawing
"Putting energy into Plan B means that each day I continue in social work is a choice--not just something I’m doing because I don’t know what else to do. Plan B opened possibilities and renewed excitement about personal growth." New post by Rachel of SocialWorkCommunity. #selfcare #planb

Self-Care, A-to-Z: Developing “Plan B” as a Social Worker's Self-Care Strategy
"What will we risk for human dignity?" Merely A Man, by social worker Mozart Guerrier, is a poem that explores and expands the biography and activism of Dr. Martin Luther KIng Jr. It honors Dr. King as a man, father, husband, and friend and the long journey to justice that he walked. #MLKDay

Audio Feature: Merely a Man
Until we recognize that there is this stigma associated with mental illness, we cannot fix it.... There is no vaccine to protect u,s and we are all at risk. When we talk about mental health challenges, we are advocating for those who often cannot voice their concerns for themselves.

Reflection of a Children’s Mental Health Clinician - On Accessibility and Stigma
“For decades, this great leader, often at Dr. King’s side, was denied his rightful place in history because he was openly gay. No medal can change that, but today, we honor Bayard Rustin’s memory by taking our place in his march towards true equality, no matter who we are or who we love.” --President Barack Obama, November 20, 2013, Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony

The Staggering Talents of Bayard Rustin: Lessons From Backstage