(PRWEB) March 03, 2012
As National Social Work Month (March) approaches, a book edited by social worker Linda May Grobman appeared in a Jeopardy! clue earlier this week. The book, DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS (ISBN 978-1-929109-30-2, White Hat Communications), is in its 4th edition and features stories of "typical days" of social workers in 58 different settings and roles. On Monday, February 27, 2012, the $400 Jeopardy! clue under the category "Social Studies" stated: "Days in the Lives of Social" these professionals follows them as they deal with prisoners, youths and the elderly." Justin Hofstetter, a contestant in the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament, asked correctly, "Who are social workers?"
Grobman, who graduated with her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Georgia and is now based in Harrisburg, PA, has made it her life’s work to answer that question in her role as the publisher, editor, and founder of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER magazine at http://www.socialworker.com, as well as founder of SocialWorkJobBank.com, an online job board for professional social workers, and publisher of several books on social workers’ “real-life” work.
“It seems fitting that Jeopardy! would choose to feature the social work profession at this time,” says Grobman, “because March is National Social Work Month.” The National Association of Social Workers celebrates the month each year, with this year’s theme being “Social Work Matters.”
“The fact that they used my book’s title in a clue will, hopefully, bring awareness to Jeopardy! watchers about the profession of social work,” says Grobman. “Maybe audience members will decide to find out more about what a social worker can do for them, or will think about social work as a career!”
Social workers work to help individuals, families, groups, and communities to enhance human well-being and alleviate suffering and injustice in a wide variety of areas. For example, in DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS, social workers tell about their work in health care, mental health, school, criminal justice, substance abuse, military, international, end-of-life, and other settings.
What many outside the profession do not realize is the wide variety of areas in which professional social workers work. “Diversity is perhaps our greatest strength as a profession,” says Elizabeth Clark, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, in the foreword to DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS. “While we all are equipped with a specific skill set that includes the person-in-environment perspective, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making, we each utilize this skill set as it applies to our field of practice.”
U.S. News and World Report called social work one of the best jobs for 2012, citing an expected 19.7 percent employment growth for children, family, and school social workers between 2010 and 2020.