Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy Social Work Month 2018

[Episode 117] Hey there podcast listeners, Jonathan here.  It is March 5th, 2018 and that means we’re on day 5 of #SWMonth 2018.

For the past 4 years, since 2014, The New Social Worker Magazine has celebrated Social Work Month by publishing inspired and insightful reflections.  One of the things I like best about the poems, essays, and reflections at is that they are great for sharing with folks that might not understand what social workers do. Linda Grobman, the social work pioneer and award winning publisher of New Social Worker gets some of the profession’s best known or most profound thinkers to share their wisdom as part of this series.

This year I was honored and humbled to receive an invitation from Linda to submit a short piece for Social Work Month. True, the invitation was addressed to “Dr. BrenĂ© Brown, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work,” but nevertheless I accepted. Linda is such a good sport that she didn’t have the great daring to rise strong and tell me that I had received the invitation by mistake. And I kinda feel bad that if there isn’t a contribution from BrenĂ© this year it is basically my fault. But, I mean, what are you gonna do? Opportunities like this don’t come around often.

Linda publishes a new piece every day during social work month at You can read my contribution, Open Letter to Social Work Professors Who Love Social Work Month, starting today. You can also hang out for another 15 seconds and hear the recorded version, which I did with Linda’s full support. So, check out the New Social Worker website and their excellent Facebook group, SW Podcast Facebook group will have lots of goodies this month, as will NASW and your favorite social work organizations. Ok. Here’s my piece (please click on this link to read essay: Open Letter to Social Work Professors Who Love Social Work Month).

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APA (6th ed) citation for this podcast:

Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2018, March 5). #117 - Happy Social Work Month 2018 [Audio Podcast]. Social Work Podcast. Retrieved from

1 comment:

Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW said...

I accidentally deleted two comments from this page:

KKD said...
I’d love to hear a future episode comparing US and Canadian social work, especially in child protection.
March 12, 2018 at 6:25 PM

Stuart said...
Hey Jonathan,
I am an MSW student at the University of Toronto in Canada. I have enjoyed listening to your podcast while commuting to school and practicum. A great topic, in my opinion, would be on social entrepreneurship. A professor at UofT, Michael Shier, does a lot of research in this area. In my opinion, a lot of social workers identify as vendors of service, and as the landscape in social welfare changes, they may get left behind while non social workers partake in social work.

Keep up the good work!
March 15, 2018 at 10:21 AM