Community Voice Category: Professional Development

“Reaching Out…Without Being Pulled Down: Preventing Secondary Stress and Improving Your Self-Care Protocol” By Robert J. Wicks

Communication theorist Marshall McLuhan once quipped, “If the temperature of the bath rises one degree every ten minutes, how will the bather know when to scream?”  We fail to see the key dangers in being involved in standing in the darkness with others for a number of key reasons. Acute forms of secondary stress (vicarious... Read more »

“New Horizons” by NSWM Member, Frank Perez

I am, what you can call, an “old dog.” I am quickly approaching my golden years (whatever that means), and what is interesting is that being a social worker, and managing my own nonprofit, is my second career after retiring in the 1990’s working for a major automotive manufacturer.  It’s funny that my first career... Read more »

A Lesson in Cultural Humility: Observations Abroad

  The Network for Social Work Management recently held its first international training, a week long training of our human services management competencies to NGO leaders throughout China. My first morning in Beijing, a board member and I had some downtime, so we hired a guide. Our tour guide, “Sunshine” spoke English well and explained... Read more »

Community Voice: Silence Is Golden-Or Is It?

This Community Voice Piece was written by NSWM Member Frank Perez, M.S., M.S W I was recently invited to attend a College Senate faculty meeting. My friend invited me to the meeting as a casual observer. Having no affiliation with the school, I curiously asked him why he wanted me along. “You work with people Frank; I... Read more »

Just in Time for the Fall Season: The Top 10 Books Every Social Worker Should Read

Community Voice | NSWM - Social Work Management Top 10 Social Work Books to Read Fall season is here! As temperatures cool and students go back to school, The Network for Social Management encourages social workers, managers, directors and students of all ages and levels within human services organizations to hit the books! It is our ethical duty as professionals in the social... Read more »

From the Network’s Journal, Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance

Winner of 2014 Slavin-Patti Award for Practice Research Kristen Gilmore Powell & N. Andrew Peterson (2014). Pathways to Effectiveness in Substance Abuse Prevention: Empowering Organizational Characteristics of Community-Based Coalitions, Human Service Organizations. 38(5), 471-486. In their well-designed and executed study, Powell and Peterson make an important contribution that furthers our understanding about community-based coalitions and the factors that contribute to their effectiveness. Using... Read more »

Strategic Planning: Charting The Course For Your Organization

This Community Voice Blog Post was written by NSWM Emeritus Board Member Irv Katz, MSW At a time when it seems as though everything is changing, when today’s realities demand new solutions, when innovation, reinvention, and transformation are imperatives not options, there are two courses managers can take: either react to each set of challenges... Read more »