/Jenn Miller Scarnato, LMSW, MA

About Jenn Miller Scarnato, LMSW, MA

Jenn Miller Scarnato, MSW, MA, PhD Student at Tulane University Expertise in: Women's Studies and Gender Studies, Community Practice, Cultural Competence, Migration, Children and Families, Intervention Design, Traumatology, Research Methods Jenn Miller Scarnato is a doctoral student in the Social Work track of the City, Culture, and Community program at Tulane University. Jenn is also a fellow in the Mellon Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship, a coordinator for the NOLA Digital Consortium, and a research assistant with the Traumatology Institute and the Center for Natural Connections. Jenn earned a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies & Gender Studies and a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago, and an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree focused on Documentary Filmmaking from the University of Central Florida. Both within and outside of academia, Jenn’s work has focused on storytelling for social justice within immigrant and indigenous communities in the U.S. and Latin America. Jenn has worked in the non-profit arena for 10 years developing culturally sensitive programs and policies with immigrants and communities of color. This included community organizing with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and fostering cultural resilience through documentary filmmaking with indigenous youth in Guatemala. Jenn’s current research interests focus on joining narrative therapy and media production to promote collective resilience in the face of trauma. She works with marginalized communities to share their stories through therapeutic digital media projects.
15 04, 2019

An Introduction to Family Resilience

2018-10-05T18:32:18+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The Resilience Framework Resilience is an oft-used term in social work practice and scholarship that reflects the social work profession’s strengths-based perspective. While the term resilience has been defined in a number of ways, it can be generally understood to mean an individual’s ability to “bounce back” or return to a normal level of functioning [...]

8 04, 2019

BridgingApps: An Online App Search Tool for a Variety of Social Work Needs

2018-10-05T18:14:34+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Recent advances in technology have created opportunities previously unimaginable. We can video-chat with loved ones in real time across the world, control our homes remotely, and do much of our banking and shopping online. The power of the smartphone, and the many applications available for download, has also created new opportunities for maintaining and improving [...]

29 03, 2019

Social Work Month Special Release: Choosing a Career in Social Work E-Book

2019-04-25T19:08:55+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

March is National Social Work month, so there is no better time than now to learn what it takes to become a social worker! Read more here.

22 02, 2019

Specialization Spotlight: Native/Indigenous Populations

2019-01-10T16:31:44+00:00By |Careers|

Indigenous peoples are some of the most culturally rich populations in the world. However, due to long histories of colonization, forced assimilation, and societal exclusion, Native American populations in the United States and indigenous communities in other parts of the world are some of the  most marginalized and disadvantaged populations on a global scale. Students [...]

28 01, 2019

Restorative Approaches: Facilitating a Community Building Circle

2018-10-04T17:48:02+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The goal of a community building circle is to help build trust, positive feelings, and a sense of belonging within a particular community or group of people. What is a Community Building Circle? A community building circle is a restorative approach to working with groups of people to build and strengthen relationships. Circles may be [...]

22 01, 2019

Fellowships for MSWs Part 2: Specialized Opportunities

2018-10-04T19:17:58+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Many social work fellowships are offered to students and graduates interested in working with particular populations or within certain practice arenas. Currently, several fellowships focus on aging, due to the great need for social service workers in this area. A number of other fellowships focus on public policy and and leadership development in the social [...]

21 01, 2019

Fellowships for MSWs Part 1: Social Justice Opportunities

2018-10-04T18:31:25+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Numerous fellowship programs actively recruit Master of Social Work students and recent graduates. Fellowships offer social work students and graduates an opportunity to advance their skills during or after graduate school, usually with a focus on mentorship and learning in action, with financial support. These opportunities allow students and recent graduates to gain invaluable work [...]

14 01, 2019

Restorative Approaches to Social Work Practice

2018-10-23T15:02:11+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Restorative approaches to social work practice are gaining traction amongst social work practitioners, researchers, and educators. The underlying values of the social work discipline are strongly aligned with the guiding principles of Restorative Justice. And although restorative approaches were developed specifically to foster transformation within the criminal justice system, they have been fruitfully applied to [...]

28 12, 2018

Top 5 MSW Programs for Working with Traumatized Populations

2018-11-07T19:02:31+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

From interpersonal violence to natural disasters, traumatic experiences are wide ranging. Trauma can impact any member of society and even be passed down through generations. While trauma is universal, some groups of people are more vulnerable to trauma’s effects than others. Traumatic experiences can have a serious impact on a person’s mental health, social functioning, [...]

11 12, 2018

Top 5 MSW Programs for Working with Aging Populations

2018-11-01T19:06:35+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

As the Baby Boomers generation enters retirement and the later stages of life, there is a critical need for social service providers with specialized experience in working with aging populations. Elderly individuals often have complex needs related to healthcare, mental health, social connection, living independently, and navigating end of life processes. Prospective MSW students seeking [...]

4 12, 2018

Social Workers Needed in 2019

2018-11-01T19:01:00+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Why Get a Social Work Degree in 2019 Unlike many other professions, social work job openings are on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of social workers is expected to increase by 15% for the period of 2016-2026, more than double the average rate for all occupations. 682,100 social workers [...]

3 12, 2018

The Grand Challenges for Social Work

2018-10-04T15:14:15+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

What is the Grand Challenge Initiative? Social workers are needed now more than ever to tackle the world’s complex, global, and inter-related problems. Research has shown that social workers have positively transformed society during the profession’s last century of history. Now, social work practitioners and scholars are looking toward the future impact of social work [...]

26 11, 2018

How to Find a Licensed Social Worker Near You

2018-10-04T15:11:25+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social workers assist organizations, communities, groups, families, and individuals in a variety of ways. Whether you’ve experienced a traumatic crisis or are just in need of additional family support, social workers are able to help by providing counseling and psychotherapy services, connecting clients to resources, and advocating for clients’ needs. The first step to seeking [...]

19 11, 2018

5 Annual Social Work Conferences You Should Attend

2018-10-04T15:10:28+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

For social work professionals, there are many reasons to attend an annual conference hosted by a social work professional association. Social work conferences offer many opportunities to connect with colleagues in the field through networking and social events, keep up to date with cutting edge research by attending paper and poster presentations, engage in [...]

13 11, 2018

Top 5 MSW Programs for Community Practice

2018-12-31T18:44:51+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

A degree in social work leads to a diverse array of career options, spanning from individual practice to community-based work and policy development. Social workers who have the appropriate training and skills in macro-level practice are being hired to lead organizations, analyze and develop policy, conduct cutting-edge research, and design effective programs. For prospective social [...]

12 11, 2018

5 Social Work Hashtags You Should Follow

2019-01-14T19:41:13+00:00By |Advocacy, Industry Articles & Topics|

If you’re looking for social work related content on the vast world wide web, hashtags are a great way to find sources from various social media platforms and blog posts. Following a social work hashtag is an easy way to seamlessly integrate social work content into your existing Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. You can [...]

8 11, 2018

The Florida Project: A Must Watch Film for Social Workers

2018-10-23T19:08:42+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The Florida Project, one of 2018’s Oscar & Golden Globe frontrunners for best picture, is more than just a cinematic story centering on a motel in Florida. This emotional storytelling masterpiece invites viewers to contemplate some of the complex ethical dilemmas social workers confront every day. While social workers don’t appear in the film until [...]

5 11, 2018

5 Inspiring TED Talks for Social Workers

2018-09-26T21:41:38+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

For those looking to gain some new perspective on a certain topic, learn about innovative practices in a variety of fields, or hear fresh ideas on pressing social issues, TED Talks are a great place to start! With TED speakers from a variety of disciplines, TED offers a diverse array of voices and viewpoints [...]

29 10, 2018

Career Spotlight: Forensic Social Worker

2018-10-17T16:41:43+00:00By |Careers|

Social work is a field dedicated to social justice, therefore, work within the justice system in the United States is a natural calling for many social workers. Individuals and families involved with the criminal or civil justice system are often in need of intermediaries who can advocate on their behalf and support them in navigating [...]

25 10, 2018

5 Social Workers Featured in the Media

2018-10-23T17:00:29+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

As the social work profession has grown and gained recognition for the valuable work of its practitioners, social workers have recently become the subjects of documentaries, magazine articles, and other media pieces. These five social workers have been prominently featured in the media, bringing further recognition to the profession as a whole and to the [...]

23 10, 2018

5 Social Work Leaders to Follow on Twitter

2018-10-23T13:45:52+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The internet age has provided social workers a variety of social media platforms to share their viewpoints, practice experiences, research findings, and more. Leading social workers are taking to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to connect with followers interested in social work topics - from clients to colleagues and everyone in between. If you’re interested in [...]

22 10, 2018

8 Simple Steps to Keep your Social Work Knowledge Up to Date

2018-10-17T16:41:20+00:00By |Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

One of the mandates for social workers (especially those who have received licensure) is to stay up to date in the field. This ensures that social workers are always learning the most current and effective ways to engage with individuals, families, and communities based on the constantly-evolving evidence base for social work practice. To align [...]

18 10, 2018

10 Actions Social Workers can Take to Stand with Dreamers

2018-10-19T11:06:32+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

In 2012, former President Barack Obama took executive action to protect the lives of immigrant young people who came to the United States as children. These young people are known as Dreamers, based on proposed legislation called the Development, Education, and Relief for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act “that would have granted legal status to certain [...]

15 10, 2018

Alternative Jobs for Social Workers

2018-10-17T17:08:26+00:00By |Careers|

One of the greatest advantages of a social work degree is the flexibility in job options available to graduates. Social work skills can be applied to a number of professional positions, allowing social workers to explore a diverse range of job opportunities, and have the flexibility to choose to try something new. Many candidates are [...]

11 09, 2018

Design Thinking for Social Work? Is there a Connection?

2018-09-11T14:42:35+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

  What is Design Thinking? Design thinking “is a methodology for creative problem solving.” It emerged in the last 20 years from a long history of innovators working to solve “wicked problems” in a variety of fields through highly creative approaches and methods most commonly used in design firms. The basic idea is that design [...]

7 09, 2018

Social Workers Recruited for New Positions Across the Nation

2018-09-11T14:50:50+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Across the nation, social workers are being recruited to apply their skills to the diverse human population at accelerated rates. The overwhelming mental and socio-emotional health needs of individuals in modern society create significant demand for the professional skills that social workers possess. In some cases, the amount of available social work positions has expanded [...]

27 08, 2018

Introduction to Genograms: A Social Work Assessment and Intervention Tool

2018-08-21T21:02:04+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

What is an Genogram? A genogram is a visual family mapping tool. Genograms allow clinicians and clients to diagram a client’s family history through at least three generations. Genograms illustrate family relationships to show parentage and birth order across the generations, similar to a family tree. Genograms, however, go beyond this type of surface-level information [...]

21 08, 2018

Certificate Programs for MSW Students

2018-08-21T18:10:54+00:00By |Careers|

What is a Graduate Certificate Program? While researching Master of Social Work programs, you're likely to come across several certificate programs that schools of social work offer to complement or expand upon one's course of study. Certificate programs consist of a series of courses that provide in-depth study of a specific topic or area. Certificate programs [...]

13 03, 2018

Title IV-E Stipend Could Help Pay For Your MSW

2018-03-13T21:37:50+00:00By |Careers, Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

For prospective social work students with an interest in working in the field of child welfare and child protection, the Title IV-E stipend program is able to provide financial and educational support through participating universities in the United States. What is the Title IV-E Stipend Program? In the late 1970’s, government officials and child welfare [...]

23 01, 2018

Police Social Work in the News

2018-07-05T19:47:30+00:00By |Careers, Industry Articles & Topics|

Recently, police social workers have gotten increased attention in the news thanks to a bill introduced in New York City Council in December, 2017. The legislation, sponsored by Democratic Councilmember Mark Treyger, requires every police precinct in the city of New York to have a licensed clinical social worker on duty 24 hours a day. [...]

15 01, 2018

How to Conduct a Systematic Literature Review

2018-10-04T17:59:08+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Conducting systematic reviews of social work literature is an essential research skill that social workers should develop. While not all social workers are active in conducting research, the ability to conduct a systematic review is a useful skill for anyone seeking to establish firm knowledge of a particular subject, intervention, or population relevant to their [...]

15 11, 2017

Career Spotlight: Philanthropic Foundations

2017-11-03T19:43:33+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Almost all social workers are familiar with the non-profit sector – the branch of society in which social service organizations function to meet individual and community level needs. The government certainly plays a part in providing for the people of the nation through programs that provide food and employment assistance, veterans services, subsidized healthcare, and [...]

6 11, 2017

Career Spotlight: Refugee Resettlement

2017-11-03T19:27:28+00:00By |Careers|

Recent refugee crises are garnering national media attention as many unaccompanied migrants are applying for refugee/asylee status. There is a need for social workers competent in this area to address the needs of refugees coming to make a new home in the United States. Read the three main responsibilities that fall into the professional areas of [...]

9 10, 2017

10 More Documentaries on Netflix for Social Workers

2018-08-03T21:08:29+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker, Industry Articles & Topics|

For social workers looking to educate themselves, gain perspective, or see a different side of a particular topic or issue, documentary films are a great place to start! Thousands of social, cultural, historical, and political documentaries are streaming on Netflix, and many provide in-depth looks at subjects relevant to social work practitioners and students. The [...]

20 08, 2017

Dual Degrees in Social Work: Is it Right for Me?

2017-12-06T21:59:57+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Dual Degrees in Social Work: Is it Right for Me? Social work as a field of academic study is by nature interdisciplinary – it draws from various traditional academic disciplines, such as sociology and psychology, to form its educational foundation. Dual degrees in social work programs can be an option for further education. Social workers [...]

18 07, 2017

Body Focused Repetitive Behavior: A Social Worker’s Guide

2018-05-24T02:59:06+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

What is Body Focused Repetitive Behavior? Body focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) or body focused repetitive disorder refers to a grouping of compulsive behaviors that damage an individual’s physical appearance through repeated negative tactile attention. These disorders are considered to be on the obsessive-compulsive disorder spectrum. BRFBs can take a number of forms, focused on different [...]

13 07, 2017

Career Spotlight: Working In Government Health and Human Services as a Social Worker

2017-03-31T01:29:12+00:00By |Careers|

While social workers may choose to work in the non-profit or private sector, there are many opportunities for social workers to be fruitfully employed in the public sector as well. Government Health and Human Services jobs are often negatively portrayed as bureaucratic and ineffective, the impersonal nature of which is at odds with the social [...]

6 07, 2017

Find Out Which In-Demand Career Paths Are Available for Social Workers

2017-03-31T01:10:31+00:00By |Careers|

A Master of Social Work degree provides the opportunity for graduates to gain extensive training in grant writing and proposal development, honing this valuable skill for a potential future career as a development professional. In the competitive funding landscape of the social service sector, there is a growing demand for skilled grant writers at non-profit organizations, [...]

29 06, 2017

Career Spotlight: Community Organizer. How Social Workers Can Make an Impact

2017-03-31T01:01:57+00:00By |Advocacy, Careers|

What is a Community Organizer? Organizing people has long been a part of the U.S. politics. The community organizer encourages people to take collective action. From suffragettes demanding votes for women to the countless strategic collective actions taken as a part of the civil rights movement, to the recent protests against the “Muslim ban” at international [...]

7 06, 2017

What Career Options Do I Have As A Social Worker?

2017-12-06T16:52:44+00:00By |Careers|

Careers in Social Work: Dual-Degree Options for Social Work Students Those interested in pursuing a social work education will likely become aware of a variety of dual-degree options offered by many universities and colleges, combining social work training with studies in another discipline. These programs allow students to earn two advanced degrees simultaneously, one of [...]

17 05, 2017

Postpartum Depression: A Case Study for Social Workers

2018-05-24T03:18:25+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Postpartum Depression: Case Presentation Marisol is a twenty-seven-year-old Latina woman of Honduran origin, who currently lives in the United States with her husband and infant son. She presents with a depressed mood, reporting feeling “totally empty,” and became tearful when describing her last few months during which she experienced a substantial impairment in her social and [...]

12 05, 2017

A Social Worker’s Personal Reflection on Social Work Research: My Thoughts on Social Work Research as a Social Worker

2017-12-06T21:12:34+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

Social Workers and Social Work Research Social work as a profession is widely recognized as having a commitment to social justice and social change, to go beyond merely conducting research about individuals, groups, communities, to designing studies with and for the individuals, groups, and communities being observed through social work research. However, as social work [...]

9 05, 2017

Funding for MSW Students While in School – Part III: Get Paid for Conference Presentations and Community Service Projects

2017-12-15T18:59:06+00:00By |Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

Social Work Funding Opportunities Social Work Funding: Social work students are encouraged to present their work at conferences and symposiums, sharing their research with the broader social work community and learning from others in the field in the process. While presenting at a conference might seem to be at first merely an additional responsibility, it [...]

3 05, 2017

Funding for MSW Students While in School – Part I: MSW Scholarships

2018-05-24T03:14:46+00:00By |Education, Industry Articles & Topics|

Paying for Your MSW: Social Work Scholarship Most graduate students struggle to make ends meet during their Master’s studies. For graduate students in the field of social work, especially, finances can be a significant challenge during completion of the degree, and unlike many careers, social work doesn’t guarantee a high paycheck to pay off [...]

13 04, 2017

Social Work Ethics: Q & A on Social Work Practice

2018-05-31T16:13:13+00:00By |Advocacy, Ask A Social Worker|

Setting the Right Boundaries in Social Work Practice Ever since I became a social worker, my friends have come to me for “free” help and therapy. I used to enjoy it but now I find that some of them have become dependent on me. Any advice on how I can get them to stop using [...]

11 04, 2017

Attention Social Workers: Understanding Addiction Recovery Groups. Observing a 12-Step Recovery Group through the Lens of Group Work

2018-05-30T21:54:43+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Abstract 12 step addiction recovery groups like Alcoholics Anonymous can be seen as some of the longest-running and most prolific resources of community-based support for people struggling with addiction and substance abuse issues in the U.S. The following study is the first-person account of the author, a social worker, attending an open meeting on the [...]

7 04, 2017

5 TV Shows that Reflect on Family Systems

2018-05-24T02:19:47+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Different Family Systems as Seen on TV As social work students and practitioners deepen their knowledge of family services and therapy, theories and models, applying theoretical concepts to specific family systems can be an informative activity. Textbooks often provide case studies of different social work issues for this purpose, guiding readers to see theoretical concepts revealed [...]

29 03, 2017

Domestic Violence Awareness: A Social Worker’s Reflection on Awareness Campaigns for Women’s Issues

2017-12-07T21:14:31+00:00By |Ask A Social Worker|

Awareness of Multiple Women's Issues Every year when October rolls around, I begin to notice hints of pink on the television, in businesses and storefronts, on online banners and Facebook photos. October is, of course, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and pink is the color that has come to be associated with the cause.  And, October [...]

28 03, 2017

Being a Social Worker: Proving Intervention Effectiveness

2017-12-07T21:16:50+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Being a Social Worker: The Effectiveness of Intervention Social work as a profession originated from women’s social service work with marginalized populations, the settlement house movement, and other forms of reciprocal community benefit programs. Being a social worker has its challengings and one big one can be proving intervention effectiveness.  However, as the social work [...]

27 03, 2017

Social Work Intervention: Labyrinth-Walking, A Holistic Approach

2017-12-07T21:24:18+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social Work Interventions Social work has always taken a holistic approach to treating the person in environment considering the many interconnected aspects of a client’s life in assessment and treatment planning and empowering clients with social work interventions that work best for them. As substance abuse of pharmaceutical drugs continue to rise, many social workers are expanding [...]

24 03, 2017

Doctoral Degrees in Social Work. How to Make the Right Decision for You

2018-05-24T03:16:09+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Doctorate Degree in Social Work The field of social work offers two types of doctorate social work degree paths – the Doctor of Social Work (or DSW), and the Doctor of Philosophy (or Ph.D.).  While the Master’s level is considered the terminal degree for the social work profession, many MSW graduates consider going on to achieve [...]

22 03, 2017

Social Work Specializations and How to Pick The Right One for You

2017-12-07T20:11:43+00:00By |Careers|

Social work is one of the most diverse and expansive professions of today. Social workers have roles in almost every major industry and setting, from hospitals to military bases, legal agencies to rehabilitation centers, schools to private psychotherapy practice, and much more. With such a pervasive and far-reaching profession, and limits on the time and [...]

9 03, 2017

Qualitative or Quantitative Research in Social Work

2017-12-07T19:24:06+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

As an interdisciplinary profession, social work grew out of many traditional professions such as psychology and sociology, whose research foundations are grounded in empirical science. These traditional disciplines have historically viewed quantitative research in social work has been seen as the only acceptable methods for empirical discovery and understanding. Evidence-Based Practice Social work is not [...]

28 02, 2017

Narrative Therapy in Practice: Counter Documents and Therapeutic Letters

2017-12-07T20:08:40+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

The Narrative Approach in Social Work Commonly in therapeutic work, clinicians must keep progress notes, billing documents, and other important paperwork that together comprise a client’s case file. Learn more about how best to use the narrative approach in social work. This collection of documents is often required by an agency’s operating procedures and often [...]

24 02, 2017

Social Work Self Care: Revolutionizing Self-Care

2017-03-14T20:04:30+00:00By |Industry Articles & Topics|

Social Work Self Care: The Burden of Self-Care Social Work self care is a crucial element of social work practice, yet is often neglected at the individual level, compounded by a lack of support at the organizational and political levels. Emphasis on the importance of self-care is deficient in social work training/education and organizational culture, [...]

23 02, 2017