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Editor's e-Note
This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the film favorite The Wizard of Oz. Last fall, I noticed that the fab four of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion made appearances at many Halloween celebrations. Let’s face it, we’re in love with this story and it’s no wonder. It has so many elements that often characterize an enduring classic: love of family, faithful friendships, overcoming adversity, and a life-altering journey.

This month’s E-News Exclusive uses the tale of The Wizard of Oz as a paradigm of how social workers encounter people on their life journeys and serve as allies much the way Dorothy met those who helped her face the Wicked Witch of the West and the flying monkeys she met along the Yellow Brick Road.

March is National Social Work Month and always a great time to remember why you entered the profession: to assist and support those who are vulnerable on a tough journey filled with challenges more daunting than Dorothy’s because they are barriers not to reaching a wannabe wizard with dubious wish-granting powers but to real-life goals. Goals such as mental and physical health and well-being, a living wage, and affordable health care, are ingredients necessary for a culture of compassion, healing, social justice, and equity and are the ones that social workers help clients reach as allies on the rocky road of real-life adversity.

Thanks to all social workers, and celebrate your profession this month and every month you help someone find their way!

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
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e-News Exclusive
We're Not in Kansas Anymore, Toto — Social Workers as Allies
When the Going Gets Tough

By J. Scott Janssen, MSW, LCSW

When I was a boy, watching The Wizard of Oz was a yearly event anticipated with as much enthusiasm as a birthday party or the Fourth of July. There was something magical about the strange cast of characters—a singing scarecrow, a mysterious wizard, talking trees, and flying monkeys—and something comforting about the way everything worked out in the end.

I especially loved the way Dorothy was assisted along the way by unexpected allies she never could have imagined while traveling the dusty roads and cornfields of Kansas, each one appearing at just the right time. People of my generation will instantly remember the Munchkins, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, Glenda the Good Witch of the East and, of course, the great and powerful Oz. But there were other allies, like Dorothy’s faithful dog, Toto; the doorman who took pity on her and let her into the Emerald City; the palace guards who, once their trance was broken, lowered their weapons and gave Dorothy what she was seeking and the charlatan masquerading as a wizard.

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