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Sen. Barbara Mikulski wishes NASW a Happy 60th Birthday!

National Association of Social Workers member Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)  today met with NASW officials to discuss various issues, including mental health, poverty, and health care, and congratulate the association on its 60th Anniversary. “The fact that it’s 60 years is pretty incredible — I really wish you happy anniversary,” Mikulski told NASW President Darrell Wheeler, PhD, ACSW, MPH; CEO ... Read More »

SAMHSA releases consensus report: “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the first federal report on the scientific and medical research behind conversion therapy. “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth.” The report provides a consensus among experts in finding conversion therapy to be harmful and provides examples of appropriate resources and therapeutic approaches.   This seminal document will provide guidance ... Read More »

Participate in the upcoming workshop: “Addressing the Social and Cultural Norms that Underlie the Acceptance of Violence: A Workshop”

The Institute of Medicine, Forum on Global Violence Prevention on Oct. 29-30 will convene a workshop in Washington, D.C. focused on social and cultural norms and violence. The forum is comprised of a multi-sectoral group of stakeholders who are committed to reducing violence and promoting healthy development worldwide by encouraging multidisciplinary research that emphasizes the value of prevention through a ... Read More »

NASW commends lawmakers for introducing bill to improve mental health care for older Americans; update Medicare reimbursement to social workers

The National Association of Social Workers is pleased to announce Congressional social work champions introduced legislation today that will improve older Americans’ access to mental health services by updating the way the Medicare Program reimburses clinical social workers. We urge our members, the wider social work community, and allies of the social work profession to take part in activities to ... Read More »

UN entities call for end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

Twelve United Nations entities this week released an joint statement calling for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The document, “Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people,” states that all people have the equal right to live free from violence, persecution, discrimination and stigma. Aligned with ... Read More »

Live Stream NASW’s 60th Anniversary Forum

  On October 23, 2015 in Washington, DC, social work leaders will convene at the NASW 60th Anniversary Forum to discuss some of the most important challenges and opportunities facing the profession in the next decade. By joining the live streaming event from 9 am to 1 pm ET, you will hear from expert panelists on how the social work ... Read More »

Commemorate Social Service Workforce Week

The Global Social Services Workforce Alliance has a network of members in more than 70 nations who work to strengthen the social service workforce and improve the lives of vulnerable populations. The National Association of Social Workers is one of the founding members of the alliance and sits on its steering committee. This week the alliance is recognizing Social Service ... Read More »

NASW Statement on NAACP’s America’s Journey for Justice

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is an enthusiastic supporter of the NAACP’s America’s Journey for Justice , which culminated in Washington, D.C. on September 16. One of the main purposes of this journey, a march that covered 1,001 miles from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C., is to bring attention to the immediate need for the passage of national ... Read More »

NASW Supports National Voter Registration Day on September 22

The National Association of Social Workers supports National Voter Registration Day on September 22. More than six million Americans did not vote in 2008 because they missed registration deadlines or did not know how to register to vote. On September 22 volunteers, celebrities and organizations will hit the streets and social media to tell people about voter registration. Visit the ... Read More »