Advocacy

NASW updates Position Statement on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE)

As advocacy efforts have grown, both for and against the use of sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and conversion therapy, so has the need to educate clients and communities about the impact of these practices on individuals and families, and the implications for social work practice. To help guide practice, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has issued a ... Read More »

Provide Public Comment – U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is seeking community input for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to better inform the updated 2016-2020 National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). During April, ONAP convened meetings with community members, service providers, and state and local health departments as part of a series of regional forums being held across the country. Now through May 22, ... Read More »

NASW responses to death of Freddie Gray, police reforms

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) chapters and officials are reacting to the death of Freddie Gray while in custody of Baltimore City police, the resulting civil unrest, and the charges filed against six police officers in connection with Gray’s death. Here are NASW responses: We are horrified and deeply saddened by the circumstances which led to his death.  We ... Read More »

White House Office of National AIDS Policy to host National HIV/AIDS Strategy Regional Forums

The U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is convening meetings with community members, service providers, and state and local health departments as part of a series of regional forums being held across the country to better inform the updated 2016-2020 National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).   The forums each focus on a specific goal of the NHAS, with the next two ... Read More »

Tips for Social Workers: Resources for sexual assault survivors in the military

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and employs many social workers. The organization partnered with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) during its 2014 National Conference Film Festival to provide social workers with information on addressing clients who were sexually assaulted while in the military during the screening of the ... Read More »

NASW applauds expanded Medicare coverage to include routine HIV testing

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds the implementation of a final decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand coverage to provide for routine screening and testing for HIV infection for all individuals between the ages of 15 and 65 years covered by Medicare. Routine access to testing will increase the number of persons ... Read More »

Upcoming Specialty Practice Sections Webinars

Exclusively for Specialty Practice Sections Members April 20 Transformative Leadership and Women: Courage and Hope for the Profession (1 CE Credit Offered) This webinar will examine the challenges and opportunities that impact  women’s leadership in social work. Presenters: Saundra Starks, ED,D, LCSW Jacqueline Durham, MSW, LCSW Tricia Bent-Goodley,PhD, MSW, LICSW April  28 The  Supportive School Discipline Initiative: Dismantling the School to Prison ... Read More »

NASW supports the Obama Administration call to ban the use of conversion therapy for youth

The National Association of Social Works (NASW) applauds the Obama Administration for clearly stating “this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.” NASW reaffirms its stance against reparative therapy and other sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) designed to change sexual orientation or to refer clients to practi­tioners or programs that claim to do so. NASW ... Read More »