Author Archives: Aliah Wright

NASW Recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness Month

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is proud to recognize May as Mental Health Awareness Month and seeks to acknowledge the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.  Social workers are committed to bringing awareness and combating mental health stigma through support, education, and advocacy. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the overall safety and emotional well-being of individuals and ... Read More »

Join the NASW Virtual Conference Patron Program

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When you join the 2021 NASW Virtual Conference Patron Program, you can access 2000+ members of your key audience – social work professionals and thought leaders in the industry, to network and showcase your cutting-edge programs and services. Last year, the Patron Program proved to be exactly what our exhibitors wanted from a virtual event. So don’t miss this opportunity to ... Read More »

NASW Endorses Complex Care Core Competencies

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By Carrie Dorn, MPA, LMSW and Rebecca Koppel, MSW, MPH NASW is proud to endorse the Core Competencies for Frontline Complex Care Providers created by the National Center for Complex Health & Social Needs. The Competencies were developed by a working group of diverse members with expertise in providing complex care, including social workers, community health workers, health care administrators, ... Read More »

Unaccompanied Migrant Children: A Looming Border Crisis

Crisis at the border: Thousands of unaccompanied minors arrive in U.S.

By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor Shortly after Election Day, the new Biden-Harris Administration announced that immigration reform was one of its highest priorities. President Biden also pledged to rescind the inhumane asylum-seeker policies of the Trump administration ― the “remain in Mexico policy.” In February, the administration announced it would accept unaccompanied children, a reversal of Trump-era ... Read More »

Parkinson’s Social Workers are Essential

Lance Wilson, MSS, LSW, C-SWHC is the Neuroscience Medical Social Worker at the Jefferson Comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Jefferson University in Philadelphia,.

By Anne Wallis, MSW and Courtney Malburg Social workers make life better for people with Parkinson’s, their care partners and their loved ones! Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. It manifests itself differently in every person, and Parkinson’s social workers can help. Social workers address the non-medical aspects of Parkinson’s, including patients’ ... Read More »

Essential Social Workers Remain on Front Lines During Pandemic

Social workers Kristi Johnson and Kelly Heffner

NASW asked social workers to tell us about the essential work they’ve been doing throughout the pandemic. Here are just a few of their stories. Managing Adoptions Last November, Illinois residents Brad and Cassie went to Tallahassee, Fla., to grow their family through adoption, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare wrote on its Facebook page last year. “When the adoption fell through at ... Read More »

Social Workers Are ‘Glue’ That Holds Things Together

During the pandemic, the phone became our friend, one social worker says.

By Ellen Kersen, LCSW In the seven years I have been working for Senior Community Care PACE in Montrose, Colorado,  I have never experienced such great emotional need than in the past year with the COVID-19 pandemic. We went from an open day center where we could see our seniors in person weekly to a home-based program where we were not advised ... Read More »

Social Workers Address Covid, Pediatrics, and Mental Health

For months, an average of 10 California-based pediatricians and five mental health providers volunteer their time to answer community questions about Covid-19.

By Alana Epstein, LCSW Every single Monday for months, an average of 10 California-based pediatricians and five mental health providers volunteer their time to answer community questions about Covid-19 and its effect on the lives of children, their families, and the community. Topics have included contact tracing, mitigating or controlling the spread of Covid-19, the science behind the latest developments, ... Read More »

And Then the World Turned Upside Down

Nicole Adelman, MSS, LCSW

By Nicole Adelman, MSS, LCSW Last year, at the beginning of Social Work month, I acknowledged my colleagues and the profession I love on social media. The year before, I noted that everyone’s been touched by a social worker, more times than they could probably count, but never knew. Because we’re everywhere. And then the world turned upside down. Health ... Read More »

As School Social Workers, We Did What We Knew to Do

Social worker Sakia Gable Dixon, LICSW, organizes book bags and school supplies for distribution to families in her Alabama school district.

By Sakia Gable Dixon, LICSW I do not know one person who anticipated the challenges of 2020.  Each has his or her struggles, mishaps, and reasons for distress from year to year. An attack on our nation and world at large, COVID 19 proved that we would not remain the same.  This virus affected us physically, mentally, and financially. The ... Read More »