Author Archives: Aliah Wright

NASW Endorses Complex Care Core Competencies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

Social Workers and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated January 26, 2021 Many social workers have begun receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine distribution is being managed in phases and groups on a state level. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) anticipates social workers fall in every phase depending on population served, level of direct client interaction, work setting, age and health status. How quickly social workers are inoculated and ... Read More »

NASW Strongly Condemns Recent Police Misconduct

By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor, Social Justice and Human Rights Within the last three weeks, two incidents of apparent police misconduct have received national attention that NASW finds to be deeply problematic. The first incident is related to the police shooting of 24-year-old Casey Goodson Jr., a Black man from Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Goodson, who was ... Read More »