Author Archives: Aliah Wright

Did You Know Burnout is Real?

Connection with nature

By  Harleny Vasquez, MSW Burnout is a common word thrown around in the field of social work, but have you ever taken the time to recognize the signs or symptoms that you may be experiencing exhaustion? Such indications can be a serious sign that your body telling you to slow down. Social workers are constantly faced with the challenges of ... Read More »

NASW Staff Attends Hearing on Capitol Hill Examining Failed Implementation of PSLF Program

Lawmakers, others discuss failures of student loan forgiveness program.

By Dina Kastner On Thursday, September 19, staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), attended an oversight hearing on implementation of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Held by the House Education and Labor, Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee, the hearing was presided over by its chair, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-Calif.), who is also a social ... Read More »

NASW Opposes Changes in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

It is estimated that 42 million Americans nationwide received SNAP benefits, which is roughly 13 percent of the U.S. population, who are poor.

By NASW Director Public Policy Sarah Christa Butts, LMSW Given the social work professions’ values and primary mission to enhance human wellbeing and help meet basic human needs, especially of people who are vulnerable and living in poverty, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes rule changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would eliminate benefits for ... Read More »

NASW Attends White House Meeting on Veterans’ Suicide

The White House; red, white and blue flowers growing on lawn

By Anna Mangum, MSW, MPH NASW was invited to participate in a meeting last Friday, Aug. 23, at the White House to discuss the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) initiative. NASW Chief Executive Officer Angelo McClain and I attended. The meeting included Surgeon General Dr. Jerome M. Adams and key leaders from ... Read More »

Men and Intimate Partner Violence

upset man with his hand over his mouth

Where should men turn when they are victims of abuse? By Tatsha Robertson Much has been written and discussed about women abused by their intimate partners. However, stories of male survivors are often ignored, partly because of the universal stigmas that hinder men from speaking out, according to Zander Keig, LCSW. Keig works with male victims of intimate partner violence ... Read More »

New York State Legislature Bans ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Minors

New York Legislature bans conversion therapy.

(ALBANY, NY) – The New York State Psychiatric Association, The National Association of Social Workers – New York City and New York State Chapters, The New York Society for Clinical Social Work, and The New York State Psychological Association applaud the Senate and Assembly’s passage of legislation A.576/S.1046, sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and Assembly Member Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), ... Read More »

Helping the Helpers: ‘Unlocked’ Initiative Aims to Aid Those Working in Mental Health Care

Stories from Kings Park are what fuel Unlocked

In the summer of 1967, after several suicide attempts, 17-year-old Lucy Winer was committed to Kings Park State Hospital’s female violent ward. More than 30 years after her discharge from the mental institution Winer—now an award-winning filmmaker—returned to Kings Park in New York for the first time to revisit her experience. The result was the critically acclaimed documentary, Kings Park: ... Read More »