Author Archives: Aliah Wright

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 »

Guide for the First Year Social Work Student

By Emily Glazer Congratulations! If you are reading this that means you are probably starting your first year of school as a social work student or maybe you’re currently in social work school, looking into possible careers and majors. Now that we are getting towards the end of summer and transitioning into fall, that means some are going back to ... Read More »

Child Welfare Social Workers are Essential Workers, Too

By Maxine Benitez, Lauren Chagoya, Eileen Ching, Velma Raza-Acuna, and Jessica Varela The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire world in many ways.  Since its beginnings, many individuals have been laid off or have been furloughed, due to businesses shutting down or simply because they are not considered “essential workers” or “frontline workers.” Throughout the pandemic, we have heard conversations ... Read More »

She Contracted COVID-19, But Recovered Social Worker Returned to the Front Lines

Note: Although Social Worker Lilian Espinoza, LCSW, ACHP-SW, the Assistant Director of the Inpatient Palliative Care Medicine Consultation Service at Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens contracted the novel coronavirus in March and it took her a month to recover, she went right back to work. Here is her story: By Lilian Espinoza, LCSW, ACHP-SW Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our Palliative ... Read More »

Social Work and Palliative Care in Unprecedented Times

Gabrielle Winther

NASW member shares her story of working on the front lines By Gabrielle Winther, LCSW I have been a social worker for 10 years, I have worked in hospice, oncology and currently palliative care. When I started my new position as a clinical social worker in August 2019 in a small community hospital in Hunterdon County, N.J. I never imagined ... Read More »

Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family during the Coronavirus Outbreak

By Donzell Lampkins, MSW, LISW Social workers are addressing the Coronavirus pandemic on multiple fronts—as they should since helping during a crisis of this magnitude is part of the social worker’s code of ethics. The NASW Code of Ethics states, “Social workers should provide appropriate professional services in public emergencies to the greatest extent possible.” Some social workers are working ... Read More »

What’s it Like Being on the Front Lines of a Pandemic?

Social workers tell us how they’re helping others By Aliah D. Wright Across the nation and around the world, social workers are continuing to help clients—despite great risk the pandemic poses to themselves and their families. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) posed the question: Are you on the front lines helping people? Please share your stories. Here’s how ... Read More »

Toppling the Myth: Men Do Not Cry

The positive implications of social media influencers on students’ belief systems and mental health By Martha Rodriguez, LCSW Service Manager Recovery, Broward County, Fla. Public Schools “Men do not cry” Quite often our youth are afraid to show they are struggling. Especially young men who continuously must follow and hold up certain standards. More often than not, young men are ... Read More »

Free COVID-19 Telehealth Resources for NASW Members

As telehealth becomes more key during COVID-19, so does the need for ethics and technology education. Below is a list of relevant webinars that NASW has made free for our members. Ethics and Integrated Health Care Faculty-Student Ethics Round Table New Practice Standards on Social Work and Technology: A Situation-Based Discussion on Best Practices? Official National Training on the Revisions ... Read More »