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Author Archives: communications

NASW Celebrates National Hospice & Palliative Care Month: Care on Your Terms

Join NASW in celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month this November by highlighting that hospice and palliative care programs provide care on your terms. Download outreach materials from Caring Connections, the consumer Web site of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and incorporate current NHPCO data on hospice use, delivery, and quality in your messaging. NASW resources: ... Read More »

Uniting with schools of social work to advance the Medicaid expansion

On November 8th, NASW – together with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)  and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) – sent a joint letter to  over 300 program chairs in social work programs around the country, encouraging them to engage their students, faculty and alumni to advocate for the Medicaid expansion in their states. ... Read More »

Webinar: Reaching Teens in Therapy: Evidence Based Practice for Clinicians

Effective work with adolescents requires particular skill sets and knowledge.  In this webinar, participants will gain an understanding of the multidimensional developmental tasks and growth taking place in this stage of life, evidence-based relational approaches to effectively engage teens in treatment, and gain strategies for addressing the unique challenges in working with this population.  This webinar benefits clinical social workers ... Read More »

Gun Violence – Revisited

On September 16, 2013 at the Navy Yard section of Washington, D.C.  a lone gunman took the lives of 12 people and wounded four more. Sadly, multiple shooting incidents have become more frequent. A study by Scripps Howard News Service found that from 1980 through 2010, there were 20,223 cases of homicide involving at least two victims. The same study found ... Read More »

New IOM Report Highlights Advances in Understanding of Child Abuse, Neglect

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) on September 12 released a new report, New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research, that highlights advances made in understanding and treating child abuse and neglect over the past 20 years. Joan Levy Zlotnik, director of NASW’s Social Work Policy Institute, was a member of the multi-disciplinary consensus committee that examined what has been ... Read More »

The National Association of Social Workers Commends the Department of Justice on the Smart on Crime Initiative

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) commends Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the August 12, 2013 announcement of the Smart on Crime initiative.  Among other things, the initiative proposes to end mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders and prioritize more appropriate alternative sentencing, such as drug rehabilitation programs. The Smart on Crime ... Read More »

NASW Social Work CEU’s – Working with LGBTQ populations

NASW members are asking: “Since June is Pride Month and that’s brought about an awareness of the LGBTQ population in my city, does NASW have any kind of training that could help me in my work?” CE Opportunities are available.  Contributed by NASW staff and the NASW-Wisconsin Chapter, you may want to consider getting your continuing education credits through the ... Read More »

Increasing Older Adults’ Benefits from Institutional Capacity of Volunteer Programs

[Referencing: Song-Iee Hong and Nancy Morrow-Howell, “Increasing Older Adults’ Benefits from Institutional Capacity of Volunteer Programs,” Social Work Research, volume 37, Number 2 (June 2013), pp. 99-108.] Volunteering has become an important strategy to boost the civic engagement and well-being of the growing older population. A wealth of evidence supports a relationship between volunteering and positive health and mental health ... Read More »

Health Insurance Marketplace Training Webinars Available

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting webinars on the health insurance marketplace (formally called the exchange) throughout June and July.  Health Insurance Marketplaces will be open in every state on January 1, 2014. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about this very important feature of the Affordable Care Act. ... Read More »