Author Archives: gwright

A Poem: The Foster Adolescent

Thoughtful stressed man with a mess in his head

By Cynthia Henderson, PhD, LICSW, LCSW-C I am caught between leaving childhood, some of the benefits that it brought or benefits taken away In route to adulthood, am I ready, my brain is still processing the shift and feeling it has gone astray So many things I may never see again, so many places I dreamed of, will they ever ... Read More »

Integrating Adolescent Brain Development Into Child Welfare Practice with Older Youth Curriculum, Other Materials

Sad boy sitting swing and hugging a dog. Family Problems, Loneliness. Divorce Effects On Children

Integrating Adolescent Brain Development Curriculum The curriculum includes links to several on-line videos that are embedded in the curriculum. Four audio files and one video file can be downloaded from this page when using the curriculum. Integrating Adolescent Brain Development Handouts  The curriculum indicates how and where these handouts are used. Integrating Adolescent Brain Development PowerPoint slides. PPT Slides Day ... Read More »

National Social Work Survey Shows Impacts of COVID-19 School Disruptions

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As millions of preK-12 students return to school that will be largely virtual this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a national study of school social workers (SSWs) highlights the need to address hunger, housing instability, health, mental health and other challenges that a high proportion of students are experiencing, especially low-income students.. The study, “Opening Schools Safely in the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Massachusetts Bail Fund is Rooted in Social Justice

handcuffs with dollar bills on desk. close up

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Massachusetts Chapter wrote a letter in the Boston Globe in support of the Massachusetts Bail Fund. Here is a copy of the letter: The cash bail system must be abolished as a discriminatory practice that disproportionately harms our Black, Latinx, and low-income neighbors. Until that goal can be realized, the Massachusetts Bail Fund ... Read More »

NASW Texas Chapter Continues Strong Opposition of ICE Separation of Immigrant Families: Social Workers Must Take Action!

Afro-american boy behind fence, migrant child separated from family, detained

On May 21, 2020, the Human Rights Committee of the National Association of Social Workers — Texas Chapter (NASW/TX) released the following statement: The National Association of Social Workers – Texas Chapter (NASW/TX) strongly opposes the recent attempts by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to separate immigrant families by giving families a choice between indefinite detention and a risk of ... Read More »

NASW welcomes your voice — please read our message about Instagram

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NASW recently turned off comments on Instagram after receiving several inflammatory and inaccurate comments from some followers. After reviewing that decision, we realize that this was not the best step to take. We inadvertently silenced a discussion to handle a few malicious posts, and in doing so, completely took social workers out of an active conversation. This was a mistake, and we ... Read More »

NASW Mississippi Chapter supports removing Confederate symbol from state flag

News reports say there could be enough votes in the Mississippi legislation to remove the Confederate symbol from the state flag.

By Gwen Bouie-Haynes, PhD, LMSW Executive Director, NASW-MS Chapter and the Board of Directors-National Association of Social Workers-MS Chapter The National Association of Social Workers-MS Chapter (NASW-MS) strongly supports changing the state flag of Mississippi to move forward in the best interest of all Mississippians. Recent discussions surrounding systemic & structural racism, racially insensitive symbols, and figures in our society have ... Read More »