Author Archives: NASW Staff

Addressing Equity in Schools: Youth Participatory Action Research and Transformative Social and Emotional Learning during COVID-19

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and rise in racial injustices signaled the need to engage students in macro-level interventions to maximize their contributions to their schools, communities, and society. School social workers are uniquely positioned to elevate student voices, hone their critical thinking skills, and capitalize on their strengths and assets. Critical thinking skills can help students analyze the world ... Read More »

Pandemics, Economic Systems, and the Future of Social Work

[Note: Below is an excerpt from an article in the most recent issue of the journal Social Work, co-published by NASW and Oxford University Press. The article was written by Laura Nissen, PhD, MSW, professor and Presidential Futures Fellow, School of Social Work, Portland State University; and Anna Scheyett, PhD, MSW, dean and professor, School of Social Work, University of Georgia, Athens. ... Read More »

Social Work Advocates: 2021 December – 2022 January Issue

In case you missed it, here are some of the features in the latest issue of Social Work Advocates. Top stories include: Vaccine Education: CDC Grant Will Help Train Social Workers to Inform Clients, Communities A new initiative will help equip social workers with information so they can talk to clients about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines. Economic Inequality: ... Read More »

CY 2022 Medicare Quality Payment Program for Clinical Social Workers: Frequently Asked Questions

December 2021 Beginning January 1, 2022, clinical social workers (CSWs) will become eligible to participate in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP). NASW advocated for the inclusion of CSWs in the QPP and are pleased that they are now eligible. CSWs participate in the QPP through a system called the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MIPS was designed to tie payments ... Read More »

How Many Immigrant-Friendly Communities Are in the United States? Classifying the Policy Stream

Dramatic federal immigration policy proposals and executive actions appear to be a reaction to state and local governments that have taken leadership in responding to immigration. Some local governments have endorsed welcoming immigrants to stabilize high-poverty urban neighborhoods and to enhance regional economic development. Others embrace immigrant incorporation consistent with the social work grand challenge to achieve equal opportunity and ... Read More »

From the Journals: Self-Care Insights from COVID-19

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[Note: Below is an excerpt from an article in the most recent issue of the journal Health & Social Work, co-published by NASW and Oxford University Press. The article was written by Christine M. Rine, PhD, associate professor, Department of Social Work, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. This article is free to be read on the Oxford University Press website.] *** ... Read More »

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  October 29, 2021 It is hard to believe that we are closing in on the end of our second year living with COVID-19. Since March 2020, our three organizations have come together to share resources in Social Work Responds. These newsletters have allowed us to address challenges posed by the pandemic like adjusting to tele-social work, testing delays, or teaching social ... Read More »

Housing Crisis Among Issues Pandemic Has Exacerbated – Your Social Work Advocates Digital Edition is Now Available

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Housing Crisis Among Issues Pandemic Has Exacerbated By Laetitia Clayton, Editor COVID-19 is still here. We’re still seeing hospitalizations and deaths from the virus, and are being urged to get vaccinated, practice social distancing and keep our masks on in many public places. These are measures that aim to protect the overall public health and stem COVID’s spread. But the ... Read More »

From the Journals: Impact of the Coronavirus Lockdown on Older Adolescents Engaged in a School-Based Stress Management Program

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  [Note: Below is an excerpt from an article in the most recent issue of the journal Children & Schools, co-published by NASW and Oxford University Press. The article was written by Sara Schjølberg Marques, MSc, assistant clinical psychologist, and Ruth Braidwood, DClinPsy, clinical psychologist, at DISCOVER Workshop Programmes in London. This article is free to be read on the Oxford University Press ... Read More »

From the Journals: Community Organization and Empowerment of Women

Access to Social Work, a quarterly journal co-published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press, is one of the benefits of membership with NASW. For a small additional fee, members can also access articles from NASW’s other journals, Children & Schools, Health & Social Work, and Social Work Research. Periodically we highlight a selected article from these journals to showcase ... Read More »