Author Archives: media

The Children’s Bureau

The social work profession has long identified child welfare as a core field of practice, as seen by the focus of the earliest social work agencies on “child and family welfare.” Indeed, passionate and visionary social workers launched the Children’s Bureau in 1912 to address the most critical issues affecting children and families. The Children’s Bureau has a century long ... Read More »

Social Workers at the White House Addressing Social Determinants of Health

NASW CEO Dr. Angelo McClain, and several staff members, recently attended a White House briefing, hosted by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) entitled “Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Era: The Role of Social Work Education.” This event included four panels of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) staff and was held prior ... Read More »

“Examing Cultural Competence in Health Care: Implications for Social Workers”

It’s well established that ethnic and racial minorities bear experience a disproportionate amount of negative health outcomes; this phenomenon is known as “health disparities”. Given that health disparities among ethnic minority groups have been partly attributed to cultural differences between patients and providers, there is an ongoing concerted effort to develop and implement culturally competent health interventions at both the ... 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 »

Be a Leader for Your Association

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is pleased to announce that the 2013 Call for Nominations for National Elected Leadership is now open. NASW must recruit members in good standing, with appropriate experience, to submit an application for national elected positions on: • National Board of Directors which is responsible for governing the Association by establishing board policies and ... Read More »

Forty Years in Social Work: Reflections on Practice and Theory

Over the past 40 plus years the social work profession in the United States has experienced dramatic changes. Such changes include: an increasingly diverse clientele, especially with an influx of immigrants from Latin America; an increasingly conservative, reactionary political climate; and a drive toward quantifiable data, “results” and the mimicry of hard sciences. Christopher Rhodes Dÿkema chronicles these changes from ... Read More »

Educational Personnel as Reporters of Suspected Child Maltreatment

Over 3 million referrals for suspected child abuse or neglect were made to Child Protective Services (CPS) in the US in 2009. Reports of suspicion of child maltreatment are more likely to come from educational personnel than from any other professional or non-professional reporting source. However, research consistently raises concerns as to the quantity and quality of reports by this ... Read More »

Implicit Spiritual Assessment: An Alternative Approach for Assessing Client Spirituality

Social work professionals realize more and more that spirituality plays an important role in fostering health and wellness. To help practitioners understand this relationship in clients’ lives, a spiritual assessment is commonly recommended as a routine component of practice. Administering a spiritual assessment—as part of a larger bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment—provides a more holistic understanding of clients’ realities, which in turn provides ... Read More »

“Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Addiction, Stress, and Pain,” by Eric L. Garland

Human existence can be beset by a variety of negative mental states such that life seems devoid of meaning, but it can also be liberated—a meaningful life reclaimed and savored through cultivation of a higher kind of mind. This quality, mindfulness, refers to both a set of contemplative practices and certain distinct psychological states and traits, and it can be ... Read More »