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NASW and CSWE Leaders on Rep. Ed Towns’ TV Show

NASW Executive Director Betsy Clark and CSWE President Mit Joyner, joined Congressman Ed Towns on his television program, Political News and Views, on March 10, 2011, to discuss the importance of the social work profession to our nation. Congressman Towns is a proud social worker and covered a variety of topics including the diverse fields of social work practice, how ... Read More »

“The Lived Experiences of Tobacco Use, Dependence, and Cessation: Insights and Perspectives of People with Mental Illness,” by Erica Singer Solway

People with mental illness are more likely to be smokers than the general population. In fact, studies indicate that individuals with mental illness or addictions are two to three times more likely to be addicted to tobacco than are individuals in the general population. However, few studies have been conducted to determine why this is the case. Recently, Erica Singer ... Read More »

“It’s Murder Out Today”: Middle School Girls Speak Out about Girl Fighting

The phenomenon of girl fighting has piqued scholarly and popular interest in recent years, and yet few have studied the factors that contribute to the problem.  Recently a group of social work researchers decided to investigate girl fighting by interviewing several teenage girls in focus groups at middle schools in the northeastern US.  The participants of the focus groups were ... Read More »

Reconciling Paternalism and Empowerment in Clinical Practice: An Intersubjective Perspective

Through its history as an organized profession, social work has worked under two competing models or philosophies: paternalism and empowerment. But perhaps a third model will provide a more comprehensive view for client care and empowerment.  In “Reconciling Paternalism and Empowerment in Clinical Practice: An Intersubjective Perspective” in the January 2011 issue of Social Work, Cassandra L. Bransford discusses these ... Read More »

Child Health Inequality

Numerous studies have acknowledged that the well-being of the nation hinges on the health of its people. This research also shows growing disparities in health outcomes for children.  In a special issue of Health and Social Work Journal from the NASW Press, authors Virginia Rondero Hernandez, Salvador Montana and Kris Clarke explore ways to reduce such disparities in “Child Health ... Read More »

NASW Participates in Conference in South Africa (Ctd.)

Day 4: Over 150 government, academic, and civil society representatives from across Africa, Vietnam, and Haiti gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, met this month (November 2010) to share lessons learned and to plan efforts to strengthen the social welfare labor force in Africa that cares for vulnerable children and families. Funded by USAID and PEPFAR, the Social Welfare Workforce ... Read More »

NASW Participates in Conference in South Africa (Ctd.)

Day 3 Conference delegates spent the day in country team meetings defining challenges and deciding on priorities. NASW staff hosted two special meetings. The first, a lunch time meeting, was a gathering of social work delegates. The table was completely full. Delegates had a lively discussion on a variety of topics. The second was a meeting of social work associations ... Read More »

NASW Participates in Conference in South Africa (Ctd.)

Day 2 On The 2nd day delegations from 18 countries had all arrived. The day opened with a panel presentation on “Systematic Approaches to Workforce Strengthening”. Luisa Lopez, NASW’s Division Director for Human Rights and International Affairs, spoke about supporting the workforce and professional social work associations, highlighting issues such as caseload size, and quality supervision as a resource for ... Read More »

NASW Participates in Conference in South Africa

The conference “Strengthening the Social Welfare Workforce: Investing in those who care for children” is being held in Cape Town, South Africa (SA) this week. Day 1 The conference started with opening remarks from US Ambassador to SA, Donald Gips. Also speaking on the first day was John Williamson, a well respected social worker who works with USAID. Williamson spoke ... Read More »

Educating Today’s School Social Workers: Are School Social Work Courses: Responding to the Changing Context?

Shifts in the educational landscape affect services for students and the context in which school social workers practice.  Broad changes in education have consequences for social work practice—specifically, the ability of school social workers to align services with school goals.  For example, more emphasis on student and teacher accountability and the expansion of school choice, charter schools and vouchers, calls ... Read More »