Author Archives: NASW

Learn the Facts About Dementia and How You Can Help

The belief that dementia is a normal part of the aging process is familiar. But it is not true. “It is a common misconception in society that it is something we should all expect and something that happens to almost everybody,” says Natalia Shtompel, PhD, MSW. “But it’s not the case.” Dementia is not a normal part of aging, she ... Read More »

Serving on the Board Has Been an Extraordinary Experience

When Robin Arndt was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he met with a social work professor. After a one-hour conversation where Arndt discussed his interests and aspirations, he said he left knowing he was going to be a social worker. “I gained a mentor from that meeting who would help me navigate my undergraduate experience and shape ... Read More »

What to know about grant writing and social work

The NASW Specialty Practice Sections webinar, Words with Friends: The Nexus Between Grant Writing and Social Work, provides an overview of grant writing strategies and techniques with emphasis on the written narrative portion of proposals for funding. It is available on demand at the Social Work Online CE Institute. The presentation includes how grant writing fits within an agency’s larger resource development ... Read More »

Estes Selected for Casey Foundation Fellowship

Ryan Estes, LCSW, LCAS, treasurer and compliance officer for the NASW national board of directors, is one of 15 leaders selected for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship®. The people selected for the fellowship will spend 21 months working within their agencies, organizations and communities toward specific, measurable improvements for large numbers of young people and families. Now ... Read More »

Board Member’s Career Trajectory Changed During Internship

By Paul R. Pace Prior to coming to the United States, Bisrat Abebe, director of Region I of the NASW national board of directors, spent several years studying philosophy and theology in a Catholic seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “When I started an MSW program at Boston College, my plan was to work in HIV/AIDS, with the immigrant population here in ... Read More »

Help Students Thrive, Heal During a Public Health Crisis

By Paul R. Pace Social workers can learn how to incorporate safety and connection when working with children and youth who may be experiencing difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kashera Guy Robinson, LCSW, and Uraina L. Scott, LCSW, school social workers in the Atlanta area, present the NASW Special Practice Sections webinar, How social workers can help students learn ... Read More »

Author Aims to Dispel Myths About Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder, is a misunderstood and often underdiagnosed condition. A new NASW Press book, Diagnosing and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Guide for Social Workers and All Frontline Staff, can help both new social workers and experienced frontline staff who may be new to DID. The author, Gregory L. Nooney, has worked in ... Read More »

NASW member comments on staying sober trend

Retail alcohol sales spiked 20 percent during the first six months of the pandemic. A study shows Americans drank 14 percent more often in response to pandemic-related stress, according to an article posted at thelily.com. However, more people are considering staying sober for a period. A New Year tradition called “Dry January” has helped to grow this trend. “A month ... Read More »

Social Work Pioneers Honored for Blazing Trails

By Paul R. Pace Five Black women who are NASW Social Work Pioneers® have been honored for their dedication to the profession, improving their communities, and leading the way as trailblazers. Their achievements continue to inspire social workers today. Bernice C. Harper   NASW CEO Angelo McClain and President Mildred “Mit” Joyner congratulated Harper on her 100th birthday in February ... Read More »