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Author Archives: NASW Social Work Practice Department

Engage at Every Age: Older Americans Month 2018

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By Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW Senior Practice Associate–Aging, NASW May 11, 2018 NASW is celebrating Older Americans Month (OAM) in May. Established in 1963 and coordinated by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM celebrates the role of older adults within our communities. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that people of all ages can take part in ... Read More »

Striving for Integrative Pain Care: Pain Awareness Month 2017

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Posted October 17, 2017  As a member of the consortium Partners for Understanding Pain, NASW observed Pain Awareness Month in September. Although the observance has ended, NASW encourages social workers to educate their colleagues and clients about resources to prevent and address pain—and to advocate for comprehensive, integrative pain care—throughout the year. Many people associate pain with advanced illness and ... Read More »

Help Shape Tomorrow Together at the 2018 NASW National Conference by Submitting your Proposal

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NASW is now accepting compelling proposals for the 2018 NASW National Conference, “Shaping Tomorrow Together,”  which will take place June 20-23, 2018 in Washington, DC. Submit your proposal today as an individual, symposium, or poster presentation to be considered as a presenter and showcase your research, innovation, methodologies, or strategies during the conference. More than 2,000 social workers and like-minded ... Read More »

4 Reasons to Pursue a Master’s in Social Work

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Whether you are a college student, recent graduate, or currently employed, a master’s in social work (MSW) can help boost your career. Here are four reasons why. 1. Advocate for underserved populations. Social workers get to advocate for the most marginalized and vulnerable populations. At-risk populations require the most assistance from social workers, but they have the most difficult time ... Read More »

Featured Virtual Conference Presenter, Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW on Ethics, Technology and Older Adults

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The revolution of digital technology has “changed the way social workers practice with, and on behalf of,  older adults and has enhanced the connection between older adults, caregivers, providers, and the community,” explains Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW, Director of the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review. Hobdy will present the breakout session “Ethical Considerations in Social Workers’ Use of ... Read More »

Featured 2017 NASW Virtual Conference Presenter Robyn Golden explains importance of advocacy in today’s political environment

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Robyn Golden, MA, ACSW, LCSW, Director of Population Health and Aging at Rush University Medical Center, explains the importance of advocacy in the current atmosphere. “The policy and political environment, specifically around health care and social services, is particularly fraught right now due to the uncertainty of federal health care reform and the threat of cutting federal funding for a ... Read More »

Age Out Loud During Older Americans Month

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Posted May 5, 2017 NASW invites social workers to join and promote the celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). Established in 1963 and coordinated by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM celebrates the contributions older adults make to society. The theme for OAM 2017 is Age Out Loud. This theme emphasizes the ways in which older adults live with boldness ... Read More »

SPS Special Ethical Considerations When Working with Older Adults Webinar

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          Celebrating Older American Month Special Ethical Considerations When Working with Older Adults Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   ET Credit Hours: 1  CEU(s) Presenter: Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW Practicing with high ethical standards requires special consideration when working with older adults. This session will focus on ethical issues that social workers face ... Read More »

SPS Leadership to Advance Cultural Competence: Everyone’s Responsibility Webinar

          Leadership to Advance Cultural Competence: Everyone’s Responsibility Wednesday, April 26, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   ET Credit Hours: 1  CEU(s) Presenter: Carol Bonner,EdD, MSW, MBA Vivian Jackson, PhD, ACSW, LICSW Moderator(s): Rita Webb, MSW This webinar builds upon the 2015 Revised NASW Standards on Cultural Competence in the Social Work Profession, Standard 10: “Leadership ... Read More »

Get Ready for National Healthcare Decisions Day 2017

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Posted April 13, 2017 The mission of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is to enhance understanding of, and participation in, advance care planning. Now in its 10th year, NHDD 2017 will be a weeklong event, observed April 16 through 22. This year’s theme matches that of the 2016 observance: It’s always too early, until it’s too late. Learn more about ... Read More »