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Member makes a difference for flood victims

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NASW member Reia Chapman, who runs her own practice in Charlotte, N.C., volunteered with the American Red Cross for its disaster mental health services team in Lafayette, La., helping victims of the region’s historic flooding. “I do a lot of community-based organizing and racial trauma and advocacy work for marginalized groups,” Chapman said of what inspired her to volunteer. “I ... Read More »

NASW Practice Alert Brief: Health Care in 2017

by Carrie Dorn, LMSW, MPA National Association of Social Workers Senior Practice Associate The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has extended health insurance to 20 million Americans. As the incoming Trump Administration has promised constituents, changes to health care are likely in the upcoming year.  Anti-discrimination provisions in the ... Read More »

Social workers help reduce human trafficking

Panelists at NASW's national conference discuss what actions social workers are taking to address human trafficking.

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers are taking the lead in efforts to reduce the number of human trafficking victims and help keep young people from falling prey to traffickers.   Members of the NASW National Committee on Women’s Issues, or NCOWI, have been updating NASW’s public and practice policy statement on human trafficking, said Tonya Perry, chairwoman ... Read More »

Supervisory Leaders in Aging program looks to the future

By Paul R. Pace, News staff In the past several decades, Barbara Silverstone, an NASW Social Work Pioneer® and leader in the field of aging, said she became increasingly alarmed by two trends: the diminution of the role of supervisor and the acceleration of de-professionalization in social services to older adults and their families.   She developed and implemented a ... Read More »

NASW thankful North Dakota pipeline project halted, but still concerned

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is thankful the Obama Administration has listened to the concerns of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and stopped construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. Members of the tribe and their supporters from around the nation had protested the drilling for months over concerns the pipeline could contaminate ... Read More »

It’s time for the United States to have pictorial warnings on cigarettes

More than 100 nations include graphic warnings on cigarette packs and tobacco products.  Large, pictorial warnings have been shown to be effective in discouraging smoking and educating individuals about the harms of tobacco.  Social workers should be aware that the World Health Organization endorses graphic warnings and notes that they have a particular impact to “reduce the number of children ... Read More »

Economic justice on list of key social work issues

By Alison Laurio, News contributor Social worker Reeta Wolfsohn received a message from a client she had worked with well over a decade ago.   Back then, “she was a college graduate, an expert in working with the deaf,” Wolfsohn said. “The only work she could get was shadowing a high school student. She had no money, no money even ... Read More »

HIPAA Phishing Email Alert

Social work practitioners should be aware of a recent phishing scam. On November 28, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a listserv announcement warning covered entities and their business associates about a phishing email that disguises itself as an official communication from the Department. The phishing email is being circulated on ... Read More »

NASW Massachusetts President on Trump Election: We are stronger together and must leverage our collective strength

Dear NASW Chapter Members, I am reaching out to you on this cloudy Wednesday afternoon, November 9, 2016 as your Chapter President, your colleague and your friend. The relief that we imagined would come with the election’s end has for many, been replaced by shock, terror, anger and heartbreak. For those who made their way out into the world to ... Read More »

NASW New York City Chapter responds to Election of Donald J. Trump

Candida Brooks-Harrison, LCSW  President      Bob Schachter, DSW     Executive Director    NASW-NYC Statement on the Outcome of the Presidential Election 2016   Perspectives from Our Collective Past, Present & Future   November 10, 2016   NASW-NYC leads from a social justice and race equity position and strives to shine a light on pertinent issues. On Wednesday morning, our Nation ... Read More »