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Social Work and Palliative Care in Unprecedented Times

Gabrielle Winther, MSW, LCSW

NASW member shares her story of working on the front lines By Gabrielle Winther, LCSW I have been a social worker for 10 years, I have worked in hospice, oncology and currently palliative care. When I started my new position as a clinical social worker in August 2019 in a small community hospital in Hunterdon County, N.J. I never imagined ... Read More »

What’s the meaning of this?

May 1, 2020 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve in this ever-changing and unsettling environment created by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Follow ... Read More »

When patients with COVID-19 began arriving, Michigan Medicine social workers moved quickly to adapt. Here’s how they helped patients

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By Audrey I. Houttekier, LMSW, C-ASWCM and Gariann Brock, LMSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM Care Management Social Work at Michigan Medicine provides inpatient clinical social work and discharge planning services in inpatient, observation, and emergency settings for pediatric and adult patients of Michigan Medicine. The challenge of COVID-19 has presented new needs for patients who are positive for the novel coronavirus which ... Read More »

Social Work Ethics During the Time of Pandemic

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By Andrea Murray, MSW, LICSW Senior Ethics Associate National Association of Social Workers The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has transformed every aspect of our lives over just a few weeks. The ethical dilemmas that have emerged would have been considered fodder for a disaster movie plot not too long ago, yet today these dilemmas are reality. “How do you avoid abandoning ... Read More »

Mental Health Leaders Meet with President Trump to Discuss Coronavirus Impact

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National Association of Social Workers (NASW) CEO Angelo McClain yesterday participated on a conference call with President Trump, Vice President Pence and key Trump Administration officials for a discussion on the mental health implications of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)pandemic.  The meeting was an opportunity for the Administration to hear directly from the mental health community as the nation confronts the ... Read More »

National Healthcare Decisions Day in a Time of Pandemic

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On April 16th each year, NASW celebrates National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) to empower individuals to engage in advance care planning. As our communities face the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of these conversations comes into new focus. Social workers can support clients, family members, and friends to communicate their health care treatment preferences. Advance care planning is not only about ... Read More »

Reinforcing the Essential Nature of Social Work

April 10, 2020 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve in this ever-changing and unsettling environment created by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Follow ... Read More »

Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family during the Coronavirus Outbreak

By Donzell Lampkins, MSW, LISW Social workers are addressing the Coronavirus pandemic on multiple fronts—as they should since helping during a crisis of this magnitude is part of the social worker’s code of ethics. The NASW Code of Ethics states, “Social workers should provide appropriate professional services in public emergencies to the greatest extent possible.” Some social workers are working ... Read More »

New York City Social Workers: Silenced on the Front Lines of Crisis

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By Dr. Claire Green-Forde, LCSW Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers-NYC Chapter New York currently holds a title no city or state in America wants – the epicenter of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis. As social workers we are watching everyday, worried that our loved ones, colleagues, friends, or clients could fall ill with the ensuing complications of COVID-19 ... Read More »