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What’s it Like Being on the Front Lines of a Pandemic?

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Social workers tell us how they’re helping others By Aliah D. Wright Across the nation and around the world, social workers are continuing to help clients—despite great risk the pandemic poses to themselves and their families. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) posed the question: Are you on the front lines helping people? Please share your stories. Here’s how ... Read More »

How to Make Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Routine

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By Takia Richardson, LICSW, LCSW, NASW Senior Practice Associate, Behavioral Health, and Diana Ling, Outreach Program Coordinator, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin Alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) is an evidence-based tool backed by more than 30 years of research. Yet most people have not talked to a ... Read More »

Balancing “Essential” With Safe and Ethical During COVID-19

April 3, 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 »

“Let’s Talk”: Social Workers’ Vital Role in Reducing Risky Drinking

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By Takia Richardson, LICSW, LCSW, NASW Senior Practice Associate, Behavioral Health, and Diana Ling, Outreach Program Coordinator, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin Social workers are needed on the front lines of a growing women’s health issue: risky drinking. Women’s rates of deaths tied to alcohol increased 85 percent ... Read More »

Toppling the Myth: Men Do Not Cry

Boys Get Sad

The positive implications of social media influencers on students’ belief systems and mental health By Martha Rodriguez, LCSW Service Manager Recovery, Broward County, Fla. Public Schools “Men do not cry” Quite often our youth are afraid to show they are struggling. Especially young men who continuously must follow and hold up certain standards. More often than not, young men are ... Read More »

Join the #TransKids #SoFierce Campaign on March 31

TransKids

Each year on March 31, the world marks International Transgender Day of Visibility as a time to raise awareness around the discrimination that people who are transgender experience and celebrate people who are transgender from around the world who courageously live their lives openly and authentically. So far in 2020, more than 200 bills in 18 states been proposed to ... Read More »

Social Work in This Unprecedented Time

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March 20, 2020 The three largest social work organizations in the United States are calling social work practitioners, students, faculty, employers, regulators, policy makers, and all interested parties to action. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) acknowledge that we are all living in a ... Read More »

NASW joins legal case to stop faith groups from using “ministerial exception” to deny civil protections to staff

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  participated in an amicus brief led by the National Women’s Law Center, along with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Kevin Russell of Goldstein & Russell, P.C., and 67 other organizations, that was filed in the  U.S. Supreme Court on March 11, 2020 in consolidated cases, Our Lady of Guadalupe School ... Read More »

Did You Know Burnout is Real?

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By  Harleny Vasquez, MSW Burnout is a common word thrown around in the field of social work, but have you ever taken the time to recognize the signs or symptoms that you may be experiencing exhaustion? Such indications can be a serious sign that your body telling you to slow down. Social workers are constantly faced with the challenges of ... Read More »

Congressional briefing examines ways to improve health and mental health care in jails

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The National Association of Counties and the National Sheriffs’ Association held a Capitol Hill briefing on March 3 called “The Intersection of Health and Justice: A Look Inside County Jails.” The National Association of Social Workers cosponsored the briefing along with the Grand Challenges for Social Work, the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors, and the ... Read More »