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A Master’s Degree in Social Work could give your Social Work Career a Boost.

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Here are four reasons from the National Association of Social Workers for why you should consider pursuing a graduate degree. Authored by: Lauren Waldron It’s never too late to start thinking about your future and career. Whether you are currently employed and considering applying to graduate school or a recent graduate from a Bachelor’s Program, a graduate degree in Social ... Read More »

Iowa Chapter opposes state attempt to deregulate licensing

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By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW chapters remain on alert after focused attempts to eliminate or alter licensing requirements for social workers and other professionals are on the rise. In one of the latest examples, NASW members and social workers turned out in force to voice opposition to a bill proposed by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican. It ... Read More »

Researchers tackle ‘smart decarceration’

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By Alison Laurio, News contributor The huge auditorium was filled with people from all over the country who had come to hear about one of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare’s grand challenges. They came from varied backgrounds — from social workers to lobbyists, said Melissa D. Grady, associate professor at Catholic University’s National School of Social ... Read More »

Webinars focus on cultural competence standards

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By Paul R. Pace, News staff We live in a time of considerable tensions related to differences of all kinds, says Carol Bonner, chairwoman of the NASW National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, or NCORED. “It is the responsibility, as social workers, to lead at all organizational and societal levels, and advocate for social justice, human dignity and human ... Read More »

Social workers weigh in on marijuana laws, policies

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By Alison Laurio, News contributor “Marijuana has lit up conversations and controversy across the country. It’s a hotly contested and complicated issue for states to weed through, and no doubt will remain high on legislative agendas for the foreseeable future,” the National Conference of State Legislatures says on one of its website’s “Deep Dive” issues pages. Voters passed eight marijuana-related ... Read More »

Nephrology social workers fill many roles

Even though there are more than 200,000 Americans living
with a kidney transplant, the National Kidney Foundation says
on average, 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting 
list every month. And 13 people a day — or 4,745 
people a year — die while waiting for a kidney.

By Alison Laurio, News contributor Dean Wolf has spent his entire working life as a social worker in the field helping others. Now he is asking others to help him, and said it is not an easy thing to do. “As much as I have empathy for people, I need a kidney,” he said it is not an easy thing ... Read More »

NASW helps secure approval for National Academies study

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By Paul R. Pace, News staff The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and the National Research Council have approved a proposed consensus study that examines the roles the social work profession and other social needs providers can play in helping improve the nation’s health. NASW has taken a lead role in the group that has been working ... Read More »

History shows importance of social work

Jane Addams, known as “The Mother of Social Work,” 
founded the U.S. Settlement House Movement in Chicago 
in the late 1800s. Addams and other social workers after her
 have led the way in developing social safety net programs

By Maren Dale, News contributor Today, social workers are part of the fabric of our nation, leading the march toward social justice, bringing our nation’s social problems to the public’s attention and serving in nearly every sector. Yet it was not long ago that many of the freedoms and rights Americans have today did not exist — and they would ... Read More »

HEALS program awards yearlong policy fellowship

By Maren Dale, News contributor JaNeen Cross, DSW, MSW, MBA, is the 2016 senior policy fellow through the NASW HEALS (Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars) Policy Fellowship. Cross, an assistant clinical professor of social work from Widener University in Pennsylvania, relocated in August from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., to begin her fellowship. The one-year HEALS program allows Cross to ... Read More »

Climate change, natural disasters affect well-being

By Alison Laurio, News contributor When Samantha Teixeira was at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work earning her MSW and then her Ph.D., she and a young black man walked up to a high school where the entry door was locked. “He rang the bell, and they wouldn’t let him in,” she said. “He looked at me and ... Read More »