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Experts: Family violence touches all practice areas

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By Alison Laurio, News contributor A 4-year-old boy was brought into a North Carolina hospital emergency room in August after his mother’s boyfriend picked him up by his legs and threw him across the room. He told his grandmother, “Mommy didn’t protect me.” Family violence happens every day in every state, and it affects people in every stage of life, ... Read More »

Pennsylvania Social Worker pushing initiative to recognize the value of greater father involvement in raising children

Social worker Rufus Sylvester Lynch is working to ensure fathers get more support to be involved with their children.

Social worker Rufus Sylvester Lynch says one out of three children in our nation would better thrive if public policy was more inclusive of fathers’ contributions to the well-being of children. Research and studies show that children who are involved with their fathers, even when they don’t live in the same residential setting, typically have more access to benefits such ... 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 »

Learning to harness technology for social good

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By Alison Laurio, News contributor Melanie Sage is part of a suicide special interest group that meets on Twitter, where she said “the medium helps get us out of our silos and see problems from multiple perspectives.” In 2014, Stephanie Berzin was given a Teaching with New Media Award by Boston College for outstanding uses of technology in teaching for ... Read More »

Programs help homeless, foster LGBTQ youth

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By Maren Dale, News contributor Although progress continues to be made toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) equality in the U.S. — as evidenced by marriage equality and better recognition of and respect for people who identify as LGBTQ — this progress is not felt by all members of the LGBTQ community. For LGBTQ youth in foster care ... Read More »

Symposium examines HIV strategies

Panelists share insights to strengthen HIV case management at the 4th Annual Global Social Service Workforce Alliance.

By Paul R. Pace, News staff To stop the spread of HIV, it cannot be treated as a health or medical problem alone, says Tom Fenn, project director of the Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children). “It’s not going to go away if we act like it’s the health sector’s responsibility or simply a question of ensuring we test and ... Read More »

Social work shared through generations

Social worker Maura Nsonwu, right, stands with her son, Zik, who is working on his BSW.

By Alison Laurio, News contributor When Maura Nsonwu was a teenager and her mother, Mary Anne Busch, was working on her master’s degree in social work, her mother called the children into the room to try out a family therapy technique: family sculpture. It calls for the client and all family members to be physically placed in a way that ... Read More »

Work to close health gap continues amid doubt

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By Alison Laurio, News contributor   A year ago Heidi L. Allen’s sister died. “She lived in Idaho, which did not expand Medicaid under the ACA” (Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare), said Allen, an associate professor of social work at Columbia University in New York whose focus is low-income, uninsured adults. “Here I study health insurance, and I have ... 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 »