Social Work Advocates Magazine

Job-training program includes self-esteem boost

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers are known for having skills to help people overcome challenges. There are also social workers who specialize in connecting people with one of life’s basic needs: a living-wage job that can boost self-worth. And Project IOWA is one of the places where you can find these social workers. Project IOWA (Iowa Opportunities ... Read More »

Social workers help tackle homelessness

By Alison Laurio, News contributor When Georgia Van Cooten walked into New York City’s Penn Station to participate in the homeless count this year, her thoughts went to two people. A second-year master’s in social work student at Touro College in New York City, Van Cooten also had taken part in the 2015 count. Back then, she talked with a ... Read More »

Second virtual career fair offers Skype, webinar

By Paul R. Pace, News staff More than 3,800 social workers signed up to participate in the NASW Career Center’s second Virtual Career Fair on Feb. 9. The one-day event allowed NASW members and nonmembers a free opportunity to connect directly with 43 different employers by using Skype and instant messaging integration for their interviews. Social work job seekers and ... Read More »

North Dakota Chapter creates safety training course

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW continues to help social workers and other human-service professionals learn how to be safe performing their jobs. Some of the latest efforts are taking place at the NASW North Dakota Chapter. Chapter Executive Director Nancy Miller said they used funds from an unrestricted grant to team up with the North Dakota Safety Council ... Read More »

Social work organizations launch Grand Challenges

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW and the Council on Social Work Education recently joined the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare to announce the launch of the academy’s 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work. Richard P. Barth, president of AASWSW and dean at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, announced the Grand Challenges before ... Read More »

Gun violence, mental health link complex

By Kristin Battista-Frazee, News contributor It’s an all too familiar story: Another mass shooting occurs and innocent lives are lost. In the aftermath, the media reports, yet again, that the shooter has, or had, a mental illness. We feel all at once sadness, grief and outrage. And the headlines make it easy to believe people with mental illness are violent. ... Read More »

NASW’s Michigan chapter hosts race forums

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Many NASW chapters are addressing the complex issues of racism, hate crimes and police use of force in their communities. The NASW Michigan Chapter is the latest example of social workers working toward positive solutions. This fall it partnered with 14 schools of social work to host a first-ever series of social work forums ... Read More »

Program helps foster youth continue education

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Foster youth can experience greater challenges than their non-foster youth peers as they grow into adulthood. Besides the potential for mental stress, foster youth can face financial, transportation and housing insecurity that can impede a path to a postsecondary education. Fortunately, there are social workers, such as Maria Garin Jones, who specialize in supporting ... Read More »

Social Work HEALS program offers training in health care delivery

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Nearly 50 BSW and MSW students from across the country gathered for educational sessions on health care, leadership and advocacy activities on Capitol Hill as part of the Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars (Social Work HEALS) Student Policy Summit, which was hosted at NASW’s national office in November. NASW and the ... Read More »

End-of-life cultural competence need grows

By Maren Dale, News contributor Social workers are aware of the importance of building cultural awareness in order to work effectively with people from various racial and ethnic groups. However, the need has increased for social workers to dive deeper and develop cultural competence in relation to specific practice areas, including end-of-life care. Fueling this need is the fact that ... Read More »