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NASW supports bill to help homeless students

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Cynthia Fernan came to Capitol Hill on a chilly January morning and informed federal lawmakers that she is an employed 19-year-old student from the Focus Learning Academy Southwest in Columbus, Ohio. “I am also a couch surfer,” she said. Fernan is homeless and has been for a few years. She relies on social media ... Read More »

Stigma remains attached to HIV

Experts say social workers can help educate public By Rena Malai, News staff There are people who still aren’t quite sure how HIV/AIDS is transmitted, and are afraid of what it means, says NASW member Melissa Sellevaag, manager for Youth and Family Care Navigation at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, D.C. She says social workers can help prevent stigma, and spread ... Read More »

Video project showcases membership in NASW

By Paul R. Pace, News staff For Mary-Elizabeth Tuggle, a social worker with the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., being a member of NASW has provided opportunities to participate in leadership roles. “It makes me become more involved with the field of social work,” Tuggle said during her interview for NASW’s special video project that is debuting this month ... Read More »

Field education graduates to new levels

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Field education in social work has reached a new level of importance, says Jo Ann McFall, associate director of Field Education and Community Programs at Michigan State University School of Social Work. “Field education is in the most exciting place it has been in the 35 years that I have been involved since I ... Read More »

Tanzania meeting focuses on combatting poverty

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW — as part of the ongoing relationship with the Tanzania Social Workers Association, or TASWO —  was invited to TASWO’s annual meeting in October, held in Dar es Salaam. The meeting focused on the issues surrounding poverty in Tanzania, and the role social work plays. NASW CEO Angelo McClain and NASW President Darrell Wheeler ... Read More »

Law firm to help NASW strengthen government relations strategies

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW is strengthening its government relations strategies for the 114th Congress by teaming up with an award-winning, full-service government relations law firm that prides itself on strong bipartisan relationships in the executive and legislative branches. The association is working with Polsinelli law firm to energize social work’s policy muscle throughout the U.S., said Heidi ... Read More »

Eldercaring coordination helps address conflicts

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The number of people age 65 and older is growing. And that growth adds the potential for increased cases of family conflicts in addressing an older person’s care and well-being. A newly developed practice modality, eldercaring coordination, can help families and older adults address those conflicts. The Association for Conflict Resolution Task Force on ... Read More »

Commission seeks data standards in child maltreatment cases

By Paul R. Pace, News staff There were 1,620 child maltreatment deaths reported in 2012, but research suggests that the real number may be under reported by 1,000 or more children because of a lack of consistency in how child deaths are documented across the U.S. Improving standards of data collection in child maltreatment deaths is a major goal of ... Read More »

Pioneers celebrate 20 years, hold 10th annual event

By Rena Malai, News staff Before schools of social work, before legal regulations and codes of ethics, there were social work pioneers, said Robert Cohen, a member of the NASW Pioneer steering committee. Cohen remarked on this during his speech at the NASW Social Work Pioneer® 20th Anniversary Observance and 10th Annual Event.  More than 100 people — including Pioneers, ... Read More »