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Alternative therapies can enrich practice

By Rena Malai, News staff Hearty laughter, colorful paints and a beloved country song all have something in common — they can be vital tools for social workers to enhance their practices. Laughter may quite possibly be the best medicine, says NASW member Lisa Wessan, who adds that she appreciates the absurdity of life without falling victim to it. “If ... 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 »

Chapters weigh in on suicide assessment mandates

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Washington became the first state in the nation to require suicide assessment and management training for licensed social workers, therapists, counselors and psychologists. The Matt Adler Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management Act was signed into law in 2012 and went into effect in January. The statute, which was amended to include other health professions, such ... Read More »

NASW chapters continue to urge Medicaid expansion

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW chapters continue to pressure state lawmakers about the need to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion provision. At press time, 26 states and the District of Columbia are implementing ACA’s Medicaid expansion, which opens Medicaid services to millions of people by expanding eligibility to adults under age 65 with incomes at or ... Read More »

Hearings provide feedback for Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Participation at public hearings to develop a national strategy to eliminate child maltreatment deaths has exceeded expectations, said NASW member Michael Petit, president of Every Child Matters Education Fund. Petit and social worker Marilyn Bruguier Zimmerman, director of the National Native Children’s Trauma Center, serve on the 12-member Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and ... Read More »

Title IV-E Waiver Implementation: Coalition pinpoints intervention goals

By Rena Malai, News staff The Child Welfare and Mental Health Coalition, of which NASW is a supporter, met in Washington, D.C., in September, to discuss evidence-based interventions that are part of  Title IV-E waiver implementation. Title IV-E is the major source of federal funding for child welfare services in the United States. In 2011, Congress provided reauthorization for demonstration ... Read More »

The War on Poverty: Struggle changes as society evolves

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers rolled up their collective sleeves and joined in making a difference when President Lyndon Johnson declared the War on Poverty 50 years ago. Interviews with social workers targeting poverty alleviation today make it clear that just as society evolves, so do the challenges of poverty. However, they say giving up is not ... Read More »