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Those who improve end-of-life, palliative care honored

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Honoring the people in hospices, hospitals, health care systems and long-term care facilities who collectively work to improve palliative and end-of-life care is what the Circle of Life Awards, co-sponsored by NASW, are all about. “Winning this award means that the program has achieved the very high standards that the American Hospital Association, NASW, ... Read More »

Brody was one of first social work practitioners to conduct research

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW Social Work Pioneer® Elaine Brody, who died on July 9 at age 91, is being remembered as one of the first social work practitioners to simultaneously conduct research of clients. Her efforts helped launch the specialization of aging studies. Brody’s research at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center in the 1950s eventually led to one ... Read More »

NASW PACE prepares for candidate endorsements

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By Paul R. Pace, News staff The NASW Political Action for Candidate Election board of trustees has been reviewing and endorsing federal candidates for the Nov. 4 midterm elections. All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be contested. As a political action committee, PACE endorses and can ... Read More »

Next ACA open enrollment begins Nov. 15

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By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers can aid millions of Americans in signing up for health care coverage as the next open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, under the Affordable Care Act, takes place Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, 2015. NASW and other social work organizations are partnering with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, ... Read More »

Child Immigrant Crisis: Minors need link to services

By Rena Malai, News staff Social workers can be instrumental in helping unaccompanied, undocumented minors find legal representation and other services once they cross the border into the United States. Tens of thousands of minors have arrived at the U.S. border within the last few months, fleeing from extreme violence and turmoil in their countries. They are predominantly from Honduras, ... Read More »

Healing Connection: Animals increasingly used in therapy

Rena Malai, News staff Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud was known to have his dogs present during client sessions, and an animal’s soothing presence has long been noted for therapeutic properties, says Ellen Winston, co-founder of Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado. “An animal present provides a social lubricant,” Winston says. “It’s a neutral topic to discuss, especially for children and ... Read More »

Briefing focuses on rights of parents with disabilities

By Rena Malai, News staff Countless children are waiting for homes that many people with disabilities want to provide, says Robyn Powell, attorney adviser for the National Council on Disability. “There are a significant number of people with disabilities who want to take adoptive children in and raise them,” she said. “But they can face attitudinal and policy matters in ... Read More »

Social workers address child immigrant crisis

By Rena Malai, News staff Crossing through jungles and desert heat on foot, eating trash to survive and dodging gang members and traffickers along the way is what many children from Central America face as they make the perilous journey to the U.S. border, says Wendy Cervantes, vice president of Immigration and Child Rights at First Focus in Washington, D.C. Although the ... Read More »

NASW National Conference: Courage, hope, leadership messages resonate

By Paul Pace, Rena Malai and Laetitia Clayton, News staff The theme of NASW’s national conference, “Social Work: Courage, Hope and Leadership,” was delivered through speakers’ messages and personal stories throughout the four-day event in July. Nearly 2,000 people from 50 states and 12 countries attended the conference in Washington, D.C., where they heard from expert speakers and had the ... Read More »

Peaceful Solutions: Collaborative divorce promotes civility

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Julie Cronin was a teenager when she witnessed her parents’ anger and mistreatment of each other while divorcing. The Maryland mother of two young girls feared a similar path would take place when her own marriage broke down — until she heard about collaborative divorce. Instead of attorneys battling out the couple’s disputes in ... Read More »