Social Work Advocates Magazine

Capitol Hill briefing focuses on racial equity

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers involved in advancing racial equity reinforced the need for the social work profession to be at the forefront of eradicating institutional racism, during a recent congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. NASW sponsored the briefing, titled “Achieving Racial Equity: Social Workers as Agents of Change,” in March in conjunction with the Congressional Social ... Read More »

Social work school staff help with Philippine relief mission

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Staff from the University of Southern California School of Social Work performed the first phase of a relief mission in the Philippines to aid the survivors of a devastating typhoon that struck the region in November. Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, caused numerous deaths in portions of Southeast Asia. It ... Read More »

Social workers, NASW active in War on Poverty initiatives

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers and NASW played active roles in local, state and federal programs that arose from President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” initiative that he declared in 1964. NASW Social Work Pioneer® Jack Hansan was one of these social workers. Hansan’s close association with area civil rights leaders and elected officials in the early ... Read More »

NASW-Connecticut helps secure state jobs for BSWs and MSWs

By Rena Malai, New staff Having a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work will now definitely pay off in Connecticut, thanks to efforts by the NASW Connecticut Chapter. The chapter convinced the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services to give hiring preference to social work degree job applicants for all state social work jobs, which took effect in March. DAS ... Read More »

Coverage for foster youths is extended

By Rena Malai, News staff An estimated 25,000 youths age out of the foster care system every year, and they face a variety of issues when they no longer have that support system. Social workers who specialize in this area say health care is among the main concerns. The Affordable Care Act is helping to alleviate this problem by extending ... Read More »

Social Work Month filled with activities

By Rena Malai, News staff Since its first Social Work Month theme in 1966 — “Support Social Work Education in Your State” — promoting Professional Social Work Month in March has been a priority for NASW. Each year, NASW creates a new theme for the monthlong campaign, with the goal of bringing all social workers together to celebrate and shine ... Read More »

Funding supported for the Leadership Training in Social Work program

NASW celebrated the news that the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 includes funding to continue and expand the Leadership Training in Social Work program. For more than 40 years, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau provided grants to train social work leaders. In 2012, grantees learned that the MCHB was not planning to continue to fund several discipline-specific grants, including ... Read More »

Commission to address child fatalities holds first meeting

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW nominated several people to serve on the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, which was created by the bipartisan Protect Our Kids Act. NASW was involved in getting the act passed into law last year. Two of the commissioners NASW nominated are social worker Michael Petit, an NASW member and president of ... Read More »

Kadushin recalled as a social work giant

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW Social Work Pioneer® Alfred Kadushin was a giant in social work, said NASW-Wisconsin Executive Director Marc Herstand. Kadushin was soft-spoken and gentle, Herstand said, but his impact on the social work profession was — and continues to be — enormous. Kadushin died on Feb. 5 at the age of 97. He was a Julia ... Read More »