Social Work Advocates Magazine

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 »

NASW co-hosts enhancing diversity in science workshop

NASW’s Social Work Policy Institute represented the association in co-hosting a workshop on enhancing diversity in science during the 4th International Conference on Sociology and Social Work in May. SWPI Director Joan Levy Zlotnik presented “Enhancing Diversity in Science: An Effort in Working Across Social and Behavioral Science Disciplines.” Zlotnik explained the history of targeted initiatives to strengthen and expand ... Read More »

Research supports social work’s important role in aiding brain injury victims

A research study finds that a 20-minute conversation with a social worker has the potential to significantly reduce the functional decline of those diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury, according to a news article posted on the University of Washington website. The research was published in the April issue of Brain Injury. Megan Moore, assistant professor at UW’s School ... Read More »

NASW committee focuses on social justice for women

By Paul R. Pace, News staff For social worker Jacqueline Durham, being a member of the NASW National Committee on Women’s Issues is personal. “As a first-generation, Cuban-American woman raised in a single-parent household with my two sisters, I have experienced many difficult situations,” Durham said. “I know firsthand there are injustices faced by women, and being part of a ... Read More »

Theology a natural fit for some social workers

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Carol McEntyre had a “life-changing moment” during her MSW field placement at a community church in Texas. “After being there a few months I felt like, gosh, there is nothing else I wanted to do in my life besides serve God through the church,” McEntyre said. “I really love working with a congregation and ... Read More »

Child Abuse Prevention Act milestone celebrated at conference

By Rena Malai, News staff The 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, a key piece of legislation that addresses child abuse and neglect, was recognized at the 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, held April 30-May 2 in New Orleans. The only federally sponsored national conference devoted to the issues of child maltreatment brings ... Read More »

Mental health care gets a boost from ACA mandate

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The Affordable Care Act has brought about a “huge opportunity” for behavioral care in the U.S., said Ron Manderscheid, co-chairman of the Coalition for Whole Health. All health insurance plans sold on the federal and state insurance exchanges must offer 10 essential health benefits, or EHBs, to their enrollees, including mental health and substance-use ... Read More »

Ten awardees to be honored at NASW national conference

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW awardees will get the red-carpet treatment this month at a special ceremony to be held during the association’s national conference, “Social Work: Courage, Hope & Leadership,” taking place July 23-26 in Washington, D.C. “A Night at the Awards” will feature an actual red carpet for the event to recognize social workers and others ... Read More »

Social Work Tackles Human Slavery Issue

By Rena Malai, News staff Audrey Morrissey remembers when she was hopelessly in love with her high school boyfriend. “I was a lonely little girl and I lived in a fantasy world,” she said. “My boyfriend was everything to me.” That’s one reason it was easy for Morrissey’s boyfriend to manipulate her into selling sex for money. The couple had ... Read More »