Social Work Advocates Magazine

Struggle to keep Social Security funded continues

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers and Social Security have a rich history together, explains NASW-New Hampshire Executive Director Stephen Gorin, and he urges social workers to continue this history by advocating for the Social Security program, which is facing possible government cutbacks. “It’s important to keep in mind that social workers were at the forefront in helping ... Read More »

International NASW District helps those working abroad

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW members who are thinking of moving abroad and taking their social work skills with them can maintain their U.S. social worker status and remain connected to membership through the NASW-NC Chapter International District. The International District replaces the NASW International Chapter. Kathy Boyd, the North Carolina chapter’s executive director, said the International District has ... Read More »

SWPI symposium focuses on racial equity

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW’s Social Work Policy Institute convened a two-day national think tank called “Achieving Racial Equity: Calling the Social Work Profession to Action” at the NASW national office in November. Sixty social work leaders, administrators and educators, as well as policymakers and racial-equity experts came together to discuss and examine the issue of racial equity. This ... Read More »

Two keynote speakers announced for NASW National Conference

By Paul R. Pace, News staff A secretary of labor in former President Bill Clinton’s administration and a chief diversity officer and divisional vice president of a major drug store chain will be among the keynote speakers at NASW’s 2014 National Conference. “Social Work: Courage, Hope & Leadership,” will take place in Washington, D.C., July 23-26. Keynote speaker Robert Reich, ... Read More »

Need for geriatric social work grows

By Paul R. Pace, News staff About 10,000 baby boomers in the United States will turn 65 every day until the year 2030, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2020, one in six Americans is projected to be age 65 and older. That means up to 70,000 geriatric social workers will be needed to help address the aging needs of ... Read More »

Chapter bridges gap between social work researchers and practitioners

By Rena Malai, News staff The NASW California Chapter hosted the second annual Translational Research/Translational Practice Roundtable in October to help social work practitioners and researchers gain a better understanding of each other. About 50 NASW members and social workers came together to participate in group discussions. Bridging the gap between social work researchers and practitioners is a little like ... Read More »

Capitol Hill briefing focuses on child welfare

By Rena Malai, News staff The Child Welfare: Wicked Problems/Wicked Innovations Institute held a Capitol Hill briefing in November to present the Wicked Problems concept to a congressional audience, and to remind policymakers to keep the issue in mind when drafting policies concerning child welfare. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Children’s Home Society of America ... Read More »

NASW leaders participate in Tanzania annual conference

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW Foundation Director Bob Arnold and NASW Manager of the Department of Social Justice and Human Rights Mel Wilson traveled to Tanzania in October to participate in the Tanzania Association of Social Workers (TASWO) Annual General Meeting. The theme of the conference was “The Power of Social Work:  Restoring Hope for Vulnerable Groups and Rebuilding ... Read More »

Expert referral list to be expanded for Social Work Month

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers are engaged in a variety of fields and specialties. To help highlight this important detail, NASW is expanding its expert referral list for National Professional Social Work Month, which is celebrated every March. “All People Matter” is this year’s theme for the campaign that promotes the value of social work and puts ... Read More »

Social workers protest NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Recent MSW graduate Mary Ruth Govindavari said she strongly opposes the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy, which empowers officers to stop pedestrians, question them and potentially search them if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that a crime was committed. Social work’s long history of standing up against discriminatory practices inspired her and ... Read More »