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Self care in social work: Compassion fatigue a growing concern

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social worker Lisa Wessan knows personally how debilitating compassion fatigue can feel — emotionally and physically. She was one of many social workers who volunteered to help the people of New York City cope with the grief and uncertainty after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Following that day, Wessan continued to work ... Read More »

NASW collecting comments for next Delegate Assembly

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW is in the process of collecting comments for its triennial Delegate Assembly. The Delegate Assembly is the body responsible for setting program priorities and broad public and professional policy for NASW. The event sets program priorities for a three-year period; in this case, fiscal years 2015-18. The culminating event takes place Aug. 2, ... Read More »

IOM releases report updating state of research on child abuse and neglect

By Rena Malai, News staff The Institute of Medicine released a report in September called “New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research,” which was funded by the Office of Child Abuse and Neglect. Joan Levy Zlotnik, director of the NASW Social Work Policy Institute, said the previous report, “Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect,” was published in 1993. The new ... Read More »

Updated NASW websites offer members chance to blog and exchange information

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW has updated two of its websites that allow members to blog and exchange information. SocialWorkPulse.org gives social workers an opportunity to share their perspectives and experiences of being in the social work field. Submissions are currently being accepted for the blog, which allows social workers to write about anything social work, including trends, news ... Read More »

Social work advanced practice doctorate programs examined

By Paul R. Pace, News staff A collaboration of social work leaders, educators and representatives of other health professions recently met to discuss the emergence of social work advanced practice doctorate programs. The NASW Social Work Policy Institute convened an invitational think tank symposium titled “Advanced Practice Doctorates: What Do They Mean for Social Work Practice, Research and Education?” More ... Read More »

Social workers find disaster mental health work rewarding

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social worker Jack Sarmanian says the personal rewards of being a disaster mental health worker far outweigh the challenges. The Maine resident was among a group of disaster mental health workers with the American Red Cross deployed to Moore, Okla., in May. A devastating EF-5 tornado ravaged the surrounding community, resulting in 25 deaths ... Read More »

Theme chosen for 2014 Social Work Month

NASW has chosen “All People Matter” as the theme for National Professional Social Work Month 2014. The theme was chosen because history has shown that the policies and programs created by social workers seek to give people, regardless of their circumstances, the opportunity to cope with and transcend obstacles. Social workers believe that each person has the right and potential ... Read More »

NASW staff attend White House briefing on social work education

By Rena Malai, News staff The Council on Social Work Education hosted a White House briefing in September called “Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Era: The Role of Social Work Education.” The briefing’s purpose was to increase awareness of the part social workers and social work education will play as health care reform unfolds. “The White ... Read More »

Social workers across the nation are working to end veteran homelessness

By Rena Malai, News staff There were more than 62,000 homeless veterans in the U.S. in January 2012, according to information from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Social workers across the nation are working to end veteran homelessness through various outreach programs and initiatives, both large and small.  But, they say it is important to first identify the reasons ... Read More »

NASW member helps others through Horses Healing Hearts

Some people think of therapy sessions with a licensed clinical social worker as sitting in an office on a couch and talking to the therapist, says an online article on RollaDailyNews.com. But horses and therapy can go hand in hand, it says. NASW member Linda Richards founded Horses Healing Hearts LLC., an alternative therapy option in Rolla, Mo. Richards, a ... Read More »