Social Work Advocates Magazine

More states consider physician-assisted death

I'm still loving you...

By Alison Laurio, News contributor “Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more.” “The world is a beautiful place, ... Read More »

NASW attends first pain care policy congress

Opioid epidemic and drug abuse concept

By Paul R. Pace, News staff A key step in implementing solutions for the opioid overdose epidemic was reached in San Diego in October where days later the opioid crisis was officially declared a national public health emergency. Seventy representatives from more than 50 organizations, including NASW, gathered in California for the first ever Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress during ... Read More »

Ambassador predicts need for social work skills

Ambassador Wendy Sherman

By Paul R. Pace, News staff  The world needs an interdisciplinary approach more than ever to address the social, political, technological and climate challenges of today and the future, says Ambassador Wendy Sherman, a newly appointed NASW Social Work Pioneer ®  Political solutions can’t keep up with the rapid pace of change, said Sherman in her keynote speech at the NASW Social Work Pioneers  13 annual program and luncheon held in Washington, D.C., in October.  Sherman, was among the 17 2017 Pioneer inductees. She is the former undersecretary ... Read More »

Experts say prevention key for healthy development

Group of kindergarten kids friends arm around sitting and smiling fun

By Alison Laurio, News contributor When J. David Hawkins was a probation officer in the 1980s, he thought, “Isn’t there something we should have done to prevent these kids from getting to this place?” Programs from that period like “Just Say No” and “Scared Straight” just didn’t work, he said, for one reason: There was no evidence behind them. Now ... Read More »

Social workers discuss role in promoting U.N. goals

Social workers promote social work's role in promoting the U.N.'s sustainable development goals in New York.

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Grameen Bank provides credit without collateral to those who are poor in rural Bangladesh. Aimed primarily at women, these microcredit loans of often no more than $100 are meant to help those who are poor launch small businesses. The bank says it has 8.92 million borrowers, 97 percent of whom are women, and it ... Read More »

SAMHSA: More mental health professionals needed

Elinore McCance-Katz

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers are the among the behavioral health professionals greatly needed to meet a growing demand for services, says the new leader of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA. Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz is the assistant secretary for mental health and substance use. In the newly created position, she advises the ... Read More »

Ms. U.S. World Elite passionate about ending domestic violence

Carla Gonzalez visits the NASW national office in Washington, D.C.

By Laetitia Clayton, News staff As a young girl, Carla Gonzalez says she dreamed of becoming Miss America one day. Now, as a multiple pageant winner, she dreams of putting an end to domestic violence. Gonzalez, whose current title is Ms. U.S. World Elite 2017, also is a social worker and longtime NASW member. She visited the national office in ... Read More »

Opioid crisis leads to social work workforce shortage

Opioid epidemic and drug abuse concept

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The nation’s opioid crisis is creating a new threat in some of the hardest hit states: a social work workforce shortage in child welfare and addiction treatment. “The demand for social workers has always been high, but it is particularly true now,” says Michael Patchner, university dean at Indiana University School of Social Work. ... Read More »

Experts: Family violence touches all practice areas

Sad, desperate little boy during parents quarrel

By Alison Laurio, News contributor A 4-year-old boy was brought into a North Carolina hospital emergency room in August after his mother’s boyfriend picked him up by his legs and threw him across the room. He told his grandmother, “Mommy didn’t protect me.” Family violence happens every day in every state, and it affects people in every stage of life, ... Read More »