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NASW members urged to inform others about new health insurance options

Rena Malai, News staff The major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which aims to ensure that all Americans have health insurance, will go into effect Jan. 1. The next significant step in implementing the law is the open enrollment process for health care coverage, which begins Oct. 1. Open enrollment is an opportunity for people without insurance to explore ... Read More »

U.S. schools of social work strengthen global partnerships

By Paul R. Pace, News staff More than 200 million Chinese workers migrated from rural plantations to urban labor markets between 2000 and 2010, and the surge in economic growth has resulted in hardships for millions of people in the country. The Chinese government is depending on the social work profession to address these increasing social challenges by bolstering the ... Read More »

Member’s mantra is ‘hungry kids can’t learn’

NASW News’ “Social Work in the Public Eye” NASW member Evan King’s mantra is “hungry kids can’t learn,” she says in an article on Oregonlive.com. King’s efforts to prevent hunger among students at Rowe Middle School in Oregon were recently recognized when she received the Advocate for Children Award, which the article says is the most prestigious award the Oregon ... Read More »

Pennsylvania lawmakers learn that ‘Social Workers Change Futures’

The NASW Pennsylvania Chapter held a rally on April 16 at its state capitol rotunda in honor of its annual Legislative Advocacy Day. More than 800 social work students and professionals carried signs that read, “Social Workers Change Futures.” Throughout the day, social workers met with their legislators to advocate for Senate Bill 807, which would establish licensure for bachelor-level ... Read More »

Virtual reality lab aids social work research

By Rena Malai, News staff Attending a virtual party might sound more like a video game experience than a sophisticated research tool. But according to Amy Traylor, assistant professor at the University of Alabama school of social work, virtual reality experiences can aid some types of social work research and treatment methods. “We know that people in a clinical setting ... Read More »

Santa Fe DBT launches postgraduate fellowship for social workers

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers at Santa Fe Dialectical Behavior Therapy in New Mexico are taking an active role in promoting more social workers with a specialty in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT. According to Santa Fe DBT co-founder and social worker Cedar Koons, DBT is an evidence-based treatment for borderline personality disorder developed by Marsha Linehan, ... Read More »

Oklahoma NASW chapter provides outreach in tornado aftermath

By Rena Malai, News staff On May 19 and 20, tornadoes tore through the Oklahoma City area, causing deaths and injuries and affecting thousands of residents. The storms left a path of devastation in surrounding towns, including the cities of Moore and Shawnee, and leveled homes and buildings. It was the first time NASW member Lauren Black experienced a tornado, ... Read More »

NASW partners with Child Mind Institute on national message

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW co-sponsored a webinar in May for the Child Mind Institute’s “Speak up for Kids” campaign, which aims to protect and promote children’s mental health. The institute created the campaign in 2010, giving partner organizations the opportunity to nationally promote children’s mental health and work toward eliminating barriers to care. “NASW was pleased to partner, ... Read More »