Social Work Advocates Magazine

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 »

NASW Chapters participate in rural social work conference

The NASW Pennsylvania Chapter attended the 38th Annual Conference for the National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas in July at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Abigail Hurst, director of policy and communication at the chapter, said about 150 people traveled from across the country to the event, where the theme was “Community, Commitment and Tradition.” Members ... Read More »

Casey Foundation releases 2013 KIDS COUNT Data book

By Rena Malai, News staff The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT project has released its annual data book, which provides a picture of the well-being of children in the United States. The book can be a useful tool for NASW members, said NASW Senior Practice Associate Roxana Meruvia Torrico. “KIDS COUNT shows the latest data in a range of ... Read More »

NASW social justice brief discusses Obama nominees

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW has issued a social justice brief regarding President Obama’s nominations to the D.C. Circuit Court in June. Mel Wilson, manager of the NASW Department of Social Justice and Human Rights, authored the brief, titled “President Obama Nominates Three to the D.C. Circuit Court: Why Should Social Workers Care?” Wilson points out that Obama’s ... Read More »

Talking points aim to ensure older adults included

By Rena Malai, News staff The National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging has developed talking points to ensure that older adults’ mental health is included in the national Community Conversations on Mental Health. NASW is a member of the coalition. The talking points are important, because older adults’ mental health is often under addressed in discussions about aging and ... Read More »

NASW co-sponsors Circle of Life awards

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW was once again a co-sponsor of the Circle of Life awards, which honor and celebrate innovation in palliative and end-of-life care. Other sponsors of the July award ceremony in San Diego were the American Hospital Association, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, National Hospice Foundation and the Catholic Health Association. The award winners ... Read More »

NASW LDF offers updated HIPAA sample forms and information materials

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The NASW Legal Defense Fund has updated NASW’s sample forms and information materials that highlight the latest rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the 2013 Omnibus HIPAA Final Rule in January. At press time, enforcement of the rule was set ... Read More »