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NASW co-sponsors national summit on children’s mental health

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW was an organizational co-sponsor of the second national summit on young children’s mental health, which was held in May. The event, called “Healthy Development: Changing Frames and Expanding Partnerships to Promote Children’s Mental Health and Social/Emotional Wellbeing,” brought together 65 participants from different disciplines who built on the recommendations of the first summit ... Read More »

Veterinary Social Work: Emerging field joins two professions

By Laetitia Clayton, News staff Social workers who are animal lovers might find that veterinary social work offers the best of both worlds. Even though the practice has been around in one form or another for about 30 years, it’s still emerging as a recognized professional area of social work, said Elizabeth Strand, director of veterinary social work at the ... Read More »

Dinner honors NASW CEO Betsy Clark

By Laetitia Clayton, News staff More than 200 people gathered at a reception and dinner in April to celebrate and recount memories with NASW CEO Elizabeth J. Clark, as she prepared to step down from her position after 12 years. The event was held during NASW’s Annual Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C., and included past NASW presidents, colleagues and others ... Read More »

Briefing focuses on rights of parents with disabilities

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW co-sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing in April to discuss the rights of parents with disabilities, as well as the recommendations to protect these rights. The briefing, called “Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children,” was based on a report from the National Council on Disability released in September ... Read More »

NASW signs MOU with Indian Society of Professional Social Workers

NASW signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Society of Professional Social Workers in March. The ISPSW is the oldest association of professional social workers in India. It was established in 1970 as the Indian Society of Psychiatric Social Work and was renamed with its present title in 1988, because of an increase in practitioners, trainers and researchers. “NASW ... Read More »

Chapter responds to Boston Marathon bombings

By Rena Malai, News staff Pressure cooker bombs killed three people and injured about 164 when they exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April. In response to the tragedy, NASW’s Massachusetts Chapter has gathered resources and information online to help those affected by the bombings. “We have put together a resource list for families of victims, ... Read More »

Social workers serve on health insurance marketplace committees

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers are doing their part to help shape their states’ health insurance marketplaces, formerly known as health insurance exchanges. A key component of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance marketplaces are being constructed so individuals and small businesses can shop for coverage. As of May 2, 17 states and the District of Columbia ... Read More »

NASW’s new CEO has eyes on the future

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW’s new CEO, Angelo McClain, said he is eager to build on the foundation that social work pioneers have worked hard to achieve. “There are many of us who were around 30 plus years ago when the social work profession did not get the respect it deserved,” said McClain, who started work as NASW’s ... Read More »