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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 »

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 »