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Social workers find higher education a good fit

By Rena Malai, News staff Much like a social worker attending to the welfare of others, being a college president is like being a mother hen that knows no boundaries, said James Kelly, past president of NASW and current president of Menlo College in California. As a college president, Kelly said he uses every social work skill he possesses on ... Read More »

NASW leaders gather for workshops, Hill visits and award ceremonies

By Rena Malai and Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW chapter executive directors, presidents and presidents-elect traveled to Washington, D.C., in April to participate in the 2013 Annual Leadership Meeting held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The four-day meeting, with the theme “A Profession of Leaders in a Leading Profession,” offered an opportunity for NASW leaders to network, ... Read More »

NASW files amicus brief in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

NASW, through its Legal Defense Fund, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. The case involves whether the Indian Child Welfare Act applies to a private adoption initiated by a non-Indian parent. Previously, the South Carolina Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that a Native American child could be not be ... Read More »

Member creates Afrocentric counseling and group therapy center

NASW News’ Social Work in the Public Eye NASW member Kenneth Hanna created Lion Youth and Community Services LLC, an Afrocentric counseling and group therapy center in St. Cloud, Minn., because he wanted to see more African-American leaders, according to an article in the St Cloud Times. “I’ve really always had a passion for working here, in this town, with ... Read More »

MSW students visit NASW as part of curriculum

By Rena Malai, News staff A group of MSW students from the University of Southern California School of Social Work visited the NASW national office in March to learn more about the social work profession. The students are enrolled in Child Development and Social Policy at USC, and spent a week in Washington, D.C., as a part of their class ... Read More »

Social workers serve on new IOM panel to examine end-of-life care

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Four social workers are among the members of a newly formed Institute of Medicine committee that will examine the state of end-of-life care in the U.S. The Committee on Transforming End-of-Life Care is charged with developing a consensus study and technical report on the current state of end-of-life care. The IOM activity report for ... Read More »

MSW students lobby to stop practice of juvenile solitary confinement

By Rena Malai, News staff North Koreans used solitary confinement as a way to break down U.S. prisoners of war during the Korean War, broadcast journalist Ted Koppel said recently on “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” Koppel’s report highlighted 17-year-old James Stewart, an incarcerated juvenile who committed suicide after being placed in solitary confinement. Isolation was used as psychological torture ... Read More »

NASW staff, members join marriage equality rally

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW student member Walter “Allen” Pittinger-Dunham and his husband, Phillip R. Pittinger-Dunham, participated in a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 to show their support for marriage equality. They joined an enthusiastic crowd as the high court began hearings in two cases that support marriage equality in the U.S. “It was ... Read More »