Social Work Advocates Magazine

Social workers take action after Hurricane Sandy

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers volunteered to aid the recovery effort for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy, which caused severe structural damage and flooding in the mid-Atlantic region in late October. NASW New Jersey Chapter Executive Director Walter Kalman said more than 200 NASW members responded to the chapter’s initial call for volunteers to aid the American ... Read More »

List offers 100 ideas to help celebrate Social Work Month

By Paul R. Pace, News staff There are literally 100 ways social workers can take part in National Professional Social Work Month this March. Visitors to  www.SocialWorkMonth.org can view the suggestions that are conveniently grouped in 10 categories: Students; Entertainment; Profession; Social; Media; Publications; Research; Events; Partners; and Advocacy. The 100 ways list was designed to spice up the annual ... Read More »

Protect Our Kids Act signed into law

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW, as a member of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths, celebrated the recent passage of the Protect Our Kids Act (H.R. 6655/S. 3705) in the 112th Congress. President Obama signed the bill in January. The legislation will create a bipartisan, two-year commission to recommend a comprehensive national strategy to reduce and ... Read More »

Training important for safety on the job

By Rena Malai, News staff Larry Betcher knows firsthand the danger a social worker can encounter on the job, as one of his clients once flashed a butcher knife at him during an at-home visit. This is one reason safety training is so important for social workers, said Betcher, an NASW board member. “Social workers work with a wide range ... Read More »

Jones joins United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

NASW News Social Work Spotlight Richard L. Jones, former president and chairman of NASW Assurance Services Inc., has joined the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago as senior vice president of community investment. He is charged with the leadership, planning, execution and measurement of United Way’s strategic investment in the community called “Live United 2020.” The community impact plan focuses on ... Read More »

Association of Social Work Boards names Monahan as executive director

NASW News social work spotlight: The Association of Social Work Boards announced that Mary Jo Monahan has been selected to serve as its new executive director. Monahan served on the national board of directors of NASW from 1998 to 2001 and was president of the NASW Florida Chapter from 1988 to 1990. Monahan, formerly vice president of operations at Matthews ... Read More »

Zabora is new director of Life with Cancer for the Inova

Social work spotlight James Zabora has resigned from his position as dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service and professor of social work to assume the role of director of Life with Cancer for the Inova Health System in Northern Virginia. Zabora came to the Catholic University of America after a 20-year career at The Johns Hopkins University ... Read More »

NASW offers three new Practice Perspectives, ACA fact sheet

By Rena Malai, News staff The NASW Practice Perspectives series offers three new publications to educate members about social work developments that will enhance their professional practices. In addition, NASW has compiled a consumer fact sheet on health care reform, explaining important benefits of the Affordable Care Act for individuals and families. The newest Practice Perspectives — “Essential Health Benefits ... Read More »

HRSA grants to help build social work profession

By Rena Malai, News staff The Health Resources and Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded 24 schools of social work and psychology with grants totaling $9.8 million. The grants, through the Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grants Program, were  made possible by the Affordable Care Act. According to HHS, mental ... Read More »

Experts weigh in on social work media campaign strategy

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Helping journalists understand the importance of social work title protection is a step in the right direction, according Julie Drizin, director of the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She said the whole profession can easily get blamed when a news report ... Read More »