Social Work Advocates Magazine

Grant will support training for 25 WVU graduate students

A $476,000 federal grant will help support efforts to expand mental health treatment for three groups considered at-risk in West Virginia — children, active-duty service members and military veterans. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. It funds implementation of the Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Training Program within the ... Read More »

NASW webinar focuses on Trauma Informed Assessments

By Rena Malai, News staff The Lunchtime Series webinar “Use of Trauma Informed Assessments of Youth entering the Juvenile Justice System” explores the impact of early childhood trauma on juvenile justice involvement. The webinar  also  discusses the need for social workers to become trauma informed and to use a range of assessments that help determine exposure to adverse childhood experiences. ... Read More »

Recent SWAN activities include Australia, Ukraine, Armenia

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW and the NASW Foundation formed the Social Workers Across Nations (SWAN) initiative to provide a mechanism for social workers to offer their expertise and skills to serve humanitarian needs within the international community on a voluntary basis and to develop collaborative links with other countries around the world. Following is a roundup of recent ... Read More »

Touro College students lobby New York legislators to support the Dream Act

Students from the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, and Professor Jennifer Zelnick (pictured, front row), went to Albany, N.Y., recently to lobby legislators on the New York state “Dream Act” – legislation that would extend public and private funding for higher education to undocumented New York City high school students who were brought to the United States as ... Read More »

Title protection efforts pay off for chapters

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW’s Connecticut Chapter has campaigned for more than 20 years for qualified social workers to fill the state’s social work jobs. The effort has paid off recently, as two state service agencies agreed to give hiring preference to social workers with a BSW or MSW degree. The Connecticut Department of Children and Families and the ... Read More »

Members urged to celebrate, advocate for the profession

By Rena Malai, News staff Social Work Month has arrived, and NASW urges members to get involved in this nationwide acknowledgement of the social work profession. Sponsorship ads will air on NPR during March, and will reach an audience of more than 20 million, said Gail Woods Waller, NASW’s communications director. The promotion of Social Work Month will specifically be ... Read More »

NASW joins White House to help reduce gun violence

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW has been active in White House efforts to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that took place in December in Newtown, Conn. NASW CEO Elizabeth J. Clark participated in a White House meeting with mental health groups, where she met with Vice President Joe Biden’s task ... Read More »

Local politicians use social work skills

NASW News Video: Social workers in public office By Paul R. Pace, News staff When Portland, Maine, Mayor Michael F. Brennan first entered the world of politics, he had just enrolled in school full time for his MSW degree. He did it to broaden his understanding of people and to make him a more conscientious policymaker. “I wanted a better ... Read More »

Ceremony held for NASW Foundation award recipients

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The NASW Foundation hosted the Knee/Wittman and Rhoda G. Sarnat awards ceremony and reception for the 2011 honorees in November at the NASW national office in Washington, D.C. NASW CEO and Foundation President Elizabeth J. Clark gave the welcome remarks and NASW President Jeane Anastas presented each of the awards. Peter Vaughan, dean at ... Read More »

Specialty Practice Sections offers series of hope-related newsletters

By Rena Malai, News staff The NASW Specialty Practice Sections is offering SPS members a series of newsletters correlating to hope. The series of hope articles now available online for Section members  detail a true experience of how hope prevailed and aided social work in specific areas of practice including aging, health, mental health, child welfare and school social work, ... Read More »