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Children’s Bureau centennial honored in April

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff April was a special month for children as the Children’s Bureau celebrated its 100th anniversary. Social workers were instrumental in convincing lawmakers to create the federal agency in 1912 and social workers continue to play a vital role in the agency’s mission: to provide for the safety, permanency and well-being of children through leadership, ... Read More »

IOM workshop addresses contagion of violence

By Rena Malai, News Staff To address the contagious nature of violence and examine ways to treat it, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recently presented “The Contagion of Violence,” a two-day workshop held in Washington, D.C. Experts from a wide variety of fields presented at the workshop, and NASW Senior Policy Adviser Evelyn Tomaszewski — an appointed ... Read More »

Survey shows trend in schools offering dual or joint MSW degree

NASW News blog exclusive: An article published in the June 2012 issue of the NASW News discusses nontraditional career path programs at schools of social work in the U.S., including dual degree programs. Below are some additional statistics related to that article. According to a 2011 annual survey conducted by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), about 39 percent ... Read More »

Social work schools offering alternative job path programs

By Rena Malai, NewsStaff To boost the employment potential for newly graduated or currently enrolled MSW students, some schools of social work across the U.S. offer dual degrees and nontraditional career path programs that take advantage of the broad spectrum of skills social workers can offer. “Because of the uncertain economy, shrinking job market, and desire to provide a greater ... Read More »

Workforce stats show social work field is growing

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the social work profession will grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, a faster-than-average rate for all occupations. “Employment is expected to increase in health and social service settings. In addition, particular attention will be given to increasing the current inadequate supply of behavioral health workers,” said ... Read More »

Social workers use skills on the Hill

By Rena Malai, News Staff The political bug can bite anyone — even a social worker. That’s what happened to NASW member Kristen Pendergrass. “I graduated with my MSW in 2008, about the time of the Obama campaign,” said Pendergrass, who is the legislative aide to Massachusetts state Rep. Thomas P. Conroy. “The political bug bit me.” Christie Getto Young, ... Read More »

NASW member honored as a Champion of Change at White House

NASW member Alice Kitchen was among the 10 people honored by the White House on March 21 as Champions of Change. Kitchen joined the honorees in recognition of helping others in their community to understand the impact and opportunities from the Affordable Care Act. Kitchen is the volunteer co-chair of the Affordable Care Public Education Committee for the Metropolitan Kansas ... Read More »

NASW seeks input for case management starndards

NASW is revising its “Standards for Social Work Case Management,” and is seeking input to ensure the revised standards are relevant to social work practice across settings and specialties. Visit to read and comment on the draft. “The standards are designed to enhance social workers’ awareness of the values, knowledge, methods and skills needed to practice case management competently,” ... Read More »

Touro College forum addresses end-of-life care

The Touro College Graduate School of Social Work in New York City recently hosted a forum on “Planning for End-of-Life Care with Dignity and Compassion,” in honor of its Spring 2012 Community Day. Dr. Harvey Gross, (far left) chief physician in the Department of Family Practice at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey, served as keynote speaker.  Dr. Gross addressed ethical ... Read More »

NASW chapters working to save social work jobs

By Rena Malai, News Staff In parts of the U.S., a social work degree or license is not always a requirement for a social work job, meaning these positions can be filled by candidates without formal social work education or credentials. Some NASW chapters are working on behalf of their members to make sure social work positions are filled by ... Read More »