Social Work Advocates Magazine

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 »

Capitol Hill briefing focuses on children at risk

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW co-hosted a Capitol Hill briefing with the Congressional Social Work Caucus in October to discuss the challenges of helping children in the child welfare system. Joan Levy Zlotnik, director of the NASW Social Work Policy Institute, moderated the briefing, titled “Children at Risk: Optimizing Health in an Era of Reform.” Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns, ... Read More »

Conference addresses social work in Tanzania

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW President Jeane Anastas and NASW CEO Elizabeth J. Clark participated in the Tanzanian Association of Social Work (TASWO) conference “Making a Difference to the Vulnerable Groups,” which was held in October in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The conference was part of TASWO’s annual general meeting to address the profession of social work, finding ways ... Read More »

NASW-California takes leadership role backing bill that bans ‘reparative therapy’

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The NASW California Chapter took a leadership role in helping pass a state law that bans sexual orientation change efforts for minors. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law S.B. 1172 on Sept. 29, making California the first state in the union to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change ... Read More »

Social Work and Aging Updates

Sandra Edmonds Crewe, professor at the Howard University School of Social Work, served on the steering committee for and presented at the Workshop on Research Gaps and Opportunities for Exploring the Relationship of the Arts to Health and Well-Being in Older Adults in September in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by the National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of ... Read More »