Social Work Advocates Magazine

Justice in the face of environmental disasters

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Libby, Mont., is a rural working-class town situated in the northwest corner of the state. For several decades, workers and residents were unaware they were being exposed to highly toxic asbestos associated with nearby vermiculite mining and milling operations. The exposure was so intense that in 2002, Libby was declared a Superfund site, the ... Read More »

Manoleas receives the 2012 Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award

NASW member Peter Manoleas received the 2012 Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award from the California Wellness Foundation, and was interviewed by the foundation. The award recognizes people who have demonstrated a commitment to increasing California’s health care workforce and its diversity. Manoleas is a lecturer and a field social work consultant at the School of Social Welfare at the ... Read More »

Welfare reform has negative impact for the extremely poor

New research shows that the 1996 federal welfare reform, while bringing some improvements to the nation’s poor, has made extremely poor people in America worse off, according to an article on NASW member Marci Ybarra, assistant professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, analyzed these changes and their potential outcomes in a study ... Read More »

Court ruling supports NASW friend of the court brief

The New Jersey Supreme Court in September ruled in favor of requiring greater specificity from prosecutors when they seek to waive youth into the adult criminal court system. The ruling is a victory for NASW and other organizations that joined in filing an amicus brief in the case State in the Matter of V.A. The brief, which was led by ... Read More »

The power of social work proven in South Carolina

The power of social work was proven in South Carolina as the NASW South Carolina Chapter celebrated the passage of a state’s bill against human trafficking (H. 3757), which was signed into law in June. The law is a victory for state social workers who championed the bill, working for the chapter’s Government Affairs Committee. Chapter Executive Director Carla Damron ... Read More »

Social workers often incorrectly identified in media

By Paul R. Pace, News staff As a former freelance journalist, Anita Doberman said she rarely read or heard the term social work used in a positive light. Journalist colleagues never brought to her attention that there could be a difference between a social worker and a government employee, she said. “It was never on the radar,” Doberman said. “Most ... Read More »

Social workers key players in criminal justice system

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Along with attorneys, judges and juries, social workers are critical players in the nation’s criminal justice system. In district attorneys’ offices, social workers help crime victims maneuver through complex legal processes and offer a helping hand on the road to recovery. On the other side of the scale, social workers in public defenders’ offices ... Read More »

National Professional Social Work Month Theme Chosen for 2013

Social workers believe that helping people navigate difficult environments, while respecting their innate strengths, improves lives. With that in mind, NASW announced the 2013 National Professional Social Work Month theme as “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy.” Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the ... Read More »

NASW co-sponsors IOM report briefing

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW co-sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing in September to present findings and recommendations from the July 2012 Institute of Medicine report “The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands?” The Hill briefing, “Building the Mental Health Workforce for America’s Diverse Aging Population,” was held in cooperation with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, ... Read More »

HIV/AIDS workshops get favorable feedback

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The NASW Chapter HIV/AIDS Partnership Initiative to strengthen HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment is receiving an enthusiastic response from attendees, according to those involved with the effort. NASW and eligible chapters are conducting training and workshops to expand the knowledge and capacity of mental health services providers — particularly social workers — in addressing ... Read More »