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Social workers help address emergency calls

By Rena Malai, News Staff People contemplating suicide, suffering from depression or experiencing severe panic attacks may call 911 to get help. But the sergeant of the Cheyenne Police Department in Wyoming says police officers may not fully be prepared or trained to deal with a mental health situation. “Police officers are trained to find immediate solutions to a problem,” ... Read More »

Social workers across nation celebrated in March

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff National Professional Social Work Month was celebrated in March and the theme “Social Work Matters” was heralded from coast to coast. “Social workers believe that a nation’s strength depends on the ability of the majority of its citizens to lead productive and healthy lives,” said NASW President Jeane Anastas. “Every day, social workers help ... Read More »

State health insurance exchanges explained

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the individual health mandate and Medicaid provisions outlined in the Affordable Care Act in two amicus briefs, coordinated by the Legal Defense Fund, so that quality health care is available and affordable for all. A new NASW Practice Perspective, “State Health Insurance Exchanges: What Social ... Read More »

Social workers use film to spotlight social issues

By Greg Wright, News contributor Social worker Matt Anderson became a documentary film producer on a whim. He was working with foster children in Missoula, Mont., when he met Codie, an 18-year-old who had been placed in 17 foster homes in just seven years. Like many former foster children, Codie was struggling to reconnect with family and avoid becoming involved ... Read More »

Coping with cancer as a teen

From the April 2012 NASW News’ Social Work in the Public Eye: Being diagnosed with cancer at any age can be traumatizing, but getting diagnosed when going through the pressures of being a teenager is another story. This is what happened to NASW member Alexis Reilly, according to “The Rundown” a PBS Newshour blog. Reilly, 22, was diagnosed with Hodgkins ... Read More »

Theater program helps those with memory loss

By Greg Wright, NEWS contributor Social workers and a member of a Chicago theater group say an improvisational theater program they created at Northwestern University in Illinois is helping people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia enjoy a better quality of life. The “Memory Ensemble” program is a joint effort of the university’s Cognitive Neurology and ... Read More »

NASW involved in equal-rights advances for LGBT community

By Paul R. Pace, NEWS Staff Advances for the equal rights of the LGBT community at the state and federal levels have been made in recent months, and NASW has played a role in these matters. In California, a federal appeals panel in San Francisco ruled in February that California’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional right to equal ... Read More »

Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day

By Paul R. Pace, NEWS Staff Social workers play a critical role in end-of-life care, said Karen Bullock, an associate professor at the North Carolina State University Department of Social Work in Raleigh, N.C. When National Healthcare Decisions Day arrives April 16, Bullock wants social workers to encourage individuals and families to have conversations with their loved ones about their ... Read More »

Remembering Hull House

By Rena Malai, NEWS Staff The Hull House agency in Chicago made national headlines in January when it abruptly closed its doors after more than 120 years. The social services organization, founded by social work pioneer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams, ran out of money after struggling to raise funds and reduce operating costs for several years in ... Read More »

Children’s Bureau marks 100 years

By Paul R. Pace, NEWS Staff Imagine a time when children were considered the same as adults. Their shoulders carried the burdens of grown-up responsibilities. Many toiled in America’s coal mines, factories and farms. The thought of focusing attention on the well-being of the nation’s youngest citizens was a radical concept at the dawn of the 20th century. It took ... Read More »