Social Work Advocates Magazine

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 »

National Healthcare Decisions Day, 2012

By Paul R. Pace, NASW 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 ... 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 »

Tips on building a child’s self-worth

NASW News’ Social Work in the Public Eye: The art of raising responsible children is the subject of an online article by the Huffington Post: “Parents,” which offers parenting tips like basing rewards on achievement, celebrating everyday accomplishments and milestones, and communicating clear expectations. Social worker Ruth Ettenburg Freeman says in the article that acknowledging small accomplishments can reinforce self-esteem ... Read More »

Summit examines protecting children outside of family care

NASW’s Human Rights & International Affairs Senior Practice Associate Amy Bess participated in the U.S. Government Evidence Summit on Protecting Children Outside of Family Care in December. The summit offered the opportunity to exchange feedback and consultation among academics, technical experts and U.S. government program managers as it relates to systems and strategies that are most effective in identifying and ... Read More »

Congressional Social Work Caucus Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

On Tuesday evening, members of the Congressional Social Work Caucus (CSWC) came together for a reception hosted in the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office building. This event featured CSWC chair Rep. Edolphus ‘Ed’ Towns (New York-10) who emphasized the key role of the CSWC and the importance of supporting the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. ... Read More »

Social work and late-life downsizing

NASW News’ Social Work in the Public Eye: The process of downsizing can be intimidating for anyone, but especially for those transitioning into a later stage of life, according to an online article by the Associated Press/Canadian Press. Older people who must move out of their home into a more manageable living arrangement — a term the article calls “late ... Read More »