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Philip Lucas Honored at D.C. Memorial Event

Two prayer vigils and a service were conducted in October to mark the centennial of the 2001 anthrax attacks at the U.S. Postal Service’s Brentwood facility in Washington, D.C. Philip Lucas, past president of the NASW Metro Washington Chapter, spoke at the service and was part of a support team after the initial attacks, which killed two employees: Joseph Curseen ... Read More »

NASW Urges Social Workers in Health Care Insurance Exchanges

By Greg Wright, NEWS Contributor The National Association of Social Workers strongly urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to include social workers in plans that will be offered in the new affordable health care insurance exchanges that will be available across the United States by Jan. 1, 2014. NASW also made recommendations to ensure these insurance exchanges ... Read More »

Social Worker Honored by Connecticut NAACP

NASW News’ “Social Work in the Public Eye” noted the NAACP Connecticut state conference named Salome Raheim one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut for 2011, according to a story published in the Norwalk Press. Raheim, who is dean of the University of Connecticut’s school of social work and serves as co-chair of the Provost’s Commission on Institutional ... Read More »

Media Awards Part of Social Work Month

By Paul R. Pace, NEWS Staff Encouraging newspapers, broadcast stations and online resources to help spread the word about the important role social workers play in society has been a tradition of National Professional Social Work Month, which is celebrated each March. The outreach effort relies on thousands of social workers from coast to coast to use local media resources ... Read More »

Armed Forces See Need for Social Workers

By Rena Malai, NEWS Staff In the aftermath of the global war on terror, officials say the number of enlisted social workers within the military has gone down and the need to rebuild those ranks is greater than ever. Soldiers experiencing mental health challenges — ranging from posttraumatic stress, depression, anxiety and personal problems — can face risks to their ... Read More »

Care for the Caregivers of Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s Disease

NASW News’ “Social Work in the Public Eye” asked: Who takes care of caregivers when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? Licensed clinical social worker Elizabeth Bollwinkel takes that question to heart in an article in the Los Altos Town Crier in California. The story explained that about 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Bollwinkel, an education ... Read More »

Helping Women Achieve Equality

NASW News blog exclusive: By Paul R. Pace, News Staff Helping women achieve equality was the focus of a keynote presentation by NASW President Jeane Anastas at the NASW Wisconsin Chapter’s conference earlier this year. Anastas explained that one of her major goals as president of the association is to highlight the issues facing women in society generally and in ... Read More »

Social Work and Divergent Viewpoints

From the October 2011 NASW News: By Maren Dale, Special to the News Nearly every social worker subscribes to the broad principles outlined in the NASW Code of Ethics: a commitment to service; social justice; the dignity and worth of a person; the importance of human relationships; integrity and competence. However, one’s background and unique sets of beliefs can influence ... Read More »

School Challenges: How Parents Can Help

When school beckons after the lazy days of summer, how can parents help their children adjust to the change in a healthy way? WALA-TV-FOX10 in Mobile, Ala., sought the advice of Tabitha Olzinski, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in child development. Olzinski noted the difficulties parents face in gauging how their children deal with school issues. “We don’t ... Read More »

Talking With Kids About Cancer

NASW News’ “Social Work in the Public Eye” highlighted a column written by Elizabeth Wood for the Newark Post in Delaware.  “The more you know about cancer, the less anxious and better prepared you’ll be to talk about it with your child,” said Wood, who is a clinical social worker for the Division of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology/BBMT at Nemours/Alfred I. ... Read More »