Social Work Advocates Magazine

New Law Note Addresses Client Confidentiality

NASW News exclusive: By Paul R. Pace, News Staff As the age of communication possibilities continues to expand, maintaining client confidentiality for social workers is a paramount concern. Protection of clients’ confidential information is not only a social work cornerstone, it is also a legal obligation, according to the latest NASW General Counsel Law Note, Client Confidentiality and Privileged Communications, ... Read More »

Richard Jones Honored by Metropolitan Family Services

Richard Jones, center, former president and CEO of Chicago-based Metropolitan Family Services, stands outside one of the organization’s campus buildings, which was recently named in his honor to recognize 13 years of leadership for the organization that serves the critical needs of families in the metropolitan area. Jones is joined by his mother, Wilhelmina Manns, right, a retired social work ... Read More »

Children Make Up Half of Shelter Residents

According to an article published by United Press International on, Minnesota researchers have said that more than half of the residents who stay in battered women’s shelters across the United States are children. Jeffrey Edelson, professor of social work at the University of Minnesota, stated in the story that an online platform can serve as a tool to give ... Read More »

Practice Standards Focus on Family Caregivers of Older Adults

By Paul R. Pace, NEWS Staff “Attention to the contributions, strengths, needs and goals of family caregivers of older adults are integral to social work practice.” This statement summarizes the intent of the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults. The document, available for a free download at, celebrated its one-year publication anniversary in ... Read More »

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 »