Social Work Advocates Magazine

Economic justice on list of key social work issues

By Alison Laurio, News contributor Social worker Reeta Wolfsohn received a message from a client she had worked with well over a decade ago.   Back then, “she was a college graduate, an expert in working with the deaf,” Wolfsohn said. “The only work she could get was shadowing a high school student. She had no money, no money even ... Read More »

NASW Georgia and Missouri chapters receive grants

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Two NASW chapters have been selected to receive grants from the NASW Foundation’s Ruth Fizdale Chapter Research Program, which provides opportunities for chapters to conduct pilot research projects targeted to a specific emerging issue. The NASW Georgia Chapter was awarded $3,000 to enhance the chapter’s TeleMental Health Practice Program. This program aims to ensure ... Read More »

Rural social workers study U.S.-Mexico border

From left, Norma Gonzales, Eva M. Moya, and Elena Dela Vega attend the 41st National Institute Conference on Social Work  and Human Services in Rural Areas.

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Rural social workers gained insight into the issues impacting people along the U.S.-Mexico border during the 41st National Institute Conference on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, which was held in July. The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) College of Health Sciences Department of Social Work, along with the National ... Read More »

Social workers have roles in community policing efforts

By Alison Laurio, News contributor A 15-year-old girl with autism spectrum disorder became lost in Naperville, Ill., in July. Her parents had been working with her, and she had successfully been going outside alone, walking up and down the block where she lives. She had done well with that and wanted to walk around the block by herself.   She ... Read More »

NASW Hosts First Virtual Grad Fair

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Did you know that a MSW degree opens up more career paths than other comparable degrees? According to the Department of Labor, “the projected growth in Social Work employment is expected to rise 12%, which is above the average growth rate for all occupations at 7%.” If you are considering pursuing your Master’s in Social Work (MSW) and starting your ... Read More »

NASW member invited to White House hackathon

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NASW member Ruby Guillen was invited to participate in the first-ever White House foster care and technology hackathon in late May. Guillen, who was in foster care, is a fatal and severe child abuse and community violence technologist, researcher and analyst in the greater Los Angeles area. She also is co-chair of the Technology Council for the NASW California Chapter. ... Read More »

NASW participates in global meetings in Seoul

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW again participated in the global meeting of the professional social work and social development association – the International Federation of Social Workers, or IFSW. Meetings from June 22-26 were in conjunction with the biennial World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, held in Seoul, South Korea. NASW President Darrell Wheeler, NASW ... Read More »

Workforce proves critical in child welfare outcomes

By Paul R. Pace, News staff A skilled and supported workforce is a critical component to drive better outcomes for children and families across the U.S., says Jenny Wood, chief deputy for the Administration on Children Youth and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Wood was among the speakers at a Capitol Hill briefing in June ... Read More »

NASW Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The NASW Foundation has chosen the 2016-17 recipients of its scholarships and fellowships, and will award more than $428,000 to social work students across the country. The Foundation is the largest funder of social work students who can study at any accredited social work program in the U.S. Jennifer O’Brien, a student at the ... Read More »

Efforts aid global social service workforce

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Eight countries across sub-Saharan Africa have made significant progress strengthening their social service workforces in the past five years, according to a newly released report by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance. Social service workers create protective environments for healthy development and well-being among vulnerable populations by alleviating poverty; reducing discrimination; facilitating access to ... Read More »