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NASW, Foundation announce award recipients

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The recipients of the 2015 NASW National Awards and the NASW Foundation Awards have been announced. The awardees will be honored during “A Night at the Awards” ceremony on June 24 during NASW’s national conference, “Leading Change, Transforming Lives.” The conference will be held June 22-25 in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Veterans ... Read More »

Students advocate on the Hill as part of Social Work Month

By Paul R. Pace and Laetitia Clayton, News staff An estimated 400 social work students from more than 45 schools across the nation gathered at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in March to learn about the power of social work. NASW CEO Angelo McClain told the students that their help was needed in urging Congress to support the Improving Access ... Read More »

NASW promotes health care access in Supreme Court case

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW members and other social workers were encouraged to appear outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 23, where the justices began oral arguments in the case Zubik v. Burwell. NASW joined an amicus brief in the case to support the right of all employees to access health care without discrimination, even while accommodating ... Read More »

Clinical social workers share marketing tips

By Alison Laurio, News contributor Mila Tecala has an overall goal: helping people put their lives back together. It also is what she likes best about being a clinical social worker. “I got this really nice note,” she said. “It said ‘One of the things you taught me in therapy is instead of cursing the storm, I learned how to ... Read More »

Chapter leader honored for 30 years of service

Kathy Boyd was honored for her 30 years as executive director of the NASW North Carolina Chapter. Valerie Arendt, associate executive director at the chapter, said Boyd will be honored with a plaque at the chapter’s Ethics Conference and Awards Luncheon on March 29. NASW CEO Angelo McClain also sent Boyd a letter of appreciation for her years of outstanding ... Read More »

NASW Foundation names five new Pioneers

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The NASW Foundation has announced five newly elected Social Work Pioneers®. Social workers who have made great strides in expanding the profession into new frontiers and for enriching human development and understanding are reflected in the latest round of inductees. They are: Capt. Barry D. Adams, the U.S. Navy’s top-ranked social worker as the ... Read More »

Initiative aims to prevent fetal alcohol exposure

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Prenatal alcohol exposure is 100 percent preventable. Yet, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders — the range of lifelong adverse effects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure — affect up to 5 percent of children born in the U.S. NASW, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several schools and agencies are launching a strategic cross-discipline ... Read More »

Job-training program includes self-esteem boost

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers are known for having skills to help people overcome challenges. There are also social workers who specialize in connecting people with one of life’s basic needs: a living-wage job that can boost self-worth. And Project IOWA is one of the places where you can find these social workers. Project IOWA (Iowa Opportunities ... Read More »

Social workers help tackle homelessness

By Alison Laurio, News contributor When Georgia Van Cooten walked into New York City’s Penn Station to participate in the homeless count this year, her thoughts went to two people. A second-year master’s in social work student at Touro College in New York City, Van Cooten also had taken part in the 2015 count. Back then, she talked with a ... Read More »

Second virtual career fair offers Skype, webinar

By Paul R. Pace, News staff More than 3,800 social workers signed up to participate in the NASW Career Center’s second Virtual Career Fair on Feb. 9. The one-day event allowed NASW members and nonmembers a free opportunity to connect directly with 43 different employers by using Skype and instant messaging integration for their interviews. Social work job seekers and ... Read More »