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North Dakota Chapter creates safety training course

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW continues to help social workers and other human-service professionals learn how to be safe performing their jobs. Some of the latest efforts are taking place at the NASW North Dakota Chapter. Chapter Executive Director Nancy Miller said they used funds from an unrestricted grant to team up with the North Dakota Safety Council ... Read More »

Social work organizations launch Grand Challenges

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW and the Council on Social Work Education recently joined the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare to announce the launch of the academy’s 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work. Richard P. Barth, president of AASWSW and dean at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, announced the Grand Challenges before ... Read More »

Gun violence, mental health link complex

By Kristin Battista-Frazee, News contributor It’s an all too familiar story: Another mass shooting occurs and innocent lives are lost. In the aftermath, the media reports, yet again, that the shooter has, or had, a mental illness. We feel all at once sadness, grief and outrage. And the headlines make it easy to believe people with mental illness are violent. ... Read More »

NASW’s Michigan chapter hosts race forums

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Many NASW chapters are addressing the complex issues of racism, hate crimes and police use of force in their communities. The NASW Michigan Chapter is the latest example of social workers working toward positive solutions. This fall it partnered with 14 schools of social work to host a first-ever series of social work forums ... Read More »

Program helps foster youth continue education

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Foster youth can experience greater challenges than their non-foster youth peers as they grow into adulthood. Besides the potential for mental stress, foster youth can face financial, transportation and housing insecurity that can impede a path to a postsecondary education. Fortunately, there are social workers, such as Maria Garin Jones, who specialize in supporting ... Read More »

Social Work HEALS program offers training in health care delivery

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Nearly 50 BSW and MSW students from across the country gathered for educational sessions on health care, leadership and advocacy activities on Capitol Hill as part of the Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars (Social Work HEALS) Student Policy Summit, which was hosted at NASW’s national office in November. NASW and the ... Read More »

End-of-life cultural competence need grows

By Maren Dale, News contributor Social workers are aware of the importance of building cultural awareness in order to work effectively with people from various racial and ethnic groups. However, the need has increased for social workers to dive deeper and develop cultural competence in relation to specific practice areas, including end-of-life care. Fueling this need is the fact that ... Read More »

IOM report offers recommendations to change shape of service provisions

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Addressing the need for standards in mental health and substance use care is particularly critical given the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, according to a newly released report by the Institute of Medicine Committee on Developing Evidence-Based Standards for Psychosocial Interventions ... Read More »

NYC Chapter lends hand to film on homelessness

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW played a small role in portraying the realities of homelessness in the movie “Time out of Mind,” starring actor Richard Gere. The movie was first shown in 2014 at the Toronto International Film Festival, and released in September 2015. The film’s production received help from NASW’s New York City Chapter. Robert Schachter, the chapter’s ... Read More »

NASW updates cultural competence standards

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW has updated its “Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice.” The 2015 NASW National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, or NCORED, spent the past year reviewing, revising and seeking public input in updating the document to introduce new concepts and expand on suggestions outlined in previous editions: The “Standards ... Read More »