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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 »

Forum focuses on ethics, equity

By Paul Pace and Rena Malai, News staff NASW held a daylong leadership forum in October to culminate the association’s 60th anniversary celebration in 2015, and to discuss ways NASW and its partners can address important issues and advance significant initiatives within the social work profession.   The 60th Anniversary Forum, held Oct. 23 in Washington, D.C., also recognized the ... Read More »

Nutrition plays role in mental well-being

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social work has a long history of helping prevent food insecurity by supporting programs that supplement diet and nutritional needs of low-income families and single adults. However, growing research shows an important connection food security and nutrition play not only in physical health, but also mental health, social workers say. One example is the ... Read More »

CRISP launches student advisory council ‘YSocialWork’

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy, or CRISP, has launched its own student advisory council and is using the slogan and hashtag “YSocialWork” in its campaign to engage social work students and young professionals in promoting the value of the profession. The Student Advisory Council aims to be a bridge among ... Read More »

New $350,000 grant to aid AIMS model study

By Paul R. Pace, News staff A new grant will aid the study of a social work intervention with clients in primary care settings. Current literature is lacking in studies that show differential impact of social work interventions on quality of life, health and health care outcomes, said NASW member Victoria Rizzo, co-principal investigator of the Ambulatory Integration of Medical ... Read More »