Many understand Memorial Day to be a time to commemorate the fallen veterans of all wars and conflicts. Its origin began as “Decoration Day” after the American Civil War where over half a million lives were lost. Although the birthplace of the federally recognized holiday is contested, the U.S. government declared the annual commemoration began in Waterloo, New York in ... Read More »
Why the Language We Use Matters
By Jo Seiders, LCSW, CDE May 17th is commonly recognized as International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia — a day many people around the globe celebrate gender and sexual diversity and collectively confront oppression, discrimination, intolerance, and violence that many LGBTQIA2S+ folks experience daily. The significance of May 17th is that on that day in 1990 the diagnosis of ... Read More »
Five Facts Social Workers Need to Know About Women and Drinking
It’s National Women’s Health Week (May 14-20), an opportunity for social workers to encourage women to make their health a priority, including avoiding drinking too much alcohol. Read More »
COVID-19 Three Years Later: A Changing Landscape
It is easy to forget how terrified we were in the early days and months of the pandemic—and the relief we felt when mRNA vaccines were developed, approved, and rolled out across the country in seemingly record time. Read More »
April is Alcohol Awareness Month: Learn the Facts about Risky Drinking and Prevention Practice
A client who is trying to get pregnant tells you she’s been having a glass of wine every night to unwind. “That’s ok, right?” she asks. What do you say? How much drinking is too much? Is there a level of drinking that’s “ok” for someone who is pregnant or thinking of having a baby? If you’re not sure how ... Read More »
Show Pride in the Profession: Professional Social Worker Pin!
The NASW Social Work Pin Program enables social workers to show pride and commitment to the profession at the same time they support our National Social Work Public Education Campaign. The Social Work Pin Program is available to individuals who make a donation to the NASW Foundation, as well as to schools of social work that purchase professional social worker ... Read More »
Have Eight Minutes To Share Your Thoughts On Client Alcohol Use?
We want to know what you know—and wish you knew—about client alcohol use. Eight minutes is all it takes to help us better train and educate social workers who serve women, families, and others who may be at risk for alcohol-related problems, including alcohol use disorders and alcohol-exposed pregnancies. Your responses will be completely anonymous. NASW, along with other leading medical groups, ... Read More »
Donate Today: Join NASW Foundation in Uplifting Communities and Changing Futures!
This Holiday Season the NASW Foundation extends warm wishes and deep appreciation to professional social workers who work tirelessly to address some of society’s most challenging issues. You make the world a better place and we salute you for your skills, knowledge, energy, devotion, and compassion. “Thank you, thank you, for all you do!” As the year winds down, we ... Read More »
It’s Giving Tuesday: Donate Generously to the NASW Foundation!
Today is GivingTuesday and you can make a difference by joining the global generosity movement with a donation to the NASW Foundation. Generosity gives each one of us the power to make positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value we can act on. Together we give and impact lives through social work. The NASW Foundation ... Read More »
The Power of Primary Prevention
Alcohol-exposed pregnancies (AEPs) are more common than you might think: according to a new study, an estimated 54 percent of children in the United States are exposed to alcohol before they’re born. The high prevalence of AEPs surprised even the study’s authors, who looked for what might be driving the trend. The answer? Unintended pregnancies—from when women drank without knowing ... Read More »