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Practice and Professional Development

World AIDS Day 2016

On December 1st,  President Barack Obama issued a Proclamation recognizing World AIDS Day.  He stated that “by shining a light on this issue and educating more communities about the importance of testing and treatment, we have saved and improved lives. Although we have come far in recent decades, our work is not yet done and the urgency to intervene in this ... Read More »

It’s time for the United States to have pictorial warnings on cigarettes

More than 100 nations include graphic warnings on cigarette packs and tobacco products.  Large, pictorial warnings have been shown to be effective in discouraging smoking and educating individuals about the harms of tobacco.  Social workers should be aware that the World Health Organization endorses graphic warnings and notes that they have a particular impact to “reduce the number of children ... Read More »

HIPAA Phishing Email Alert

Social work practitioners should be aware of a recent phishing scam. On November 28, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a listserv announcement warning covered entities and their business associates about a phishing email that disguises itself as an official communication from the Department. The phishing email is being circulated on ... Read More »

November is National Adoption Month!

November is National Adoption Month. It is a time to raise awareness for children and youth in foster care who are waiting for permanent families. Social workers across the country work to ensure the stability and safety of many of them. The Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds the National Adoption Month initiative each ... Read More »

NASW Hosts First Virtual Grad Fair!

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 »

Pain Awareness Month 2016

Posted September 22, 2016 The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have identified pain as a significant public health challenge that affects tens of millions of people in the United States every year (Institute of Medicine, 2011). Pain Awareness Month, which NASW observes this September, offers social workers an opportunity to educate both colleagues and clients about pain—and to ... Read More »

NASW updates Standards of Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings

An updated version of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Standards for Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings has been released and is available online or for purchase through the NASW Press. It is a resource based on the consensus of expert health care social workers and is designed to enhance social workers’ knowledge to work effectively in ... Read More »

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016

Posted June 25, 2016 At least 5 million older adults reports experiencing abuse, neglect, or exploitation every year (Administration for Community Living, 2016, 2016)—and many more cases of elder maltreatment go unreported. Such mistreatment can manifest as neglect or self-neglect; emotional (psychological), physical, or sexual abuse; financial (or material) exploitation; and abandonment. Recognizing both the magnitude of this problem and ... Read More »

NASW, CCMC collaborate to address growing demand for health care case managers

Joint Commission for Case Manager Certification/National Association of Social Workers Press Release: MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, June 21, 2016— The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) are collaborating to address the growing demand for health care case managers by giving more social workers the opportunity to earn the Commission’s esteemed Certified Case Manager® ... Read More »

Social Work Groups in Connecticut form alliance to advance, promote school social workers

The Connecticut Association of School Social Workers (CASSW) and National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut Chapter (NASW/CT) are very pleased to announce the formation of the Alliance of School Social Workers of NASW/CT. The Alliance, which has been in discussion for over a year, between CASSW and NASW/CT, creates a unified approach to the advancement and protection of school social ... Read More »