Practice and Professional Development

How to Make Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Routine

Social Worker In Conversation With Pregnant Mother

By Takia Richardson, LICSW, LCSW, NASW Senior Practice Associate, Behavioral Health, and Diana Ling, Outreach Program Coordinator, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin Alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) is an evidence-based tool backed by more than 30 years of research. Yet most people have not talked to a ... Read More »

Balancing “Essential” With Safe and Ethical During COVID-19

April 3, 2020 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve in this ever-changing and unsettling environment created by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Follow ... Read More »

“Let’s Talk”: Social Workers’ Vital Role in Reducing Risky Drinking

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By Takia Richardson, LICSW, LCSW, NASW Senior Practice Associate, Behavioral Health, and Diana Ling, Outreach Program Coordinator, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin Social workers are needed on the front lines of a growing women’s health issue: risky drinking. Women’s rates of deaths tied to alcohol increased 85 percent ... Read More »

COVID-19 Telehealth: Providing Mental Health Support Safely, Ethically, and Competently

March 27, 2020 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve in this everchanging and unsettling environment created by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Follow ... Read More »

Free COVID-19 Telehealth Resources for NASW Members

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As telehealth becomes more key during COVID-19, so does the need for ethics and technology education. Below is a list of relevant webinars that NASW has made free for our members. Ethics and Integrated Health Care Faculty-Student Ethics Round Table New Practice Standards on Social Work and Technology: A Situation-Based Discussion on Best Practices? Official National Training on the Revisions ... Read More »

Social Work in This Unprecedented Time

March 20, 2020 The three largest social work organizations in the United States are calling social work practitioners, students, faculty, employers, regulators, policy makers, and all interested parties to action. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) acknowledge that we are all living in a ... Read More »

Did You Know Burnout is Real?

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By  Harleny Vasquez, MSW Burnout is a common word thrown around in the field of social work, but have you ever taken the time to recognize the signs or symptoms that you may be experiencing exhaustion? Such indications can be a serious sign that your body telling you to slow down. Social workers are constantly faced with the challenges of ... Read More »

How Social Workers Can Help Survivors of Reproductive Coercion and Intimate Partner Violence

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By Amber Sutton, LICSW, and Haley Beech, LMSW Social workers have a unique role in identifying and addressing intimate partner violence (IPV) as they will inevitably encounter survivors and their families in a variety of settings. One form of intimate partner violence that is often undetected and underreported is reproductive coercion. Reproductive coercion includes tactics such as birth control sabotage ... Read More »

NASW Opposes Changes in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

It is estimated that 42 million Americans nationwide received SNAP benefits, which is roughly 13 percent of the U.S. population, who are poor.

By NASW Director Public Policy Sarah Christa Butts, LMSW Given the social work professions’ values and primary mission to enhance human wellbeing and help meet basic human needs, especially of people who are vulnerable and living in poverty, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes rule changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would eliminate benefits for ... Read More »

NASW Press “Back to School” Sale – 20% Off Select Books!

NASW Press Back To School Sale - 20% Off Select Books

NASW Press 20% Off “Back to School” Sale applies to these books (not including eBooks) through September 30th: Ethical Standards in Social Work: A Review of the NASW Code of Ethics, 3rd Edition, by Frederic G. Reamer The Social Work Ethics Casebook: Cases and Commentary (2nd Edition), by Frederic G. Reamer Social Work Speaks:  National Association of Social Workers Policy ... Read More »