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Read the Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice Q&A

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and three other social work organizations today released new Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice. The standards were created after two years of discussion and research. Here are some commonly asked questions about them: Q: Who worked on this project with NASW? A: The standards were created by NASW, the Council on Social ... Read More »

A Master’s Degree in Social Work could give your Social Work Career a Boost

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Here are four reasons from the National Association of Social Workers for why you should consider pursuing a graduate degree. Authored by: Lauren Waldron It’s never too late to start thinking about your future and career. Whether you are currently employed and considering applying to graduate school or a recent graduate from a Bachelor’s Program, a graduate degree in Social ... Read More »

Join Congressional briefing on preventing mistreatment of Newborn Intensive Care Unit infants

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NASW invites you to participate in a Congressional briefing that identifies strategies to prevent child maltreatment of infants from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The briefing will enhance awareness about NICU families, identify their unique needs and review program and policy solutions that promote positive parenting outcomes.  The briefing will highlight policies and legislation that can support NICU families. The ... Read More »

Featured Virtual Conference Presenter, Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW on Ethics, Technology and Older Adults

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The revolution of digital technology has “changed the way social workers practice with, and on behalf of,  older adults and has enhanced the connection between older adults, caregivers, providers, and the community,” explains Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW, Director of the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review. Hobdy will present the breakout session “Ethical Considerations in Social Workers’ Use of ... Read More »

Featured 2017 NASW Virtual Conference Presenter Robyn Golden explains importance of advocacy in today’s political environment

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Robyn Golden, MA, ACSW, LCSW, Director of Population Health and Aging at Rush University Medical Center, explains the importance of advocacy in the current atmosphere. “The policy and political environment, specifically around health care and social services, is particularly fraught right now due to the uncertainty of federal health care reform and the threat of cutting federal funding for a ... Read More »

Age Out Loud During Older Americans Month

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Posted May 5, 2017 NASW invites social workers to join and promote the celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). Established in 1963 and coordinated by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM celebrates the contributions older adults make to society. The theme for OAM 2017 is Age Out Loud. This theme emphasizes the ways in which older adults live with boldness ... Read More »

SPS Special Ethical Considerations When Working with Older Adults Webinar

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          Celebrating Older American Month Special Ethical Considerations When Working with Older Adults Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   ET Credit Hours: 1  CEU(s) Presenter: Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW Practicing with high ethical standards requires special consideration when working with older adults. This session will focus on ethical issues that social workers face ... Read More »

SPS Leadership to Advance Cultural Competence: Everyone’s Responsibility Webinar

          Leadership to Advance Cultural Competence: Everyone’s Responsibility Wednesday, April 26, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   ET Credit Hours: 1  CEU(s) Presenter: Carol Bonner,EdD, MSW, MBA Vivian Jackson, PhD, ACSW, LICSW Moderator(s): Rita Webb, MSW This webinar builds upon the 2015 Revised NASW Standards on Cultural Competence in the Social Work Profession, Standard 10: “Leadership ... Read More »

What social workers need to know about proposals to limit Medicaid Benefits

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The Republican Party has proposed reducing Medicaid spending through block grants or per capita grants. The National Association of Social Workers is against such a plan because reducing Medicaid services would harm a critical benefit to women, vulnerable populations and those living with chronic physical and mental health conditions. To learn more about this issue and how you can get ... Read More »

Get Ready for National Healthcare Decisions Day 2017

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Posted April 13, 2017 The mission of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is to enhance understanding of, and participation in, advance care planning. Now in its 10th year, NHDD 2017 will be a weeklong event, observed April 16 through 22. This year’s theme matches that of the 2016 observance: It’s always too early, until it’s too late. Learn more about ... Read More »