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Practice and Professional Development

Join Veterans Affairs #BeThere Campaign during Suicide Prevention Month in September

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The Department of Veterans Affairs, one of the largest employers of social workers, this month is running a #BeThere suicide prevention campaign for veterans and service members. The campaign offers tips we can all do to prevent people from dying by suicide. Here are other Suicide Prevention Month resources social workers that may interest ... Read More »

NASW Delegate Assembly Approves Revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics

Commemorative 55th Anniversary Edition of the NASW Code of Ethics. The first edition of the Code of Ethics was released in 1960.

The Delegate Assembly of the National Association of  Social Workers (NASW) on August 4, 2017 approved the most substantive revision to the NASW Code of Ethics since 1996. After careful and charged deliberation, the Delegate Assembly voted to accept proposed revisions to the Code that focused largely on the use of technology and the implications for ethical practice. The NASW Code of Ethics continues ... Read More »

NASW Updates on Hurricane Harvey and Irma

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NASW TEXAS CHAPTER: In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor temporarily suspends all necessary statutes and rules to allow health care providers employed by a hospital and licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in Texas in order assist with the Tropical Depression Harvey disaster response operations.  Hospitals must ... Read More »

NASW seeking experts to serve on policy review panels

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More than 100 social workers participated on expert panels to revise and/or develop 25 NASW policy statements over the last two years. These statements were recently voted on and approved by the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) key policymaking body, the Delegate Assembly (comprised of 277 professional social workers who represent NASW’s diverse membership).  Policy topics ranged from human trafficking, ... Read More »

Take part in FASD Awareness Month in September

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     Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month is in September.      Alcohol use during pregnancy is a leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities. FASD—the general term that encompasses the range of life-long adverse cognitive, behavioral and physical effects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure—affects up to one in 20 children in the United States, and ... Read More »

Resources from Congressional Briefing on Preventing Mistreatment of Newborn Intensive Care Unit Infants

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The National Association of Social Workers on June 27 held  a Congressional briefing that identified strategies to prevent child maltreatment of infants from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The briefing enhanced awareness about NICU families, identified their unique needs and reviewed program and policy solutions that promote positive parenting outcomes. The Congressional briefing received much positive feedback and inquiries from ... Read More »

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 »