Practice and Professional Development

NASW-Massachusetts statement on Supreme Court Buffer Zone ruling

The National Association of Social Workers – Massachusetts Chapter (NASW-MA) and NASW’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. are disappointed by a United States Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that unanimously overturned the Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot buffer zone around health clinics offering abortion services.  The Court stated that establishing these zones infringed on the First Amendment rights of ... Read More »

NASW partnering with Selective Service System to ensure youth do not miss opportunities

Did you know millions of young men miss out on important opportunities because they fail to register for the Selective Service? The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has partnered with the Selective Service System to help inform young men — and especially at-risk young men — of the requirement to register with Selective Service when they turn 18. NASW ... Read More »

One Person, One Action, One Nation: United Against Elder Abuse

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15   Every year, at least one in 10 older adults experiences elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Moreover, researchers estimate that, for every reported case of elder abuse, another 23.5 cases go unreported. Social workers play essential roles in preventing, identifying, and addressing elder abuse. That’s why every action by every individual is needed ... Read More »

June is PRIDE Month

On June 1, 2014, President Barack Obama declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The President’s proclamation outlined the important legislative changes that advance LGBT equity that have occurred at the state and federal level.  The President also noted that the Obama Administration “proudly stands alongside all those who fight for LGBT rights.”    He highlighted important ... Read More »

Social work practice update: CDC releases practice guidelines for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

  Recent clinical trials have proven that a daily dose of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can significantly reduce the transmission of HIV among populations at higher risk of contracting the disease. As a result of these findings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday released the first practical clinical guidelines for PrEP, with the recommendation that PrEP be ... Read More »

Learn about postpartum depression during Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Maternal Mental Health Month Awareness Month.  This is a good time for social workers and the public to become more educated on postpartum depression among women. It is conservatively estimated that more than 600,000 women in the United States experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy or within a year of childbirth.  In fact, postpartum depression is the top complication ... Read More »

Free NASW-CSWE Webinar: Social Work Practice in Integrated Care Settings

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is altering the delivery of behavioral health services, moving toward a model of behavioral health integration in primary care settings. Learn about this rapidly changing practice area from Suzanne Daub, LCSW, an NASW member and Senior Integrated Health Consultant for the National Council for Behavioral Health. Suzanne provides guidance and training on ... Read More »

Special Issue of Health & Social Work on Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

Approximately 2.2 million service members make up the U.S. all-volunteer force in the active, National Guard, and Reserve components, representing less than one percent of all U.S. citizens. Furthermore, veterans constitute seven percent of the country’s population, or almost 22 million persons, with ten percent of those being female. The largest living cohort of veterans served during the Vietnam era. ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Brooks Appointment to White House Office of National AIDS Policy

Douglas Brooks. Photo courtesy of TheBody.com.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) congratulates Douglas Brooks, MSW, LCSW, on his appointment as director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).  Brooks brings the necessary leadership skills to oversee implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and HIV Care Continuum initiative in a way that will engage the many communities and organizations committed to ... Read More »