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Practice and Professional Development

NASW Helps Joint Commission Develop New Consumer Brochure on Memory Problems & Dementia

The Joint Commission recently published a consumer education brochure on memory problems and dementia. The brochure, developed in collaboration with NASW, is part of the Joint Commission’s Speak Up™ initiative, which encourages consumers to play an active role in their health care. Visit www.jointcommission.org/speakup_memory_problems to download or print the brochure in both English and Spanish. NASW resources: Help Starts Here, ... Read More »

Honor Family Caregivers—Now More Than Ever

NASW continues its support for National Family Caregivers Month this November. This year’s theme, Family Caregivers—Now More Than Ever!, highlights family caregivers’ growing role in supporting people of all ages who live with chronic conditions or disabilities. NASW resources: NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults Family caregiving information and resources on NASW’s consumer Web ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates National Hospice & Palliative Care Month: Care on Your Terms

Join NASW in celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month this November by highlighting that hospice and palliative care programs provide care on your terms. Download outreach materials from Caring Connections, the consumer Web site of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and incorporate current NHPCO data on hospice use, delivery, and quality in your messaging. NASW resources: ... Read More »

Uniting with schools of social work to advance the Medicaid expansion

On November 8th, NASW – together with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)  and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) – sent a joint letter to  over 300 program chairs in social work programs around the country, encouraging them to engage their students, faculty and alumni to advocate for the Medicaid expansion in their states. ... Read More »

Webinar: Reaching Teens in Therapy: Evidence Based Practice for Clinicians

Effective work with adolescents requires particular skill sets and knowledge.  In this webinar, participants will gain an understanding of the multidimensional developmental tasks and growth taking place in this stage of life, evidence-based relational approaches to effectively engage teens in treatment, and gain strategies for addressing the unique challenges in working with this population.  This webinar benefits clinical social workers ... Read More »

New IOM Report Highlights Advances in Understanding of Child Abuse, Neglect

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) on September 12 released a new report, New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research, that highlights advances made in understanding and treating child abuse and neglect over the past 20 years. Joan Levy Zlotnik, director of NASW’s Social Work Policy Institute, was a member of the multi-disciplinary consensus committee that examined what has been ... Read More »

Educational Personnel as Reporters of Suspected Child Maltreatment

Over 3 million referrals for suspected child abuse or neglect were made to Child Protective Services (CPS) in the US in 2009. Reports of suspicion of child maltreatment are more likely to come from educational personnel than from any other professional or non-professional reporting source. However, research consistently raises concerns as to the quantity and quality of reports by this ... Read More »

Implicit Spiritual Assessment: An Alternative Approach for Assessing Client Spirituality

Social work professionals realize more and more that spirituality plays an important role in fostering health and wellness. To help practitioners understand this relationship in clients’ lives, a spiritual assessment is commonly recommended as a routine component of practice. Administering a spiritual assessment—as part of a larger bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment—provides a more holistic understanding of clients’ realities, which in turn provides ... Read More »

“Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement for Addiction, Stress, and Pain,” by Eric L. Garland

Human existence can be beset by a variety of negative mental states such that life seems devoid of meaning, but it can also be liberated—a meaningful life reclaimed and savored through cultivation of a higher kind of mind. This quality, mindfulness, refers to both a set of contemplative practices and certain distinct psychological states and traits, and it can be ... Read More »