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Practice and Professional Development

Social workers use film to spotlight social issues

By Greg Wright, News contributor Social worker Matt Anderson became a documentary film producer on a whim. He was working with foster children in Missoula, Mont., when he met Codie, an 18-year-old who had been placed in 17 foster homes in just seven years. Like many former foster children, Codie was struggling to reconnect with family and avoid becoming involved ... Read More »

The Affordable Care Act from an oncology social work perspective: What’s in it for Patients and families?

by Sarah Conning, LCSW, OSW-C; Association of Oncology Social Workers After tumultuous public debate, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in March 2010. Nearly two years later, the law is still in the throes of political controversy and legal challenges. In the face of such monumental changes, complicated timelines, legal uncertainties, and small print, what is ... Read More »

Q&A NASW Sections Webinar on Ethics & Private Practice

Questions below are from the NASW Specialty Practice Sections live webinar on ethics. Common Ethical Mistakes Made in Private Practice: A Focus on Areas Requiring Closer Attention for Even the Most Experienced Practitioners March 7, 2012 Q: Isn’t it breaking the husband’s confidentiality by telling the wife you can’t see her because you are seeing him individually? A: Yes, it ... Read More »

Globally social workers have a critical role in combating HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination.

Stigma and discrimination are universally experienced by persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.   It has been determined that homophobia, stigma, and discrimination negatively affect the health and well-being of clients and communities, and can result in the added burden of stress and health disparities. Experienced on the personal or individual and community level, stigma is an obstacle to prevention, ... Read More »

The NASW HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project: building capacity through social work continuing education.

Social workers are working with and on behalf of persons affected by HIV/AIDS  – be it in hospital and mental health clinics, community based organizations and/or private practice.   Across diverse fields of practice – social worker are committed to learning more about HIV and AIDS. Social workers recognize that culturally competent HIV prevention, care and treatment requires keeping current on ... Read More »

On The Two-Year Anniversary of the ACA: Social Workers Speak About the Benefits of the Law For Families And Young Adults

Today  – Friday March 23rd – is the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This date is an important opportunity to reflect upon the benefits that Americans of all backgrounds are already seeing as a result of health reform. Moreover, with the Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of the health law next week, ... Read More »

United Nations International Women’s Day – March 8, 2012

Background International Women’s Day (March 8, 2012) is recognized around the globe as a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. International Women’s Day provides the opportunity to celebrate the achievement of women around the globe, raise awareness of women’s issues, and inspire people to continue to fight for women’s rights. The ... Read More »