Practice and Professional Development

April 16: A Day to Consider and Communicate Your Health Care Choices

NASW is pleased to continue its support for National Healthcare Decisions Day, now in its seventh year. Join the observance by encouraging your clients to consider, discuss, and document their goals for their health care—and by preparing, reviewing, and sharing your own advance directives. Advance care planning is more than a document. It’s an ongoing process that can help each ... Read More »

March 10th – Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

One in four people with HIV in the United States are women or girls over the age of 13.   It is estimated that over 25,000 women and girls in the U.S. do not know they are living with HIV. On March 10, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health is reaching ... Read More »

Special Issue of Children & Schools on School Social Workers and Military-Connected Schools

It is estimated that the children of parents either who are currently in the military or who are veterans numbers over 4 million in the United States. These children and their families have and/or continue to experience multiple deployments, family separation, frequent transitions and relocations, and other stressful life events that their non-military-connected peers usually do not undergo. Supportive school ... Read More »

Global LGBT Equity is a Social Justice Issue

The National Association of Social Workers has a strong position against discrimination of persons based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Criminalizing relationships based on one’s sexual orientation or gender identity violates fundamental human rights, limits one’s ability to fully engage in their community and society, and hinders effective public health responses to HIV and AIDS.     President Obama, in a ... Read More »

Transnational Pacific Islander Americans and Social Work: Dancing to the Beat of a Different Drummer

Cultural competence is paramount in the social work field. Social workers addressing the needs of persons in specific communities—whether ethnic, sexual, religious or otherwise—must have a working knowledge of the traditions, values and assumptions of members of such communities. Transnational Pacific Islander Americans and Social Work: Dancing to the Beat of a Different Drum serves as a voice for Pacific ... Read More »

Join Us and Network with 2,000 Colleagues

Network with 2,000 colleagues Take advantage of early bird registration Connect with experts in the field Be inspired and gain new skills at innovative workshops Hear from nationally recognized experts in ethical practice and evidence-based practice Earn up to 25 CEUs Join us at the National Association of Social Workers 2014 National Conference. This conference will focus on the essential ... Read More »

Social workers encouraged to promote consumer enrollment in ACA health exchange plans

Social workers encouraged to promote consumer enrollment in ACA health exchange plans One out of every six Americans is currently living without insurance. Close to 80 percent of the uninsured are in working families. Affordable health care insurance is now available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health exchanges. Consumers can enroll in ACA health insurance plans until March 31st.  ... Read More »

Free FAQ document on the recently released regulations for the Parity Act

NASW is a member of the Coalition for Whole Health, which advocates for full inclusion and coverage of mental health and substance use disorder prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and recovery services in the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and the 2008 Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The convener of the Coalition, the Legal Action Center (LAC), has developed ... Read More »

Employment Non-Discrimination Act

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. ENDA will ensure employees are judged on the quality of their work and not on personal identity, which is irrelevant to job performance. It embodies the American philosophy that employment decisions should be centered on a person’s qualifications and work ethic, rather than ... Read More »

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25th marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and begins a global call to action: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.  This year’s theme is –From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World – – focuses on 16 Days Activism Campaign brings together communities from around the world to organize against gender-based violence. ... Read More »