Practice and Professional Development

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 »

NASW and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy: Working Together to Support a 21st Century Approach to Drug Policy Reform

On July 8, NASW met David Mineta, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction at the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).  Mr. Mineta was appointed by President Obama to oversee the Office of Demand Reduction (ODR) and is now working to implement evidenced-based drug policy reform initiatives aimed at the fostering development of a national community-based prevention system, ... Read More »

Social Security Administration Issues New Rules on Gender Designation

In late June, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published new rules that make it easier for the estimated 700,000 transgender Americans to update their Social Security records to reflect their gender designation. Under the new rules, a transgender person can change their gender on their Social Security records in one of two ways: either by submitting government-issued documentation reflecting a ... Read More »

Supreme Court: NGO Anti-Prostitution Pledge violates freedom of speech

On Friday, June 21, 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled that USAID  vs.  AOSI  violates the First Amendment.  Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the legal opinion, wrote “freedom of speech prohibits the government from telling people what they must say”. Referred to as the “anti-prostitution pledge”,  the policy stated that in order for any non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ... Read More »

Earn Social Work CEUs: Working with LGBTQ populations

NASW members are asking: “Since June is Pride Month and that’s brought about an awareness of the LGBTQ population in my city, does NASW have any kind of training that could help me in my work?” CE Opportunities are available.  Contributed by NASW staff and the NASW-Wisconsin Chapter, you may want to consider getting your continuing education credits through the ... Read More »

June is LGBT Pride Month

On June 1, 2013, President Obama issued a Proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.  The proclamation outlined the important legislative changes that advance LGBT equity.  NASW members have provided a strong voice in supporting the Administration’s decisions to extend hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the repeal of  “Don’t ... Read More »

Health Insurance Marketplace Training Webinars Available

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting webinars on the health insurance marketplace (formally called the exchange) throughout June and July.  Health Insurance Marketplaces will be open in every state on January 1, 2014. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about this very important feature of the Affordable Care Act. ... Read More »

Detection of Memory Impairment in a Community-Based System

[Referencing: Kahraman Kiral, Aynur Ozge, Mehmet Ali Sungur, and Bahar Tasdelen, “Detection of Memory Impairment in a Community-Based System: A Collaborative Study,” Health & Social Work, Volume 38, Number 2 (May 2013), pp. 89-96.] Populations throughout the world are both increasing and aging. The rapid growth in the number of older people has resulted in not only an increased requirement ... Read More »