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Featured Article from August Issue of “Health and Social Work” Journal

“Challenges and Mental Health Experiences of Lesbian and Bisexual Women Who Are Trying to Conceive”, Christina Yager, David Brennan, Leah S. Steele, Rachel Epstein, and Lori E. Ross, Health and Social Work, August 2010 (Vol. 35, No. 3), pp. 191-200. Very little research has been done to date on the challenges and mental health experiences of lesbian and bisexual women ... Read More »

NASW Hosts Social Work Exchange Professional from Korea

Introduction NASW (National Association of Social Workers) hosts professional social workers from foreign countries for time limited exchanges. The purpose of such exchanges is to provide the exchange professionals with a close up view of the various mechanisms involved in supporting and sustaining a professional social work workforce in the U.S. Starting April 2010, NASW has hosted a social work ... Read More »

Gerontological Social Work Resources Available

Although the National Institute on Aging predicts 70,000 social workers will be needed by 2020, a study by the NASW Center for Workforce Studies found that only 9% of licensed social workers in the United States identify aging as their primary practice area. A 2008 report of the Institute of Medicine underscored the need for gerontological social work education and ... Read More »

NASW Requests Comments on Draft Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults

Draft available for public review and comment. Family caregivers constitute the foundation of care for older adults but often provide such care at risk to their own health and well-being. Social workers across practice settings play a critical role in supporting family caregivers at the individual, family, group, community, and organizational levels. To view the standards and submit comments, visit ... Read More »

ACSW Members are Recognized in a Congressional Record

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), Representative Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY) submitted acknowledgment of the Academy into the Congressional Record on February 26, 2010. Honoring the work and impact ACSW holders have had in society over the past fifty years, below we have provided a link for you to download the Congressional ... Read More »

Recognize 2010 Graduates with the Professional Social Worker Pin

Dear Social Work Student – Is your school using the Professional Social Worker pin to recognize graduating students? Ask your school to consider the silver-plated Professional Social Worker pin at commencement. Just $10 each for schools of social work, the pins distinguish Social Work from other programs on campus, and instill pride in the profession. All funds from the Social ... Read More »

Chat online with social work colleagues from around the country at www.socialworkchat.org

For those that are interested in ongoing discussions online, visit www.socialworkchat.org on Sundays and Tuesdays from 9 – 10 PM EST. March Schedule: Sun, March 7th Share ideas for celebrating Social Work Month Tues, March 9th Case Consultation Sun, March 14th Our Online Social Work Month VIRTUAL CELEBRATION! Tues, March 16th Best Book Recommendations for SW Practice Sun, March 21st ... Read More »

Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for Home Care Professionals Released

NASW Plays Key Role in Developing Recommendations Social workers and other providers caring for individuals with dementia in their homes will find a valuable resource in Dementia Care Practice Recommendations for Professionals Working in a Home Setting, released by the Alzheimer’s Association this November in honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. The document is the fourth in a series ... Read More »

Social Workers Prepared to Help Victims of Haiti Earthquake

NASW encourages members to get involved WASHINGTON DC—In the aftermath of the deadly earthquake in Haiti this week, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is issuing an alert to its nearly 150,000 members to help support recovery efforts for victims and their families.  In disasters such as this, social workers are uniquely suited to assess the disaster environment in ... Read More »

New Titles from NASW Press on Treatment of Eating Disorders and Social & Economic Justice

NOW AVAILABLE Doing What Works: An Integrative System for the Treatment of Eating Disorders from Diagnosis to Recovery By Abigail Horvitz Natenshon Do you have clients dealing with eating disorders?  If so, Doing What Works is a great resource for treatment team professionals as they learn to treat complex cases of eating disorders through various techniques and strategies. Eating disorders, at ... Read More »