Practice and Professional Development

National Healthcare Decisions Day in a Time of Pandemic

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On April 16th each year, NASW celebrates National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) to empower individuals to engage in advance care planning. As our communities face the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of these conversations comes into new focus. Social workers can support clients, family members, and friends to communicate their health care treatment preferences. Advance care planning is not only about ... Read More »

Reinforcing the Essential Nature of Social Work

April 10, 2020 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve in this ever-changing and unsettling environment created by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Follow ... Read More »

How to Make Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Routine

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By Takia Richardson, LICSW, LCSW, NASW Senior Practice Associate, Behavioral Health, and Diana Ling, Outreach Program Coordinator, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin Alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) is an evidence-based tool backed by more than 30 years of research. Yet most people have not talked to a ... Read More »

Balancing “Essential” With Safe and Ethical During COVID-19

April 3, 2020 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve in this ever-changing and unsettling environment created by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Follow ... Read More »

“Let’s Talk”: Social Workers’ Vital Role in Reducing Risky Drinking

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By Takia Richardson, LICSW, LCSW, NASW Senior Practice Associate, Behavioral Health, and Diana Ling, Outreach Program Coordinator, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin Social workers are needed on the front lines of a growing women’s health issue: risky drinking. Women’s rates of deaths tied to alcohol increased 85 percent ... Read More »

COVID-19 Telehealth: Providing Mental Health Support Safely, Ethically, and Competently

March 27, 2020 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve in this everchanging and unsettling environment created by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Follow ... Read More »

Free COVID-19 Telehealth Resources for NASW Members

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As telehealth becomes more key during COVID-19, so does the need for ethics and technology education. Below is a list of relevant webinars that NASW has made free for our members. Ethics and Integrated Health Care Faculty-Student Ethics Round Table New Practice Standards on Social Work and Technology: A Situation-Based Discussion on Best Practices? Official National Training on the Revisions ... Read More »

Social Work in This Unprecedented Time

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March 20, 2020 The three largest social work organizations in the United States are calling social work practitioners, students, faculty, employers, regulators, policy makers, and all interested parties to action. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) acknowledge that we are all living in a ... Read More »

Did You Know Burnout is Real?

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By  Harleny Vasquez, MSW Burnout is a common word thrown around in the field of social work, but have you ever taken the time to recognize the signs or symptoms that you may be experiencing exhaustion? Such indications can be a serious sign that your body telling you to slow down. Social workers are constantly faced with the challenges of ... Read More »

How Social Workers Can Help Survivors of Reproductive Coercion and Intimate Partner Violence

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By Amber Sutton, LICSW, and Haley Beech, LMSW Social workers have a unique role in identifying and addressing intimate partner violence (IPV) as they will inevitably encounter survivors and their families in a variety of settings. One form of intimate partner violence that is often undetected and underreported is reproductive coercion. Reproductive coercion includes tactics such as birth control sabotage ... Read More »