Practice and Professional Development

“It’s Murder Out Today”: Middle School Girls Speak Out about Girl Fighting

The phenomenon of girl fighting has piqued scholarly and popular interest in recent years, and yet few have studied the factors that contribute to the problem.  Recently a group of social work researchers decided to investigate girl fighting by interviewing several teenage girls in focus groups at middle schools in the northeastern US.  The participants of the focus groups were ... Read More »

Reconciling Paternalism and Empowerment in Clinical Practice: An Intersubjective Perspective

Through its history as an organized profession, social work has worked under two competing models or philosophies: paternalism and empowerment. But perhaps a third model will provide a more comprehensive view for client care and empowerment.  In “Reconciling Paternalism and Empowerment in Clinical Practice: An Intersubjective Perspective” in the January 2011 issue of Social Work, Cassandra L. Bransford discusses these ... Read More »

NASW’s Tracy Whitaker on AARP’s “Your Life Calling” Live Chat with Jane Pauley

Turning Heartache Into Hope Live Chat – On Jan 11th, Tracy Whitaker, the Director of the Center for Workforce Studies & Social Work Practice at the National Association of Social Workers, joined Sylvia Abrego-Araiza for AARP’s “Your Life Calling” Live Chat with Jane Pauley. The live chat followed the Today Show’s segment featuring Sylvia Abrego-Araiza which discussed Sylvia’s career in ... Read More »

Online Chat – Discussing Social Work as a Career with Jane Pauley (Today Show/AARP)

Starting at noon ET on Tuesday, January 11th, Jane Pauley will host an interactive online chat at www.AARP.org/Jane. Joining her will be Tracy Whitaker from the National Association of Social Workers and Sylvia Abrego-Araiza, a youth counselor who is the subject of this month’s Your Life Calling segment on the Today Show.  Jane, her guests, and the online audience will ... Read More »

Child Health Inequality

Numerous studies have acknowledged that the well-being of the nation hinges on the health of its people. This research also shows growing disparities in health outcomes for children.  In a special issue of Health and Social Work Journal from the NASW Press, authors Virginia Rondero Hernandez, Salvador Montana and Kris Clarke explore ways to reduce such disparities in “Child Health ... Read More »

NASW Participates in Conference in South Africa (Ctd.)

Day 4: Over 150 government, academic, and civil society representatives from across Africa, Vietnam, and Haiti gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, met this month (November 2010) to share lessons learned and to plan efforts to strengthen the social welfare labor force in Africa that cares for vulnerable children and families. Funded by USAID and PEPFAR, the Social Welfare Workforce ... Read More »

NASW Participates in Conference in South Africa (Ctd.)

Day 3 Conference delegates spent the day in country team meetings defining challenges and deciding on priorities. NASW staff hosted two special meetings. The first, a lunch time meeting, was a gathering of social work delegates. The table was completely full. Delegates had a lively discussion on a variety of topics. The second was a meeting of social work associations ... Read More »

NASW announces the release of the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults

NASW is pleased to announce the release of the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults, designed to enhance social work practice with family caregivers of older adults and to help the public understand the role of professional social work in supporting family caregivers. The standards were developed as part of Professional Partners Supporting Family ... Read More »