Practice and Professional Development

Anti-Prostitution Pledge Ruling

The United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals, on July 6, 2011, upheld a ruling that the federal government cannot force HIV/AIDS-prevention grant recipients to certify their agreement with the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act’s anti-prostitution statement.   Often referred to as the “anti-prostitution pledge,” it reads: ‘No funds made available to carry out this Act may ... Read More »

NASW Staff Attend a Congressional Briefing on Strengthening the Rights of Older People

On Monday, July 25, NASW staff attended a congressional briefing on Strengthening the Rights of Older People held at the Dirksen Senate Building.  The Briefing was led by the International Federation on Ageing in collaboration with the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People and hosted by the Senate Committee on Aging.  Speakers called for recognition of the rights ... Read More »

Strengthening the Social Welfare Workforce in Africa: Investing in those who care for children

NASW, in collaboration with the PEPFAR Orphans and Vulnerable Children Technical Working Group and other key stakeholders, was asked by USAID to help convene a conference focusing on strategies to strengthen the social welfare workforce in Africa with the aim of improving the well-being and welfare of children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Click here to see the conference ... Read More »

Join the Administration on Aging for a Webinar Series on Social Media as a Retirement Tool

Webinar Series on Social Media:  A Retirement Tool for the 21st Century In recent years, social media has added new dimensions to the resource tools available for retirement planning and ways to protect assets once in retirement.  To shed light on how social media can be incorporated in developing a sustainable retirement plan, the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the ... Read More »

Joint Commission Launches Palliative Care Certification Program

Free Informational Audio Conference July 20 The Joint Commission recently launched the Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care. Designed to recognize hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care in order to optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illness, the certification will be available September 1, 2011. Programs may begin the application process immediately by ... Read More »

Social Work & Social Media: Where are the Ethical Boundaries?

The NASW News recently posted an article about social media’s impact on the social work profession.  This article discussed both the ups and downs of social media, highlighting the benefits of recruiting social workers and increasing communication among professionals.  In the technology world, exciting new therapeutic possibilities via new technologies, such as Skype, are becoming more and more prevalent. These ... Read More »

Webinar: Addiction, Mental Health, and Health Care Integration and Prevention

Consumer, Recovery, and Family Webinars Addiction, Mental Health, and Health Care Integration and Prevention How the Affordable Care Act and state-based efforts can lead to comprehensive and coordinated health services for people with mental health and addiction disorders.  The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR), Faces & Voices of Recovery (Faces & Voices), and the National Alliance on Mental ... Read More »

Social Work Researchers Have a Responsibility to Educate the Public

A recent editorial in Social Work Research urges social work researchers to more actively aid resistance to media bias and polemical attacks. Matthew O. Howard cites recent public attacks by Glen Beck on Francis Fox Piven, and the subsequent threats on her life by some of Beck’s listeners. Piven herself analyzed the social situation that gives rise to such irrational ... Read More »

June 27, 2011, is National HIV Testing Day

Monday, June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. Early HIV diagnosis is critical, so people who are infected can fully benefit from available life-saving treatments. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS. For some – that can be up to 10 years ... Read More »

World Refugee Day, June 20, 2011

June 20, World Refugee Day – Imagine being forced to leave your home and rebuild your life in a new country, in a new language and a new culture.  A refugee has done just that.  By definition, a refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. In order to ... Read More »