Practice and Professional Development

Take One Step to Stop Child Abuse Deaths

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and bring attention to the critical need for resources to support and strengthen families and keep children and youth safe from harm. Social workers play critical roles in the lives of vulnerable families. Enhancing the well-being of children, youth, and families is at ... Read More »

Institute of Medicine Releases Groundbreaking Report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

WASHINGTON, DC —  On March 31, 2011, at an 11:00 AM press conference at the Melrose Hotel (2430 Pennsylvania Ave NW), the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) will release a new report on health issues impacting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population, titled The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation ... Read More »

Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development

The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), and the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) initiated a discussion to develop a Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development in June 2010. The following four areas provided the framework for the agenda: Social and economic inequalities within countries and between regions ... Read More »

ACMA, NYU Silver School of Social Work and NYU Langone Medical Center Announce the 2011 Social Work Case Management Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the American Case Management Association’s (ACMA) 2011 Social Work Case Management Fellowship program. The Fellowship is governed and bestowed by ACMA in partnership with the New York University Silver School of Social Work and NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, NY. The fellowship affords an MSW graduate with experiences and training in case ... Read More »

Social Workers to Present on Black Men and Social Policy at the Center for American Progress, March 15, 2011

Social Work with African American Males: Health, Mental Health and Social Policy, edited by Waldo E. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D., MSW (Oxford University Press, 2010) will be the featured book for the Center for American Progress’ Black Men and Social Policy Noon Dialogue on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at the Center for American Progress, 1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor, Washington, ... Read More »

The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan—New Coverage Option for the Uninsured

Social workers should be aware of an important component of the Affordable Care Act, which can provide immediate coverage for Individuals with pre-existing health care conditions. The Federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) is a transitional program that will be in effect until 2014, when the new Health Insurance Exchanges become operational. The PCIP offers comprehensive benefits including physician’s services, ... Read More »

NASW Advocates for Change as Member of Hospice And Palliative Care Coalition

Coalition provides national leadership to assure a range of service options for patients & families affected by serious or life-limiting illnesses NASW recently expanded its long-standing advocacy for hospice and palliative care by joining the Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (HPCC), founded in 2001. Together with the other six coalition members (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Center to ... Read More »

New online manuscript submission and peer-review system

The NASW Press ispleased to announce the launch of our new, entirely online manuscript submission and peer-review system. Of our peer-reviewed journal Web sites, those for Children & Schools and Health & Social Work are now live. The journals Social Work and Social Work Research will be migrating to the online submission portal later this calendar year. Please visit us ... Read More »

“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 »