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Practice and Professional Development

World AIDS Day 2015 –The Time to Act Is Now

On December 1st, we recognize World AIDS Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the  United States, only 87 percent  are aware of their health status.  The impact of lack of awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS remains a critical concern to social workers and allied ... Read More »

Hospice. Helps. Everyone.

        November 25, 2015 Join NASW in celebrating National Hospice & Palliative Care Month this November. This year’s theme highlights that hospice provides the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness. Social workers are core members of hospice teams and play integral roles in enhancing quality of life for individuals and families. Use the ... Read More »

Respite: Care for Caregivers

        November 25, 2015 NASW continues its support for National Family Caregivers Month this November. This year’s theme, Respite: Care for Caregivers, emphasizes that respite is essential to family caregiver well-being. Social workers play an integral role in helping family caregivers to access respite services. Use the materials listed below to enhance your outreach efforts and to highlight ... Read More »

NASW Adoption Awareness Month Special features of adopted child and aspiring social workers, resources for social workers

National Adoption Day Campaign “We Never Outgrow the Need for Family” has special meaning for aspiring social worker Thomas McRae The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children and Families is commemorating National Adoption Awareness Month in November with the campaign, “We Never Outgrow the Need for Family.” Thomas McRae, a senior psychology major at Cheyney University ... Read More »

NASW Honors Veterans Day with Resources to Help Social Workers Serve Service Members, Veterans and their Families

The National Association of Social Workers recognizes Veterans Day. We congratulate the brave men and women in our armed services and veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employs more than 12,000 social workers. In fact, the VA is the largest employer of social workers with a master’s degree. Social workers provide support to the military, veterans and their families, ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Resources for Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers strongly supports the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has brought affordable health care to millions more Americans. Open enrollment has begun and will end on Jan. 31, 2016. The Health Insurance Marketplace is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Registration can be done online, by phone, or from trained navigators in ... Read More »

SAMHSA releases consensus report: “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the first federal report on the scientific and medical research behind conversion therapy. “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth.” The report provides a consensus among experts in finding conversion therapy to be harmful and provides examples of appropriate resources and therapeutic approaches.   This seminal document will provide guidance ... Read More »

Commemorate Social Service Workforce Week

The Global Social Services Workforce Alliance has a network of members in more than 70 nations who work to strengthen the social service workforce and improve the lives of vulnerable populations. The National Association of Social Workers is one of the founding members of the alliance and sits on its steering committee. This week the alliance is recognizing Social Service ... Read More »

Language Matters When People Talk About Suicide

Social workers play a key role in suicide prevention. As the nation commemorates National Suicide Prevention Week (September 7-13) the National Association of Social Workers talked to three of its members about why the language people use regarding suicide is so important and a recent The New Social Worker article on this issue. They are Jonathan Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, associate ... Read More »

White House releases The National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Updated to 2020

President Obama on July 30 signed an executive order launching The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) for the United States: Updated to 2020.   Building on the goals of the 2010 NHAS, the updated strategy is a set of priorities and strategic action steps tied to measurable outcomes for moving the nation forward in addressing the domestic HIV epidemic. President Obama noted, ... Read More »