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Practice and Professional Development

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 »

White House AIDS Policy Office to Release Updated Strategy on July 30

The White House Office on National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will be releasing the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) on July 30. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has long been a supporter of this strategy and looks forward to the updates. Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, professional social workers have worked in communities across the United States ... Read More »

NASW Statement on King v. Burwell

Today, the Supreme Court made a monumental decision on a challenge to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a 6-3 ruling, the Court dismissed the contention that providing subsidies to low-income persons to purchase health care through the ACA was not proper due to lack of specific authorization in the wording of the law. The National Association of Social ... Read More »

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015

Posted June 13, 2015 Did you know that at least one in 10 older adults living in the United States experiences abuse, neglect, or exploitation every year—and that, for every reported case of elder mistreatment, an estimated 23 cases go unreported? Such mistreatment can manifest as neglect or self-neglect; emotional, psychological, physical, or sexual abuse; financial abuse and exploitation; and ... Read More »

NASW updates Position Statement on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE)

As advocacy efforts have grown, both for and against the use of sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and conversion therapy, so has the need to educate clients and communities about the impact of these practices on individuals and families, and the implications for social work practice. To help guide practice, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has issued a ... Read More »

NASW, NASW Foundation and CSWE award scholarships to help social workers improve health care delivery

  The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) have awarded 10 universities with scholarships under the Social Work HEALS: Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars program. The scholarships, which are provided due to funding from The New York Community Trust, will be used ... Read More »

Provide Public Comment – U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is seeking community input for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to better inform the updated 2016-2020 National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). During April, ONAP convened meetings with community members, service providers, and state and local health departments as part of a series of regional forums being held across the country. Now through May 22, ... Read More »

White House Office of National AIDS Policy to host National HIV/AIDS Strategy Regional Forums

The U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is convening meetings with community members, service providers, and state and local health departments as part of a series of regional forums being held across the country to better inform the updated 2016-2020 National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).   The forums each focus on a specific goal of the NHAS, with the next two ... Read More »