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Practice and Professional Development

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 »

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 »