Professional Education and Training

NASW Member Voices: Let’s Begin a Conversation to Share Our Social Work Perspectives

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  By Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW It’s been 21 years since first responders rushed headlong into the burning World Trade Center while frightened civilians rushed for the exits.  Each September, we remember and reflect on their bravery. Heedless of their own safety, they carried out their mission to serve and to protect us in our most devastating time of need. ... Read More »

Watch the Interstate Licensing Compact Stakeholder July 26 Review Session

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The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), as part of an initiative to promote licensure portability for military spouses, in 2021 awarded a $500,000 grant for the development of an interstate licensure compact for social workers. The compact would give social workers to practice in two or more states, giving the profession much needed license mobility. The Council of State Governments (CSG) has ... Read More »

Why data and collaboration are key to social workers’ success

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By Gary Pettengell, ECINS If there were ever a time to truly appreciate the essential contributions to society made by social workers – it would be now. As we find ways to recognize, inspire, and equip social work professionals tackling a confluence of challenges in schools, families, and communities, the most important thing is to acknowledge the immense challenges they ... Read More »

Overturning Roe v. Wade will disproportionately affect people of color; Here is what social workers should know

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By Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA The leaked report of a draft Supreme Court ruling to completely overturn the seminal abortion rights opinion Roe v. Wade sent shockwaves throughout the country. While most reproductive health and other social justice advocates expected the conservative-leaning court would “gut” Roe v. Wade, they did not anticipate the absolute evisceration of the law. In that Roe ... Read More »

A Worrying Rise in Women’s Drinking: How Social Workers Can Help

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By Diana Ling, MA, Program Manager and Leslie Sirrianni, LCSW, Senior Research Project and Training Coordinator; Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin A troubling trend has taken hold over the past two decades: drinking patterns among men and women have converged – and in some cases, young women ... Read More »

April is Alcohol Awareness Month: Resources for Social Workers

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month. It highlights the dangers of unsafe alcohol consumption and promote awareness in reducing alcohol use disorder. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 14.5 million people ages 12 and older had an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2019.  During the COVID-19 pandemic alcohol use along with mental health challenges have been exacerbated ... Read More »

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which recognizes the importance of families, providers, and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Social workers are play a key role in supporting families and helping them to access resources that help them to mitigate risks and minimize stress, creating a thriving environment where both child ... Read More »

Revisions to DSM-5 Coming in March 2022

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The American Psychiatric Association has announced revisions to the DSM 5 which will be released in March 2022. The revised manual, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR) is used by clinical social workers and other health care professionals in the United States as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders. Last updated ... Read More »