Professional Education and Training

The Power of Primary Prevention

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Alcohol-exposed pregnancies (AEPs) are more common than you might think: according to a new study, an estimated 54 percent of children in the United States are exposed to alcohol before they’re born. The high prevalence of AEPs surprised even the study’s authors, who looked for what might be driving the trend. The answer? Unintended pregnancies—from when women drank without knowing ... Read More »

COVID Vaccine Hesitancy in Communities of Color: A National Concern

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By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor While much of the nation is beginning to return to a degree of normalcy since the start of national COVID vaccine distribution, there are still  nagging and serious barriers to ending the pandemic in the United States. One major barrier is vaccine hesitancy in communities of color – especially among Black and Brown ... Read More »

NASW expert guides social workers on using intuition in their practices

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National Association of Social Workers  member Bette Freedson is a clinical social worker in South Berwick, Maine. She recently authored the book Other Realms, Other Ways: A Clinician’s Guide to the Magick of Intuition.” We talked to Freedson about how social workers can incorporate intuition into their work with clients: Q: You come from a background of psychic reading. What role ... Read More »

NASW Endorses Complex Care Core Competencies

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By Carrie Dorn, MPA, LMSW and Rebecca Koppel, MSW, MPH NASW is proud to endorse the Core Competencies for Frontline Complex Care Providers created by the National Center for Complex Health & Social Needs. The Competencies were developed by a working group of diverse members with expertise in providing complex care, including social workers, community health workers, health care administrators, ... Read More »

Agenda for Facebook Live Town Hall — Ubuntu: Welcome to the Social Work Profession

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IFSW NORTH AMERICAN REGION VIRTUAL CONFERENCE Facebook Live Event: Monday, March 22, 2021 • 1:00-3:45 pm ET/ 2:30-5:15pm Ubuntu: Welcome to the Social Work Profession Interactive sessions by social worker leaders that will detail vital information about the social work profession and social work’s professional associations that will assist social work students and entry level social workers flourish in their ... Read More »

Resources from Facebook Live Town Hall — Ubuntu: Welcome to the Social Work Profession

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Here are some of the resources mentioned in the March 22 Facebook Live Event — Ubuntu: Welcome to the Social Work Profession UN-NY Report 2019-20 The Global Agenda Linking Global Social Work to Regional and Local Practice The Impact of Immigration Detention on Children and Families Chart International Experiences for Practicing Social Workers Social Workers Reap Benefits from International Experiences ... Read More »

Capitol Riot Raises Spectre of Proximal Deaths by Suicide

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In the aftermath of the riot of Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood and D.C. Police Officer Jeffrey Smith died by suicide. Christopher Stanton Georgia, one of the rioters from Georgia who was charged by police, also died by suicide. Their deaths show that events such as the Capitol riot can ... Read More »

Social Workers and the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Updated January 26, 2021 Many social workers have begun receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine distribution is being managed in phases and groups on a state level. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) anticipates social workers fall in every phase depending on population served, level of direct client interaction, work setting, age and health status. How quickly social workers are inoculated and ... Read More »

NASW seeking public comments on Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice: A Reference Manual

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NASW’s Task Force for Private Practice Guidelines is seeking public comments for the document, Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice:  A Reference Manual. This manual provides a useful set of guidelines for clinical social workers starting a private practice and for seasoned clinical social workers seeking specific information related to the practice and business side of a private practice. Your ... Read More »