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Social Work Profession Awarded Federal Grant to Develop Interstate Licensure Compact

Multi-year initiative will improve access to social work services, enhance the mobility of social workers and strengthen the state licensure system. Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), as part of an initiative to promote licensure portability for military spouses, has awarded a $500,000 grant for the development of an interstate licensure compact for social workers. A compact is ... Read More »

NASW-Illinois Chapter Releases Workforce Report

NASW-Illinois Executive Director Joel L. Rubin

In 2019-2020, NASW-Illinois Chapter Executive Director, Joel L. Rubin, MSW, ACSW, CAE, worked with the NASW Foundation (Chapter Fiscal Sponsor) and Loyola University School of Social Work on a workforce study: “An Evaluation of the Illinois Social Work Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities.” The initiative was funded by a generous $50,000 grant from the Telligen  Community Initiative. “The Telligen Workforce grant has enabled ... Read More »

National COVID-19 Day: Social Workers offer services to help you cope

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is a proud partner of National COVID-19 Day. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. National Covid-19 Day was co-founded by Jamie Aten and Kent Annan at Wheaton College’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute. They launched National COVID-19 Day to help the United States navigate our collective grief, encourage one another, ... Read More »

Social workers are role models and public services people should know about

Social Work Month in March is a time to celebrate the great profession of social work. The theme for Social Work Month 2021 is Social Workers Are Essential. Social workers are essential to community well-being. With the Covid-19 pandemic causing so much uncertainty, fear, stress, anxiety and grief it’s imperative to share stories of hope and inspiration. As an essential social worker, I have provided vital food to food insecure ... Read More »

Celebrate Black History Month with the NASW Foundation and NASW

Black History Month

The NASW Foundation and NASW are proud to celebrate Black History Month and honor the rich history of blacks in social work. We encourage you to celebrate with us by learning more about this wonderful record of achievement: visit these online resources and please participate in an upcoming February 26 “NASW Facebook Live Event” with NASW President Mit Joyner, a ... Read More »

Parkinson’s Social Workers are Essential

By Anne Wallis, MSW and Courtney Malburg Social workers make life better for people with Parkinson’s, their care partners and their loved ones! Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. It manifests itself differently in every person, and Parkinson’s social workers can help. Social workers address the non-medical aspects of Parkinson’s, including patients’ ... Read More »

Essential Social Workers Remain on Front Lines During Pandemic

NASW asked social workers to tell us about the essential work they’ve been doing throughout the pandemic. Here are just a few of their stories. Managing Adoptions Last November, Illinois residents Brad and Cassie went to Tallahassee, Fla., to grow their family through adoption, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare wrote on its Facebook page last year. “When the adoption fell through at ... Read More »

Social Workers Are ‘Glue’ That Holds Things Together

By Ellen Kersen, LCSW In the seven years I have been working for Senior Community Care PACE in Montrose, Colorado,  I have never experienced such great emotional need than in the past year with the COVID-19 pandemic. We went from an open day center where we could see our seniors in person weekly to a home-based program where we were not advised ... Read More »