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NASW official: Japanese American World War II internment camp survivors show solidarity with today’s immigrant children

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As the nation continues to witness the chaos resulting from the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating children from their parents when they enter the United States, many organizations including the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) have decried this cruel, inhumane and immoral policy.  Social workers along with many other mental health professionals are shocked that our government has been engaged ... Read More »

NASW Chapters Respond to Anti-LGBT measures in California, Indiana

National Association of Social Workers chapters are responding to a new law in Indiana and a proposed bill in California that would discriminate against people from the LGBT community. Public outcry over these laws has already prompted change, with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday approving changes to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act so businesses cannot discriminate against gays and ... Read More »

Social work school staff help with Philippine relief mission

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Staff from the University of Southern California School of Social Work performed the first phase of a relief mission in the Philippines to aid the survivors of a devastating typhoon that struck the region in November. Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, caused numerous deaths in portions of Southeast Asia. It ... Read More »

Chapter bridges gap between social work researchers and practitioners

By Rena Malai, News staff The NASW California Chapter hosted the second annual Translational Research/Translational Practice Roundtable in October to help social work practitioners and researchers gain a better understanding of each other. About 50 NASW members and social workers came together to participate in group discussions. Bridging the gap between social work researchers and practitioners is a little like ... Read More »

MSW students visit NASW as part of curriculum

By Rena Malai, News staff A group of MSW students from the University of Southern California School of Social Work visited the NASW national office in March to learn more about the social work profession. The students are enrolled in Child Development and Social Policy at USC, and spent a week in Washington, D.C., as a part of their class ... Read More »

BSW student helps implement Native American scholarships

By Paul R. Pace, News staff A student member of the NASW California Chapter is doing her part to promote inclusion of Native Americans into the field of social work and to the association. Merris Obie is a BSW student at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., and serves as the student director, north representative, for the chapter’s board of ... Read More »

NASW-California takes leadership role backing bill that bans ‘reparative therapy’

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The NASW California Chapter took a leadership role in helping pass a state law that bans sexual orientation change efforts for minors. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law S.B. 1172 on Sept. 29, making California the first state in the union to prohibit licensed mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change ... Read More »

NASW involved in equal-rights advances for LGBT community

By Paul R. Pace, NEWS Staff Advances for the equal rights of the LGBT community at the state and federal levels have been made in recent months, and NASW has played a role in these matters. In California, a federal appeals panel in San Francisco ruled in February that California’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional right to equal ... Read More »

Program brings social workers to library setting

By Rena Malai, NEWS Staff The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose, Calif., has developed a “Social Workers in the Library” program, which offers social work consultations in a neutral setting. Deborah Estreicher, head librarian at the Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr. Library in San Jose, Calif., had an idea. “Being a librarian, I came across many ... Read More »