Tag Archives: children

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 »

Making Time to Talk About Alcohol Use

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By Diana Ling, MA and Leslie Sirrianni, LCSW Four in five adults who reported being asked about their alcohol use at a checkup in the past two years and reported current binge drinking were not counseled to reduce their drinking, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. Looking closer at the data, just 14 percent ... Read More »

One Size Does Not Fit All: Advocating for Young Clients With Developmental Disabilities

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By Dinah Wisenberg Brin The obstacles and stresses that children with developmental disabilities and their families face can become overwhelming. The need to navigate a complex services landscape, get help from school officials, deal with social isolation and manage financial strains, among other challenges, often create daunting pressure for parents seeking the right support for children who learn or think ... Read More »

National Social Work Survey Shows Impacts of COVID-19 School Disruptions

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As millions of preK-12 students return to school that will be largely virtual this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a national study of school social workers (SSWs) highlights the need to address hunger, housing instability, health, mental health and other challenges that a high proportion of students are experiencing, especially low-income students.. The study, “Opening Schools Safely in the ... Read More »

NASW Texas Chapter Continues Strong Opposition of ICE Separation of Immigrant Families: Social Workers Must Take Action!

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On May 21, 2020, the Human Rights Committee of the National Association of Social Workers — Texas Chapter (NASW/TX) released the following statement: The National Association of Social Workers – Texas Chapter (NASW/TX) strongly opposes the recent attempts by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to separate immigrant families by giving families a choice between indefinite detention and a risk of ... Read More »

NASW President volunteers at U.S.-Mexico border to help detained migrant mothers and children

NASW President Kathryn Conley Wehrmann (right) and NASW New Jersey team mates Paul Cataldo and Sandy Ortega before boarding their flight to return home

By Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW President, National Association of Social Workers The Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP) is a local partner in the Immigration Justice Campaign. Its mission is to serve the immigrant mothers and children detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX. DPBP operates a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that ... Read More »

NASW Opposes Changes in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

It is estimated that 42 million Americans nationwide received SNAP benefits, which is roughly 13 percent of the U.S. population, who are poor.

By NASW Director Public Policy Sarah Christa Butts, LMSW Given the social work professions’ values and primary mission to enhance human wellbeing and help meet basic human needs, especially of people who are vulnerable and living in poverty, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes rule changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would eliminate benefits for ... Read More »

Join NASW on June 30! Stand up for immigrant children and their families

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NASW is joining with partners to promote the June 30 national protest rally and mobilization against the Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” Family Separation Policy. The Zero Tolerance Family Separation Policy has caused the separation of families entering the United States. With his Executive Order last week President Trump stopped the policy of separating families as they enter the United States. There are, however, ... Read More »

Live Specialty Practice Sections Webinar: The Therapeutic Role of Animals in the Lives of Children

The Therapeutic Role of Animals in the Lives of Children  Thursday, April 6, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM   ET Credit Hours: 1.5  Social Work contact hours of CEs Presenter:   Philip Tedeschi, LCSW Moderator(s): Dina Kastner, MSS, MLSP What do we know about the therapeutic role that animals play in the emotional lives of children. Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) and ... Read More »

NASW withholds support for Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be Education Secretary

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NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) chooses not to support the Senate confirmation of Betsy DeVos to become U.S. Secretary of Education. The overarching reasons for our position are that DeVos is woefully inexperienced in managing a major federal agency, appears to have very limited knowledge of federal and state government public education policies and regulations, and ... Read More »