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History shows importance of social work

Jane Addams, known as “The Mother of Social Work,” 
founded the U.S. Settlement House Movement in Chicago 
in the late 1800s. Addams and other social workers after her
 have led the way in developing social safety net programs

By Maren Dale, News contributor Today, social workers are part of the fabric of our nation, leading the march toward social justice, bringing our nation’s social problems to the public’s attention and serving in nearly every sector. Yet it was not long ago that many of the freedoms and rights Americans have today did not exist — and they would ... Read More »

Forty Years in Social Work: Reflections on Practice and Theory

Over the past 40 plus years the social work profession in the United States has experienced dramatic changes. Such changes include: an increasingly diverse clientele, especially with an influx of immigrants from Latin America; an increasingly conservative, reactionary political climate; and a drive toward quantifiable data, “results” and the mimicry of hard sciences. Christopher Rhodes Dÿkema chronicles these changes from ... Read More »

Children’s Bureau centennial honored in April

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff April was a special month for children as the Children’s Bureau celebrated its 100th anniversary. Social workers were instrumental in convincing lawmakers to create the federal agency in 1912 and social workers continue to play a vital role in the agency’s mission: to provide for the safety, permanency and well-being of children through leadership, ... Read More »

Social Work Month 2010: Social Workers Inspire Community Action

Celebrate Social Work Month – March 2010 The 2010 Social Work Month theme is “Social Workers Inspire Community Action” Since its inception, the social work profession has worked to improve life for millions every day. Social workers operate from values that recognize each person as relevant to society and believe that, when needed, society should help each person achieve his ... Read More »

2008 Social Work Month Tookit – Now Available

The 2008 Social Work Month Tookit is now available at www.socialworkers.org/pressroom/swMonth/2008 Celebrate Social Work Month – March 2008 The 2008 Social Work Month theme is Each year social workers across the country celebrate the profession during March – National Professional Social Work Month. We reflect on the history of the profession, celebrate the important work that is currently being done ... Read More »

3rd Annual NASW Pioneers Program and Luncheon

Over eighty NASW Pioneers and guests attended the third annual NASW Pioneers program and luncheon on October 20, 2007, at the Women’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C. Bernice Catherine Harper was Chair of the planning committee with members Catherine Harris, Beryl Carter Rice, Joan 0. Weiss, Kenneth S. Carpenter, Jessie Smith, Elizabeth Watkins, Steve Hornberger, Norma Gray Jones, and ... Read More »