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Social Work Can Play a Critical Role in Pain Management

By Paul R. Pace Social worker Jennifer Kljajic lost her brother to suicide when he was tapered off from opioids too quickly after taking them as prescribed for years due to a chronic pain condition in 2018. It was not until a year later that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published guidelines that warned against fast tapering ... Read More »

COVID-19 Year 3: Social Workers and Their Clients Continue to Nagivate the Pandemic and its Impact, Even as Society Shifts Back Toward ‘Normal’

By Sue Coyle, MSW  As the world nears the end of the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is both transitioning back toward pre-pandemic life and settling into a new normal. It’s a delicate balance that continues to evolve, as does the virus.  Cases of the coronavirus have not disappeared. In mid-September, two and a half years ... Read More »

Monthly Series Engages Students, New Social Workers

By Alison Laurio Managing student debt; concerns about risk and liability; how to begin a job search; what is a social work license, and why is or isn’t it important?; and landing your dream social work job are topics many social work students and recent graduates are eager to find out more about. Now they can, thanks to a free ... Read More »

NASW Works With Voting Coalitions for Important 2022 Midterm Elections

By Paul R. Pace While every election matters, the November 2022 midterms are imperative because human rights like voting, reproductive health and LGBTQIA+—issues central to social work’s mission and values—are in deep jeopardy. In some states, these rights are explicitly on the ballot, says Tanya Rhodes Smith, instructor in residence and director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political ... Read More »

Learn the Facts About Dementia and How You Can Help

The belief that dementia is a normal part of the aging process is familiar. But it is not true. “It is a common misconception in society that it is something we should all expect and something that happens to almost everybody,” says Natalia Shtompel, PhD, MSW. “But it’s not the case.” Dementia is not a normal part of aging, she ... Read More »

Serving on the Board Has Been an Extraordinary Experience

When Robin Arndt was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he met with a social work professor. After a one-hour conversation where Arndt discussed his interests and aspirations, he said he left knowing he was going to be a social worker. “I gained a mentor from that meeting who would help me navigate my undergraduate experience and shape ... Read More »

What to know about grant writing and social work

The NASW Specialty Practice Sections webinar, Words with Friends: The Nexus Between Grant Writing and Social Work, provides an overview of grant writing strategies and techniques with emphasis on the written narrative portion of proposals for funding. It is available on demand at the Social Work Online CE Institute. The presentation includes how grant writing fits within an agency’s larger resource development ... Read More »