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Military Suicides Increase Need for Mental Health Services

Recently, the Department of Defense confirmed that 2012 witnessed a sharp increase in suicides committed by active duty Servicemembers.  This only serves to highlight the need for an increase in mental health providers throughout the military.  NASW has emphasized this need on behalf of the social work profession, as have many schools of social work who have developed programs specific to this ... Read More »

Women Representation in the Obama Administration

In 2009, NASW was pleased to see President Obama build a diverse Cabinet and even participated as a co-sponsor in the celebration of Women Appointees of the Obama Administration. Conversely, since returning from the holidays the President has made four high level appointments all of which are white men. With the departures of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of ... Read More »

Conference addresses social work in Tanzania

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW President Jeane Anastas and NASW CEO Elizabeth J. Clark participated in the Tanzanian Association of Social Work (TASWO) conference “Making a Difference to the Vulnerable Groups,” which was held in October in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The conference was part of TASWO’s annual general meeting to address the profession of social work, finding ways ... 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 Meets with Vice President Biden’s Task Force

NASW CEO Betsy Clark, and other mental health and disability rights advocates, met at the White House on Wednesday to provide input for Vice President Biden’s Task Force on Gun Control and Violence. The meeting was led by Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius, and included Attorney General Eric Holder, Pam Hyde from the Substance ... Read More »

Human Rights and the Judiciary

The elections are over, and it’s time to examine how these results will affect the judiciary branch of government: U.S. Supreme Court The lower courts (such as the Appeals Courts) Special Courts (such as U.S. Tax Courts) Court Support Organizations (such as the U.S. Sentencing Commission) Including the nine Supreme Court Justices, there are 874 judgeships in the judiciary branch—all ... Read More »

NASW Remembers Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Senator Daniel K. Inouye died Monday, December 17, 2012, and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) fondly remembers him as the first Japanese American elected to Congress, the first Congressman representing Hawaii, the second longest serving Senator in U.S. history, a highly decorated World War II Veteran, and a longtime friend to the profession of social work. According to the ... Read More »

Welfare reform has negative impact for the extremely poor

New research shows that the 1996 federal welfare reform, while bringing some improvements to the nation’s poor, has made extremely poor people in America worse off, according to an article on phys.org. NASW member Marci Ybarra, assistant professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, analyzed these changes and their potential outcomes in a study ... Read More »

New Psychotherapy Codes for Clinical Social Workers

NASW has produced a new Practice Perspective on the new psychotherapy codes for Clinical Social Workers  (PDF file – member login required) Effective January 2013, clinical social workers will begin using new and revised psychotherapy codes when providing psychotherapy services to patients.  For the first time since 1998, the family of psychotherapy codes has gone through a major revision process.  ... Read More »

Ask your Senator to Vote for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with No Amendments

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was drafted and adopted by the United Nations in 2006 to assist with the attainment of human rights and equality worldwide. Using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a guide, the CRPD provides a foundation for countries to enact and enforce legislation that recognized the rights of all people ... Read More »