Tag Archives: Practice

Social Work Webinar: Becoming a Certified Application Counselor for the upcoming ACA Open Enrollment Period

Thursday October 16 at 2 pm ET Becoming a Certified Application Counselor for the upcoming ACA Open Enrollment Period The second ACA open enrollment period kicks off on November 15, 2014 and social workers are needed to make it a success.  Learn how to become a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) – a trained volunteer who helps people enroll in health ... Read More »

Bridging the Gap between Research-Supported Interventions and Everyday Social Work Practice: A New Approach

Clinical trials are essential to making progress in developing new methods for social work to help clients. Research universities use randomized clinical trials to conduct research in the field. But there are limitations to applying the results of randomized clinical trials to actual field situations. Clinical trials rely on comparing a test group to a control group. Yet often in ... Read More »

Social workers to serve on Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health program

Two social workers have been selected to serve as 2014 Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health, a national program that works to develop, support and expand the influence of organizational leaders who are committed to achieving transformative improvements in care for older adults. The social workers are Cindy Tack, director of care coordination at the MMC Physician-Hospital Organization in ... Read More »

Join Us and Network with 2,000 Colleagues

Network with 2,000 colleagues Take advantage of early bird registration Connect with experts in the field Be inspired and gain new skills at innovative workshops Hear from nationally recognized experts in ethical practice and evidence-based practice Earn up to 25 CEUs Join us at the National Association of Social Workers 2014 National Conference. This conference will focus on the essential ... Read More »

NASW Helps Joint Commission Develop New Consumer Brochure on Memory Problems & Dementia

The Joint Commission recently published a consumer education brochure on memory problems and dementia. The brochure, developed in collaboration with NASW, is part of the Joint Commission’s Speak Up™ initiative, which encourages consumers to play an active role in their health care. Visit www.jointcommission.org/speakup_memory_problems to download or print the brochure in both English and Spanish. NASW resources: Help Starts Here, ... Read More »

Social work advanced practice doctorate programs examined

By Paul R. Pace, News staff A collaboration of social work leaders, educators and representatives of other health professions recently met to discuss the emergence of social work advanced practice doctorate programs. The NASW Social Work Policy Institute convened an invitational think tank symposium titled “Advanced Practice Doctorates: What Do They Mean for Social Work Practice, Research and Education?” More ... Read More »

Honor Family Caregivers—Now More Than Ever

NASW continues its support for National Family Caregivers Month this November. This year’s theme, Family Caregivers—Now More Than Ever!, highlights family caregivers’ growing role in supporting people of all ages who live with chronic conditions or disabilities. NASW resources: NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults Family caregiving information and resources on NASW’s consumer Web ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates National Hospice & Palliative Care Month: Care on Your Terms

Join NASW in celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month this November by highlighting that hospice and palliative care programs provide care on your terms. Download outreach materials from Caring Connections, the consumer Web site of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and incorporate current NHPCO data on hospice use, delivery, and quality in your messaging. NASW resources: ... 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 »

Implicit Spiritual Assessment: An Alternative Approach for Assessing Client Spirituality

Social work professionals realize more and more that spirituality plays an important role in fostering health and wellness. To help practitioners understand this relationship in clients’ lives, a spiritual assessment is commonly recommended as a routine component of practice. Administering a spiritual assessment—as part of a larger bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment—provides a more holistic understanding of clients’ realities, which in turn provides ... Read More »