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Tag Archives: social work

Learning Together: Implementation of a Peer-Tutoring Intervention Targeting Academic and Social–Emotional Needs

Schools continue their efforts to concurrently support the academic and social–emotional needs of students. Peer-tutoring programs are frequently used to effect positive change for students in a variety of academic and social–emotional domains. In addition, these programs are often used to target specific students or needs on a school campus. School social workers are uniquely suited to consider, implement, and ... Read More »

Engage at Every Age: Older Americans Month 2018

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By Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW Senior Practice Associate–Aging, NASW May 11, 2018 NASW is celebrating Older Americans Month (OAM) in May. Established in 1963 and coordinated by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM celebrates the role of older adults within our communities. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that people of all ages can take part in ... Read More »

Rural School-Based Mental Health Services: Parent Perceptions of Needs and Barriers

The benefits of school-based mental health services have been supported in prior research and literature. Studies have shown that approximately one in five youths in schools today have diagnosable mental health disorders. However, research has identified that close to 70 percent of those youths do not receive the services they need. This gap in care has a significant impact on ... Read More »

Wounded Healers: A Multistate Study of Licensed Social Workers’ Behavioral Health Problems

The Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung conceptualized the idea of “wounded healers” to refer to helping professionals who experience personal challenges that affect their work. Jung proposed that the physician who has experienced adversity is better equipped to understand the causes and amelioration of a patient’s suffering but may also experience limitations as a result of this personal history. Others have ... Read More »

NASW Kentucky Chapter opposes bill to merge Kentucky Social Work Board with eight other boards

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March is National Social Work Month and a time when we busy social workers can celebrate our profession.  This year’s theme is “Social Workers. Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” The theme could not be more fitting.  In this capacity, for generations, social workers have helped individuals overcome challenges so they can live up to their full potential. Social workers also work tirelessly ... Read More »

Social Worker Identity: A Profession in Context

Social work is such a broad field, encompassing micro-, mezzo-, and macro-practice, that it can feel like it lacks a unifying professional identity. What are the underlying values and concepts of social work that delineate the profession, and how can these values and concepts help social workers frame their identities and situate themselves as professionals? An article in a recent ... Read More »

Striving for Integrative Pain Care: Pain Awareness Month 2017

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Posted October 17, 2017  As a member of the consortium Partners for Understanding Pain, NASW observed Pain Awareness Month in September. Although the observance has ended, NASW encourages social workers to educate their colleagues and clients about resources to prevent and address pain—and to advocate for comprehensive, integrative pain care—throughout the year. Many people associate pain with advanced illness and ... Read More »

Group Work with Homeless Mothers: Promoting Resilience Through Mutual Aid

The “feminization of homelessness” is a growing social problem. In 2010, the last year for which such data were available, 37.2 percent of all homeless people were in families with children, and the overwhelming majority of these families were female-headed. Group participation provides homeless mothers with much-needed support and validation and promotes independence, resilience, and self-sufficiency. In a recent issue ... Read More »

Featured Virtual Conference Presenter, Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW on Ethics, Technology and Older Adults

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The revolution of digital technology has “changed the way social workers practice with, and on behalf of,  older adults and has enhanced the connection between older adults, caregivers, providers, and the community,” explains Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW, Director of the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review. Hobdy will present the breakout session “Ethical Considerations in Social Workers’ Use of ... Read More »