Tag Archives: social worker

Louise Proehl Shoemaker – July 7, 1925 – March 19, 2013

Louise Proehl Shoemaker  had an illustrative career as a group worker, educator, and the Dean of the School of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania. In the 1940’s and 1950’s she worked in the Elliot Park Neighborhood House, Minnesota, the Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, for the Maryland State Department of Public Welfare, and the Manhattanville Community Center of New York ... Read More »

Violence Against Women Act Must Move Forward

On February 12, the U.S. Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by a comfortable 78-22 margin.  The bill included comprehensive protections for Native American women, women in same-sex marriages, and illegal immigrants, features not included in the 2012 House version of the bill. Now, we are urging the House of Representatives to pass the same version of VAWA ... Read More »

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On January 29, 2013 President Obama gave his “The Time is Now” speech which ushered in his administration’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislative initiative. A day earlier, a bipartisan group of four Republican and Four Democrats (the “gang of eight”) also announced that they will introduce comprehensive immigration legislation. Because the president received 70 percent of the Hispanic vote in November, ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Mental Health Message

Today, NASW celebrates the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s special message to Congress regarding the state of mental health in the United States.  President Kennedy’s remarks brought the issue of stigma, and access to care, to the forefront of his domestic agenda.  As a result of this initiative, the Community Mental Health Centers Act was signed into law, ... Read More »

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 »

NASW Congratulates Senator Barbara Mikulski on Top Appropriations Seat

Senator and Social Worker Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) has been named Chair of the Committee on Appropriations. She follows after Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) who died in December. Senator Mikulski will be the first woman to hold this powerful position, which reflects the growing representation of women on Capitol Hill. The Senate Committee on Appropriations is a standing committee which ... Read More »

NASW and Canadian Association of Social Workers Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Due to their common objectives, mutual dedication to the advancement of the social work profession, and acceptance of similar social work ethics and values, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to a collaborative relationship. By signing the MOU, the two organizations have committed ... Read More »

The Countdown Is On: Help People Switch Now to Electronic Federal Benefit Payments

The Countdown Is On: Help People Switch Now to Electronic Federal Benefit Payments   Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service Everyone who receives Social Security or Supplemental Security Income or other federal benefit payments by paper check is required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to switch to an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013. This move ... Read More »