Tag Archives: social

Social workers help reduce human trafficking

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers are taking the lead in efforts to reduce the number of human trafficking victims and help keep young people from falling prey to traffickers.   Members of the NASW National Committee on Women’s Issues, or NCOWI, have been updating NASW’s public and practice policy statement on human trafficking, said Tonya Perry, chairwoman ... Read More »

Economic justice on list of key social work issues

By Alison Laurio, News contributor Social worker Reeta Wolfsohn received a message from a client she had worked with well over a decade ago.   Back then, “she was a college graduate, an expert in working with the deaf,” Wolfsohn said. “The only work she could get was shadowing a high school student. She had no money, no money even ... Read More »

Rural social workers study U.S.-Mexico border

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Rural social workers gained insight into the issues impacting people along the U.S.-Mexico border during the 41st National Institute Conference on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, which was held in July. The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) College of Health Sciences Department of Social Work, along with the National ... Read More »

Social workers have roles in community policing efforts

By Alison Laurio, News contributor A 15-year-old girl with autism spectrum disorder became lost in Naperville, Ill., in July. Her parents had been working with her, and she had successfully been going outside alone, walking up and down the block where she lives. She had done well with that and wanted to walk around the block by herself.   She ... Read More »

Efforts aid global social service workforce

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Eight countries across sub-Saharan Africa have made significant progress strengthening their social service workforces in the past five years, according to a newly released report by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance. Social service workers create protective environments for healthy development and well-being among vulnerable populations by alleviating poverty; reducing discrimination; facilitating access to ... Read More »

Legislation supports reimbursement for HBAI services

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Most Medicare beneficiaries go without an emotional support system when there is a change in their health status. A provision in the Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S.2173; H.R.3712) aims to fix that problem by allowing clinical social workers across the nation to bill Medicare Part B for health and behavior assessment and ... Read More »

Social workers key in ID, treatment of drug abuse

By Alison Laurio, News contributor The story of Jessica Grubb’s battle with heroin addiction so touched President Obama that when he traveled to Charleston, W.Va., last fall, he invited her parents to attend his public forum on opiate addiction. “Jessica Grubb had tried several programs, and she had been successful,” said Sam Hickman, executive director of the NASW West Virginia ... Read More »

Clients gain protection in landmark decision

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW member Karen Beyer made history 20 years ago when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in her favor that social workers like her deserved the protection of psychotherapist-client privilege in the federal court system. It’s a legal interpretation that may be taken for granted today, but Beyer remembers she faced the potential of jail ... Read More »

Isolation seen as critical social problem

By Alison Laurio, News contributor A child claims to feel sick to avoid going to school. A man with a chronic illness is not taking his medications because there is no one to take him to the pharmacy. An older woman living alone becomes depressed because she has no one to talk to. These scenarios illustrate some of the effects ... Read More »

Students advocate on the Hill as part of Social Work Month

By Paul R. Pace and Laetitia Clayton, News staff An estimated 400 social work students from more than 45 schools across the nation gathered at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in March to learn about the power of social work. NASW CEO Angelo McClain told the students that their help was needed in urging Congress to support the Improving Access ... Read More »