Tag Archives: social

Initiative aims to prevent fetal alcohol exposure

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Prenatal alcohol exposure is 100 percent preventable. Yet, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders — the range of lifelong adverse effects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure — affect up to 5 percent of children born in the U.S. NASW, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several schools and agencies are launching a strategic cross-discipline ... Read More »

Social workers help tackle homelessness

By Alison Laurio, News contributor When Georgia Van Cooten walked into New York City’s Penn Station to participate in the homeless count this year, her thoughts went to two people. A second-year master’s in social work student at Touro College in New York City, Van Cooten also had taken part in the 2015 count. Back then, she talked with a ... Read More »

Second virtual career fair offers Skype, webinar

By Paul R. Pace, News staff More than 3,800 social workers signed up to participate in the NASW Career Center’s second Virtual Career Fair on Feb. 9. The one-day event allowed NASW members and nonmembers a free opportunity to connect directly with 43 different employers by using Skype and instant messaging integration for their interviews. Social work job seekers and ... Read More »

Social work organizations launch Grand Challenges

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW and the Council on Social Work Education recently joined the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare to announce the launch of the academy’s 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work. Richard P. Barth, president of AASWSW and dean at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, announced the Grand Challenges before ... Read More »

Gun violence, mental health link complex

By Kristin Battista-Frazee, News contributor It’s an all too familiar story: Another mass shooting occurs and innocent lives are lost. In the aftermath, the media reports, yet again, that the shooter has, or had, a mental illness. We feel all at once sadness, grief and outrage. And the headlines make it easy to believe people with mental illness are violent. ... Read More »

NASW’s Michigan chapter hosts race forums

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Many NASW chapters are addressing the complex issues of racism, hate crimes and police use of force in their communities. The NASW Michigan Chapter is the latest example of social workers working toward positive solutions. This fall it partnered with 14 schools of social work to host a first-ever series of social work forums ... Read More »

Social Work HEALS program offers training in health care delivery

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Nearly 50 BSW and MSW students from across the country gathered for educational sessions on health care, leadership and advocacy activities on Capitol Hill as part of the Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars (Social Work HEALS) Student Policy Summit, which was hosted at NASW’s national office in November. NASW and the ... Read More »

IOM report offers recommendations to change shape of service provisions

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Addressing the need for standards in mental health and substance use care is particularly critical given the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, according to a newly released report by the Institute of Medicine Committee on Developing Evidence-Based Standards for Psychosocial Interventions ... Read More »

NASW updates cultural competence standards

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW has updated its “Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice.” The 2015 NASW National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, or NCORED, spent the past year reviewing, revising and seeking public input in updating the document to introduce new concepts and expand on suggestions outlined in previous editions: The “Standards ... Read More »

Nutrition plays role in mental well-being

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social work has a long history of helping prevent food insecurity by supporting programs that supplement diet and nutritional needs of low-income families and single adults. However, growing research shows an important connection food security and nutrition play not only in physical health, but also mental health, social workers say. One example is the ... Read More »