Tag Archives: work

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 »

NASW, Foundation announce award recipients

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The recipients of the 2015 NASW National Awards and the NASW Foundation Awards have been announced. The awardees will be honored during “A Night at the Awards” ceremony on June 24 during NASW’s national conference, “Leading Change, Transforming Lives.” The conference will be held June 22-25 in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Veterans ... 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 »

NASW promotes health care access in Supreme Court case

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW members and other social workers were encouraged to appear outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 23, where the justices began oral arguments in the case Zubik v. Burwell. NASW joined an amicus brief in the case to support the right of all employees to access health care without discrimination, even while accommodating ... Read More »

Clinical social workers share marketing tips

By Alison Laurio, News contributor Mila Tecala has an overall goal: helping people put their lives back together. It also is what she likes best about being a clinical social worker. “I got this really nice note,” she said. “It said ‘One of the things you taught me in therapy is instead of cursing the storm, I learned how to ... Read More »

NASW Foundation names five new Pioneers

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The NASW Foundation has announced five newly elected Social Work Pioneers®. Social workers who have made great strides in expanding the profession into new frontiers and for enriching human development and understanding are reflected in the latest round of inductees. They are: Capt. Barry D. Adams, the U.S. Navy’s top-ranked social worker as the ... Read More »

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 »