Tag Archives: work

Rural social workers face own set of challenges

By social worker Kristin Battista-Frazee, News contributor The National Rural Social Work Caucus has a sense of humor about joining their group. Their membership page poses questions such as “What kind of tractor do you own?” to gauge if you have kinship with their cause. All jokes aside, the caucus well understands that despite the charm of quiet life in ... Read More »

NASW supports bill to help homeless students

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Cynthia Fernan came to Capitol Hill on a chilly January morning and informed federal lawmakers that she is an employed 19-year-old student from the Focus Learning Academy Southwest in Columbus, Ohio. “I am also a couch surfer,” she said. Fernan is homeless and has been for a few years. She relies on social media ... Read More »

Video project showcases membership in NASW

By Paul R. Pace, News staff For Mary-Elizabeth Tuggle, a social worker with the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., being a member of NASW has provided opportunities to participate in leadership roles. “It makes me become more involved with the field of social work,” Tuggle said during her interview for NASW’s special video project that is debuting this month ... Read More »

Field education graduates to new levels

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Field education in social work has reached a new level of importance, says Jo Ann McFall, associate director of Field Education and Community Programs at Michigan State University School of Social Work. “Field education is in the most exciting place it has been in the 35 years that I have been involved since I ... Read More »

Program links social work policy practitioners, students

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Reading about social welfare policy from a textbook is one way to learn, but hearing about it from the people who actually do the work is an added benefit, say social work students. NASW, the Council on Social Work Education, the Coalition on Human Needs, and Sunny Harris Rome, a professor at the George ... Read More »

Tanzania meeting focuses on combatting poverty

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW — as part of the ongoing relationship with the Tanzania Social Workers Association, or TASWO —  was invited to TASWO’s annual meeting in October, held in Dar es Salaam. The meeting focused on the issues surrounding poverty in Tanzania, and the role social work plays. NASW CEO Angelo McClain and NASW President Darrell Wheeler ... Read More »

Law firm to help NASW strengthen government relations strategies

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW is strengthening its government relations strategies for the 114th Congress by teaming up with an award-winning, full-service government relations law firm that prides itself on strong bipartisan relationships in the executive and legislative branches. The association is working with Polsinelli law firm to energize social work’s policy muscle throughout the U.S., said Heidi ... Read More »

Eldercaring coordination helps address conflicts

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The number of people age 65 and older is growing. And that growth adds the potential for increased cases of family conflicts in addressing an older person’s care and well-being. A newly developed practice modality, eldercaring coordination, can help families and older adults address those conflicts. The Association for Conflict Resolution Task Force on ... Read More »

Chapters weigh in on suicide assessment mandates

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Washington became the first state in the nation to require suicide assessment and management training for licensed social workers, therapists, counselors and psychologists. The Matt Adler Suicide Assessment, Treatment, and Management Act was signed into law in 2012 and went into effect in January. The statute, which was amended to include other health professions, such ... Read More »

NASW chapters continue to urge Medicaid expansion

By Paul R. Pace, News staff NASW chapters continue to pressure state lawmakers about the need to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion provision. At press time, 26 states and the District of Columbia are implementing ACA’s Medicaid expansion, which opens Medicaid services to millions of people by expanding eligibility to adults under age 65 with incomes at or ... Read More »