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Tag Archives: workforce

Opioid crisis leads to social work workforce shortage

Opioid epidemic and drug abuse concept

By Paul R. Pace, News staff The nation’s opioid crisis is creating a new threat in some of the hardest hit states: a social work workforce shortage in child welfare and addiction treatment. “The demand for social workers has always been high, but it is particularly true now,” says Michael Patchner, university dean at Indiana University School of Social Work. ... Read More »

Workforce proves critical in child welfare outcomes

By Paul R. Pace, News staff A skilled and supported workforce is a critical component to drive better outcomes for children and families across the U.S., says Jenny Wood, chief deputy for the Administration on Children Youth and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Wood was among the speakers at a Capitol Hill briefing in June ... 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 »

Panels discuss international workforce support

By Rena Malai, News staff Participants of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance’s second annual symposium discussed strategies to develop and support the social service workforce internationally. About 365 attendees — including social work practitioners, educators, students and NASW members — took part in the symposium, either virtually or in person. NASW is part of the alliance’s steering committee, and ... 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 »

Grant enables state workforce assessment

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff When it comes to assessing workforce trends, NASW and its chapters assist states and the Bureau of Labor Statistics in reviewing information for accuracy and providing essential feedback from social work stakeholders relating to workforce development efforts. Thanks to a grant that is part of the Affordable Care Act’s workforce planning component, the NASW ... Read More »

Workforce stats show social work field is growing

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the social work profession will grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, a faster-than-average rate for all occupations. “Employment is expected to increase in health and social service settings. In addition, particular attention will be given to increasing the current inadequate supply of behavioral health workers,” said ... Read More »

The NASW HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project: building capacity through social work continuing education.

Social workers are working with and on behalf of persons affected by HIV/AIDS  – be it in hospital and mental health clinics, community based organizations and/or private practice.   Across diverse fields of practice – social worker are committed to learning more about HIV and AIDS. Social workers recognize that culturally competent HIV prevention, care and treatment requires keeping current on ... Read More »

Damron aims to recharge chapter

By Greg Wright, NEWS contributor Carla Damron may have retired after working for 31 years as a social worker in mental health, but she is staying busy as an advocate and educator for the profession. Not only is Damron the executive director of NASW’s South Carolina chapter, but she also has started on her fourth mystery novel featuring fictional social ... Read More »

After the Recession, Social Workers Face New Challenges

By Rena Malai, NEWS Staff Mary Adams works full time as a bank teller for Wells Fargo and is a proud mother of six children, who range in age from 7 months to 23 years old. Her oldest son is in college, and Adams goes to church every Sunday, where she’s famous for her homemade banana pudding. She’s a positive ... Read More »