A Vision for Social Work
NASW Executive Director Betsy Clark’s new, inspiring speech, , is now available as a PDF. Betsy outlines the foundation we’ve built with historical social workers, like Francis Perkins, Harry Hopkins, Dorothy Height, and Whitney Young, and explains not only where we have been as a profession, but also offers her vision for the future of social work. Further, she discusses how social justice sets social work apart from all other professions, including how advocacy is the cornerstone on which social work is built, and elaborates on why hope is one of the most important concepts for the social work profession, in specific, and for society, as a whole. Visit the A Broader Vision for the Social Work Profession NASW Web site, and download your copy today.
LEGISLATIVE AND LEGAL ADVOCACY
NASW Briefing Papers
NASW has created various briefing papers to inform NASW members, the Obama Administration, members of Congress, and other decision makers and stakeholders nationwide about issues important to the social work profession and the millions of clients we serve. Based on the collection of NASW policy statements compiled in
, the papers encompass a wide-range of hot topics including veterans issues, social work workforce, child welfare, aging, and criminal justice, to name a few. To view the papers, please visit the new Social Work Speaks NASW Briefing Papers Web page.
Do Your Members of Congress Support Your Profession?
Visit the NASW Advocacy Web page to find out if your
Representative and Senators have signed on as co-sponsors of the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act ( H.R. 795/ S. 686). If they haven’t, join NASW’s grassroots advocacy efforts, and take action now. Send a letter today, urging them to become co-sponsors and actively work to ensure passage of this vital legislation.
“Red Flags Identity Theft Rule” Deadline Postponed
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that enforcement of the new Red Flags Identity Theft Rule, scheduled to become effective August 1, 2009, has been delayed until November 1, 2009, to give the agency additional time to develop guidance for small businesses. Health care practitioners are subject to the new requirements. For more details on the Theft Rule, visit the
FTC Web site or read the Legal Defense Fund’s June “Legal Issue of the Month” article.
PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT
Hot Topics from August Health & Social Work Journal
New email address? Click here to update your email at the Member Center or call NASW Member Services at 800.742.4089 or 202.408.8600 ext. 499. The August issue of Health & Social Work (Vol. 34, No. 3) covers a wide range of topics important to social work and social workers, with the “Viewpoint” feature article by Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) on posttraumatic stress disorder. Below is a sampling of what’s inside the issue.
Download the table of contents of the August Health & Social Work Journal here.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Government Initiatives to Relieve It
The stressors inherent in military service in the current Iraq and Afghanistan theaters, compounded by multiple tours of duty and shrinking times between deployments, have created a mental health crisis among our military men and women—one that can be just as profound for veterans as it can be for active-duty troops. This article by Rep. Carol Shea-Porter(NH-1), member of the House Armed Services Committee, addresses what the armed services and U.S. government are doing to address this crisis—in particular the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder—and looks ahead to what more needs to be done.
Parent Mentoring and Child Anticipatory Guidance with Latino and African American Families
Michaela L. Z. Farber
Poor child health and developmental outcomes are linked to scarcity of economic resources, barriers to health service delivery, and inadequate parenting. A preventive two-year parent mentoring project, theoretically anchored in the transactional model of child development, resulted in statistically-significant positive changes in parent and child outcomes for families receiving well-baby care at an urban primary health care center. In addition to numerous practical benefits, the intervention had implications for collaborative multidisciplinary practice.
Sexuality and Life-Threatening Illness: Implications for Social Work and Palliative Care
John G. Cagle and Sage Bolte
Addressing sexuality with terminally ill patients and their families is frequently a social worker’s responsibility, yet little direction exists regarding how to approach this difficult subject in the context of palliative care. On the basis of a critical analysis of the literature on sexuality and terminal illness, this article addresses systemic barriers to the expression of sexuality in palliative care settings and provides numerous practical recommendations for social workers serving clients in such settings.
Take Advantage of the NASW Lunchtime Series Teleconferences — Earn Free CEs
NASW has wrapped up its Lunchtime Series Teleconferences for 2008-2009, and the series attracted close to 11,000 participants. However, it’s not too late to take advantage of these teleconferences. Exclusive to NASW members, the teleconferences allow participants to earn free continuing education credits (CEs) upon successful completion of an online test following each session. Visit the NASW Lunchtime Series Web page today to access the transcripts and audio/podcasts of the teleconferences 24/7, and earn free CEs in your area of interest. For more information, you can also click on the 2008-2009 Lunchtime Series Teleconference schedule. Be sure to check with your state licensing boards to confirm that distance learning and/or home study education is accepted for continuing education credit. The 2009-2010 Lunchtime Series Teleconferences begin in October.
NASW Credentials Highlighted in BusinessWeek Magazine
BusinessWeek Magazine’s health care-themed August 17th issue includes an article on eldercare, titled “A Pro in Your Corner.” Focusing on the role and expertise of geriatric care managers among the vast network of caregivers, the article’s sidebar, “Decoding the Credentials,” specifically included NASW’s Case Management credentials. The master’s level Certified Advanced Social Worker in Case Management (C-ASWCM), and the baccalaureate degree Certified Social Work Case Manager (C-SWCM) distinguish the professional social work case manager from those not specifically trained and accomplished in the case management practice model. Visit the NASW Credential Center Web page to learn more.
NASW Launches Health Care Reform Web Page
NASW has been working on health care reform for decades. Most recently, we have collaborated with a number of groups that are aiming to enact health care reform now. Health care reform is moving swiftly through Congress. Stay up-to-date on developments with the new
Health Care Reform Web page. The site brings together the work that NASW is doing, not only on behalf of social workers and the profession, but also in collaboration with other organizations working on this important issue. Visit the Health Care Reform Web page often, as we update it regularly.
Take the Specialty Practice Sections Poll
What social work topics interest you that are relevant to your specialty area? NASW Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) is exploring the possibility of expanding Sections. We want to hear from you. Let us know the practice areas that you would be most likely to join. Take the
Specialty Practice Sections Poll.
NASW Assurance Services Offers Professional Liability Insurance
What do social work students and new professionals have in common? They both need professional liability insurance, and they both receive significant discounts through the NASW member program. Call 800.421.6694 for more information, or download an application for social work
students or new professionals today.
NASW Assurance Services Offers 10% Discount on Life, Disability, and Other Insurance Products to Help Weather Economic Crisis
To help members weather the ongoing economic crisis, NASW Assurance Services (ASI) is giving current group-insured members a 10% discount on term life, long-term disability, hospital daily cash benefit, and personal accident insurance products until January 1, 2010. Visit the
ASI Web page to learn more on how you can benefit from this great opportunity.
NASW Co-sponsor’s “Step Up for Kids” Week
NASW is a co-sponsor of “Step Up for Kids” Week, a special, non-partisan, nationwide event sponsored by the Every Child Matters Education Fund (ECMEF), with the goal to unite thousands of people from around the country to show widespread public support for a shift in federal spending priorities toward children and families. Scheduled for October 5-9, “Step Up for Kids” Week will raise public awareness of the needs of children and families in the U.S., and urge participants to lobby the Administration, Congress, State Legislatures, Governors, Mayors, and local officials to make our nation’s children a top priority. Events will take place on the steps of state capitols nationwide and other appropriate venues, as well as in Washington, D.C. Visit the
ECMEF Web site to learn more about the events in your state. For more information on NASW’s participation, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
C-Change Initiative: Take the NASW — C-Change Self-Care Poll
NASW is a member of the C-Change alliance, in collaboration with the country’s key cancer leaders, working to conquer the disease by providing the public with uniform, consistent, and effective research-based public education messages about cancer prevention and the importance of early detection. Take the
to test your knowledge regarding cancer risks. For additional information and a detailed overview of the initiative and its communications campaign, visit the NASW — C-Change Self-Care Poll Web site, coordinated by C-Change and the Ad Council. Cancer Prevention Communications Initiative
TAP-IN: Volunteer Opportunities for Seasoned Health Care Professionals
One of the key principles of the NASW Code of Ethics is
Service, and social workers are “encouraged to volunteer some portion of their professional skills with no expectation of significant financial return (pro bono service).” To that end, NASW supports the TAP-IN (Third Age Professional Initiative) project, which offers volunteer opportunities for the seasoned health care professional (with a focus on those ages 55+). TAP-IN works with the nation’s highest-quality free clinics to match them with the doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, mental health specialist and other healthcare professionals who are ready to donate their time. While all TAP-IN participating clinics will facilitate malpractice protection for any volunteer recruited by the TAP-IN program, it is important that NASW members and volunteers maintain their own malpractice insurance.
The TAP-IN program is not available nationwide, but currently has participating clinics in Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. Visit the TAP-IN Web site, to learn of volunteer opportunities in your region.
One Profession – 1,000 Stories Campaign
NASW still wants to hear from you. We are continuing to collect stories from our members in conjunction with President Obama’s
“United We Serve” summer service initiative to add to the project’s public service story collection. Our goal is to collect 1,000 stories before the United We Serve campaign ends on September 11, 2009. Visit NASW’s Advocacy Blog Web page and share your story.