The Results Are In: What Social Workers Say About Social Work
NASW Center for Workforce Studies, Tracy Whitaker, DSW, ACS, Director
The NASW Center for Workforce Studies has undertaken the task of identifying, examining, and classifying the social work labor force. Significant insights were gained with the 2004 benchmark national study of licensed social workers about social workers’ roles and work environments. The Center followed up with The NASW Membership Workforce Study 2007 in an effort to respond to social work workforce questions and to penetrate the underlying factors determining a social worker’s career path. The Results Are In articulates decision points and influences for study participants. This research is useful to the professional workforce because it will help you understand your place on the professional spectrum, common career concerns, and channels to maximize career satisfaction. Visit the NASW Press Web page to obtain your copy today.
LEGISLATIVE AND LEGAL ADVOCACY
Can We Live Up to the Social Work Legacy?
Social workers have a rich tradition of leadership with civil rights legends and political icons such as Dr. Dorothy Height, Whitney Young, Jr., and Frances Perkins. Can we follow their powerful examples and chart a new course for the profession? Please take a moment to view this
video that NASW just created for you, and find out why workforce challenges are threatening our ability to follow in their footsteps.
Health Care Reform: Support the Public Plan Option
According to many health economists, a public plan option in health reform would compete with private insurance plans and help make health care affordable for consumers and employers. It would also function without the high administrative costs of for-profit insurers, and it would have the power to negotiate volume discounts and bargain with providers, forcing private insurers to deliver better, lower-cost service, if they want to stay competitive. President Obama has said that establishment of a public insurance option is "one of the best ways to bring down costs, provide more choices, and assure quality." Please contact your Member of Congress and Senators urging them to support a public plan option in health reform. For more information on health care reform, visit our
Health Care Reform Web page.
Support the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
NASW has been a long supporter of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This issue is recognized in NASW's Women's Policy Statement. The treaty for the rights of women seeks to eradicate gender-based discrimination by setting a basic international standard for defending women's rights, including those in education, employment, and property ownership. It provides a fundamental framework for ending international violence against women, ensuring girls' access to education, and promoting economic opportunity and political participation for women.
Ratification will strengthen America's voice in support of international human rights and women's equality and strengthen our position as a worldwide human rights leader. Support our grassroots advocacy efforts to help pass CEDAW legislation. Visit the NASW Advocacy Web page today, and e-mail your Senators and the White House to encourage them to support hearings in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and vote to ratify CEDAW.
Accommodations for Social Workers with Deaf and Hearing Impaired Clients
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations for social workers with deaf and hearing impaired clients is the topic of the September 2009 Legal Defense Fund’s “Legal Issue of the Month” article. The article reviews federal legal requirements, court cases, and ethical standards. For more details, read the Legal Defense Fund’s June “Legal Issue of the Month” article at
PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT
Hot Topics from October 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 October issue of
Social Work (Vol. 54, No. 4) covers a wide range of topics important to social work and social workers, from questions surrounding consumer-driven health care to issues involving child welfare worker caseloads. Below is a sampling of what’s inside the issue.
Download the table of contents of the October Social Work Journal here.
New Practice Model for Latinos in Need of Social Work Services
Kurt C. Organista
Does your work assist the Latino community? Learn more about new practices presented in a model that thoroughly describes the four dimensions of culturally competent practice essential to working with U.S. Latino populations.
The Big Picture: How Social Work Can Effectively Utilize Photographs
Heather L. Marshall, Sarah W. Craun, and Matthew T. Theriot
A picture is worth a thousand words….Examine the use of photography as a powerful tool for promoting positive attitudes about social work at an adult day care program.
Civilian Social Work: Serving the Military and Veteran Populations
Laura Savitsky, Maria Illingworth, and Megan DuLaney
Help those that serve our country. Civilian social workers acknowledge their responsibility to competently aid military and veteran clients.
Clinical Social Workers Are Required to Report to Medicare Changes Affecting Work or Status
The August 2009 issue of
Clinical Social Work Practice Update
focuses on the Medicare-mandated reportable changes for clinical social workers in solo or group practice. Clinical social workers are required to report to Medicare major changes that affect their work and/or status, including changes in practice location, business name or tax identification number, practice structure, and adverse legal status, to name a few. To learn more about the various Medicare-mandated reportable changes concerning clinical social workers, click on the above link, or visit the
NASW Web site
to download your copy.
Upcoming October NASW NEWS
Look for these articles in the upcoming October issue, available soon at
NASW NEWS . online
From the Director: “Death Panel” Rhetoric Moves Us Backward By Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH
America is described by experts as a death-avoiding society – but only when we are talking about the physical death of a loved one. Out of touch with death as a natural phenomenon, we have become fascinated with death in many other forms. We are surrounded by death imagery, and we use death to sell things such as newspapers, magazines, movies and video games. In the past few months, death also has been used to sell a political viewpoint in the health care reform debate. This happened when the term "death panels" entered our everyday lexicon.
Unification Transition Team Releases Final Report
In June 2007, a unification transition team was charged with examining possible organization structures, identifying resources and skills needed for transition, and engaging social work members in unification. The team released its final report this summer. The team was created at the conference Social Work: Future of the Profession, which brought together 33 representatives from 10 organizations, including NASW.
NASW Lauds Work of New NIH Director Collins
NASW is looking forward to working with social work supporter Dr. Francis S. Collins, the newly appointed Director of the National Institutes of Health. Social workers have an important and growing role at NIH through clinical social services and research grants on psychosocial care; health disparities; family caregiving; and innovative, community-based health, mental health, and substance abuse intervention.
Income-Based Repayment Gives Financial Relief to Student Borrowers
NASW is partnering with the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) program to help spread the news about a new way to reduce student loan repayments. The IBR became available on July 1, providing much-needed financial relief for hundreds of thousands of federal student loan borrowers. IBR allows a borrower to make student loan repayments based on his or her income. The program also sets a cap on monthly payments based on income, and any remaining debt—including interest—is forgiven after 25 years of payments or after as few as 10 years if the borrower works in a non-profit, government, or other public service job.
– New Title from NASW Press Stories of Pain, Trauma and Survival: A Social Worker’s Experiences and Insights from the Field
Sarah E. Meisinger
Stories of Pain, Trauma, and Survival is filled with anecdotal examples of social work with individuals and groups in a variety of settings that include nonprofit agencies, child welfare services, and veteran’s health care. The primary thesis of this title is that social workers can be more effective by getting “back to basics” and staying in touch with the core values of the profession. This new title is not for your client, nor your family, but rather Stories of Pain, Trauma, and Survival is for you. Visit the NASW Press Web page to obtain your copy today.
30-Day Free Trial to the 20th Edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work eBook
Fall into Social Work – Take advantage of this exclusive offer to obtain FREE ACCESS to the 20th Edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work eBook for 30 days. The offer is for a limited time only – from October 1–31, 2009. To browse the Encyclopedia eBook on the Oxford University Press Digital Reference Shelf follow these steps:
Personal subscriptions are available to NASW members only. Go to
www.oxford-naswsocialwork.com Arrive at the
Encyclopedia of Social Work log-in page Enter
User Name: naswmembers and Password: freetrial Explore using the Search box or the Browse feature
Click here for more information
NASW Assurance Services Extends Full Term Life Insurance Coverage Through Age 70
Beginning October 1, 2009, As an NASW insured member, you will have the peace of mind knowing that your full life insurance coverage will be extended through age 70, so the day-to-day needs of family members will be taken care of when you’re gone. Full coverage will be reinstated for many Term Life insured members whose benefits have been reduced because of age limits and premiums will be adjusted accordingly. For more information, call 866.591.8267 or visit NASW Assurance Services online.
NASW Assurance Services Expands Coverage Benefit Amounts up to $407,000
Now you can secure your family’s future with Term Life insurance coverage in new affordable $1,000 increments that give you the flexibility to customize the amount of coverage that’s just right for you and the ones you love. Visit
NASW Assurance Services online or call 866.591.8267 for more information.
What Practice-Specific Social Work Topics Interest You? 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 Store Fall BLOW OUT Sale: Out With the Old, In With the New
To make room for new inventory, the
NASW Store is having a Fall BLOW OUT sale through October 31. Save up to 50% on social work-themed merchandise. Visit our brand new NASW Store Web site today. Get your social work merchandise before it’s all gone.
Earn a FREE night at over 1,500 Choice Hotels With a Three Night Stay
The summer season is quickly coming to an end. Fret not, fall is just as exciting at Choice Hotels®. Take a road trip, visit with friends and family, or spend long weekends and vacation days away from home while enjoying the season’s colorful foliage along the way. With over 5,800 properties worldwide, Choice Hotels is likely to have a location nearby ready and waiting for you to rest your head and unwind for the day. Soon, you can earn a
FREE night at over 1,500 Choice hotels when you stay three straight nights with arrival between now and November 19. Remember to reference both your NASW Special Rate Identification #00801690 your personal and Choice Privileges member number to get your NASW discount and earn points. You must be a Choice Privileges member to take advantage of this offer. Visit the NASW Membership Benefits Web page to sign up to be a Choice Privileges member. Stays must be booked at or 800.258-2847 choicehotels.com
Free AT&T Calling Plan Activation – Limited Time Only
AT&T has a great opportunity for NASW members to save money. For a limited time only, members who activate an AT&T calling plan will receive a waived activation fee from October 20-26, 2009 – up to a $36 value. To take advantage of these savings, visit the NASW Wireless Center today.
Support the NASW Foundation’s Social Work Public Education Campaign
Your support for the NASW Foundation’s National Social Work Public Education Campaign helps us to educate key stakeholders, including the media, policymakers, employers, social workers and the public, about the importance of the social work profession. To learn more about the Social Work Public Education Campaign and why and how you can get involved, visit the NASW Foundation Web site. Contribute to the campaign today, and help tell the Social Work story. Donors of $25 - $49 will receive a silver-plated Professional Social Worker pin in appreciation. Donors of $50 or more will receive a gold-plated Professional Social Worker pin. Wear this pin proudly to show your commitment to the social work profession. Please allow two weeks for delivery .
Women, Children & Family Services Charities – Support the Combined Federal Campaign
Federal employees can support
The NASW Foundation: Social Workers Helping Communities in the “Women, Children & Family Services Charities” of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Visit the NASW Foundation Web site today to learn how your Chapter can raise awareness of the CFC opportunities in your home state, as well as how your contributions can support charitable and education initiatives essential to social work and social workers.
NASW Launches New Career E-Newsletters for Social Work Job Seekers and Social Work Employers
NASW is pleased to announce the launch of two new career e-newsletters for both social work job seekers and social work employers. Career News for job seekers and Employer News for social work employers are informative e-newsletters filled with noteworthy articles pertaining to social work career news, trends, compensation, research, and more.Both Career News and Employer News will be published bi-monthly (6 times/year) on the Social Work Career Center Web site. Register at the Social Work Career Center, and begin receiving Career News today. To sign up for Employer News, contact Anna Patsel at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, title, company name, contact information, and e-mail address.
The Social Work Career Center: Find Your Next Job Here
The Social Work Career Center is the “premier” career Web site for social workers. Here you can search national, social work job listings and find professional development and career resources that span the duration of a social worker’s professional career. The Social Work Career Center is also an excellent resource for social worker employers. Employers of social work can find and recruit qualified, credentialed, and licensed social workers from across the country. Whatever your next professional step may be, the Social Work Career Center has the tools you need to excel. Visit the Social Work Career Center today to find your next job.
The First Lunchtime Series Teleconference of the 2009-2010 Season Is October 28, 2009 – SAVE THE DATE
Transitions of Care: Critical Issues for Social Work Intervention with Older Adults – October 28, 2009 (1.0 FREE CE)
Transitions of care present multiple biopsychosocial challenges to older adults and family caregivers. Social workers play a critical role in preventing and addressing problems that can affect clients’ health and well-being. This teleconference provides an introduction to an important emerging issue and describes NASW’s leadership in improving transitions of care. Registration starts in early October, so visit the NASW Lunchtime Series Web page for more information and registration details coming soon.