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Dr. Kenneth Doka Keynoting NASW End of Life Care Conference
Save up to $100—Register by July 16

PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT
arrow Review and Comment on the Proposed Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults by August 8
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CE CREDIT
arrow New NASW WebEd Course: An Advanced Course in Ethics and Malpractice Risk for Social Workers | NASW Members Only | 3.0 Free CE Credits
arrow Earn Free CE Credit via the Webinar Archives
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
arrow FTC Delays “Red Flag” Rules Affecting Social Workers in Private Practice

NEW PUBLICATIONS

arrow NASW NEWS Available Online 24/7
Access Current and Past Issues in Just Minutes
 
arrow From the President: Looking Back on NASW’s Accomplishments
arrow Just a Matter of Conscience?
arrow Social Workers Condemn Arizona Immigration, Ethnic Studies Laws
arrow “Timing is Definitely Right” for End of Life Care Conference
arrow Inside Social Work Research Journal – June 2010
 
arrow Assets and Income: Disability-Based Disparities in the United States
arrow State of Modern Measurement Approaches in Social Work Research Literature
arrow Children with Disabilities in Poor Households: Association with Juvenile and Adult Offending
SCHOLARSHIPS/EDUCATIONAL DEBT RELIEF
arrow Are You Eligible for Student Debt Relief?
PUBLIC EDUCATION
arrow History is Still Being Written. Add Your Story to the ACSW 50th Anniversary Timeline by July 28
arrow Wear Your Social Worker Pin with Pride: Support the NASW Foundation’s Public Education Campaign
arrow Social Workers Sought for Consumer Interest Interviews
arrow SocialWorkersSpeak.org Gets Social Workers Talking
MEMBER BENEFITS
arrow Expanded Call Center Hours
arrow Free Ethics Consultations
arrow Free Legal Issue Consultations
arrow Earn a Free $50 Restaurant Gift Card
arrow NASW Assurance Services, Inc.
 
arrow ASI Offers New Travel Assistance Product. Get Reassuring Medical Assistance When Illness Strikes During Travel
arrow Get Group Rates on Medicare Gap Coverage
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Dr. Kenneth Doka Keynoting NASW End of Life Care Conference
Save up to $100—Register by July 16

Executive Director: Elizabeth J. Clark
OPENING ADDRESS
Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH
Executive Director
NASW

Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv
Professor of Gerontology
Graduate School
The College of New Rochelle

Keynote: Challenging the Paradigm: New Understandings of Grief

Susan Blacker, MSW, RSW
CLOSING PRESENTATION SPEAKER
Susan Blacker, MSW, RSW
Director, Cancer Services Planning & Performance
St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Closing Presentation: Social Work in Hospice Palliative Care:  Where to From Here?

BREAKOUT SESSION PRESENTERS

  • Mercedes Bern-Klug, PhD, MSW, MA
  • Joan Berzoff, EdD, MSW
  • Gretchen Brown, MSW
  • Karen Bullock, PhD
  • Grace Christ, DSW, MA
  • Patricia O’Donnell, PhD, ACSW, LICSW
  • Deborah P. Waldrop, PhD, MSW
  • Katherine Walsh, PhD
  • Sherri Weisenfluh, MSW, LCSW

This August 3-4, NASW will convene social workers skilled in hospice and palliative care for candid and open discussions about the many roles we have in providing professional services to care for patients and their families affected by serious and life-limiting illnesses:

NASW Annual Practice Conference
Social Work’s Critical Role in End of Life Care
August 3-4, 2010 | Boston, MA | Earn up to 8.5 CE Credits

Many experts in the field of hospice and palliative care will be speaking at this conference, among them, Dr. Kenneth J. Doka. Dr. Doka will explore the most current theoretical perspectives on loss and grief, emphasizing six areas where understandings of grief have been challenged and developed.

Other highly regarded experts in the field speaking at this conference include NASW Executive Director Elizabeth J. Clark and Susan Blacker. Collectively, this year’s speakers offer experience, knowledge, research, and lessons learned in end of life care; grief, dying, and bereavement; cultural competency and ethics in end of life care; oncology social work; and family crisis counseling, just to name a few areas.

Greatly Improve Your Skills and Job Performance
What you learn at this conference will help you to—

  • Enhance the care you provide to patients and their families.
  • Make your practice part of the solution to providing hospice and palliative care to an aging population that is living longer.

Be sure to register early for this conference. Registration is limited to 400 participants. Seating is limited at the breakout sessions. You will save up to $100 if you register by July 16.

Advanced Registration (through July 16, 2010)
NASW members: $225; nonmembers: $275

Registration after July 16
NASW members: $275; nonmembers: $325

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PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT
Review and Comment on the Proposed Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults by August 8

Social workers across practice settings play a critical role in supporting family caregivers at the individual, family, group, community, and organizational levels. NASW is developing practice standards in this area. We ask that you review and comment on them by August 8, 2010. Be a part of setting the profession’s standards. Click here to review and comment on the draft standards.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CE CREDIT
New NASW WebEd Course: An Advanced Course in Ethics and Malpractice Risk for Social Workers
Social Work Finder
Job of the Month

Title:
Children's Division Director

Employer:
The Missouri Department of Social Services (MDSS)

Location:
Jefferson City, Missouri

For more social work employment opportunities, go to CAREERS.socialworkers.org.

NASW WebEd
NASW Members Only | 3.0 Free CE Credits
NASW has launched a new Web education course for members, An Advanced Course in Ethics and Malpractice Risk for Social Workers. The new NASW WebEd course is free to members and offers 3.0 social work continuing education credits if you complete and pass the online test. This course takes you beyond a basic understanding of the NASW Code of Ethics. It identifies steps that will help you make ethical decisions. It also incorporates the application of an ethical decision-making framework and provides information and tools for managing risks. Take the course today at www.NASWWebEd.org.

Suggested NASW WebEd Prerequisite Courses: Understanding the NASW Code of Ethics (3.0 free CE credits; NASW members only) and Understanding Malpractice Risk: What Social Workers Can Do (2.0 free CE credits). Take these courses at www.NASWWebEd.org.

NASW Assurance Services, Inc. (ASI) funded the development of this course created by the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review in partnership with the NASW Legal Defense Fund (LDF) and the Social Work Ethics and Law Institute, a program of LDF.

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Earn Free CE Credit via the Webinar Archives
Lunchtime Series Specialty Practice Sections
Audio recordings and transcripts of past NASW Lunchtime Series and Specialty Practice Sections webinars are available online. You will earn the full CE credit for each completed webinar when you pass the online post-test. Start earning CE credit today.

NASW Lunchtime Series Archives | NASW Specialty Practice Section Archives

NOTE: You must be a current member of the NASW Specialty Practice Sections to take an SPS webinar. Learn more about Sections here.

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LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
FTC Delays “Red Flag” Rules Affecting Social Workers in Private Practice

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) once again has delayed enforcement of the “Red Flags” Rule through December 31, 2010. The FTC stated this new delay is necessary to allow time for Congress to consider legislation that would affect the scope of entities covered by the Rule. The “Red Flags” Rule requires all covered entities to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs to help identify, detect, and respond to patterns, practices, or specific activities that could indicate identity theft. All health care practitioners, including clinical social workers, originally were included for enforcement oversight. FTC action again temporarily suspends their inclusion under the rule. The Commission has urged Congress to act quickly to pass legislation clarifying the covered professions. More information is available on the FTC Web site.

Supporting Resources
Social Workers and Identity Theft: The FTC “Red Flags.” This NASW Legal Defense Fund Legal Issue of the Month from June 2009 provides information on identity theft regulations. You will need to log in using your NASW username and password.

“New Ruling on Red Flag Rules Hoped for Soon.” This article posted on the NASW Advocacy Blog (News from the Hill, May 2010, second edition), provides more background information.

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NEW PUBLICATIONS
NASW NEWS Available Online 24/7

Both current and past issues of the NASW NEWS are available online 24/7. All you need to access these issues is your NASW username and password. Look for these articles in the July issue:

 
Encyclopedia of Social Work

From the President: Looking Back on NASW’s Accomplishments
By James J. Kelly, PhD, ACSW, LCSW
As my second year as NASW president comes to an end, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to help lead this organization. I have been fortunate to meet many extraordinary social workers, connect with colleagues from my past, and work to expand my knowledge base of the social work profession through the wonderful work that you, our members, are doing. My presidency thus far has been exciting, rewarding, and active, to say the least.

Just a Matter of Conscience?
On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the matter of Roe v. Wade, guaranteeing a woman’s right to an abortion. Within weeks, Congress enacted the first ever, so-called “conscience clause.” Such clauses protect health care providers from liability for refusing to perform services, though legal, they consider repugnant to their religious or moral values. This March, Idaho’s legislature approved the Freedom of Conscience for Health Care Professionals Act, expanding that state’s conscience clause to preclude all licensed health care professionals—including clinical social workers—from having to counsel, advise, perform, dispense, or assist in any health care services that violate their religious, moral, or ethical principles, such as abortion. It further states that health care providers do not even have to offer a referral for services they themselves are unwilling to perform.

Social Workers Condemn Arizona Immigration, Ethnic Studies Laws
In a strongly worded statement, NASW denounced legislation recently enacted in Arizona that allows state and local police to stop anyone they suspect is unlawfully present in the United States. The Association called upon members to voice their opposition. "This legislation is of great concern to all social workers committed to the profession's core values of human rights and social justice," the statement said. "As social work professionals, we are called upon by our code of ethics to actively prevent and eliminate discrimination against any person, group, or class" on the basis of characteristics including race, ethnicity, national origin, color, or immigration status.

“Timing is Definitely Right” for End of Life Care Conference
End of life care can entail numerous issues and emotions—not only for the client, but also for the client's family and caregivers. Because of its complexity, the "timing is definitely right for social workers to collectively convene and address critical issues in end of life care from our own perspective," said NASW Executive Director Elizabeth J. Clark. NASW will bring together social workers skilled in end of life and palliative care for its second annual practice conference, "Social Work's Critical Role in End of Life Care" August 3-4, 2010 in Boston.

 

Inside Social Work Research Journal – June 2010

Social Work Journal
Forthcoming Titles from the NASW Press
www.NASWPress.org


A Guide to Essential Human Services, 2nd Edition

Frederic Reamer

Interactional Supervision, 3rd Edition
Lawrence Shulman

When Their World Falls Apart, 2nd Edition
Lawrence B. Rosenfeld, Joanne S. Caye, Mooli Lahad, Robin H. Gurwitch
Social Work Research is one of the chief outlets for primary research articles in social work and social welfare. Start an online subscription today at www.naswpressonline.org to read the full articles below. NASW member discounts apply.

Assets and Income: Disability-Based Disparities in the United States
Susan L. Parish, Michael Grinstein-Weiss, Yeong Hun Yeo, Roderick A. Rose, and Arie Rimmerman
How do households with an adult with disabilities fare compared to ones without? This study analyzes data from the 2001 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to determine the extent of disability-based net worth and income gap among U.S. households.

State of Modern Measurement Approaches in Social Work Research Literature
George J. Unick and Susan Stone
Item response theory (IRT) is a model-based approach that has several analytical and explanatory advantages over classical test theory. IRT-based techniques facilitate the process of specific item selection, allow for increased measurement precision with fewer items, and account better for measurement bias across diverse populations. A survey of the top 20 social work journals (as rated by impact factor) revealed that few measurement articles in the social work literature use IRT or other modern measurement approaches. The benefit of incorporating more IRT-based approaches for developing, refining, and ensuring the application of measures to diverse populations is discussed.

Children with Disabilities in Poor Households: Association with Juvenile and Adult Offending
Karen M. Matta Oshima, Jin Huang, Melissa Jonson-Reid, and Brett Drake
Although disabled youths are arrested and adjudicated and recidivate at higher rates than their nondisabled peers, empirical evidence regarding this relationship is limited and contradictory, and little is known about how disability is associated with offending once poverty and family risks are controlled for. Using administrative data from a Midwest state, this study found that youths with disabilities have higher rates of juvenile court petitions than similarly low-income peers. Youths who had received special educational services for emotional or health reasons have higher risk of entering adult corrections.
SCHOLARSHIPS/EDUCATIONAL DEBT RELIEF

Are You Eligible for Student Debt Relief?

NASW’s Loan Forgiveness Web page keeps you up-to-date on student loan forgiveness. See if you qualify for the Higher Education Act and the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007. Apply by July 29 for the National Health Service Corps debt relief/service commitment program.
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PUBLIC EDUCATION
History is Still Being Written. Add Your Story to the ACSW 50th Anniversary Timeline by July 28
NOW AVAILAB LE
John A. Hartford Foundation 2009 Annual Report

The John A. Hartford Foundation’s 2009 Annual Report is now available. This year’s report is a single-topic report on geriatric social work, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Geriatric Social Work Initiative (GSWI). The John A. Hartford Foundation focuses much of its grant-making on geriatric social work.
Click here to download the report.
Are you an ACSW credential holder whose work has made a difference in the lives of others? In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) this year, NASW has created an interactive timeline featuring profiles of Academy members whose work in all practice areas has made a difference in the lives of others. Be a part of the timeline by contributing your profile. The ACSW timeline is helping to educate the public on the important work we do to advance lives and society.

Click here to complete an ACSW profile form.
Send the completed form and a photo of yourself to apatsel@naswdc.org by July 28, 2010. If you are not a member of the Academy, click here to find out if you are eligible to join.
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Wear Your Social Worker Pin with Pride: Support the NASW Foundation’s Public Education Campaign     

Celebrate your education and experience, and help tell the Social Work story. Your support of the NASW Foundation’s National Social Work Public Education Campaign helps us educate the media, policymakers, employers, social workers, and the public about the importance of the social work profession. Contribute to the campaign today and receive a complimentary professional social worker pin. 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. Please allow two weeks for delivery. Wear your pin with pride.  To learn more about the Social Work Public Education Campaign and how you can get involved, visit the NASW Foundation Web site.
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Social Workers Sought for Consumer Interest Interviews

Every year NASW receives many requests from reporters for social workers to comment on various consumer interest stories like this recent cnn.com story in which NASW member Frederic Reamer, PhD, is quoted. If you would like to join NASW’s Social Work Expert Referral Group and be notified about potential interviews in your areas of interest, please contact Theresa Spinner at tspinner@naswdc.org for an application.

Click on the links below for more stories featuring comments from your social work colleagues:
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SocialWorkersSpeak.org Gets Social Workers Talking

SocialWorkersSpeak.org is the Web site that gets social workers talking about and influencing the news media and entertainment industry about how they depict the social work profession and issues we care about. Learn more about the Web site here. Post your comments to these stories and others:
  • In honor of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) month in June, SocialWorkersSpeak.org sat down with documentary filmmaker Cody Stokes to talk about “Heartland Transport,” a short gay marriage film featuring social worker Scott Emanuel. Click here to read the story.
  • Hollywood screenwriter and author Antwone Fisher talked to SocialWorkersSpeak.org about social workers who inspired him. Read that feature by clicking here.
  • The University at Buffalo School of Social Work is proving social workers can use technology to get out the word about the profession. You can click here to read about the school’s podcast series that has reached more than 300,000 people across the nation.
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MEMBER BENEFITS
Expanded Call Center Hours
NASW Member Services has new hours to enhance the services we provide to our members. We are now open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST. You can reach us at 800.742.4089 or membership@naswdc.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Free Ethics Consultations

If you are facing an ethical dilemma on the job, call the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) at 800.638.8799 ext. 231 or 202.336.8231 to set up a free consultation. NASW’s OEPR provides free ethics consultations for current NASW members. Hours: Tuesdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; Thursdays: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

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Free Legal Issue Consultations

As an NASW member, you can schedule consultations on social-work-related legal matters with the legal staff based on availability. For more information and to set up a consultation, call 800.638.8799 ext. 290 or 202.408.8600 ext. 290.

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Earn a Free $50 Restaurant Gift Card
NASW members can earn a free $50 restaurant gift card by staying two separate times at any Choice hotel with arrival by August 5, 2010. Stays must be booked at www.choicehotels.com or 800.258.2847. You must be a Choice Privileges member. If you are not a member, sign up at www.choiceprivileges.com/signup/NASWORKS. Don’t forget to book in advance and reference both the NASW Special Rate ID# and your personal Choice Privileges member number to take advantage of your benefit and earn points for the free gift card.
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NASW Assurance Services, Inc.
  • ASI LogoASI Offers New Travel Assistance Product. Get Reassuring Medical Assistance When Illness Strikes During Travel
    Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+) is a travel assistance product that provides valuable and reassuring medical assistance for those who get sick or hurt while traveling away from home in the United States or abroad. It includes medical evacuation, medical assistance, assistance for companions or pets, auto retrieval, and travel assistance. Available to NASW members and their families, EA+ offers a 24-hour, year-round toll-free number to call for help when it’s needed most, no matter where you are. The cost to cover an NASW member is just $6.59 a month ($79 for a full year), and only an extra $1.67 a month ($20 a year) for the entire family. Learn more here. For questions or enrollment assistance, call 877.318.9605.
    Services are provided by On Call International, and the program is administrated by AGIA, Inc.

  • Get Group Rates on Medicare Gap Coverage
    Medicare was never designed to pay all your medical bills. Unless you have Medicare Supplement insurance coverage, you will probably have to pay more out of pocket than you expected for medical expenses. Now NASW members age 65 or older may take advantage of group Medicare Supplement plans that give solid protection against today’s high medical bills. As an NASW member, you are guaranteed to be accepted if you enroll in the new NASW-sponsored Medicare Supplement Insurance plan within six months after your 65th birthday and the date you first enrolled in Medicare Part A and B at age 65 or older. If you wait until after your open enrollment period to apply, there is no guarantee you will be able to get the coverage you prefer. Learn more here.
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