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Take NASW-Accredited Courses at Substantially Discounted Rates
NASW’s new online training center for social workers—the Professional Education and Training Center—offers webinars, webcasts, podcasts, and presentations at substantially discounted rates to NASW members. The center’s initial catalog offers courses in multiple areas of practice. Course content ranges from introductory overviews to advanced clinical content. All courses offered are NASW accredited. Members receive substantial discounts on registration fees. Let NASW help you meet your professional development requirements. Click here to access the Center and initial course offerings.
Travel to Brazil with NASW and Explore International Social Work—October 15-24, 2011
June is LGBT Pride Month

Celebrate by Publishing Your Profile on Help Starts Here
June is LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Pride Month. To celebrate it, NASW is inviting all LGBT members in good standing with NASW to publish their professional profiles on its consumer Web site, NASW membership is not required to publish a profile—all are welcome. Click here to learn more.
Across nations, there may be similarities in social problems, but the focus of concern can differ within borders and within cultures. Competency in social work today requires an understanding of the global context of human rights and social justice. Take this opportunity to explore international social work by traveling to Brazil with NASW Executive Director Betsy Clark October 15-24, 2011 as a member of the People to People Social Work Delegation. Build lasting partnerships with your peers overseas, earn continuing education credits, and make a global impact. Learn more here.

New Practice Perspectives

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Job of the Month


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University of Mississippi, Oxford Campus

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The Medical Home Model:  What Is It and How Do Social Workers Fit In?
Available to NASW Members Only
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 advances a systems-level manifestation of the medical home—the “accountable care organization,” a health care delivery model intended to promote shared accountability for improving patient care and controlling costs for a defined population. Social workers are well positioned to participate in these health delivery models and have shown their value in many of the medical home demonstration projects currently underway throughout the nation. Read more here.

Domestic Violence and Women of Color: Complex Dynamics
Available to NASW Members Only
Though domestic violence, also called intimate partner violence, is not limited to any one socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, or religious group, the burden of exposure for racial minorities to domestic violence is reported to be significantly high. Women of color experience domestic violence at disproportionately high rates. For social workers, providing culturally competent services that address the needs and safety of abused women of color is an essential component to understanding and speaking to this problem. Read more here.

Hot Topic of the Month—Clinical Social Workers, Care Advocates, and Life Coaches: Who Does What?
NASW members contacted the Association to express concerns about care advocates and life coaches who instructed clinical social workers how to treat patients referred to them by OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions, formerly known as United Behavioral Solutions. Members reported the care advocates and life coaches as conflicting and interfering with their role as mental health providers. NASW contacted OptumHealth for clarification of the roles of care advocates and life coaches. Click here for a summary of that communication.
Upcoming Webinars At-a-Glance
Lunchtime Webinars (NASW Members Only)
Specialty Practice Sections Webinars (SPS Members Only)
Report, Videocast Provide Child Welfare Supervisors Overview of Research on Supervision, Challenges, and Action Items further understanding of the complex and crucial role of supervisors in child welfare, the Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI) of the National Association of Social Workers convened an invitational symposium, Supervision: The Safety Net for Front-Line Child Welfare Practice, on November 18, 2010. The symposium highlighted the growing evidence that effective supervision is a critical ingredient in addressing child welfare staff retention, organizational culture and climate, culturally competent practice, transmission of evidence-based practices, and child and family outcomes. It also highlighted the broad array of challenges that today’s child welfare supervisors face in performing their roles.
New Evidence-Based Training Modules Available for Social Workers. Earn CE Credits Today
Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice (EBBP)NASW is pleased to be included as an affiliated organization in support of the Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice (EBBP) project and has approved the course content for continuing education credits for the social work profession.

Sponsored by the National Institute of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, the EBBP project creates training resources to help bridge the gap between behavioral health research and practice. Professionals from the major health disciplines are collaborating to learn, teach, and implement EBBP. Seven modules are available for CE credit: The EBBP Process, Searching for Evidence, Introduction to Systematic Reviews, Critical Appraisal, Randomized Controlled Trials, Shared Decision-Making with Individual Clients, and Collaborative Decision-Making with Communities.

Visit the EBBP Training Portal to launch the modules and earn CEs today!
Enhance Your Practice Skills in End-of-Life Care and Spirituality. Earn CE Credits
It’s not too late to participate in the Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA’s) 18th annual Living with Grief® educational program, presented in cooperation with NASW. This year’s panel discussion, which includes two social workers, remains available on DVD and may be shown on a date chosen by the host site. Delve into the topic in even more depth by accessing HFA’s three bonus webinars, available in May, June, and July. These webinars, similar to the annual educational program, may be presented on dates selected by each host site. Learn about how to register as a host site or find a site at which you can participate in the program.
Protect Yourself and Your Ability to Practice Social Work
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Get risk management information to help you avoid licensing board complaints and malpractice lawsuits.

Risk Management Workshops
Learn the latest malpractice risk management techniques by registering for a local risk management workshop (3.0 CE credits).
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Free Ethics Consultations
Free Ethics Consultations (NASW members)
800.638.8799 ext. 231 or 202.336.8231
Discuss your on-the-job ethical dilemma with NASW’s Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR).
NASW Code of Ethics
Understand the standards that guide the everyday professional conduct of social workers. All NASW members agree to abide by the Code of Ethics as part of NASW membership.
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.
Provider Refusal and Conscience Clause Controversies
Controversy over the intersection of patient rights, health care practitioners’ rights, and professional health care ethics is continuing in legal and legislative skirmishes in states across the country. A recent federal appeal in a Michigan-based case, Ward v. Wilbanks, et al., highlights the refusal by a counseling intern to treat a gay client based on her religious beliefs disapproving of homosexuality. This Legal Issue of the Month article reviews the Ward case and examples of proposed state legislation. Read it here.
Web Site Provides Tools and Resources to Help Profession Get Social Work Reinvestment Act Passed
The Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1106/S. 584) strives to help social workers maintain society’s safety net and keep pace with the demand for our services.  The Social Work Reinvestment Web site——keeps you up-to-date on the Act and houses tools and resources to help you participate in getting this legislation passed without leaving your home or office.  Online efforts such as prewritten letters and emails to Congress take seconds to download or send. Click here to learn more.
Write Newsletter Articles for the NASW Specialty Practice Sections
As a top resource in the profession for social workers in specialty practice, the Specialty Practice Sections welcomes useful, relevant, up-to-date articles in any of the 11 specialty practice areas offered. Write about your case study, new clinical research, or practice modality. Click here for more information on author guidelines. All articles should be submitted to
New Leadership Ladders—The Tech-Savvy Social Worker: Prepared for the Challenges of 21st Century Practice
Social workers who lack technological know-how will not be prepared to meet the many challenges inherent in 21st century practice. You can maximize the effectiveness of your practice by becoming—and remaining— tech savvy. Learn more here.
Are you in need of strengthening your documentation skills?
Social Work DocumentationSocial Work Documentation: A Guide to Strengthening Your Case Recording
Nancy Sidell
This practical how-to book will help you develop effective documentation and build better recording skills, regardless of practice setting, clinical specialty, and documentation format. Click here to learn more about this book. To receive the NASW member discount price, place your order by phone at 800.227.3590 and refer to member discount code MBEN10. Discount cannot be used on online orders.

Heterosexism plays a key role in the views of conservative churches about lesbian and gay people.

Close to HomeEffects of Conservative Religion on Lesbian and Gay Clients and Practitioners: Practice Implications
Ski Hunter
This release offers a comprehensive study of the effects that conservative religious views have on gay and lesbian clients and on the social service practitioners who work with them. Click here to learn more about this book. To receive the NASW member discount price, place your order by phone at 800.227.3590 and refer to member discount code MBEN10. Discount cannot be used on online orders.
Low Health Literacy is Associated With Poor Health Outcomes
Journal Article Highlights – Children & Schools (April 2011, Vol. 33, No. 2)Journal Article Highlights – Health & Social Work (May 2011, Vol. 36, No. 2)
Health literacy is defined as the degree to which an individual can obtain, process, and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions. In her article “Health Literacy: Critical Opportunities for Social Work Leadership in Health Care Research,” author Janet M. Liechty provides an overview of health literacy and outlines opportunities for health social workers to incorporate health literacy concepts into their practice with patients and families. Her article also discusses implications for social work research and practice agenda in health literacy. Click here to learn more about this article in Health & Social Work and to subscribe to the journal. NASW member rates apply.

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NASW and NASW Foundation Recognition Awards: Nominations Due June 30
NASW and the NASW Foundation are now accepting nominations for the 2011 National Recognition Awards.  The awards honor social workers and other individuals and/or groups who have advanced the principles and vision of the profession through their work and/or advocacy. Completed nomination packages are due June 30, 2011. Click here for more information. To submit a nomination, click here.
Preventive Health Screenings Now Available for NASW Members

In about an hour, you can be screened with painless, noninvasive ultrasound technology for stroke, aneurysms, and heart disease. Life Line Screening healthcare professionals use the latest technology to provide accurate, hospital-quality preventive screenings. Board-certified physicians carefully review results, which are given to you and your doctor, providing you with the information you need to improve your health. Learn more here.

Purchase Publications at Discounted Member Rates
NASW Press NASW membership saves you 10% on NASW Press publications. Learn more and do more with NASW Press scholarly journals, books, and reference works. Browse our publications at To receive your discount, place your order by phone at 800.227.3590 and refer to member discount code MBEN10. Discount cannot be used on online orders. For information on other NASW member discounts, click here.
Receive 30% Off Dorland Health Resource Directories
Stay current on resources in your practice area. NASW members receive a 30% discount on the following Dorland Health Directories: Case Management Resource Guide, The National Directory of Adult & Senior Services, The National Directory of Children, Youth & Families Services, and The National Directory of Mental Health & Addiction Services. Make your search for essential resources effortless by using these “go to” sources. For more information and member discount codes, click here.
Support Scholarships, Research, and Training for Social Workers
Social workers change the lives of millions of people every day. Your contribution to the NASW Foundation can make a difference, too. Each year, the NASW Foundation supports educational and charitable projects that serve:
  • The practitioner by enhancing social workers’ knowledge and skills;
  • The profession by supporting and honoring past, current, and future social workers; and
  • The public by educating community leaders, decision makers, and the public about social work issues and services to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
The Foundation is funded entirely through grants and donations. Your gift will help bring social work resources to the public, scholarships to future social workers, research and training to current social workers, and recognition to social work leaders. Visit NASW Foundation online and consider making your gift today. Click here to donate.
Receive a Free Professional Social Worker Pin with Your Donation
Social Work PinsA symbol of the profession and cornerstone of the National Social Work Public Education Campaign, the Professional Social Worker Pin celebrates the unique education, experience, and ethics of the professional social worker. You will receive a complimentary pin with your tax-deductible donation of $25, $50, or more to the Campaign. Your support of the Campaign helps NASW educate the media, policymakers, employers, students, and the public about the importance of the social work profession. To learn more about the National Social Work Public Education Campaign and how you can get involved, click here.
Professional Liability Insurance
ASI Logo As a social worker, you’re exposed to many potential malpractice lawsuits. NASW Assurance Services’ professional liability insurance allows you to tailor flexible coverage options to meet your specific needs. Apply now with no risk. For additional information, call 800.421.6694 or visit NASW Assurance Services today.
50-Plus Group Term Life Insurance Plan Exclusively for NASW Members
An important part of planning for a more secure future, including your retirement years, is making sure your family will be well taken care of.  The NASW-endorsed 50-Plus group term life insurance plan gives you a convenient, affordable opportunity to add the protection you want your family to have.  It can be a sound, valuable addition to your retirement plans—perfect for older members whose life insurance coverage purchased years ago may no longer be sufficient because of the high cost-of-living increases over the years. Learn more here.
Disability Income Protection – Up to $6,000/Month
How will you make ends meet if you are injured or ill and can’t work?

Help protect your income, your family’s monthly budget, and your financial future with a Disability Income Protection Plan with benefits of up to $6,000/month. Cash is paid directly to you, monthly, if a covered injury or illness stops you from working and earning your income. As long as you are working at least 30 hours a week, you can apply for the NASW Disability Income Protection Plan today.
Emergency Assistance During Travel
Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+) is a travel assistance product that provides valuable and reassuring medical assistance if you get sick or hurt while traveling away from home in the United States or abroad. It also includes medical evacuation, 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 in the world. For questions or enrollment assistance, click here or call 877.318.9605. Services are provided by On Call International and the program is administered by AGIA, Inc.
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