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Social Work Matters


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Did you know that there are 640,000 social workers in the United States? That’s 640,000 professionals working to improve our nation’s well-being, from the individual to the family to the community..

We’ve got reason to celebrate—Social Work Matters.

One of the key messages of the 2012 theme, “Social Work Matters,” is that social workers are the safety net in a civil society. NASW activities supporting this message include promotional tools to help make the case why social workers are needed, “Social Work Matters” messages on National Public Radio, and a media awards campaign seeking nominations for the best reporting and media depictions of social work issues across the country. Donations to the NASW Foundation through March 2012 are funding sponsorship ads on three popular NPR programs: Morning Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! To learn more about these activities, and World Social Work Day, March 20, click here. To access the 2012 Social Work Month toolkit, click here.

Social Work Matters: The Power of Linking Policy and Practice
Edited by Elizabeth F. Hoffler and Elizabeth J. Clark
Early Bird Special: $48.99

Social Work Matters: The Power of Linking Policy and Practice promotes understanding of the importance of linking practice to policy to social workers, policy makers, allied professionals, and other stakeholders. It explores the direct connection of practice to policy, and the ethical obligation of social workers to understand and foster the relationship between the two. For this book, social work contributors provide a personal narrative of a direct practice case that was, or could have been, influenced by the application of a particular policy or piece of legislation. This includes not only legislation and law but organizational and local policies that have implications in many areas of our lives. Contributors provide an analysis of the broad policy implications, and the importance of advocacy at the organizational, local, state, or federal level to achieve maximum client opportunity and benefit. For more information, click here. Early bird special: $48.99. Early bird price ends April 8, 2012.

2012 Social Work Month Merchandise Available

Spread the word about our 2012 Social Work Month theme—“Social Work Matters”—by shopping at the online NASW Store. Interventions by social workers improve lives and alter social systems to strengthen our national fabric. Clothing, bags, mugs, posters, greeting cards, buttons, magnets, and other fun items have this year’s “Social Work Matters” logo. Show your support for your profession. Shop the new product selections today.

Save Nearly $200 on the Registration Fee as an NASW Member

2012 NASW National Hope Conference
Restoring Hope: The Power of Social Work

July 22-25, 2012
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Washington, DC
Earn Up to 30 CE Credits

Refocus and restore hope in your clients, your community, and yourself. NASW invites you to attend the 2012 NASW National Conference, Restoring Hope: The Power of Social Work, in July. This conference will focus on social work as the profession of hope. Hope is a prerequisite for action, and social workers help clients refocus and restore hope in their lives. This is the first NASW national conference in over a decade, and will bring together more than 1,000 social workers in all practice areas from around the country.

Hear from renowned speakers, network with other professionals, and learn how to continuously incorporate hope and resiliency into your work. As an NASW member, you will save nearly $200 on the registration fee.

Space is limited. Register today at


Keynote Addresses

  • Bob Woodruff, Anchor/Reporter, ABC News
  • Lee Woodruff, Journalist, Author, Contributor, CBS This Morning
  • Donna Brazile, Veteran Political Strategist; Analyst, CNN and Contributor, ABC News
  • Tony Keith, Spoken Word Artist
  • Roberto Pacheco, AfroReggae Cultural Group, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plenary Sessions

  • Leadership and the Power of Social Work
  • Building Resiliency After Trauma
  • New Understandings of Grief and Implications for Practice
  • HOPE for Our Children
  • Building HOPE with Honor for Military and Veterans
  • Social Work is the Profession of HOPE


  • The Interface of Ethics and the Law
  • Cultural Competence as a Practice Perspective for Hope and Resiliency
  • How Your Practice Can Survive and Thrive in an Uncertain Economy
  • Military Culture 101
  • Trauma-Based Therapy for Helping Victims and Perpetrators
  • The Critical Role of Families in Reducing Risk and Promoting Well-Being for LGBT Children and Youth
  • The Hope for Evidence-Based Practice in an Outcome-Driven World
  • Strategies for Professional Resilience and Self-Care Across Your Career
  • Risk Management and Ethical Decision Making
  • Leadership as the Catalyst for Hope
  • Working with Parents of Children with Disabilities

Additional Events

  • Capitol Steps, Political Comedy Satire Group
  • Social Work Film Festival
    • What is Love: Pathfinders – Ted Bogosian
    • King’s Park – Lucy Winer

View the full conference agenda and REGISTER at

Grow Your Practice and Earn Extra Income

NASW members can join the EAPrefer network for free. EAPrefer is a new program from NASW Assurance Services that puts your expertise and practice to use as an employee assistance professional. With EAP network provider partners across the country, EAPrefer helps you build your private practice and supplement your income.

Participating members are enrolled in a comprehensive database and connected to EAP network providers in their area. You may be referred by these partners to help employees with caregiving issues, substance abuse, relationship problems, or financial stress. EAPrefer already has negotiated with network providers in your area to provide fair compensation. Participation is easy—and best of all, FREE—for NASW members and EAP network providers. To learn more, visit EAPrefer at and enroll today!

Tips for Closing Your Private Practice

Retiring? Tips for Closing Your Private Practice

This new Leadership Ladder outlines several important areas to help retiring clinical social workers terminate their practices successfully. A checklist is included as a guide to remind clinical social workers of important things to do before closing their practices. 

Take Part in HFA’s End-of-Life Ethics Program. Earn CE Credits

Educate yourself, your colleagues, and your clients about ethical concerns at the end of life by participating in the Hospice Foundation of America’s spring 2012 Living with Grief® program, presented in cooperation with NASW. This year’s panel discussion, which includes Karen Bullock, an NASW member and social work expert in end-of-life care, will be available on DVD beginning April 19 and may be shown on a date chosen by the host site. Learn about how to register as a host site or find a site at which you can participate in the program.

NASW Membership Saves You Money at the Professional Education and Training Center

Online Training Center Offers Courses at Reduced Rates to NASW MembersNASW members receive discounted rates on every course offered at the NASW Professional Education and Training Center. Broaden your knowledge base. Stay current on treatment strategies in your practice area. Meet licensing requirements. All courses offered are NASW accredited. Click here to access the Center and course catalog.

Upcoming Webinars At-a-Glance
Lunchtime Series Webinars (NASW Members Only) Specialty Practice Sections Webinars (NASW SPS Members Only)
Risk Management Workshops
Social Work Finder
Job of the Month

Title: Licensed Family Counselor

Employer: The MENTOR Network

Location: Greensboro, NC

For more social work employment opportunities, go to

The Education Center of NASW Assurance Services, Inc. (ASI) offers risk management workshops co-sponsored by NASW chapters and other hosts. Workshop presenters are social workers who are also former ASI board members, trained in the latest malpractice risk management techniques. Protect yourself and your ability to practice social work by participating in a local risk management workshop (3.0 CE credits) or taking online NASW WebEd courses (free CE credit) on ethics and malpractice.
Online Applications for NASW Foundation 2012-2013 Scholarships and Fellowships Accepted Now

You Can Make a Difference for Social Work Students

As degreed professionals, we understand the financial cost of a social work education. Through the NASW Foundation, we can help defray the cost.

Your contribution to the NASW Foundation, a charitable organization, supports educational and charitable projects that serve practitioners, the profession, and the public. Among the Foundation’s educational projects are scholarships and fellowships for NASW student members.

Learn more here about the Foundation’s scholarships and fellowships. Click here to make a contribution to the Foundation now, or click here to learn about contributing through your estate.

The NASW Foundation offers scholarships and fellowships exclusively for NASW student members. The NASW Foundation is now accepting online applications for the 2012-2013 season in March. The deadline to apply is April 5, 2012.
Click here for more information on the available scholarships and fellowships and eligibility guidelines.

$1.2 Million in Grants Available for Macro Social Work

The New York Community Trust has a new program rolling out awarding $1.2 million in grants nationwide for social workers doing macro work. The Trust awards grants throughout the year. Learn more here.

Fellowship Opportunity Available for Social Workers in Aging and Health

If you practice in aging and health care or are interested in policy addressing these areas, you may be eligible for the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. This program, which is unaffiliated with NASW, offers practical experience and professional mentoring in health policy development and implementation on behalf of older adults. Participants may work in their own communities, at state agencies, or in Washington, DC. The application deadline is May 15, 2012. Click here for more information.

Legal resources
Legal Victory for Girls’ Sports Participation

NASW celebrates the court victory achieved in a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which found sufficient evidence for trial to determine whether the scheduling disparity between boys’ and girls’ high school basketball games and resulting harm in this case are substantial enough to constitute a denial of equal athletic opportunity. The court discussed the amicus brief filed by the Women’s Sports Foundation, NASW, and others in its ruling. Click here to read the amicus brief in Parker v. Franklin County Community School Corporation, coordinated through the NASW Legal Defense Fund.

Free Legal Issue Consultations

The NASW Legal Defense Fund (LDF) offers NASW members free consultations on social-work-related legal matters. For more information and to schedule a consultation with the Association’s legal staff (based on availability), call 800.638.8799 ext. 290 or 202.408.8600 ext. 290.

"Like" NASW's Social Work Ethics and Law Institute on Facebook and Receive Legal and Ethical Updates

You can receive regular updates on ethics and legal issues by visiting NASW’s Social Work Ethics and Law Institute Facebook page and “Liking” the site.

NASW Legal Defense Fund 40th Anniversary
The Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout the year 2012. LDF invites every NASW member to consider a $40 contribution to LDF in recognition of its legacy of 40 years of providing legal resources to members. LDF, which was created in 1972 with member donations, was supported at that time by individual contributions averaging $20.  If two percent of NASW members contribute $40 to the campaign, we will exceed our goal of $100,000.

In the coming weeks and months, members can look for new features and updates to the LDF Web site. For example, LDF just launched it's "$40 for the 40th Anniversary" online donation page. LDF depends on member donations as its primary source of funding. Watch for video testimonials, LDF historical information, and new legal articles on the updated Web site. Thank you for supporting LDF.

From the NASW Press
My Girls: A Story of Survival and Togetherness in the Inner City Social Work Speaks, 9th Edition: NASW Policy Statements, 2012-2014

The ninth edition of Social Work Speaks presents, in one comprehensive and unabridged collection, the policy statements adopted by the NASW Delegate Assembly in 2011. It is an unrivaled reference tool that represents the collective thinking of thousands of experienced social work practitioners from all fields of practice. Refer to it when developing organizational responses to policy issues, conducting policy analysis and study, and working in political action coalitions. Learn more here. Early bird special: $44.99. Early bird pricing ends March 26, 2012.

Talk to Your Clients About Advance Care Planning for National Healthcare Decisions Day 2012

Observe National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), now in its fifth year, by encouraging your clients to consider, discuss, and document their goals for their health care—and by preparing or reviewing your own advance directives. NASW is pleased to continue its support for this observance, scheduled for April 16. Access resource materials and learn how you can get involved in your community on the NHDD site. For educational information about the social work role in advance care planning, click here.

Give Talks in Your Community for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 6-12, 2012

NASW is a national partner with the Speak Up for Kids campaign and invites social workers to give talks at schools and community organizations in May to raise awareness about the importance of positive mental health for children and teens. Help parents and educators ensure that children get the help they need to succeed at home, at school, and with friends. Learn more and sign up to give a Speak Up for Kids talk today.

Groundless Claims Can Jeopardize Your Reputation and Practice. Protect Yourself

ASI LogoAs a social worker, you may be exposed to potential malpractice lawsuits. Even a groundless claim can jeopardize your reputation and ability to practice. NASW Assurance Services’ Professional Liability Insurance allows you to tailor flexible coverage options to meet your specific needs. This program insures thousands of social workers worldwide. It’s perfect for independent contractors, private practitioners, exclusively employed individuals, partnerships, corporations, schools, students, and more. Apply now with no risk. For additional information, call 800.421.6694 or visit NASW Assurance Services today.

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