Reinvestment Promoted to Educators
NASW speakers presented the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative
during the CSWE conference.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff
National Social Work Public Education
Campaign Co-Chair Gary Bailey thanks social work schools
that have contributed funds.
Photo: Jennifer Watt
NASW leadership and staff attended the annual meeting of the
Council on Social Work Education held in San Francisco in October
to promote the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative (SWRI), participate
in sessions and present the national Public Citizen of the Year
NASW Executive Director Elizabeth J. Clark and Jeane Anastas,
convener of the Action Network for Social Work Education and Research
(ANSWER) coalition, presented a session on SWRI, addressing the
timing and priorities of the initiative. ANSWER serves as an advisory
committee for the initiative.
The Social Work Reinvestment Initiative is an effort to recruit,
retain and retrain social workers in order to enhance societal
well-being. With the assistance of legislators, policymakers,
employers and other stakeholders, the initiative seeks to secure
federal and state investments in professional social work.
Also during the CSWE conference, NASW Chief Communications Officer
Gail Woods Waller and Assistant Director of Development Jennifer
Watt debuted "On Any Given Day," a new video recently
released as part of NASW's National Social Work Public Education
Campaign [November News] and addressed leveraging the campaign
to promote schools of social work.
During a reception hosted by NASW President Elvira Craig de Silva,
the association's annual Public Citizen of the Year award was
presented to Rhonda Meister, who has been executive director of
St. Joseph Center in Venice, Calif., since 1986. The center provides
housing and support services for people living in poverty. She
also chairs the executive committee of the Westside Shelter and
Hunger Coalition, which works to end hunger and homelessness through
service coordination, public education and advocacy.
Several other receptions honored authors who work with the NASW
Press and public education campaign donors.
The Unification Transition Team also met in San Francisco. The
team grew out of last June's Wingspread meeting to address unification
of the social work profession. The team met to review the "fact
finding" information collected thus far. The group agreed
that completing an analysis of barriers to unification would be
beneficial. A full report will be given back to the Wingspread
group by May 2008.
At this time, the Wingspread group will decide next steps in
moving forward. The team also held a Q&A open session. Participants
were informed that the fact-finding phase to determine the feasibility
of unification has begun. Colleagues were given the opportunity
to ask questions.
NASW members and staff offered a number of presentations during
the conference, including sessions on licensing laws and regulations,
social work as a force for change in diplomacy and development,
the role of social work education and practice in HIV treatment
adherence, the potential impact of diversity on the social work
workforce and the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence.
For NASW cultural competence standards and indicators: www.socialworkers.org/practice/
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