Columns by CEO Angelo McClain

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Read Social Work Advocates columns from NASW Chief Executive Officer Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW.


Don't Forget About the Opioid Crisis

Midterm Elections Offer Opportunity to Advance Mental Health Care

Social Work is Essential in Building a Just, Caring Society

Humility in Leadership Helps Elevate, Empower Others

Leverage Your Extraordinary Problem-Solving Expertise


Social Progress Requires Ongoing Maintenance

The Shadow Pandemic: Domestic Violence Intensifies During COVID-19

Ending Child Poverty is a Moral Imperative

America Needs Historic Investment in Mental Health

Racism Can Create Debilitating Effects on Mental Health

NASW Applauds Social Workers Through Advocacy


Healing Begins With Finding Common Ground

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A Natural Fit: Rediscovering Improvisation in Social Work

The Power of Hope, Kindness and Human Dignity

Social Healing Requires Love

Struggling Well


The Power of Authenticity

Every Suicide is a Preventable Tragedy

Advancing Organizational Competence

Professional Strength Through Connectedness

Creating a Culture of Innovation

A Culture of Collaboration


Leadership and You

Excellence in Social Work Practice

Shaping a Brighter Tomorrow Together

From the CEO: Work with NASW to be part of the solution

From the CEO: MAT Effective in Managing Opioid Use

‘Stay woke’ during Social Work Month, beyond

We need more compassionate concern


Social Work Needs More Leaders Now

Broken immigration system causes harm

Social work’s powerbroker: ‘What can I do?’

Strength through association needed now


Sharing power strengthens NASW

Transformative social work leadership

It takes courage to ask for help

Advancing evidence-informed practice

Social justice remains our common cause


NASW transcends status quo for members

Wellness requires multifaceted approach

Time to improve mental health care

Still transforming lives, communities

Advancing social work and social welfare


We can help end domestic violence

Optimal mental wellness for foster children

Reclaiming social welfare

Transformation through renewal of traditional practices


Improving mental health care through systemic harmonization

Helping social workers help people

NASW CEO Angelo McClain to retire at the end of 2022

McClain helped NASW modernize operations, respond to COVID-19 pandemic, and fight systemic racism.

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