Congressional Briefings

Learn about NASW's Congressional briefings.

Black Lives Matter: Social Work and the Future of Policing

Jun 30, 2020

Experts discuss social work's role in the future of policing. Moderated by Charles E. Lewis, Jr., the panel included Derrick Jackson, George T. Patterson, Desmond U. Patton, and Carrie Pettus-Davis.

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The Impact of Weapons and Violence on Schools and Surrounding Communities

Jun 12, 2019

The American Educational Research Association, the American Academy of Social and Work and Social Welfare, and the National Academy of Education address current scientific data surrounding the pressing need to reduce violence in schools and communities.

Experts present empirical research detailing the impact of gun violence on the education and well-being of students, their families, and local communities. They also address evidence-based policies and practices that can assist with successfully mitigating weapons and violence, increasing student empowerment, and enhancing community safety.

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Bringing the Power of Social Work to Schools

Sep 23, 2020

The Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy in conjunction with the Congressional Social Work Caucus hosted a roundtable Congressional briefing to highlight the benefits of social workers in schools. The briefing focused on the relationship between school resource officers and social workers, why social workers in school is so necessary but undervalued, and efforts to get more social workers in schools.

This briefing also discusses the issues in light of H.R. 7848 (Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act), a bill  introduced by Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Chris Murphy introduced a companion bill (S.4360) in the Senate.

Co-sponsored by NASW, the American Council for School Social Work, School Social Work Network and School Social Work Association of America.

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