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News and Events


TeleTherapy/TeleHealth & Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NASW is taking action at the federal, state, and local levels to promote sound COVID-19 policy responses. This includes advocating for insurance reimbursement for clinical social workers to provide in-home teletherapy via video chat or audio-only (under Medicare as well as commercial plans), working to enable social workers to use virtual learning to satisfy CEU requirements, and providing economic relief and supports for vulnerable populations and others. NASW is also encouraging member engagement in advocacy around these policies. All information is on NASW's COVID-19 Resource page.

Social Work Talks Podcast

EP48: Self-Care for Social Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
NASW member Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, talks about how social workers can practice self-care during the coronavirus pandemic.

Professional Development Opportunities

Ethical and Legal Issues in Social Work: Consistency and Conflict

NEW DATE: Friday, April 7, 2020 (12 – 3 pm ET)

Note: NASW SPS members had VIP Access for this live webinar through Feb. 27, 2020. Registration is now open to others for a fee. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. This registration is for the live webinar only, which you must participate in at the set date and time to receive CEs. The on-demand version will have a separate registration, which will be available a few days after the live webinar.

Presenter: Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D.

CE Category: 3 Ethics contact hours

Social workers frequently encounter circumstances involving ethical and legal issues. In many instances, relevant ethical and legal standards complement each other; however, in some circumstances, ethical and legal standards conflict. This webinar will explore conflicts between social workers' ethical and legal duties and practical ways to address them. Frederic Reamer will present a conceptually-based typology of relationships between ethical and legal standards in social work. Case examples will be included.

The Importance of Cultural Competence and Evidence-based Practice Approaches for Social Workers

Thursday, April 30, 2020 (1 – 2 pm ET)

Presenter: Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW

CE Category: 1 Cross Cultural Contact hour

There have been debates about the relevance of cultural competence in the grand scheme of evidence-based social work practice. Some argue that cultural humility is better construct and concept to adopt and promote in our efforts to honor the spirit of diversity awareness and inclusion. This webinar addresses the concerns and potential risk of abandoning cultural competence as a standard of practice and as an achievable outcome for social work practitioners.

Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention (HBAI) CPT Codes identify and address the psychological, psychosocial, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and interpersonal factors important to the assessment, treatment, and management of physical health problems.Some health insurers reimburse clinical social workers for HBAI services whereas others do not.NASW is working to advance federal legislation, Improving Access to Mental Health Act, to enable clinical social workers to bill Medicare for HBAI services.


2020 NASW National Conference: Register today!

June 14-17, 2020

Social workers make a difference: 2020 NASW National Conference

Experience the meeting of the profession. Join more than 2,000 social workers, like-minded professionals, and social work thought leaders for four days of unparalleled opportunities for professional development, continuing education, networking, and thought-provoking conversations tackling the most pressing issues facing the social work profession across the world.


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Health Behavior Assessment and Intervention CPT Codes

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Child Migrant Protection Toolkit

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