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Upcoming SPS Webinars: Register Now

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 1 - 2:00 pm (ET)

Improving Equity: Working with Rural LGBT Individuals

Presenter:  Aaron Guest, MPH, MSW, CPH
CE Category:  1 Cross Cultural Contact hour

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT) individuals continue to face greater health threats and disparities than their heterosexual peers. Importantly, LGBT people are members of every community, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all faiths and socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the country. Although much has changed socially and politically regarding the social and legal status of LGBT persons, issues of marginalization, stigmatization, and homophobia continue to plague the LGBT community. LGBT individuals in rural environments continue to face greater psychosocial and health disparities compared to their urban LGBT counterparts. This is in addition to the challenges of access to economic, educational, and healthcare opportunities we often find in rural areas.

Social workers have an essential role to play across the lifespan of LGBT individuals. Social workers often find themselves as one of the first persons an individual will identify to, as well as the one ensuring an individual's identity is respected in later life.

This webinar will provide an overview of the experience of LGBT individuals in rural environments throughout the lifespan. Throughout the webinar participants can expect to gain knowledge about issues facing rural LGBT persons, existing community strengths, as well as resources and tools to interact with rural LGBT clients and communities.

Cost: SPS Members: Free / Non-SPS Members: $20 / Non-NASW Members: $30

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 1 – 2 pm ( ET)

The Family Separation Crisis and the Importance of Legal Representation


  • Cindy Bernal, South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)
  • Anne Marie Mulcahy, JD, BS - Program Director, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Hayne Yoon, JD, BA - Director, Government Affairs, Vera Institute of Justice

In summer 2018, the media and the public became aware of a growing crisis of immigrant children being separated from their parents and held in government custody as a result of the administration’s zero-tolerance policy toward illegal border crossings. The attorneys providing legal services to the unaccompanied children have played a critical role in ensuring that these children are safe, provided with information about their legal rights, and reunited with their parents when possible. However, even before this public spotlight, many unaccompanied children, including some with histories of abuse, trafficking, and other harms have faced complicated legal proceedings without lawyers to represent them. The presenters will provide an overview of the intersection of family separation and legal services for unaccompanied children, from the perspective of a practitioner on the ground, the national picture, and the federal policy changes under consideration

For informational purposes only: No CEs will be provided. Open to all NASW members at no cost.

Online Training: “Challenges for Voting Rights in America” Social Workers as Social & Political Activists

September 20, 2018 -  3 - 4 pm ET

This webinar will touch on the historical context of gaining access to the ballot by African Americans and women and also will look at the threat to voting rights for Hispanics, college students, and African Americans for the upcoming mid-term elections in 2018 and the presidential election in 2020.

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NASW 2018 Virtual Forum: "Opioid Crisis: No Community Is Immune"

November 14 - 15, 2018

This two-day program will address the opioid crisis from a social work perspective, feature both plenary and breakout sessions, and offer CE credits. Live-streamed from the NASW National Office, you will be able to view it from your home, your office or mobile device. More information coming soon.


How To Volunteer To Help Immigrant Children Separated from Family

Social workers interested in helping immigrants who have been separated from their family members have a wealth of opportunities.

Tips from Former Smokers Campaign

NASW is a proud partner of this CDC campaign, which promotes tobacco cessation. We will be continuing collaborative efforts though 2018.

Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) Receives Award

CCCC has received a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to recruit, train and empower patient-ambassadors for palliative care.