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Congressional Briefing: Opioid Crisis Response: Social Workforce Readiness

June 6, 2018 (2:30 – 4 pm ET) Rayburn House Office Building 2360

RSVP to swpi@socialworkers.org

Please join NASW for a Congressional Briefing that will highlight the many ways that social workers are involved in responding to the opioid crisis, and will identify effective education, professional development, technical assistance, capacity building and research strategies that target strengthening workforce capacity and service delivery outcomes. Service delivery and training gaps will be identified and recommendations will be made to ensure that there is capacity and competence to address the opioid crisis.

Moderator: Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW - Chief Executive Officer, NASW


  • David Albright, PhD, MS - Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health, University of Alabama School of Social Work
  • Jennifer Kasten PhD, MSW - Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President, JBS International
  • Jack Stein, PhD, MSW - Director, Office of Science Policy and Communications, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Michelle Tuten, PhD, LCSW-C -  Director of the Center for Research, Evaluation and Services and Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Intersections in Practice Call for Articles

Intersections in Practice, the continuing education publication of NASW's Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) is accepting submissions for the 2018 annual bulletin: "Living Out Our Mission as Social Workers in Today's Turbulent Times."

Articles should contain content applicable to the theme and at least one of the Section's practice areas, which are:

  • Administration/Supervision
  • Aging
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults
  • Child Welfare
  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Private Practice
  • School Social Work
  • Social and Economic Justice and Peace
  • Social Work and the Courts

In the past the word count has been 500 to 1500 words, but we are giving the option of 500 to 2500 words this time.

Any reference to earlier research should be accompanied by an in-text citation, with complete reference information in the reference list. See more information on citations

Most importantly, we will need the most current sources cited. For the annual bulletin, we are unable to accept any reference that is more than 10 years old because we have to adhere to CE requirements. Original and historical citations may be an exception but are at the discretion of the CE approver.

There is a CE component: Please provide 3 multiple choice questions including answer key. Please provide multiple choice questions only — you have 4 options (a, b, c, d). To qualify for CE approval, no true/false questions or all/none of the above answers are allowed.

All submissions should be emailed to sections@socialworkers.org, with InterSections-SPS in the subject line.

Deadline: June 4, 2018 

Specialty Practice Sections committee positions as committee members and alternates

The NASW National Office is seeking nominations for Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) Committee positions that will become vacant as of June 30, 2018. If you are interested in nominating yourself for an SPS Committee position or an alternate, please send a short bio to sections@socialworkers.org.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is June 30, 2018. Each nominee must be a member in good standing, i.e., NASW membership must be current and no pending sanctions.

Below is the list of Section committees that will have one or more vacancies:

  • Administration/Supervision
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Child Welfare
  • Children, Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Private Practice
  • School Social Work
  • Social and Economic Justice & Peace
  • Social Work and the Courts

Please see the  Committee Charge, the Committee Member Roles and Responsibilities and Alternate Roles and Responsibilities.

Call for Specialty Practice Sections Online Communities Ambassadors

We are looking forward to fun and engaging online communities coming soon that will provide our members with an opportunity to communicate with each other and exchange information. We are currently looking for SPS members interested in being Ambassadors for the online communities.

Qualifications include: being tech savvy, using web-appropriate writing style (plain and concise) with good grammar/spelling and comfortable communicating online. All Ambassadors will be expected to participate in at least one on-demand training and work with NASW staff as needed. More details will be provided to those SPS members selected to serve as Ambassadors.

Please send a brief letter of interest with 300 words or less to sections@socialworkers.org with "Ambassador Search" in the subject line. Tell us a little about yourself and your experience with online communities. Deadline is June 30.

Exclusively for Specialty Practice Section members.

NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

NASW Social Work Talks podcast explores topics that social workers care about. NASW has set five social justice priorities, including criminal justice and immigration reform. In the latest episode, two social workers from the Children's Home Society of North Carolina discuss how they partner with public agencies to help kids move from foster care into permanent families.
Listen to NASW Social Work Talks podcast

SectionLink Now Online

This electronic newsletter for SPS members only is now available online.
Read SectionLink

School Social Workers

Social workers in schools help prevent violence, including mass shootings. Unfortunately, school social work positions are being eliminated across the nation due to budget cuts, shifting priorities, or other issues. NASW is pushing for schools to have at least one social worker per 250 students.

NASW News Release on Florida School Shooting

NASW grieves for families of Florida school shooting, and urges President Trump and Congress to declare gun violence a public health crisis.
Read the news release


NASW Contributes to Issue Brief on End-of-Life Care for Older Adults

As a member of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA), NASW played a central role in developing EWA’s issue brief, End-of-Life Care: Preparing the Eldercare Workforce, published in March. Download the issue brief to learn about the role of the health care workforce serving older adults in end-of-life care.

Enhance Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care for Older Adults and Family Caregivers

Access a recording of a recent webinar, Trauma-Informed Care for Family Caregivers of Older Adults, presented by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and featuring NASW member Debbie Rosenwein. The webinar was produced by the JFNA Center for Holocaust Survivor Care, which recently awarded 30 new grants to enhance person-centered, trauma-informed care for Holocaust survivors and their families. NASW served on the review committee for the grant, which is funded by the Administration for Community Living. If continued funding is approved by the federal government, JFNA will issue a request for new proposals this summer.

Older Americans Month

NASW celebrates Older Americans Month (OAM) every May. The Administration for Community Living has announced the theme for this year’s observance, Engage at Every Age. Learn how NASW advocates to enhance the well-being of older adults.

Support the Geriatrics Workforce and Caregiver Enhancement Act

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA), of which NASW is a member, worked with Representatives Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Doris Matsui (D-CA), and David B. McKinley (R-WV) to introduce the bill. In late January NASW sent a letter of support to the original bill sponsors. Use NASW’s advocacy alert to urge your Congressional representative to support H.R. 3713 today.

Geriatrics Workforce and Caregiver Enhancement Act (H.R. 3713) establishes formal funding for the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), the only federally funded program to enhance workforce capacity in aging. H.R. 3713 also reestablishes the Geriatric Academic Career Awards (GACA) program, a previously funded program for developing academic clinical educators specializing in aging. All social work practitioners and students are eligible for training through GWEP (available at 44 sites in 29 states), and clinical social workers are eligible for GACA.

Public service announcement reframes elder abuse as a social justice issue

Use this brief video, developed by the FrameWorks Institute and the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) to communicate feasible systemic solutions to preventing and addressing elder abuse. The video is based on the FrameWorks Institute’s reframing elder abuse research and recommendations

NASW provided input on the reframing elder abuse strategy as a member of the Reframing Elder Abuse Committee; the association also serves on the NCEA Advisory Board. An in-depth exploration of the reframing elder abuse strategy and application will be the focus of a preconference workshop at the 2018 NASW National Conference.

The reframing elder abuse work undertaken by the FrameWorks Institute is a project sponsored by the Archstone Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, and Grantmakers in Aging, and in partnership with the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

NASW Professional Development

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) free, online continuing education

Learn more about FASD and how to prevent, identify and manage FASD impairments. These free courses are designed for busy practitioners; they're easy to access, with brief modules. Because FASD affects children and adults across systems of care, course content is appropriate for clinicians in diverse practice settings. Offered by the Centers for Disease Control. NASW is national partner in CDC’s Collaborative for Alcohol-Free Pregnancy.

2018 NASW Annual Conference: "Shaping Tomorrow Together"

June 20-23, 2018 - Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC

The meeting of the profession will convene 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. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 NASW National Conference.

Learn more and register today!