SPS Discussion Groups

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NASW Specialty Practice Sections Discussion groups provide a year-round platform where each month a separate section will hold a panel discussion about their practice area and a topic affecting their field of practice. We also hold a discussion group for Section student members. All members are able to participate and engage through Q&A and comments. Discussion groups give you another opportunity to listen, learn, and network with likeminded individuals! These groups are for information purposes only. No continuing education credits will be offered.

SPS Discussion Groups are an exclusive member benefit. Sign up for an SPS membership today and gain access to the SPS discussion group registration links. Space is limited, so sign up today!

  • Meet Your SPS Committee Leaders
  • Discuss Important Issues Related to Social Work Practice
  • Join the Conversation
  • Chat with Other Social Workers in Practice
  • Hear Fresh and Different Perspectives
  • Participate in Problem-Solving Sharing
  • Exchange Useful Information

A good discussion increases the dimensions of everyone who takes part.”
— Randolph Bourne

In 2020, during the pinnacle of the pandemic, NASW held discussion groups for social workers in practice entitled, NASW Pandemic Perspectives. The four talks allowed social workers to honestly speak about the influence of Covid-19 on their lives professionally and personally. The social workers were given a safe space to express themselves, hear about their peers’ experiences and gather valuable information they could use while they remained resilient during the epidemic. Each of the four discussion groups given was well received.

With these new discussion groups, we will model what came before but also expound on the experience. You will get to meet some of the SPS leadership and will also connect with practice experts to expand your knowledge base, brainstorm and just have meaningful conversations.

So, Let’s Talk

Let’s talk about what inspires you and makes you cheer. Let’s talk about challenging and complex issues that do not have easy solutions. Let’s talk about best practices—what really works or used to work and now should be sunset. Let’s talk about the direction of the profession and more.


Schedule is subject to change

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Panel  Discussion - May 14 (Tuesday 1-2 pm ET)

Topic:  How can we increase social workers' competency to work with addictions?

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