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Entries for 2012

Nov 16, 2012

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” — Michael Jordan “Athletes are complex,” said Vince Lodato, a licensed clinical social worker and executive director of the National Sports Performance Institute. “The layers of complexity go beyond just being a good athlete. They have to outperform at their highest level every day.” Considering the range of issues athletes may face — from stress to substance abuse — it makes sense for social workers to be involved at all lev...

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Nov 15, 2012

The board of directors of the Massachusetts Public Health Association appointed Toby Fisher to serve as the organization’s new executive director. Fisher, who has 20 years of experience in health and human services, will lead the MPHA in the next phase of its work to protect and promote the well-being of all Massachusetts residents — including ensuring effective implementation of the $60 million Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund recently established as part of Massachusetts cost control legislation. Fisher previously served as executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts, an organization dedic...

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Nov 14, 2012

Social workers believe that helping people navigate difficult environments, while respecting their innate strengths, improves lives. With that in mind, NASW announced the 2013 National Professional Social Work Month theme as Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy. Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society. For 2013, the theme builds on the idea that “social work is the profession of hope.” Many practitioners and students say their work is about he...

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Nov 12, 2012

As a former freelance journalist, Anita Doberman said she rarely read or heard the term social work used in a positive light. Journalist colleagues never brought to her attention that there could be a difference between a social worker and a government employee, she said. “It was never on the radar,” Doberman said. “Most people do know that psychologists and doctors have certain degrees. That is the assumption.” Doberman is now working toward a master’s degree in social work, and serves on the NASW national board of directors as its MSW student member. She offered her insight as a media consumer and a journa...

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Nov 11, 2012

Betsy Biben, right, chief of the Office of Rehabilitation and Development in the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, meets with her staff, which includes forensic social workers. In district attorneys’ offices, social workers help crime victims maneuver through complex legal processes and offer a helping hand on the road to recovery. On the other side of the scale, social workers in public defenders’ offices ensure defendants have a right to explain their story, and they promote the benefits of rehabilitation. “Society has the obligation to get this system right, and the public defender service is an ...

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Nov 10, 2012

NASW’s Career Center offers Leadership Ladders, a series that helps social workers navigate their careers. In the latest issue, Negotiating a Higher Salary, you'll get tips and advice from experienced social workers, inlcuding researching the job and knowing your bottom line. New Practice Perspective The latest Practice Perspective is "Social Work Services with Parents: How Attitudes and Approaches Shape the Relationship." Many parents who come into contact with social workers are compromised in their ability to parent due to drug use, trauma or emotional issues. Social workers, in their many roles, can provide parents with support ...

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Nov 09, 2012

Staff and volunteers for NASW’s Political Action Committee — known as Political Action for Candidate Election, or PACE — were busy making a final push before the Nov. 6 election to promote candidates who are in line with the association’s policy agenda. At the top of NASW’s priorities was encouraging members to back the re-election of President Barack Obama. NASW CEO Elizabeth J. Clark said it’s vital to maintain the positive changes the president made in his first term, including passage of the Affordable Care Act, appointing two women to the U.S. Supreme Court and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Do...

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Nov 08, 2012

Findings, recommendations presented about workforce for older adults with mental health and substance use issues. NASW co-sponsored a Capitol Hill briefing in September to present findings and recommendations from the July 2012 Institute of Medicine report The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands? The Hill briefing, “Building the Mental Health Workforce for America’s Diverse Aging Population,” was held in cooperation with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. Three members of the IOM report committee were presenters: social worker Maria Aranda, Chairman Dan Blazer and Michael Hoge. One of the ...

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Nov 07, 2012

Social work education needs medical courses I agree with Jeane Anastas’ column Social Work Education Needs Boost, in which she stated that social work undergraduates had the lowest academic achievement. This low achievement contributes to the lack of respect social workers experience from other disciplines. As Anastas indicated in her article, social workers are intelligent and engage in creative problem-solving daily. Many social workers find employment in hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis clinics, home health care, and elderly services where they are working with medical professionals — MDs and RNs. Ev...

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Nov 06, 2012

The NASW Legal Defense Fund filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a petition asking the court to review the case City of New York v. Southerland. The brief requests review in order for the court to uphold immunity for a child protection caseworker who acted to remove children from their father’s home due to abuse and neglect. The father challenged the legality of the removal due to imperfections in the application for the initial warrant that permitted the caseworker to gain access to the father’s residence, and because the caseworker did not return to court for a second warrant once he discovered that the children...

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