Social Work Advocates

Winter Issue 2024

Social Work Advocates National Association of Social Workers Winter 2024

Cover Story

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Unprecedented Experiment: Pandemic Initiatives Provide Roadmap to Ending U.S. Child Poverty

The COVID-19 crisis helped create the political will to implement long-called-for expansions of government benefits. The legislative efforts led to a historic low in the U.S. child poverty rate in 2021. But when Congress allowed the expanded benefits—including the child tax credit—to expire in 2022, child poverty more than doubled. 

Feature Article

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Beyond the Gimmick: Aware of the Importance of Self-Care, Social Workers Struggle to Practice It

Self-care is a much-discussed topic among social workers, who can feel stressed and overwhelmed—at the very least—at multiple points in their career. However, social workers as individuals, and as a profession, tend to fall short in applying self-care. 

Feature Article

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The Rise of Corporate Social Work

Social work skills—like emotional intelligence, active listening and taking a human-centered approach—can be valuable for roles in the corporate sector.

From the President

Yvonne Chase

In Turbulent Times, Where Are the Peacemakers?

In an increasingly violent world, peacemakers and peacekeepers are needed more than ever, especially for children.


Barbara Bedney

Together, We Make the World Better

NASW's Chief of Programs Barbara Bedney outlines some of the association's top efforts and offerings that help support and advance the social work workforce.


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Coaching Method Builds Staff Skills, Fights Supervisor Burnout

The Coaching Quartet method empowers frontline workers and grounds supervisors in reflective supervision.

NASW News 

NASW Virtual Forum Environmental Justice: Through the Social Work Lens November 1-2, 2023

Forum Focuses on Social Work Roles in Environmental Justice

As the climate crisis accelerates, social workers need to proactively engage with clients and communities and respond to the growing impacts of environmental changes. 

NASW News 

Empowering Social Workers

Higher Salaries a Primary Focus of Social Work Month 2024

Guidance from influencers about areas of social work that pay well, profiles of successful social workers, and a Facebook live forum to discuss ways to boost social work pay are included in the campaign. 

Schools of Social Work

participants in a 50-day-long Dialogue Journey march to raise awareness about environmental degradation in the rainforests of Kerala's Western Ghats mountain range.

Environmental Social Work: Coming Into Its Own

Six schools of social work weigh in on environmental social work education, including a focus on environmental justice.

Public Eye

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988 or chat

In the Public Eye

NASW members and volunteer leaders are quoted as experts in media stories about suicide prevention, marriage, domestic violence, ADHD, dementia, and cultural diversity. 



Elizabeth Franklin, Sanofi Oncology

"People impacted by cancer are at the center of everything that I do in my role," says Elizabeth Franklin, head of Sanofi Oncology's U.S. Public Affairs and Patient Advocacy.



Victor Armstrong, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Providing clinical and equity expertise across the organization's programs, communications and clinical work describe Victor Armstrong's role as vice president for Health Equity and Engagement at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Practice Updates


Clinical Practice

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