Social Work Advocates

June / July 2021 Issue


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Drug Decriminalization: Laws Advance Social Work's Advocacy for Treatment Over Punishment


State laws that decriminalize drugs cement the roles of social workers in the treatment of substance misuse and in advancing treatment over punishment.


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Elder Abuse and Elder Justice


June 15 marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, but recognizing and addressing elder abuse comes with the territory for social workers, regardless of what the calendar says.

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Training Helps Clinicians Working With Clients Who Believe Conspiracy Theories


Chapter execs discuss a training program that focuses on how to work with clients who believe conspiracy theories.

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Record Number of Participants Visit NASW Website, Social Media Channels During March


More than 83,000 people visited NASW’s Social Work Month website between February 1 and April 1, 2021.

More in This Issue


Mit Joyner

Social Work Faces Defining Moment to Help Transform America

Many people are now vaccinated and that should thwart the spread of the coronavirus, writes NASW President Mit Joyner.


Laetitia Clayton

A World Without Masks: Are We Ready?

As more of us receive COVID-19 vaccinations and mask-wearing mandates begin to ease, we're challenged once again to adapt to changes in our daily routines.


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In the Public Eye

Read about NASW members quoted in the mainstream media.


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Viewpoints: Social Work is Critical, Now More Than Ever, to Confront Injustices

By Kathleen Grib Novak, LCSW


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Backstory: Self-Publishing Helps Build Self-Esteem

Self-publishing helped Shelby Haisley gain confidence and control the creative process of authorship.

Angelo McClain

America Needs Historic Investment in Mental Health

As predicted, COVID-19 has had a profound negative effect on America’s mental health, writes NASW CEO Angelo McClain. 


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Association News

Get the latest from NASW's national office, our Chapters, practice and advocacy updates and more.


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Schools of Social Work (.edu)

Read updates from schools of social work.


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NASW Events Calendar: June & July 2021

View a calendar of upcoming conferences, webinars and other events at NASW and related organizations.


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