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Social Work Advocates

October / November 2019 Issue

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A Broken System: Social Work Tackles Criminal Justice Reform


Solitary confinement is just one of many issues the social work profession is tackling as part of criminal justice system reform. From changing the use of cash bail to working in prisons, preparing those in prison and their families for release, and changing research so findings can be implemented faster, social workers are addressing many challenges to improve the system and its outcome.


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Branding: It's Not Just for Marketers


Social workers, who advocate on behalf of others, may neglect brand-building as a key part of their professional development, despite the importance of it, not only for themselves, but for the social work field in general.


Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW

National and International Efforts Address Critical Social Work Issues and Elevate the Profession


NASW President Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, LCSW, writes: "This past summer provided many opportunities to elevate social work, both in the United States and internationally. Your national board participated in the Association Leadership Meeting held in June in Washington, D.C."


Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW

Every Suicide is a Preventable Tragedy


NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, writes: "The effects of suicide go beyond the person who takes his or her life. Suicide causes pain, suffering and loss to individuals, families and communities."