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Social Work Disaster Fund Enabling Colleagues in Japan to Aid Victims
NASW recognizes that some of our members and friends in the international community have lost loved ones in the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan. Our thoughts are with those affected by this terrible disaster. NASW will be forwarding 100% of contributions made to the NASW Foundation’s Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund to our professional colleagues in Japan to enable them to assist in the ongoing relief efforts there. You can donate to the fund here. We thank you for supporting the social work response to this horrific tragedy.

NASW Member Services Open 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST

NASW Member Services is now open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST. You can reach us at 800.742.4089 or We look forward to hearing from you.
NASW Launches New Online CE Training Center
NASW has launched a new online continuing education resource for social workers, the Professional Education and Training Center. Available at your convenience 24 hours a day, the Center offers NASW courses in a variety of formats—webinars, webcasts, podcasts, and presentations. Courses will continue to be added to the Center’s initial offerings to cover the numerous practice areas.

Social workers are ethically required to stay up-to-date on current research, theory, and techniques that guide social work practice to better serve clients and constituents. NASW’s new education center is an excellent continuing education resource. All courses offered are NASW accredited and members receive discounted prices. Let NASW help you meet your professional development requirements. Click here to access the Center and initial course offerings.
NASW WebEd Course Changes

The following NASW WebEd courses are no longer offered at These courses are now being offered at NASW’s Professional Education and Training Center. NASW members can take these courses at discounted prices.
  • Understanding Aging:  The Social Worker’s Role
  • Understanding Cancer: The Social Worker's Role
  • Understanding End-of-Life Care: The Social Worker’s Role
  • Understanding Genetics: The Social Worker’s Role
  • Achieving Cultural Competence to Reduce Health Disparities in End-of-Life Care
Take Part in HFA’s Annual Living with Grief® Program. Earn CE Credits

Educate yourself, your colleagues, and your clients about spirituality and end-of-life care by participating in the Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA’s) 18th annual teleconference, presented in cooperation with NASW. This year’s panel discussion, which includes two social workers, will be available in two formats: by webcast on April 13 and by DVD, which may be shown April 13 or on a subsequent date chosen by the host site. Three bonus webinars addressing specific topics related to spirituality and end-of-life care will be available in May, June, and July and, similarly, may be presented on dates selected by each host site. Learn about how to register as a host site or find a site at which you can participate in the program.

Policy Fellowship Available for Social Workers in Aging and Health. Applications Due May 2011

If you’re working in aging and health care and wish to apply your practice experience to policy making, the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program may be for you. This program, unaffiliated with NASW, offers practical experience and professional mentoring in health policy development and implementation on behalf of older adults. Participants may work in their own communities, at state agencies, or in Washington, DC. Visit the program Web site or read this journal article for additional information.

New Practice Perspectives
Available to NASW Members Only
Advocating for Clinical Social Workers: Highlights of 2010
This practice perspective discusses advocacy efforts performed by NASW during 2010 to improve social work practice. Areas of advocacy include reimbursement, Social Security Disability, DSM-V, and quality measures.
2011 Medicare Changes for Clinical Social Workers
Each calendar year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces Medicare policy changes.  This practice perspective discusses 2011 Medicare changes affecting clinical social workers who are Medicare providers.
New Evidence-Based Training Modules Available for Social Workers. Earn CE Credits Today
Social Work Finder
Job of the Month

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NASW is pleased to be included as an affiliated organization in support of the Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice (EBBP) project and has approved the course content for continuing education credits for the social work profession.

Sponsored by the National Institute of Health’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, the EBBP project creates training resources to help bridge the gap between behavioral health research and practice. Professionals from the major health disciplines are collaborating to learn, teach, and implement EBBP. Seven modules are available for CE credit: The EBBP Process, Searching for Evidence, Introduction to Systematic Reviews, Critical Appraisal, Randomized Controlled Trials, Shared Decision-Making with Individual Clients, and Collaborative Decision-Making with Communities.

Visit the EBBP Training Portal to launch the modules and earn CEs today!
Financial Subsidies Available for Advanced Social Work Training in Oncology
NASW members are encouraged to apply for a two-day intensive training on the social-work-designed ExCEL Program. ExCEL (Excellence in Cancer Education and Leadership) is a comprehensive program to improve the delivery of psychosocial care for oncology patients through social-work-specific leadership and skills-building. This National Cancer Institute-funded opportunity is being offered in conjunction with the annual meetings of the Association of Oncology Social Work and Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers. Selected applicants will have their conference registration, meals, and hotel expenses covered.  Applications are being accepted for 2011 and 2012. Click here to visit the ExCEL website or contact the ExCEL coordinator, Lisa Kilburn, at
Upcoming Webinars At-a-Glance
Lunchtime Webinars (NASW Members Only)
Specialty Practice Sections Webinars (SPS Members Only)
Free Risk Management Hotline for All NASW Members
ASI LogoA risk management hotline is available to all NASW members, as well as professional liability insurance policyholders. The hotline specializes in risk management information to help members avoid licensing board complaints and malpractice lawsuits. Call 800.897.0033 for more information.
Risk Management Workshops: Reduce Your Exposure to a Social Work Malpractice Suit (3.0 CE Credits)
ASI LogoThe ASI Education Center offers risk management workshops, sponsored by NASW Assurance Services and co-sponsored by NASW Chapters and other hosts. Workshop presenters are social workers, who are also former board members, trained in the latest malpractice risk management techniques. Protect yourself and your ability to practice social work by participating in a local risk management workshop (3.0 CE credits).
Learn Strategies to Avoid Ethical Violations and Manage Risk
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Free Ethics Consultations

If you are facing an ethical dilemma on the job, call the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) at 800.638.8799 ext. 231 or 202.336.8231 to set up a free consultation. NASW’s OEPR provides free ethics consultations for current NASW members. Hours: Tuesdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; Thursdays: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Financial Assistance for Legal Cases. Applications Due May 2
The NASW Legal Defense Fund (LDF) meets twice a year to consider applications from members who seek financial assistance with legal costs incurred in cases that meet certain criteria. These include issues affecting a large number of social workers, advancing the status of the profession, or upholding the principles of the NASW Code of Ethics. The deadline for the next round of applications to be reviewed by the LDF Board of Trustees is May 2, 2011. See Members’ Application for Assistance.
Free Legal Issue Consultations
As an NASW member, you can schedule consultations on social-work-related legal matters with the legal staff based on availability. For more information and to set up a consultation, call 800.638.8799 ext. 290 or 202.408.8600 ext. 290.
“Red Flags” Rule No Longer Applies to Social Workers
Effective December 18, 2010, the Red Flag Program Clarification Act of 2010 redefined the term “creditors” so that professionals, such as social workers, are not required to meet the requirements of the previously-enacted Red Flags Rule. The Red Flags Rule requires all covered entities to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs to help identify, detect, and respond to patterns, practices, or specific activities that could indicate identity theft. Learn the basics of the original law and the Congressional amendment in the March 2011 Legal Issue of the Month, Identity Theft “Red Flags Rule” Exclusion for Social Workers.
New Social Work Caucus Tackles Social Safety Net Issues in Congress
On March 15, 2011, U.S. Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (NY-10), with the support of other professional Social Workers in Congress and national organization leaders, launched a Congressional Social Work Caucus and reintroduced the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (SWRA). SWRA seeks to create a Social Work Reinvestment Commission to study the profession’s development and to establish demonstration grants that address immediate workforce and service needs. The Social Work Caucus will serve as an informal, bipartisan group of members of Congress dedicated to maintaining and strengthening social work services in the United States. It will educate national legislators and their staffs on issues that challenge the social work profession. Read more here.
Sign the Petition to Stop Child Abuse Deaths
The National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths, of which NASW is a member, has a petition to Congress asking them to hold public hearings on child abuse fatalities, provide emergency funds to stop state cuts to child welfare services, and adopt a national strategy to end child abuse fatalities. Please sign the petition. Learn more about efforts to protect children here.
Cast Your Vote
Voting for the NASW 2011 Election has started.  Votes must be in by April 29, 2011. For an official ballot, click here.
Ninety-Day Comment Period on Proposed Amendment to NASW Bylaw Ends May 6
Proposed amendments to Article XII (Chapters) of the NASW Bylaws have been posted for a 90-day member comment period.  The deadline for comments is Friday, May 6, 2011. To review the amendments and post your comments, first log in to using your NASW username and password and click on the following link:

For questions, send an email to or call us at 202.336.8216.
Add “Author” to Your Résumé.
Write Newsletter Articles for the NASW Specialty Practice Sections
As a top resource in the profession for social workers in specialty practice, the Specialty Practice Sections welcomes useful, relevant, up-to-date articles in any of the 11 specialty practice areas offered. Write about your case study, new clinical research, or practice modality. Click here for more information on author guidelines. All articles should be submitted to
Talk to Your Clients About Advance Care Planning for National Healthcare Decisions Day 2011
Observe National Healthcare Decisions Day by encouraging your clients to consider, discuss, and document their goals for their health care—and by preparing or reviewing your own advance directives. NASW is proud to support this observance, scheduled for April 16, 2011. Visit to find educational materials and learn how you can get involved in your community.
The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan—New Coverage Option for the Uninsured
An important component of the Affordable Care Act can provide immediate coverage for individuals with pre-existing health care conditions. The Federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) is a transitional program that will be in effect until 2014, when the new Health Insurance Exchanges become operational. PCIP offers comprehensive benefits, including physician’s services, hospital care, inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment, home care, hospice, and prescription drug coverage. Premiums and deductibles vary by state. For more information and eligibility, visit or call the toll-free line at 1.866.717.5826 (TTY 1.866.561.1604). The Call Center is open 8 am - 11 pm ET.
NASW Names Jacqueline Jackson Social Worker of the Year
The National Association of Social Workers has named Jacqueline “Jackie” Jackson, MSW, Social Worker of the Year. Jackie is a lifelong activist for disability rights. Restricted to a wheelchair, Jackie is passionate about making America fully accessible for all. One of her most significant accomplishments came when she began challenging elected officials and community leaders to take “accessibility tours.” As part of her Movement for Change Initiative, she invited leaders to spend the day rolling through their towns in a wheelchair in order to experience the many obstacles that people with disabilities encounter on a daily basis. Read more about Jackie here.
Jean Tucker-Mann Recognized for Lifetime Achievement in Social Work
The National Association of Social Workers is pleased to name Jean Tucker-Mann, ACSW, LCSW, recipient of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Work. Jean is recognized for her long-standing commitment to medical social work and community building in Maryland. She has specialized in personal and relationship counseling and in palliative care support counseling for caregivers coping with end-of-life issues. She also specializes in bereavement counseling. Jean’s commitment and dedication have changed the lives of thousands. Learn more about Jean here.
Black History Month Highlights
African American Social Workers Tell Why They Became Social Workers
Many of you participated in NASW’s Black History Month (February) celebrations by submitting profiles stating why you became social workers and what your proudest achievements have been thus far. NASW expresses its sincerest gratitude to you for submitting your profiles for, our Web site for the general public. Click here to view all submissions.
NASW “Leadership Ladders” Series Helps Social Workers Successfully Navigate Their Careers
Transforming passion for your profession into a vibrant and satisfying career is not always easy. The NASW Leadership Ladders series is designed to assist social workers with successfully navigating their careers. Whether you are new to the profession, a second-career professional, or a mid-career professional, these tips will help you broaden your sphere of influence and take on the challenges that can catapult you to the next level in your career.

NEW RELEASES FROM THE PRESS Work Documentation: A Guide to Strengthening Your Case Recording
Nancy Sidell
Are you in need of strengthening your documentation skills? This practical, how-to book is ideal for developing effective documentation. Regardless of the practice setting, clinical specialty, and documentation format, this new release will help you build better recording skills. Click here or call 800.227.3590 to learn more about this book and to order. NASW member rates apply. Refer to member discount code MBEN10 when ordering.
The Essential Resource for the Profession is Now Available in PaperbackThe Essential Resource for the Profession is Now Available in Paperback
The NASW Press and Oxford University Press are excited to announce the critically acclaimed 20th edition of The Encyclopedia of Social Work is now available in paperback. With over 400 articles, this four-volume reference set covers all aspects of social work. Read the introduction here. To order a copy, click here or call 800.227.3590. NASW member rates apply. Refer to member discount code MBEN10 when ordering.

How to Screen Adoptive and Foster Parents: A Workbook for Professionals and StudentsHow to Screen Adoptive and Foster Parents: A Workbook for Professionals and Students
James L. Dickerson, Mardi Allen, and Daniel Pollack
This new release serves as a comprehensive guide for social workers when making decisions for foster care/adoption placement. Based on case histories, research data, and interpretive analysis, this workbook teaches specific interview skills and analytical decision-making techniques necessary to competently evaluate each unique applicant family within a variety of constructs. Click here or call 800.227.3590 to learn more about this book and to order. NASW member rates apply. Refer to member discount code MBEN10 when ordering.

Social Workers in Israel Report Low Levels of Burnout and Stress
Journal Highlights—Social Work Research (March 2011, Vol. 35, No. 1)
Social workers in Israel exposed to national terror report low levels of burnout, low levels of stress, and medium-high levels of intrusive memories. Social workers provide help to terror victims, their families, and communities. In their journal article “Assessing the Impact of Ongoing National Terror: Social Workers in Israel,” Pnina Ron and Michal Shamai explore the connections between social workers’ professional and personal exposure to national terror and the professional and personal distress they experience due to ongoing terror attacks. Click here to learn more about this article in Social Work Research and to subscribe to the journal. NASW member subscription rates apply. Refer to member discount code MBEN10 when ordering.

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Purchase Publications at Discounted Member Rates
NASW Press

NASW membership saves you 10% on NASW Press publications. Learn more and do more with NASW Press scholarly journals, books, and reference works. Refer to member discount code MBEN10 when ordering. For information on other member discounts, click here.

Receive 30% Off Dorland Health Resource Directories
Stay current on resources in your practice area. NASW members receive a 30% discount on the following Dorland Health Directories: Case Management Resource Guide, The National Directory of Adult & Senior Services, The National Directory of Children, Youth & Families Services, and The National Directory of Mental Health & Addiction Services. Make your search for essential resources effortless by using these “go to” sources. For more information and member discount codes, click here.
Earn a FREE $50 Gas Card
NASW members can earn a free $50 gas card* by staying two separate times at any Choice Hotels property with arrival by May 4, 2011. Stays must be booked at or 800.258.2847. Remember to enter the NASW Special Rate ID and your personal Choice Privileges number to take advantage of your benefit while earning points. Go to for details. *Terms and conditions apply.
Get Reassuring Medical Assistance When Illness Strikes During Travel
Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+) is a travel assistance product that provides valuable and reassuring medical assistance for those who get sick or hurt while traveling away from home in the United States or abroad. It includes medical evacuation, medical assistance, assistance for companions or pets, auto retrieval, and travel assistance. Available to NASW members and their families, EA+ offers a 24-hour, year-round toll-free number to call for help when it’s needed most, no matter where you are in the world. For questions or enrollment assistance, click here or call 877.318.9605. Services are provided by On Call International, and the program is administrated by AGIA, Inc.
You Can Support Scholarships, Research, and Training for Social Workers
New NASW Annual Renewal Notice

Based on feedback from our members, we are excited about changes we’ve made to the Annual Membership Renewal Notice. 

We began using the new form in January.  If you’ve already received your annual reminder or final notice, please click here to renew online today to ensure you receive continued access to the invaluable services we offer our members. For questions about membership, contact Member Services at 800.742.4089 Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST.
Social workers change the lives of millions of people every day. Your contribution to the NASW Foundation can make a difference, too. Each year, the NASW Foundation supports educational and charitable projects that serve:
  • The practitioner by enhancing social workers’ knowledge and skills;
  • The profession by supporting and honoring past, current, and future social workers; and
  • The public by educating community leaders, decision makers, and the public about social work issues and services to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
The Foundation is funded entirely through grants and donations. Your gift will help bring social work resources to the public, scholarships to future social workers, research and training to current social workers, and recognition to social work leaders. Visit NASW Foundation online and consider making your gift today. Click here to donate.               

Receive a Free Professional Social Worker Pin with Your Donation

A symbol of the profession and cornerstone of the National Social Work Public Education Campaign, the Professional Social Worker Pin celebrates the unique education, experience, and ethics of the professional social worker. You will receive a complimentary pin with your tax-deductible donation of $25, $50, or more to the Campaign. Your support of the Campaign helps NASW educate the media, policymakers, employers, students, and the public about the importance of the social work profession. To learn more about the National Social Work Public Education Campaign and how you can get involved, click here.
Professional Liability Insurance
ASI Logo You’re exposed to many potential malpractice lawsuits. Even a groundless claim can jeopardize your reputation and ability to practice. NASW Assurance Services’ professional liability insurance allows you to tailor flexible coverage options to meet your specific needs. This program insures thousands of social workers worldwide. It’s perfect for independent contractors, private practitioners, exclusively employed individuals, partnerships, corporations, schools, students, and more. Apply now with no risk. For additional information, call 800.421.6694 or visit NASW Assurance Services today.
NEW  Long-Term Care Insurance Choices for NASW Members
NASW Assurance Services is pleased to announce a comprehensive new long-term care insurance program for NASW members. As the population of America is aging, NASW Assurance Services believes the need for long-term care insurance is growing with it and that long-term care insurance can provide a meaningful new NASW member benefit offering assurance and security for certain members and their families. Learn more here.
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