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NASW Social Worker of the Year Leads Accessibility Efforts
Jacqueline JacksonJacqueline “Jackie” Jackson, NASW Social Worker of the Year, is a lifelong activist for disability rights. She is passionate about making America fully accessible for all. 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.

Households with Adults with Disabilities Fall Behind Economically
A study published last year in Social Work Research (June 2010, Vol. 34, No. 2) showed that households with disabled adults have substantially lower income and net worth than those households without. The authors analyzed data from the 2001 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to determine the extent of a disability-based net worth and income gap among U.S. households. Click here to access the article, “Assets and Income: Disability-based Disparities in the United States.”

Persons with HIV are Protected Under ADA

Currently, HIV-positive people are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADA gives federal civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities. It also guarantees equal opportunity in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. Recent court decisions and pending legislation may affect this protection of HIV-positive people against discrimination. Learn more here about discrimination and HIV/AIDS.

ADA Anniversary in July

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law 21 years ago, in July 1990.

NASW supports people who have disabilities in advocating for their rights. NASW is committed to alleviating any existing physical and attitudinal barriers that exist within the profession of social work as well as the community at large.

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to read more about NASW’s position on supporting people with disabilities.

Social Work SpeaksSocial Work Speaks, 8th Edition, NASW Policy Statements, 2009-2011
, contains NASW’s policy statements on contemporary social issues, such as confidentiality and information utilization, disasters, hospice care, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, and more.

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to learn more about this resource that can assist in developing organizational responses to policy issues.

Coming December 2011
From the Lunchtime Series Webinars
Advocating for Inclusion and Independence: Ensuring the Rights of Clients with Disabilities

Travel to Brazil with NASW and Explore International Social Work—October 15-24, 2011
Across nations, there may be similarities in social problems, but the focus of concern can differ within borders and within cultures. Competency in social work today requires an understanding of the global context of human rights and social justice. Take this opportunity to explore international social work by traveling to Brazil with NASW Executive Director Betsy Clark October 15-24, 2011 as a member of the People to People Social Work Delegation.

Build lasting partnerships with your peers overseas, network internationally while earning continuing education credits, enjoy immersive cultural experiences, and make a global impact. This delegation will specifically focus on the following topics of discussion throughout the trip:
  • Rights of women
  • Racial inequality
  • Crime and prisoner reentry
  • Services for the aging
  • Structure of social work practice in Brazil
  • Violence against street children
Learn more here.
Help Strengthen the Social Welfare System in Tanzania
The Volunteer Healthcare Corps (VHC) is seeking mid- to senior-level professionals to serve as mentors and provide technical assistance to the Twinning Center’s Social Work Initiative in Tanzania.  Six-month, paid positions are available through the American International Health Alliance (AIHA). Learn more below.

General Information
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The Value of Dual Degrees
Social workers who are interested in moving into positions with more responsibility and greater leadership potential may benefit from holding dual degrees. Dual degrees increase flexibility and choices in the job market. Learn more about the value of dual degrees below:
The Medical Home Model:  What Is It and How Do Social Workers Fit In?
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 advances a systems-level manifestation of the medical home—the “accountable care organization (ACO),” a health care delivery model intended to promote shared accountability for improving patient care and controlling costs for a defined population. Social workers are well positioned to participate in these health delivery models and have shown their value in many of the medical home demonstration projects currently underway throughout the nation. NASW strongly recommends that professional social workers be included as ACO participants. Learn more below:
Report, Videocast Provide Child Welfare Supervisors Overview of Research on Supervision, Challenges, and Action Items further understanding of the complex and crucial role of supervisors in child welfare, the Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI) of the National Association of Social Workers Foundation convened an invitational symposium, Supervision: The Safety Net for Front-Line Child Welfare Practice, on November 18, 2010. The symposium highlighted the growing evidence that effective supervision is a critical component in addressing child welfare staff retention, organizational culture and climate, culturally competent practice, transmission of evidence-based practices, and child and family outcomes. It also highlighted the broad array of challenges that today’s child welfare supervisors face in performing their roles.
June 21 Cyber-Seminar on LIVESTRONG’S Community Impact Project and SuperSibs! Program Available Online
If you missed the June 21, 2011, cyber-seminar, LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project: An Innovative Approach to Dissemination, you can access it now online and join seminar discussions. The seminar highlights LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project (CIP) and explores the dissemination of one of its 2010 CIP survivorship programs, SuperSibs!, which offers support for the siblings of cancer patients.
Online Training Center Offers Courses at Reduced Rates to NASW Members
Online Training Center Offers Courses at Reduced Rates to NASW MembersNASW’s online training center for social workers—the Professional Education and Training Center—offers webinars, webcasts, podcasts, and presentations at substantially discounted rates to NASW members. Course content ranges from introductory overviews to advanced clinical content. All courses offered are NASW accredited. Click here to access the Center and initial course offerings.

Manage Your Professional Image Online. Earn 1.0 CE Credits
Course Available at Discounted Rates to NASW Members

NASW Professional Education and Training Center

Having an online presence is an excellent way to promote your practice, professional expertise, or services offered by your organization. However, there can be pitfalls that can compromise your professional standing. This course addresses internet concerns such as professional boundaries, balancing risk with opportunities, and privacy. Learn more about this course here. NASW members: $25; nonmembers: $35.
Social Work Finder
Job of the Month

Child Protective Service Specialist

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Multiple City Locations, Arizona

For more social work employment opportunities, go to
Topics for New Webinar Season Selected
Topics for the 2011-2012 Lunchtime Series and Specialty Practice Sections webinars have been selected. Both webinar series will start in the fall (around October) and go through June 2012. Below are just some of the upcoming webinar topics:

Lunchtime Series Webinars

  • Conscience Clause/Denying Services
  • Ensuring the Rights of Clients with Disabilities
  • Domestic Violence Within Communities of Color
  • Essentials for Professional Development Plans
  • Conversion from DSM-IV to DSM-V

Specialty Practice Sections Webinars

  • Police Social Work
  • Women, Families, and Incarceration
  • Documentation and Recordkeeping in Clinical Social Work Practice
  • Serving the Educational Needs of Children in Foster Care
  • NASW Code of Ethics and the Non-Social-Work or Host Setting
Earn CE Credit via the NASW Webinar Archives
Audio recordings and transcripts of past NASW Lunchtime Series and Specialty Practice Sections webinars are available online. You will earn the full CE credit for each completed webinar when you pass the online post-test. Start earning CE credit today.
New Evidence-Based Training Modules Available for Social Workers. Earn CE Credits Today
Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice (EBBP)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!
Protect Yourself and Your Ability to Practice Social Work
ASI Logo Free Risk Management Hotline (NASW members)
Get risk management information to help you avoid licensing board complaints and malpractice lawsuits.

Risk Management Workshops
Learn the latest malpractice risk management techniques by registering for a local risk management workshop (3.0 CE credits).
Free Online Courses
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Free Ethics Consultations
Free Ethics Consultations (NASW members)
800.638.8799 ext. 231 or 202.336.8231
Discuss your on-the-job ethical dilemma with NASW’s Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR).
NASW Code of Ethics
Understand the standards that guide the everyday professional conduct of social workers. All NASW members agree to abide by the Code of Ethics as part of NASW membership.
Free Legal Issue Consultations
As an NASW member, you can schedule consultations on social-work-related legal matters with the Association’s 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.
Website Provides Tools and Resources to Help Profession Get Social Work Reinvestment Act Passed
SWRI LogoThe Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1106/S. 584) strives to help social workers maintain society’s safety net and keep pace with the demand for our services.  The Social Work Reinvestment website——keeps you up-to-date on the Act and provides tools and resources to help you participate in getting the legislation passed without leaving your home or office.  Online efforts such as prewritten letters and emails to Congress take seconds to download or send. Click here to learn more.
SPS Bulletin on Social Worker Safety and Violence Now Available

NASW SPS Members Only

The new issue of the Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) bulletin, InterSections in Practice, is now available online. SPS members can earn 3.0 CE credits by reading it and passing the online post-test. The new issue addresses social worker safety, abuse, and violence. Log in here to access the bulletin.

You can learn more about SPS and join instantly online by clicking here. SPS offers members practice resources, newsletters, and free CE webinars throughout the year. Members also have access to the SPS webinar archives. Join today.
Skinny Revisited: Rethinking Anorexia Nervosa and Its TreatmentSkinny Revisited: Rethinking Anorexia Nervosa and Its Treatment
Maria Baratta
This new publication offers a thorough overview and etiological explanation of anorexia as an eating disorder. It presents a successful treatment model that teaches how to engage an anorexic in such a way as to encourage eating and provides clinical cases that demonstrate the use of the "language of the anorexic" as a treatment intervention. Click here to learn more about this book. To receive the NASW member discount price, place your order by phone at 800.227.3590 and refer to member discount code MBEN10. Discount cannot be used on online orders.

NASW NEWS Available 24/7

NASW NewsNASW NEWS is the official newspaper of NASW and offers in-depth news and features on developments in social work practice, public policy, U.S. legislation and regulations, and social research. You can access the current issue, as well as past issues, online 24/7. All you need to access these issues is your NASW username and password.
Support Scholarships, Research, and Training for Social Workers
Social workers change the lives of millions of people every day. Your contribution to the NASW Foundation supports educational and charitable projects that serve:
  • Practitioners by enhancing the knowledge and skills of social workers in all disciplines.
  • The profession by celebrating the accomplishments of past, current, and future social work leaders.
  • The public by increasing awareness about social work services and community expertise.
Learn more about the NASW Foundation here and consider making your gift today.

Receive a Free Professional Social Worker Pin

Social Work Pins The National Social Work Public Education Campaign helps increase awareness and understanding of the social work profession. You will receive a complimentary Professional Social Worker Pin with your tax-deductible donation of $25, $50, or more to the Campaign. Donate here.
Professional Liability Insurance
ASI Logo As a social worker, you’re exposed to many potential malpractice lawsuits. NASW Assurance Services’ professional liability insurance allows you to tailor flexible coverage options to meet your specific needs. Apply now with no risk. For additional information, call 800.421.6694 or visit NASW Assurance Services today.
Secure Your Family’s Future with Term Life Coverage Amounts up to $500,000
NASW Assurance Services offers you affordable Term Life insurance options in increments of $1,000 that give you the flexibility to customize an amount that’s just right for you and the ones you love. Visit NASW Assurance Services or call 866.591.8267 for more information.
Additional Cash Benefits for You, Just When You May Need It Most
Being hospitalized can be unexpected, and, unfortunately, so can the bills.  NASW Assurance Services’ Hospital Income Protection Plan is designed to help NASW members be prepared for the unexpected—by paying you $240 a day for every day you are hospitalized.  That’s cash paid directly to you to use any way you choose.  Visit NASW Assurance Services or call 866.591.8267 for more information about this very affordable plan.
Emergency Assistance During Travel
Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+) is a travel assistance product that provides valuable and reassuring medical assistance if you get sick or hurt while traveling away from home in the United States or abroad. It also includes medical evacuation, 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 administered by AGIA, Inc.
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. Browse our publications at To receive your discount, place your order by phone at 800.227.3590 and refer to member discount code MBEN10. Discount cannot be used on online orders. For information on other NASW 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 Night at Choice Hotels® This Summer
Stay two separate times at a Choice Hotel, with the second stay between May 19 and August 11, 2011, and you can earn one free night. Click here for details and terms and conditions.
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Many Association benefits are electronic, such as MemberLink, the Association’s e-newsletter; access to Social Work, the leading journal of the profession; and NASW alerts and updates. Be sure you continue to receive all your benefits by keeping your email address up-to-date with NASW. Click here to update your email address. Or, call Member Services at 800.742.4089 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST to speak with a representative.

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