NASW Social Work Talks

NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

Inform, Educate & Inspire

NASW Social Work Talks podcast gives us an opportunity to explore topics that social workers care about and to hear from social work experts and pioneers. 


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Episode 35: Fighting Back Against Clawbacks

Jul 09, 2019

Rebekah Gewirtz Rebekah Gewirtz, MPA, Executive Director of NASW’s Massachusetts Chapter, speaks with us about how her chapter is fighting against clawbacks in her state. Clawbacks are when an insurance company requires a provider to return money they’ve been paid in the past. Clawbacks can occur months, or even years, after the service has been provided.


Episode 34: What Is Library Social Work?

Jun 18, 2019


Debra Walsh Keane NASW member Debra Walsh Keane talks about why libraries need social workers, the kinds of services library social workers provide, as well as the rewards and challenges of the job.


Episode 33: Supporting LGBTQ Youth

Jun 04, 2019


Ellen Kahn Ellen Kahn is a social worker and Director of the Children, Youth and Families Program at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). We speak with her about HRC's work to serve youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.


Episode 32: Animal-Assisted Interventions

May 21, 2019


name Philip Tedeschi, LCSW, is Clinical Professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. We speak with Professor Tedeschi about the benefits of animal-assisted interventions in social work.


Episode 31: Getting Proactive About Child Immigration

May 07, 2019


 Martha Gonzalez-Cortes Martha Gonzalez-Cortes is Senior Vice President of Community Investment at Kalamazoo Community Foundation in Michigan. She has a deep working knowledge of immigration policy issues, and a passion for finding systemic solutions to challenges faced by immigrant and refugee families.


Episode 30: Providing Psychosocial Care at Doctors Without Borders

Apr 30, 2019


Athena Viscusi, LCSW Athena Viscusi, LCSW, is a clinical social worker who provides psychosocial care for staff at Doctor's Without Borders / Médecins sans frontières.


Episode 29: The Stories Behind the Salaries

Apr 09, 2019

Allison Peeler Allison Peeler, LMSW, believes social workers need to drop the outdated story of "underworked and unpaid" and to redefine the way they view themselves and their earning capabilities.

Part of our Social Work Month 2019 series on social work salaries


Episode 28: Negotiating Your Salary

Mar 26, 2019


Valerie Arendt, MSW, MPP Valerie Arendt, MSW, MPP, discusses why it's so important for social workers to negotiate their salaries. Arendt is the Executive Director of NASW's North Carolina Chapter.

Part of our Social Work Month 2019 series on social work salaries


Episode 27: Suze Orman: How Social Workers Can Get Smarter About Money

Mar 19, 2019


Suze Orman Our guest Suze Orman is a New York Times best-selling author and smart money expert. She hosted the award-winning “Suze Orman Show” on CNBC for 13 years. Her books include "Women & Money," “The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke” and “The Courage to be Rich."

We spoke with her about balancing working in a helping profession and taking care of yourself first.

Part of our Social Work Month 2019 series on social work salaries


Episode 26: Increasing Social Work Salaries in NYC

Mar 12, 2019


Robert Schachter, DSW, LMSW Social work has the highest debt-to-salary ratio of any profession. Robert Schachter, DSW, LMSW, describes how social workers in New York City advocated for pay equity in one of the highest cost-of-living cities in the country. Dr. Schachter served for 27 years as the Executive Director of the NASW New York City chapter.

Part of our Social Work Month 2019 series on social work salaries

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