NASW Social Work Talks

NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

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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 practitioners. 


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Episode 18: Disability Awareness with Paula Allen-Meares

Nov 20, 2018

Paula Allen-Meares, MSW, PhD

Children with disabilities are highly diverse in terms of their health conditions, disability severity, and social environments, yet they share many of the same needs.

Our guest, Paula Allen-Meares, MSW, PhD, was part of a committee that created a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, that identifies the characteristics of effective programs for this population, as well as opportunities for improvement.

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Episode 17: Self-Care and Avoiding Burnout

Nov 06, 2018

Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, is a professor of Behavioral Science at Northeastern University, and is the author of "Mentalligence" and "Reset." With more than 20 years' experience as a clinician, educator, researcher and parent, she speaks about her area of expertise: preventing and treating burnout.

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Episode 16: Juvenile Justice / Youth Transfer

Oct 30, 2018


Mel Wilson and Jeree Thomas in the studioAn NASW social justice brief reports that Black youth make up about 14% of the total youth population, but comprise 47.3% of the youth who are transferred to adult court by juvenile court judges. Guests Mel Wilson, NASW's social justice and human rights manager, and Jeree Thomas, policy director at the Campaign for Youth Justice, discuss this unjust practice.


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Episode 15: Speaking Out Against Domestic Violence

Oct 16, 2018


Carla GonzalezCarla Gonzalez is a clinical social worker and domestic violence survivor who leverages her professional skills and her platform as Miss U.S. World Elite (among other titles) as a vehicle for speaking out against domestic violence, bullying and sexual assault.


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Episode 14: School Social Work with author Brenda Wade

Oct 02, 2018


Brenda WadeFor Brenda Wade, MSW, LCSW-C, CSSW, writing fiction is both a means of self-care  and a way to explore the challenges that she sees in her work as a school social worker.


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Episode 13: Facing the Opioid Crisis

Sep 18, 2018


 David Stoecker, LCSWOur guest, David Stoecker, LCSW, is founder and director of Better Life in Recovery. He recommends that we look at the opioid addiction pandemic through a harm-reduction lens, rather than a punitive one. He argues that abstinence is not the only path to recovery and that we need to create healthy communities and to provide recovery support to those who need it.


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Episode 12: NASW President Kathryn Conley Wehrmann

Aug 28, 2018


Kathryn Conley WehrmannWe speak with NASW President Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW, about her path to social work and her efforts to support those new to the profession.


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Episode 11: Social Work Speaks: NASW Policy Statements

Aug 07, 2018

Roxana Torrico Meruvia

Social Work Speaks is a comprehensive and unabridged collection of policies adopted and revised by the NASW Delegate Assembly.

In this episode, NASW Senior Practice Associate Roxana Torrico Meruvia, MSW, talks about Social Work Speaks, the NASW policy statements and how members can get involved.



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Episode 10: Immigration in Crisis

Jul 06, 2018

Mel Wilson and Guadelupe LaraIn this special episode, our guests weigh in on the crisis currently brewing around immigration in the United States, specifically related to the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy and to children separated from their families at our southern border.

Our guests are Melvin H. Wilson, LCSW, NASW's Manager of Social Justice & Human Rights, and Guadalupe G. Lara, LMSW, NASW Board of Directors Member-at-Large.

Recorded onsite at the 2018 NASW National Conference.



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Episode 9: Social Workers and Advocacy

Jun 19, 2018

Julie E. Shroyer and Heidi McIntosh wearing headphones in the studioOur guests in this episode are Heidi McIntosh, Deputy Director of Programs at NASW; and Julie E. Shroyer, MSW, Senior Policy Advisor at Polsinelli a top Washington, DC law firm.

We talk about the skills that social workers bring to the table, the importance of social workers participating in the 2018 mid-term elections; and the challenges of advocating for the disadvantaged in the current political climate.


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