NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

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NASW Social Work Talks podcast seeks to inform, educate and inspire by exploring topics that social workers care about with experts and practitioners.

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Episode 39: Indigenous Peoples and Dementia

Oct 08, 2019

Jean E. Balestrery Jean E Balestrery, PhD, MA, MSW, LICSW, talks about what social workers need to know about how dementia effects indigenous peoples.


Episode 38: Bringing Yoga to Jail

Sep 24, 2019

Michael Wilkins Our guest Michael Wilkins, LCSW, is therapist at the Center for Trauma & Resilience in Denver. We speak with Michael about his work bringing yoga and breathing techniques to inmates in Colorado.


EP37: Suicide Prevention with Jonathan Singer

Sep 10, 2019

Jonathan B. Singer Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, speaks with us about how social workers can help prevent suicide.

Singer is an associate professor of social work at Loyola University Chicago and a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children and families. He's also the host of the award-winning Social Work Podcast, and author of multiple publications, including "Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention."


EP36: Social Work Practice Mobility

Aug 27, 2019

Mary Jo Monahan and Angelo McClain in the studio Clinical social workers, like other clinicians such as psychologists, would like to be able to practice in multiple states or territories.

NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW, speaks with Mary Jo Monahan, CEO of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) about efforts to enable social work practice mobility.


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, LCSW, 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.


EP33: 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

Philip Tedeschi 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.


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