NASW Launches Social Workers SPEAK! Web Site – Let Your Voice Be Heard
NASW has launched a new Web site,
, an engaging, social media Web site created to give our members the latest news on how social work is portrayed in the media and offer social workers a chance to comment on media happenings in their communities. Social workers have been portrayed on television and in films for decades. However, despite the positive and life-affirming work that social workers do in reality, their image in the media is often stereotyped. Recently, the movie Social Workers SPEAK! Precious has been getting lots of media attention as it puts a spotlight on many issues social workers confront, including family violence, child abuse, HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy. Social workers also play an important role in the gut-wrenching film. Visit to see an interview with an NASW member who spoke with Social Workers SPEAK! Precious director Lee Daniels about the portrayal of social workers in the movie. Now there is a forum for you to let us know what you think. The site will give you tips on how to get involved and help shape the media perception of social work. Visit today, and let your voice be heard. Social Workers SPEAK!
PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT
Americans Speak About HIV/AIDS – Discuss Strategies to Address the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Americans Speak About HIV/AIDS was created to encourage community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, businesses, research institutions, and other groups to hold their own discussions about the strategic steps we need to take as a nation to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. While people are living longer with HIV/AIDS, it still remains an epidemic in the United States and worldwide. This medium provides you with an opportunity to participate in a community discussion in person or online and to give recommendations on how best to achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which include the following:
Reducing HIV incidence in the U.S.
Increasing access to care
Decreasing HIV-related health disparities
Please visit the
NASW HIV/AIDS Spectrum Web page for more information on NASW’s Policy on HIV and AIDS, as well as to find out where forums are being held through the end of 2009 in various regions throughout the country where you can let your voice be heard on this important issue.
New Social Work Policy Institute Hosts Inaugural Symposium
inaugural symposium for the new Social Work Policy Institute was held on November 16, at the NASW headquarters in Washington, D.C. The meeting’s focus on expanding comparative effectiveness research (CER) for health and psychosocial services prompted lively discussions among representatives from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Children’s Bureau, the Alzheimer’s Association, and several schools of social work, to name a few. A range of topics were covered, including economic analysis of effective psychosocial interventions, gaps and challenges between CER and psychosocial research, effectiveness research in complex systems with special populations, researcher training and capacity building, and linkages between social work research and practice. A comprehensive report on outcomes derived from the inaugural symposium will be released in January 2010 from the Social Work Policy Institute and the National Association of Social Workers Foundation.
When a Clinical Social Worker in Solo or Group Practice Dies – NEW Clinical Social Work Practice Update
Clinical Social Work Practice Update was released in November that focuses on how clinicians and private practitioners can prepare their private practices in the event of their deaths. NASW has received numerous calls from co-workers and family of NASW members seeking assistance with the estate of a clinical social worker in solo or group practice who has died. As a result, NASW has put together a list of options and recommendations, as well as a list of resources that include NASW’s Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice: A Reference Guide and NASW’s Retiring or Closing a Private Practice? brochure, important for clinicians to consider in the event of the unfortunate and/or unexpected circumstance of death. To learn more, click on the above link to download your copy today.
Clinical Social Workers Be Aware of the Coming New Diagnosis Classification System Used to Identify Diseases – NEW Clinical Social Work Practice Update
A recently released November
Clinical Social Work Practice Update alerts clinical social workers to be aware of the new International Classification of Diseases–10th Edition–Clinical Modification ( ICD-10-CM) coming in 2013 that will replace the current diagnostic system—the ICD-9-CM, and its updated counterpart—as the diagnostic code set used when clinicians seek reimbursement for services performed. The ICD-9-CM is over 30-years-old and contains outdated and obsolete terminology and does not accurately describe diagnoses of the 21st century. To learn more about the changes to be included in the new ICD-10-CM, click on the above link to download your copy today.
Serve as a Peer Reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
The U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) is recruiting educators, policymakers, and other qualified experts to serve as peer reviewers for OSDFS discretionary grant program proposals. Objective peer review of proposals helps enable OSDFS to support programs best positioned to create safe schools, prevent drug abuse and violence, ensure the health and well being of students, and promote development of good character and citizenship. OSDFS is looking for peer reviewers with backgrounds in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention; emergency management, disaster response, and/or school security; school-based mental health services; and school-based health and wellness programs, to name a few. Put your social work skills and expertise to practice. For more information on the OSDFS peer review process and/or to participate, please visit the
Department of Education OSDFS Web site.
NASW’s Institutional Racism & the Social Work Profession: A CALL TO ACTION
NASW’s Institutional Racism & the Social Work Profession: A CALL TO ACTION is a guide to help social workers, social work organizations, and schools of social work address the issue of racism. This publication:
Originally issued in 2007, provides definitions of institutional/structural racism;
clarifies how racism is relevant to the social work profession;
details how racism manifests in social systems within which social workers engage; and
offers a vision for how the social work profession can address structural racism, in terms of both limiting its negative influence and creating conditions for effectuating realistic, achievable, positive outcomes.
A CALL TO ACTION has gotten renewed attention due to its timely, topical subject matter and relevance in today’s society. The publication was recently on display at the CSWE conference in San Antonio, and, as a result, NASW has received tremendous, positive feedback and numerous requests for more information. Download your free copy of today. Institutional Racism & the Social Work Profession: A CALL TO ACTION
Specialty Practice Sections Teleconference
Protecting Our Nation’s Most Vulnerable Citizens: An Introduction to Evidence-Informed Practices in Adult Guardianship (1.0 FREE CE) — December 2, 2009
This teleconference—moderated by Tracy Whitaker, DSW, ACSW, and Donna Byzewski, LSW, with presenter Melissa Dury, LCSW—will provide an introduction to evidence-informed practices in adult guardianship and explore how these practices can be carried out in the service setting to promote high quality services, reduce the risk of abuse and exploitation, and enhance the health and wellness of individuals receiving services. Please visit the
Specialty Practice Sections Web page for more information and to register for this NASW members-only teleconference.
Lunchtime Series Teleconference: Ethics in Social Work Practice: Addressing Conflicts (1.0 FREE CE) — December 11, 2009
Ethical decisions involving conflicting ethical standards often times make it difficult to make the best decision. What happens when your dilemma is between two, undesirable choices? What happens when the conflict involves the law and the NASW Code of Ethics? This teleconference—with presenter Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW—will discuss how social workers can address ethical conflicts and explore considerations when making tough, ethical decisions. Please visit the NASW Lunchtime Series Web page for more information and registration details. These live, monthly, hour-long teleconferences are exclusively for NASW members.
The Social Work Career Center’s “Job of the Month” – NEW MemberLink Feature
MemberLink has added a new feature—the “Job of the Month”—that will highlight a position posted on the Social Work Career Center. This feature has been initiated to give an additional benefit and added exposure to our most loyal employer customers who regularly post job openings on the Career Center Web site. The “Job of the Month” for November is an in Bethesda, MD. The employer is LCSW Case Manager at the National Naval Medical Center OMV Medical, Inc. To view this “Job of the Month” position description and job requirements, click on the above link. To view other social work job listings, visit the Social Work Career Center today.
LEGISLATIVE AND LEGAL ADVOCACY
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Extends Enforcement Deadline for Red Flags Rule Again
The FTC has announced that it is again delaying enforcement of the Identity Theft “Red Flags” Rule until June 1, 2010. One of the controversial aspects of the Rule was its applicability to health care professionals, particularly small or solo practitioners. The Rule had previously been delayed until November 1, 2009. Please visit the Legal Defense Fund’s Web page to view the announcement posted under the LDF “Legal News” banner.
Social Workers and Continuing Education Requirements
Social workers and continuing education requirements is the topic of the November 2009 Legal Defense Fund’s “Legal Issue of the Month” article. Social workers are obligated by state licensing laws and professional standards to maintain professional skills and knowledge through participation in periodic continuing education (CE) activities. The article reviews continuing education requirements for social workers in the United States, providing examples from court decisions and state laws and regulations, and highlights continuing education resources related to law and ethics that are provided by the NASW National office. Read the Legal Defense Fund’s November “Legal Issue of the Month” article, Social Workers and Continuing Education Requirements, in its entirety. The “Legal Issue of the Month” feature is available to NASW members only.
Health Care Reform Continues to Dominate Activity in Congress
Health care reform continues to dominate activity in Congress. On November 7, the House of Representatives narrowly passed landmark legislation to overhaul the nation’s health care system. The Senate’s bill is a compromise between two committee-passed versions. On November 21, the Senate cleared the way for open debate on the legislation, which could undergo significant amendment before a final bill is up for vote. As reported by the Associated Press, both the House and Senate bills would “require all Americans to carry health insurance, with government help to make premiums more affordable. They would ban insurance companies from denying coverage or charging more to people with health problems [and pre-existing conditions]. They would set up new insurance markets for those who now have the hardest time finding and keeping coverage — self-employed people and small businesses. Americans insured through big employer plans would gain new consumer protections but wouldn't face major changes. Seniors would get better prescription coverage.” To keep up with the fast-changing landscape and how it might affect your practice and your clients, sign up for the Advocacy Listserv , or visit the NASW Health Care Reform Web page for regular updates.
Inside December Social Work Research Journal
The December issue of Social Work Research (Vol. 33, No. 4) covers a range of topics important to social work and social workers, from stress and traumatic stress among homeless women with children and predictors of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in people with severe mental illness to psychosocial and behavioral adjustment outcomes of multi-type abuse among homeless young adults and testing models of bullying, victimization, and psychological maladjustment among teens. Below is a sampling of what’s inside the issue. . Download the table of contents of the December Issue of the Social Work Research Journal here
Stress and Traumatic Stress: How Do Past Events Influence Current Traumatic Stress among Mothers Experiencing Homelessness?
By Julie K. Williams and James A. Hall
Homeless rates for women with children are on the rise. Discover how traumatic stress affects a mother’s ability to obtain housing and how trauma interventions influence mothers to exit homelessness.
Beyond Trickle-Down Benefits to Research Participants
By Laina Y. Bay-Cheng
Learn how research participants have been given far more priority in social science research than has maximization of benefits.
Instrumental or Emotional Aggression: Testing Models of Bullying, Victimization, and Psychological Maladjustment among Taiwanese Seventh-Graders
By Hsi-sheng Wei and James Herbert Williams
Are the teens you work with affected by bullying? Examine the relationship of instrumental and emotional aggression to bullying, victimization, and psychosocial maladjustment (e.g., depression, anxiety, and loneliness) through the lens of models based on the analysis of Taiwanese seventh-graders
NOW AVAILABLE: New Titles from NASW Press on Treatment of Eating Disorders and Social & Economic Justice
By Abigail Horvitz Natenshon Doing What Works: An Integrative System for the Treatment of Eating Disorders from Diagnosis to Recovery
Do you have clients dealing with eating disorders? If so, Doing What Works is a great resource for treatment team professionals as they learn to treat complex cases of eating disorders through various techniques and strategies. Eating disorders, at times, leave practitioners feeling as emotionally challenged and out of control as the patients they treat. This is the first book of its kind to provide support, direction, clarity, and optimism to clinicians treating people with these disorders. Special topics include the unique aspects of diagnosis, the requirements for a versatile use of the practitioner's self in treatment, co-morbidity, childhood eating and feeding disorders, and the significance of neuro-scientific research on the treatment of eating disorders with a focus on the impact of brain plasticity on creating remediating movement and changes toward recovery.
By Roberta R. Greene, Harriet L. Cohen, John Gonzalez, and Youjung Lee Narratives of Social & Economic Justice
Read the stories of resiliency as 11 survivors reveal their personal experiences with social and economic oppression. An excellent resource for teaching courses in gerontological social work, social policy, human behavior, and social justice, Narratives of Social & Economic Justice answers the call from social work educators for academic resources that deal with concepts, controversies, and cross-cutting issues that cover a broad spectrum of domains and specializations, relating them to social and economic justice.
Be Smart – Protect Yourself, Your Livelihood, and Future Ability to Help Others
As a social worker, 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.
Educating Yourself Is One of the Most Effective Ways to Reduce Your Malpractice Risk
Take the online malpractice course, , and earn 2.0 FREE CEs. A FREE risk management hotline is available to all NASW members specializing in risk management information to help members avoid licensing board complaints and malpractice lawsuits. Call 800.421.6694 for more information. Understanding Malpractice Risk: What Social Workers Can Do
Secure Your Family’s Future Financial Security
NASW Assurance Services’ Term Life Insurance program provides low, monthly premiums at affordable group rates and great benefit options, including flexible coverage levels available up to $407,000 for you and your spouse/domestic partner. For more information about the NASW Term Life Insurance, visit
NASW Assurance Services or call 866.591.8267.
What Would You Like to See in the NASW Store? Take the NASW Store Survey
Looking for something special for yourself and/or for your social work colleagues that you just can’t seem to find anywhere? Is there specific social work-themed merchandise you would like to see in the NASW Store that is currently not there? If yes, take the NASW Store Survey, and let us know what you’d like to see in the NASW Store.
The NASW Store is continuing its FALL BLOW OUT SALE. Save up to 50% on social work-themed merchandise. Now is a great time to grab holiday gifts for your friends, your colleagues, and yourself. Visit the NASW Store today to take advantage of these great savings.
LEGISLATIVE AND LEGAL ADVOCACY
Women, Children & Family Services Charities – Support the Combined Federal Campaign
Federal employees can support The NASW Foundation: Social Workers Helping Communities in the “Women, Children & Family Services Charities” of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Visit the NASW Foundation Web site today to learn how you can raise awareness of the CFC opportunities in your home state, as well as how your contributions can support charitable and education initiatives essential to social work and social workers.
Wear Your Social Worker Pin with Pride: Support the NASW Foundation’s Public Education Campaign
Celebrate your education and experience, and help tell the Social Work story. Your support for the NASW Foundation’s National Social Work Public Education Campaign helps us educate the media, policymakers, employers, social workers, and the public about the importance of the social work profession. Contribute to the campaign today and receive a complimentary professional social worker pin. Donors of $25 - $49 will receive a silver-plated Professional Social Worker pin in appreciation. Donors of $50 or more will receive a gold-plated Professional Social Worker pin. Please allow two weeks for delivery. To learn more about the Social Work Public Education Campaign and why and how you can get involved, visit the Wear your pin with pride. NASW Foundation Web site.