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Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH
Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv
Professor of Gerontology
The College of New Rochelle
Keynote: Challenging the Paradigm: New Understandings of Grief
CLOSING PRESENTATION SPEAKER
Susan Blacker, MSW, RSWDirector, Cancer Services Planning & Performance
St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Closing Presentation: Social Work in Hospice Palliative Care: Where to From Here?
NOTE: The conference will feature many other experts in the field of social work and hospice/palliative care. Social Work’s Critical Role in End of Life Care August 3-4, 2010 | Boston, MA | Earn up to 8.5 CE Credits
Register by July 16, 2010 for NASW’s Annual Practice Conference, Social Work’s Critical Role in End of Life Care, to save up to $100 on the registration fee. As an NASW member, you will receive a $50 discount on your registration. Register by July 16, and you will receive an additional $50 discount. Sign up today for this dynamic learning experience.
Key Conference Goals
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ENHANCE THE CARE YOU PROVIDE to individuals affected by serious and life-limiting illnesses and their families by understanding your role better in providing professional biopsychosocial services to them.
LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR PRACTICE PART OF THE SOLUTION to providing hospice and palliative care to an aging population with longer life spans. www.socialworkers.org/conference.
Advanced Registration (through July 16, 2010)
NASW members: $225; nonmembers: $275 Registration after July 16
NASW members: $275; nonmembers: $325
Note: Registration fee includes Welcome Reception and Poster Presentation, continental breakfast, lunch, and all meeting materials.
This conference will be held immediately before and in conjunction with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s National Conference, Developing the Care Continuum: Innovative Models to Meet the Unique Needs of Patients/Families, August 5-7, 2010 in Boston. You can register for NASW’s conference only or for both conferences.
Dr. Dorothy I. Height Remembered
“Dr. Height wasn’t simply a part of history; she created history.”
Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPHOn April 20, 2010, the nation lost one of the foremost leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and the social work profession—Dr. Dorothy I. Height. Dr. Height was a renowned civil rights leader and a vital force in the struggle for human rights and equality in the United States for more than half a century. Her tireless efforts on behalf of others exemplified the social work commitment to social justice and advocacy. In 2009, the
Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act—the most comprehensive piece of federal legislation addressing social work workforce challenges—was introduced into Congress. Dr. Height is the recipient of NASW’s 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, and her legacy was celebrated in April by the social work profession during the 2010 Social Work Congress.
NASW joins the nation in mourning the loss of Dr. Height. You can honor her legacy by contacting your Representative and Senators in support of the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act. To read the tribute to her by NASW Executive Director, Dr. Elizabeth J. Clark, click here.
PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT
Have You Joined the Section in Your Practice Area or Area of Interest?
NASW offers members specialty sections in a variety of practice areas, such as administration/supervision, aging, health, mental health, private practice, and social work and the courts. The NASW Specialty Practice Sections addresses our diverse practice interests and needs through practice-focused resources, information, and free continuing education opportunities. Stay at the forefront of your practice area. Keep on top of your area of interest. Annual membership is just $35 per year per section. Learn more here.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CE CREDIT
Upcoming Leadership Forum Webinars
FREE ONLINE COURSES
FREE CE CREDIT
Courses are available 24/7 and educate on today’s practice topics, such as
End of life care
Cancer medication adherence
Cultural competence and health disparities in end of life care
Healthy or Hostile: The Importance of the Workplace Environment (1.0 Free CE Credit)—June 10, 2010
Workplace bullying, a prevalent problem in the American workplace, negatively affects the victim as well as the entire workplace. Find out what social work leadership can do to identify and diminish corrosive interactions and promote positive workplaces. Learn more and register here. NASW members only.
Social Workers as Leaders: Strategies for Success (1.0 Free CE Credit)—June 24, 2010
Social workers, whether as frontline practitioners, supervisors, administrators, consultants, organizers, or policymakers, can be effective leaders. Learn about and apply effective strategies for leadership capacity development. Understand the link between leadership, continuous learning, and ethical practice. Learn more and register here. NASW members only.
Upcoming Specialty Practice Sections Webinars
Addressing the Health Concerns Affecting Rural and Underserved Communities (1.0 Free CE Credit)—June 16, 2010
Social workers practicing in rural and underserved communities often see the affect that rising levels of chronic disease have on individuals and families. Learn about and get involved in community-level initiatives to address the implications of poor health in these communities. Learn more about this webinar and register here. NASW SPS members only.
GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP
2010 Social Work Congress Addresses Profession’s Challenges and Transfer of Leadership
Just this past April, the second
Social Work Congress met in Washington, DC. Convened and supported by 12 social work organizations, this meeting brought together 400 leaders in the profession to examine challenges facing the profession and discuss how to transfer leadership to the next generation. The leaders voted on ten imperatives for the profession, which addressed technology, business and management, leadership development, recruitment, retention, education, and other areas. Learn more and read the imperatives here.
Empowering Social Workers for Practice with Vulnerable Older Adults
Barbara Soniat and Monica Melady Micklos
Social workers are frequently the first responders to situations that require assessment of an older person’s capacity for independent decision making and self-care, yet there is limited professional literature to inform and guide social work practice in the area of assessing capacity and working with vulnerable and at-risk older adults. This new title addresses an emerging practice in geriatric social work—the assessment of capacity—and promotes the person-in-environment perspective, which is well suited to this area of practice. Click here to purchase your copy or call 800.227.3590.
NASW NEWS Available Online 24/7
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Both current and past issues of the
NASW NEWS are available online 24/7. All you need to access these issues is your NASW username and password. Go online today to read the articles below from May’s issue or to search the NASW NEWS archives—
From the Director: Recognizing Social Work as a Global Profession By Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH
Recently three events occurred that seemed to be linked across a 25-year time span. These were the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison in South Africa, the remake of the musical recording "We Are the World," and the beginning of the 21st Winter Olympics in Canada. Great tragedies like Haiti draw worldwide attention and unite our nations in their aftermath. Yet we forget on a daily basis that we are now a global society. What happens in one part of the world affects all others.
NASW Receives UN Foundation Grant
The United Nations Foundation has awarded NASW grant funding to help promote awareness of the importance of access to quality reproductive health services in the United States and abroad. With the grant funding, NASW will develop and adapt content, messaging, and resources focused on reproductive health and family planning, linking domestic and international perspectives. It also will provide a catalyst for social workers and leaders at the chapter, university, and grassroots levels to raise awareness and educate others on domestic and international family planning issues.
Health Care Reform Legislation Constitutes “Significant Progress”
In March, President Barack Obama signed the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the 2010 Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. NASW Executive Director Elizabeth J. Clark represented NASW at the first bill signing. She said she is pleased to see significant movement to provide health care access for all and that we look forward to continuing efforts to reform health care.
Inside Health & Social Work (May 2010, Vol. 35, No. 2)
NASW Scholarly Journals Discounted for Members
NASW scholarly journals are a great practice resource for social workers and are available at discounted rates for members. Journals specialize in social work and social welfare, offering articles on innovations in practice, emerging social issues, social policy and planning, legislative efforts, and research.
Learn more and start an online subscription today at www.naswpressonline.org. The Health-Related Quality of Life of Custodial Grandparents Susan L. Neely-Barnes, J. Carolyn Graff, and Gregory Washington
Grandparents are increasingly becoming legal custodians of their grandchildren. This article explores the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of 119 custodial grandparents. It identifies the grandparent and grandchild characteristics that predict grandparent HRQOL and suggests that services should be tailored to address grandparent needs.
The Lived Experience of Heart Failure at the End of Life: A Systematic Literature Review
Faith Pratt Hopp, Nancy Thornton, and Lindsey Martin
A systematic review of literature and an in-depth analysis of qualitative first-person accounts on the lived experience of heart failure (HF) suggest that people with HF face challenges associated with the formal health care system, life disruption, social isolation, and uncertainty about prognosis and symptoms. Learn about the implications for social work practice.
Understanding and Acting on the Growing Childhood and Adolescent Weight Crisis: A Role for Social Work
Shawn Lawrence, Rebekah Hazlett, and Peggy Hightower
This article explores factors influencing the increase of overweight and obese children and adolescents and the importance of social work intervention and collaboration with primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention levels.
Order your subscription today of Health & Social Work journal at www.naswpressonline.org . Member discounts are available on all NASW Press journal subscriptions.
SCHOLARSHIPS/EDUCATIONAL DEBT RELIEF
Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 (S. 1963) Reinstates VA Scholarship Program, Now Includes Social Work
In early May 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 (S. 1963), which reinstates a scholarship program within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that expired in the 1990s. TheHealth Professionals Educational Assistance Scholarship Program is open to individuals who are enrolled or are accepted for enrollment as full-time students in a qualifying field of education or training, which now includes social work. The VA will pay the tuition and other reasonable expenses of eligible participants in return for a service obligation in the VA. Check with the VA at
www.va.gov for more information on the scholarship program as it emerges.
Have You Seen Your Colleagues Wearing This Pin?
It may be small but this pin speaks volumes. The Professional Social Worker Pin recognizes the professionalism of social work, celebrating the unique education, experience, and ethics of professional social work. It also recognizes your support of the historic National Social Work Public Education Campaign. With a nominal donation of $25 to the Campaign, you will receive the silver-plated Professional Social Worker Pin. Donors of $50 or more will receive the gold-plated pin. Wear your pin with pride. Learn more and make a donation here.
Expanded Call Center Hours
NASW Member Services has new hours to enhance the services we provide to our members. We are now open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST. You can reach us at 800.742.4089 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Free Ethics Consultations
If you are facing an ethical dilemma on the job, call the
NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) at 800.638.8799 ext. 231 or 202.336.8231 to set up a free consultation. NASW’s OEPR provides free ethics consultations for current NASW members. Hours: Tuesdays: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; Thursdays: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Free Legal Issue Consultations
As an NASW member, you can schedule consultations on social-work-related legal matters with the 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.
Get a Free Motorola Backflip
For a limited time, NASW members and their families can get the latest in Android phones from Verizon Wireless—the Motorola Backflip—free at the NASW Wireless Center. Learn more here.
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The ASI Education Center offers risk management workshops, sponsored by NASW Assurance Services and co-sponsored by NASW Chapters and other hosts. Workshop presenters are social workers, who are also former board members, trained in the latest malpractice risk management techniques. Protect yourself and your ability to practice social work by participating in a local risk management workshop (3.0 CE credits) or taking online NASWWebEd courses (free CE credit) on ethics and malpractice.
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 You’re Exposed to Many Potential Malpractice Lawsuits. Protect Yourself
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