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Save up to 70% During the NASW Store Summer Sale
Audio Recording of July 20 “Meet the Authors” Chat Now Available

PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT
arrow Support Comparative Effectiveness Research. New SWPI Report Now Available
arrow Have You Been Denied Medicare Part B Payment for Home Health Care Services?
arrow Review and Comment on the Proposed Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults by August 8
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CE CREDIT
arrow New NASW WebEd Course: An Advanced Course in Ethics and Malpractice Risk for Social Workers | NASW Members Only | 3.0 Free CE Credits
arrow Earn Free CE Credit via the Webinar Archives
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
arrow Join the Agency Committed to Promoting Healthy Indian People, Communities, and Cultures: Indian Health Service

NEW PUBLICATIONS

arrow NASW NEWS
arrow HOT OFF THE PRESS - NASW Press
 
arrow When Their World Falls Apart, 2nd Edition
arrow A Guide to Essential Human Services, 2nd Edition
arrow Interactional Supervision, 3rd Edition
arrow Inside Social Work Journal – July 2010, Vol. 55, No. 3
 
arrow Adoption Activities on the Internet: A Call for Regulation
arrow Factors Contributing to Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System: Views from the Legal Community
arrow Parental Acceptance and Illegal Drug Use Among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Adolescents: Results from a National Survey
GRANTS/SCHOLARSHIPS
arrow U.S. Department of Education Announces Safe and Supportive Schools Grants. Apply by August 9
PUBLIC EDUCATION
arrow Wear Your Social Worker Pin with Pride: Support the NASW Foundation’s Public Education Campaign
arrow Social Workers Sought for Consumer Interest Interviews
MEMBER BENEFITS
arrow Free Ethics Consultations
arrow Free Legal Issue Consultations
arrow NASW Assurance Services, Inc.

 

arrow ASI Offers New Travel Assistance Product. Get Reassuring Medical Assistance When Illness Strikes During Travel
arrow Get Group Rates on Medicare Gap Coverage
arrow Protect Yourself and Your Ability to Practice Social Work
arrow You’re Exposed to Many Potential Malpractice Lawsuits. Protect Yourself
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Save up to 70% During the NASW Store Summer Sale

The NASW Store is having a HUGE SUMMER SALE on social-work-themed merchandise—discounts of up to 70% off. T-shirts, backpacks, notepads, pencils, posters, and more are going fast. Get your social work merchandise today before it’s gone. Click here to browse the sales.

 
Audio Recording of July 20 “Meet the Authors” Chat Now Available
bookIf you were unable to attend the July 20 “Meet the Authors” chat with the authors of the NASW Press book Narratives of Social and Economic Justice, you now can listen to the audio recording. The free audio recording of the informational discussion and question-and-answer session is available to NASW members.  Access the audio recording here. No CE credit will be offered for “Meet the Authors” chats. Chats are sponsored by NASW Specialty Practice Sections and NASW Press. Learn more about Section membership here.
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PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT
Support Comparative Effectiveness Research. New SWPI Report Now Available
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NEW Practice Update on Diversity

Social Workers: A Bridge to Language Access Services

Social workers can be an asset in improving services for limited English proficiency (LEP) individuals. Find out what you can do and what the consequences are of language barriers in accessing health care. Click here.

Last November, the Social Work Policy Institute (SWPI) convened an interdisciplinary think-tank meeting, Social Work Research and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER): A Research Symposium to Strengthen the Connection, to examine how the social work profession might best contribute to the expanding attention to CER. SWPI’s new report, Comparative Effectiveness Research and Social Work: Strengthening the Connection, the result of the symposium, recommends action steps to ensure social work’s involvement with CER. The report’s release is particularly timely with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which focuses on patient outcomes. The recommended strategies can be undertaken by national organizations and academic settings, through collaborations with federal agencies and promotion of practice-research linkages. Access the full report and two-page brief here.
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Have You Been Denied Medicare Part B Payment for Home Health Care Services?
Clinical social workers who are active Medicare providers in independent practice can bill Medicare Part B for mental health services provided to Medicare beneficiaries who are receiving home health services prior to mental health treatment or who begin home health services while receiving mental health treatment. If you are a clinical social worker who has been denied payment for mental health services provided to Medicare beneficiaries who may be receiving home health care services during the same period, contact NASW at psyhomecare@naswdc.org. For NASW’s new practice update on home health care services and Medicare Part B payments, click here.
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Review and Comment on the Proposed Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults by August 8

Social workers across practice settings play a critical role in supporting family caregivers at the individual, family, group, community, and organizational levels. NASW is developing practice standards in this area. We ask that you review and comment on them by August 8, 2010. Be a part of setting the profession’s standards. Click here to review and comment on the draft standards.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CE CREDIT
New NASW WebEd Course: An Advanced Course in Ethics and Malpractice Risk for Social Workers
NASW WebEd
NASW Members Only | 3.0 Free CE Credits

NASW’s new Web education course, An Advanced Course in Ethics and Malpractice Risk for Social Workers, takes you beyond a basic understanding of the NASW Code of Ethics. It identifies steps that will help you make ethical decisions. It also incorporates the application of an ethical decision-making framework and provides information and tools for managing risks. Take the free course today at www.NASWWebEd.org.

The new NASW WebEd course is free to members and offers 3.0 social work continuing education credits if you complete and pass the online test.

Suggested NASW WebEd Prerequisite Courses: Understanding the NASW Code of Ethics (3.0 free CE credits; NASW members only) and Understanding Malpractice Risk: What Social Workers Can Do (2.0 free CE credits). Take these courses at www.NASWWebEd.org.

NASW Assurance Services, Inc. (ASI) funded the development of this course created by the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review in partnership with the NASW Legal Defense Fund (LDF) and the Social Work Ethics and Law Institute, a program of LDF.

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Earn Free CE Credit via the Webinar Archives
Lunchtime Series Specialty Practice Sections
Audio recordings and transcripts of past NASW Lunchtime Series and Specialty Practice Sections webinars are available online. You will earn the full CE credit for each completed webinar when you pass the online post-test. Start earning CE credit today.

NASW Lunchtime Series Archives | NASW Specialty Practice Section Archives

NOTE: You must be a current member of the NASW Specialty Practice Sections to take an SPS webinar. Learn more about Sections here.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Join the Agency Committed to Promoting Healthy Indian People, Communities, and Cultures: Indian Health Service
Social Work Finder
Job of the Month

Title: Clinical Counselor

Employer: Marine Corps Community Services

Location: Japan

For more social work employment opportunities, go to CAREERS.socialworkers.org.

American Indians disproportionately suffer from a lack of access to quality health care. The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is committed to raising the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of native peoples to the highest level. IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.9 million of the nation’s estimated 3.3 million American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

To learn more about IHS and social work opportunities with the agency, click here. To learn about Native American social workers, why they joined the social work profession, and what they believe are the greatest challenges to serving Native American communities, click here. For information on steps the Obama administration has taken to address health care disparities, click here.

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NEW PUBLICATIONS
NASW NEWS

Encyclopedia of Social WorkBoth 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. Click here for the latest NEWS.

 
HOT OFF THE PRESS - NASW Press

When Their World Falls Apart, 2nd Edition
Lawrence B. Rosenfeld, Joanne S. Caye, Mooli Lahad, and Robin H. Gurwitch
Hurricanes, floods, mass violence, and terrorism.  Are social workers equipped to deal with individuals facing disasters? This title is an indispensable guide for social workers, and other disaster management professionals, who care for survivors to understand the effects of disasters in these times of exceptional need. 

 

A Guide to Essential Human Services, 2nd Edition
Frederic Reamer
This new edition begins with a concise overview of human services and ways to locate information and resources for people who are in need.  Following the introduction, the guide is divided into sections that reflect major categories of needs that may arise during a person’s life.

 

Interactional Supervision, 3rd Edition
Lawrence Shulman
The newly revised 3rd edition of this title gives ample attention to the practical, day-to-day problems encountered by clinical supervisors and is particularly useful in fields such as child welfare, where frontline workers are less likely to have formal social work education.

 

Inside Social Work Journal – July 2010, Vol. 55, No. 3

Social Work JournalSocial Work is dedicated to improving practice and advancing knowledge in social work and social welfare. It is provided to you online as part of your membership benefits. July’s issue focuses on children, youth, and adolescent issues. Log in today using your NASW username and password to read the full articles below. Member discounts are available for all other journal subscriptions.

 

Adoption Activities on the Internet: A Call for Regulation
Jini L. Roby and Holly White
Adoption services are increasingly being facilitated via the Internet. What are the current functions of adoption-related Web sites? What are the benefits and risks of online adoption activities? What is the state of regulation for Internet-based adoption activities? This article provides answers to these questions.

Factors Contributing to Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System: Views from the Legal Community
Alan J. Dettlaf and Joan R. Rycraft
Currently, a disproportionate number of African American children are placed in the foster care system. Why? The authors conducted focus groups with members of the legal community—judges, associate judges, district attorneys, private attorneys—to get their perspectives on the factors contributing to this disproportionality. Recommendations from the focus group participants are presented.

Parental Acceptance and Illegal Drug Use Among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Adolescents: Results from a National Survey
Yolanda C. Padilla, Catherine Crisp, and Donna Lynn Rew
Some gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) youths deal with life stressors, including belonging to a stigmatized group, by using illegal substances. This study examines the extent to which family support and involvement in the GLB community may buffer the effects of life stressors on substance use among GLB youths. Parental acceptance of sexual identity was found to be a protective factor.

GRANTS/SCHOLARSHIPS

U.S. Department of Education Announces Safe and Supportive Schools Grants. Apply by August 9

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools is awarding $27 million in pilot grants for Safe and Supportive Schools, a program designed to address school climate issues such as bullying and violence and other problems that create conditions that negatively affect learning. Social workers, especially school social workers, are keenly aware that aggressive and disruptive behaviors can interfere with the learning and mental health of young children who are witnesses and victims of violence. The Safe and Supportive Schools grant will address these issues by awarding funds to educational agencies to support targeted programmatic interventions that improve conditions for learning and safety, and decrease substance abuse. Only five grants will be awarded. If you are interested in partnering with your state, review the application guidelines here. Contact the educational agency by clicking here. Applications are due August 9, 2010.
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PUBLIC EDUCATION
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 of 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. Wear your pin with pride.  To learn more about the Social Work Public Education Campaign and how you can get involved, visit the NASW Foundation Web site.
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Social Workers Sought for Consumer Interest Interviews

Every year NASW receives many requests from reporters for social workers to comment on various consumer interest stories like this recent cnn.com story in which NASW member Frederic Reamer, PhD, is quoted. If you would like to join NASW’s Social Work Expert Referral Group and be notified about potential interviews in your areas of interest, please contact Theresa Spinner at tspinner@naswdc.org for an application.

Click on the links below for more stories featuring comments from your social work colleagues:
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MEMBER BENEFITS
Free Ethics Consultations
NASW Member Services Open 9:00 am to 9:00pm EST

NASW Member Services is now open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST. You can reach us at 800.742.4089 or membership@naswdc.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

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.

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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.

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ASI LogoNASW Assurance Services, Inc.
  • ASI Offers New Travel Assistance Product. Get Reassuring Medical Assistance When Illness Strikes During Travel
    Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+) is a travel assistance product that provides valuable and reassuring medical assistance for those who get sick or hurt while traveling away from home in the United States or abroad. It includes medical evacuation, medical assistance, assistance for companions or pets, auto retrieval, and travel assistance. Available to NASW members and their families, EA+ offers a 24-hour, year-round toll-free number to call for help when it’s needed most, no matter where you are. The cost to cover an NASW member is just $6.59 a month ($79 for a full year), and only an extra $1.67 a month ($20 a year) for the entire family. Learn more here. For questions or enrollment assistance, call 877.318.9605.
    Services are provided by On Call International, and the program is administrated by AGIA, Inc.

  • Get Group Rates on Medicare Gap Coverage
    Medicare was never designed to pay all your medical bills. Unless you have Medicare Supplement insurance coverage, you will probably have to pay more out of pocket than you expected for medical expenses. Now NASW members age 65 or older may take advantage of group Medicare Supplement plans that give solid protection against today’s high medical bills. As an NASW member, you are guaranteed to be accepted if you enroll in the new NASW-sponsored Medicare Supplement Insurance plan within six months after your 65th birthday and the date you first enrolled in Medicare Part A and B at age 65 or older. If you wait until after your open enrollment period to apply, there is no guarantee you will be able to get the coverage you prefer. Learn more here.

  • Protect Yourself and Your Ability to Practice Social Work
    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.

  • You’re Exposed to Many Potential Malpractice Lawsuits. Protect Yourself
    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.
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