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PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT
arrow Understand and Exercise Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities
arrow NEW Practice Updates Available
 
arrow AGING
MDS 3.0: Implications for Social Workers in Nursing Homes and Community-Based Settings
arrow CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES
Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: Supporting Their Transition into Adulthood
arrow HEALTH
Pharmaceutical Industry Prescription Assistance Programs: Benefits and Challenges
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CE CREDIT
arrow Risk Management Workshops: Protect Yourself and Your Ability to Practice Social Work
arrow Upcoming Lunchtime Webinars
 
arrow Helping Uninsured Individuals Save on Their Prescription Medicines—September 14, 2010
arrow HIPAA and Mental Health Privacy: What Social Workers Need to Know (1.0 Free CE Credit)—October 5, 2010
arrow Upcoming Specialty Practice Sections Webinars
 
arrow Understanding the "Hook": Strategies for Gambling Addiction Prevention and Intervention (1.0 Free CE Credit)—October 26, 2010
arrow Earn Free CE Credit via the Webinar Archives
arrow Expense-Paid Training Opportunity in DC on Cancer Survival Toolbox®
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
arrow Join the Agency Committed to Promoting Healthy Indian People, Communities, and Cultures: Indian Health Service
arrow Job of the Month
GOVERNANCE
arrow Are You One of the Next NASW Leaders? Now Accepting Nominations for NASW Leadership Positions
AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS
arrow NASW National Awards: Nominations Due by October 22
arrow NASW Foundation Recognition Awards: Nominations Due by October 22
arrow SPS Annual Bulletin on Social Workers and the Military Wins 2010 APEX Award
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
arrow Sign the Petition to Stop Child Abuse Deaths
arrow Tell Congress to Ensure Citizenship for Undocumented Youth

NEW PUBLICATIONS

arrow 2009-2010 NASW Annual Report Available Online
arrow NASW NEWS
arrow HOT OFF THE PRESS - NASW Press
 
arrow Interactional Supervision, 3rd Edition
arrow NASW Law Note: Legal Rights of Children
arrow Inside Social Work Research Journal – September 2010, Vol. 34, No. 3
 
arrow Economic Stress, Social Support, and Maternal Depression: Is Social Support Deterioration Occurring?
arrow The Role of Social Relationships in Predicting Loneliness: The National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project
arrow Analyzing the Relationship Between Poverty and Child Maltreatment: Investigating the Relative Performance of Four Levels of Geographic Aggregation
PUBLIC EDUCATION
arrow Help NASW Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Publish a Professional Profile on HelpStartsHere.org
arrow Wear Your Social Worker Pin with Pride: Support the NASW Foundation’s Public Education Campaign
arrow Support Social Work in the Combined Federal Campaign
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 You’re Exposed to Many Potential Malpractice Lawsuits. Protect Yourself
arrow Receive Special Pricing on the Motorola Droid X
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PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT

Understand and Exercise Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities

NASW General Counsel Law Notes help you understand and exercise your legal rights and responsibilities as well as those of your clients. Contents vary by title and generally include legal information, civil procedure, contracts, legal methods, and glossaries. Click here for topics, pricing, and ordering information. The Law Note Legal Rights of Children is now available through the NASW Press and can be ordered here.
 
NEW Practice Updates Available

Exclusively for NASW Members

NOTE: You will need your NASW username and password to access practice updates.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CE CREDIT
Risk Management Workshops: Protect Yourself and Your Ability to Practice Social Work
ASI LogoThe 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). You also can take free NASW WebEd online courses on ethics and malpractice, including the new course, An Advanced Course in Ethics and Malpractice Risk for Social Workers.
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Upcoming Lunchtime Webinars
Lunchtime SeriesHelping Uninsured Individuals Save on Their Prescription Medicines—September 14, 2010
In this informational session, you will learn about the Together Rx Access® Card. Eligible uninsured individuals and their families can use the card to save on the medicines they need to stay healthy and to manage chronic conditions. Learn more about this webinar and register here. No CE credit will be offered for this webinar. NOTE: The NASW Specialty Practice Sections is hosting this webinar, which is now open to all NASW members through the Lunchtime Series.
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HIPAA and Mental Health Privacy: What Social Workers Need to Know (1.0 Free CE Credit)—October 5, 2010
Review the basics of HIPAA privacy and security regulations and recent changes to HIPAA, as amended by the HITECH Act. Understand how to apply HIPAA standards to social work practice scenarios involving the privacy of clients’ confidential records and information. Learn about useful resources to comply with HIPAA. Click here for more information about this webinar and to register. NASW members only.
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Upcoming Specialty Practice Sections Webinars

Specialty Practice SectionsUnderstanding the "Hook": Strategies for Gambling Addiction Prevention and Intervention (1.0 Free CE Credit)—October 26, 2010
More and more state governments are expanding legalized gambling to help generate revenue. Unfortunately, the expansion of gambling has not been met with a similar expansion of prevention and treatment services and funding. Understand how legislation and public policy affect gambling addiction prevention and intervention strategies. Find out why some people become addicted to gambling. Learn about resources for education, awareness, and treatment. Click here for more information about this webinar and to register. NASW SPS members only.
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Earn Free CE Credit via the Webinar Archives

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 Sections 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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Expense-Paid Training Opportunity in DC on Cancer Survival Toolbox®

Applications Due September 20

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) are hosting a Train-the-Trainers conference on the Cancer Survival Toolbox® at the NASW national office in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, November 16, 2010.

The Cancer Survival Toolbox®, a free resource developed by NCCS, is an audio tool produced by and for cancer survivors. It is designed to help newly diagnosed individuals, as well as families and caregivers, develop skills to better understand and meet the challenges of cancer. All expenses related to the conference (travel, lodging, and meals) are covered by NASW. Attendees will be required to train at least 20 professional peers in the 12 months following the conference.

Applications are due September 20, 2010. For more information and to apply, click here.

NOTE: This expense-paid training opportunity is for social workers and nurses.
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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 Social Worker

Employer:
La Paz Community Health Care Center

Location: McAllen, Texas

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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LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
Sign the Petition to Stop Child Abuse Deaths
According to the Administration for Children and Families, 12,180 children died from abuse and neglect between 2001 and 2008. NASW has joined with Every Child Matters Education Fund and the National MCH Center for Child Death Reviews to create a petition asking Congress to stop child abuse deaths. You can view and sign the petition here.
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Tell Congress to Ensure Citizenship for Undocumented Youth

Although comprehensive immigration reform has met political hurdles in the past, pending legislation—the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act—would ensure a legal pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth who have much to contribute. The NASW Code of Ethics calls for social workers to be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and to advocate for changes in policy and legislation that ensure all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic needs and to fully develop. Support young immigrants’ DREAMS. Click here to send your members of Congress a prewritten message to sign on to the DREAM Act. Click here for information on the effect of immigration policy on young people in the United States.

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GOVERNANCE
Are You One of the Next NASW Leaders?
Now Accepting Nominations for NASW Leadership Positions
Being a volunteer leader is a valued skill and gives you the opportunity to accomplish more for your profession and your clients. NASW is now accepting nominations for national elected and appointed positions. Nominations are due by October 29, 2010. Click here to learn more and to apply.
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AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS

NASW National Awards: Nominations Due by October 22


SPS Annual Bulletin on Social Workers and the Military Wins 2010 APEX Award

Read It, Pass the Online Post-Test, and Earn 3.0 Free CE Credits

NASW's 2009 issue of InterSections in Practice, the Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) annual bulletin, has won the 2010 APEX Award for Special Purpose Brochures, Manuals & Reports. The 2009 issue focuses on social workers and the military. This is the fourth time an SPS newsletter has been recognized for publication excellence.

Read the 2009 issue here and pass the online post-test to earn 3.0 free CE credits.
You must be a member of SPS to access this publication. Learn more about SPS here.
Online nominations for the following NASW National Awards will be accepted September 15, 2010 through October 22, 2010
  • Social Worker of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Public Elected Official of the Year
  • Public Citizen of the Year 
Click here for more information, or email governance@naswdc.org. You also may call 202.336.8216.

NASW Foundation Recognition Awards: Nominations Due by October 22
The NASW Foundation is accepting online nominations September 15 through October 22, 2010 for its Recognition Awards.  These awards include the following:
  • Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award
  • International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award
Click here for more information, or email naswfoundation@naswdc.org.  You also may call 202.336.8298.
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NEW PUBLICATIONS
2009-2010 NASW Annual Report Available Online
2009 2010 annual report
The challenges are great, but the opportunities to effect change for social workers and the people, groups, and communities we serve are limitless. Learn about NASW’s work with its extensive network of partners, professionals, educators, students, and leaders during 2009-2010. Click here to read the annual report.
 
NASW NEWS
NASW NewsBoth 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. Look for these articles in the September issue:

From the Director: Welcome Back, Social Work Students
By Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH
It is no secret that it has been a difficult year so far. Our nation has been struggling in a variety of ways, and individuals, families, and communities have suffered as a result. Social workers are facing serious challenges that threaten our ability to serve our clients. Although we've done a good job of working to promote and protect the profession, we can do a better job of being more inclusive of social work students and emerging professionals.

Palliative Care Social Workers Give Hope, Relief
Given less than six months to live, Robert Carey-Hogue elected to receive palliative home care, which differs from hospice care in that it can include life-sustaining treatment, in addition to focusing on relieving the symptoms of chronic illness. "His situation was very dire," remembered Peggy Green, a social worker with Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care's palliative home care program. "When Robert first came to us he was so ill we truly thought he did not have much time. We discussed hospice care but he wasn't ready to give up; he's definitely a fighter."

“We Need to Recruit”: Imperative to Show Profession’s Value

Schools of social work cannot train and graduate enough students to meet demand. Social work careers are perceived as stressful jobs that pay poorly. More than half of social workers surveyed by NASW have student loan debts between $10,000 and $40,000. Educational debt is keeping students from pursuing a social work career. With that in mind, NASW posed the following question to participants of the 2010 Social Work Congress: "What should be done to ensure that the benefits and rewards of a social work career continue to attract enough people to the profession?" Congress-goers answered with the following imperative: "Empirically demonstrate to prospective recruits the value of the social work profession in both social and economic terms."

Chapter Lauds Veto Override
Connecticut social workers proved this year that it pays to be persistent. NASW's Connecticut Chapter led a successful campaign to convince lawmakers to override a governor veto of a master social worker licensure proposal. Gathering support for a veto override is a rare occurrence, noted Steve Karp, the chapter's executive director. "It was a huge victory for social workers in Connecticut," he said.
 
HOT OFF THE PRESS - NASW Press
Go to naswpress.org to order your copies of these new NASW Press publications, or call 800.227.3590:
Interactional Supervision, 3rd Edition
Lawrence Shulman
The newly revised 3rd edition of this title addresses the practical, day-to-day problems encountered by clinical social work supervisors. It advocates for a parallel process in which clinical supervisors model ideal interactions with clients in their supervisions of frontline workers. This edition is particularly useful in fields such as child welfare, where frontline workers are less likely to have formal social work education.
 
NASW Law NoteNASW Law Note:
Legal Rights of Children

NASW General Counsel, NASW Legal Defense Fund
Have you ever wondered what legal issues determine a child’s rights? Legal Rights of Children is a part of a series of General Counsel Law Notes written with the support of the NASW Legal Defense Fund. This title highlights the various approaches taken by states concerning how the legal status and age of a child affect the right to sue, the right to make treatment decisions concerning the child’s care, the right to contract, the right to educational services, and the right to be free from abuse and neglect. 
 

Inside Social Work Research Journal – September 2010, Vol. 34, No. 3

Social Work Journal Social Work Research is one of the chief outlets for primary research articles in social work and social welfare. Start an online subscription today at naswpressonline.org. NASW member discounts apply.

Economic Stress, Social Support, and Maternal Depression: Is Social Support Deterioration Occurring?
Christopher D. Gjesfjeld, Catherine G. Greeno, Kevin H. Kim, and Carol M. Anderson
Maternal depression is a mental health problem that can negatively affect mothers and their children. The social support deterioration model suggests that chronic stressors can exert effects on psychological well-being directly and indirectly when stressors undermine social support. This article examines the effects of economic stress and social support on maternal depressive symptoms in a sample of 336 low-income mothers with children receiving mental health treatment.

The Role of Social Relationships in Predicting Loneliness: The National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project
Sharon Shiovitz-Ezra and Sara A. Leitsch
This study examines the association between objective and subjective social network characteristics and their importance in predicting loneliness among a nationally representative sample of older adults. Findings indicate that objective indicators—that is, number of friends and relatives and frequency of contact with social network members—were inversely associated with loneliness and that the strongest predictors of loneliness came from subjective appraisals of the social network—that is, perceived support and strain from spouse, friends, and family. Implications of the findings for social work are discussed.

Analyzing the Relationship Between Poverty and Child Maltreatment: Investigating the Relative Performance of Four Levels of Geographic Aggregation
Sarah B. Aron, Jean McCrowell, Alyson Moon, Ryoichi Yamano, Duston A. Roark, Monica Simmons, Zurab Tatanashvili, and Brett Drake
In this article, county, zip code, tract, and block group levels of aggregation are analyzed to determine which show the strongest effects in modeling the correlation between poverty and child maltreatment report rates. The article presents data to help academic and agency researchers answer the question of which levels of aggregation to use for different purposes.
PUBLIC EDUCATION

Help NASW Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Publish a Professional Profile on HelpStartsHere.org

Support Social Work in the Combined Federal Campaign
CFC Logo

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 participate in the CFC to support charitable and educational initiatives essential to social work and social workers.
Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15. In celebration, all Hispanic social workers in good standing with NASW are encouraged to publish a professional profile on the NASW consumer Web site, HelpStartsHere.org.  To learn more, click here.

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, students, and the public about the importance of the social work profession. Contribute to the campaign today and receive a complimentary professional social worker pin. To learn more about the Social Work Public Education Campaign and how you can get involved, click here.
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MEMBER BENEFITS
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 EST; Thursdays: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST.
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Free Legal Issue 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.
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.

  • 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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Receive Special Pricing on the Motorola Droid X

Droid PhoneThis September, NASW members can get a Motorola Droid X by Verizon Wireless at the NASW Wireless Center for a price that is too low to show. Find this and other great deals on the hottest cell phones at the NASW Wireless Center.

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