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Be Part of an NASW Social Work Research Delegation to Cuba in 2011
NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY
Take the Social Worker Needs Assessment Survey Now
PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT
arrow New Standards Address Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults
arrow New Legal Issue of the Month Covers State Laws Pertaining to Record Retention
arrow Social Workers Use United Nations Millennium Development Goal 5 to Address the Rights of Women and Girls
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CE CREDIT
arrow Earn More than 25 CE Credits at NASWWebEd.org
arrow Spanish Version of NASW WebEd HIV/AIDS Course Now Available
arrow Upcoming Lunchtime Webinars
 
arrow Ending Homelessness Among Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (1.0 Free CE Credit)—December 16, 2010
arrow Health Care Reform and Beyond: Limits and Possibilities of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (1.0 Free CE Credit)—January 31, 2011
arrow Client Violence and Social Worker Safety (1.0 Free CE Credit)—February 17, 2011
arrow Upcoming Specialty Practice Sections Webinars
 
arrow Understanding the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (1.5 Free CE Credits)—January 28, 2011
arrow A Dimension of Forensic Social Work: What Social Workers Need to Know About the Court System (1.0 Free CE Credit)—February 11, 2011
arrow Risk Management Workshops: Protect Yourself and Your Ability to Practice Social Work (3.0 CE Credits)
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
arrow Save a Child’s Life. Sign the Petition to Stop Child Abuse Deaths
arrow Congressman Towns Hosts Congressional Briefing on Social Work Reinvestment Act
LEADERSHIP
arrow 2011 Delegate Assembly: Help Set NASW Policy
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
arrow Job of the Month
NEW PUBLICATIONS
arrow New Reports Available from the NASW Center for Workforce Studies
 
arrow Child Welfare Social Workers’ Attitudes Toward Mobile Technology Tools: Is There a Generational Gap?
arrow Criminal Justice Social Work in the United States: Adapting to New Challenges
arrow New Releases from the NASW Press
 
arrow Postpartum Mood Disorders: A Guide for Medical, Mental Health, and Other Support Providers
arrow NASW Law Note: The Juvenile Justice System
arrow NASW NEWS
 
arrow From the Director: Being Thankful for Our Profession
arrow Those Who Spent Time as Youths in Foster Care Say Helping Others Is a Calling
arrow Social Workers “Make Change Possible”
arrow Inside Health & Social Work Journal: Special Issue on Health Inequalities—November 2010, Vol. 35, No. 4
 
arrow Health Inequities: Evaluation of Two Paradigms
arrow Uncovering Health Care Inequalities Among Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
arrow Child Health Inequality: Framing a Social Work Response
PUBLIC EDUCATION
arrow Wear Your Social Worker Pin with Pride: Support the NASW Foundation’s Public Education Campaign
NASW MERCHANDISE STORE
arrow New Store Now Open Online. 2011 Social Work Month Merchandise on Sale Now
MEMBER BENEFITS
arrow Purchase Publications at Discounted Member Rates
arrow Receive 30% Off Dorland Health Resource Directories
arrow Free Ethics Consultations
arrow Free Legal Issue Consultations
arrow NASW Assurance Services, Inc.

 

arrow Get Group Rates on Medicare Gap Coverage
arrow Secure Your Family’s Future with Term Life Coverage Amounts up to $407,000
arrow Free Risk Management Hotline for All NASW Members
arrow You’re Exposed to Many Potential Malpractice Lawsuits. Protect Yourself
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Be Part of an NASW Social Work Research Delegation to Cuba in 2011

NASW will lead three professional research delegations to Cuba in 2011 to examine the Cuban cancer care system, child protection and youth services in Cuba, and social services for the aging in Cuba. Delegation members are limited to NASW members who currently are working as a social work professional. Join the research delegation that most meets your professional development goals:

  • Cuban Cancer Care System—February 6-11, 2011
  • Child Protection and Youth Services in Cuba—February 13-18, 2011
  • Social Services for the Aging in Cuba—March 13-18, 2011

 For more information, visit www.ProfessionalsAbroad.org and enter “Cuba” under “Search by Program.”

NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY
TELL NASW WHAT YOU THINK
Take the Social Worker Needs Assessment Survey Now
Please take this opportunity to fill out NASW's survey on social worker needs. Surveys must be completed by January 3, 2011. Click here.
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PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT

Support Social Work in the Combined Federal Campaign

CFC

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.

New Standards Address Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults
caregiver standardsNASW is pleased to announce the release of the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults, designed to enhance social work practice with family caregivers of older adults and to help the public understand the role of professional social work in supporting family caregivers. The standards were developed as part of Professional Partners Supporting Family Caregivers, an initiative done in partnership with the AARP Foundation, the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA), the Family Caregiver Alliance, and the National Association of Social Workers, and made possible by funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation. The release of the standards coincides with National Family Caregivers Month and the launch of AoA’s Year of the Caregiver. Click here to read the standards.

EXCLUSIVELY FOR NASW MEMBERS
New Legal Issue of the Month Covers State Laws Pertaining to Record Retention

Do you know how long you are required to maintain client records? This question often arises when a social worker retires, closes or relocates a practice, or dies without specific provisions for the disposition of existing records. Click here to read Social Workers and Record Retention Requirements, the latest Legal Issue of the Month article from the NASW Legal Defense Fund. Legal Issue of the Month articles are available to NASW members only. You will need your NASW username and password.

HUMAN RIGHTS
Social Workers Use United Nations Millennium Development Goal 5 to Address the Rights of Women and Girls

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight time-bound goals and targets that provide concrete benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty around the world. Social workers are using MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health to address the rights of women and girls worldwide. Click here to read the new Human Rights update on MDG 5—Healthy Families, Strong Communities: Social Workers Address the Rights of Women and Girls Worldwide Through MDG 5.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CE CREDIT

Spanish Version of NASW WebEd HIV/AIDS Course Now Available

Comprendiendo el VIH/SIDA: El Rol del Trabajador Social

(Understanding HIV/AIDS: The Social Worker’s Role)

  • Gain a basic understanding of HIV/AIDS, including treatment, modes of disease transmission, national and global effects, and prevention strategies
  • Review the biopsychosocial effects of HIV/AIDS
  • Build knowledge, skills, interventions, and resources to enhance social work services for clients and others affected by HIV/AIDS

Take the Spanish or English version of the HIV/AIDS course at  www.NASWWebEd.org.

nasw webedEarn More than 25 CE Credits at NASWWebEd.org
NASW’s online education center, NASW WebEd, is free and currently offers you the opportunity to earn more than 25 CE credits at your convenience. Courses cover such timely practice topics as aging, end-of-life care, cancer, cancer caregiving, cancer medication adherence, HIV/AIDS, cultural competence and health disparities in end-of-life care, genetics, ethics, and malpractice risk. Start taking courses today.

Upcoming Lunchtime Webinars

Lunchtime SeriesEnding Homelessness Among Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (1.0 Free CE Credit)—December 16, 2010
Too often, young people who leave foster care face housing needs upon discharge. Find out what these youth face once discharged and how you can help them access housing. Learn more about this webinar and register here. NASW members only.

Health Care Reform and Beyond: Limits and Possibilities of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (1.0 Free CE Credit)—January 31, 2011
Review the background and development of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and consider its limits and possibilities. The webinar will look at how social workers might advocate for policies that move beyond PPACA and address the structural roots of health status and inequalities. Learn more about this webinar and register here. NASW members only.

Client Violence and Social Worker Safety (1.0 Free CE Credit)—February 17, 2011
Increase your awareness of client violence toward social workers and your risk for encountering violence. You will learn about the risk and protective factors for such violence and strategies to prevent client violence in office and field settings. Learn more about this webinar and register here. NASW members only.

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Upcoming Specialty Practice Sections Webinars
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Social Work Finder
Job of the Month

Title: Social Workers

Employer: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Location: United States

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

Specialty Practice SectionsUnderstanding the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (1.5 Free CE Credits)—January 28, 2011
Understand the issue of commercial sexual exploitation and minor sex trafficking in the United States. With a focus on girls and young women, this webinar will examine the factors that put youth at risk for this type of exploitation and review best practices for working with them. Learn more about this webinar and register here. NASW SPS members only.

A Dimension of Forensic Social Work: What Social Workers Need to Know About the Court System (1.0 Free CE Credit)—February 11, 2011
As America has become a more litigious society, social workers need to be more knowledgeable about the various court systems (e.g., juvenile court, mental health court, family court, and drug court). This webinar will broaden social workers’ knowledge of the court system and forensic social work. Learn more about this webinar and register here. NASW SPS members only.


"On Demand" Webinars Available

Earn Free CE Credit Today

Audio recordings and transcripts of past NASW Lunchtime Series and Specialty Practice Sections webinars are available online on demand. You will earn the full CE credit for each completed webinar when you pass the online post-test. Start earning CE credit today. NOTE: You must be a current member of the NASW Specialty Practice Sections to take an SPS webinar. Learn more about Sections here.

ASI LogoRisk Management Workshops: Protect Yourself and Your Ability to Practice Social Work (3.0 CE Credits)

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). 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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LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
Save a Child’s Life.
Sign the Petition to Stop Child Abuse Deaths

According to the Administration for Children and Families, more than 12,000 children died from abuse and neglect between 2001 and 2008. NASW is asking every NASW member to sign a petition asking Congress to

  1. Hold hearings to investigate child deaths caused by abuse and neglect.
  2. Provide emergency funds to stop state cuts in child protection services.
  3. Adopt a national strategy to prevent child abuse and stop these deaths.

Sign the petition here

http://www.everychildmatters.org To learn more about protecting America’s children and to access the new, free report by the Every Child Matters Education Fund on child abuse deaths in the United States—We Can Do Better: Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths in America, Second Editionclick here. To read the November 2010 NASW NEWS article on child abuse prevention efforts, click here.

Congressman Towns Hosts Congressional Briefing on Social Work Reinvestment Act
On November 17, 2010, Congressman Ed Towns held a Congressional briefing on the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act. Among the speakers was Dr. Elizabeth J. Clark, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers. The briefing reiterated the challenges social workers face, including safety on the job, significant educational debt, and insufficient salaries, and the threat these challenges pose to the ability of social workers to continue to be society’s safety net. Click here to learn more about the Social Work Reinvestment Act and how to get your Congressional representatives to sign on to H.R. 795/S. 686.

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LEADERSHIP
2011 Delegate Assembly: Help Set NASW Policy

Have you considered changing NASW public or professional policy? The triennial Delegate Assembly (DA) is upon us and once again will be conducted online, with the culminating meeting to be held August 5-6, 2011, using a custom-designed Web and teleconference platform. As a result, all NASW members can participate in the process and most activities, whether or not they are delegates. The Delegate Assembly is the representative, decision-making body through which NASW members establish program priority goals and develop a collective stance on public and professional policies. Log in to the DA Web site for updates and to comment on NASW’s Program Priority Goals (for 2012-2015) and public and professional policies.

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NEW PUBLICATIONS
New Reports Available from the NASW Center for Workforce Studies

Generational Gap Study Child Welfare Social Workers’ Attitudes Toward Mobile Technology Tools: Is There a Generational Gap?
NASW Center for Workforce Studies
As the workplace becomes more multigenerational and more reliant on technology, it will be important for social workers to be attentive to biases they may hold about other generations. The NASW Child Welfare Specialty Practice Section was surveyed to explore the attitudes and experiences of social workers in child welfare regarding mobile technology tools, such as cell phones, digital cameras, and laptops. Find out what younger and older social workers had to say about technology tools in the field and issues such as safety, confidentiality, and productivity. Read the survey findings here.

Criminal Justice Social Work in the United States: Adapting to New Challenges
NASW Center for Workforce Studies
While criminal justice social work in the United States is an essential part of the U.S. criminal justice system, it does not enjoy the unique leadership role as seen in Scotland. The report discusses the paradigm for integrating criminal justice social work as a major entity in the Scottish government’s criminal justice system. Scottish criminal justice social work places strong emphasis on implementing and institutionalizing national standards that serve as comprehensive guidelines for providing social services in a complex criminal justice system. The report suggests that the U.S. social work profession should become more assertive in establishing its leadership role in working with other stakeholders to develop effective outcome-oriented service delivery practices targeting offenders and ex-offenders. View the report here.

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New Releases from the NASW Press

Pre-Order Both Press Titles at 10% OFF the List Price

Visit www.naswpress.org or call 800.227.3590 and refer to code OPMD10.

postpartum book Postpartum Mood Disorders: A Guide for Medical, Mental Health, and Other Support Providers
Kimberly Zittel
Crying. Depression. Loneliness. Mood swings. Postpartum mood disorders (PMDs) continue to occur with great frequency. Despite the high prevalence of PMDs, the majority of medical and mental health professionals and other support providers receive minimal training on PMDs. The new health care reform bill signed by President Obama mandates that professionals understand the mood disorders and how to assess and treat women with PMDs. Save 10% on pre-orders. Click here.

NASW Law Note NASW Law Note: The Juvenile Justice System
NASW General Counsel, NASW Legal Defense Fund
The second release in a series of Law Notes, this title provides an introduction to the resources available for social workers and their counsel in preventing juvenile delinquency and advocating for the developmentally appropriate treatment of children who are involved with the juvenile justice system. Save 10% on pre-orders. Click here.

 
NASW NEWS
NASW News 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. Look for these articles in the current issue:

From the Director: Being Thankful for Our Profession
Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH
Social workers provide society’s safety net. We touch 10 million lives each day, and we use all the resources available to us to try to help people improve their standard of living and their quality of life. We have never been more needed.

Those Who Spent Time as Youths in Foster Care Say Helping Others Is a Calling
Jetaine Hart has come a considerable way from a childhood spent first in poverty and then in foster care. Hart, now a social worker, credits having good mentors, one of whom was a social worker, for showing her the way. She says that social worker inspired her to pursue a career in social work.

Social Workers “Make Change Possible”
The 2011 National Professional Social Work Month theme—Social Workers Change Futures—promotes the role of social workers as positive agents of change. “There are 640,000 professional social workers in the United States who have dedicated their careers to either helping people transform their lives or improving environments that make such change possible,” said NASW Executive Director Elizabeth J. Clark. National Professional Social Work Month is celebrated each March.

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Inside Health & Social Work Journal: Special Issue on Health Inequalities—November 2010, Vol. 35, No. 4
Social Work Journal

Health & Social Work is the journal health care professionals read to keep pace with developments in the complex health and mental health fields. Click here to learn more about this journal and to order. Member discounts apply.

Health Inequities: Evaluation of Two Paradigms
Rachelle Ashcroft
To effectively target health inequities, practitioners should consider appropriate paradigms. This article reviews the social determinants of the health paradigm and the political economy paradigm in terms of how they might shape social work theory and practice targeting health inequities.

Uncovering Health Care Inequalities Among Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Rolanda L. Ward, Amanda D. Nichols, and Ruth I. Freedman
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) experience difficulties accessing high-quality health care. Focus groups with parents and guardians, self-advocates, and community professionals and interviews with health care professionals revealed that adults with ID/DD face health care disparities and inequities in access, knowledge, communication, and quality.

Child Health Inequality: Framing a Social Work Response
Virginia Rondero Hernandez, Salvador Montana, and Kris Clarke
Poverty, restricted access to health insurance, cultural and linguistic barriers, neighborhood conditions, and racial inequalities exacerbate poor health outcomes and contribute to child health inequality. This article focuses on current knowledge about child health inequality and recommends how social workers can effect change in this area through practice, policy, and research that adheres to the profession’s ethical principles and standards.

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, 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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NASW MERCHANDISE STORE
New Store Now Open Online. 2011 Social Work Month Merchandise on Sale Now

NASW has opened a brand new NASW merchandise store on CafePress to bring social workers a larger selection of social-work-themed merchandise. Spread the word about our 2011 Social Work Month theme, “Social Workers Change Futures,” by shopping at the NASW Store. The 2011 theme focuses on social workers’ dedication to their careers and helping people transform their lives and helping improve environments that make change possible. The NASW Store celebrates the new theme with posters, drinkware, buttons, magnets, apparel, bags, and other fun items. Show your support for your profession, staff, colleagues, and friends with social-work-themed gifts for the holidays. Click here to check out our new product selections.

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MEMBER BENEFITS
NASW Member Services Open 9:00 am to 9:00 pm 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.

Purchase Publications at Discounted Member Rates
nasw pressNASW membership saves you 10% on NASW Press publications. Build your knowledge base today with NASW Press scholarly journals, books, and reference works. Refer to member discount code MBEN10 when ordering. For information on other member discounts, click here.

Receive 30% Off Dorland Health Resource Directories
Stay current on resources in your practice area. NASW members receive a 30% discount on the following Dorland Health Directories: Case Management Resource Guide, The National Directory of Adult & Senior Services, The National Directory of Children, Youth & Families Services, and The National Directory of Mental Health & Addiction Services. Make your search for essential resources effortless by using these “go to” sources. For more information and member discount codes, click here.

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.

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.
  • 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.

  • Secure Your Family’s Future with Term Life Coverage Amounts up to $407,000
    NASW Assurance Services offers you affordable term life insurance options in increments of $1,000 that give you the flexibility to customize the amount that’s just right for you and the ones you love. Visit NASW Assurance Services or call 866.591.8267 for more information.

  • Free Risk Management Hotline for All NASW Members
    A risk management hotline is available to all NASW members, as well as professional liability insurance policyholders. The hotline specializes in risk management information to help members avoid licensing board complaints and malpractice lawsuits. Call 800.421.6694 for more information.

  • 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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If you have changed your email address lately, you may not be getting the full benefits of membership. Update your email address with us to continue receiving key member benefits such as MemberLink, the Association’s e-newsletter; electronic access to Social Work, the leading journal of the profession; and other important email alerts. Log on to the NASW Member Center at www.socialworkers.org/membercenter. Under “Modify/Change Your Profile,” click on “Email Address.” Or, call Member Services at 800.742.4089 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST to speak with a representative.

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