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The Power of Social Work

In This Issue:
arrow Senator Barack Obama Signs on to the Social Work Reinvestment Act. Keep the Momentum Going!
arrow COMING NOVEMBER 2008
THE Credential for Advanced Social Workers in Hospice and Palliative Care
arrow SAVE THE DATE
NASW Annual Practice Conference - The Aging Boom: Is Your Clinical Practice Ready? March 15-16, 2009, Las Vegas, NV
arrow Earn FREE CEUs at Lunch or Between Clients or Classes
arrow Promote Your Practice for an Entire Year for Just $25
arrow New from NASW Press
arrow Understand the Legal Context of Practice Within Schools
arrow Learn About Challenges Hispanic Social Workers Face in Meeting the Needs of a Growing Hispanic Population
arrow Make Sure You Receive Proper Reimbursement. Changes Made to 2008 Medicare Fee Schedule
arrow Nominate a Superstar in Social Services for a $2,000 Grant. Deadline to Nominate is October 31
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Senator Barack Obama Signs on to the Social Work Reinvestment Act. Keep the Momentum Going!
SWRI LogoMore than 31,000 NASW members have stood up for the future of social work, and our powerful voice is being heard on Capitol Hill. If you have not had a chance yet, take two minutes now to send Congress your letters in support of the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (H.R. 5447/S. 2858). This crucial legislation ensures the future and viability of our social work workforce by securing federal and state investments in professional social work and increasing support and recognition for recruitment and retention of social workers. Currently, we have 80 cosponsors in the House and 14 cosponsors in the Senate, including Sen. Barack Obama. During this critical election year, we must remind our members of Congress, and our next Administration, that social workers have a powerful voice. Click here to send your preformatted letter in support of social work reinvestment to your House Representatives and here to send one to your Senators. This legislation will help ensure that you and more than 600,000 social work colleagues in the United States can continue to serve individuals, families, and communities for years to come.
Rally colleagues and students into action. Show them the YouTube video message by NASW Executive Director Betsy Clark on social work reinvestment. Watch the video here .
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COMING NOVEMBER 2008
THE Credential for Advanced Social Workers in Hospice and Palliative Care
Be one of the first to get the Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative – Social Work Credential (ACHP-SW) this November. Holding the ACHP-SW credential will demonstrate your experience, advanced skill, ongoing professional development, and leadership in hospice and palliative care and show organizations, interdisciplinary team members, colleagues, and clients you have all the qualities essential to specialized practice. Membership in both the National Association of Social Workers and the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals (NCHPP) is required. To get the latest news and announcements on the credential and to apply for special NCHPP individual membership, click here.
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SAVE THE DATE
NASW Annual Practice Conference

The Aging Boom: Is Your Clinical Practice Ready?

March 15-16, 2009
Las Vegas, NV

As the Baby Boom generation advances into retirement age, the number of adults 65 years old and over is expected to triple, with 58 million baby boomers aged 66 to 84 likely to be living in 2030. Our aging population will affect every area of social work practice. Are you ready? Get prepared for the boom by attending this conference and earn CEUs for NASW professional credentials in gerontology, health care, case management, and other practice areas.

NASW is offering this conference in conjunction with the American Society on Aging/National Council on Aging’s Aging in America conference March 15-19, 2009, in Las Vegas. Additional conference information and registration will be available this fall. For more information, visit www.socialworkers.org/agingconference. For hotel reservations, visit www.agingconference.org.

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Earn FREE CEUs at Lunch or Between Clients or Classes
Lunchtime Series The Psychological Aspects of Working with Clients Who Have Life-Threatening Illnesses
Presenter: Katherine Walsh, PhD, MSW, LICSW
November 18, 2008 – 1 pm EST– 1.0 FREE CEU
Enhance service delivery to clients with life-threatening illnesses. Join us November 18 as we discuss essential practice knowledge and skills required for work with these clients. You will learn about comprehensive biopsychospiritual assessment with ecomaps and genograms, distress management, advance directives, and grief interventions. As with all NASW Lunchtime Teleconferences, this teleconference is free, one-hour long, and available to NASW members only. You also will earn 1.0 FREE CEU when you successfully complete the online post-test. Click here to register. Lunchtime Series teleconferences are available to NASW members only.

Lunchtime Series Schedule:
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Lunchtime Series Theoretical Foundations and Competencies in Hospice Care that are Essential to Social Workers
Presenters: Cleo Lloyd, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, and Sherri Weisenfluh, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
November 3, 2008 – 1 pm EST – 1.0 FREE CEU
Learn about resources for competency development and the qualifications you will need to acquire a social work specialty credential in advanced hospice and palliative care. Click here to register. Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) teleconferences are available to Section members only. For information on SPS and to join a Section, click here.

SPS Practice Teleconference Schedule: Click here for more upcoming teleconferences.

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Promote Your Practice for an Entire Year for Just $25.
Promote Your Practice for an Entire Year for Just $25.

By registering in the National Social Worker Finder online database of licensed social workers, you will gain national visibility for your practice or organization and help increase quality referrals. Registering in the Social Worker Finder is a cost-effective way to promote your practice for an entire year. If you hold the Qualified Clinical Social Worker (QCSW) credential, the registration fee is waived and you will receive premier placement in search results. Take a look at useful practice information you can list:

  • Hours of operation
  • Insurance and other payment options
  • Names of groups offered
  • Languages spoken

The database is a free resource for the public on the award-winning social work consumer Web site HelpStartsHere.org. For $25 annually, you can help ensure people in need can find you. Register today.           

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New from NASW Press
Encyclopedia of Social Work eBook Now Available to NASW Members Only
Member Price: $59.99/annual online subscription
Student Member Price: $39.99/annual online subscription
   
Encyclopedia of Social Work, 20th Edition
Co-published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press
Terry Mizrahi and Larry E. Davis, Editors

Save money with an annual subscription to the online “eBook” Encyclopedia of Social Work, 20th Edition. For a fraction of the cost of the hardcopy version, you’ll gain 24-hour online access to the new, completely updated cornerstone reference work for our profession. This convenient and authoritative core reference work is an essential tool for fact-finding, studying for licensing exams, supplementing course work, initiating literature searches, and supporting practice decisions. The online version of the 20th edition Encyclopedia of Social Work is a part of the Oxford Digital Reference Shelf (DRS), usually available to library and institutional customers only. For more information and to subscribe, click here.
   
 
Person-in-Environment System Person-In-Environment (PIE) System Manual, 2nd Edition (includes CompuPIE CD)
James M. Karls and Maura O’Keefe 
   
An update to the original 1994 release, this edition of the PIE System Manual was developed for use in all social work practice areas to facilitate communication across practice specialty areas. PIE is a great tool for providing comprehensive assessment of clients and indicating where intervention is needed. Learn more about the book here. Manual Price: $39.99.
   
Single-Case Design for Clinical Social Workers Single-Case Design for Clinical Social Workers, 2nd Edition
Jennifer Di Noia and Tony Tripodi
   
This release incorporates the paradigm shift to single-case design over single-subject or single-system design to focus on a single unit of analysis—an individual, a couple, a family, or a group.  A solid introduction to single-case design methodology for clinical social workers, students, and field supervisors, this edition captures every step of the single-case design methodology from assessment and problem formulation to follow-up and is a paramount resource for enhancing your client’s well-being and social functioning. Click here for more information and to order. Price: $36.99
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Understand the Legal Context of Practice Within Schools.
Social Workers and the Legal Rights of Students, the newest publication in the NASW General Counsel Law Note Series, addresses a wide range of legal issues facing school social workers and students. The Law Note features a state-by-state chart of school social worker certification laws and regulations and addresses topics including student diversity, peer harassment, confidentiality, strip searches, special education, and home-schooling. For more information and to purchase this Law Note, click here.
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Learn About Challenges Hispanic Social Workers Face in Meeting the Needs of a Growing Hispanic Population.

www.helpstartshere.orgIn recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15, NASW asked our Hispanic colleagues to tell us why they chose social work as their profession and what their most pressing challenges are serving the nation’s growing Hispanic population. Responses are posted on the social work consumer Web site HelpStartsHere.org. Find out what your colleagues had to say here.

Spanish versions of our most popular HelpStartsHere.org consumer articles are now available. Click here.

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Make Sure You Receive Proper Reimbursement. Changes Made to 2008 Medicare Fee Schedule.

Starting July 1, 2008, clinical social workers who are Medicare providers received an increase in reimbursement. NASW’s new practice update, Revised 2008 Medicare Fee Schedule for Clinical Social Workers, details the changes. Click here to access the update.

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Nominate a Superstar in Social Services for a $2,000 Grant. Deadline to Nominate is October 31.

The Superstar Foundation, a new nonprofit organization aimed at attracting and retaining talent to the field of social services, is awarding the first-ever grants to high-performing social services professionals who have demonstrated a substantial impact on social change. Each grant will be worth $2,000 and awarded on December 15, 2008. Nominations must be in by October 31, 2008. For more details and to download an application, click here.

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