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Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.


May 10, 2016

$1 million grant will train social workers to improve health care system WASHINGTON, D.C. - The New York Community Trust (NYCT), one of the nation’s largest community foundations, has renewed a grant through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to educate and train more social workers to strengthen the delivery of healthcare services in the United States. NYCT will award the two social work organizations $1 million over the next two years to continue the Social Work HEALS initiative. Part of the grant will be used to bring two fellows to Washington, D.C. to directly engage...

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Apr 25, 2016

Association says legislation must be repealed or vetoed WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is both dismayed and disappointed by the legislative actions taken by Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee to deny equal treatment of LGBT individuals and families. The following is a brief summary of each law: Mississippi Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act (HB 1523) The stated purpose of the law is to protect from discrimination claims anyone who believes that marriage is between one man and one woman, that sexual relations are reserved solely for marriage, and that the t...

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Apr 20, 2016

Legislation discriminates against people who are LGBT, harms their mental well-being WASHINGTON, D.C. - The nation’s leading mental health professional organizations are expressing dismay over the spate of recent bills and laws that would allow for individuals and businesses to deny services, employment and housing to LGBT people under the guise of religious freedom. Other states are proposing and enacting laws that would require transgender people to use public restrooms based on their sex assigned at birth. Also of serious concern is a bill recently passed by the Tennessee General Assembly that would allow mental health professiona...

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Mar 26, 2016

Policy Social Worker Brooks completed his tenure as director of the Office on March 24 WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) commends social worker Douglas Brooks for his leadership and vision as director of the White House Office on National HIV/AIDS Policy. Brooks, MSW, LCSW, completed his tenure at the office on March 24. “Since day one, Douglas has provided outstanding service to the nation,” NASW Chief Executive Officer Angelo McClain, Ph.D., LICSW said. “Douglas’ clinical experience and macro level practice perspective ensures that mental health, behavioral health, and structura...

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Mar 09, 2016

President’s executive order would significantly improve the lives of vulnerable children WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined five anchor organizations to sign on to an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of overturning a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Texas v. United States that blocked President Obama’s executive order to expand immigration deferred action programs. More than 70 organizations with a wide range of interests, including educators, child welfare advocates, and health experts, are part of the amicus brief. NASW and the other organizations say th...

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Feb 29, 2016

This year’s theme is “Forging Solutions out of Challenges” WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and its state chapters are honoring National Social Work Month in March with the theme “Forging Solutions out of Challenges” and activities that celebrate the profession, including state conferences and social events, an editorial letter writing campaign, official proclamations, a multimedia contest, and opportunities for social workers to host movie screening events around the nation. The more than 600,000 social workers in the United States serve more than 10 million clients a day, h...

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Feb 19, 2016

A dozen states considering laws that harm this vulnerable population WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers has joined six other child and family advocacy organizations to sign a letter from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) urging South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and other governors not to approve legislation that discriminates against students who are transgender. The open letter was also signed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselor Association, the Child Welfare League of America, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the Nationa...

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Feb 02, 2016

More than 2,300 social workers to gather for professional development, education credits, networking WASHINGTON - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has opened registration for its 2016 National Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 22-25, an event that will bring together more than 2,300 social workers and allied professions for professional development, continuing education credits, and networking. Social workers who attend the conference may earn up to 25 continuing education credits. A special early-bird rate is available until March 18 for NASW members, non-members, and students. To register visit http://www.naswconfere...

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Feb 02, 2016

February 9 event will give employers access to top talent in the social work profession WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is hosting a 2017 Virtual Career Fair on February 9 from noon to 4 p.m. (ET) that will give employers access to a pool of talented social work professionals around the nation who are ready to take positions in health care, mental health care, the military, schools and other sectors. This will be the third time NASW has hosted a Virtual Career Fair. Demand for the event from both employers and potential employees has been high. “Social work is one of the fastest growing profession...

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Dec 20, 2015

The National Association of Social Workers’ NASW Press has launched a new eBook platform that allows customers to download and read new social-work related book releases, award-winning titles, bestsellers and popular reference works on their tablets, laptops, smartphones and other digital devices.“We are excited that our eBook platform offers customers the opportunity and flexibility to access our titles anytime or anywhere on their personal digital devices,” NASW Press Publisher Cheryl Bradley said.The eBook platform offers secure online shopping, portability, search capability and titles by expert authors. It is available at http://ebooks.n...

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