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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.


Jun 08, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) is pleased to announce Ambassador Wendy Ruth Sherman is recipient of the International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award for elevating the image of social workers by working at state, national and international levels to make the world safer, expand roles of women and pursue fairness and justice.    “As the first female State Department Undersecretary of Political Affairs from 2011 to 2015 Ambassador Sherman showed an extraordinary talent for leadership and communication that enabled her to use her social work expertise in tackling humanitarian ...

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Jun 08, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is pleased to announce Mayor Madeline Rogero is the  NASW National Public Elected Official of the Year for making Knoxville, Tenn. a better and safer place to live, especially for at-risk populations such as people who are homeless, LGBTQ, children and young men of color.  “Mayor Rogero has devoted her life to public service and improving the conditions of others,” said NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW. “In these divisive political times, Mayor Rogero serves as an example to all with her compassion, stellar leadership abilities...

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Jun 08, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is pleased to announce that Jay Berlin is its  National Public Citizen of the Year for his decades-long work in advocating for abused and neglected children in the San Francisco Bay Area and delivering improved services and supports for foster children.  “Jay Berlin started Alternative Family Services 45 years ago as a project to better serve foster children and, under his leadership, it has grown from a small foster family agency to a regional organization that provides foster care, adoptions, mental health and transitional age youth services...

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May 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A "zero tolerance" immigration policy that would prosecute families who attempt to cross the border and forcibly separate children from parents is malicious and unconscionable and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) will press lawmakers to rescind this egregious action. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on May 7 announced the zero tolerance policy for immigration into the United States. In announcing the policy, Sessions continued an unacceptable tendency to use language designed to demonize undocumented immigrants. For example, he characterized the parents seeking to escape extreme poverty and violence as &ldq...

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May 21, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yet another tragic and senseless loss of life from gun violence occurred on May 18 when 10 individuals were shot and killed at Santa Fe High School located in Santa Fe, Texas. Eight of the 10 fatalities were students – another 10 individuals were wounded.   This is the 22nd school shooting this year, according to CNN, and the 101st mass shooting in 2018, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Given that a mass shooting is defined as four or more people being shot in a single incident, more than 400 Americans have been victims of a mass shooting so far this year. It goes without saying that we a...

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May 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and National Association of Social Workers (NASW) are joining communities and organizations across the country to raise awareness about the millions of American families affected with a mental illness. Both organizations are deeply committed to continuing efforts to fight for parity, improve the quality of life, and access to care and services for those impacted by mental illness.  Currently, approximately one in five adults is experiencing a mental health condition. The burden of mental illness in the U.S. continues ...

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May 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has awarded Ruth A. Brandwein, PhD, MSW, a Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of work advocating for children, the homeless, women and people of color and for training generations of social workers to be strong and effective community organizers.  “Ms. Brandwein’s career is a stellar example of how the actions of a single social worker can serve as a spark to ignite others to change our society for the better,” said NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW. “In every place she has endeavored – in communities, in academia ...

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May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers is pleased to announce Indiana social worker Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez is recipient of the National Social Worker of the Year Award for her tireless work in preventing sexual violence, particularly among often marginalized populations such as farm workers and people who are Latinx or LGBTQ. “Sexual violence is a serious problem that can have long-term emotional effects on survivors, their family, friends and communities,” said NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW. “Prevention work in this sensitive area can also be daunting. However, Ms. Nicoletti-Ma...

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May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers is pleased to announce Indiana social worker Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez is recipient of the National Social Worker of the Year Award for her tireless work in preventing sexual violence, particularly among often marginalized populations such as farm workers and people who are Latinx or LGBTQ. “Sexual violence is a serious problem that can have long-term emotional effects on survivors, their family, friends and communities,” said NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW. “Prevention work in this sensitive area can also be daunting. However, Ms. Nicoletti-Ma...

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Apr 25, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The New York Community Trust (NYCT), one of the nation’s largest community foundations, has renewed a grant with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Foundation and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to continue the Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS) program initiative for another two years.  The aim of the $2.5-million project is to educate and train social workers to bolster the nation’s healthcare delivery system. The decision to renew the grant will allow the program to run its full five years. “Social Work HEALS gives social workers...

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