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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.


Jul 08, 2016

Association calls for end of racial profiling and excessive police force, improved relations between police, communities  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is appalled by the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and again urges reforms that would help end racial profiling and excessive use of police force and improve relations between police and the communities they serve. It is also important that we express how deeply NASW is upset about the tragic shooting deaths of five Dallas police - Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens and Michael Smith - and the woun...

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Jul 06, 2016

Tennessee resident is leader in HIV/AIDS services field, ally for people living with HIV WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has announced Memphis area resident Mildred Richard Edwards is recipient of its annual National Public Citizen of the Year Award for her outstanding work advocating on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS. “Colleagues have described Mildred as a force of nature because she is always willing to speak on behalf of herself as a person living with HIV, despite societal stigma,” said NASW CEO Angelo McClain, Ph.D., LICSW. “She continually pushes for better care for othe...

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Jul 06, 2016

North Carolina Social Worker dedicated career to improving well-being of nation’s veterans WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has announced North Carolina social worker John Cowart is recipient of its National Social Worker of the Year Award for his outstanding and compassionate work improving the well-being of our nation’s veterans. “John Cowart has provided direct services to generations of our nation’s brave veterans, including those who served in the Spanish-American War, World War I and II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars,” said NA...

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Jun 28, 2016

Decision will prevent other states from undermining women’s right to make health decisions WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on June 27 to strike down Texas’ stringent laws concerning abortion clinics. The importance of the Supreme Court’s 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt should not be understated. The high court’s action conforms with and affirms prior decisions that guarantee women’s rights to control their reproductive choices. Legal scholars also said the Supreme Court ruling sends a strong message ...

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Jun 24, 2016

Millions of families will face emotional, economic insecurity WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 failed to act on deciding the fate of millions of undocumented families whose legal status had been in limbo since Texas challenged President Obama’s executive action which sought to limit the risk of deportation of parents of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The President’s executive action, referred to as Deferred Action for Parents of and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), would have allowed as many as five million parents of DACA children to “come of the shadows” without fear of depor...

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Jun 21, 2016

Social workers may qualify to take Commission for Case Manager Certification exam MOUNT LAUREL, NJ, June 21, 2016 - The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) are collaborating to address the growing demand for health care case managers by giving more social workers the opportunity to earn the Commission’s esteemed Certified Case Manager® (CCM®) credential. Under the agreement, social workers who qualify for the NASW Case Management Credential will pre-qualify to take the CCMC certification exam for the same fee. For its members, NASW will provide an additi...

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Jun 17, 2016

Association calls for gun control laws gun deaths to be treated as public health threat, and end to culture of hate WASHINGTON, D.C. - The nation awoke on June 12 to the worst case of a single person committing mass murder with a gun in its history. A gunman killed 49 people and injured more than 50 at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub that serves a predominately LGBTQ clientele. Most of the victims were also Latino. Compounding such a horrific loss of life is the fact the man who committed the murders may have been motivated by a complex mix of ISIL-inspired terrorism, anger toward American culture, bigotry, homophobia and internalized self-hatr...

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Jun 17, 2016

Keynote speakers include journalist Soledad O’Brien, VA Secretary Robert McDonald, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) will give social workers from around the United States and the world an exceptional opportunity for career development, continuing education and networking at its Leading Change|Transforming Lives 2016 NASW National Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. on June 22-25. The event will feature a stellar line-up of speakers - including award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien; social worker and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema; Secretary ...

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Jun 08, 2016

Participants can watch some keynote speakers, breakout and plenary sessions WASHINGTON, D.C. -The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) will livestream portions of its 2016 National Conference on June 22-25, allowing subscribers to remotely access some of the stellar conference keynote speakers and plenary and breakout sessions that focus on social work leadership, social justice and equity, excellence in ethics, clinical social work practice, and innovations in social work practice. “NASW is excited to offer livestreaming so more social workers can experience the national conference,” NASW Director of Professiona...

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May 25, 2016

Group advises White House, HHS on National HIV/AIDS Strategy WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Association of Social Workers (NASW) President Darrell Wheeler, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH, today was appointed vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), a group that gives the White House recommendations on how to effectively implement the Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy. “Darrell Wheeler is a leading national expert on HIV/AIDS and how social workers help improve the quality of life of people living with the disease and their families,” NASW CEO Angelo McClain, Ph.D., LICSW, said. “We are proud that a l...

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