Announcements

  • NASW Urges Israel and Hamas to Reach Peace Agreement

    NASW urges Israel and Hamas to work with negotiators to reach a peace agreement. The association condemns the increased, related hate incidents against social workers in the U.S. Social workers should work together to reach understanding and help heal divisions caused by this conflict. 

  • Visit with the NASW Press Team at the 2024 NASW National Conference

    Meet the NASW Press Team at the NASW National Conference: Booth 301! Come visit with us. Share your ideas. Get involved. Check out our Exam Copy Program for faculty or learn about reading Press books for CEUs. Pitch a book. Become an author! Follow this link to learn more about NASW Press authors who will present at the June 19-22 NASW National Conference. 

  • Elder Abuse: Raise Awareness and Learn About NASW’s Work for Elder Justice

    Each June, NASW joins advocates around the globe in observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Read our latest Tips and Tools for Social Workers which outlines elder abuse–focused activities throughout and beyond the month of June, describes NASW’s recent activities to address elder abuse, and provides a robust resource list you can use throughout the year.

  • President Biden’s Asylum Executive Order is Unacceptable

    Signed June 3, the president’s order temporarily suspends the processing of most asylum claims at the southern U.S. border when the 7 day average of unauthorized crossings exceeds 2,500 people. This policy’s singular objective of closing the U.S. border to people seeking asylum from violence and oppression is in direct opposition of  advocates for communities impacted by the order. It is fully legal for refugees to seek asylum once they enter America, yet the Biden administration’s executive order appears to disregard  that fact. 

  • Connect to End COVID-19 Team at Conference

    Meet the Connect to End COVID-19 team at Exhibit Booth 401 at the 2024 NASW National Conference, June 19-22, Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Learn about NASW’s three-year campaign to help social workers and their clients to make informed decisions about COVID-19 vaccines. Hear about complimentary self-study webinars with free CEUs and how to register. Find out about MI-SBIRT trainings and communications administered by NASW’s Chapters. 

  • Opioid Response Network Addiction Workforce Interest Group Survey

    NASW is part of an Opioid Response Network (ORN) Addiction Workforce Interest Group. This group will be meeting to address factors contributing to the current workforce shortage. You can help us by responding to this 7-question inquiry to give us a snapshot of the current situation. We encourage you to pass the link on to your colleagues and any other staff working in any aspect of the addiction field. Please respond by June 30, 2024.

  • Now Available! Connect To End COVID-19 National Webinar in Self-Study

    Connect to End COVID-19 complimentary national webinar and CEUs, COVID-19 Year 5: Are We Prepared for the Next Pandemic, is available for self-study. Featuring acclaimed epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm, founding Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, and advisor to the Biden Administration on COVID-19 response.

  • Faculty: Request Your NASW Press Exam Copy Today

    NASW Press invites you to decide before you buy! Faculty affiliated with a U.S. university or college can place an order for books they are considering adopting for the classroom. You have 90 days to make a decision. 

  • Neysa Fanwick Memorial Scholarship

    Neysa Fanwick Memorial Scholarship helps support the education of MSW students who are taking action to help vulnerable populations. Potential candidates will have worked in mental health fields helping to solve the most critical, emerging social and health problems with creative solutions.

  • Complete the Social Work Census by June 30!

    The Association of Social Work Boards, in collaboration with the Social Work Workforce Coalition, is conducting a Social Work Census across the United States and Canada. The census will be the most comprehensive profession-wide study to date and will generate a more accurate picture of who today’s social workers are and what they are doing in their practice. Findings will help support the development of a more inclusive and equitable social work workforce and will be used in designing future competence assessments for social work licensure. The deadline to complete the Social Work Census is June 30.

    Individuals who complete it will be eligible to earn two hours of continuing education credit and will be invited to select a list of charitable causes to receive a $1.00 donation from ASWB.

  • Virtual Program Announced! 2024 NASW National Conference

    Get the same great education that the  offers live, but virtually! The Virtual Program will live-stream keynote presentations, plenary sessions and select breakout sessions so you can view the 2024 National Conference from your computer or mobile device anywhere. Earn up to 16.5 CEs by attending the whole virtual program!

  • Reminder! Facebook Live Event: Update on Interstate Licensing Compact

    Facebook Live Event: Update on the Interstate Licensing Compact. 

    Join us Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 pm for an update on licensure portability. Discover the latest advancements in this initiative aimed at streamlining multistate practice among member states and breaking down barriers to license portability. Open to everyone!

    Get a reminder on our Facebook Page or on our YouTube Channel! 

  • Social Workers & Health Equity Services in the 2024 Physician Final Rule: FAQ

    The 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule details services that social workers can provide to address health-related needs for Medicare Part B beneficiaries. This resource describes Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Risk Assessment, Community Health Integration (CHI) Services, and Principal Illness Navigation (PIN) Services. It clarifies the role of social workers in delivering these services to support patients with medical and social needs.

  • Social Work Ethics in Today’s Political Climate 2024- CE Credits Available

    No CE Credit: FREE
    CE Credit: $25 NASW Members/ $35 Non-NASW Members

    Join our esteemed panel, Dr. Frederic G. Reamer, Gortrell Cox, Tanya Rhodes Smith, and Dr. Meredith Tetloff to explore key ethical questions emerging from our complex socio-political times. Using the NASW Code of Ethics and other resources, we will revisit social workers’ ethical responsibilities in the face of professional, personal, and political values that at times do not align.

    Friday, May 17
    12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

  • May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

    “An equal world depends on recognizing and respecting diverse identities,” the United Nations Population Fund states on its website. “With that in mind, the theme for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia this year is “Together always: United in diversity.’” NASW Recognizes this global day of action to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ rights violations. 

  • The Evolution of Library Social Work

    Now more than ever, especially after the aftermath of the COVID 19 pandemic, libraries are much more than book depositories. They are living, breathing community centers, filled with people who have psychosocial needs – people who could benefit from the support of a Social Worker. 

  • Older Americans Month 2024: What Is NASW Doing to Support Social Work with Older Adults?

    Older Americans Month (OAM) recognizes the contributions and achievements of older adults and highlight important trends in aging. NASW's latest Tips and Tools for Social Workers explores the OAM theme for 2024 (Powered by Connection), describes selected NASW activities to support social work with older adults, and provides a robust resource list.

  • Federal Grants Available to Promote Elder Justice

    The federal government is soliciting three types of proposals to fund programs that prevent and address elder abuse. Social workers play critical roles in elder abuse programming, including programs funded by the federal government. 

  • Enhanced NASW Mobile App!

    Connecting with NASW just got smarter, easier, and faster with NASW's enhanced mobile app. That's because the new app features take you where you want to go in seconds. Quickly access social work news, content, and training and connect with colleagues. No more website urls to remember or look up! Download it today! Watch this to learn more!

    Search on "NASW" in your store app:
    Download on the App Store
    Download on Google Play

  • May is National Foster Care Month

    May is National Foster Care Month. Many aspects of foster care are challenging for children and their families but as social workers we can help families through this difficulty. Prioritizing kinship care, training foster families, and incorporating lived expertise into service delivery are all important practices to support foster youth this month and beyond. 

  • Three Key Messages to Share with Clients in Honor of National Women’s Health Week

    National Women’s Health Week (May 12-18) starts each year on Mother’s Day to encourage women to make their health a priority. This message is especially important given that women’s drinking has increased substantially over the last two decades. Social workers can help women prioritize their health by making conversations about alcohol use part of routine practice.  

  • May is Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    NASW celebrates Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month by honoring the achievements of individuals of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander descent throughout the country. Let's recognize the creativity, strength, and trailblazing nature of countless AANHPI leaders who have played a vital role in shaping the narrative of America!

  • Social Work Ethics in Today’s Political Climate 2024

    Join our esteemed panel, Dr. Frederic G. Reamer, Gortrell Cox, Tanya Rhodes Smith, and Dr. Meredith Tetloff to explore key ethical questions emerging from our complex socio-political times. This live, virtual discussion will look at social work ethics against the backdrop of challenging developments in the US and global political landscape. 

    When: Friday, May 17
    Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
    No CE Credit: FREE
    CE Credit: $25 NASW Members/ $35 Non-NASW Members

  • NASW Celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month

    A new resource,  NASW Celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month, has been posted to the Tips and Tools website. During the month of May, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) recognizes millions of people impacted by mental health conditions in the United States and acknowledges the ongoing dedication of social workers who provide mental health services such as crisis intervention, assessment, treatment, and support.

  • Voting for NASW Board and NCNLI Members (May 1- May 31)

    Calling All NASW Members! Voting for NASW board and NCNLI members is now underway! Polls close May 31. Voting is open to NASW members.

    Learn about candidates

    Cast your ballot here!

  • NASW Staffer Contributes to Resource on Employee Assistance Programs

    On April 8, 2024, Dale A Masi, PhD released the 5th International Employee Assistance Compendium, a comprehensive guide to the latest developments in Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) around the world. She extended a special thanks to NASW Senior Practice Associate Denise Johnson for her contributions as a peer professional. This book is a must-read for social workers looking to stay informed and up to date on the latest developments within the EAP landscape. 

  • PSLF Transition Policy Update

    Information from NASW coalition partner, the National Consumer Law Center

    Starting May 1, 2024 the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) repayment program will be transitioning servicing from MOHELA to the Department of Education’s StudentAid.gov platform. During this transition from May 1, 2024, through July 31, 2024, all processing of forms and other PSLF information will be paused. 

  • Self-Study: Gender-Affirming Care in Social Work: Exploring and Managing Ethical Responsibilities

    Using the NASW Code of Ethics as a guide, this discussion will delve into the ethical responsibilities and the dilemmas faced by social workers when serving transgender and gender-diverse individuals and their family members.

    Credits: 1.5 Ethics
    No CE Credit: FREE
    CE Credit: $25 NASW Members / $35 Non-NASW Members

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    This month, attention is focused on prevention efforts that eliminate abuse and neglect. Check out Social Work Blog for advocacy opportunities, resources and organizations that support the wellbeing of children and families.

  • NASW Press: Celebrate Your Graduate with 15% Off Select Books

    Salute your graduate with an NASW Press book gift! Use code APGRAD24 at checkout to get 15% off select books: https://bit.ly/3vkmwwo.

  • NASW Press: 80 Clinical Vignettes for Test Taking, Licensing Exam Prep, and Practical Applications

    NASW Press has published “80 Clinical Vignettes for Test Taking, Licensing Exam Prep, and Practical Applications” by Liz B. Johnston. These vignettes may be found in exam questions, licensing tests, or social work practice. 

  • Optum United Behavioral Health Responds to NASW Letter

    In February 2024, NASW members informed the association of mass overpayment requests from Optum United Behavioral Health. In March 2024, NASW CEO, Dr. Anthony Estreet, responded to Optum by email and requested the opportunity to meet with them about their overpayment recovery efforts and possible measures to take to mitigate. 

  • Seventh State Passes Interstate Licensing Compact Legislation

    Kansas became the 7th state to pass the Interstate Licensing Compact Legislation allowing the compact to now be created. The seven states will form a Compact Commission that will govern the compact and ensure coordination between the participating states. Once the Commission is in place, social workers will be able to pursue licensure through the compact, in the participating states. Additional states will be added to the compact as they enact the required legislation and join the Commission. Besides Kansas, the states that have passed the compact are Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Kentucky and Virginia. Legislation is pending in about 20 other states. 

  • Social Work Talks: Student Initiated Confrontations' Impact on Social Work

    In our latest episode of Social Work Talks Instructor Dr. Thalia Anderen, MSW, RCSW, LCSW, and Social Work Talks Podcast Host Lorrie Appleton, LCSW, dive into the concerning trend of student-initiated confrontations (SIC) in universities. 

    Watch on YouTube

    Listen on our Website

  • Breakout Sessions at 2024 NASW Conference!

    Breakout sessions for NASW 2024 have been announced! Choose from 50 breakout sessions in the following CE categories: Clinical: 9 CEs, Cross Cultural: 9 CEs, Domestic Violence: 3 CEs, Ethics: 4.5 CEs, Macro Social Work: 12 CEs, Social Work: 31.5 CEs. 

  • Private Practice and Corporate Transparency Act

    Effective January 1, 2024, the Corporate Transparency Act implemented new reporting requirements for corporations, limited liability companies, professional limited liability companies, and other entities that do not qualify for an exemption under the Act. Reporting companies must file a report with the U.S. Department of the Treasury containing details about the company and its beneficial owners by the applicable deadline. These requirements are particularly relevant for social workers who have their own private practice. 

  • Opportunity to Cancel Student Loan Debt

    Information from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    Many student loan borrowers have an opportunity to receive full student loan cancellation or more credit towards cancellation. The U.S. Department of Education will conduct a one-time adjustment this summer, but you may need to take steps to qualify. The deadline to act is April 30, 2024. Find what you need to know on the NASW Policy Update page. This information is also available as a printable flyer from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

  • Student Loan Forgiveness Workshop

    Join Savi and NASW for an informational webinar about how you can lower your monthly student loan payment or qualify for forgiveness. 

    Date: April 17
    Time: 1:00pm ET12PM CT

  • NASW 2024 Annual Meeting of Members

    The NASW 2024 Annual Meeting of Members will convene on Thursday, June 19, at 1:00 pm ET to ratify results of the 2024 NASW National Election. Members in good standing (current membership, no pending sanctions) are eligible to attend. This hybrid meeting will be held in conjunction with the NASW National Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel (Hampton Ballroon), 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20008.  The member meeting is also an opportunity to hear the NASW president and CEO report on the state of the association and meet members of the NASW board of directors.

    Please RSVP by June 10, providing your full name and membership ID number via email to governance@socialworkers.org. Details for virtual participation will be provided prior to the meeting date.

  • COVID-19 Year 5: Are We Prepared for the Next Pandemic?

    Join us for a free fireside chat with acclaimed epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm, author of the upcoming book The Big One: How to Prepare for World-Altering Pandemics to Come. Dr. Osterholm will discuss lessons learned from current and prior pandemics, and the hard truths about what it will take to prevent a catastrophe worse than COVID-19. Importantly, he will discuss the crucial leadership role of social workers in pandemic preparedness and response.

    Date: May 8, 2024
    Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm ET
    Credits: 1.5 Social Work
    Cost: Free

  • Register Now: Free Virtual Symposium on Older Adult Mental Health

    Enhance your knowledge and gain tools for practice by participating in the 7th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium on May 2 from 10am- to 5pm ET. Free social work CEUs for live participation are being offered in partnership with Rush University’s E4Center. On-demand access to the entire program (without CEUs) will also be available.

  • Let Congress Know How Hoarding Affects Your Community and Organization

    The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging is seeking information from social workers and other members of the public on the impact of hoarding disorder on communities (particularly older adults and people with disabilities) and service organizations. Submit your comments by April 15, 2024.

  • April is Autism Acceptance Month

     NASW recognizes and celebrates the important contributions of autistic people in every country and community every day.

  • How to Talk About Alcohol Use with Clients: Frequently Asked Questions

    How often do you talk with clients about their alcohol use? Do you know how much drinking is too much, or what counts as a standard drink? April is Alcohol Awareness Month, an invitation to social workers to make conversations about alcohol use part of routine practice and to make sure they’re armed with the facts. As the nation’s largest group of mental health services providers, social workers are uniquely positioned to help clients make significant positive changes in their health and well-being by taking time to talk with them about their drinking. 

  • Social Work Blog: Change Healthcare Cyberattack: What Social Workers Should Know

    A new resource has been posted to the Social Work Blog website that discusses a major healthcare cybersecurity attack in February 2024, targeting Change Healthcare, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. The blog also provides updates on response efforts from Change Healthcare and CMS, with a focus on implications for clinical social workers.

  • Complimentary Connect to End COVID-19 Self-Study Webinar

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequities in maternal health outcomes, especially for Black women. Learn more in a complimentary Connect to End COVID-19 Self-Study Webinar, Extreme Inequities in Maternal Care: The Impact of COVID-19.

  • Complimentary Connect to End COVID-19 Self-Study Webinar

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequities in maternal health outcomes, especially for Black women. Learn more in a complimentary Connect to End COVID-19 Self-Study Webinar, Extreme Inequities in Maternal Care: The Impact of COVID-19.

  • Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Adults 65 and Over

    Did you know the CDC recommends adults ages 65 years and older get an additional updated 2023-2024 #COVID19 vaccine dose, which can provide increased protection to older adults, who are at highest risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. According to the CDC, individuals with underlying conditions, advanced age, or higher-risk circumstances may benefit the most. 

  • Telemental Health Care Access Act (S. 3651/H.R. 3432)

    The bipartisan Telemental Health Care Access Act (S. 3651/H.R. 3432) was introduced in the US Senate and House. Make your voice heard. Urge your members of Congress to support the Telemental Health Care Access Act (S. 3651/H.R. 3432) to improve access to telemental health care.

  • NASW Contacts Optum United Behavioral Health Care Regarding Over Payment Requests

    NASW emailed a letter to the CEO of Optum Health and the CEO of United Health Group regarding Optum’s recent overpayment requests to clinical social workers who were reimbursed at the psychologist rate.  The CEO of Optum Health has acknowledged receipt and agreed to meet with NASW to discuss the matter. 

  • 9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD

    As individuals diagnosed with FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorders) age, the “need to know” across a broad spectrum of areas continues to be critically important for identifying clinically relevant research questions and directions impacting their day-to-day function and health outcomes. The 9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD aims to examine relevant global research, programs, and policies. Social workers will be able to connect with professionals; gain insight into emerging research findings; examine practice-based evidence, projects, and programs; engage in dialogue through multidisciplinary sessions; and listen to individuals with FASD and the direct experience of families. This program is approved by NASW (approval # 886927383-5300) for 25 continuing education contact hours.


    Date: April-14
    Where: Seattle, WA
    Register Here!

  • International Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion Summit

    Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative (PTACC) is having their annual International Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion Summit October 29 through November 1 in Seattle, Washington. If you are a social worker who works directly with law enforcement as an embedded social worker or a social worker who works on a co-response team this opportunity is for you and your team. PTACC is currently looking for panels and presentations from deflection practitioners, trainers, researchers, and partners to support the field of deflection.

    For proposal criteria and submission details please view here. Proposals are due by April 19, 2024 at 3PM ET/12PM PT. If your proposal is accepted, you will be offered a discounted registration to the summit. If you have any questions, please email info@ptaccollaborative.org.

  • Tackling Substance Use in Schools: Current Challenges and Social Work Solutions

    Check out the latest Tips & Tools for Social Workers which identifies three issues impacting youth substance use and offers resources for social workers to manage and address challenges.

  • HOPP: Tips for Working with Suicidal Patients: Share Your Experience

    You’re invited to join “An Hour With Private Practice (HOPP): Questions & Answers” 

    Date: Friday, March 15
    Time:  12:00 to 1:00 pm ET

    Title:  Tips for Working With Suicidal Patients:  Share your Experience

    Presenter:  Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT; NASW Director of Clinical Practice

    Register here!

  • Happy Social Work Month!

    Social Work Month in March is a time to celebrate the great profession of social work.

    The theme for Social Work Month 2024 is Empowering Social Workers! During Social Work Month take time to learn more about the many positive contributions of the profession, and use the items in our toolkit to celebrate all the social workers you know.

  • Highlights for Social Workers in the Medicate 2024 Physician Fee Schedule

    On November 2, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) (CMS–1784–P). View our latest Tips & Tools for Social Workers which provides key highlights on the final rule which impact social workers in the areas of telehealth behavioral health, social needs, and many others.

  • Pregnant and Postpartum Workers: Know Your Rights

    Under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, most workers have a right to reasonable accommodations, or temporary changes at work, that are medically-necessary during or after pregnancy. A Better Balance have launched a “Know Your Rights” campaign (also available in Spanish) around this important new law. 

  • Free! Student Loan Forgiveness Workshop by Savi

    The borrower experience has been broken for too long. Savi is on a mission to change that experience for the better. No borrower should struggle alone, which is why we’ve created this space for our community of borrowers, friends, and family members to access trusted support and guidance around their student loan debt.

    This LIVE and interactive virtual webinar and Q&A session with student loan experts will help you:

    -Understand your best repayment and forgiveness options

    -Discover options for managing your monthly payment

    -How Savi tools and resources can assist you in achieving the best outcome possible

    Date: Wednesday, April 17
    Time: 1:00-2:00pm ET

  • 2024 International Deflection & Pre-Arrest Diversion Summit

    Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative (PTACC) is having their annual International Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion Training Summit October 29 – November 1, 2024 in Seattle, Washington. If you are a social worker who works directly with law enforcement as an embedded social worker or a social worker who works on a co-response team this opportunity is for you and your team. 

  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Webinar

    Join the NASW International Committee and social workers from around the world for a webinar on conflict resolution and rebuilding strategies and social work wisdom and practices. The aim is to help social workers in Canada and the USA continue playing a critical role in conflict resolution and rebuilding by understanding the root causes of conflict, building relationships and trust, adopting a strengths-based approach, collaborating with other professionals, and advocating for social justice.

    Host: The National Association of Social Workers International Committee

    Date: February 28
    Time: 1:00-2:30pm ET
    Credits: 1.5 Social Work

  • A New Look for MyNASW!

    Welcome to the new upgraded MyNASW online community! We've created a more engaging and user-friendly experience for all members, and we can't wait for you to explore the new features.  Take a browse, check out our  FAQ and join the discussion!