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In This Issue:
An Author’s Guide to Social Work Journals, 5th Edition—NEW Title from NASW Press
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM NASW
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
arrow Specialty Practice Sections Teleconference: 
Working with Families Who Have a Child or Parent with a Disability
(1.0 FREE CE) — January 21, 2010, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (ET)
arrow Lunchtime Series Webinar:
How Leaders Lead:  Guiding Principles for Social Workers in Evidence-Driven Environments
(2.0 FREE CEs) — January 26, 2010, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM (ET)
arrow The Social Work Career Center’s DECEMBER “Job of the Month” – NEW MemberLink Feature
arrow UPDATE on the National Social Worker Finder and HelpStartsHere.org
PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT
arrow World AIDS Day 2009: Universal Access and Human Rights
arrow NASW Celebrates Human Rights Day, December 10, 2009
NEW PUBLICATIONS 
arrow Inside December Social Work Research Journal
arrow NOW AVAILABLE: New Titles from NASW Press on Treatment of Eating Disorders and Social & Economic Justice 
LEGISLATIVE AND LEGAL ADVOCACY
arrow NASW on TV:  MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show Cites NASW in Debate on Mental Health “Treatments” for Curing Homosexuality
arrow NASW Co-Sponsors Health Action 2010 Conference
arrow Senate Debates Health Care Reform
NEW PUBLICATIONS
arrow Upcoming January NASW NEWS
arrow Inside December Social Work Research Journal – Letter to a Young Researcher
arrow NEW Title from NASW Press on Value-Based Coaching
MEMBER BENEFITS
arrow Are You Traveling this Season?  Roadside Assistance Program Is Available to All NASW Members
arrow Secure Your Family’s Future with Term Life Coverage Amounts up to $407,000
arrow Free Risk Management Hotline for All NASW Members
arrow What Would You Like to See in the NASW Store? Take the NASW Store Survey

PUBLIC EDUCATION

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MTV’s True Life Program Seeks Social Work Ideas for Upcoming Shows

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Women, Children & Family Services Charities – Support the Combined Federal Campaign

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Wear Your Social Worker Pin with Pride: Support the NASW Foundation’s Public Education Campaign

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
An Author’s Guide to Social Work Journals, 5th Edition
NEW Title from NASW Press
By NASW Press
An Author’s Guide to Social Work Journals, 5th Edition—NEW Title from NASW Press Are you a social work writer?  NASW Press is proud to announce the release of the long-awaited reference tool – An Author’s Guide to Social Work Journals, 5th Edition.  The completely updated, go-to reference includes current/previous titles, editorial foci, audiences, submission guidelines, review processes, and contact information for over 200 journals. Get your copy today.
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM NASW
Happy Holidays from NASW
swMonthLogo There are great things in store for NASW and its members in 2010.  NASW will mark its 55th Anniversary as the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the nation; the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) will celebrate its 50th Anniversary as the profession’s premier credential and symbol of professional achievement; and National Professional Social Work Month in March 2010, with the theme “Social Workers Inspire Community Action,” will highlight the many ways social workers answer the call to improve their communities.  These are just a few of the numerous accomplishments and social work objectives that NASW will recognize in the coming year. We look forward to your continued membership and support of NASW. Click here to view your special holiday e-card from us to you.  Happy Holidays from all of us at NASW. We wish you peace, health, and happiness in the New Year.
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Specialty Practice Sections Teleconference: 
Working with Families Who Have a Child or Parent with a Disability
(1.0 FREE CE) — January 21, 2010, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (ET)
Families who have one or more children with severe disabilities face a complex, strenuous, and unknown future.  Stressors, both financial and social, experienced by these families have profound implications.  The same can be said for a family experiencing one or both parents with a severe disability.  This workshop will explore these issues and provide important guidelines and considerations for the practitioner.  The teleconference—moderated by Bekki Ow-Ärhus, MSW, LICSW, with presenter Richard Nyle Harris, LISCW—is geared to new and experienced practitioners and has a higher concentration of material focusing on the family that has a child with a disability. Registration begins in early January. Please visit the Specialty Practice Sections Web page for more information and to register for this NASW members-only teleconference.
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Lunchtime Series Webinar: How Leaders Lead: Guiding Principles for Social Workers in Evidence-Driven Environments (2.0 FREE CEs) — January 26, 2010, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM (ET)
Lunchtime Series

Beginning in January, the NASW Lunchtime Series will launch its eight-part Lunchtime Series Leadership Forum, as well as debut its new webinar format.

How Leaders Lead: Guiding Principles for Social Workers in Evidence-Driven Environments
The demands for "evidence" and outcome-driven practices often present tensions for social work leaders who have strong commitments to social justice and equity. Developing leadership practices that can meet rigorous expectations and still remain consistent with core values of the profession in today's fiscally challenging environments presents unique challenges and opportunities for social workers to demonstrate the strengths and power of their professional training. This teleconference—moderated by Tracy Whitaker, DSW, ACSW, with presenters Darrell Wheeler, PhD, MPH, and Allison Blake, PhD LSW—will discuss the guiding principles for social workers in evidence-driven environments.

Registration for this webinar begins in early January. Other webinars as part of the Lunchtime Series Leadership Forum include:
  • Leading Social Change at the International Level – the Role of Social Workers 
  • Leading Advocacy within Your Workplace
  • Managing Competing Demands
Please visit the NASW Lunchtime Series Web page for more information.  More details will be coming soon regarding the entire Lunchtime Series Leadership Forum webinars, as well as how you can participate. The NASW Lunchtime Series is exclusively for NASW members.
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The Social Work Career Center’s DECEMBER “Job of the Month” – NEW MemberLink Feature
Social Work Finder MemberLink has added a new feature—the “Job of the Month”—that will highlight a position posted on the Social Work Career Center.   This feature has been initiated to direct you to the Social Work Career Center’s quality social work employment opportunities. In addition to assisting job seekers, this new spotlight will also benefit you as an employer by providing added exposure to your job listing(s).   NASW builds relationships with social work employers through our Career Center to create valuable career opportunities for our members.

The “Job of the Month” for December is a Foster Care Placement Supervisor in LaFayette, Colorado. The employer is Imagine! To view the December “Job of the Month” position description and job requirements, click on the above link.  To view other social work job listings, visit the Social Work Career Center today.
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UPDATE on the National Social Worker Finder and HelpStartsHere.org
In January 2010, consumers looking for social work referrals on NASW’s award-winning HelpStartsHere.org Web site will find new information about how to search for qualified professionals online.   The HelpPro Social Worker Finder will continue to receive prominent placement on the site and will continue to offer preferential and discounted rates to NASW members who choose to list their practice in the Finder. In addition, a few other directories will be listed on the site. We want to encourage the public to seek out social work assistance wherever it is available.
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PRACTICE ADVANCES AND SUPPORT
World AIDS Day 2009: Universal Access and Human Rights
December 1, 2009, marked World AIDS Day, and the theme this year was “Universal Access and Human Rights.” World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, fighting stigma and discrimination, and improving education.   For social workers internationally, World AIDS Day provides the opportunity to remind others that HIV/AIDS remains a global health issue.  In a collective effort, social work professionals worldwide must continue efforts for inclusion of HIV/AIDS issues into development endeavors, emphasizing awareness, prevention, and care and treatment as priority areas to be actively included in organizational systems and policies.  For more information on World AIDS Day, visit the NASW World AIDS Day 2009 Web page

For more information on HIV/AIDS and NASW’s efforts, visit NASW’s HIV/AIDS Practice Resources Web page, read the NASW Fact Sheet for Practitioners on Discrimination & HIV/AIDS, support the NASW HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project, and/or take the NASW WebEd course, Understanding HIV/AIDS: The Social Worker’s Role.  
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NASW Celebrates Human Rights Day, December 10, 2009
On December 10, 2009, NASW celebrated Human Rights Day, an event to mark the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.  This day is of particular relevance to social workers who work to promote social justice and fight discrimination of all forms.  NASW recently updated its Web site to include more content on the intersection of human rights and social work. Visit the NASW’s 2009 Human Rights Day Web page for more information on the worldwide celebration, whose theme this year focused on non-discrimination, as well as the NASW Human Rights and International Affairs Web page for links to resources on specific issue areas related to human rights.
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LEGISLATIVE AND LEGAL ADVOCACY
NASW on TV: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show Cites NASW in Debate on Mental Health “Treatments” for Curing Homosexuality
On the December 8, 2009, broadcast of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, NASW, along with other organizations, was referenced as debunking mental health “treatments” that attempt to change the sexual orientation of homosexuals to become heterosexual. The segment which focused on the legislative movement  in Uganda to make homosexuality officially illegal (e.g., imposing fines and prison sentences on homosexuals, prohibiting gay couples from adopting, and, in some instances, sentencing homosexuals to death) was correlated with the American “Ex-Gay Movement” that deems homosexuality as a mental disorder that can be cured and/or prevented. Watch the entire clip here (the NASW reference appears beginning at minute 3:25).
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NASW Co-Sponsors Health Action 2010 Conference
Families USA will be holding its 15th annual grassroots conference, Health Action 2010, co-sponsored by NASW, on January 28-30, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Families USA is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer health care advocacy organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. The Health Action 2010 conference is dedicated to the memory of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.  Progressive health advocates and people representing diverse constituencies—seniors, children, communities of color, labor, religious communities, people with disabilities, and immigrants—concerned about health reform, are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit Families USA Health Action 2010 Conference Central.
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Senate Debates Health Care Reform
The Senate is currently debating health care reform legislation. Numerous amendments are pending, and each will require 60 votes for passage, a high threshold for inclusion. NASW has mobilized its members on reproductive rights as well as coverage for routine patient care costs associated with clinical trials participation, and we anticipate further mobilization on other issues in the debate. In addition, NASW has written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid supporting the Senate version of health care reform legislation. View the full letter to Senator Reid here.  Final passage may occur during the third week of December, and reconciliation of differences with the House and Senate versions may extend into the holidays and beyond. To keep up with the fast-changing landscape and how it might affect your practice and your clients, sign up for the NASW Advocacy Listserv , or visit the NASW Health Care Reform Web page for regular updates. 
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NEW PUBLICATIONS
Upcoming January NASW NEWS

Look for these articles in the upcoming January issue, available soon at NASW NEWS online.

 
Encyclopedia of Social Work From the Director: Looking Forward, Looking Back
By Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH
This month we move into a new decade, the second decade of a new century. Intellectually, we know these are insignificant milestones in the continuum of time and history, but in the United States we tend to see the first of January as a demarcation, a line dividing the past year from the future. We say “Happy New Year” and we look forward to a new start.

Social Work Delegation Explores Egypt
As part of the Social Workers Across Nations, or SWAN initiative, NASW Executive Director Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, led a People to People social work delegation to Egypt in October.

Women Appointees Celebrated
The Coalition for Women’s Appointments, of which NASW is a member, honored more than 320 women appointed to positions in the Obama administration at a September 29 celebration. The event, co-sponsored by NASW, took place at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Hate Crimes Law Expansion Signed
President Barack Obama has signed NASW-supported legislation that expands federal authority to investigate and prosecute hate crimes based on a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

American Indian Social Workers Hopeful
American Indians and Alaskan Natives disproportionately lack access to quality health care, but things seem to be changing.
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Inside December Social Work Research Journal – Letter to a Young Researcher
Social Work journals

New email address? Click here to update your email at the Member Center or call NASW Member Services at 800.742.4089 or 202.408.8600 ext. 499.
The December issue of Social Work Research (Vol. 33, No. 4) covers a range of topics important to social work and social workers, and this month’s editorial by Dr. Matthew O. Howard, Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor, School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be of particular interest to social workers and social work students interested in pursuing a career in social work research. Download the table of contents of the December Issue of the Social Work Research Journal here. For information about an online subscription or a combination print and online subscription, please visit NASW Press Journals Online.
Letter to a Young Researcher
By Matthew O. Howard
If you are serious about your quest for knowledge and enhancing social work intelligence, then this month’s editorial is a must-read.  In this unusual—and unusually candid and insightful—editorial, Dr. Matthew O. Howard, professor and seasoned social work researcher, imparts the advice he would give to a social work doctoral student interested in having a successful research career.
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NEW Title from NASW Press on Value-Based Coaching
•	Values-Based Coaching: A Guide for Social Workers and Other Human Service ProfessionalsValues-Based Coaching: A Guide for Social Workers and Other Human Service Professionals
By Marilyn Edelson
Have you considered the practice of coaching? Values-Based Coaching: A Guide for Social Workers and Other Human Service Professionals is specifically written with social workers in mind.  Marilyn Edelson gives voice to the social work profession on a controversial topic that presents tremendous opportunities for bringing positive change in people’s lives.  She presents a historical overview, business case, theoretical foundations, and practical skills pertinent to the field of coaching in the social work and human services fields. 
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MEMBER BENEFITS
Are You Traveling this Season? Roadside Assistance Program Is Available to All NASW Members
ASI LogoThe holiday season is upon us.  Are you planning to hit the road with your family?  Make sure you have an emergency phone number in case you have car trouble.  NASW Assurance Services offers a Roadside Assistance Program to assist you with this need.  Cross Country Automotive Services is available to you and your family in the event you have car trouble and need assistance.  All you need to do is call 800.709.1090, and a representative will assist you and collect your payment information.  No enrollment or activation is required.  Simply call Cross Country Automotive Services the next time you’re in need of roadside assistance.
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Secure Your Family’s Future with Term Life Coverage Amounts up to $407,000
ASI LogoNASW Assurance Services offers you affordable Term Life insurance options in increments of $1,000 that give you the flexibility to customize the amount that’s just right for you and the ones you love. Visit NASW Assurance Services or call 866.591.8267 for more information.
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Free Risk Management Hotline for All NASW Members
ASI LogoA risk management hotline is available to all NASW members, as well as professional liability insurance policyholders.  The hotline specializes in risk management information to help members avoid licensing board complaints and malpractice lawsuits. Call 800.421.6694 for more information.
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What Would You Like to See in the NASW Store? Take the NASW Store Survey
Looking for something special for yourself and/or for your social work colleagues that you just can’t seem to find anywhere? Is there specific social work-themed merchandise you would like to see in the NASW Store that is currently not there? If yes, take the NASW Store Survey, and let us know what you’d like to see in the NASW Store.  

The NASW Store is continuing its BLOW OUT SALE. Save up to 50% on discontinued social work-themed merchandise. Now is a great time to grab holiday gifts for your friends, your colleagues, and yourself.  Visit the NASW Store today to take advantage of these great savings.
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PUBLIC EDUCATION

MTV’s True Life Program Seeks Social Work Ideas for Upcoming Shows

MTV’s award-winning program, True Life, features episodes on a variety of social issues young people confront, including alcoholism, addictions, and sexuality. Executive producer Betsy Forhan said the creators of True Life want to educate teenagers and young adults about these issues in a subtle way and help them find solutions.  She invites NASW members to submit episode ideas because social workers may be aware of unnoticed social trends that they should explore on the show. Visit Social Workers Speak! today and put forward your ideas for future episodes. Let your voice be heard.
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Women, Children & Family Services Charities – Support the Combined Federal Campaign
CFCFederal employees can support The NASW Foundation: Social Workers Helping Communities in the “Women, Children & Family Services Charities” of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).  Visit the NASW Foundation Web site today to learn how you can raise awareness of the CFC opportunities in your home state, as well as how your contributions can support charitable and education initiatives essential to social work and social workers.
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Wear Your Social Worker Pin with Pride: Support the NASW Foundation’s Public Education Campaign
Social Work Pins Celebrate your education and experience, and help tell the Social Work story. Your support for the NASW Foundation’s National Social Work Public Education Campaign helps us educate the media, policymakers, employers, social workers, and the public about the importance of the social work profession. Contribute to the campaign today and receive a complimentary professional social worker pin.  Donors of $25 - $49 will receive a silver-plated Professional Social Worker pin in appreciation. Donors of $50 or more will receive a gold-plated Professional Social Worker pin. Please allow two weeks for delivery. Wear your pin with pride.To learn more about the Social Work Public Education Campaign and why and how you can get involved, visit the NASW Foundation Web site.
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