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Courtesy Calls Added to NASW Membership Renewal Process

In order to better reach our members, who lead very busy lives, NASW has added renewal courtesy calls to the membership renewal process. These courtesy calls will be made around the time of your membership expiration date as a helpful reminder to renew your NASW membership so you continue your benefits uninterrupted. You will be able to renew your membership immediately over the phone, as well as renew your ACSW credential or Specialty Practice Sections membership. If you prefer to renew online instead, or via the renewal invoice mailed to you, please do. It is an exciting time to be an NASW member, and we are making every effort to make sure you are a part of it. For more information on the renewal courtesy calls, please call NASW Membership Services at (800) 742-4089 or (202) 408-8600 ext. 499. If you haven’t visited the NASW Web site recently, go there today at www.socialworkers.org for the latest updates on the Social Work Reinvestment Act and the National Social Work Public Education Campaign and to register for free NASW WebEd online courses, which offer free CEUs.


Hispanic Heritage Month

NASW Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


NASW Leaders Sought

Nominations for the association's 2009 election must reach the National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification by Oct. 17, 2008. The committee will meet November 21-22, to develop the slate of candidates. Positions to be filled include:
Officers: Vice president (2009-2012); treasurer (2009-2012).
Board of Directors: BSW student (2009-2011); regional representatives (2009-2012) - Regions III, IV, VII, VIII, IX.
National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (2009-2012): Regions IV, VIII, X, XI, XIII.

In recommending nominees, members should bear in mind the following NASW bylaws:
The slate must reflect the ethnic minority distribution, gender distribution, sexual orientation distribution, geographic distribution, students, and special interests of membership. (In order to further implement 1996 bylaws amendments, members' self-identification of sexual orientation is invited on the nomination form.)
At least one board member must be a person whose current, most advanced degree is the baccalaureate.
The candidate for a nominations committee seat who garners the second-highest vote total in an electoral region will be the alternate to the elected committee member.
Current board members whose terms expire next June may be elected to other board positions, but may not succeed themselves in their current positions and may not be elected to a third consecutive board term in any capacity.

Only persons whose names are submitted to the nominations committee by Oct. 31, but are not included in the slate, may be included by petition on the final ballot. For details: Doreta Richards, (202) 336-8216


Sanctions in Force Listed Online

NASW adjudicates certain allegations of violations of its Code of Ethics by members, and if violations are found, may impose sanctions. For the list of sanctions of public notification imposed within the past 10 years that remain in force: Sanctions in Force


Social Work Blogs Open for Comments

Want to express an opinion about recent news coverage of the social work profession or weigh in on important social work advocacy developments. Visit SocialWorkBlog.org today! Post your comments and access news feeds via RSS.


PACE Endorsement News

For the latest information on candidate endorsements made by NASW's Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) in 2008 races, use your member username and password to view the "Endorsement List".


Veterans Suicide-Prevention Hotline Open

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a national suicide-prevention hotline for veterans — (800) 273-TALK (8255). The toll-free hotline number is staffed by mental health professionals who take calls from across the country and work with local providers to help veterans.


American Government Awards

The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government offers $100,000 grants to creative and effective government initiatives through its American Government Awards Program. Applications for the 2009 awards are due Sept. 30, 2008. For information and to apply: Ash Institute


Log On to the NASW Web Site

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From the President
Economic Demands on Social Work
By James J. Kelly, ph.d., acsw, lcsw

Foundations Utilize Social Work Skills
Profession is Ideally Suited for Leading Philanthropic Organizations
“I’ve learned foundations really do have an important role to play in our society.”
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Political Action Board Endorses Obama
Trustees Call Candidate an Ally to Social Workers and Clients
Barack Obama is a strong supporter of civil rights legislation.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Testimony Reveals Profession’s Direction
“The need for social workers will increase over time.”
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Milestone for Medicare Payments
“This is a huge victory for clinical social workers.”
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

NASW Announces National Award Recipients
The honorees include an advocate for youth, a U.S. Marine and a city controller
The National Social Worker of the Year is a professor at Eastern Michigan University.

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

The Board Takes Action
June 2008

New Practice Updates Posted on Web Site
The two documents offer important information for clinical social workers.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Booklet Addresses Pay
The publication covers areas involving clinical social work and reimbursement.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Karls, 80, Honored Before Passing
Karls was also elected an NASW Social Work Pioneer®.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Educator and Pioneer David M. Austin Dies
“He was a leading scholar in the field of social work.”
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Charter Member Warren Lamson
He had numerous articles on mental health published during his career.

Two Legal Decisions Support NASW Positions
NASW Argued that the Death Penalty for Child Rape Harms Abused Children
NASW had filed briefs in support of both court decisions.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Social Work Blog Site Expands
New Pages Promote Networking Opportunities
NASW currently has blogs in four areas of interest.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Legal Defense Fund’s Brief Bank Passes 200
The database includes the full text of the briefs filed and summaries of cases.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

Briefing Examines Preventing Suicide Among Older Adults
Only half of older adults with mental disorders receive treatment.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

NASW Part of Global Conference
Gathering Addressed Social Responsibility
The summit was held simultaneously in locations around the world.
By Lyn Stoesen, News Staff

IFSW Delegation Part of U.N. AIDS Meeting
“We must not lose the momentum of our global response.”
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

New Members Lead Assurance Services
The board members will be part of the decision-making process in overseeing NASW Assurance Services.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Social Work in the Public Eye


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Managing Editor:
M. Scott Moss
(retired June 26, 2008)
Lyn Stoesen

Paul R. Pace naswnews@naswdc.org

Jim Snyder

(703) 764-5949

Erinn Dumas

NASW President:
James J. Kelly, Ph.D., ACSW, LCSW

Executive Director:
Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW

Publisher, NASW Press:
Cheryl Bradley

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