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An item in the February “Social Work in the Public Eye” column about Paula Sharp included an incorrect photograph. The photograph was of Stacey Freedenthal. The correct photographs can be seen at: Social Work in the Public Eye; Examining Teen Suicide Prevention


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Courtesy Calls Added to 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. 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.


Nominees Sought for Recognition Awards

NASW and the NASW Foundation are accepting nominations through April 17, 2009, for the 2009 National Recognition Awards. Awards include: NASW — Social Worker of the Year, Public Citizen of the Year, Public Elected Official of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award; Foundation — Rhoda G. Sarnat Award, Knee/Wittman Health and Mental Health Achievement Awards.


Send Us Your Book

NASW Press is seeking book proposals. The Press adheres to the highest standards of quality in all aspects of book publishing. Send your proposal to NASW Press, 750 First Street, N.E., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002-4241; (202) 336-8312 (fax); press@naswdc.org. For information: “NASW Press Author Guidelines.”


This Month In Social Work

Restorative Justice, Older Adult Inmates, Causal Attribtions for Poverty, Maltreated Children’s Thoughts and Emotions, Unwanted Religious Persuasion, Discretion in Direct Practice, and more


Membership Dues Income Tax Deduction

Members who qualify to deduct membership dues payments from income taxes should note the following:
For tax year 2008, 10.13 percent of the annual NASW dues payment is not deductible. The percentage is based on the amount of association lobbying activity in 2008.
For tax planning purposes, the nondeductible portion of the NASW dues payment to be made in tax year 2009 is 10.66 percent.

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From the President
We Have Much to Offer Veterans
By James J.Kelly, Ph.D., ACSW, LCSW

New Technology Transforming Profession
Evolving tools are changing how social workers and their clients communicate
Technology offers new ways to perform services and obtain information.
By Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff

Recovery Act to Impact Social Services
The new law reinvests in long-neglected programs that provide a safety net for families in need.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Appointment Efforts Continue
Coalition Meets With White House Personnel
Clark said an endorsement by NCWA adds validity to the nominee and helps narrow the selection process.

Social Work Research Widely Distributed
NASW received funding from NIH to distribute the special December issue.
By Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff

NASW Launches New Loan Forgiveness Site
Social workers can share information about loan forgiveness programs in their state.
By Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff

Global Celebration of Profession
NASW Submits Video Message for Special Event
NASW produced a video to represent the North American region.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Association Urges Inclusion in DSM-V Group
“Clinical social workers have clinical expertise that would be an asset in the development of the DSM-V.”

NASW Backs Patient Privacy
Privacy Deemed Essential to Health IT Adoption
A letter sent to Congress calls for privacy protections for personal health records.
By Heidi Sfiligoj, News Staff

Pioneer Turner Dies
Turner was among country’s first African American aviation cadets at Tuskegee Army Air Field.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

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