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Survey Seeks Input on Caseload Calculator

NASW invites hospital social workers and other social work case managers involved in client transitions from the hospital to other settings to participate in a survey that will inform the development of caseload calculator software. This software builds on the Caseload Concept Paper and Matrix, published by NASW and the Case Management Society of America in 2008. The software will be available, free of charge, to all NASW members in July 2011. Help bring the caseload calculator project one step closer to completion. Complete the survey today. Survey closes May 15, 2011, at 5 p.m. EDT..


Hot Topic of the Month: Care Advocates & Life Coaches

April’s Hot Topic of the Month, a new NASW Practice & Professional Development product, focused on “Clinical Social Workers, Care Advocates and Life Coaches: Who Does What?” NASW members contacted the association to express concerns about care advocates and life coaches who instructed clinical social workers how to treat patients referred to them by OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions, formerly known as United Behavioral Solutions.  Members reported the care advocates and life coaches as conflicting and interfering with their role as mental health providers. NASW contacted OptumHealth for clarification of the roles of care advocates and life coaches and offers a summary of that communication.


National and Foundation Awards Nominees Sought

NASW and the NASW Foundation are accepting nominations for the 2011 national awards (PDF).

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From the Director
The Challenge of Sadness in Social Work
By Elizabeth J. Clark, Ph.D., ACSW, MPH

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‘Dual Degrees’ Open New Opportunities
Many Social Workers Combine Profession With Other Specialties
Some discover their social work calling later in life; others say their social work education was a springboard for a new career direction.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

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Profession Observes Social Work Month
Social Media Campaigns Supplement Efforts to Enhance Profession’s Visibility
“We were successful in increasing the level of individual participation to promote the profession.”
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

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‘Hit the Ground Running’
Imperative: Train the Leaders of Tomorrow
Leadership skills are critical in advocating either on behalf of an individual client or an entire community.
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

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Delegates Visit Cuba
SWAN Initiative Includes 2 Groups
“They are committed to working ... to ensure that everyone’s needs are met.”
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

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Briefing Calls for National Standards on Child Abuse
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

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Social Workers Add Voices to Pro-Union Protests
‘We Can’t Sit Back’: NASW Members Speak Up in Wis., Ohio, Mich., Ind. Chapters
“This is a time that social workers need to have a loud and powerful voice.”
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

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Chronic Conditions Document Reflects NASW Input
‘The Changes Signal an Even Stronger Commitment’ by Health & Human Services
Nearly half of Americans live with a chronic condition and more than half of them have multiple chronic conditions.
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

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New Director Takes Helm in Maine
Lamb Served 10 Years in State House of Representatives
“I was happiest when I was representing vulnerable populations.”
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

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Supreme Court Hears Wal-Mart Arguments
By Matthew Malamud, News Staff

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Delegate Assembly Set
The discussion process for members and delegates has already begun on NASW’s Delegate Assembly website.
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

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Survey Examines NASW Members’ Priorities
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

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Social Work in the Public Eye

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