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NASW and the NASW Foundation 2014 Recognition Awards

Call for Nominations. Submission process open April 16-June 4 at 11:59 p.m. EST. NASW and the NASW Foundation are accepting nominations for the 2014 National Recognition Awards. These awards honor social workers and other individuals and/or groups who have, through their work and/or advocacy, advanced the principles and vision of the profession. The following NASW National Awards, and those who may submit nominations for them, are:
Social Worker of the Year — NASW chapters only
Public Citizen of the Year — NASW chapters and members, and social service organizations
Public Elected Official — NASW chapters and members, and social service organizations
Lifetime Achievement Award — NASW chapters and members

For more information or to submit a nomination for the NASW National Awards: Awards. Inquiries may be sent to e-mail or call 202-336-8270.

The NASW Foundation Awards are:
International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award
Knee/Wittman Health and Mental Health Achievement Awards

The Sarnat Award is given to an individual, group or organization that has significantly advanced the public image of professional social work. The award recipient receives a cash award of $3,000. The Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a professional social worker who, over the course of his/her career, has made an exemplary contribution to health/mental health practice. The Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award is presented to an individual or group that has had a significant impact on national mental health public policy, professional standards, or program models. This award is not limited to social work. The submission process is open to the public. For more information or to submit a nomination for the NASW Foundation Awards: Recognition Awards. Inquiries may be sent to e-mail or call 202-336-8298. The deadline for submitting a complete nomination package is Wednesday, June 4, 2014, by 11:59 p.m. EST.


NASW Board Approves Membership Pilot Program

On Jan. 30, at the winter meeting, the NASW national board of directors approved a Bylaws Committee report that recommends implementing a two-year pilot program in response to a proposed bylaws amendment that was introduced by the NASW Guam Chapter board of directors. The proposed amendment sought to add to “Article III-Membership” a category for “Licensed Social Workers” under “Regular Members.” During deliberations of the amendment, the Bylaws Committee made a persuasive argument that if NASW implemented the amendment, NASW could be giving authority to state licensing boards to determine eligibility for NASW membership. If applied, this change could shift the emphasis of membership from education to licensing, and could call into question the NASW definition of professional social work. The committee made a concentrated effort to discuss a variety of less disruptive solutions, which resulted in the approval of a two-year pilot program effective Feb. 15. The program offers a process for an individual waiver of certain membership eligibility requirements, based on geographic location and lack of access to accredited institutions for individuals who want to seek regular NASW membership, but do not currently meet the complete education requirements stated in the NASW bylaws. This process will be used to review cases individually. While the two-year pilot program is in effect, NASW seeks to gather the information to measure the need for implementing a bylaws change. Below, you can review the approved criteria for this individual waiver of membership eligibility requirements. A person may be considered for a waiver of certain eligibility requirements for NASW membership if he/she is a graduate of a U.S. social work program and either:
At the time of enrollment to a social work degree program, there was not a social work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education reasonably accessible within 500 miles of the applicant’s address of residence
The social work degree program from which he/she graduated subsequently received candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education, or became accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

A person who meets one of these conditions may be considered for regular membership in the National Association of Social Workers.

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MAY 2014
Vol. 59, No. 5

Public article

From the CEO
Optimal mental wellness for foster children
By Angelo McClain, Ph.D., LICSW

Public article

Celebrating the Profession
Social Work Month filled with activities
By Rena Malai, News Staff

Public article

Social Work in the Public Eye

Members-only article

NASW National Conference 2014
Popular social work ethics session returns this year
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Members-only article

Foster Care and the ACA
Coverage for foster youths is extended
Those aging out of the system now have access to health care until age 26
By Rena Malai, News Staff

Members-only article

Agency agrees to give hiring preference
NASW-Connecticut helps secure state jobs for BSWs and MSWs
By Rena Malai, News Staff

Members-only article

Social workers, NASW active in War on Poverty initiatives
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Members-only article

Social work school staff help with Philippine relief mission
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Members-only article

Capitol Hill briefing
Discussion focuses on racial equity
By Paul R. Pace, News Staff

Members-only article

NASW chapter leader joins lawsuit over Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban
By Rena Malai, News Staff

Members-only article


Members-only article

Social Work in Action

Members-only article

Legal Briefs

Members-only article

Letter to the Editor

Members-only article

Member Extra




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