March is Social Work Month

March is Social Work Month

By Sylvester Bowie

March is social work month. The idea of having a month set apart to celebrate, encourage, and support the interest and work of social workers was first introduced by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in March 1963, the idea was first conceived and intended to introduce National Professional Social Work Month.

As ..Read More…

Parent-Child Separation on the Southwestern Border

Preventing Forced Child Adoptions and Important Advocacy Actions for Social Workers

By Karen Smith Rotabi, MSW, MPH, PhD

People who seek asylum from “Northern Triangle” countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras have been suffering systematic human rights abuses on the Southwestern border. Specifically, the current Presidential administration’s “zero tolerance policy” has separated children from ..Read More…

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month. It is my hope that all social workers—and not just those who are Black—will take time out to reflect on the achievement and contribution of Black social workers to the profession. There are still those who question the need, basis and or reason for having a month set apart for such as celebration and recognition as Black History Month.

NASW Calls on White House, Congress to Fully Reopen Federal Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) calls on Congress and the White House to act to fully reopen the federal government immediately. Allowing the shutdown to continue is unconscionable.  

We are currently at the 33-day mark for the partial shutdown of the federal government.This is the longest such shutdown in ..Read More…


There are no words to adequately express our feelings about the tragedies that we’ve endured for the past week and beyond. Our hearts are heavy, our souls are strained, and many have expressed a paralyzing feeling of helplessness.

We are all going through this time in our own way, and still, somehow, we ..Read More…


For the last week, we have all worried and watched helplessly as our communities are under attack. There are no words to express the sorrow we all collectively feel for those who have been so devastatingly impacted. I sense the immense grief in knowing our communities will never be the same. There will always ..Read More…


The National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter is deeply saddened by the most recent mass shooting in Thousand Oaks California. As of now, we do not know the details of the shooting, or the motivation of the shooter, but we do know that traumatic events increase the need for mental health services ..Read More…

NASW-PA Statement on The Tree of Life Shooting


(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Pennsylvania Chapter is saddened by the injuries and loss of life in the aftermath of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 27, 2018, where eleven people were killed, and ..Read More…

Social Work Voter Guide to the 2018 General Election

Make you get out there and vote!

Here is a link to the California candidates the NASWCA supports:



Click here for a list of our national endorsements:











A Farewell Interview with Elder Advocate Professor Lillian Hyatt

“I know a helluva lot about a helluva lot.” — Professor Lillian Hyatt


By Lisa Kopochinski, NASWCA Editor

Professor Lillian Hyatt is a force to be reckoned with. At age 93 1/2 and nearly blind, this long-time elder care advocate is candid that her journey on earth is nearly over.

This ..Read More…