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2017 NASW Virtual Conference, “Aging Through the Social Work Lens." Access cutting-edge presentations by recognized thought leaders to enhance your knowledge of practice trends, policy, and research findings related to aging.
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On October 3, 2016, TRICARE made changes to their mental health and substance use disorder treatment policies.  In an effort to align their policies with the Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA) of 1996, NASW has compiled these important changes. Read now.

If you would like to propose a change to NASW’s bylaws, please submit your amendment for consideration by the NASW Board of Directors by September 1, 2017. Proposed amendments may be submitted by members in good standing. For more info, contact Doreta Richards at 202.336.8270 or 



Early Bird Discount Ends August 18

Register for the 41st Annual NASW/Texas State Conference in Galveston by August 18 and save $30 with the Early Bird Discount.  This year's conference, themed "Social Workers Stand Up!", offers nearly 100 timely and educational breakout sessions, the opportunity to earn up to 20.5 CEUs, and our first-ever film screening. In addition, you'll find the 6th Annual NASW/Texas Career Center, non-stop networking, more than 80 like-minded exhibitors eager to share their products and services with you, and chances to win cash and exciting prizes, like a Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Learn more.


Who Needs Social Workers?

As Government Relations Director at NASW/Texas, I get asked the question of “Why do we need social workers exactly?” quite a bit at the Capitol, as our profession is always front and center in mental health, child welfare, criminal justice and other discussions. There’s a lot of misconceptions about social work: from a belief that all social workers are employed by CPS to all CPS workers are social workers. Jokes aside, there’s more to it than that, but in general, social work is better understood as an esoteric idea of people helping people, rather than a true picture of the complicated and integral work done by our profession in a multitude of settings. Read more.


Student Volunteers Needed at Conference

Students, volunteer just four hours at the 41st Annual NASW/Texas State Conference, October 5-7, in Galveston and save more than 75% off regular registration rates. Enjoy the breakout sessions, career guidance, networking, and events such as the 2017 Student Poster Presentation, and the return of the Student Leadership Institute. Hurry, our volunteer spots fill up quickly each year! Only the first 250 paid registrants accepted. More info.

Advancing the Profession

NASW Calls on President to Rescind Plan to Ban People who are Transgender from the Military Read now.

Career Insights

7 Job Search Mistakes Social Workers Make Read now.

Practice Resources

An Hour with Private Practice Q&A: Integrated Behavioral Health Services in a Primary Care Setting (Aug. 16) More info.

NASW Fellow Testifies Against Bathroom Bill

On Friday, July 21, 2017, Senate bills 3 and 91 were being heard in the Texas Senate State Affairs committee for the special session.  These two bills are different versions of the ‘bathroom bill’ introduced at the behest of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick during the regular session.  These bills would mandate individuals use the multi-use bathroom, shower or changing facilities of the gender listed on their birth certificate instead of the gender they identify as.  This proposed legislation has disastrous consequences for our transgender, androgynous and genderqueer populations as well as anyone who is not adhering strictly to gender norms.  Mental Health Policy Fellow, Nakia Winfield provided limited testimony on behalf of NASW-TX on these bills in written and verbal form.  Read the testimonies here.


Josephine Tittsworth Says Goodbye

My life as a social worker has been very rewarding. Although I retired from IBM after 30 years of service, my life as a social worker since retirement is the best. I have had many opportunities to engage with clients and communities. Some people say I have made a difference for them; well, it is all in the daily work of a social worker. Read more.


New NASW/TX Leaders Convene in Austin for SLLI

New NASW/Texas Board Members, Branch Chairs and NLIC reps, along with existing Board Members and NASW/Texas staff, gathered in Austin for the annual Sandra A. Lopez Leadership Institute on July 28 & 29. The new leaders received extensive training on NASW procedures, as well as role-specific instruction, while networking with their colleagues. What a great group!

Latest News

NASW/TX joins education groups in opposition of dangerous, discriminatory policies that would harm transgender students in TX. Read more.

TX has more kids eligible for free summer meals. Why is the state feeding fewer? Read more.

20% of people with opioid use disorder may not respond to standard treatment. Read more.

Advocates say ‘perfect storm’ of possible cuts threatens mental health care. Read more.

Hundreds wary of GOP health care bill attend Doggett town hall meeting co-sponsored by NASW/Texas. Read more.

Resources from NASW's Congressional Briefing on Preventing Mistreatment of NICU Infants. Read more.

Findings from The School Experiences of Rural Youths: A Study in Appalachian Ohio by NASW Press. Read more.

In TX, people with mental illness are finding work helping peers. Read more.

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NASW Social Justice Brief on Gun Violence

Gun violence is deeply ingrained in American society. Read this NASW Social Justice Brief to learn more about this disturbing trend and what NASW officials are recommending to curb gun deaths and injuries. Read now




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