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What Good is a Social Work Degree When You No Longer Can Practice?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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Whether you are a National Association of Social Workers (NASW) member, former member or never have been a member this message is for you. The Social Work profession faces many challenges in the coming years including budget cuts to social service programs, increased competition in the workplace and policy makers that do not see the need for, or value of social work. The Social Work degree is no longer enough to assure your right to practice. That is why every social worker needs "Career Insurance” and that is what NASW membership provides you.

Without a strong NASW our profession will lose ground, our jobs and your ability to practice will slowly erode, taken over by individuals with non-social work degrees because everyone thinks they can do social work. No matter how many years you have been a social worker you still need to have "career insurance” which comes with your NASW membership.

What is "Career Insurance” you may be asking yourself and why do I need it? "Career Insurance” is having a professional association with the vitality to protect the practice of social work. Why is a social work degree not enough? Because your degree alone does not achieve the following – but as a NASW Michigan State Chapter Member we can:
  • Continue to advocate for reasonable social work salaries and compensation.
  • Expand social work job opportunities by making sure the Michigan agencies are hiring degreed social workers.
  • Keep the pressure on insurance companies and HMOs to increase the rates they pay social workers.
  • Provide you with outstanding professional development, ethics consultation, and continual updates on licensing.
  • Continue to advocate for policies that are consistent with meeting human needs.
  • Provide high quality professional continuing education programs.
  • Always serve as a vigilant voice for Social Work practice at the State Capitol.

Remember, with NASW membership you are buying yourself "Career Insurance” from the best available source! Your NASW membership assures a strong Michigan State Chapter and a strong Michigan State Chapter assures that we are here to fight for you.

Duane Breijak, LLMSW is the Director of Member Services and Development for the NASW Michigan Chapter.

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