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Happy Social Work Month 2018 from NASW-Michigan! Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.

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Social Work Month in March Looks At Vital Role of Social Workers in Improving Our Society

This year’s theme is “Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions"

 

 

"March is Social Work Month; this is a time for social workers to celebrate and sit back (briefly!) to evaluate the work we are doing and have done over the last year. Social workers are advocates, activists, clinicians, policy makers, and program directors; we are working in every corner of our state in virtually every type of setting. Our expertise and ties to our communities make us a powerful force when we come together to be heard. NASW-Michigan would especially like to thank our members this month, because your support has opened doors for significant impacts on policy and cutting edge programs in Michigan.

The services of social workers are needed now more than ever as the nation grapples with issues like income inequality, the opioid crisis, environmental justice, and the continued struggle for human rights for all. During Social Work Month, we hope you will take time with NASW to celebrate yourself and your colleagues, and look to the future for the change we will make working together."

- Maxine A. Thome, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, MPH. Executive Director, NASW-Michigan


Lansing, MI – NASW-Michigan is helping celebrate Social Work Month in March with activities centered around this year’s theme “Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.”

 

The campaign will inform the public and legislators about the crucial role social workers for generations have played in improving the well-being of people and helping our nation become a better place to live.

 

For instance, social workers such as social reformer Jane Addams, former Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, and civil rights leaders Dorothy Height and Whitney Young have helped Americans secure voting rights, Social Security, unemployment insurance, and other programs.

Social work is a fast-growing profession with more than 680,000 social work professionals in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Clinical social workers are the largest group of mental health providers in the United States and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is one of the biggest employers of social workers with a master’s degree.

Social workers are trained to look at situations in a holistic way, helping bring together people and communities to find ways to address pressing individual, group and societal issues such as hunger, affordable housing, equal rights for all and making organizations and government accountable.

Social workers also follow the NASW Code of Ethics, which calls on members of the profession to enhance human well-being and meet the basic needs of all people, with particular attention on the needs and empowerment of those who are vulnerable, oppressed or living in poverty.

We hope you will join with us at one of the over a dozen events NASW-Michigan is hosting this Social Work Month. These events are aimed to build your professional network, enhance your skillset, and to have some fun!

Other Social Work Month Resources:

Social Work Month Online Toolkit: The toolkit offers social workers and their allies tools they can use to educate others about the positive impact of social workers. The toolkit includes an official proclamation that social workers can have their lawmakers distribute, downloadable logos, and a sample press release and letter to the editor.

NASW “Social Work Talks” Podcast: NASW will launch a “Social Work Talks” podcast series in March with the purpose of informing, educating and inspiring the social work community. The Podcast will feature news about NASW policies, services and products and highlight influential social workers from around the nation.

Television/Video Public Service Announcements: NASW has released two 30-second TV public service announcements that show how social workers help people overcome life’s challenges and highlight the achievements of the social work profession. Social workers and their allies can share the video on their social media channels or ask their local TV stations to air them.

Social Media Thunderclap: NASW will host a social media Thunderclap on March 1 that will let thousands of social workers and their supporters around the nation and world share positive messages about the profession on the first day of Social Work Month.

Media Awards: NASW will honor news and magazine articles, TV shows, films and other media that show how social workers are effective advocates, champions and leaders.

Merchandise: Social Work Month merchandise will be used to promote the “Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions” theme. Jim Coleman LTD is our official vendor.


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