NASW Social Work Talks

By National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

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NASW Social Work Talks seeks to inform, educate and inspire by talking with experts and exploring issues that social work professionals care about. Brought to you by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

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EP 29: The Stories Behind the Salaries

Allison Peeler, LMSW, believes social workers need to drop the outdated story of "underworked and unpaid" and to redefine the way they view themselves and their earning capabilities.

See show notes page for resources.

Apr 09, 2019
EP28: Negotiating Your Salary

Valerie Arendt, MSW, MPP, discusses why it's so important for social workers to negotiate their salaries. Arendt is the Executive Director of NASW's North Carolina Chapter.

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Mar 26, 2019
EP27: Suze Orman

Suze Orman is a New York Times best-selling author and smart money expert. She hosted the award-winning “Suze Orman Show” on CNBC for 13 years. Her books include "Women & Money," “The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke” and “The Courage to be Rich.”

We spoke with her about balancing working in a helping profession and taking care of yourself first.

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Mar 19, 2019
EP26: Increasing Social Work Salaries in NYC

Social work has the highest debt-to-salary ratio of any profession. Robert Schachter, DSW, LMSW, describes how social workers in New York City advocated for pay equity in one of the highest cost-of-living cities in the country.

Dr. Schachter served for 27 years as the Executive Director of the NASW New York City chapter.

Mar 12, 2019
EP25: Social Work Salaries

Michael Sinclair, MSW, PhD, assistant professor at Morgan State University School of Social Work, often gets questions about pay from his students. Dr. Sinclair talks to us about why the social work pay landscape looks the way it does, and what can be done to change that.

This is the first in our series of episodes about social work salaries as part of Social Work Month 2019.

See show notes for resources. And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us review on iTunes!

Mar 05, 2019
EP24: Human Trafficking

Susan Munsey, LCSW, founded GenerateHope, which provides innovative programs for young women and teens who have survived the trauma of sex trafficking. Munsey is a trafficking survivor herself, and she's passionate about rescuing and rehabilitating women and educating people on this issue.

Please see the show notes for resources

Feb 19, 2019
EP23: Teens and Social Media

Sean Erreger, LCSW, MSW, is a clinical case manager for children and youth at the New York State Office of Mental Health. He believes that for social workers who work with teens, striving to understand the social media that their clients are using is part of cultural competency.

For related resources, see the show notes

Feb 05, 2019
EP22: Teens and Video Games

Mike Langlois, MSW, LICSW, is author of "Reset: Video Games & Psychotherapy." He is a gamer-affirmative therapist whose work focuses on gaming, social media, and the impact of social networks on relationships. Langlois encourages us to change our perspective of gaming and to understand that they can be very social in nature.

See show notes for resources

Jan 22, 2019
EP21: Transgender Issues

Zander Keig, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical social work case manager on the U.S. Navy Medicine West Regional Transgender Care Team. He's a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and co-author of three books and several journal articles. He is also a transsexual man who transitioned in 2005.

His peers at the NASW California chapter named him Social Worker of the Year in 2018. He is chair of NASW's National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues.

See the show notes for resources

Jan 08, 2019
EP20: Support for Caregivers

Our guest Santo D. Marabella, MBA, DSW (a.k.a., The Practical Prof®) is an author, playwright, filmmaker, speaker and educator. He's the author of "The Lessons of Caring: Inspiration and Support for Caregivers." 

Dr. Marabella talks about the lessons he's learned while caring for his aging parents, and how the book can help people in a similar situation.

Read the show notes to learn more

Dec 18, 2018
EP19: Bullying Prevention

Guest Catherine P. Bradshaw, MEd, PhD, is a developmental psychologist and youth violence prevention researcher. She is editor of "Handbook on Bullying Prevention: A Life Course Perspective," which offers recommendations for prevention and intervention in bullying across the lifespan.

Thanks for listening! Remember, we'd love to hear your ideas for future shows.

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Dec 04, 2018
EP18: Disability Awareness

Children with disabilities are highly diverse in terms of their health conditions, disability severity, and social environments, yet they share many of the same needs. Many programs and services have been developed to meet these needs.

Our guest, Paula Allen-Meares, MSW, PhD, discusses a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, that identifies the characteristics of effective programs, as well as opportunities for their improvement.

Nov 20, 2018
EP17: Self-Care and Avoiding Burnout

Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, is a professor of Behavioral Science at Northeastern University, and is the author of "Mentalligence" and "Reset." With more than 20 years' experience as a clinician, educator, researcher and parent, she speaks about her area of expertise: preventing and treating burnout.

Nov 06, 2018
EP16: Juvenile Justice and Youth Transfer

A new NASW social justice brief reports that Black youth make up about 14% of the total youth population, but comprise 47.3% of the youth who are transferred to adult court by juvenile court judges.

Guests Mel Wilson, NASW's social justice and human rights manager, and Jeree Thomas, policy director at the Campaign for Youth Justice, discuss this unjust practice.

They encourage social workers to get involved in action-oriented coalitions to make changes in their communities, and to hold their elected officials accountable.

Read the show notes to download the report and for more resources.

Oct 30, 2018
EP15: Speaking Out Against Domestic Violence

Carla Gonzalez is a clinical social worker and domestic violence survivor who leverages her professional skills and uses her platform as Miss U.S. World Elite (among other titles) as a vehicle for speaking out against domestic violence, bullying and sexual assault.

Oct 16, 2018
EP14: School Social Work with author Brenda Wade

For Brenda Wade, MSW, LCSW-C, CSSW, writing is both a means of self-care both and as a way to explore the challenges that she sees in her work as a school social worker. 

Published under the pen name Hunter William, Wade's Charm Town fiction trilogy shines a spotlight on the lives of children and adults in a Baltimore school.

See the EP14 show notes for resources

Oct 02, 2018
EP13: Facing the Opioid Crisis

Opioid addiction has become a public health crisis in the United States. Our guest, David Stoecker, LCSW, is founder and director of Better Life in Recovery. He recommends that we look at the opioid addiction pandemic through a harm-reduction lens, rather than a punitive one. He argues that abstinence is not the only path to recovery and that we need to create healthy communities and to provide recovery support to those who need it.

See Episode 13 show notes for resources

Sep 18, 2018
EP12: NASW President Kathryn Conley Wehrmann

NASW President Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW, talks about her career path and her efforts to support social workers, especially those new to the profession.

Aug 28, 2018
EP11: Social Work Speaks & NASW Policy Statements

NASW Senior Practice Associate Roxana Torrico Meruvia, MSW, talks about Social Work Speaks, NASW policy statements and how members can get involved in the process.

See Episode 11 show notes for resources

Aug 07, 2018
EP10: Immigration in Crisis

In this special episode, our guests weigh in on the crisis currently brewing around immigration in the United States, specifically related to children separated from their families at our southern border.

Our guests are Melvin H. Wilson, LCSW, NASW's Manager of Social Justice & Human Rights, and Guadalupe G. Lara, LMSW, NASW Board of Directors Member-at-Large.

See Episode 10 show notes for resources

Jul 06, 2018
EP9: Social Workers and Advocacy

Our guests in this episode are Heidi McIntosh, Deputy Director of Programs at NASW; and Julie E. Shroyer, MSW, Senior Policy Advisor at Polsinelli, a top Washington, DC law firm.

We talk about the skills that social workers bring to the table, the importance of social workers participating in the 2018 mid-term elections; and the challenges of advocating for the disadvantage in the current political climate.

Jun 19, 2018
EP8: 2018 NASW National Conference, Part 2

With the conference just days away, we speak again with the conference organizers to give you idea of what you can expect, whether you attend in person or virtually.

Jun 05, 2018
EP7: Foster Care

May is Foster Care Month, so we speak with Matt Anderson and Malissa Flores, two social workers from the Children's Home Society of North Carolina, who partner with public agencies to help kids move from foster care into permanent families.

See Episode 7 show notes for resources

May 15, 2018
EP6: Social Work & Public Policy with Joan Levy Zlotnik

Joan Levy Zlotnik, PhD, ACSW, discusses how public policy is an important part of social work.

See Episode 6 show notes for resources

May 01, 2018
EP5: NASW Foundation with Bob Arnold

We speak with Bob Arnold, Director of NASW Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports NASW's educational, research, training and charitable initiatives through a wide range of projects that serve the profession, practitioners and the public.

Visit the Foundation website to learn more

Apr 03, 2018
EP4: Ethics with Dawn Hobdy

Dawn Hobdy, NASW Director of Ethics & Professional Review, discusses how the Code of Ethics changed, examples of challenges that social workers face, and how NASW is helping social workers meet the challenges they face every day.

See EP4 show notes for resources

Mar 27, 2018
EP3: 2018 NASW National Conference

Thinking about attending the 2018 NASW National Conference? Raffaele Vitelli, NASW's Director of Professional & Workforce Development, and Richard Loomis, Manager of Conference and Event Planning talk about the planning that makes this event as useful as possible for our attendees.

Mar 20, 2018
EP2: Social Justice Initiatives with Mel Wilson

What are NASW's social justice initiatives right now, and how were they chosen? Mel Wilson, our Social Justice & Human Rights Manager, speaks about the issues that concern us, and that are keeping us busy in the national office and at our local chapters.

See Episode 2 show notes for resources

Mar 13, 2018
EP1: Social Work Month with Angelo McClain

March is Social Work Month, and we're talking to NASW CEO Angelo McClain about the importance of Social Work Month, NASW initiatives for 2018, and experiences that led Dr. McClain to become interested in the social work profession.

Mar 06, 2018
Introducing NASW Social Work Talks

NASW Director of Membership Jennifer Watt welcomes you to NASW Social Work Talks, where we seek to inform, educate and inspire on topics that social workers care about. Launching March 2018, in honor of Social Work Month. Brought to you by the National Association of Social Workers.

Feb 09, 2018