March 1, 2018
Today kicks off National Professional Social Work Month. The National Association
of Social Workers is leading this year’s celebration with the campaign 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 improving
our society for everyone. For example, 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, calling on members of the profession
to enhance the basic needs of all people, especially on the needs and empowerment
of those who are vulnerable, oppressed or living in poverty.
The following is a list of some of the resources and activities provided by NASW during
March to highlight the contributions of the social work profession:
Please visit the College of Social Work social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for
student, faculty and alumni features during National Professional Social Work Month.