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College of Social Work

National Professional Social Work Month

March 1, 2018
By Chris Woodley,

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.


NASW Resources

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:


College of Social Work Resources

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. 

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