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The Metro DC Chapter is one of 55 chapters of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest association of professional social workers in the United States. Our 1,100-plus members serve all populations, including children, adolescents, families, older adults, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and others. They also serve clients in every DC ward and work setting, as well as in the DC metropolitan area such as Northern Virginia and nearby Maryland.

This In the News section features the latest articles and news from the Metro DC Chapter, including press releases, policy or issue statements, professional and licensing updates, training announcements, and other content relevant to the work of Metro DC social workers.

If you are a member of the media seeking an interview, comment, or answer to questions, please contact Executive Director Debra Riggs, CAE, at driggs.naswdc@socialworkers.org.     



Jul 15, 2024

Political activism in the District of Columbia must not include violence as a tactic to influence election and pubic policy outcomes, states the Metro DC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Violence is not effective and is e...

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Jul 11, 2024

An estimated 1 in 4, around 61 million, U.S. adults report having at least one disability. Alongside experiences of disability, intersectional experiences of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, and age exist and can often magnify barriers.&nbs...

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Jul 01, 2024

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that everyone ages six months and older receive a newly formulated 2024-2025 COVID-19 vaccination to protect against the most severe health outcomes this fall and winter. The sho...

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Jul 01, 2024

Social workers often have not received formal training on the most effective suicide prevention therapies. Fix that by joining instructor Ruth Cassidy, LCSW, MDiv, this Friday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET for an interactive live-virtual trainin...

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Jun 27, 2024

A Call for Session Proposals for the in-person and virtual 2025 NASW Metro DC and Virginia Conferences has opened for submissions and will close September 30, 2024. Chosen presenters will instruct hundreds of social workers at an in-person confere...

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Jun 25, 2024

Seats are still available for the “Supervision: Digital Technology and Clinical Supervision,” and “Trauma-Directed Supervision: Awareness, Advancement, Activation” live-virtual trainings Friday and Saturday, June 28-29, 8:30 a...

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Jun 12, 2024

Pride Month in June is a great time for you to update your LGBTQIA25+-related social work resources, earn required LGBTQIA25+ CEs, and refresh your clinical knowledge and understanding about working better with the ever-changing LGBTQIA25+ population...

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Jun 06, 2024

At-Large DC Councilmember Robert White—whom the NASW Metro DC Chapter endorsed for a second term—overwhelmingly won the Democratic primary June 4.  White is a longtime advocate for the social work profession and the chapter’...

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Jun 06, 2024

Did you know you can earn up to 11 complimentary CEs if you watch all of the NASW trainings offered on-demand via the Connect to End COVID-19 campaign?  In addition, you will polish clinical skills such as motivational interviewing and SBIRT ...

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Jun 04, 2024

NASW Metro DC Chapter is offering an “Ethics Fridays” training series starting June 7 to strengthen critical ethics skills and understanding in clinical practice. Registration is open for three afternoon courses: June 7, 1:15-5:30...

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