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     

Celebrate Pride Month with NASW Metro DC LGBTQ resources, news

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. Here’s what you can do to commemorate this important month:

  1. Explore the practice resources of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and its Metro DC Chapter on the dedicated LGBTQIA25+ microsite and elsewhere to update your practices for such clients across the lifespan. An NASW toolbox will help you
  2. Learn about and add your voice to NASW’s strong opposition to anti-LGBTQIA25+ legislation, which has grown from 300 proposed bills in 2023 to nearly 500 in the first quarter of 2024, according to NASW CEO Dr. Anthony Estreet. Among the most common bills are efforts to redefine gender-affirming care as “child abuse,” ban trans student athletes, require trans students to use birth-given gendered bathrooms and locker rooms, and severely restrict or ban LGBTQIA25+ books from school and public libraries. Visit the Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity section for a list of actions such as sign-on letters and policy statements by NASW. (Members can sign up for advocacy alerts here to keep up with current advocacy efforts.)
  3. Earn your required two LGBTQ CEs for your license renewal in 2025. Easy ways to do so include registering for the NASW Metro DC and Virginia On-Demand Conference running now through June 22. The event, which earns you up to 76.5 CEs, offers several LGBTQ CE-qualifying sessions. You can also access the NASW Online CE Institute’s catalog, which offers a range of relevant on-demand trainings.
  4. Listen to one of several NASW Social Work Talks podcasts about pride issues, including “How Social Workers Can Help People Who Are LGBTQIA+ Overcome Addiction.”  

Per the Code of Ethics, social workers promote policies, laws, and programs that affirm, support, and value LGBTQIA2S+ individuals, families, and communities. 

“Pride Month is the perfect opportunity to polish your practices for best serving the LGBTQIA25+ population,” says NASW Metro DC Executive Director Debra Riggs. “We know the efforts to continue systemizing discrimination against these individuals continues to increase, but as social workers, we will do all we can to prevent and counter them!”