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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.     



Jun 04, 2024

A Dupont Circle community center to support and serve the LGBTQ+ community has opened just in time for Pride Month and is providing nonbinary and transgender behavioral, mental, and other healthcare; food assistance; sexual health education; free HIV...

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May 29, 2024

Spiritual abuse, a form of coercion and control within a spiritual context, inflicts deep emotional wounds on victims. This just-added, live-virtual workshop June 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET delves into the manifestations of spiritual abuse, incl...

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May 28, 2024

Get a jump on your license-required 40 CEs before the July 31, 2025, deadline by accessing a single event that nearly 95% of your peers say they recommend!   As of May 22, you have one full month left for you to view the 35 diverse session...

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May 28, 2024

Four years ago, DC social workers and the rest of the nation watched in horror the videotaped murder of George Floyd, Jr., a Minneapolis Black man who was slowly suffocated by a white police officer during a simple investigation into a potential...

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May 20, 2024

Want to help elect politicians supportive of social workers, our values, and our policy goals? Have opinions about what the NASW Metro DC Chapter might do to strengthen the social work profession and better support clients in terms of regul...

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May 08, 2024

The Virginia and Metro DC chapters’ On-Demand Conference is accessible now through June 22, allowing social workers to meet all professional development requirements for licensure renewal via one event and at their preferred time and location. ...

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May 08, 2024

Special populations such as children, older adults, people with disabilities or serious mental illnesses, and cultural and ethnic populations often react differently to disasters due to additional stress reactions and impediments. You can learn ho...

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May 08, 2024

NASW and its partner, the Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC), have sent all members an urgent action alert asking them to sign a petition that calls on the Biden-Harris Administration to develop a “generous, broad, and automatic” s...

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May 01, 2024

Happy #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth! The theme of this year’s annual celebration is “Where to Start: Mental Health in a Changing World,” and the NASW Virginia Chapter encourages social workers to use and share new resources available ...

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May 01, 2024

It’s time to vote! All DC residents should be receiving their primary election ballots shortly, since ballot mailings are in process. In-person election day for City Council positions and ballot choices is June 4. The Democratic Party will h...

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