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Message from the Executive Director - Licensing Update: Reports from State Agencies

DSM-5 Projected for May 2013

Engaging the Newest Cohort of New Professionals

The Most Prevalent and Overarching Question Across the Schools - "Why Should I Join NASW?"

Annual Meeting Save the Date and Nominations for SW Image Awards

March is Social Work Month

44th Annual Addictions Institute - Save the Date

UpdateYour NASW Member Profile

Save the Date - Latino Social Work Task Force Awards Dinner

Check Out the NASW-NYC Blog

Undoing Racism Opportunities










 Update on Licensing

Reports from State Agencies Show Significant

Challenges as Exemptions from Licensing Law

End in 2013

When NASW-NYC set out to draft legislation for social work licensing in the early 1990s, a guiding vision was that clients who received services needed to be assured that agency staff were properly educated and competent to address complex human needs. A decade later, immediately following the New York State legislature passing licensing, then Governor George Pataki insisted that there be exemptions for four state agencies from having to comply with the requirements of licensing. Concern was expressed that time was needed to determine the impact of licensing requirements on these agencies.

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DSM-5 Projected for May, 2013

Publication Draft Revisions Continue To Be Met with Controversy and Challenges

Jack Carney, DSW, Consultant

Jack Carney

The American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 Task Force has projected publication of the APA’s new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for May of next year, three years later than originally anticipated. The fifth in a series of revisions dating back to the publication of DSM-I in 1952, DSM-5 is proving to be the most controversial since the landmark DSM-III, published in 1980. The latter was noteworthy for expunging all psychoanalytic concepts from its 265 diagnostic categories and postulating a neurobiological model for understanding and treating all mental illnesses; consequent to which, psychiatrists were established at the top of the hierarchy of mental health practitioners and psychoactive medications became incorporated as the essential element in treating mental illness.

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  Engaging the Newest Cohort of New Professionals

From left to right: Katy Crile, Jordane Jolley, Francis Lora, Cheryl Mitchell, Lara VandenBergh







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 The Most Prevalent and Overarching Question Across the Schools

"Why Should I Join NASW?"


The NASW-NYC Student Membership Associate Team (left to right): Maryann Hom, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service; Yael Ramer, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University; Munib Raad, Silver School of Social Work, New York University; Susan Bryant, Columbia University School of Social Work; Cheryl Bogan, Touro College. Not Pictured: Christina Stang, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
















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