“The Country of the Blind”

One of H. G. Wells’ most famous stories is “The Country of the Blind.” It relates the story of a mountaineer who stumbles across an isolated village of people who are all blind, and have been so for several generations. The protagonist expects that, having vision, he will quickly take a pre-eminent role among this blind community. Instead, he discovers that strengths and deficits are not absolute; they are social constructs.

Social Work Practice Award

“I am Latina, bilingual, an advocate, and dedicated. I am NASW.” Meet Martha Calderon, winner of the 2015 NASW Oregon Jerry Frey Macro Social Work Practice Award. Martha has worked for over 30 years in community grassroots social services. She has significant experience with people of different cultures, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, and has specialized… learn more »

NASW Wins for Social Workers

2015 OREGON Legislative Session With the 78th legislative session now closed, NASW-Oregon has assembled the following list of legislative successes. On each bill listed below, NASW either led the coalition in support or contributed to the coalitions’ winning efforts. Please see below for our legislative win recap. House Bill 3059 – When NASW learned of possible worker abuses… learn more »

Oregon Youth Mental Health Protection Act

Delmar Stone, executive director of NASW’s Oregon Chapter, shakes hands with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. Stone was attending the signing of the Oregon Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which prohibits mental health care professionals and social health professionals from practicing conversion therapy if the recipient is under 18 years olds. NASW national and the NASW… learn more »

A Village For One

Filling in the Service Gaps for Portland’s Sexually Exploited Children An Interview with Co-Founder Cassandra Eichenberger LCSW, RN By: Amanda Ewing for NWSocialWorkers.com Cassie Eichenberger, the co-founder of A Village for One, was kind enough to sit down and share a bit about what she does, why she does it, and who can help. A… learn more »

“Purposeful Purposelessness”

Christopher Bower is a recent social work graduate of Boise State University and a Fulbright Scholar. He will be serving as an English Teaching Assistant in Tajikistan, a mountainous landlocked country north of Afghanistan. He is an invited speaker to the Northwest Conference on Social Work, Portland, Oregon (September 30th and October 1st, 2016). I… learn more »

Ethics and Addictions in Older Adults

The changing demography of the US population will provide unique opportunities and challenges over the next decades. Ten thousand people each day are turning 65 years of age and will continue for the next eighteen years. This age wave is that of the Baby Boomers. Baby Boomers redefined each stage of life as they have experienced it, modifying fashion design and hair length as well as key societal institutions. They questioned the underlying values and attitudes of society. They influenced education, music, race relations, sex roles, and child rearing. They are about to change what we know about old age as well.

Monthly Call-in Sessions

IMPORTANT information for NASW Members in private practice: An Hour With Private Practice: Questions and Answers is a free question and answer session for NASW members which is held every third Wednesday of the month from January through November.The monthly call-in sessions focus on a specific private practice subject. There is no registration and members… learn more »

Ferguson: We stand with you

Faculty and Staff of the Portland State University School of Social Work stand in solidarity with communities working to address racism in our society, and in particular in our criminal legal system. We are saddened and outraged by the St. Louis County grand jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown, and we call for individual and collective healing and organizing for justice.
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A Life Altering Career

If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be working in hospice I would not have believed you.

When I began my social work education, I was working in an adolescent treatment home. I mapped out my education to provide myself with the tools and knowledge to work with the adolescent population. But, once I finished my undergraduate degree and began looking for a job, I was introduced to hospice. I held what I now know are common misconceptions about hospice. I thought hospice was only care for those who had been sent home from the hospital to die. I thought it was incredibly sad and I worried I would become depressed and overly focused on death.
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