“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.

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’s marijuana ballot measure

The NASW Oregon Chapter’s Social Workers Political Action Committee has met with both sides of the Measure 91 ballot measure campaign to weigh the issues carefully. As social workers, our mission is to enhance human well-being and meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. The committee compared Oregon’s current approach on marijuana with the approach proposed in Measure 91 in terms of our mission.
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George Fox University launches new Master of Social Work (MSW) program

Applications to George Fox University’s new Master of Social Work (MSW) program will be accepted beginning in October in advance of the graduate degree program’s launch in the fall of 2015.

Prospective students will have between October 2014 and March 2015 to submit their application information at georgefox.edu/social-work. George Fox will be the only faith-based college or university in Oregon with an MSW program and one of only three institutions in the state to offer the degree.

The MSW is a 60-credit-hour, two-year program. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) from George Fox University or another program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) can apply for admission to the MSW’s Advanced Standing program, which enables full-time students to complete their MSW at George Fox in 10 months. learn more >>

The Psychological Challenge of Living
in the Modern World

The human mind did not evolve for the world we live in.

Over the last twenty-four hours I’ve gazed at the image of a reporter about to be beheaded. Moments later in the same newscast I watched a mother and father express their rage, sadness, and dismay when their teenage boy was shot to death after an unarmed altercation with a police officer.

How many of us imagined what it might have been like to be behind the eyes of that reporter, to feel what it was like to read that statement blaming the US for what would happen in the next handful of seconds?

How many of us imagined what it was like to be a black teenager without much of a future on the streets of Ferguson to be shot at as he ran from an officer for stealing cigars?

Originally published in Get Out of Your Mind by by Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. Permission to republish NWsocialworkers.com given by the author.
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Portland State University Continuing Education

Portland State University announces the 2014 Fall Schedule for Continuing Education Classes.learn more >>

Northwest Social Workers in Oregon & Idaho Unite

NWsocialworkers.com has launched and will help social workers in the Northwest to: To promote the quality of social work practice in the United States through services to individuals, group and communities. To further the broad objective of improving conditions of life in our democratic society through utilization of the professional knowledge and skills of social… learn more »