Holiday Video Message

NASW today posted a video holiday message and response to the incoming Trump Administration from NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW. Angelo says NASW will resist egregious Trump Administration policies and urges social workers organize, oppose, resist and educate to defend needed social programs during his presidency. Feel free to share it with members: Happy… learn more »


Tom Hogan is NASW Oregon’s Poet Laureate. “This is an older poem not about the current 2016 election. But after that, I wanted to pull this one out and have been reading it more. Something to know about it, too, is that, in the 18th Century, the English sent food to the continent which could… learn more »

NASW Oregon Legislative Committee

Reflections on the Experience of Co-Chairing the NASW Oregon Legislative Committee Henry: I think for myself and my co-chairs, the major goal was to build a more robust committee, to create a sense of community and shared purpose. Maybe even to inspire one another. How have we gone about doing that? Firstly, we have reached… learn more »

Oregon Legislative Session Adjourns

Oregon Social Workers Win on Housing, Minimum Wage, Health Care, and Education  Lawmakers adjourned March 3rd, closing one of the most contentious and tumultuous sessions in recent memory. Democratic leadership pursued perhaps the most aggressive policy agenda since the creation of short sessions; this agenda included an increase in the minimum wage, a complete phase… learn more »

Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood

FREE Online Training for Supporting Transition-Aged Youth (Ages 14-29) With Mental Health Challenges…Up to Ten Hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available. Whether you are a student, direct service provider, human services leader, community volunteer, peer mentor, or individual passionate about supporting transition-aged youth with mental health challenges, this self-paced program can help support both… learn more »

Alanis Morissette Interview with NASW Oregon member Wendy Maltz, LCSW

Singer/Songwriter Alanis Morissette interviewed long-time NASW member, Wendy Maltz LCSW, DST, on her personal growth “Conversation with Alanis” podcast, (Episode #5: 2/8/16, in the series). This is a dynamic, funny, and heartfelt conversation. Maltz says, “We really ‘clicked’ with each other, talking candidly and personally about love, sex, porn issues, sexual healing, fantasies, and more.… learn more »

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 »

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 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 »