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March is Social Work Month

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 9, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Social Work, Behavioral HealthThe National Association of Social Workers leads a celebration of its profession every March. Social Workers: Generations Strong is the theme for Social Work Month 2020. That theme is meant to emphasize social workers from the Silent Generation to Generation Z are working diligently to improve life for individuals, families, and communities.

What Social Workers Do

Social workers provide support to people in every stage of life. They help people find the solutions they need to make positive changes in their lives. Examples of their duties include connecting people to services in their community, protecting vulnerable individuals from harm, and helping people form support networks.

Many social workers specialize through working with a specific population such as older adults, inmates, students, or people with developmental disabilities. These professionals work in a wide variety of settings like:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Government agencies
  • Veterans centers
  • Mental health clinics
  • Correctional facilities

Celebrating a Vibrant Profession

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), just over 700,000 social workers are employed in the United States. Over the next eight years, the BLS expects the profession to grow tremendously. By 2028, the bureau forecasts the country will have an additional 81,200 social workers.

Social Work Month Events

Around the country, social workers are observing the month with networking events, conferences, presentations, and more. Here's a sample of these events. This month, the North Carolina chapter of NASW is encouraging social workers to come network at the continuing education events the chapter is holding throughout the state. Maryland's NASW chapter is focusing on cultural awareness during its annual Social Work Month Conference. The title for most festive observance may belong to NASW Ohio Chapter. It's throwing a Social Work Month Celebration Gala.

Professional Opportunities for Social Workers

Experienced professionals who want to advance their careers in the field of Social Work should contact Staffing Plus to learn about opportunities.

 

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