Social Workers Launch

The National Association of Social Workers has created a consumer Web site,, that connects consumers with information and resources on 30 psychosocial topics.

Washington, DC, November 08, 2006 --( The National Association of Social Workers—in partnership with several schools of social work and the Amgen Foundation—has created a Web site that connects consumers to information and resources on more than 30 psychosocial topics. provides visitors with information about four key areas of social work practice: Kids & Families, Health & Wellness, Mind & Spirit and Seniors & Aging. The Web site was created to provide individuals and families with timely information about problems they face every day, and to offer resources that can help them cope successfully.

“One of the essential missions of professional social work is helping clients live empowered and improved lives,” says Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers. “We hope the information on will be a valuable resource for millions of people and their families.”

Advertising highlighting the four key areas of social work practice, that refer consumers to were placed in O, The Oprah Magazine in the fall of 2006. These advertisements specifically focused on social workers in oncology, mental health, aging and youth development.

The new site contains current trends, service options, tip sheets, and real life stories, among other content. It also encourages visitors to search a user-friendly Social Worker Finder tool if they need professional assistance. Social workers in multiple disciplines contributed materials to the site. addresses:

• Kids and Family – Social workers attend to the needs of the entire family. This section addresses topics such as youth development, schools and communities, healthy parenting, adoptions and foster care, family safety and early childhood development.

• Mind and Spirit – Mental health social workers treat the whole person in the context of their environment. Issues such as depression, suicide, anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, relationships and eating disorders are covered here.

• Health and Wellness – Social workers are part of the core team of health professionals at many hospitals and clinics, working closely with doctors, nurses and other health care providers. Issues include living with illness, death and dying, disabilities, cancer, HIV/AIDS and healthy lifestyles.

• Seniors and Aging – Social workers help older people and their families navigate decisions about mental health, housing options, and end-of-life care. This section addresses residential long-term care, caregiving, Alzheimer’s and dementia, vital aging and lifespan planning. is a key component of a national public education campaign about the social work profession. The national campaign, which launched in 2005, seeks to not only change perceptions of who can benefit from social work services, but also to increase student interest in social work as a career.

About the National Association of Social Workers
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with nearly 150,000 members. It promotes, develops and protects the practice of social work and social workers, and seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities through its advocacy.

National Association of Social Workers
Allison Nadelhaft