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Social Work Month 2016

The official theme for Social Work Month in March 2016 is "Social Work: Forging Solutions Out of Challenges.”


Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society.


The theme "Social Work Paves the Way for Change" was selected to convey what NASW and the social work profession have done over the past six decades to bring about positive changes in society and for individuals.

Social workers—more than any other profession—recognize that more must be done to address persistent social problems such as poverty, lack of education and health care access, and discrimination based on gender, race, sexuality, or income. And they know that all people, no matter their circumstance, at some time in their lives may need the expertise of a skilled social worker.


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How will YOU celebrate Social Work Month?

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed March 2016 as Social Work Month in North Carolina!

20 Ways to Promote Social Work Month


NASW-NC's 2016 Social Work Month Toolkit:

Host/Attend an Event

  • Want to attend NASW-NC Conferences? Click here for a listing of what’s coming soon!
  • NASW-NC Local Program Units are celebrating in March. To learn more about attending events in your area, click here.

Recruit a Student

Research shows that young people who are involved in community volunteer work early in life are more likely to know social workers and to be interested in social work as a career.
  • Want to find where social work students are going to school in NC? Check out this site!
  • Want to see where the Schools of Social Work are in North Carolina? Click here!

Get Interviewed

Consider introducing yourself to the people who write about or report on the issues you care about in your town. Post insightful comments on their blogs, email them good resources, or follow them on Twitter.
  • NASW-NC encourages you to seek out those in your community that will report the issues that are of interest in your area. Here is a link to local newspapers in NC by city.

Honor Colleagues

NASW Chapters host annual awards programs to recognize exemplary members, supportive policymakers, media allies, and inspiring public citizens. If you are an NASW member, please take time this year to nominate social workers and other community champions you admire.

  • North Carolina has several Awards that are given each year to students and social workers. Click here to learn more about the Awards!
  • At the March Ethics Conference, NASW-NC honors the recipients of the Social Worker of the Year, the Presidents’ Award and Advocacy Award!
  • Click here to learn more about social workers.
  • Click here to learn about the history of social work?

Publish an Article

This Social Work Month, consider writing an op-ed, a letter to the editor, a guest column or a blog post to address an issue of concern for you.
  • Want to publish an article locally? Use this site for publishing news in your local area in NC!
  • Want to Blog on what concerns you? Click here!
  • Want to know how to write a great op-ed piece representing social work? Click here!
  • Want to learn how to better target the media for Social Work Month? Utilize THIS!

Promote Yourself

Marketing social work services is an essential function of both a successful business and an effective non-profit organization.

  • Be sure to get active with key committees and task forces in your community as a social worker to help elevate the profession of social work!
  • Want help promoting yourself? Click here!
  • Need some tips for marketing your practice? Click here!

Network Online

Throughout March, we’re encouraging thousands of social workers to tweet, text and post short messages and videos online that help explain what they do.

Secure Endorsements

Social Work Month provides an opportunity for social workers to celebrate their profession and reaffirm the life changing work they do in every community.
  • Ask your employers and community leaders to endorse the practice of social work in your area. This may include areas such as your church, hospitals, community service agencies, law enforcement, civic clubs, and the list goes on. Click here for sample testimonials!
  • Here’s a link to the NC Yellow Pages to find the contacts you think could help!
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