NASW’s 2017 Social Work Month

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National Association of Social Workers
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A psychotherapist with a PhD in social work, Robin Ohringer has run a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for more than two decades. Dr. Robin Ohringer is a member of various professional organizations including the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Representing more than 130,000 professionals, NASW encourages and facilitates the development of its members, and strives to establish and maintain a high standard of professionalism. In addition to its many programs, NASW supports Social Work Month, the March 2017 theme of which is Stand Up.

This theme was chosen in recognition of the efforts of social workers, who every day support and assist individuals with illnesses and mental health conditions, not only through service to their patients, but also through interaction with the patients’ families and advocacy for positive policy change.

The 2017 program will work to improve the portrayal of social workers and further acknowledge the valuable services they provide. The month will also focus on correcting media portrayals of social work by continuing to draw attention to unfair representations, inaccurate descriptions of their work, and the incorrect identification of individuals who are not licensed social work professionals.

The 2017 Stand Up campaign will highlight the vital significance of social workers and their role in bettering the lives of those among homeless and mentally ill populations.

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