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The Association of VA Social Workers encourages the development of comprehensive Social Work services to veteran beneficiaries through education and training, leadership, promotion, and the sharing of information to enhance the effectiveness of Social Work. The Association advocates for the recruitment, retention, and increased recognition of  Social Workers of the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). At this time, there are more than 12,000 social workers throughout the VA system. More than 1500 student interns are preparing for their Masters level social work degrees (from AVASWPostercolleges and universities approved by the Council on Social Work Education), many of whom are receiving VA educational stipiends during their field placements in the VA. (How VA Social Workers Help Veterans)

AVASW can advocate and educate Congress on issues that affect VA social work; whereas, federal employees can not.  The tension as a professional social worker, seeking treatment, justice, equity etc for clients vs obligations as employees in a large, political and bureaucratic organization has the capacity to be alleviated by an association such as AVASW.

If you are, or have been, a social worker in the VA System and are not already a member, we invite you to join now! (What is AVASW?)
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Do you have a colleague whom you admire as a top notch VA social worker?  AVASW honors and celebrates the work and contributions of VA Social Workers across the spectrum of VA programs and services through the AVASW Social Worker of the Quarter & AVASW Social Worker of the Year awards and recognition program.
If you work with someone, or know of a VA social worker who inspires you, please nominate them as SOCIAL WORKER OF THE 4TH QUARTER!
We are looking for nominations to be returned no later than December 10, 2016. Make it easy on yourself and take a look at prior nominations for written examples at www.vasocialworkers.org/SocialWorkerofQuarter_2016.html

For nomination form, Click HERE

For questions, contact Linda Brandeis at  memberatlarge@vasocialworkers.org

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An email was sent to all members on Dec. 1, announcing the availability of the ballot to elect new officers for the AVASW Executive Committee. A link to the electronic ballot was also attached. Go to the Members Only section of the website and click on "Election Ballot for Open Positions on Executive Committee tab" for the link. Voting will end COB Dec. 15. Please make your vote count...VOTE!

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AVASW sponsors the Social Work PreConference Intensive at the Society of Social Work Leaders in Health Care Annual Meeting on October 26, 2016. VACO Social Work Director, Laura Taylor, honored by SSWLHC with the Outstanding Social Work Leader in Health Care award.

 

 

 

Happy Social Work Month CakeThis is the 90th Anniversary of VA Social Work. So, this year, VA Social Workers have the opportunity to celebrate the Social Work profession throughout the year. Let's continue to honor the many contributions that Social Workers have given in their service to veterans and caregivers over the past 90 years. Make this a Memorable Year!

 

From the Association of VA Social Workers Executive Committee

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Do you know that Social Workers have served veterans and their families since 1926?

Check out the Historical Documents and Powerpoint Presentation as we celebrate the 90th Anniversary of VA Social Work throughout this year

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Check Out Our ADVOCACY Page

Information on VA Health Care and the Commission On Care (more articles)

**Message from DVA Secretary (Sept. 2016)

**Letter from President Obama (Sept. 2016)

**AVASW Reacts to President Obama's Response to the Commission on Care Final Report...Sept. 2, 2016

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Great Resources for VA Social Workers....Great resources available from the VHA Social Work Leadership Council Committees (includes pdf articles on "Overview of National Programs Where Social Workers Serve"; "National Social Work Branding Style Guide", "Military Facts for Non-Military Social Workers";"Service Lines vs. Social Work")

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Click HERE for the Fall 2016 Newsletter.

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Read the Results of the

Social Work Status Survey (Nov. 2015)

 

VACO Case Management and Social Work Services Organizational Information

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions from Members and Non-Members

The Association of VA Social Workers answers...So WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?



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