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NASW Social Work Talks informs, educates and inspires through conversations with experts and exploring issues that social work professionals care about. Brought to you by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

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    • 4.0 • 99 Ratings

NASW Social Work Talks informs, educates and inspires through conversations with experts and exploring issues that social work professionals care about. Brought to you by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

    EP 117: Why Social Workers Make Great Leaders

    EP 117: Why Social Workers Make Great Leaders

    Dr. Michael Kaufman, MSW, PhD., author of the new book, Doing Good & Doing Well: Inspiring Helping Professionals to Become Leaders in Their Organizations, has managed countless crises that have needed quick, level-headed thinking and tough decisions delivered with empathy and heart. Board chair of Premier Education Partners he has seen other helping professionals, including social workers, do the same thing. In his book, Dr. Kaufman shares the lessons he has learned throughout his 30-year career and uses anecdotes to illustrate the pointed discussions to inspire social workers by realizing that their specific characteristics, distinct aptitudes, and mindsets as servant leaders have already prepared them to work in the C-Suite.

    • 26 min
    EP 116: Psychedelic Assisted Therapy

    EP 116: Psychedelic Assisted Therapy

    Mary Cosimano, LMSW, has been with the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research since 2000 when they began research with psilocybin. She is currently a Psychedelic Session Facilitator and has served as Director of Clinical Services and as a research coordinator. She has been involved with all the psilocybin studies and has conducted over 500 study sessions including Club Drug studies with Salvia Divinorum and Dextromethorphan. Mary has trained postdoctoral fellows, faculty, clinicians, and research assistants as guides and taught individual and group meditation to breast cancer patients in a Johns Hopkins research study. She completed MAPS MDMA therapy training program. She is a teacher and mentor at California Institute to Integral Studies for their Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research (CPTR) certificate program and conducts training for therapists in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Mary is a Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration Coach and leads a Death Awareness/Death and Psychedelics Workshop. In 2003 she started a meditation group for employees in her department. She also has 15 years of experience with direct patient care as a hospice volunteer.

    • 51 min
    EP 115: Social Workers in Public Healthcare - Is it the career path for you?

    EP 115: Social Workers in Public Healthcare - Is it the career path for you?

    Jasmin Saville, RN, MPH, MSSW, is whole health and equity director for Amerigroup, a health insurance and managed health care provider that covers older adults, low income families, state and federally sponsored beneficiaries and federal employees in 26 states. Saville talks about how she combined social work and nursing, why public health care could be a good career choice for social workers, and what it is like being a woman of color in the field. 


    • 32 min
    EP 114: Marijuana reform policies and their impact Black and Brown communities

    EP 114: Marijuana reform policies and their impact Black and Brown communities

    As of April 20, 2024, recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in 24 states, three U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C. But how have marijuana reforms affected Black and Brown populations that were heavily impacted by marijuana criminal prosecutions before legalization? NASW Senior Policy Adviser Mel Wilson sits down with Maritza Perez Medina, director of the Office of Federal Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance; Chelsea Higgs Wise, executive director of Marijuana Justice; and Marvin Tolliver, a therapist at the Radical Therapy Center, to discuss this important issue.

    • 55 min
    EP 113: Student Initiated Confrontations' Impact on Social Work

    EP 113: Student Initiated Confrontations' Impact on Social Work

    Social Work Instructor Dr. Thalia Anderen, MSW, RCSW, LCSW, and Social Work Talks Podcast Host Lorrie Appleton, LCSW, dive into the concerning trend of student-initiated confrontations (SIC) in universities. With over 20 years of experience as a therapist, Anderen's research sheds light on the impact of these behaviors on both educators and the field of social work. These confrontations in universities are often exacerbated by a lack of guidance and support by institutional administration, as well as inadequate training with respect to SIC and classroom management. Discover how universities can better support professors and enlighten students regarding the impact their classroom behaviors may have on their careers.

    • 25 min
    EP 112: Social Work is Everywhere Campaign

    EP 112: Social Work is Everywhere Campaign

    During Social Work Month 2024, the University of Kentucky College of Social Work is celebrating with the campaign "Social Work is Everywhere." The college is seeking to raise awareness that social workers help millions of people each day and work in a variety of settings, including many people may not be aware of such as sports and financial planning. NASW CEO Dr. Anthony Estreet sits down with Dr. Jay Miller, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, to talk about the campaign and the importance of promoting the profession.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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99 Ratings

99 Ratings

IssaNickname ,

Great Info But…

I just finished listening to Ep. 115. The information shared was fantastic and is definitely missing in my formal education. I am very appreciative of the guest speaker’s transparency and willingness to share her personal and professional experiences.

However, the interviewers use of filler words was quite distracting. In one question, he said “um” every two words. I can understand he may have been nervous or maybe did not have a lot of time with the questions. Otherwise, he asked great questions.

Valued the content overall.

Karina. C ,

A Wonderful Podcast that has Room for Improvement

Normally I am not one to leave a review, however after listening to the episode on self-care and avoiding burnout I felt compelled to do so. Although the particular episode I listened to was taped back in 2018, I believe the topic holds true and is relevant to todays world. Since as the episode clearly details there is this heightened societal pressure that is often projected through social media that individuals must be actively productive and perfect within their lives. However, often this pressure leads individuals to place a greater emphasis on overworking and their overall performance. Ultimately, this results in individuals disengaging form the valuable connections and their treasured activities within their lives. However as the episode highlights, individuals can break this toxic cycle and regain a sense of connectivity and calmness in their lives, through allowing themselves the permission to take a step away from their work or obligations in order to engage in activities that bring them joy such as going on a walk, reading a chapter of a book they been wanting to read for some time, and/or spending some time with their friends and family.

As I can personally speak for myself that I have definitely felt burn out in my life especially so during the pandemic as I was juggling my schooling and work from home. However, through experiencing burn out first hand and learning further about the topic, I began to prioritize the act of self-care within my daily routine through making it a ritual of mine to go on a daily walk with my dog for at least 15 minutes each day, which has really allowed me to step away from my computer screen and take some to enjoy the nature around me and find more stillness in my life. Overall, I thought the episode did an effective job of defining what burn out is, detailing the signs someone may be dealing with burn out, and also how individuals can prioritize self-care within their daily schedules. However, I would have loved to hear further about the guests professional journey and any obstacles they may have faced along the way, since I felt the episode quickly jumped to the questions and did not offer an opportunity for the listener to connect with the guest. Moreover, in the future the podcast can consider adding an ice breaker before stepping into the content of the episode or even a question of the day in order so that it feels more relatable for the listener and more like a conversation between two people.

Letrain476 ,

Basically a promotional vehicle

I wish episodes were more than an author appearing to promote their latest book. With the vast membership base that NASW must have, it would be much more interesting to hear from a variety of guests from different backgrounds and types of practice. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when NASW is an organization that seems to focus more on selling its products than being of service to its members.

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