Happy Social Work Month!

I want to thank all of you for your dedication to this wonderful profession! Marc Herstand

What a year it has been!  During last year’s Social Work Month, Covid-19 had just started and none of us knew what was ahead!  Yet as good social workers we pivoted our practices and adapted to this unprecedented challenge!   Those of you who are clinical social workers switched overnight to tele-mental health even though this was brand new for so many of you!  Others of you, in child welfare, hospice, hospital social work, wrap around and other services continued to see at least some clients in-person throughout this scary pandemic.   All of you had to deal with the tremendous fear and anxiety of your clients and for some clients the loss of loved ones and livelihoods.   And of course, while supporting our clients, all of us on an individual basis have also had to cope with the personal repercussions of this once every 100 years pandemic. Thanks to all of you for your strength, courage, persistence and adaptability during the pandemic.  As our Social Work Month theme states, “Social Workers are Essential”   

Also, over the last year, we have been confronted with the pandemic of racism and been challenged to finally do our best to address this scourge in our society, which was our “original sin”.  I want to thank our Diversity Task Force Co-Chairs Dawn Shelton-Williams and Patricia Parker for leading NASW-WI into critical new directions over the last year towards being an anti-racist organization.

During this last year, when we have all been called upon to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and the pandemic of racism, I hope you have all found time for self-care.  Without self-care we cannot serve our clients or address society’s ills. 

At the NASW-WI office, we understand and are fully committed and passionate about our role to be your support, the support for the profession, and a leader for social justice.  

We are committed to helping you and the social workers in Wisconsin meet NASW’s ethical principles of:  1) Service; 2) Social Justice; 3) Dignity and worth of the person; 4) Importance of human relationships/ 5) Integrity and 6) Competence

We will meet these ethical principles by our day-to-day support of members, our educating and lobbying of elected officials; our work promoting social work ethics and social work standards and our state of the art continuing education programming.

So once again, thank you for your commitment to this profession, our clients and a better world.  Be well, carry on and keep the faith!