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And the 2016 NASW Media Award Winners are…

Actress Tonye Patano portrayed a social worker who works with people who are homeless in "Time Out of Mind."

Actress Tonye Patano portrayed a social worker who works with people who are homeless in “Time Out of Mind.”

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Media Awards recognize media professionals and outlets that help raise awareness about social work and social work issues.

This year about 700  social workers and others voted on 28 nominees.

Winners will receive a trophy and NASW will also issue a press release.

Without further ado, the 2016 winners are:

COLUMN:

Cossy Hough. Photo courtesy of the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.

Cossy Hough. Photo courtesy of the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.

Social Workers Can Play a Role in a Corporate Setting

By Cossy Hough, Special to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Social workers are not just needed in social service settings. They can also provide an invaluable role in helping corporations function and reach out the communities where their customers live, according to social work educator Cossy Hough.

RADIO:

Maiken Scott. Photo courtesy of SocialWorkPodcast.

Maiken Scott. Photo courtesy of SocialWorkPodcast.

Schools must be prepared to respond to suicides

By Maiken Scott, WHYY Radio

NASW member Jonathan Singer talks about why schools and even mental health professionals are afraid to talk about suicide with children, although such discussions are important. There is a huge myth that if schools talk about suicide they will raise possibility that children will attempt to do it, Singer said.

TV NEWS:

Judy Woodruff. Photo courtesy of PBS.

Judy Woodruff. Photo courtesy of PBS.

Library Social Worker Helps Homeless Seeking Quiet Refuge

By Judy Woodruff, PBS

San Francisco has discovered that having a full-time social worker in a library has enabled the city to provide services to thousands of people who are homeless who seek refuge there.

NEWSPAPER:

Arielle Levin Becker

Arielle Levin Becker

In some primary care offices: The social worker will see you now

By Arielle Levin Becker, The CT Mirror

A doctor’s office in Connecticut hired a social worker to help patients who may also be experiencing a mental health issue. The strategy has worked – with patients have better outcomes.

MAGAZINE:

Sean Erreger

Sean Erreger

Jonathan Singer

Jonathan Singer

Let’s Talk About Suicide: Language Matters

By Jonathan Singer and Sean Erreger, The New Social Worker

The language surrounding suicide frequently changes. WENTARY:at was considered politically correct at one point no longer is at another. Read this article to learn why the way suicide is expressed is so important.

DOCUMENTARY:

Sherry Saturno

Sherry Saturno

Human Investment

By Sherry Saturno

This film looks at social workers and others who help each people overcome life’s issues, including health issues.

FEATURE FILM:

Actress Tonye Patano

Actress Tonye Patano

Time Out of Mind

Director Oren Moverman

Actress Tonye Patano plays homeless shelter social worker Ms. Jackson, who uses a mixture of non-nonsense, empathy and kindness to reach out to a man (actor Richard Gere) who has found himself homeless but has not faced the reality of his situation.

Don’t forget last year’s winners! And to learn more about the positive contributions social workers make in our society visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” website.

 

 

 

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