Jill Biden says social workers will be trained to help troops
Social workers will have access to courses and be able to earn professional accreditation to provide services to troops returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, said Wednesday at the National Association of Social Workers’ Hope Conference.
Jill Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama are co-founders of the White House Joining Forces Initiative, a program that encourages Americans to find ways to support military personnel and their families.
“Our veterans and military families are among the most resilient men and women I have ever met, and I am always inspired by them. But they have shouldered a tremendous burden, and for those who need some additional support, we need to be ready to help,” Biden said.
According to this article in the Army Times, NASW will offer a free online training course on military culture, advocacy, practice and professional standards, a professional credential for social work with veterans and military families, and standards of practice for helping this group.
“This is a fascinating way to help our social workers across the country work with doctors and nurses to be sure veterans and their families are getting total care,” NASW Executive Director Betsy Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, said.
The National Association of Social Workers is committed to supporting the health and welfare of the our veterans and their families. Professional social workers can find resources to help veterans by visiting the NASW “Social Work with Veterans and Military Families” website by clicking here. And consumers can learn more about the services social workers provide veterans and their families by visiting NASW’s “Help Starts Here” Veterans Affairs website by clicking here.| Leave A Comment