March is Professional Social Work Month
Join MHS in celebrating March as National Professional Social Work Month. This year’s theme, “Social Work Matters,” seeks to showcase the impact of more than 642,000 professional social workers in America.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social work is one of the fastest-growing professions in the country due to an increased need for health and aging-related services, as well as child, family and school-based supports.
From 1931 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jane Addams to 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Leymah Gbowe, social workers have been instrumental in achieving civil rights and human rights advances in the United States and across the globe for more than a century.
“Social workers weave together the threads of society’s social safety net,” says National Association of Social Workers Executive Director Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH. “As the profession of hope, social workers help people overcome poverty, inequality, insecurity, fear, violence, trauma, loss and pain. What social workers do and how they do it does matter to our country’s success.”
Here’s to shining the spotlight on social work, the “profession of hope,” in March!