Essential and Valued: Celebrating Social Work Month 2021

Essential and Valued

Social Work Month begins on March 1 and marks an extraordinary milestone for the social work profession. 

We began our collective COVID-19 journey in March 2020. At the time, we had no way of knowing that we would spend an entire year having limited physical contact with friends, family, classmates, and co-workers, mastering completely new routines—all while trying to address one national crisis after another, from the horrific deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans to an insurrectionist siege of the U.S. Capitol.

As a profession uniquely equipped to mitigate crisis, we were immediately thrust into the national spotlight when public conversations turned to the intersection of law enforcement and emergency mental health services, widespread demand for and access to virtual therapy, student and family well-being during school closures and, most recently, vaccine public education.  

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