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From the NASW Colorado Chapter
Social Work Update
                                                               July 29, 2018  |  Stay Current on Crucial Information for the Profession 

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Update from NASW CEO Angelo McClain

β€œAt NASW, we strive every day to develop new solutions that help members, knowing innovations are part of providing better and more responsive services to clients and communities. We're thrilled about new services we've introduced that are more responsive to the challenges social workers face today. These include:

Social Work Research Library- access to thousands of documents addressing all aspects of social work

An Hour with Private Practice - advice on critical therapy management issues

Ethics and legal consultation services – help to practice within the ethical and legal parameters set forth by the profession

Career development programs - virtual conferences, virtual job fairs, and virtual grad fairs

A new online CE Institute - with local and national courses

MyNASWCommunity - an online discussion and learning community

SmartBrief - daily news brief that provides social work-specific news

CE Tracker – coming soon - to simplify tracking continuing education credits and requirements for members.

Over the past 18 months, our advocacy efforts have more than doubled. We are standing up and fighting for the profession's values and principles on immigration, gun safety, criminal justice reform, elder services, health care, and homeless prevention. We have also stepped up our advocacy efforts on behalf of social workers, including H.R.1290, the Improving Access to Mental Health Act, legislation to raise the Medicare reimbursement rate for clinical social workers from 75 percent to 85 percent of the physicians' fee schedule. We also are actively engaged with our congressional champions to gain support for both H.R.1289, Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young Jr., Social Work Reinvestment Act, and H.R.1484, Social Worker Safety Act of 2017.

In addition to our focused advocacy work, we are offering opportunities to help prepare social workers to run for public office and be active in voter education and mobilization. For instance, we hosted a national voter empowerment educational sit-in on Capitol Hill in June. We also held congressional briefings on innovations and challenges in providing mental health services to people in prison and those re-entering the community, and a briefing titled "Opioid Crisis Response: Social Work Workforce Readiness."


Here in Colorado, our Chapter will continue to keep you apprised of our local advocacy efforts on behalf of our profession, such as current DORA Rule-Making and upcoming Sunset of the Mental Health Practice Act; lobbying efforts, such as the successful passage of SB-24 which expands loan forgiveness for social workers practicing in SUD mental health professional shortage areas; and our endorsement and support efforts for local political candidates through our PACE Committee. Chapter information is available via Facebook, our website, and newsletters.


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NASWCO Clinical Supervision for Licensure 101: "Knowing the Basics and Starting on the Path Beyond"

This training builds on graduate-level social work skills and provides clinical supervisors with new tools to become more versatile in their roles.

Grand Junction: 9-4:30 August 17th with trainer John Cullinane, LCSW. REGISTER HERE.

Louisville: 9-4:30 September 29th with trainers Barry Erdman, LCSW, and Debbie Knoll, LCSW. REGISTER HERE.

CO Springs: 9-4:30 October 26th with trainer Ann Garrett, LCSW. REGISTER HERE. 

CPD Required for Renewal

As part of the Social Work license renewal process, licensees must complete 40 Professional Development Hours every two years. See more info on the CPD page of Chapter website.


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