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Arizona Update
June 2017

This month's newsletter includes links: Chapter Elections. Continuing Education and Networking Events, NASWAZ Retreat in Prescott, Conference Call for Presenters and Sponsors, Policy Updates,
Practice Updates, Jobs and more!

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Quick Note from the NASWAZ President

As President of National Association of Social Workers – Arizona Chapter and serving in the past on various other Board Positions, I have had the privilege to grow as a Social Worker but also as a leader of our great Chapter. I encourage all Members to review the ballot andvote online for open Board positions.
Patrick Shockley, MSW
National Association of Social Workers – Arizona Chapter

NASWAZ Board of Directors Ballot Now Posted - Voting Now Open!

The Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CCNLI) sought chapter members interested in running for the NASWAZ Board. The CCNLI is pleased to provide the ballot for board members who will be seated in July. Board members are expected to attend the Leadership Retreat in July (see the "Save the Date" below).

MEMBERS: Click on the button below and take a moment to vote in the Chapter elections or click here to submit your vote before 11:59 PM Arizona Time on June 27, 2017.


The NASWAZ Board Secretary is pleased to announce the ballot for the 2017 Chapter elections.

President - Elect (Choose up to 1)

Dori DiPietro, LCSW, ACSW: I am the faculty director of the MCC Social Work Program, a prior faculty associate and field education instructor at ASU School of Social Work and a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in mindfulness based stress reduction and holistic well-being. I have over thirty years of experience as a social worker serving in many different capacities, to include, residential treatment, in-home prevention/intervention, child welfare, advocacy and was a school social worker for over twelve years.
I have been a member of NASW AZ for over twenty years, even as a single mother with three young children to feed/raise on a social work salary; I made sure to budget for what I value, my NASW membership! I have served as a Branch I Representative for many years and currently serve on the NASW AZ Executive Board as Vice-President 2016/2017. As your NASW AZ President 2018/2019 I will guide NASW AZ to become an even greater resource of self-care and support for social workers across the State of Arizona and to advocate for the values and policies that impact our profession and those we serve during this critical time in history of uncertainty and change in our state and country.

Shannon Schell, MSW: As a member of the board since 2014 I have seen the great work NASW Arizona has done for the profession and to advocate for Arizona's most vulnerable. I want to continue to support and lead the profession of social work which I hold dear to my heart. That is why I am running for President-Elect, so that I can continue to shape this organization for the betterment of social works and the people they serve.

The NASWAZ Board Secretary is pleased to announce the ballot for the 2017 Chapter elections.

Vice President (Choose up to 1)

Jessica Begay, MSW: I am an enrolled member of the Navajo tribe and have lived my entire life in Arizona. I am a graduate of Arizona State University where I obtained my bachelors and master's degrees in Social Work. My professional work has been dedicated to strengthening families. I have worked for a local tribe for ten years. I have been engaged in several different community formats where I advocate for awareness of the strengths & challenges which American Indian communities face. I have served on the NASWAZ Board as a Branch 1 representative since 2014. I would like to continue serving as a representative to share my perspective and bring diversity to the Board.
Heidi Rodriguez, MSW: I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve as your Vice President. Since moving to Phoenix in 2009 to work on my MSW at ASU I have greatly enjoyed being a part of the Social Work community. I have worked in the fields of domestic violence, education, and homelessness advocating for our community. It has been an honor to represent NASWAZ Branch 1 members on the board of directors, advocating for their interests. I have also appreciated the task of helping to plan the statewide conference and I hope to build upon the positive momentum in the years to come. I will continue to keep Arizona Social Workers interests in mind and look forward to continuing to serve.

Branch 1 Representative (choose up to 5)

Bahney Dedolph, MS: I have been a social worker in a wide variety of settings in different states for over 40 years. As I am nearing the end of a long career, I am looking for opportunities to share my experience and a bit of expertise with the next generation of torch bearers to help them keep the spirit of Jane Addams alive in this profession that I have served for so long. During these trying social and political times, I hope that I can bring both hope and history to the board of NASW-AZ.
Meka Green, LCSW: I joined NASW in 2006 while pursuing my BSW. Not only did NASW piqued my interest, but it also helped to spark a passion for social work. My zeal for the field is unwavering, and my focus is ever evolving. I represent and serve a very diverse segment of the population. As a change agent, I believe it is imperative I use my personal and professional experiences to support the advancement of the field and to advocate for the communities I belong. As an Army Veteran, I am no stranger to focused work, change, collaboration, and dedication. If elected to the board, it would certainly be an honor to serve with other competent and driven social workers in Arizona. There are countless opportunities to make a positive impact in our State, and I look forward to continuing this challenging and rewarding work.
Bianca Harper, DSW, LCSW: As a social worker, I have been involved in micro, mezzo, and macro practice. Across these systems, I recognize the systemic issues that impact individual and family well-being as well as the many strengths that families and communities possess. In academia, I teach graduate MSW students about social justice issues and encourage critical thinking, self-reflection, and creative problem solving. Throughout my career as a social worker, I have recognized the critical role NASW plays in supporting social workers and advocating for historically disenfranchised communities. An opportunity to serve on the NASW-AZ Board of Directors would allow me to collaborate with colleagues, contribute innovative ideas, and help enhance service delivery. As an Arizona social worker, I am committed to taking an active role in my community to advocate for social workers and those we serve.

Branch 2 Representative (choose up to 2)

Katie Cotter, MSW, PhD: I am an Assistant Professor at the Arizona State University School of Social Work in Tucson. In addition to teaching BSW and MSW students, I work with local community partners to study and address youth violence and delinquency. My role as an educator of future social workers, coupled with my commitment to community partnerships, speak to my connections with the local social work community and make me an ideal candidate for this position.

Branch 3 Representative (choose up to 2)

Katie Mommaerts, LCSW: As the Branch 3 Representative, my contribution would be to continue building resources in Northern Arizona for Social Workers. I am organized, committed, and passionate about the Social Work Profession. I am motivated to assist in the growth of the Profession and to give back to the community.

Melissa Rhodes, LCSW: Over the past 20 years my professional social work practice has included: clinical work/therapy with children, adolescents and their families in community mental health and private practice settings; over a decade of providing school-based therapeutic services in Hopi and Navajo schools; teaching social work in the BSW Program at Northern Arizona University; and currently, working as the clinical director of a program to provide services for children and adolescents who survive the death of a parent from intimate partner homicide. I have had the opportunity and honor to practice social work in a variety of settings, communities and with diverse groups of clients. I learn something every day, am never bored, and am perpetually grateful I chose social work as my profession. I firmly believe in the power and potential of our profession to effect positive change and that our best and most rewarding work happens when social work's core values inform our interactions with each other. I would like the opportunity to support you and your commitment to our profession as a representative for Branch 3.

BSW Student Representative (choose up to 1)

Laura Kratz: I feel strongly about the passions of social work students. I have the desire and drive to advocate for them through communication with the NASW Board of Directors. This creates a stronger sense of community between students and the NASW. As a student, I don’t need to wait until graduation to be a social worker, I can be one now. Participating on the Board of Directors is one very important way I can do that.
Carlos Ramos: As the BSW Student Representative, my platform is with regard to student engagement. If we engage students to become active members of NASWAZ, while they prepare to begin their career in the field, the chapter would receive a boost in additional voices to help move forward the fight for social justice and equality for all. As a chapter, we can reinforce to BSW Students that the role of a social worker begins prior to graduation.

MSW Student Representative (choose up to 1)
Francisco Duran: Being part of a Hispanic community taught me the value to give back to others without expecting anything in return. Although this value may not seem beneficial, my culture and heritage taught me there is a greater reward in giving than receiving. I realized at a young age a sense of security was not the case for everyone. This was the driving force in pursuing a career within Social Services. I was astonished at how many people live under poverty, off Social Security Income (SSI), while attempting to overcome everyday stressors, including their mental illness. Assisting in coordinating basic needs such as: affordable housing, medical insurance, food stamps, and medication(s) established a collaborative, respectful, and outcome focused relationship. Being a mentor, motivator, and natural support is a guiding force into my career choice. My background, experiences, and relationships are major influencers in my decision of selecting the social work profession as it promotes my passion in helping those in need through motivation, support, and guidance. Through constant monitoring and evaluation, the social worker stands at a high-level of responsibility in advocating for the clients best needs or interests. In the social service field there is a dual-partnership between caseworker and client progressing towards an attainable, and measurable goal. The role and responsibilities I would want to encompass as a professional social worker would be improving the quality of life of individuals, underprivileged populations specifically, through creation and modification of policies. There is a true need in advocating for the best interests of these individuals. A primary goal and objective for joining the National Association of Social Workers is to prepare and apply effective ethical practice for individuals within the community by valuing diversity in various populations through ethical principles without discriminating on age, sex, or gender. Promoting social, political, and economic justice is significant because empowering success is a commitment behind social work. My commitment is to prepare competent and effective practitioners who contribute to an individual, group, or community by engaging with both local and state policy makers.
Lilia Zachia: My name is Lilia Zacchia. I am a young nonprofit professional, a Sonoma State University graduate, a Phi Sigma Sigma sorority alumni, and a Masters of Social Work student in Planning, Administration, and Community Practice at Arizona State University. I am currently working in macro-level social work and administration at the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council (AZSILC). The mission of the AZSILC is to promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change. Additionally, I am completing my MSW Foundation internship at the U.S. House of Representatives as a congressional casework intern. I pride myself on being a dedicated worker and skilled communicator determined to effect positive change in the lives of others. My passion lies in macro level social work, community organization, fundraising, development, non-profit management, program evaluation, grant writing, policy and administration and I hope to gain more direct work experience in these areas while completing a Masters of Social Work from Arizona State University. I have also recently developed an interest in branding, design and social media marketing. My specific interest revolves around nonprofit-marketing and how social media and communications can aid in furthering a nonprofit organization's mission. In my career, I hope to find a way to blend all of my passions in order to make the world a better place!

Have you thought about getting a PhD in social work?

The ASU School of Social Work PhD program is currently recruiting for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline to apply is January 15th. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the doctoral program website. For additional information or to schedule a personalized meeting or campus visit, please contact Elizabeth Kiehne (


NASWAZ will host our annual conference on Friday, October 20th at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix. Our conference features opportunities to network, earn CEUs, and honor our statewide award winners!

CALL FOR PRESENTERS:NASWAZ requests applications from workshop presenters interested in offering 1.5 - hour presentations covering a broad range of topics related to clinical and non-clinical practice issues for Arizona social workers. This year's theme will be "Social Workers Stand Up," with a focus on populations in Arizona. NASWAZ will collect presentation submissions through July 7, 2017. Our Conference Planning Committee will review the submissions and notify workshop presenters within 2-weeks after the July deadline. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS RELATED TO PRESENTING AT OUR CONFERENCE.

SPONSORS:The Chapter is seeking sponsorship of this unique event to reach social workers from various work environments. CLICK HERE FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES!

NASW Branch & Networking Events Near You

Click on the links below for times, locations, online registration and more information. Please click the links to register to let us know if you plan on attending, and we'll keep an eye out for you!

Please take a moment to note the changes in dates and locations below!


Monthly Networking Meetings

Please register to let us know you'll join us at one of our networking meetings!

FlagstaffNetworking: First Wednesday of each Month: Please join us at the Campus Coffee Bean for an hour of networking and talking about upcoming events. We are planning to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM at Campus Coffee Bean.

PrescottNetworking: Second Wednesday of each Month: Networking Meeting with Prescott and surrounding area social workers. Join us for discussions and planning at Starbucks at the Frontier Village Center in Prescott.

Phoenix Networking: Third Thursday of each Month (1 CEU): Join NASWAZ Branch 1 for a networking and an educational meeting at Coco's Bakery Restaurant in Phoenix 1 CEU offered at most events with events planned for 2017. 

Sierra VistaNetworking: Fourth Thursday of each Month (1 CEU): Sierra Vista Network Brown Bag Lunch Meetings occur the fourth Thursday of each Month. Networking 11:30am; Program 12:00 - 1:00pm (1 CEU). NOTE LOCATION: Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona Outreach Center 302-02 El Camino Real Sierra Vista, AZ 85636.


June Continuing Education Workshops

Friday, June 23, 2017 in Tempe at Rio Salado Community College Tower (REGISTRATION NOW OPEN)

9 AM - 12 PM "Ethics Workshop: "Preparing Children and Adolescents to Process Trauma" (3 CEUs ethics) presented by Sherri Hicks, LMSW

July Continuing Education Workshops
NASWAZ Retreat Details Released

Friday, July 14 - 16, 2017:
Register for the "NASW AZ Retreat: Contemplation, Renewal and Leadership" in Prescott!


Friday, October 20, 2017: SAVE THE DATE: Annual Conference & Awards Luncheon
**Please note the event date change**

Request for Presentations for our annual conference will be released soon. Interested in sponsorship? Get in touch at

An Hour with Private Practice

An Hour With Private Practice: Questions & Answers is a free question and answer session for NASW members which is held every third Wednesday of the month from January through November 2017. The monthly call-in sessions focus on a specific private practice subject. There is no registration and members can join in the discussion, ask questions, and make comments. These sessions provide members with important clinical social work updates impacting the delivery of mental health services. An Hour With Private Practice is held every third Wednesday of the month from noon until 1:00 pm ET

This is a reminder that the January – June 2017 schedule for “An Hour With Private Practice: Questions & Answers” is posted online: Please consider attending!

NASW Health Documents on Medicaid & Perinatal SW Practice

Perinatal Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings

The Guidelines for Perinatal Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings adapts the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Health Settings and applies it to the specialty of perinatal practice. The guidelines (more) ...

MEDICAID AT RISK: Understanding Proposals to Limit Medicaid Benefits through Block Grants & Per Capita Caps

Medicaid is an open-ended entitlement, meaning that each and every person who qualifies for the benefit is provided coverage. Medicaid provides health coverage to low-income families, children, pregnant women and people with (more) ...


Installment Payments Now Available for NASW Renewals!

You now may pay your NASW membership renewal in two or three installments by your membership renewal date. Installment payments may be made by mail to PO Box 79949, Baltimore, MD 21279-0949 or by phone to NASW Member Services at 800-742-4089 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday-Friday. The installment option is not available online at this time. A $25 processing fee will be assessed for refunds of incomplete installment payments. For more info, click here:

Public Policy & Regulatory Updates for Arizona

Public Policy Committee Updates

The Arizona Legislative Session ended in May and the Public Policy Committee continues to examine the implications on budgets and for social workers. Each quarter, the chapter participates in "Government Relations" calls with NASW Chapters around the U.S. to share ideas and to identify trends that inform planning for the next legislative session. The Chapter also uses evaluation information to inform our advocacy efforts for the upcoming year. Keep an eye out for an updated policy survey and new plans for our advocacy events!

BBHE Public Hearings
The Board of Behavioral Health Examiners filed a Notice of Docket Opening and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which were published in the May 5, 2017 Arizona Administrative Register, and the Board is accepting public feedback through June 9th, 2017. The notices may be viewed at:
There will be an oral proceeding held in the AZBBHE Board room on the proposed rulemaking as follows:
Wednesday, June 21st,9:00-11:00 a.m.

National Advocacy Updates

At the national level, NASW continues to engage in advocacy. Some highlights from January included:

NASW Statement on Full Budget Request from President Trump
NASW has released a statement that reviews the full budget released by President Donald Trump. Take time to read our position on how the budget would harm the nation’s social safety net and share with your constituents:

If you'd like to know more about our national efforts, stay up to date by following the Social Work Blog at

The College of St. Scholastica Announcement and Arizona Social Work Students
Community members are sad and disappointed to hear the College of Saint Scholastica social work program has decided to leave Arizona.

We are pleased to announce though that the ASU School of Social Work has extended their application deadline to July 20th for those juniors and seniors at CSS interested in transferring from CSS to ASU to complete their social work degree, ready to start fall of 2017 semester.

Contact Karla Arias (, 602-543-1608 or call Kathy Williamsons to set up an appointment; 602-543-1609. You will need to fill out an application, have a GPA of 2.0 or greater (they need official transcripts and will let you know what else).

Please help spread the word to CSS seniors and to those students who planned to attend as juniors so we can make sure that not one student is left behind without an option to continue their social work education.


Arizona LTC Task Force Monthly Social Work Conference Call

Attention social workers and social service staff that work in long term care: You are invited to participate in a long term care social work task force monthly conference call on the2nd Thursday every month at12:30 PM. The Arizona Long Term Care Social Work Task Force is offering a FREE monthly conference call for all social workers and social service staff. Relevant and challenging issues are discussed in an interactive, roundtable-style forum with other social work peers. The conference call is held the second Thursday of every month and is facilitated by a member of the Social Work Task Force. Participants can ask questions, present cases or just listen in on the discussion. This is a wonderful learning and networking opportunity to ask those tough questions about issues in the nursing home as well as share ideas and resources with each other.

RSVP to attend the call the second Thursday of each month and find out more information here.

Free Ethics Consultations FOR NASW MEMBERS
The Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) provides individual ethics consultations as a benefit of NASW membership. Ethic consultations are a resource for members who encounter ethical dilemmas and/or have ethics related questions. Consultation services are intended to guide members through the applicable standards in the Code along with other pertinent considerations and resources that address their concerns and allows them to make reasoned ethical decisions. While we can discuss ethical issues, we cannot provide definitive answers for a particular situation or make decisions for members.
Ethics consultation telephone calls are answered on a first come first served basis and are not pre-scheduled. If you call during consultation hours and receive a voice-mail response, we request your patience as we complete earlier member calls, Please leave a brief message clearly stating your name and contact number and we will return your call. Due to the high call volume, we ask that you allow 24 hours for a return call.
Hours & Contact Info:(800) 742-4089
Mondays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET)
Tuesdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET)
Wednesdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET)
Thursdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET)

Need CEUs Right Away?

Offered by multiple state Chapters of NASW. This Online CE Institute has high quality programs available on demand with well known names in the field of social work and behavioral health. Feel free to browse our store before purchasing. Member and non-member fees will apply accordingly.

NASW/ASI is pleased to sponsor the Professional Education and Training Center. Social workers who are not members, but who are in need of CEU's are also welcome to participate for standard registration fees. You must log in to participate. If you have difficulty logging in you may contact your NASW Member Center at 1.800.742.4089.

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Looking to post an ad about available office space or want to feature upcoming events and workshops? Go to our classified section and check out the postings, which can change daily. If you would like to post a classified or other advertising opportunities with NASW, click here. Classifieds include:

Small office for rent. Either furnished or not. In suite with two other providers.
Central location on 32nd St. just south of Camelback. Call Judith Wellek at

General Liability and Cyber Liability Protection Now Available Exclusively to NASW Members!

Not sure you need professional liability insurance? Visit this page to learn why you need to be protected and why you should choose NASW coverage.

Need a Job or Seeking Employees?

Searching for Job in Arizona? NASWAZMembers may search for jobs at under our Career Center link and employers may post jobs for free. A current sampling of jobs posted includes:

  • Lead Clinician (LCSW)
  • Social Worker
  • Physician Assistant (Surgical Services - ICU)
  • Social Worker (Term)
  • Psychiatrist - MD/DO
Searching nationwide: Employers can widen their search by posting with our national office. Go to The Social Work Career Center is a career website where social workers can search national job listings and find professional development and career resources that span across the duration of a social worker's professional career.

PASSWORD PROCEDUREfor NASW Members: Your username and password for is now matched to the username and password that you use to access the national NASW website at If you have problems logging into the Chapter website at, click on "forgot password," and you will be redirected to to update your information.You will need to wait about 24 hours for the national website to update the Chapter on the change. If you are seeking to login to secure a member discount, contact the Chapter office directly and we will make certain the member discount is properly applied.

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