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Arizona Update

September 2017

This month's newsletter includes links: NASWAZ Conference registration now open, updated statements on recent issues, call for conference sponsors, policy and practice updates, jobs and more!

Don't miss our continuing education workshops this October in Tempe and Tucson.
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Be sure to follow NASWAZ on Facebook and Instagramfor chapter updates!

NASWAZ Statement Addendum RE: Charlottesville

The NASW Arizona Chapter released astatement(NASW Arizona Condemns Trump’s Charlottesville Comments in Advance of Visit to Arizona) after violent events in Charlottesville preceding the President's visit to Arizona. We discussed that symbols and tactics were used to intimidate and control African Americans and others. Chapter members noted that while attempting to be inclusive, we omitted the experience of groups, specifically the Jewish Community. There is no doubt, there were very real symbols and actions in Charlottesville directed at the Jewish Community. There were threats of violence which involved anti-Semitic chants, displays of swastikas and flags, armed individuals across from the synagogue which was reminiscent of Nazi Germany and were directed at the people inside the synagogue. As a result of this intimidation and fear, the congregants on Friday night left through the back door because of safety concerns and cancelled a scheduled Saturday service.
The NASW Arizona Chapter apologizes for any omission of the experience of our Jewish community members. NASWAZ condemns antisemitism in all its forms.

NASWAZ Welcomes our 2017-2018 Interns!

Welcome Ashley Woodard!

Ashley Woodard is a passionate and determined student from ASU’s Masters of Social Work PAC program. After graduating in May 2017 with a BSW from ASU, she hit the ground running, starting the Advanced Standing Masters Program. For her undergraduate field experience, she interned with the YMCA where she did Group Mentoring at a trauma school on the Gila River Indian Reservation- working with kids that have endured severe loss and trauma of many kinds.

After this experience, she examined the structural barriers that can oppress these children and others in need all across Arizona. Now more than ever, she is eager to learn how to advocate on a policy level and her internship with the NASW is the perfect gateway to do just that. She will graduate with her Masters of Social Work in May of 2018 as she continues to empower and build up as many as she can within her community. Ashley is very involved with her church, loves music and has performed on stage for years- striving to brighten and inspire others in everything she does.

Welcome Ken Garcia!

Ken Garcia held the positions of BSW and MSW Representative for NASWAZ, and President of the ASU Social Work Student Organization. Ken is working on his social work major, MSW Concentration year at ASU with a Minor in criminal justice with a concentration on domestic violence - child abuse. Ken feels that in today's society, both the social work and criminal justice fields should work together to promote justice to victims of crimes, take steps to remove barriers to any services, and help promote alternatives and benefits to any victim. He has many community activities outside school e.g...parish youth programs, Annulment Minister, Pastoral Care, Altar Server Ministry Leader, Saint Vincent DePaul community services, Diocese of Phoenix trainer/facilitator for The Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Special Olympics, Legislative District 18 Precinct Committee Member (PC), and Human Rights Campaign Steering Committee (Phoenix Pride). Internships with Community Asset and Resource Enterprise (CARE) Partnership, Office of Congressman Ruben Gallego, AmeriCorps (Domestic Violence Enhancement Internship), Catholic Charities - My Sisters Place.

2017 NASWAZ Social Work Conference & Awards:


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!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Click here to register.

Earn 6 CEUs! We have engaging presenters on topics relevant to your practice. Click here to view the session information.

Join us as we recognize the following Award categories:

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Deborah Fresquez

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

NASW Arizona Chapter Statewide Award Winners 2017

Social Worker of the Year
Nominee: Kristin Lindberg, LCSW

Summary: Kristin Lindberg is a licensed clinical social worker in Tucson, AZ with over 20 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings. She has done so much for our community. Initially, she trained to be a music therapist, but became passionate about social work after completing a graduate level internship in early childhood arts education at a Settlement House in Philadelphia. After receiving her MSW from the University of Georgia, she worked as a juvenile probation officer and then in an outpatient community mental health network. She developed her clinical skills as an intake evaluator, a child and adolescent therapist, a manager of a children’s day treatment program, and later as a manager and therapist of a rural outpatient clinic for children and adults.

Kristin moved to Arizona 15 years ago and continued working with children and families in an outpatient setting as an in-home therapist and later as a supervisor, helping to shift service delivery to a wrap-around model providing collaborative interdisciplinary support to clients in treatment. She discovered her interest in team building, program development and clinical mentoring during this time. Her next move was to the inpatient world where she provided clinical supervision for the therapists at a psychiatric hospital and was the director of a sub-acute crisis stabilization unit for adolescents. She found that crisis intervention was a strength and interest at that time, and enjoyed working with clients at that level for 7 years, becoming FEMA trained and certified in Critical Incident Stress Management. After a brief but interesting position as the coordinator of clinical services at the county jail, Kristin’s next focus was in the medical field, managing the social work department at a level 1 trauma hospital. She served on the Bioethics, Patient Rights, Grievance, and Readmission Risk Committees and worked with her team to create a culturally competent environment for all patients.

Her experience in this setting allowed her to develop a new understanding of the system gaps in care and support that exist in her community. Currently, Kristin has just joined a creative team that is designing a new evidence-based adult substance abuse/dual diagnosis program in Tucson. Services range from medical detox, to residential treatment, to sober living and outpatient programs. She is developing and will be overseeing the residential program as well as providing clinical supervision for staff towards licensure and mentoring masters level students in clinical field placements. She is excited to be in a position to utilize her experience and interests in a setting that will have the ability to significantly impact her community in a positive way.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Nominee: Sara Aleman, PhD

Summary: This social worker has demonstrated repeated outstanding achievements and has been recognized beyond the social work profession as contributing lasting impact in our communities and acting with creativity and courage. They are known to be an outstanding leader and contribute to a positive image for the profession. They have taken risks to achieve positive outcomes and dedicated themselves to exemplifying social work values and ethics.
Dr. Aleman was nominated by the Northern Arizona Advisory Board for her many years of service to both Northern Arizona University as well as the community of Northern Arizona. Our own Timothy Schmaltz, President of NASW-AZ has supported her nomination in stating that she deserves much acclaim for her life’s work educating professionals and her community work building social and economic justice. He notes that she has been instrumental in helping the Foundation for Senior Living create an outreach program for Hispanic elders, including securing grant funding. She has worked to provide education related to the diverse nature of Hispanic families and their varied paths to integration in to American culture as well as special needs based on the “accumulated disadvantage” that ethnic and racially marginalized people have experienced. He has pointed out that Dr. Aleman has touched those she worked with her unique combination of professionalism and compassion.

Dr. Aleman’s resume is overwhelming, to say the least. She has been published at least 27 times in articles and books related to criminal justice, women’s issues, gerontology, Hispanic cultural competency, and oppression. She has been a well-respected presenter and has participated in more than 30 conferences across the nation. She has secured thousands of dollars in grant funding to support disadvantaged members of our community. She has served on countless committees and boards, including Coordinator of the Gerontology Program at NAU, Director of Faculty Development, Director of Ethnic Studies Program, FUSD Board Member, Dreamers Foundation officer, among many others. She is noted by her colleagues to having been a beloved member of the social work program at NAU, dedicated to student mentoring and success. Additionally, she stands out as a mentor and advocate for other faculty. Above and beyond her professional accomplishments, she is known to be a joy to work with and to know.

Dr. Aleman is a recent retiree from NAU School of Social Work, where she was working continuously since 1997. Prior to that, she worked for the Arizona State University as well as Brandeis University in Massachusetts. Prior to that, she started her academic career working for NAU starting in 1987. She received her Ph.D. from the Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare and her social work degrees from the University of Chicago, as well as Arizona State University. She has been recognized for countless awards, including the LOUIS award, nominated twice by students and faculty, the AGHE award, being recognized for contributions to the profession, Elected to Phi Kappa Phi, the Presidents Faculty Award, the Diversity Award by ASU, Recognition by the Commission on Ethnic Diversity via a Certificate as well an Appreciation award and on and on. She was nationally selected to participate in many research projects and to attend conferences and consortiums.

Citizen of the Year
Nominee: Deborah Fresquez

Summary: This citizen stands out as having made a significant contribution to our community in the areas of public social issues, populations at risk and quality of life for our community members. This citizen acts with courage and verve and demonstrates outstanding leadership. They are recognized as exemplifying social work values and ethics, despite not having pursued the social work path.

Ms. Fresquez is well-known throughout Flagstaff and Northern Arizona as a strong victim advocate. She has been a leading expert in victim services since 2005, working with Victim Witness. She has taken the lead position in a number of major system improvements, including co-establishing a county/city fatality review board to review domestic violence homicides, revitalizing the Coordinated Community Response Team to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and creating the first Domestic Violence Support Group for women and children in Coconino county.

Her coworkers identify her as the advocate most skilled in working with complex cases, including those involving child abuse and felony level charges. She is described as a fierce advocate for her clients, giving them voice when they need it, but more importantly giving them the support, dedication and knowledge they need to find their own voice. A true social work quality. She is noted to go beyond her daily work with clients to reach into the greater community, addressing the root causes and preventing domestic violence in the future. She runs weekly support groups for survivors of Domestic Violence and a quarterly Domestic Violence impact panel for offenders. At the state level, she is involved with the Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence and the Courts. She influences statewide policy within the courts that affect the handling of domestic-violence related cases. Another social work value, demonstrated on the macro level.

Ms. Fresquez’ coworkers have also identified her as a mentor to new advocates and interns in the office. She is noted to lead by example and demonstrates how important ethical behaviors and respect for others is in one’s daily life is essential. She is able to bring disparate people together, even when they have opposing viewpoints, resulting in stronger teams that create proposals capable of wide-spread acceptance.


Private Practice Update: Medicare Changes
There are impending Medicare code number changes for beneficiaries beginning April 1, 2018. Members can view the Practice Alert titledClinical Social Workers Be Aware:New Claim Change Comingoutlining changeshere.This change will impact reimbursement for clinical social workers who will need to provide new Medicare numbers on their claim forms in order to avoid payment denials.


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 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 -- location to be determined for October. Branch 3 members will receive an update in September regarding the location for our October meeting. The October meeting will feature sharing of resources and contacts, so bring business cards and brochures to share!

PrescottNetworking: Second Wednesday of each Month (1 CEU): Networking Meeting with Prescott and surrounding area social workers. The September meeting a very dynamic and inspirational speaker, Tim Schmaltz. Tim's topic will be "Resilient Servant-Leadership: How We Sustain Ourselves During Times of Frustration, Suffering, Loss, Stress, and Change." (1 CEU) This is a very timely talk given our political climate. The September meeting will be September 13, from 4:30 - 6:30 PM at Prescott Crush Wine Cafe! Note the new time and location for this month's meeting!

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. On September 21, Dr. Robin Bonifas will present on "Understanding & Addressing Peer-to-Peer Bullying Among Older Adults." Register to let us know you'll attend and we'll save you a seat!

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.

October CE Workshops in Tucson/Tempe

Registration Now Open for NASWAZ Conference

10/20/2017 - 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM - 2017 NASWAZ Conference. Register to attend NASWAZ's annual Conference which features association updates, networking, an Awards Luncheon, and CEU workshops! Click here to register.
Click here for sponsorship opportunities or email:

An Hour with Private Practice: Questions & Answers

An Hour With Private Practice: Questions & Answers (HOPP) 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.
HOPP is held every third Wednesday of the month from noon until 1:00 pm ET. No session is held in December due to the holidays.

Access details and the July - December 2017 Schedule online by clicking here.

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 NASWAZ Public Policy Committee is in the planning stages for the "Social Work Day at the Legislature" series of events this Spring (January and February). Once finalized, we hope to offer an experience catered to students and professionals that will accommodate your schedule and engage you in the advocacy process. Stay tuned for updates!
NASWAZ Statements

The Arizona Chapter releases statements related to local and national developments. This month, we released several statements that were shared with members across multiple platforms including social media and news releases. A sampling of our statements can be found below on our "Chapter News" page as well as on our facebook page, instagram, and twitter account:

The Arizona Chapter also works with the Arizona News Service to connect reporters to professional social workers. One story ran this month re: DACA (Arizona Community Comes Together to Support DREAMers).

National Advocacy Updates

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

NASW Statements

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



EMPLOYERS: Post Jobs for Free with NASWAZ!

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:

Family Assistance Specialist
Behavioral Health Counselors
Hotline Supervisor (On-Call)
Professional BH Child Clinician IV - Child Crisis Hospital Team
Community Housing Assistant

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.

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 aFREEmonthly 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.


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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