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Arizona Update

March 2018

Read below for Social Work Month events hosted by the NASW Arizona Chapter, Continuing Education opportunities, networking events, public policy and advocacy updates, employment opportunities, and more! Check our Chapter Calendar often. REGISTER TO ATTEND AND SAVE YOUR SPOT AT OUR SOCIAL WORK MONTH ACTIVITIES BELOW!

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Happy Social Work Month NASW AZ!

President's Column

Fellow Social Workers, students, peers and other professionals in our community: During the month of March we are honored to be recognized by our profession and the communities we serve during Social Work Month.
The theme of this year’s Social Work Month is "Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates Champions." Every day, Social Workers act as Leaders, Advocates and Champions and as a Social Worker we are always looking to do more to provide better services for those we work. As Social Workers, we also teach other professionals who work with us or in other agencies what we can do for all we serve.
As NASW Arizona Chapter President, I want to thank you for all you do to Lead, Advocate and be a Champion. I encourage you to get involved in your local Branch and Chapter Events. If you are not a member of NASW, I encourage you to join. NASW and NASW Arizona Chapter does so much to advocate for the needs of you, the Social Worker, and all we do in the community
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank all those who attended our Social Work Day at the Legislature events. We had a great turnout. I want to thank our leadership, our volunteers, and our Public Policy Committee, including Eddie Sissons, our Lobbyist, for planning such a great event.

Please attend a Social Work Month event hosted by NASW Arizona Chapter (listed below) and celebrate our profession and the accomplishments of social workers and community members!

Happy Social Work Month 2018!
Patrick Shockley, MSW
National Association of Social Workers – Arizona Chapter

March is Social Work Month! You're invited to celebrate!

Each year, we celebrate Social Work Month with events around Arizona and the U.S. Events include honoring the accomplishments of social work professionals and community members with awards luncheons and receptions. This year, each NASWAZ Branch will host an event: Click on the events below for details. Please join us

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Branch 4 Social Work Month Celebration in Prescott
Location:Prescott, AZTime:4:30 PM

Please join Branch 4 in honoring the following award winners:

Social Worker of the Year: Nancy Devine LCSW, LISAC

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Verrill, ACSW

Citizen of the Year: Heather Seets

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Branch 3 Social Work Month Celebration
Location:Flagstaff, Aspen Rooms B/CTime:2:30 PM

Please join Branch 3 in honoring the following award winners:

Lifetime Achievement: David McKell, ACSW

Citizen of the Year: Stacy Krueger

Public Elected Official of the Year: Councilmember Celia Barotz

Emerging Leader of the Year: Lisa Taylor, MSW

Transformational Educator of the Year: Mary Damskey, MSW

Friday, March 16, 2018

Social Work Month Celebration in Phoenix
Location:Phoenix, AZTime:5:30 PM

Please join Branch 1 in honoring the following award winners:

Social Worker of the Year: Shannon Schell, MSW

Citizen of the Year: Janey Pearl Starks

Public Elected Official of the Year: Representative Reginald Bolding (LD27)

Emerging Leader of the Year: Claire McLoone, LMSW

Transformational Educator of the Year: Robin Bonifas, PhD, MSW, LICSW

Friday, March 23, 2018

Branch 2 Social Work Month Celebration & Awards Luncheon
Location:TucsonTime:11:30 AM

Please join Branch 2 in honoring the following award winners:

Social Worker of the Year: Lupe Martinez, LCSW

Lifetime Achievement: Nancy Kaye, MSW

Citizen of the Year: Brian Eller

Public Elected Official of the Year: Representative Pamela Powers Hannley (LD9)

Emerging Leader of the Year: Reena Patel, LMSW

Transformational Educator of the Year: Josefina Ahumada, ACSW, LCSW

Earn CEUs with NASWAZ!

Click the titles below for more information and to register for each workshop.

NOTE: To secure member pricing, sign into the website and register online.

Friday, March 9, 2018

"Native American Culture, Historical Trauma, Fatherhood: Where to go from here?" (3 CEUs cd)
Location:Tempe, AZTime:9 AM - 12 PM

"Creative Skills for Counseling Adolescent and Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors" (3 CEUs ethics)
Location:Tempe, ArizonaTime:1 PM - 4 PM

Friday, May 25, 2018

"Clinical Supervision 6-Hour Refresher" (6 CEUs)
Location:Tucson, ArizonaTime:9 AM - 4 PM

Watch for more opportunities to earn CEUs!

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!

Flagstaff Social Hour: First WednesdayFlagstaff social workers will host a social hour meeting at Firecreek Coffee at 5:15 PM. Join us for a night filled with laughter, conversation, and identifying our professional goals and expectations for 2018!

PrescottNetworking: Second Wednesday: Social workers, social work faculty & social work students: Our next NASWAZ Branch 4 Networking Meeting will be 4:30 - 6:30 pm at Guacamayas (formerly Plaza Bonita), 1317 E Gurley Street (at the Best Western), Prescott, AZ 86301. Please join us for networking and more. Come hungry and thirsty as we partake in some very invigorating information. Space is unlimited but please let us know if you will able to join us. Thank you and hope to see you there.
Phoenix Networking: Third Thursday (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 for 2018. Register to let us know you'll attend and we'll save you a seat!

Sierra VistaNetworking: Fourth Thursday (1 CEU): Sierra Vista Network Brown Bag Lunch Meetings occur the fourth Thursday of each Month. Mark your calendars in 2018 when we start up again!

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:

NASWAZ Board of Directors Seeking Qualified Candidates

Positions are opening up on the Board of Directors this year, and what better way to get involved and help lead the Chapter than running for open posts on the Board.
If you have any questions on availability or if you are interested in serving on the Arizona Chapter Board of Directors, please contact the Chair of the Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification

Public Policy & Regulatory Updates for Arizona

Public Policy Committee Updates

Check our Public Policy Committee page at for updates on our activities. The Legislative Session is moving quickly this year. 
NASWAZ Updates

To stay informed, please join us for our Public Policy Calls and sign up for alerts:

Monthly Public Policy Call: The NASWAZ Public Policy Committee hosts our Monthly Public Policy Call the third Monday of the month beginning in January. This is the opportunity for members to hear from the NASWAZ Public Policy Committee, our Lobbyist, and our Executive Director. Register to attend our next call March 19thhere.

HB 2406 was held in the House Health Committee and efforts to repeal the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (BBHE) will not be moving forward this legislative session. NASW Arizona Chapter weighed in early in its opposition to this bill. NASW Arizona Chapter (and other associations) watch the processes closely at the Arizona capitol and will continue to make sure that boards set up for public protection will remain in place.

One bill that is moving forward that the association supportsisSB1246--this bill makes it easier for licensees to transfer into Arizona to work and meet the behavioral health workforce demand if their license is substantially equivalent.

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AHCCCS Waiver Comments

In addition to tracking bills of interest to the social work profession and our priority areas, the Chapter submitted comments on theAHCCCS Prior Quarter Coverage waiver amendment and the CMS comments regarding AHCCCS works.

National Advocacy Updates

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



Practice Perspectives

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. The monthly call-in sessions focus on a specific private practice subject and are led by Mirean Coleman, LICSW, Clinical Manager at NASW. 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. Handouts are available upon request at Within several weeks of a scheduled session, handouts are permanently available at, click on practice tools.Click here for the updated HOPP schedule for 2018.


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:

Acute Clinical Case Manager
Behavioral Health Case Manager
Clinician IV BH
Case Manager I
Director of Clinical Services

Searching nationwide: Employers can widen their search by posting with our national office. Go to our new address at The new 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.
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Mondays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET)
Tuesdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET)
Wednesdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET)
Thursdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET)

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