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Arizona Update

June 2018

Read below for Continuing Education opportunities, networking events, public policy and advocacy updates, employment opportunities, and more! Check our Chapter Calendar often. Your membership is needed now more than ever, your membership helps us advocate for the social work profession and your interests. NOT A MEMBER? BECOME ONE TODAY!

1. Be sure to VOTE in the Chapter elections today! Voting concludes on June 19th.

2. View the Chapter Calendar and sign up for NASW Arizona Chapter Events near you! We've planned networking, continuing education, and our Annual Retreat in Prescott this summer.

3. Follow us on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram for updates and more! Like and share our posts!

Update from the Chapter Office

Jeremy Arp, MSW, ACSW

Happy Summer! As the new fiscal year approaches, I wanted to provide updates from the Chapter. Chapter staff continue to work to provide advocacy, networking, and continuing education for professional social workers. We’re laying the groundwork for migration to a new website, additional member forums (webinars and interactive conferencing for CEUs), and better graphical presentation of information to help our members navigate their careers. Stay tuned for updates!

The Board of Directors provides leadership to guide the Chapter. Much is accomplished through our committees, including:

Professional Development Committee (PDC): We implemented our first annual Retreat, with our second Retreat in Prescott this summer. Earn CEUs at workshops and Branch networking events. Click here to register today!

Public Policy Committee (PPC): The PPC met weekly throughout the session and hosted monthly webinars for members. Our advocacy efforts helped stop threats to licensure for social work professionals in Arizona. Read our 2018 Legislative Wrap Up here.

Communications Committee: The CC directed efforts to calendar social media posts, member messages, and methods to respond to membership inquiries online. Check out our Facebook page here.

Chapter Committee on Nominations & Leadership Identification (CCNLI): The CCNLI includes representation from members to approve our elections slate in line with our Diversity plan (created by our Diversity Committee). This year, CCNLI included four members that helped vet and craft a diverse slate of candidates for our Elections. Click here to vote for our Chapter leadership by June 19th!

Your NASW membership makes it possible for us to serve the interests of Arizona’s professional social workers. We look forward to working for you in the new fiscal year!

Jeremy Arp, MSW, ACSW
Executive Director
NASW Arizona Chapter

NASWAZ Board of Directors Ballot now open!

The Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CCNLI) has finalized our slate of candidates to serve on the NASWAZ Board of Directors. Ballots are now open for all members to cast their votes. Don't miss this great opportunity. The last day to cast your vote is June 19, 2018. New board members will be seated on July 1, 2018. To read full bios about the candidates and cast your vote CLICK HERE


Presidents Report
May 19, 2018 Board Meeting

It is with great honor that I come before you as President of NASW Arizona Chapter. I have had the great privilege of being President of our great chapter for the last two years and serving as President-Elect, Vice President and Branch 1 Chair for the last 6 years. I also have served as Branch 1 Steering Committee Member starting in 2008. Prior to moving to Arizona, I had the honor of being MSW Student Representative of NASW New Mexico Chapter and having the late Patrick Tyrell as Executive Director, great mentor and friend who encouraged me to grow into the social worker I am today.

I have had the honor serving as President as NASW continues to go through modernization and have seen many changes. Last fall I was elected by the Council of Chapter Presidents to serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the Council. I had the privilege to represent our chapter at the Association Leadership Conference in 2016 and more recently being a delegate for Delegate Assembly.

Our chapter has had a busy couple of months following and advocating for bills at our State Legislature. Each year our Arizona State Social Worker Days at the Legislature continue to grow with many social work students and professionals learning more about our legislative process and how to speak out for what they believe in. I would like to personally thank our Public Policy Committee and out Lobbyist Eddie for keeping our Members updated on the status of the bills that are being followed.

Our chapter and local branches continue to grow. We offer CEU events and networking throughout the state. I encourage all social workers to become members of NASW and get involved in our Branch and Chapter events. If you are interested in getting involved please sign up for upcoming events and let your Branch Representatives know your interests.

As I continue to count down the days of my Presidency, I want to thank our Executive Director, Jeremy Arp. I have seen Jeremy grow in so many ways representation our Chapter. He understands the needs of our members and social workers throughout the State.

I want to personally thank my entire Board of Directors for all the work you do for NASW Arizona. As I become past president at the end of June, I have confidence in the leadership of our new president Dori DiPietro and the Board as our chapter continues to grow. Although I won’t be on the Board, I look forward to continuing to serve our great chapter as your former President. My goals are to stay active and you never know, maybe even serve on the Board again in the future.

Again, thank you to my great Board of Directors. It has been truly an honor to serve as NASW Arizona Chapter President, an honor I will never forget and truly once in a lifetime. I look forward to our continued work together to make our association and profession strong.


Patrick Shockley, MSW
National Association of Social Workers, Arizona Chapter

A new Practice Perspectives, Sample Social Media Policy for Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice, has been created to address the need for private practitioners to develop a Social Media Policy when using technology in their private practice. Click the image for more information.

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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, June 22, 2018

Treating Families in Addiction and Recovery: Overlapping Cultures (3 CEUs cultural diversity)
Location: Phoenix Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ethical Issues in the Psychosocial Evaluations of Candidates for Organ Transplant (3 CEUs Ethics)
Location: Phoenix Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Friday, June 29, 2018

Ethical Principles of Practice for Social Workers of Arizona (3 CEUs Ethics)
Location: Flagstaff Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Navigating Expectations of Parent-Child-Clinician Relationships: The Role of Culture (3 CEUs cultural diversity)
Location: Flagstaff Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Friday, July 27, 2018

NASWAZ Retreat: Happy Social Workers Change the World!
7/27/2018 » 7/29/2018
Location: Prescott Time: Check-in time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Friday, August 24, 2018

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Connecting Self-Care and Ethical Practice (3 Ethics CEUs)
Location: Tucson Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Motivational Interviewing: An Effective Communication Style for Working with Diverse Clients
Location: Tucson Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Friday, October 26, 2018

Staying Out of Trouble: Documentation and Legal Processes in Psychotherapy (6 CEUs)
Location: Tucson, Arizona Time: 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 The Annex at 5:15 PM. Join us for a night filled with laughter, conversation, and identifying our professional goals and expectations for 2018!

NASWAZ Presents....

Branch 3 Online Networking Meeting -Click here to register for the July 11th virtual networking meeting

Interested in attending a networking meetings but cannot get out of work or have other engagements? Don't worry! Attend Branch 3's Networking meeting from the comforts of your own home or right there in your office. Meet other social work professionals, share resources, discuss social work barriers and challenges, share community challenges and successes, and ask questions about navigating the social work community.

WHEN:July 11, 2018 from 5:15 - 6:30 PM

WHERE:Via Zoom

WHO:Members, future members, students, all social work professionals

WHY:to collaborate and connect with one another

Prescott Networking: 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!

This month's topic is: "Covert Emotional Incest: A Gateway to Addiction" (1 CEU)

Covert Emotional Incest: A Gateway to Addiction Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

This workshop will combine didactic and experiential learning to define Covert Emotional Incest, identify its traumatic underpinnings and correlation with addiction. You will return to your practice with practical and applicable clinical interventions! 1) Define Covert Emotional Incest 2) Describe at least one way Covert Emotional Incest corresponds to addictive behavior. 3) Apply 2 action-oriented interventions for reducing the negative effects of Covert Emotional Incest.

Sierra Vista Networking: Fourth Thursday (1 CEU): Sierra Vista Network Brown Bag Lunch Meetings occur the fourth Thursday of each Month. This month's topic is "Cochise County Reentry Coalition," and 1 CEU will be offered. Meet at 11:30 AM; networking from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona Outreach Center in Sierra Vista. Click the Link above to register!

Request for Conference Proposals through
July 15, 2018

The NASWAZ Social Work Conference is a formal meeting of people with a shared interest, typically takes place at a convention center or a summit. Attendees go to our annual Conference to be learn new information, network, and engage with professional colleagues. The Conference focus is to learn new skills and knowledge in the profession.

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. Leaders. Advocates. Champions.," with a focus on populations in Arizona. NASWAZ will collect presentation submissions through July 15, 2018. Our Conference Planning Committee will review the submissions and notify workshop presenters within 2-weeks after the deadline. Click HERE to apply.

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 Legislative session is complete! NASWAZ's Public Policy Committee held two conference calls highlighting the session's action.Click here to read our 2018 Legislative Wrap Up!
NASWAZ Updates

National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign is here! Social workers in Arizona: register to vote or update your voter registration today! An easy way to do this is to go to To vote in the 2018 Primary Election, the deadline to register or update your registration is July 30, 2018. To vote in the 2018 General Election, the deadline is October 9, 2018. CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE TO BECOME A REGISTERED VOTER

National Advocacy Updates

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

NASW Statements

The NASW statement is especially pertinent to social workers in Arizona who work with victims of the family separation policy. "NASW Says Plan to Separate Undocumented Immigrant Children from their Parents is Malicious and Unconscionable." Read NASW's news release from May 30th here:

Stay tuned for action alerts on this issue!


EMPLOYERS: Post Jobs for Free with NASWAZ!

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

Behavioral Health Case Manager
Behavioral Health Youth Care Worker
Bilingual (Spanish) Clinician
Clinician/Therapist II
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Mental Health Professionals
Military and Family Life Counselor
School Social Worker
AND MORE!!!!!!

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 the 2nd Thursday every month at 12:30 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.

June 8, 2018

Passitpro Pointer:

It’s a lucky break: You don’t have to know it all!

“There is so much to learn, I don’t know where to start.” “How can I possibly remember all the stuff that could be on the test, it covers everything?” I hear questions like this very often from social workers who are trying to face the (sometimes) fearsome challenge of preparing for their license exam. If you go to the website of the test creators, and look up the individual test content (KSAS), you can certainly become intimidated by the vast number of the topics in the outlines.

One way to figure out what you have to learn is to become familiar with the way the questions are put together. We know that there are #170 questions on each test, that #20 are not scored, are considered “experimental”. We know that each question is multiple choice, with four answers; that each is short, never more than a brief paragraph. ASWB tells us that they come in three types: recall, application and reasoning. You can find definitions and examples of these three types in the “Study Guide” published by ASWB.

Now, let’s see what we can figure out that may be helpful. Imagine for a moment that you are an ASWB question writer. Where do you start? You probably have to start with a concept, a fact or situation that you want to illustrate to see if it is known and understood by the test taker. And you have to accomplish this in a few sentences. And it has to be true in every state, every setting, etc., and have very few exceptions. So, to accomplish this, we can reasonably conclude:

  • the question has to present the essential (basic) aspect of a particular concept, not a rare or unusual aspect of it, not ask you to dig deep or look for complexity
  • the question should select one of the most important characteristics of the concept, not a minor one.
  • the question Is unlikely to address a controversial topic, or one with many opinions, inconclusive data, etc.
  • the question’s topic should be one that most social workers will encounter, independent of their particular education or work experience.
  • The question must reflect current practice patterns that are generally acceptable, widely used, etc.
So, what are my conclusions? This is a lucky break for the test taker. It’s not so easy to write good questions that meet these parameters, and these restrictions can help us design and focus our test preparation activities. Here are three strategies to use:
1 - Learn – and understand only the basics of the many topics.
2 - Identify the most important topics of the social work profession and focus on those.
3 - Be able to recognize and apply a concept, like “confidentiality” to many different settings/situations described by the questions on a test.

Passitpro designed its Online License Course on these insights. We provide the student with a focused test preparation experience; we have made the hard choices so that you are not overwhelmed by endless content to study. And – we teach you how to identify the concept in each question, so you aren’t stuck with the “I can get it down to two answers, but I can’t choose between them!” problem.

Idelle Datlof, MSW, LISW-S

Anita Avedian, LMFT, will be facilitating a 3-day live Anger Management Certification training in Phoenix, Arizona. The training will take place September 21st -23rd ,2018. The early bird price of the training is $1,000, but if you register with 3 colleagues or more, you will get a $75.00 discount!
This training offers 19.5 CE's as an NASW provider, and those who attend will be eligible to receive their Certified Anger Management Specialist I or II certificate from NAMA. (National Anger Management Association) For more information, please call Anita at 818-426-2495 or email at You can also visit our website at

Phoenix- West Region 9 Symposium June 26th & 27th




EW PRACTITIONER FFCA CREDENTIAL Special Added Training Seeking Safety Trauma Informed Care Model The Fatherhood Advanced Practitioner Credential provides an introduction of necessary skills, techniques, evidence-based interventions, for diverse professionals with integrative approaches designed to work with young fathers and mothers to strengthen families and improve outcomes for children.


Dear Social Work Colleague,
A committee of the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice is seeking your feedback on a definition of social work that reflects the full range of social work practice.

A need for a comprehensive definition of social work was discovered after a team of scholars examined the 51 state definitions of social work and found that only 13 states definitions reflected the full range of social work practice (micro, mezzo, and macro), and 14 state definitions made no mention of macro social work practice at all. [1]

To remedy this situation, a work group formed to draft a comprehensive definition of social work that could be used as a model for state regulations.

To draft this definition, the group reviewed the definitions of the four major national social work associations (NASW, CSWE, IFSW, & ASWB) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Then we took language from those definitions and continued to refine it through an iterative collective process.

We are now in the process of seeking feedback from the broader social work community and invite your ideas in this process. This survey should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. We very much appreciate you spending time to give us your feedback.

Specific questions about this survey or this project can be directed to Linda Plitt Donaldson, Associate Professor, Catholic University of America,
[1] Hill, K., Fogel, S., Donaldson, L.P., Erickson, C. (2017). State definitions of social work practice: Implications for our professional identity, Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 14, 4, 266-279.

Linda Plitt Donaldson, MSW, PhD

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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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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