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Arizona Update
July 2017

This month's newsletter includes links: Chapter Election Results, Celebration of Life, Continuing Education and Networking Events, NASWAZ Retreat in Prescott update, Conference Call for Presenters (Deadline Extended!) and Sponsors, Policy Updates, Practice Updates, Jobs and more!

Don't miss our continuing education workshops this July in Tempe.
Register today at!

Be sure to follow NASWAZ on Facebook and Instagram for chapter updates!

Congratulations to our NASWAZ New Board Members!

The following members were elected to the NASWAZ Board of Directors. The candidates received the plurality of the votes cast and were welcomed to the Board in June 2017. The newly elected Board members join our full board (full listing here), and look forward to a great year ahead! The first full board meeting will be held in Prescott on Sunday, July 16, 2017.
The newly elected board members are:
President-Elect:Dori DiPietro
Vice President:Jessica Begay
MSW Student Representative:Frank Duran
BSW Student Representative:Carlos Ramirez
Branch 1 Representatives:Meka Green, Bahney Dedolph, and Bianca Harper
Branch 2 Representative:Katie Cotter
Branch 3 Representatives:Katie Mommaerts and Melissa Rhodes

Celebration of Life: Dr. Donald Fausel

Dr. Donald Fausel passed away peacefully on June 12, 2017, at the age of 87. Don is predeceased by his brother James Fausel, formerly of Scottsdale AZ and his parents Jane and J. Otto Fausel of Albany, NY. He is survived by his nephew Jim Fausel Jr, niece Laura Li, step daughter Sandra Moxey, step grandson Alexander Nie, and a large extended family (McCarroll, Fausel, Li). Don was born a month after the start of the Great Depression of 1929. He spent the next 18 years of his life in Albany, NY. He went to grammar school with the good Sisters of Mercy, and high school at Christian Brothers Academy, a ROTC Jr school taught by the Christian Brothers. Don mentioned in a recent email to his Albany cousin Bob Brew, " Oh! In my CBA quarterly magazine, under the 1940s the only two that were there [at a recent Reunion] were Father Peter Young '49 and Dr. Don Fausel '47. How about that!" After high school, Don attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT for two years, and received an AA degree. From there, Don went on to St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, MD to complete his bachelor’s degree in philosophy. The next four years were spent at St. Mary’s Pontifical University and Seminary, where he received a bachelor’s degree, and a Licentiate degree in Theology. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1957. During his time in the priesthood, Don served at Catholic Charities, Dominican Retreat Center, and Marian Lodge at Pyramid Lake, N.Y. Don held three doctorates and degrees from St. Mary's in Baltimore, Md., Fordham University, and Columbia University. His father J. Otto Fausel is remembered as proudly saying of Don, "He has more degrees than a thermometer ...". During his time at Columbia, he received a dispensation from his vows as a priest from Pope Paul VI. After receiving his PhD in 1969, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. He taught sociology and social work for the next 30 years. He also held positions at ASU of Assistant Dean, Director of the MSW Program, and Associate Dean of the School of Social Work. When he retired, he was appointed as Professor Emeritus in the College of Public Programs. He was a fighter for social justice all his life, including marching with Caesar Chavez for rights for immigrant farm workers. After he retired from ASU in 1999 he taught for 9 yrs at Walden University, an on-line PhD program, in Health and Human Services. He finally retired in 2007, and spent three years writing his memoir, "From Blind Obedience to a Responsible Faith" . In addition, he was an avid blogger. In February 2017 post at the Southeast Conference Blog Embodying God's Unconditional Justice and Love, he wrote a piece titled "Divest or Invest". Don's post provides a hint of his lifelong concern for the community and our changing climate: "I still have signs in my closets like Elders for a Sustainable Future or Mr. President Veto Keystone XL that I carried outside of Senator John McCain’s office in Phoenix, Arizona, or on the corner of downtown Tempe, Arizona with a group of folks who hoped they could change President Obama’s mind." Don met his wife Jane in 1993, while standing in line to buy an apple pie. They married in 1995 and they were happily married until Jane entered into the hands of the Lord in 2013.

A celebration of his life was held at the Luther Life Center on the Beatitudes Campus, 1610 Glendale Ave, Phoenix, 85021 on Thursday, June 22nd at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Norton Thoracic Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, 500 W. Thomas Rd, Suite 500, Phoenix, AZ 85013.


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 (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 14th): 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 throughJuly 7, 2017July 14, 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.NOTE: There is no meeting in July, however, the branch will pick back up in August! Mark your calendars!

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. The July presentation will be regarding Alcoholics Anonymous.

July Continuing Education Workshops

Prescott Retreat Update: Registration has closed for the NASWAZ Retreat: Contemplation, Renewal and Leadership!

If you registered for the retreat, you should have received an email with details. Note that any outstanding invoices must be paid by July 11th. We're looking forward to a full weekend! Any questions, please contact the Chapter Office.


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: 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 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 Meetings

The Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (BBHE) meetings are held each month. Public hearings were held June 6th and 21st allowing for opportunities to provide comments and recommendations on current BBHE rules. The Social Work Academic Review Committee meets the fourth Tuesday monthly. All meetings are public. You can find the full schedule of the BBHE meetings here. Agendas and meeting data can be accessed online at http://www.azbbhe.usunder "meeting information," and "board meeting data."

Legislative Session Preparation

The NASWAZ Public Policy Committee continues to monitor state analysis of regulatory boards as the state considers movement to respond to the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court case (North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission). Read the "
Arizona Department of Health Services Health Regulatory Board Analysis" online here for details.

The Committee will solicit input from members regarding our policy priorities. In past years, we've sent out a survey electronically to membership and collected responses from our conference attendees. Thank you in advance for your suggestions and for sharing your concerns!

The Chapter will again host our Social Work Day at the Legislature events in February 2017. Planning is underway! In addition, be on the lookout for workshops this Spring including "lunch and learn" workshops with a policy focus to keep social workers updated on legislative and regulatory activity.


The Arizona Chapter's political action committee, or AZ NASW PACE, will mobilize in advance of the 2018 elections. As a reminder, members are given the option to donate to PACE when renewing their membership or upon joining. The Chapter receives a portion of these donations to fund AZ NASW PACE activities, including endorsements and campaign contributions.

The AZ NASW PACE sends all statewide public office candidates a questionnaire in advance of the primary elections and makes endorsements for both the Primary and General Elections. The Committee will begin meeting this year to discuss strategy. Stay tuned!

National Advocacy Updates

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

NASW asks members tocontact your Senators to oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. Read details online and take action here.

The National Office sent out a "call to action" on June 30th asking members to visit their Senators' home offices on July 5th regarding the health care bills under consideration/development in the Senate. Thank you to those that made their voices heard by visiting offices in Phoenix and Tucson!

A Bilingual Healthcare Forum was hosted the evening of July 5th at Ability 360 in Phoenix. NASW members were in attendance. Families impacted by the Senate's proposed changes shared their concerns about the impact on health coverage and care for Arizona's most vulnerable. The forum was livestreamed and recorded, and can be viewed on Ability 360's facebook page here.

Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition (PAFCO) shared more opportunities to take action: "Town Hall" events are scheduled this weekend. Click herefor more information. NASWAZ is a member of PAFCO.

NASW Statements

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

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.

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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The 49th Annual Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies Conferencewill be held August 13-17, 2017 at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona. This year’s theme is “Delivering Exceptional Care in a Changing Landscape”. La Frontera Arizona EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center is hosting this event, which has many participating Sponsors and Exhibitors. The agenda will include a dynamic group of expert speakers on topics significant to mental health, addiction, criminal justice, child welfare, cultural diversity and ethics. This year’s event offers a Preconference on Sunday, August 13, 2017. In addition, there will be more than 80 breakout sessions as well as 8 plenary sessions beginning Monday, August 13, 2017. Earn 30+ hours of continuing education for your attendance! There will also be various networking opportunities to share ideas with hundreds of professionals from across the state of Arizona. Please visit to register for this exciting event!

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 (
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.

EMPLOYERS: Post Jobs for Free with NASWAZ!

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

  • Social Worker/Therapist
  • Medical Director
  • Child Clinical Manager (Birth to Five)
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Licensed Social Service Professional, Home Care
  • Unaccompanied Minor Foster Home Recruiter
  • Behavioral Health Coordinator/Mental Health Clinician
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 PROCEDURE for 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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