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Arizona Update

July 2018

Read below for Continuing Education opportunities, networking events, public policy and advocacy updates, employment opportunities, and more! Check our Chapter Calendar oftenYour 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!

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President's Report July 2018

And so RISE…
I was feeling so down after the 2016 election results; I was in a funk for many months trying to wrap my head and my heart around what had just happened and preparing for the eminent attacks on the values, causes, policies and populations of people that I love. My thirty-five year career as a social worker has been inspired by my personal intention to help bend the arc of social justice toward equality for all, to leave the world a better place, and it all felt so threatened.

The solution for me was to do more, give more, care more; I got even more involved in the Democratic Party, became a local precinct chairperson, created the NASW retreat, (to help support my fellow social workers who felt like me!) and ran for President of NASW AZ. I figured “seize this moment in history, Dori!” as I did not want to look back with regret for what could have been, had I just done more.

So, here I am my dear social work extended family, my people. Ready to serve you, support you and move our shared values and interests forward. (Enough about me, you will get to know me very well over these next two years together!)

And so WE RISE…
We have a lot of work to do! No matter your political affiliation, as social workers we know that goodness is now under attack, as well as our values. Many of us are experiencing compassion/social justice/politics fatigue as we hear the rhetoric and witness policy that lacks basic human empathy, such as, cuts to food assistance, public education and the roll back of regulations, including threats to our own licensure.

Do you feel the national crisis we are in? If so, you are not alone! Our need for professional self-care is even more important now than ever before. We can’t do this work alone, we can only do this in community, the community of our professional association, the National Association of Social Workers.
It is time for us to come together with our professional organization, NASW AZ. It is time for every social worker to join, sustain, and support our National Association of Social Workers to confront injustice.

Together we rise, divided we will fall.

The good news is WE, as social workers, are agents of change. We possess the knowledge, values, and skills on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels needed to respond to the issues confronting our state and nation and the growing disparities that continue to target the most vulnerable populations in our society.

Through the work of our NASW AZ Board and our executive Director, Jeremy Arp, we are on the forefront of making positive change happen and improving the lives of others. We do not sit casually by and only react to injustice. We are the activists, the leaders. NASW AZ forecasts the change that is needed and then initiates and executes a plan of action that our state, our nation and our world is seeking.

RISE with US
Now is the time! WE NEED YOU to share your talent, passion and your expertise with us. Please encourage ALL social workers to join, sustain, and support NASW; get involved, run for our board, present at our conferences and our retreats and please attend as well. Our board is full of wonderful social workers who stopped asking what NASW AZ can do for them and instead asked what they can do as active members and participants for NASW AZ. We need advocates who work in every sector of the workforce to join us; this is our most powerful tool to lobby for legislation.

As a part of our new Strategic Plan 2018/2019 we will be hosting Social Work Focus Groups around the State of Arizona in every branch asking social workers how they feel, what they need and how NASW AZ can support them. I hope you will participate!

The mission of the Chapter is:Propel the Social Work profession to excellence in the service of a more just Arizona.Objectives that the Chapter will work on this year include: 1) Provide Support to Social Workers; 2) Promote value of social work profession; 3) Promote good public policy that benefits the profession of Social Work and the diverse communities that social workers serve.

Join me, join us, and join your NASW Chapter and the many caring social workers nationwide as we together address the threats to our humanity, democracy and society. We RISE together!


Dori DiPietro LCSW, ACSW
President, NASW Arizona Chapter

“Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams

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.

Have you experienced MyNASW Community yet? Visit to check out NASW’s latest member benefit. This online community provides the tools you need to communicate, connect and collaborate with social work’s best!

TherapyNotes integrates scheduling, notes, medical records, billing, credit card processing, a custom client portal, and more to facilitate the workflow of psychologists, giving you more time to focus on what's most important: your clients. Sign up today and receive your first month FREE plus a 10% discount for your first year of TherapyNotes. Your promo code NASW will be automatically applied when you sign up here.

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, 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!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Networking in Phoenix (1 CEU)


Location: Phoenix, Arizona Time: 5:30 PM

Friday, July 20, 2018
NASWAZ Branch 3 CEU Event(1 CEU)
Location:Flagstaff, Arizona Time: 12 pm - 1 pm

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Networking in Sierra Vista (1 CEU)
Location: Sierra Vista, Arizona Time:11:30 am

The newly redesigned Social Work Online CE Institute houses hundreds of on-demand titles produced by the NASW Chapters and National Office, and, for your ease of mind, the same NASW login is now the way to access the Institute’s library and all your training history. Additionally, NASW members can enjoy both free CEs and CEs at discounted rates. Find out more at

Request for Conference Proposals through
July 15, 2018

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 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.


Post Jobs and Find Jobs!

Searching for Job in Arizona? NASWAZ Members may search for jobs at under our Career Center link and employers may post jobs for free!

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

Arizona Advocacy Updates

Public Policy Committee

Each year, the NASW Public Policy Committee surveys members to help us select our policy agenda. Our team will host meetings for members twice monthly -- stay tuned for updates on our Calendar!

AZ NASW Political Action for Candidate Election (AZ NASW PACE)

The AZ NASW PACE Committee continues to work to endorse state-level candidates in the Arizona primary and general elections. The AZ NASW PACE Committee distributed surveys to statewide candidates and will release a list of endorsed candidates to NASW membership (target date of early August).

Our National PACE efforts focus on Congressional candidates. To find out who NASW PACE endorsed at the national level, click here.

Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

The Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AzBBHE) will hold two hearings regarding proposed rulemaking on:
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 2PM - 5PM
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 8 AM - 10 AM

The proposed rules, in part, relate to master's level licensees working under direct supervision who operate or manage their own firm. To view the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and for details on how to comment,
click here.

National Advocacy Updates

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


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

50th Annual SWS Conference will be August 12-16, 2018 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, AZ. The agenda will include 8 keynote and 100+ breakout sessions on mental health topics. Come network & earn 30+ Cont. Ed. hours! Register online:

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