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Arizona Update

September 2018

Read below for Chapter Updates, the NASWAZ 2018 Conference & Awards event, 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!

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our new Facebook group, Arizona Social Work Professionals of NASW

President's Report September 2018

It is with a heavy heart that I write this President’s Column as we bid farewell to Jeremy Arp, our NASW AZ Executive Director for almost eight years. I consider Jeremy to be a friend and a colleague who I regard highly. He saw NASW AZ through the difficult process of “modernization” and was an asset to our association. I was looking forward to many more years of working with him yet I respect his decision to move forward with his professional career. I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors, as I’m sure we all do, so please join me and your NASW AZ family in formally recognizing Jeremy at our upcoming NASW AZ Conference on Friday, November 2, at Doubletree Tempe where we will honor him.

While at the same time, I also feel a great sense of excitement as I anticipate all the great things to come for NASW AZ as we welcome another Executive Director by mid-November!! This is a time of change and opportunity as I hope to implement with our Board my NASW Transformation Vision, which includes:

-A renewed emphasis on Social Work Students and New Graduates- (focus on emotional intelligence, finding your voice, professionalism, scope of practice, work-life balance, technology, launching…)

  • SW Pathway Program (So, you have your degree, now let NASW AZ assist you the rest of the way to creating a fulfilling career as a social work professional!)
    • Free initial resume review
    • Free 30 minute 1:1 career consultation
    • Free bi-monthly (every other month) support group and job coaching potluck
    • Free licensure workshops bi-annually (December and May?)
  • Licensure test-prep (in house for greatly reduced cost)
  • Certified LCSW Supervisor List (to NASW members for agreed upon reduced cost)

-Social Work Continuing Education: Personal, Professional, Practical!

  • Monthly CEU series across Arizona (Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson and as needed)
  • Annual Conference for Clinical, Macro, Self-Care and Student tracks
  • Annual Social Work Retreat- get away and rejuvenate yourself!
  • Networking monthly- Free to members!
  • Social Work Travel and Learn (coordinated and offered with other chapters)

-NASW Connection and Engagement (to members and community):

  • Coffee with the ED, President, Board…
  • SW Happy Hour
  • Bi-monthly SW Support Group at Volunteer Home with Potluck
  • Self-care activities (yoga in the park, advanced healthcare directives, service hours…)
  • Texting
  • Facebook and Social Media
  • Postcards and welcome phone calls
  • Focus Groups- NASW AZ as liaison between all stakeholders
    • Schools of SW
    • SW Employers
    • SW Students
    • NASW AZ members
    • SW non-members

What do you think about my vision? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas! Perhaps you can share them with me on our new Facebook page?? ~ ~ ~ If you have not already done so, please “Like”Arizona Social Work Professionals of NASW which stands out among the other social work Facebook pages in that it is moderated by licensed clinical social workers who are long-time members of NASW and have years of experience and accomplishments in the field of social work; it is open to non-members. BUT… there is no replacing the newMyNASW online forum that your NASW membership allows you access to; this is for members only. Check it out! It is really great and goes deep into meaningful discussion of important social work issues and fields to help us keep abreast of best practice and policy around the nation and internationally.

During this time of change I hope you will be excited too!!! Please share with those in your social work networks that there is no better time to be a member of NASW AZ as we do the important work of meeting the needs of our members, promoting the values and needs of our profession and advocating for the policies that impact the full expression of wellbeing and human potential for all.

I am so glad to be a social worker and I hope you are too! See you at our conference!!!


Dori DiPietro LCSW, ACSW
NASW AZ President



The MUST ATTEND event of the YEAR! 2018 NASWAZ Social Work Conference & Awards - Friday, November 2nd in Tempe. We're featuring clinical, macro and self-care tracks--this year we feature a track for STUDENTS and NEW PROFESSIONALS! Choose how you'd like to attend and take advantage of our EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT by October 5th and SAVE!


Join us for a full day of activities including networking, our annual awards ceremony, CEUs, and much more! Sponsors: Check out our sponsorship opportunities here!

Our festivities will include honoring our 2018 state-level award winners during the Awards Luncheon. We're excited to provide many options on how to attend:

All Day Conference AND Awards Luncheon: If you sign up for Conference, the Awards Luncheon is included with your Conference registration. NASW member and Retired member discounts available!

Awards Luncheon Only:If you plan to attend ONLY the awards luncheon, pick the "Awards Luncheon only" option in the pricing.

Students/New Professional Afternoon only:The student/new professionals track is for students and new professionals that would like to attend only the afternoon portion beginning at 1:15 PM -- there is also an option to add the Awards Luncheon!

We're offering several tracks: Clinical, Macro, and Self-Care.

We would like to have you join us as we recognize the following award recipients:




CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Heather Seets (Arizona Superior Court in Yavapai County)



To view our workshop offerings, pricing, and more, go to:

Interested in sponsoring our Conference? Click here!


Earn CEUs with NASWAZ!

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

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Friday, October 26, 2018

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, September 20, 2018

Networking in Phoenix (1 CEU)
The Branch 1 Networking meetings will remain the third Thursday of each month. This month's topic will be a book discussion on "The Bully Society: School Shooting and the Crisis of Bulling in American Schools," by Jessie Klein. Click here for a flier for future dates and topics!
Location: Phoenix, Arizona Time: 5:30 pm

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Networking in Sierra Vista (1 CEU)

NASW-AZ Sierra Vista Social Work Network Brown Bag Lunch Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Networking 11:30am; Program 12:00 - 1:00pm.This month's presentation will be done by Lori Schectman, Trudy McCloud, and Cara Myhre from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It will be a great opportunity to learn more about the local services NAMI provides, the varying projects and programs they have in our community, and to gain advocacy skills in connecting your clients with NAMI and other local agencies. A component of their presentation will detail operations at Wellness Connections, to include daily support groups and reentry services.Earn 1 CEU!

Location: Sierra Vista, Arizona Time: 11:30 AM

More opportunities to come across Arizona: Watch for a September CEU /webinar event in Mohave County and across Northern and Southern AZ!

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

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!

Check out the new Practice Perspectives from NASW:

Moving from Insurance to a Cash Practice:This document discusses steps for clinical social workers to consider when moving to a cash practice.

Third-Party Payer Reimbursement: This document informs one of third-party payers who reimburse clinical social workers.

Other new resources of interest:

Biopsychosocial Approach to Pain Management: A Role for Clinical Social Workers highlights therapeutic techniques CSWs can use to help patients manage pain. Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, cancer, and heart disease combined and has been cited as the number one reason to seek medical care in the United States. Medications including opioids remain important resources for pain management, but therapeutic techniques utilized by clinical social workers as part of interdisciplinary approaches to pain management are also effective.

Cloud Storage for Clinical Social Workers outlines current expectations and best practices to maintain privacy and security standards for clinical social workers using the cloud, especially those in private practice.Many clinical social workers have questions about relying on the cloud to protect patients’ health information in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The use of the cloud allows a clinical social worker to access information on more than one device (computer, tablet, etc.) and enables group practices to share information across providers to promote continuity of care and standard business practice.

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.

COMING SOON!Confidently track all of your licensing renewal requirements with #NASW’s new CE Tracker—an online tool that tells you exactly what you need to renew your license and tracks your progress along the way.

Post Jobs and Find Jobs!

Searching for Job in Arizona? NASWAZMembers 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 Calls: NASWAZ members will hear from the Public Policy Committee on legislative and regulatory updates that affect the social work profession. Calls are scheduled the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month. You must register at to join the call.

Once you register, you will receive an email and calendar invite with the call details.

This meeting is open to NASW members only. Please click here to register and let us know you'll be there!


Arizona Advocacy Updates

Public Policy Committee Survey: NOW OPEN!

Every year NASW-AZ surveys our members to establish legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Your input helps us identify the issues and concerns that we will monitor and report on to our members. Please take just a few minutes to share your thoughts with us.

We need your feedback on the top issues that you and those you serve are facing today. We ask you to rank the social justice priorities established by NASW national as well as some issues that are specific to Arizona. Finish the survey with how you would like to get information from us.
Please complete the survey before October 15th to have your thoughts shared at the November 2nd Annual Member Conference(early bird registration now open)!
Click this link to take our survey:

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) begins on October 1, 2018. This new integrated system will join physical and behavioral health services together to treat all aspects of our members’ health care needs under a chosen health plan. AHCCCS Complete Care encourages more coordination between providers within the same network which can mean better health outcomes for members. Find resources here, including videos:

National Advocacy Updates

At the national level, NASW continues to engage in advocacy.

The national Political Action for Candidate Election works to endorse candidates for national office and will be active during the Congressional election season. National PACE makes endorsements prior to the General Election. You can check to see who was endorsed already by clicking here.

AZ NASW PACEis the Arizona Chapter's political action committee. AZ NASW PACE released Primary Election endorsements. General Election endorsements are in the works -- members will receive a separate update as get into the season!


Free Ethics Consultations FOR NASW MEMBERS
The Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) provides individual ethics consultations as a benefit of NASW membership. 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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Learn to use Thought Field Therapy (TFT) the original tapping therapy and the only tapping therapy approved by the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (a division of SAMSHA). Dates: September 29th and 30th in Sedona, AZ. Earn 13 CE’s for social workers, MFTs, counselors and RNs. We will meet 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days and the registration fee of $300.00 will include continental breakfast, snacks, refreshments, CEs, and your certificate. Healthy lunches nearby on your own. Group will be limited in size and will be a hands-on workshop with small group practice and demonstrations. Master trainer, Suzanne Connolly has trained over 2.000 therapists to use TFT in countries around the world. She has conducted research published in peer-reviewed journals. Her research in Rwanda has been cited in 131 published studies. For more details please go to:www.thoughtfieldtherapy.netor call Suzanne at 928-282-2627.

Rebuilding Shattered Attachments: Healing Trauma in Couples Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) has demystified the complex web that couples therapists commonly get entangled in and offers a map to navigate the therapeutic process. The impact of trauma on a relationship, however, often intensely complicates the process and can leave even experienced therapists feeling overwhelmed, helpless, lost, and/or burned out. In this 2-day workshop, learn how to effectively use the attachment-based approach of EFT to help traumatized partners regulate their emotions and reconnect with each other.
Dates: October 19-20, 2018
Location: Venue 8600 in Scottsdale, AZ
For more information and to register online:
13 Continuing Education Credits available.This program is co-sponsored by Sierra Tucson and AZEFT. Sierra Tucson is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; Sierra Tucson maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants must be present for the entire presentation and complete the evaluation in order to obtain a CE certificate.

The Arizona State University School of Social Work invites you to join us in celebrating 40 years of Social Work in Tucson with a special event on Oct. 19, 2018.
As social workers, we know what makes communities strong. Our event is a celebration of our 40 years of impact in Southern Arizona
through social work education, research and training.
Tucson makes us stronger, too, through the many academic and research partnerships in the community partners that have sustained
ASU Tucson’s program for four decades.
This is why our 40th anniversary theme is Stronger Together. RSVP and more info, click here.

Are you or your colleagues interested in becoming a nationally certified anger management counselor? Anger Management Essentials will be providing a 3 day live training in Phoenix, Arizona September 21st -23rd, 2018.
Anger Management Essentials is a National Anger Management Association (NAMA) Authorized Certification Program. This training will provide 19.5 CE’s through NASW. Cost of training is $1,100 per person, but there are discounts available for a large group. We also offer in-house private or semi-private training if that works best for you.
For more information, contact Anita Avedian at 818-426-2495 or email her at For details about the training and it’s benefits, visit our website atwww.angermanagementessentials.comfor more details.

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