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Arizona Update

December 2017

The December newsletter includes networking opportunities, Practice Updates, Public Policy Updates, Social Work Day at the Legislature announcement, call for awards and board nominations, jobs and more!

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

The Arizona Chapter wishes you all a happy and safe holiday season! We have much planned for 2018. The Chapter Board of Directors met in November to plan for the new year with engaging activities and chances for involvement of our membership. Many thanks to our volunteers and volunteer leadership for helping the Chapter deliver networking in every branch, a renewal and leadership retreat, our Annual Conference, continuing education workshops, and advocacy activities in 2017!

Note: The NASW national website received substantial updates. As part of this process, the chapter website will be updated as well as our email address. You can reach the Chapter Executive Director at Note that if you have linked to items at, the addresses of the documents may have changed. You can search the website at via the magnifying glass icon. Thank you for your patience as we transition from the old domain to the new.

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 at

Chapter Branch Award Nominations due 12/31/2017!

Take a moment to nominate a colleague or community member for 2018 NASWAZ Branch level awards.
Branches are encouraged to annually make the following awards:
Branch Social Worker of the Year
Branch Citizen of the Year
Branch Public Elected Official of the Year
Branch Lifetime Achievement
Branch Emerging Leader of the Year
Transformational Educator of the Year
To make a nomination, please fill out the nomination form below for the appropriate branch: Click here to submit a nomination today!

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: Wednesday meeting in January: The next networking meeting will be January 10th at Coco's Bakery Restaurant. Topic: “Future Forward.” Join us for a night filled with laughter, conversation, and identifying our professional goals and expectations for 2018!

PrescottNetworking: Second Wednesday of each Month beginning January: Social workers, social work faculty & social work students: Our next NASWAZ Branch 4 Networking Meeting will be on Jan. 10, 2018 at 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 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 for 2018. Register to let us know you'll attend and we'll save you a seat!

Sierra VistaNetworking: Fourth Thursday of each Month beginning January (1 CEU): Sierra Vista Network Brown Bag Lunch Meetings occur the fourth Thursday of each Month, except for November and December due to the holidays. Mark your calendars in 2018 when we start up again!

2018 Continuing Education Series Workshops begin in February, 2018!

Save the Date: Social Work Month 2018!
NASW celebrates Professional Social Work Month annually in March. This year's theme is "Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions." This year's national campaign will include a Social Work Month Online Toolkit, media campaign, promotional fundraising campaign, advocacy and more. In Arizona, our Branches are planning Social Work Month events for:
Friday, March 2, 2017 in Phoenix
Friday, March 23, 2017 in Tucson
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for updates on more Social Work Month events!

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 NASWAZ Public Policy Committee planned "Social Work Day at the Legislature" series of events this Spring (January and February). The schedule and dates were created to help professionals and students attend. Dates and details are below!
NASWAZ Updates

The Chapter compiled our legislative priorities for 2018 and distributed letters to the Arizona Legislature and Governor in December. After surveying our social workers, our legislative priorities for 2018 include: Funding for health and human services; child welfare reform; and ease of licensure through the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Read the complete letter here.

NASWAZ Public Policy Calls

The NASWAZ Public Policy committee tracks and advocates for legislation that impacts our work as social workers. You can get involved in many ways—sign up for action alerts, write your elected officials, join us at the NASWAZ Social Work Day at the Legislature, and provide your thoughts through our monthly conference calls. Join us Monday, January 22nd for our first legislative update call. Find out what bills have been introduced, what we are supporting and opposing, and how you can get involved in our legislative advocacy. We need you to be involved during these difficult times.
WHEN: January 22nd at 4:30 PM
WHO: Members of NASWAZ
WHY: It is our ethical obligation to be informed and to take action on behalf of those most vulnerable
Want more information? Contact Jeremy and he will connect you with the Public Policy Committee co-chairs for additional information.


The Board of Behavioral Health Examiners hosted a meeting in November for Clinical Supervision trainers. Old and new rules, including the tutorial, documentation, and exemptions were outlined. If you are licensed, you will receive a letter from the BBHE outlining requirements for clinical supervisors and new timelines. There is a tutorial specific to BBHE rules (3 hours) as well as a tutorial regarding clinical supervision for clinical supervisors (3 hours). Click here for more information and to see the Board-approved tutorials:

A reminder: The BBHE administrative office and meeting space will relocate from the Central/Osborn location to 1740 West Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85007 during the week of December 18th. Please watch for updates as they are made available.

National Advocacy Updates

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



Practice Perspectives

Advocating for Clinical Social Workers: A Look at 2017

One of the most frequently asked questions from NASW members is, “What are you doing to advocate for clinical social workers?” NASW engages in a multitude of advocacy efforts for clinical social workers, especially areas in which members have identified specific concerns. For the year 2017, NASW’s advocacy efforts on behalf of clinical social workers are described in this document.Click here for more.

Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice: A Reference Guide

The national office is establishing a task force to revise the following resource, “Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice: A Reference Guide” which was published in 2003 by NASW Press. NASW is seeking clinical social workers who have been actively working in private practice for a minimum of ten years to participate in the revision process. Estimated time of commitment is 12 months with monthly meetings via teleconference. If you are interested in recommending a member from your chapter for this task force, please have them submit their resume to by December 22, 2017.


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:

Behavioral Health Consultant
Care Transitions Coordinator
Case Manager
LCSW/Director of Clinical Services
Volunteer Child Advocate
Manager, Employee Assistance Program
Care Coordinator

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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Have you thought about getting a PhD in Social Work?
The ASU School of Social Work doctoral program is currently recruiting for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline to apply is January 15th. For additional information or to schedule a personalized meeting or campus visit, please contact Elizabeth Kiehne (
Have you thought about getting a Master of Social Work?
ASU now offers the MSW program at the downtown Phoenix campus, Tucson campus, and online. The deadline to apply is April 1st for the in-person program and November 1st for the online program.


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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