JANUARY 2017  |   eNewsletter
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IN THIS ISSUE:
  1. Happy New Year!
  2. Submit Your 2018 Conference Workshop Proposals!
  3. Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  4. New Member Benefits: Deals and Therapy Notes
  5. Paternalism Vs. Self-Determination
  6. The Other Side of Therapy: 
  7. NASW Statement Against Censorship
  8. ICD Code Changes: Avoid Reimbursement Denials
  9. Now Accepting Nominations for NASW-PA Board Positions
  10. Best Practices for Telehealth Webinar

Happy New Year, Pennsylvania Social Workers!

As we reflect on the past year, we are grateful for all that we've accomplished together, and we are enthusiastic about the path that lies before us. We at NASW-PA are thrilled to be able to promote professional social work, and to help you, our member. Thank you for your membership and for allowing us to be a part of your lives. We look forward to advancing the profession together in 2018. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!
Submit Your 2018 Conference Workshop Proposals!

Attention, social workers and friends of the social work profession: NASW-PA is now accepting proposals for presentations at the 2018 NASW-PA Annual Conference, September 12-15, 2018, at the Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, PA Your session ideas will help us create a dynamic program full of evidence-based content to propel the social work profession forward within our current social, political, and cultural environment. We invite you to help us make this year's Annual Conference more exciting and informative than ever.  NASW welcomes proposals that address all social work practice areas, and at all levels of practice. Presentations by and/or for social work students are welcome as well.

Do you have a creative or innovative idea for a session? Submissions are being accepted now through February 9, 2018.  Submit now! Click here to get started.  If you have questions or need additional information, please email Amy Sagen at asagen.naswpa@socialworkers.org
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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides assistance for home-heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during winter months. In the 2016-17 LIHEAP season, 348,672 households received LIHEAP benefits. Learn more here.
New Member Benefits: Deals & Therapy Notes

NASW-PA is happy to offer our members two exciting new member benefits! 

Through MemberDeals, you'll now have access to exclusive discounts, special offers and access top referred seating and tickets to top attractions, theme parks, shows, sporting events, movie tickets, hotels and much more. Be sure to visit often as new products and discounts are constantly being added! Learn more about MemberDeals here.

You'll also have the opportunity to save 10% on your first year of subscription to TherapyNotes. rack patient appointments, notes, billing, and claims with ease with TherapyNotes, an online practice management, billing, and scheduling system for mental health professionals. Learn more about TherapyNotes here.
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Paternalism Vs. Self-Determination

Picture this: you have completed your degree and are excited for your career as a social justice warrior. You were coached during your classes to look deep inside yourself and read your soul. You feel confident that you know which populations you can and cannot be effective with. Then reality hits. You take a job you feel you'll enjoy, but then you find some practices at the agency are paternalistic or don't align with your professional values. Where do you go from here? Read more on socialworkpa.wordpress.com
The Other Side of Therapy: Experiencing Social Work as a Client

Social workers are familiar with the concept of self-care. We preach it religiously to our clients. However, many times it is a challenge to put the concept into practice in our own lives. Read more on socialworkpa.wordpress.com
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New ICD Code Changes: Avoid Reimbursement Denials

Each year, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) releases new, updated, or deleted codes for the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM). Updates to the mental and behavioral section of the ICD-10-CM began October 1, 2017. Most of the changes are in the area of substance use. Clinical social workers should use the new codes when submitting claims for reimbursement to avoid reimbursement denials. Learn more here.
Statement  Against Trump Admin Word Censorship

NASW was deeply troubled by reports that budget employees for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were told by their leadership that they could not use seven specific words and phrases in preparing their fiscal 2019 budgets. The words - vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based - help to describe populations and quality control standards that are essential for managing threats to the nation's public health and well-being. NASW insists that the Trump administration direct its department secretaries and agency administrators to stop using censorship to negate scientific findings and subjugate policy views with which they disagree. Read more here.
Now Accepting Nominations for NASW-PA Board Positions

We are looking for volunteers to run for a position on the NASW-PA Board of Directors. Have a role in the future of your professional association, build your resume, and develop a strong professional network of social work leaders across the Commonwealth. This is a fantastic opportunity to use and develop your leadership skills to benefit our profession and our clients. U se your existing leadership skills and develop new ones!

The following positions are open on the 2017 slate: First Vice President, Member at Large 2, Southwest Division Chair, Southwest Division Representative, West Central Division Chair, Southeast Division Representative 2, MSW Student Representative, BSW Student  Representative. 

DEADLINE is March 26th, so act now! If you are interested in running for one of these Board positions, contact Johanna Byrd, NASW-PA Executive Director, at jbyrd.naswpa@socialworkers.org
Best Practices for Telehealth Webinar

This course will cover the basics of services online in safe and responsible manner with your clients' best interests at the forefront of the conversation. Those interest in learning more about preparing for and implementing safe strategies for telehealth execution should attend.  Presented by  Abby Ghattas, Director of Operations, Wecounsel.

FREE for members, one CE offered
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