July 2017 eNews

In This Issue:

  1. New Member Benefit: 25% Off Wecounsel
  2. 2017 NASW-PA Election Results
  3. Statement on Trans* People Serving in the Military
  4. Senate Healthcare Update
  5. Congratulations, Darlyne Bailey, PhD, LISW, NASW Social Work Pioneer®
  6. Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship Recipient
  7. 7 Job Search Mistakes Social Workers Make and How to Avoid Them
  8. Keystone Award Nominations
  9. Social Workers Stand Up for Single Parents PSA

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New Member Benefit: 25% Off Wecounsel

You’ve probably seen the term “telehealth” floating around everywhere from mental health related articles, online counseling sites, or just about any healthcare news outlet. Telehealth is the practice of providing health care services through the use of technology. If you’ve ever conducted a session over the phone or exchanged emails with a client, you are already conducting telehealth! 

The use of technology in the delivery of behavioral health services is growing every day. One form of telehealth is secure video conferencing, which allows you to remotely conduct a session with a client. Video conferencing programs like Skype or Facetime, however, do not provide as much security as Wecounsel, which is made specifically for secure telehealth services.

Wecounsel gives you a safe, secure platform to engage and communicate with your clients and the ability to acquire new clients through a free listing in the Wecounsel Directory. Telehealth, when conducted safely and securely, is driving major advancement in behavioral health service delivery.

This modality of service delivery allows providers to:

  • Salvage missed revenue opportunities like no-shows and cancellations 
  • Broaden their reach and treat clients outside of their immediate geographic location 
  • Improve outcomes by engaging with clients more often and more comfortably 
  • Add additional streams of revenue (Email packages, Instant Chat packages, Video Conferencing between regular sessions)
  • Be competitive in the transforming landscape of behavioral health

In order to help provide our members a safe and secure way to conduct telehealth services, NASW-PA has partnered with Wecounsel to give you a 25% discount on any private practice plan. Wecounsel can help you increase engagement with your clients, improve treatment outcomes, and add additional clientele and streams of revenue to your existing practice.

To learn more about telehealth and how Wecounsel can help you take your practice to the next level, visit www.wecounsel.com, sign up for a free trial, and enter coupon code NASWPA25 on the setup guide (or under settings) for a 25% discount on any private practice plan.

2017 NASW-PA Election Results
We would like to thank everyone who ran for NASW-PA elected office on the Board of Directors. We were very excited to have such a wonderful slate of candidates. We'd like to also thank everyone who took the time to vote as an NASW-PA member. We appreciate your input as we make decisions that will shape the future of our chapter. 

Click here to see the election results. Welcome to our newly elected leaders!
Statement on Trans* People Serving in the Military

This morning, President Trump announced via Twitter that the US Government will ban transgender people from serving in the military.

NASW-PA believes that transgender people should have the same benefits and rights as cis people: whether those rights relate to personal safety, use of restrooms, military service, or any other societal matter. The president cited medical costs as his rationale for the decision, even though a RAND study indicates that only 0.017% of the military budget would go toward transgender-related medical services.

NASW-PA supports the thousands of transgender people in the military as they fight for human rights around the world. NASW-PA also supports healthcare as a basic human right for all, regardless of sexual identity. For NASW's official statement on the issue, click here 

Senate Healthcare Update

As the Senate has opened debate on repealing the ACA, the current status is constantly changing. NASW is on the forefront of advocacy on behalf of protecting access to health care, mental health care, Medicaid, and those with pre-existing conditions.  We urge members to follow the news as changes occur and to stay in touch with your elected officials at the federal level to make your feelings known on this issue.  Read the latest update here and then check www.socialworkblog.org for more updates as they occur.

Congratulations, Darlyne Bailey, PhD, LISW on Being Elected as an NASW Social Work Pioneer®

Congratulations, Darlyne Bailey, PhD, LISW on being elected this year as an NASW Social Work Pioneer® by the NASW Foundation! Being selected as a Social Work Pioneer by social work colleagues is one of the profession’s highest honors.

Dr. Bailey is Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Director of the Social Justice Initiative, and Special Assistant to the President for Community Partnerships at Bryn Mawr College. 

Dr. Bailey is one of a select few chosen to join the ranks of social workers who have explored new territories and built outposts for human services around the country. She has made important contributions to the social work profession and we want to laud her for her service. Dr. Bailey and her Pioneer peers have prepared the way for thousands of other social workers to make their own contributions to the health and welfare of individuals and families facing significant challenges in both urban and rural communities.

Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Congratulations to Pennsylvania MSW student, Shani Gardner for being awarded NASW Foundation's Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship.

NASW Foundation's Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarships are awarded to master's degree candidates in social work who demonstrate an interest in or have experience with health/mental health practice and have a commitment to working in African American communities.

We wish you the best of luck during the 2017-2018 academic year and beyond!
7 Job Search Mistakes Social Workers Make and How To Avoid Them
by Valerie Arendt, MSW, MPP

We all know searching for a new job is an arduous process, and even a savvy job seeker is bound to make a mistake. But in a highly competitive social work job market, a small mistake could cost you the job of your dreams... read more
Keystone Award Nominations

Nominate a social worker or friend of the social work profession for a NASW-PA Keystone Award! We will be announcing the recipients at this year's Annual Conference Keystone Awards Gala.

Submit your nominations online here
 or email a letter of nomination to Amy Sagen by the deadline of August 4th. 

Social Workers Stand Up for Single Parents PSA

The NASW Foundation is offering a series of public service announcements based on true cases of how social workers help clients overcome life’s challenges.

    Click here to watch the public service announcement and share with your colleagues and friends.
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