May 2017 eNews

In This Issue:

  1. 2017 Conference Keynote Speaker: Ken E. Nwadike, Jr.
  2. Chapter Elected Positions: Last Chance to Nominate
  3. Keystone Awards: Now Accepting Nominations
  4. SB 530 Update
  5. New Social Work Merchandise in Online Store
  6. Featured Upcoming Events
  7. International Social Work Group
  8. NASW Virtual Grad Fair
Thanks to Lifeforce Elder Care for Sponsoring our eNewsletter!
2017 Conference Keynote: Ken E. Nwadike, Jr.

NASW-PA is hard at work planning this year's annual conference. We are excited to welcome Ken E. Nwadike, Jr. as one of our Keynote speakers. He is best known for his peace keeping efforts through the Free Hugs Project, which he started in 2014 in response to the devastating Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

As a keynote speaker, Ken shares stories of de-escalating intense confrontations on the front-lines of riots and protests. He describes ways that peacekeeping principles can be used proactively in the workplace and community to prevent heightened situations from occurring. Ken has received numerous awards from law enforcement agencies and community groups for his peacekeeping efforts during uprisings.

  • Check out Ken's peace keeping efforts through his Free Hugs Project online here.
  • NASW-PA's 2017 Annual Conference is Sept. 16 – 19, 2017 at the Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, PA. Registration is opening soon! Check our conference webpage here intermittently for details.
  • Know of someone who has gone above and beyond for the social work profession? Consider nominating them for one of our Keystone Awards, to be presented at the 2017 Conference. You can submit nominations here.
  • Students, be sure to submit your poster presentations for the conference by August 8th. Submit online here.
Chapter Elected Positions: Last Chance to Nominate
Leaders needed:  use your existing leadership skills and develop new ones!

We need 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! 

A number of positions are open on the 2017 slate. To learn more about the positions, their terms, and qualifications,  click here.

DEADLINE is May 29th, so act now!
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 at by the deadline of August 4th. 

This is a high honor in the social work community. The awards to be given include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award,
  • Social Worker of the Year,
  • Public Citizen of the Year, 
  • Kristin Bowser Young Social Worker of the Year.

Social workers need to be recognized for the tremendous work they do to serve their communities.  Nominate your peers for recognition today!

Update on SB 530
SB 530, our practice protection bill, went to its second consideration on the Senate floor on Monday, May 22. Next, it will be referred to Appropriations. We will be in touch with future updates. Thank you all for your advocacy efforts!
New Social Work Merchandise
Check out the NASW-PA online store for some new social worker merchandise, including travel mugs, teeshirts, stickers, and more! Click here to shop now.
Featured Events
Project Dawn: Play & Discussion on Sexual Exploitation (3 CEs) A  Brandywine Division Event

Malvern, PA  |  June 28 ,2017 (REGISTRATION CLOSES 5/29/17)

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Understanding & Managing Aggressive Behaviors in Older Adults wit Mental Health Issues or Dementia (2 CEs)

Reading, PA  |  June 8, 2017

Learn more
For a complete list of upcoming NASW-PA sponsored events, please visit our Community Calendar here
International Social Work Group
Join Social Workers in Pa who are forming a group to explore International Social work issues.  

Webex meetings to be held on a monthly basis. Next meeting scheduled for May 23 at 7:00 pm.

Please contact Barbara Biancone, LSW at to receive link to register for webex.
NASW Virtual Grad Fair

The NASW Virtual Grad Fair will connect you directly with top social work graduate programs from across the nation with Master of Social Work, Social Work PhD, and Doctor of Social Work programs from the comfort of your home, office, smartphone or tablet.

As an attendee, you have the ability to explore the schools of social work information and academic opportunities. Choose which schools you want to interact with and then engage in one-on-one instant messaging-based conversations directly with a recruiter from the schools. You can share your background, undergraduate information, student resume,  and submit your graduate school applications. Maximize your time during the event by getting in line to chat with recruiters from more than one school at a time.

The NASW Virtual Grad Fair connects you in real time with schools of social work seeking to recruit top students.

Who should attend:

  • Prospective social work graduate students who want to apply and network with specific schools of social work during the event.
  • Recent graduates and professionals who have been in the social service and academic industries who are exploring MSW, Social Work PhD, and DSW programs.  

WHEN: July 13, 2017 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Register online here

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