Steve Karp's Monthly EBlast - December 2016
Your NASW/CT December E-Blast

Chapter Activities

Save The Date:
Our Annual Conference will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017. Watch for the brochure coming out this winter. We are still considering keynote speakers so if you have a suggestion for a dynamic speaker please email Pat Hartman at
Clinical Network's Town Hall Meeting: 
Join us on January 24 th for a Town Hall Meeting on the clinical social work response to the 2016 elections and Trump administration. To be held just after the presidential inauguration this promises to be a lively discussion on how we move forward as a social work community. The Town Hall meeting will be held at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield from 6:30-8:30 PM. The cost is $10 for members/$20 for non-members and students are free. Two CECs will be given. Watch for more information and online registration.

Legislative News & Action

Send Your State Legislators Holiday Greetings: 
The coming legislative session will be especially challenging. The deficit is projected at 1.5 billion dollars and there is almost no legislators even willing to talk about new revenue. More than ever we will need to up our game if we are to have a chance to minimize cuts to social services. One way to start is to begin now to build a relationship with your state senator and state representative. We suggest sending a holiday card to your two legislators wishing them a peaceful holidays and letting them know that you want to keep in touch on the budget issues. And remember to tell them you are a social worker! (By the end of the 2017 session they may need your services). Not sure who represents you go to
The Coalition on Human Needs seeks voices from across the nation to add to our growing list of organizations and individuals who are standing together against dismantling the services and protections people need and for proven investments to extend opportunity and economic security to all. When so much is at stake, why does a petition matter?  It says to the Senators needed to block the passage of destructive bills that individuals and groups in their states are among thousands nationwide ready to take a stand and take action. The petition and an organizational letter will be used on Capitol Hill and in the press to publicize the public's support for human services. To sign the individual petition click   here NASW and NASW/CT have signed the organizational letter.

Practice Information

New Practice Perspective on Professional Will Preparation:
Here is a link to a new practice perspectives,  Preparing a Professional Will for Your Practice:  Important Factors to Consider, NASW has received a large volume of calls and emails from members who have requested information on this subject.  Please feel free to distribute the information in its current format to your own networks.

Possible Changes in Health Care: 
National NASW recently posted this new Practice Alert for members about possible changes to health care in 2017:

Announcements of Interest

Creating a Movement - How to Sustain and Grow Community Behavioral Health in Connecticut: 
As Connecticut explores opportunities to expand access to behavioral health care, we want to learn from similar movements that have expanded access to services in other areas of the human services delivery system. The next BHECON forum will bring together providers, foundation representatives, state agency officials, and other stakeholders to identify the core elements of building a successful movement for change. The discussion will focus on the ways the effort to end chronic homelessness has made significant progress in Connecticut. Friday, January 6th
12:30pm-3:30pm, The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT. For more information and to register go to

Cultural Immersion Program Ecuador: 
For the 10th consecutive summer (June- July 2017) there will be cultural immersion programs in Quito, Ecuador.  Programs (1-month experience, 2-week experience, and 1-week experience) are geared towards graduate students in all areas of psychology as well as practitioners and professionals (e.g., psychologists, social workers, counselors, principals, university professors, and teachers) who wish to gain experience in Spanish, acquire knowledge of Hispanic culture, and an understanding of Ecuador. For additional program information, please see our website:  

The  Cerebral Palsy Association has information and guidance on bullying issues in working with LGBT children with Cerebral Palsy. Go to

  Happy Holidays to all of our members. 
Thank you for the important work that you do!

NASW/CT | | 860 257-8066|
See what's happening on our social sites: