September 2018

Where did the summer go? It's still hot and humid, but fall is fast-approaching, and with that comes licensing renewals, fall continuing education programming, and elections.

If you are a licensed social worker, your license renewal is due soon - September 30, 2018! All renewals must be completed online this year. You should've received your renewal letter in the mail by now, but if not, don't worry - NASW can help you. Just give our office a call: 617-227-9635.

If you need more CEUs, we have a fabulous line-up of programs happening throughout the month of September with more than 30 CEUs available to you! See all September CE program here. Can't make it to an in-person program? NASW-MA members get access to free and reduced cost CEUs on the Online CE Institute.

If you are a LICSW, in addition to having enough CEUs, you MUST be registered as a non-billing or billing provider with MassHealth, regardless of your practice or if you are retired. You can read more about this requirement and access the application here.

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend! Our office will be closed on Monday. I hope you are also taking time to relax and enjoy friends and family. And don't forget to vote on Tuesday (September 4), the day after Labor Day! See NASW-MA's PACE-endorses candidates below and find your polling location here.


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Social Work Networking Nights are Back!
Join friends and colleagues for 1 of 3 upcoming Social Work Networking Nights!

BOSTON: September 20, 5:30–8:30 pm, The Red Hat, 9 Bowdoin St., Boston
BRIGHTON (this event exclusively for retired or retiring social workers): October 17, 6:00–8:00 pm, Harry’s Bar & Grill, 1430 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton
NORTHAMPTON: October 10, 5:30–8:30 pm, Packard's Bar Northampton, 14 Masonic St., Northampton
Join Your Regional Council to Connect to Social Workers in Your Part of the State
NASW-MA has active regional councils in each part of the state. Join your Council to meet social workers from your area, plan continuing education and other events, and stay connected to the Chapter.

See all events and meetings happening in your region:
Member Lucille Jerome Honored with "Because of Her" Award
Lucille Jerome, LICSW, ACSW, a NASW-MA member since 1977, was one of four women honored with the Because of Her Award at Lowell Women's Week 2018 in February. The annual award recognizes "leadership, generosity, compassion, activism and commitment to the Greater Lowell, Massachusetts community." Lucille received her award for her work creating and hosting  For the Young at Heart, a monthly cable television program now in its 11th year. The award noted that "Because of her, elders can stay informed and connected with issues and services that can improve their lives." Lucille received her MSW in 1978 from the Boston University School of Social Work. Congratulations, Lucille!
Introducing myNASW: A New Member Benefit!
Need answers? Want help? Introducing a new member benefit! MyNASW Community—a members-only online space—is your go-to for all things social work:

  • Post questions and participate in discussions specific to your specialty or practice setting
  • Search for and connect with your peers via the member directory
  • Browse documents and digital resources shared by fellow members
Help Us Honor Social Work Leaders in MA! - Join Awards Committee
NASW-MA is seeking members for its Awards Committee. The purpose of the Committee is:
  1. To actively seek and solicit nominations for awards offered by NASW-MA in order to ensure a high-quality pool of nominees that reflects the racial, ethnic, geographic, and practice area diversity of the social work profession.
  2. To evaluate nominees for each award based on the criteria and guidelines for each award.
  3. To select a winner in each category.
  4. To review award categories and criteria and make and review suggestions for new awards.

Contact Cassandra Prager with any questions and to learn how to apply. The deadline to put your name forward is early September, so act soon!
In Your Mailbox: Social Work Voice
The September/October issue is headed to your mailbox around September 15 and includes:

  • Power to the Polls: Your Voting Guide is Here
  • New Automatic Voter Registration Law Lifts up Marginalized Populations
  • Ask the Experts: What Makes a Social Work Leader?
  • Walk and Talk Therapy: Moving Toward Wholeness
  • Fall Conference Line-up
  • ...and more!
Have an upcoming event, job opening, or other opportunity to share with the social work community? Advertise with us! All ads appear on our website and are published in Social Work Voice. The ad deadline for the upcoming November/December issue is October 26. Email Jamie Klufts for more information.
March in Worcester PRIDE!
PRIDE Month may be over, but the celebration is not! Join our Central Regional Council for Worcester's Pride Parade on Saturday, September 8. We will have stickers and posters for you. Plea se RSVP to Council Co-Chair Pat Strong to receive meet-up time and location details:
Central MA
Portraits of Professional Caregivers: Their Passion. Their Pain.
2 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of  CAREgivers , an award-winning film examining the lives of caregivers and public servants.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 pm
GVNA Fitchburg Adult Day Health
481 Electric Avenue, Fitchburg

The screening will be followed by an interactive   group activity and discussion.
Greater Boston
The Neurobiological Treatment of Trauma
3 CEUs Available!
Attendees will learn to define and unpack layers of trauma and related components, as well as the meridian tapping technique for releasing and eliminating traumatic emotions for use with clients. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
9:30 am - 12:45 pm
The Walker Center
144 Hancock St., Auburndale

Speaker: Judith Swack, PhD, President, Healing from the Body Level Up, Inc.
Greater Boston
Confronting Opioid Misuse in MA: Leveraging Social Work Expertise
6 CEUs Available!
This program, co-sponsored by the Boston University School of Social Work, will confront the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, from macro to micro, equipping attendees with trend data, information about the social determinants of health, screening and identification tools, and evidence-based treatment strategies. 

Friday, September 14, 2018
9:15 am - 5:00 pm
Boston University, Photonics Colloquium Room, 9th Fl., 8 St. Mary’s St., Boston
  • Sarah Ruiz, MSW, MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
  • Jorge Delva, PhD, Dean, Boston University School of Social Work
  • Lee W. Ellenberg, LICSW, Training Manager, Massachusetts Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment - Training & Technical Assistance (MASBIRT TTA) Program, Boston Medical Center
  • Nicole LeBlanc, LICSW, Trauma Integration Specialist, Institute for Health and Recovery 

NEW: Boston Public Health Commission will also join us for an optional Narcan and overdose prevention training during the lunch break!
Greater Boston
Fall Film Festival: Félicité
3 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening and discussion of the 2017 film Félicité, about a Congolese singer who finds financial and emotional support after her 14-year-old son's accident from a regular in the bar where she performs.

Sunday, September 16, 2018
2:00 - 5:30 pm
The Studio Cinema, Belmont

Discussant: Hugo Kamya, PhD, Professor, Simmons School of Social Work
Greater Boston
The Power of Shame
3 CEUs Available!
This workshop will explore the role shame plays in criminal, abusive, addictive, and self-destructive behaviors. Implications for interviewing and treatment approaches will be covered as well as the challenges to counter-transference management represented by shame.

Monday, September 17, 2018
9:00 am - 12:15 pm
Parish of St. Michael, Bedford

Speaker: Linda (Lynn) T. Sanford, LICSW 
Pioneer Valley
Being Mortal: Conversations About End of Life Care
2 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of "Being Mortal" and a conversation about end of life care.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
4:30 - 6:30 pm
GVNA Greenfield Adult Day Health
489 Bernardston Rd., Suite 207

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Chauntelle Carty, RN, BSN, CHPN , Director of Hospice, GVNA Healthcare, Inc, and  Ellen Sparrow, LICSW, ACHP-SW , Social Worker/Co-Director GVNA Fitchburg Adult Day Health Center.
Greater Boston
Understanding Eating Disorders: A Primer for Clinicians
3 CEUs Available!
Eating disorder diagnoses have historically caused fear in providers. Although eating disorders are dangerous mental illnesses, recovery from an eating disorder is possible with appropriate treatment. This program will leave attendees with a better understanding of the symptoms and diagnosis of eating disorders as well as provide tools and therapeutic interventions for the treatment of eating disorders. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018
9:30 am - 12:45 pm
Temple Israel, Boston

note: program was originally scheduled to take place at the Dedham Holiday Inn

Speaker: Monique Bellefleur, Ed.M, LMHC, Clinician & Director of Community Education, Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA)
Functional Medicine:
Exploring the Gut-Brain Connection and the Effects of Trauma
3 CEUs Available!
The presentation will provide an intro to functional medicine, the brain-gut connection and how trauma is connected to chronic illnesses, the ACE Score, and will allow for question and answers at end of the presentation.

Friday, September 21, 2018
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Child and Family Services
3057 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford

Speakers: Achina Stein, DO, DFAPA, ABIHM, IFMCP , and Sally Davidson, RN, MS, ANP-BC, IFMCP
Greater Boston
Fall Film Festival: The Florida Project
3 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of the 2017 film The Florida Project, followed by a discussion centered on working with homeless and otherwise marginalized families.

Sunday, September 23, 2018
2:00 - 5:30 pm
The Studio Cinema, Belmont

Discussants: Janice Furlong, LICSW, Faculty, Boston University School of Social Work, and Katy Novick Nolan, LICSW, Faculty, Simmons School of Social Work
Greater Boston
Fall Film Festival: The Insult
3 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of the 2017 film The Insult, examining how an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee results in a court case that gets national attention. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018
2:00 - 5:30 pm
The Studio Cinema, Belmont

Discussant: Noha Sadek, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist
Central MA
Central Region Book Club:
"A Search for Purple Cows: A True Story of Hope"
2.5 CEUs Available!
Join the Central Regional Council for their upcoming book club meeting, discussing "A Search for Purple Cows: A True Story of Hope" with the author, Susan Call.

Wendnesday, October, 3, 2018
5:45 - 8:15 pm
Anna Maria College, Zecco Center for Performing Arts, Jacques Conference Room, Paxton

Discussant: Susan Call , author of "A Search for Purple Cows"
Greater Boston
Misery or Mastery: Documenting Medical Necessity
3 CEUs Available!
Learn the formula to quickly write effective treatment plans and progress notes that document medical necessity. As a result authorizations are easy, audits are less threatening, HIPAA is honored, and your good clinical work is represented with integrity. This program is sponsored by Therapy Matcher.

Friday, November 2, 2018
9:30 am - 12:45 pm
Parish of St. Michael, 90 Concord Rd., Bedford

Speaker: Beth Rontal, LICSW, the "Documentation Wizard"
Special discount for Therapy Matcher members!
Contact Barbara Burka for a discount code.
Greater Boston
Fall Film Festival: Strong Island
3 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of the 2017 documentary Strong Island, examining the violent death of the filmmaker's brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free.

Sunday, November 4, 2018
2:00 - 5:30 pm
The Studio Cinema, Belmont

Discussant: Holly Aldrich, LICSW, Founding Director, Center for Homicide Bereavement, a service of the Victims of Violence (VOV) Program at the Cambridge Health Alliance
Have you made a plan to vote in the Primary Elections on September 4th? PACE, our Chapter PAC, has released their list of endorsements of those who embody social work values. Endorsements are a great way to foster allies in the State House and to hold them accountable in passing social work-friendly legislation. If you're interested in helping endorsed candidates get elected by canvassing or phone banking , learn more here . To join PACE, email the Chair, Alison at .
NASW-MA's Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Endorsements


House of Representatives

*Asterisk denotes incumbent
Upholding Protections for Transgender Individuals at the Ballot this November: Vote YES on 3!
Join NASW-MA and stand with transgender individuals on Nov. 6 (general election day) by voting YES on Question 3! A "yes" vote is a vote to uphold a Massachusetts law enacted in 2016 that protects transgender people from discrimination in public spaces, like restaurants, shops, and doctors’ offices. 

Join fellow social workers at the Freedom For All Massachusetts Town Hall at Fenway Health on Monday, September 25, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Want to get involved? Help the campaign to have thousands of conversations with voters about what’s at stake—dignity and respect for our transgender neighbors.
Learn how you can make calls from home or knock doors by clicking here or emailing
What Legislative Wins Do You Want to See?

While we have many legislative accomplishments and momentum to be proud of, there is still work to be done. We are already thinking about the next two-year legislative session that runs from January 2019 to July 2020.

Deadline is September 4!

Want to help set NASW-MA's legislative agenda for 2019 - 2020? Email Sophie to join the Chapter's Legislative Advocacy Committee (LAC).
Bring Your Voice to the State House...Provide Testimony!
Our Chapter testifies at the State House in support or opposition of various bills, often those that are on our legislative agenda or at the request of coalition partners. We encourage social workers in all settings to come to hearings and make their voice heard on issues that make a difference in the social work profession and the clients we serve.

To this end, we are preparing for the next session by creating a Testimony Speaker Bureau of social workers who are experts in a variety of areas, to be mobilized when a bill needs the voice of social workers.
  • Participate in a brief (15-30 minute) webinar, sometime in the fall, regarding public hearings and how to prepare oral and submit written testimony.
  • Sophie will reach out to you requesting testimony throughout the two-year session (Jan 2019-July 2020) as opportunities arise. Sometimes we are only given a few days notice.
  • This is an on-call volunteer position and there is no requirement to attend a hearing if it does not work with your schedule.
  • All hearings are located at the State House in Boston, typically Monday-Thursday during business hours (9a-5p).

Want to share your expertise by giving testimony? Please fill out this form.
Practice Alert: Comparative Billing Reports from Global Tech
On August 13, 2018, 10,000 clinical social workers (CSWs) who are Medicare Part B providers received a letter from Global Tech containing results of a Comparative Billing Report (CBR) for Licensed Clinical Social Workers. NASW has reviewed the report and additional information provided by Global Tech.  Read more.
Valuable Member Benefit: Join the NASW-MA Private Practice Google Group
The Private Practice Google Group is an exclusive member benefit powered by social work colleagues from across the state and NASW-MA. By signing up you'll receive timely updates from your colleagues about ethics, billing and insurance, and other critical private practice issues. You can also pose your own questions to the group to crowd source answers from colleagues. NASW-MA also uses this platform to send important clinical alerts to members.

Sign up to join the group by sending an email to with "Join Google Group" in the subject line.
All LICSWs Must Register with MassHealth before the Licensing Renewal Deadline this Month!
If you are a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Massachusetts, you must register with MassHealth as a billing or non-billing provider in order to renew your license by the September 30, 2018, deadline. Failure to do so could result in suspension or loss of license.

Access the application, FAQs, and instructions on our website: .
*NEW* Option to File 51As Online
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has announced that there is now a web-based option for the submission of written mandated reports (51As) in cases of suspected child maltreatment. Per DCF, mandated reporters can now use any web enabled device to complete 51A reports online. You can, if you so choose, continue to submit your written reports by fax or mail as well.
Please access for further guidance on how to file on line. They offer a 15 minute Training Video on the site as well.  All mandated reporters will have to create an account with a password to log into the Gateway in order to file reports. This same password should be stored in a safe place for use in any subsequent mandated report submissions. 
Please call the DCF area office that covers the town in which the child/family resides when giving your verbal report during regular work hours. If filing after 5:00 pm or on the weekend, please continue to call the Child At Risk Hotline at 1-800-792-5200 to provide your verbal report. Written 51A reports, including those submitted electronically, must still be submitted within 48 hours of completing the verbal report. 
In Good Company: The 2018 Optimal Aging Challenge
Have a grand idea to reduce social isolation and loneliness and increase engagement in older populations? Submit to the In Good Company Challenge by September 28!

This competition is sponsored by The Competition Sponsors are Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab (MIT AgeLab), Benchmark Senior Living (Benchmark) and GE Healthcare, in collaboration with Massachusetts Governor Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts. Prize Sponsors are MIT AgeLab and Benchmark.
The Social Work Assistance Network (SWAN) - A Resource for You!
SWAN is a free, confidential colleague assistance program sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW. SWAN assists social workers with consultation regarding personal and professional issues, which may be having an impact on their ability to practice in an optimal manner. Learn more about this service and member benefit here .
Licensing Test Prep Happening in Your Neck of the Woods!
NASW-MA Licensing Test Prep courses include:
  • FREE Social Work ASWB Exam Guide
  • Access to online ASWB exam guide portal
  • Full-day Test Prep course (9 am - 4 pm)

Upcoming exam dates and locations:
  • September 8 | Worcester
  • November 2 | Brockton
  • December 8 | Springfield
Save your spot today!
New CE Tracker Coming Soon!
Confidently track your social worker licensing renewal requirements with CE Tracker—the online tool that tells you exactly what you need to renew your license and tracks your progress along the way. This online platform allows you to track your license renewal requirements, completed CE’s, and provides suggested content to obtain the continuing education you nee d. Pre-Sale through October 1, 2018, with special discounts for NASW members. Learn more at
Save the Date! NASW Virtual Conference
Mark your calendars for the NASW 2018 Virtual Conference, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14 & 15. This two-day program will address the opioid crisis from a social work perspective, feature both plenary and breakout sessions, and offer CE credits. This event will be live-streamed. Information will be on the NASW website .