February 2019

The new two-year legislative session began in January and we are proud to unveil our 2019-2020 legislative priorities. In the February issue of Social Work Voice you can look forward to an in-depth description of how we use your input and stakeholder collaboration to set our legislative agenda each session.

In anticipation of Black History Month (February) , and in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday (January 21), we held our annual MLK Jr. Racial Justice Forum on January 30. This year's theme was Dismantling Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? I want to thank members of the NASW-MA Racial Justice Council, our Board's Vice President of Membership & Diversity Angela Wangari Walter, and Communications Director Jamie Klufts for all of their work to make the event a huge success. For more on the event, including our panelists, pictures, and next steps, see the block below entitled Racial Justice.

Right now, we are gearing up for Social Work Month (March). In March we will celebrate and elevate social workers with an exhibit at the State House, networking nights in Western MA ( Pittsfield and Northampton), our annual Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD), and our Annual Awards Celebration.

Please note that our office will b e closed on February 18 for Presidents' Day.

In Solidarity,

Rebekah Gewirtz
Executive Director
617-227-9635 x116

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MLK, Jr. Forum on Racial Justice Was a Huge Success
Held at Boston University on January 30, in partnership with the Boston University School of Social Work, NASW-MA's Annual MLK, Jr. Forum on Racial Justice was a huge success.

This year's event, Dismantling Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? , explored one of the final questions King left us with, using a panel discussion and small group work. Panelists included:
  • Angela Wangari Walter, PhD, MPH, MSW, NASW-MA Board of Director's Vice President of Membership and Diversity and Co-Chair of NASW-MA's Racial Justice Council (moderator)
  • Dr. Phillipe Copeland, Professor, Boston University School of Social Work
  • Shannon al-Wakeel, Attorney, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Muslim Justice League
  • Crystal Hayes, MSW, PhD Candidate, Faculty, Social Work Department, Sacred Heart University
  • Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Esq., Executive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights

The event closed with an intention-setting activity, encouraging each attendee to set an intention (action they can take) in order to dismantle racism and advance racial justice.

Thank you to NASW-MA's Racial Justice Council who led the planning and execution of this year's event.
NASW-MA's Racial Justice Council
NASW-MA's Racial Justice Council is comprised of social workers and allies of all ages, practice areas, geographic locations, and races and ethnicities. The group began its work in Fall 2018, strategizing how to integrate racial justice into all internal and external areas of NASW-MA’s work. This group meets monthly on Friday afternoons. If interested in learning more or getting involved, please contact Jamie Klufts: jklufts.naswma@socialworkers.org.
Social Work Month 2019: Elevate Social Work
During Social Work Month in March 2019, NASW will launch the “ Elevate Social Work” Campaign that will educate the public about the contributions social workers make in our society and why the profession is so vital to our nation.

NASW also wants to use the campaign to begin a conversation to help social workers receive better compensation for the work they do.

Read more about the 2019 rationale for this year's theme here.
Social Work Month Exhibit at State House, March 4-8, 2019
As part of this year’s Social Work Month celebration, NASW-MA is organizing an exhibit at the Massachusetts State House in Boston from Monday, March 4 - Friday, March 8, to highlight the vital roles social workers play in a variety of settings across the Commonwealth and in society at large. Stop by the State House, 4th floor exhibition space, during business hours to see many of your friends and colleagues featured! Download the flyer here to learn more.
NASW-MA Annual Awards Celebration: Elevating Social Works and Social Justice, March 19, 2019
Join us Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, at the Concord Colonial Inn in Concord, MA, for our 46th Annual Awards Celebration as we celebrate and honor the incredible contributions of our social work colleagues and allies. What better time to celebrate social workers than during Social Work Month!

We can't wait to honor the incredible contributions of the following social work colleagues and allies with these awards:
  • Bet MacArthur, Lifetime Achievement
  • Levin Schwartz, Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice
  • Nazda Alam, Beverly Ross Fliegel Greatest Contribution to Social Policy and Change
  • Carla Monteiro, Future of Social Work
  • Ivys Fernández-Pastrana, Public Citizen of the Year
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts, Advocate of the Year

Tickets are $55/person and are selling out quickly! Don't delay in securing your spot.

Do you know one of the honorees and want to take out an ad in the program book to share your good wishes for their accomplishment? Click here to learn how to take out an ad or be in touch with Samantha Thompson-Foster, NASW-MA Events and Program Manager at stfoster.naswma@socialworkers.org. Certain ads come with tickets to the event!
Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) 2019
NASW-MA's annual LEAD will take place Monday, March 25, 2019. LEAD offers an opportunity for social work students and professionals to lobby with state lawmakers and advocate for legislation that is important to clients, communities, and the social work profession. Be informed on important social work legislation - and take action with us!

This year's keynote speaker will be Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, PhD, Professor, Simmons University School of Social Work. Learn more about LEAD and this year's agenda here.
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help coordinate LEAD 2019! Please contact LEAD Volunteer Coordinator Laura Gallant at lgallant.naswma@socialworkers.org or 617-227-9635 x163.

Can't make it to LEAD? Don't miss our Social Work Professional Lobby Day on April 3 (1 CEU available)!
Social Work Networking Nights in Western MA
We have TWO opportunities for you to connect with social work colleagues in Western Massachusetts during Social Work Month (March). Do you enjoy meeting fellow social workers to share best clinical practices, to hear of new referral resources, to discuss social policy, and to hear what concerns are challenging colleagues? Would you like to hear of other employment opportunities from your fellow social workers? Want to get plugged into clinical and macro happenings at NASW-MA? RSVP to attend one of two opportunities:
Berkshire Social Work Networking Night

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 , 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Jae's Restaurant, 1032 South St., Pittsfield.
Pioneer Valley Social Work Networking Night

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Packard's, 14 Masonic St., Northampton.
2019 Social Work Month Public Service Announcement
Aren’t you glad there are social workers in the world? What would the world be like without them? This brief 2019 Social Work Month PSA educates the public about the invaluable contributions of social workers everywhere.
Social Workers are Everywhere Infographic
There are an estimated 682,000 social workers in the US. Check out this infographic to learn more about where social workers are and how their compensation compares to other helping professionals. See the infographic here.
In Your Mailbox: Social Work Voice
You will be receiving the February issue of Social Work Voice on or around February 15. Highlights from this issue include:

  • Advancing Social Work and Social Justice: Unveiling the 2019-2020 Legislative Agenda
  • Exploring the Evidence for Evidence-Based Practice
  • NASW-MA's 2018 Annual Report
  • Cover Letters: An Essential Part of the Job Search
  • Full line-up and registration for spring continuing education programming
  • ...and much 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 March/April issue, which is February 22, 2019. Email Jamie Klufts for more information.
Want to Help us Plan Exciting New CE Programming? NASW-MA's Education Center Commission Seeking New Members
The Education Center Commission is a group of volunteers who play a major role in planning continuing education programs for NASW-MA. We are looking to bring in members who will share new ideas, concepts, and perspectives for program planning. Joining the Commission is a chance to have a role in one of the key functions of the MA Chapter. Members participate in regular planning meetings, and volunteer at some CE events. As an active member of the Commission, you earn free CEUs for Chapter-sponsored programs. Contact Barbara Burka, Director of Clinical Practice, for more information:  bburka.naswma@socialworkers.org
NASW-MA Student Ambassador Hosts Event to Inform Peers about Proposed Changes to Title IX
Amanda Harman, NASW-MA Student Ambassador and Salem State University MSW Candidate , held an event where she presented on the proposed changes to Title IX and how participants can submit a comment during the comment review period. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members were all invited to learn more about the proposed changes, the impact these changes will have on survivors of sexual assault, the comment submission process, and how submitting a comment effectively to the Department of Education can affect change.
Greater Boston
Spring Film Festival: First Reformed
3 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of the 2017 film "First Reformed," followed by a discussion centered on spirituality in social work and working with clients with severe mental illness.

Sunday, March 3, 2019
2:00 - 5:30 pm
The Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont

Discussant: Christopher O’Rourke, LICSW , Director, Social Work Practicum Training at the Danielson Institute, Boston University
Greater Boston
Changing the System: Social Workers in Public Office
1.5 CEUs Available!
Social workers are wholly and uniquely qualified to run for public office and create systemic change. Ever thought why? We are proud to present a special panel where we will hear from current social workers and their experiences running for and serving as elected officials across the state. You will walk away with concrete ideas and current resources should you feel inspired to run in 2019 local or 2020 state elections!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Community Catalyst
1 Federal St. 5th Floor Boston

Featuring Social Workers:
  • Kimatra Maxwell, LICSW, former candidate for State Representative (moderator)
  • Tami Gouveia, MSW, MPH, State Representative
  • Jen Lemmerman, MSW, Alderman, Melrose
  • Barry Sanders, LICSW, City Councillor, Taunton
Free for NASW Members, $15 for Non-members
Greater Boston
Spring Film Festival: Leave No Trace
3 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of the 2018 film "Leave No Trace," centering on a homeless father and daughter who are taken into custody after being found living off the grid outside of Portland, Oregon.

Sunday, March 17, 2019
2:00 - 5:30 pm
The Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont

Discussant: Dennis Balcom, LICSW , private practice
Greater Boston
Spring Film Festival: A Fantastic Woman
3 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of "A Fantastic Woman," a 2018 film following Marina, a young transgender woman who is bowled over by the death of her older, live-in boyfriend, grappling with grief and complicated family issues.

Sunday, March 31, 2019
2:00 - 5:30 pm
The Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont

Discussants: Sebastian Barr, PhD , a psychologist who specializes in transgender mental health and trauma, and  Gerardo Moreno-Serrano, MS, LMHC , Bilingual Psychotherapist, Fenway Health
Greater Boston
Social Work Professional Lobby Day
1 CEU Available!
Join colleagues to lobby for legislation that directly impacts the social work profession. Some featured bills will be legislation limiting clawbacks and a Loan Repayment Program for Social Workers, in addition to your personal priorities!

We will hear from state legislative leaders helping to lead the charge on these important initiatives to kick off the event. Don't worry, lobbying training will be provided! No experience necessary.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
MA State House, Room 437, Boston
Greater Boston
Sexual Victimization of Males Over the Lifespan
3 CEUs Available!
Most of the research and public discourse on sexual victimization has centered on females. As a result, males have not been recognized for support and various interventions/services needed to protect them from perpetrators and a life of victimization. It is important for providers to understand male victimization and the prevalence of psycho/social issues of abuse on male development.

Friday, April 5, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Courtyard by Marriott Boston Natick, 342 Speen St., Natick

Speaker: Steven Procopio, LICSW, ACSW , private practice. Steven is a voice for sexually exploited males, from childhood sexual abuse to commercial sexual exploitation/human trafficking.
Greater Boston
Spring Film Festival: The Rider
3 CEUs Available!
Join us for a screening of the 2018 film "The Rider," based on a true story, following a rodeo cowboy from South Dakota who fell off his horse and suffered a traumatic brain injury. This film was named one of the best films of 2018 by The Atlantic and a "film to savor" by the New York Times. 

Sunday, April 7, 2019
2:00 - 5:30 pm
The Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont

Discussant: Bet MacArthur, LICSW , private practice
Greater Boston
Shame, Longing, and Courage in Psychotherapy
6 CEUs Available!
with Dr. Anne Hallward, psychiatrist and host and founder of Safe Space Radio. Anne speaks internationally on stigma and shame, traumatic silence, and voluntary vulnerability as a form of leadership.

Friday, May 10, 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, 1657 Worcester Rd., Framingham

This day-long workshop will re-examine therapy as a relationship to foster courage. Whether our work is to support the courage to bear the feelings that have been unbearable, foster the courage to name and address reality, or recognize the courage that is absent from narratives of trauma and victimization; therapy is an incubator for courage. We will examine how shame and longing shape courage, looking at both the psychological and political dimensions of shame and longing. We will mine our own experiences of courage, or its absence, to understand in a deeply personal way the forces that foster our own courage, as a window into how we can support it in our work. This presentation is informed by the principles of IFS, but will be accessible to those without prior exposure to Internal Family Systems Therapy.

Check out this link for an interview with Dr. Hallward that aired in Jan 2019!
Greater Boston
Treating the Rise in Alcohol Use Among Women
3 CEUs Available!
Alcohol use by women has doubled from 2002 to 2013, causing researchers to state that current drinking trends are a public health crisis. Come learn effective strategies to treat AUD in women.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sheraton Needham Hotel, 100 Cabot St., Needham

with Karen Kantor, LICSW, McLean Hospital, and Molly Van Wert, LICSW, McLean Hospital
Greater Boston
Changing the Cycle of Anger: A Model for Treating Anger Control Problems in Adults
3 CEUs Available!
with Joe Pereira, LICSW, CAS , Co-founder of Outlook Associates of New England, a practice to assist persons with anger control problems

Friday, May 31, 2019
9:00 am - 12:15 pm
Parish of St. Michael, 90 Concord Rd., Bedford

Anger is an emotional state that can range from mild irritation to overwhelming rage and is a response to events which can be interpreted through a set of unrealistic expectations. The workshop will look at how an individual can monitor his/her anger and will also offer specific anger regulation techniques that a person can use to develop a range of choices when experiencing feelings of anger.  
Therapy Matcher Members: Contact Barbara Burka for a special discount code
Greater Boston
Save the Date: Annual Nursing Home Conference
"The Evolving Nursing Home"
Up to 7.5 CEUs Available!
Join the NASW-MA Nursing Home Committee for the Annual Nursing Home Conference.

Thursday, June 13, 2019
LaCava Center, Bentley University, Waltham

Keynote: Sarah Dereniuk-Dudley, MHA, NHA, Senior Program Administrator, Healthcentric Advisors

Additional details and registration available soon!
Gun Violence and the Extreme Risk Protection Order Bill: What You Need to Know
What is an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO)?
This bill, which passed into law in July 2018 allows family members, household members, current and former dating partners and law enforcement to work with courts to temporarily remove guns and prevent the purchase of new guns by individuals who pose a significant risk of harm to themselves or others.Orders can last from 10 days (for emergency or temporary orders) up to a one-year renewable period after a court hearing is held.

Who can petition the court to remove firearms?
Law Enforcement, Family and Household Members

Steps to Obtaining an ERPO
  1. Request a petition from your local Trial Court or download one online
  2. Complete and submit the petition and other necessary paperwork (FS-2 & FS-3)
  3. If the judge issues an ERPO, the judge will instruct law enforcement officers to serve the order on the subject of the petition.
  4. Attend the hearing scheduled by the court. It will be issued within 10 days from the date the judge issues the order.

How Does an ERPO get approved?
Judges make the decision whether or not to issue an ERPO.
An ERPO is limited in scope. It is only issued against a person who has a license to possess or carry a firearm and by a preponderance of the evidence poses as risk of causing bodily to self or others.

While only law enforcement, family members, and household members may
petition for an ERPO directly, as a mental health professional you have an
opportunity to talk to a patient, patient’s family, or law enforcement if a
patient’s firearm possession has become unsafe.

For more information, please see this fact sheet or contact Sophie Hansen.
Bring Your Voice to the State House: Join our Speaker Bureau!
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 and communities we serve.

To this end, we are preparing for the next session (which starts this month) 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.
  • Watch a brief webinar regarding public hearings and how to prepare oral and submit written testimony.
  • Sophie Hansen, NASW-MA Political Director, 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 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm).

Want to share your expertise by giving testimony? Please fill out this form .
Department of Mental Health (DMH) 2019 Legislative Breakfast Series Schedule
This annual breakfast series is an opportunity for members of the mental health community to meet with their legislators, thank them for their support and discuss how DMH helps people with mental illnesses recover and live satisfying lives in communities of their choice. It is also an opportunity for consumers and family members to share good news and success stories about their life experiences.  The breakfasts are free and open to the public! Registration for all events starts at 9:30 am and the program runs from 10:00 -11:00 am.

23rd Annual Campaign School for Social Workers
The Campaign School for Social Workers through UConn School of Social Work's Nancy A Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work is an incredible opportunity for social workers who wants to be more politically active as a candidate, staff, volunteer, and/or advocate. Taught through the lens of the profession’s values and Code of Ethics, this powerful workshop also addresses issues like race, identity and ethics in politics. This event usually reaches capacity, so please register early.

March 1-2, 2019
UConn School of Social Work, Hartford, CT
Register today (space is limited): http://s.uconn.edu/cs2019
Therapy Matcher Open House April 7, 2019
Join us on Sunday, April 7, from 3:00-5:00 pm in Needham to learn more about Therapy Matcher, and network with fellow private practitioners. If not yet a member, we encourage you to attend and learn more! Contact Barbara Burka for more information about the Open House or Therapy Matcher membership:  bburka.naswma@socialworkers.org
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 chapter.naswma@socialworkers.org with "Join Google Group" in the subject line.
Federal Government Shutdown and Impact on Benefits Programs
After 35 days, the US government reopened. During the shutdown, February SNAP (food assistance) benefits were disseminated during the month of January, forcing recipients to make their benefits stretch an extra couple of weeks. As of this writing, it
is unclear what will happen to SNAP benefits and affordable housing programs after the designated 3-week reopening. It is possible that the dissemination schedule of March SNAP benefits will be disrupted. This is also true for housing assistance programs such as Section 8 Project- Based Assistance and Section 202 Housing for the Elderly. For the most up-to-date information on this, visit:
Do You or Your Staff Work with Infants, Young Children, and Families?
The Massachusetts Association of Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH) has released its 2019 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Professional Development Resource Guide . It contains more than 100 trainings offered by 20 agencies for all those working in service of a broad diversity of infants, young children, and their families, across the Commonwealth. Download for free here .
Loan Forgiveness Opportunity: Substance Use Disorder Clinicians
Federal Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018: The provisions in H.R.6 relating to loan repayment represent a key win for the profession and for our ability to attract the next generation of social workers. The law will offer up to $250,000 for participants who agree to work as substance use disorder treatment professionals in areas most in need of their services.
To qualify for the program, participants must:
  • Be employed in a full-time substance use disorder treatment position (40 hrs/wk)
  • In a 'high need area' for up to six (6) years
  • Involve serving in a direct patient care role
  • Participants may serve in a wide range of facilities, so long as they are located in an area with a shortage of mental health professionals or a high rate of drug overdose deaths.
The program was authorized for federal fiscal years 2019 through 2023 at $25,000,000 per year. Rules and avenues for applying will soon be promulgated.

Full Text of the Law available here. For more information, please email National's Senior Field Organizer, Dina Kastner.
The Social Work Assistance Network (SWAN) - NASW MA 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 Courses in Your Neighborhood
NASW-MA hosts Licencing Test Prep courses each month in various parts of the state. Upcoming courses include:
  • February 16 | Woburn
  • February 23 | Bridgewater
  • March 30 | Springfield
  • April 13 | Worcester
  • May 11 | Boston
  • May 18 | Boston
  • June 8 | Northampton
NASW Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) help members stay in-the-know in their specific area of practice and offers individual online communities of committed, like-minded peers. Along with the trusted communities, SPS offers more than 45 additional CE opportunities through live practice-specific webinars, newsletters, continuing education and other professional development activities. Visit this link for more information.