January 2019

I love the beginning of a New Year, it reminds me of all the opportunities we have to make positive change in the year ahead.

The new two-year legislative session began this month and we are proud to unveil our new NASW-MA board-approved legislative priorities. In the February issue of Social Work Voice you can look forward to an in-depth look at how we use your input to set our legislative agenda each session.

Our Annual Awards Celebration will take place Tuesday, March 19, 2019 . We can't wait to honor the incredible contributions of our social work colleagues and allies during Social Work Month. Be on the lookout for an announcement of honorees and event registration in the coming weeks.

We have two new staffers to welcome as we ring in the new year : Samantha Thompson-Foster, Events and Program Manager, and Jessica O'Neill, Central Regional Coordinator. See block below for more about Samantha and Jessica.

This month, we look forward to our annual MLK, Jr. Forum on Racial Justice. This year's event, Dismantling Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? , will take place on January 30. The event is being organized by our new NASW-MA Racial Justice Council and will feature a panel discussion that aims to elevate the voices and perspectives of racial and ethnic minorities while empowering all social workers to work together to dismantle racism. Register today for this free event and earn 2.5 CEUs!

With that in mind, our office will be closed on January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

In Solidarity,

Rebekah Gewirtz
Executive Director
617-227-9635 x116

P.S. NASW-MA is hiring for a Director of Clinical Practice. Click the link for details!

P.S.S. If you or a client needs health insurance, open enrollment is happening now through January 23! Head to the Massachusetts Health Connector to learn more .

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Welcome New NASW-MA Staff!
Samantha Thompson-Foster joins NASW-MA as our new Events and Program Manager. In this role, Samantha will plan and execute all Chapter continuing education programming, including Symposium, in addition to other events such as the School Social Work Conference, Annual Awards Celebration, and more. Additionally, she will oversee coordination of the Chapter's Licensing Test Prep and Safety in the Workplace programs. Samantha brings more than 15 years of event planning experience to NASW-MA. To get in touch with Samantha, please email her at stfoster.naswma@socialworkers.org or call 617-227-9635 x114.
Jessica O'Neill joins NASW-MA as the part-time Central Region Coordinator where she will be working collaboratively with members to plan programming and inspire political action in Central MA. She is in her final year of graduate school at the Boston University School of Social Work and is completing her final field placement as a school social worker. Previous to this, Jessica worked for a number of years in public housing providing case management, program analysis, and program management. Jessica can be reached at jessicaoneill9@gmail.com or 508-688-4536.
Member Jen Erbe Leggett Delivers Testimony to Boston City Council
As you know, social justice is at the core of social work, and that cannot be achieved without advocacy. NASW-MA member Jen Erbe Leggett, LICSW, recently led by example at a hearing for the Boston City Council on December 3, 2018. The hearing was focused on homelessness, mental health & recovery, and on mental health resources, de-escalation, and treatment services for suicide prevention. Have 11 minutes to spare and want to be truly inspired? Watch Jen's testimony here.

Want to do more? Contact NASW-MA's Political Director Sophie Hansen to learn how to provide your own testimony and contribute to our legislative advocacy efforts.
NASW-MA's 12-month Wall Calendar: Your Latest Member Benefit
Your latest member benefit should have arrived in your mailbox in December. How are you enjoying your new 12-month 2019 wall calendar?

In this calendar, you'll find important holidays, NASW-MA continuing education programs and other events, and NASW-MA member group meeting dates.

We hope you enjoy it! Send your feedback to Jamie: jklufts.naswma@socialworkers.org.
Social Work Month 2019 Theme Announced!
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 have made to 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 get better compensation for the work they do.

Read more about the 2019 rationale here.
In Your Mailbox: Social Work Voice
You will be receiving the January issue of Social Work Voice on or around January 15. Highlights from this issue include:

  • A New Client Safeguard: What Clinicians Need to Know About the PATCH Act
  • Chrono Medicine and the Winter Blues
  • Public Health Social Work: Taking A Stand Against Teen E-Cigarette Use, A Call to Action for Social Workers
  • Career Resolutions for the New Year
  • 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 February issue, which goes to every licensed social worker in the state, is January 25. Email Jamie Klufts for more information.
Greater Boston
Sexual Health Lobby Day
NASW-MA is a co-sponsor of this biennial event.

Thursday, January 17, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
MA State House, Boston

Lobby for proactive state policies and budget items that build healthier, more equal communities, including:

  • A comprehensive bill to expand access to safe, legal abortion
  • The Healthy Youth Act (an NASW-MA legislative priority)
  • Family planning funding
  • Teen pregnancy prevention funding
  • HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C prevention funding
Greater Boston
March With Us: 2019 Boston Women's March
The third annual Boston Women's March will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2019. March alongside your social work peers! We will meet at NASW-MA (11 Beacon St., Boston) and head over to the march together. Please RSVP to receive full meet-up details. RSVP is necessary due to building security. Contact Jamie: jklufts.naswma@socialworkers.org.

Not local to Boston? There are women's marches happening across the state on Saturday, January 19. Check your local paper for activities near you.
Greater Boston
MLK, Jr. Forum on Racial Justice:
"Dismantling Racism: Where Do We Go From Here?"
2.5 CEUs Available!
With a panel discussion moderated by Phillipe Copeland, PhD, of the Boston University School of Social Work , and small group work, this free annual continuing education program will look to explore one of the final questions Martin Luther King, Jr. left us with: "Where do we go from here?"

The panel and accompanying group work will aim to elevate the voices and perspectives of racial and ethnic minorities while empowering all social workers to work together to dismantle racism. A light dinner will be provided.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Boston University, George Sherman Union,
775 Commonwealth Ave., East Balcony Room, Boston  

Moderator: Phillipe Copeland, PhD, Boston University School of Social Work
Panelist: Shannon al-Wakeel, Muslim Justice League 
Additional panelists to be announced soon!
FREE for NASW Members and Non-members!
This event is co-sponsored by the Boston University School of Social Work
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
Change 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
Boston (Exact Location TBA)

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

Discussant: Dennis Balcom, LICSW , private practice
Greater Boston
Save the Date! NASW-MA Annual Awards Celebration: March 19, 2019
Join us Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in the evening, at the Concord Colonial Inn in Concord, MA, as we celebrate and honor the incredible contributions of our social work colleagues and allies. What better time to celebrate social workers than Social Work Month! Be on the lookout for an announcement with winners and event registration soon.

For more information about this year's event, please be in touch with Samantha Thompson-Foster, Events and Program Manager, or Rebekah Gewirtz, Executive Director.
Greater Boston
Save the Date! Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD): March 25, 2019
NASW-MA annual LEAD will take place Monday, March 25, 2019. LEAD offers an opportunity for social workers 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!

We are looking for energetic volunteers to help coordinate LEAD 2019! Please contact LEAD Volunteer Coordinator Laura Gallant at lgallant.naswma@socialworkers.org or 617-227-9635 x163.

For questions about the day, stay tuned for information on our website and contact LEAD coordinator, Daniela Reyes at dreyes.naswma@socialworkers.org or 617-227-9635 x122.
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 Clawback legislation 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
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
Up to 7.5 CEUs Available!
Join NASW-MA and the Nursing Home Committee for the Annual Nursing Home Conference.

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

Details and registration available soon!
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 .
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
Proposed Changes to Title IX: Fight for Survivors of Sexual Assault
On November 29th, 2018, the US Department of Education published a proposed regulation that would dramatically alter schools’ responsibilities under Title IX, a federal law that bars recipients of federal funds from engaging in sex discrimination. You can read the proposal here. The publication of the proposed rule kicks off a formal notice and comment period. Students and their families can submit comments regarding the rule until January 28.

DeVos’ proposed rule would have devastating consequences for students and their families. Specifically, the rule would:
  1. Require schools to only investigate the most extreme forms of harassment and assault.
  2. Allow schools to ignore sexual violence that occurs outside of a school program, such as off-campus apartments.
  3. Let schools like Michigan State off the hook by increasing barriers to reporting sexual harassment and violence. 
  4. Permit schools to discriminate against survivors and adopt a “clear and convincing” standard only for sexual harassment complaints.
  5. Make it impossible for survivors to request that their perpetrator be moved out of their dorm or classes as an interim accommodation.
  6. Allow schools to use unregulated “mediation” processes in lieu of investigations. 
  7. Require schools to establish live cross-examination, where an accused student’s representative would be able to directly question a victim in real time. 
  8. Make it harder for students to know whether or not their school has claimed a religious exemption to Title IX
  9. Allow schools to delay investigations for unspecified periods when a concurrent law enforcement investigation is ongoing.

Clinical Social Workers Excluded from MIPS Reporting in 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final rule for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule on November 1, 2018. The 2019 final rule for the CMS Quality Payment Program excludes clinical social workers from the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting in 2019. This is a victory for clinical social workers who have limited quality measures to report on and in the past have received penalties when reporting quality measures.
Therapy Matcher Half-Year Special - Join Today!
Receive referrals for your private practice!
Join Therapy Matcher in January to enjoy membership through June 30. This is great opportunity to try Therapy Matcher for a reduced cost and see if it is a good fit for you and your practice. Receive referrals that match your insurance, location, schedule, and specialties and be part of a network of hundreds of practicing LICSWs. Available to new members only, receive up to 6 months for a heavily discounted rate.
Questions? Contact Barbara Burka at 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.
Help Fix The Opioid Crisis: We Need To Hear From You
Let your voice be heard.  
Please participate in this  15 minute survey to make  treating opioid use disorder easier for doctors and patients in Massachusetts .
Your participation is voluntary and your answers are confidential.  No information will be presented or published in any way that would permit identification of any individual.
Please click here to take the survey.
You play an important role in solving the opioid crisis, please share your opinions. The survey will close Wednesday January 16, 2019. 
Open Enrollment for Health Coverage through the Affordable Care Act is Here!
Open enrollment is here! For MA residents, you can join, renew, or change your health insurance coverage through the Health Connector from now through January 23, 2019, for coverage that starts January 1. Get started today: https://www.mahealthconnector.org/
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.
Community Listening Session: Open House for MetroCommon 2050
Greater Boston is made up of 101 cities and towns. Each one is rightly proud of what sets it apart. But some opportunities - and challenges - are bigger than any one place. Transportation. Equity. Housing. The economy. Climate change. Addressing these regional issues will require that we work together and plan together. That's what MetroCommon is all about: making a roadmap together to get us to the future we want.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Drop in between 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Sq, Salem, MA
EDSAP is Making SNAP Simple for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities
Elderly/Disabled Simplified Application Project (EDSAP) is a change in how DTA handles SNAP cases for older adults and persons with disabilities. It greatly reduces required paperwork and will make it easier for low-income households to get and keep SNAP. Learn more here.
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 .
New CE Tracker Released!
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. Learn more at socialworkers.org/cetracker
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.