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Message from
Chapter President

This month we begin our focus is on Social Justice, the second Ethical Principle based on the core values established in the Code of Ethics.
Value: Social Justice

Ethical Principle: Social workers challenge social injustice.
Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers' social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people.
One of the courses I teach at FSU is Social Welfare Policy. I used the last quiz as an opportunity to gauge student's values and thoughts around advocacy for social justice for macro and clinical social workers. It was refreshing to hear from students the connection between policy and clinical practice issues. How do we clinically engage with clients who are also battling access to healthcare to pay for the very clinical service we are providing? How do we utilize innovative treatment approaches in healthcare organizations whose policies support high caseloads and large profits?

Our work in the area of social justice is needed now more than ever. There is so much at stake. Florida is preparing for the 2019 legislative session and it would be phenomenal to have record-breaking numbers of social workers descend on the Capitol, advocating for social justice. Please mark your calendars to attend Legislative Education and Advocacy Day on April 3rd in Tallahassee. Last year we had almost 1,000 social work students in attendance. This year it would be phenomenal to have 1,000 professionals there as well. More information will be forthcoming but start planning now to join us.

One step we can take during this holiday season, is combining gift giving with social justice causes. Not only is it meaningful, but it creates increased awareness for the recipient and it just feels good. Online contributions to charities can be made at the last minute and there are no crowds to navigate. Check out this article for all of the recommendations:

Also, here are a few tangible gifts you may purchase that support social justice efforts:

Wishing you a holiday season filled with peace, love, and justice!

Carol Edwards Campbell
NASW-FL Board President

The NASW-FL Chapter Office will be closed Monday, December 24 though Tuesday, January 1.  We will reopen at 9:00 a.m. January 2. 
Student Representatives Column

Greetings Everyone!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are ready to finish the semester strong. 

After our last NASW-FL Board meeting I'm feeling re-energized and ready to continue to advocate on behalf of our students. We have some excited events coming up for students, including our Social Work Month celebration and our Annual Social Work Conference in June. I got the chance to brainstorm some on-campus events, and I reached out to the other student leaders across Florida about how we can engage more students on campus.

During the meeting, we discussed some of the problems students are facing, and how NASW can support us. I encourage all of you to speak up about any issues you are having, because you never know who else may be going through the same thing.  
I know that being a student and trying to juggle field placement, life, and school can be overwhelming. But you're not alone, and there are people who want to help you. 

I hope the semester ends well for you all, and I hope you enjoy the holiday break.

Thank you,

Happy Holidays! 

Students all over the state are breathing a sigh of relief as the semester ends and we prepare for this holiday season. I am so lucky to be able to go back to Anchorage, Alaska, where I lived during high school, and then to Virginia to be with my 
Ariz Jordan _left__ Big Bend Student Liaison and Kathryn Casello _right__ at the Big Bend Chapter Holiday Party
Ariz Jordan (L) Big Bend Student Liaison and Kathryn Casello (R) at the Big Bend Chapter Holiday Party
and brother for Christmas. 

In the midst of my excitement, it's important to remember the students in Florida who don't have a home to go for the holidays. We know that student homelessness is a serious problem in Florida, with rates in Central Florida almost four times as high as they were a decade ago. 

I am mindful of the continued responsibility I have to my community - even when classes aren't in session. Homeless coalitions across the state, spearheaded by social workers and service providers like you, are making  sure that students in need have  a warm and safe place to sleep this December. 

I am so grateful for the life that my family has been able to provide for me, and for the extended family that I have found with NASW-FL. Thank you all for the wonderful work you do, and for the work that is ahead!

Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year!

Kathryn Casello
BSW Representative, NASW-F L

Ten FSU Faculty Recognized for Inspiring and Motivating Students

Ten Florida State University faculty members, which included NASW-FL Board President Carol Campbell Edwards, LCSW, were honored by the Transformation Through Teaching program for their actions to foster meaning and purpose among their students.

The award recipients were recognized Thursday, Nov. 29, with a dinner at the President's house, where students and faculty met to reflect and honor their achievements.

Faculty members were nominated by students and selected by FSU's Spiritual Life Project and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching based upon students' meaningful stories.

Legislative Education 
Advocacy Day
NASW-FL LEAD April 2 - 3 Flyer
Social Work

award Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the Annual Social Work Awards. 

Announcements will be made soon with celebrations in March.
Submit Your Proposal or Poster
Deadline Extended to December 31

NASW-FL Call for Proposals

NASW-FL has many members who are known nationally and statewide for their expertise.  The Annual Social Work Conference is another opportunity for you to share your knowledge and skills with your peers and colleagues.  

T his year there are seven Program Tracks:

Emerging Issues in Practice: Telehealth; Evidence-Based Practice; Outcomes; Measuring Fidelity; Program Implementation

Leadership and Supervision: Leadership Approaches and Models; Leadership Development; Best Practices in Social Work Supervision; Reflective Supervision; Grand Challenges

Macro Practice: Case Management; Social and Economic Justice; Ethics and Professional Standards; Community Engagement; Court Systems, Social Service Systems Sustainability

Clinical Practice: Special Populations; Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Treatment/Interventions; Group Practice; School Social Work; Medical Social Work; Private Practice

Child Welfare: Family Intervention; Trauma-Informed Approaches; Chronic Child Abuse & Neglect; Parenting Interventions; Foster Care and Adoptions; Critical Decision-Making

Diversity and Inclusion: Race and Ethnicity; Gender Identity; Sexual Orientation; Ideology; Critical Thinking; Cultural Humility, Implicit Biases

Social Work Education: Innovative research, teaching methods and learning styles, integrating research in teaching, incorporating diversity and inclusion in teaching, micro-macro practice, field education approaches, inspiring critical thinking in the classroom

2019 Annual Conference Sponsor / Exhibitor / Advertiser Prospectus

NASW-FL Sponsor_ Exhibitor and Advertiser Prospectus
The annual  NASW-FL Social Work Conference is June 13-15, 2019, at the The Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, FL.  As a supporter of past years events, you are invited to participate again in 2019 with a 10% discount!
Now through December 30, save 10% on ALL your sponsor / exhibitor options (advertising included) by entering promo code EARLYBIRD19 when you complete the online registration with credit card or check payment.
LSWO Call for Proposals
Latino Social Workers Organization Spring Conference Call for Proposals
Call for Proposals
Deadline: January 11, 2019

The Latino Social Workers Organization (LSWO) and Barry University School of Social Work invites social work faculty, clinical social workers, community organizers, allied health professionals, and social work students to submit workshop and poster proposals to the first LSWO Conference in Florida hosted by Barry University in Miami Shores.
  • Add to the current knowledge base in social work practice, policy, theory, and research methodology
  • Offer a clear meaningful implications for social work research, policy/advocacy, and individual/family practice.
  • Focus on the Latinx community.

To fill the online form and upload your resume(s), Vitaes, and abstract go to

For any questions please email Adrian L. Delgado, LCSW, CEAP, CADC or Norma Haro, LCSW, . 
Resources for a Skillful 
Holiday Season
For some, the holiday season is a joyous and festive time. For others, the season brings feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression. When you are already suffering from every day stresses, the season's activities - gift shopping, upcoming dinner parties, decorating and family gatherings-can leave you feeling overwhelmed. If you are feeling alone, or are going through some of life's difficult events such as an illness (yourself or a loved one), the loss of a loved one, divorce or financial issues, the holiday season can become extremely challenging. Take a few moments to review the following resources, designed to inform and assist individuals and families experiencing borderline personality disorder or emotion dysregulation:

  1. Check out the Resources section of our website for books, videos, articles, and websites about BPD:
  2. Try picking up a book about BPD that provides guidance and hope for building a life worth living. Here are some options:

  3. If you are a loved one of someone with BPD or emotional dysregulation, you can find support in the following books:

  4. Consider enrolling in an online course to help build skills and emotional resilience. DBT Path offers weekly, live online DBT skills training classes. Amanda Smith, LCSW offers an Online Family DBT and Communications Skills Coaching course.
  5. Look for peer support through a blog written by someone who experienced/experiences BPD: 
   6.  Review some stress survival tips that can be helpful                during the holidays.
2019 MACRA Reporting for Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice

Mirean Coleman, LICSW Clinical Manager 

The Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) ended the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for clinical social work reimbursement and established a quality payment incentive program known as the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This program provides clinical social workers who are Medicare providers with two ways to participate: (1) the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and (2) The Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

New Podcast for Social Workers

Keeping on top of your insurance coverages is vital to ensur e your assets are protected. In this episode, we provide some tips for healthcare workers to manage risk. 

Now, it all starts with the basics. First, do not assume that your employer will cover you, even if you are a student working for an agency. Next, look at the insurance policies that you need for your own protection, including cyber liability, general liability, and most definitely a malpractice professional liability policy. Many do not cover you as comprehensively as the Risk Retention Group policies.

Learn about some real-life stories on how to ensure you are covered and avoid having any insurance gaps.
Relief & Resources: A Quick Guide to Reducing Caregiver Stress


Relief _ Resources_ A Quick Guide to Reducing Caregiver Stress Guide

Following a 42-month study on dementia done by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Jewish Family Services of Sarasota, Florida, and a memory clinic maintained by Sarasota Memorial Hospital, the need for a practical guide for caregivers and practitioners emerged. The result was Relief & Resources: A Quick Guide to Reducing Caregiver Stress by Drs. Jane Roberts and Wilma Davidson.  The Guide's goal? To help caregivers better cope-with their loved one's stresses, with their family, and importantly, with themselves. 


The Guide provides caregivers:

  1. Ways to help lighten the burden of caregiving
  2. Ways to enhance the caregiver's support system
  3. Guidance to the caregiver and possibly the family for an improved quality of life 
  4. Many sources and information assembled into one handy resource -from how to measure a caregiver's level of stress-to how to talk to a person with dementia-to where to find local or broader resources for help and relief
If you'd like copies sent to you, please contact  or see  Resources at the Duvall website  .

Copies are free, thanks to the Evelyn M. Duvall Family Studies Initiative at the University of South Florida.
Making Scents (Sense) of Emotions: Does Aromatherapy have an Impact on Depression, Anxiety and Stress?

by: Arlene Crystal LCSW and 
Donna Linette DNP RN, HN-BC


Hospitals are usually thought of as using medication as the solitary modality of treatment for patients. The purpose utilizing aromatherapy was to develop and demonstrate the usefulness of this complementary modality as an effective tool to decrease depression, anxiety, and/or stress.

Aromatherapy is an easy to learn holistic tool that can be incorporated within our scope of practice. A LCSW created a program to utilize aroma therapy within a 45-bed acute care hospital. Along with an RN, the program was operationalized. Our aromatherapy group, 'Making Scents (Sense) of Our Emotions', utilized the hospital endorsed doTERRA aroma therapy essential oils (Lavender; Peppermint; Wild Orange). Eighty-six Voluntary patients participated in the pilot study group, both pre/post.

Our research tool: The DASS 21 showed significance in all areas, meaning, that with the use of aroma therapy there was: Reduction of Depression, Anxiety and Stress. Our research also showed significance regarding varying diagnosis as well, including Mood Disorders, Thought Disorders, and Other Disorders.

University Updates
From Around the State

Social work education is an important part of NASW, and maintaining relationships with students and their universities is even more important. Check out our latest University News and Updates on our website.
Local Unit News & Events
What's Going on Near You!

NASW Florida is broken up into   18 volunteer-led units that hold meetings, continuing education events, community projects, and social events for its members. This local network is one of our greatest membership benefits! Use the links below to find out what's going on in your local area.

Ecambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton 
Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla
Gainesville Unit 
Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee, Union
Baker, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Hamilton, Nassau, St. Johns
Central Unit
Orange, Osceola, Seminole
Emerald Coast Unit
Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Washington
Tampa Bay Unit
Hillsborough, Pinellas
Space Coast Unit
Palm Beach Unit
Palm Beach, Glades
Broward Unit
Miami-Dade Unit
Dade, Monroe
Southwest Unit
Charlotte, Collier, De Soto, Hendry, Lee
Heartland Unit
Hardee, Highlands, Polk
Sarasota/Manatee Unit
Manatee, Sarasota
Treasure Coast Unit
Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee
Nature Coast Unit
Citrus, Hernando, Pasco
Lake/Sumter Unit
Lake, Sumter
Volusia/Flagler Unit
Flagler, Volusia

Here's a listing of events for the coming month. Additional details are available on our Calendar of Events or, if a unit event, on the local unit's page.

January 2019

January 11-12, 2019 * St. Augustine, FL
*NASW-FL Northeast Unit
 presents a Two-Day Conference featuring required licensure renewal workshops, at St. John's River State College in St. Augustine  Friday, Jan 11 includes: Ethics in Clinical Social Work with Wendy Snee, ACSW, LCSW; Prevention of Medical Errors with Jim Akin, ACSW, NASW-FL Executive Director and Domestic Violence with Carol Campbell Edwards, LCSW. Saturday, Jan 12 includes: Laws Rules Update and Supervision Update with Katharine Campbell, PhD, LCSW. Registration is: Both Days: $150.00 NASW members / $200.00 non-members; Friday Only: $70.00 NASW members / $100.00 non-members; and Saturday Only: $60.00 NASW members / $80.00 for non-members.

January 14, 2019 * Palm Beach Gardens, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - North presents "Boosting Brain Performance" with Josie Rhoads, LCSW, BCN, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Barry University. Registration is FREE for NASW Members and $10 for non-members. RSVP is requested but not required. This workshop is sponsored by Panera.

January 15, 2019 * Tallahassee, FL
*NASW-FL Big Bend Unit presents "Behavior Related to Chronic Illness in Children and Adolescents" with Alan Tager, Regional Clinical Liaison at Cumberland Hospital, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at FSU Regional College of Medicine Campus. Registration is FREE. 

January 15, 2019 * Fort Myers, FL
*NASW-FL Southwest Unit presents "Ethics" with Carol Campbell Edwards, MSW, LCSW, NASW-FL President and "Prevention of Medical Errors" with Jim Akin, ACSW, NASW-FL Executive Director, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Southwest Florida Community Foundation. Registration is $50 for NASW members and $75 for non-members. Lunch is on your own.

January 21, 2019 * Boca Raton, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - South presents "Ethical Ins and Outs of Telemental Health" with Monica Berger, LCSW, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Registration is FREE for NASW members and $10 for non-members.

January 25-26, 2019 * Orlando FL - SAVE THE DATE
*NASW-FL will host the LCSW Prep Course with Dr. Sophia  Dziegielewski from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. both days. The registration fee is $225.00 for NASW members and $275 for non-members.

January 26, 2019 * Daytona Beach,FL
*NASW-FL Volusia/Flagler Unit presents "Sandplay Therapy: Explore this Beautiful Technique for all Ages" with Virginia Bunnell Graham, PhD, ATR-BC, STA-T from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Counseling Center. Registration is $10 for NASW members and $15 for Non-members.


February 11, 2019 * Palm Beach Gardens, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - North presents "Using Non-Directive Play Therapy with Children Who Have Experienced Trauma" with M. Florencia Sabugo, LCSW & Patrice Migliori-Farnes, LCSW, RPT, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Barry University. Registration is FREE for NASW Members and $10 for non-members. RSVP is requested but not required.

February 19-22, 2019 * Tallahassee, FL
The Tobacco Free Florida / FSU College of Medicine AHEC Program will be hosting a TTS training this fall in Tallahassee, FL.  The FSU College of Medicine AHEC Tobacco Program is an internationally recognized training program that is accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP). The Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training meets all of the requirements set forth in the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence as well as the national competencies for Tobacco Treatment Specialist acknowledged by The Association for Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). If you have any questions about the training, please contact Rebecca Carter,  850-645-0012.


March 20, 2019 * Bonita Spring, FL
*NASW-FL Southwest Unit presents "Social Work Month Celebration" with keynote speacker Stacey Cook, MSW, LCSW, CPNLP, President / Chief Executive Officer, Salus Care, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Artichoke and Company. Dinner choices are Chicken or Vegetarian with Cash Bar. Registration is: NASW Members $25.00; Non-Members $35.00 and Students Free. Registration closed March 18.

Sponsor opportunities are available for the March 20 Social Work Month Celebration. 


April 2-3, 2019 * Tallahassee, FL - SAVE THE DATE
*NASW-FL LEAD - Legislative Education Advocacy Day
April 2: Training from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
April 3: Capitol Rally at Waller Park from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., followed by legislative appointments.  The Schools of Social Work will have informational tables on the 2nd Floor Rotunda.
More information coming soon.

April 15, 2019 * Boca Raton, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - South presents "Intimate Partner Violence: The Ultimate Betrayal" with Tracey Rubenstein, LCSW, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Registration is FREE for NASW members and $10 for non-members.


May 11 - May 18, 2019 * Lisbon, Portugal
*Florida State University College of Social Work and NASW-FL presents Clinical Practice International: Lisbon, Portugal. In 2019, this popular professional development course is being offered in the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal. The course gives participants the exciting opportunity to see clinical social work-its theory, practice, and diversity-in a larger international arena, a vantage point that has become increasingly more important in our current global society. A large focus of the program will be on current social social issues in Portugal and how these are being addressed by the professional social work community. Waiting List has been started.

May 20, 2019 * Boca Raton,FL
*NASW-FL  Palm Beach Unit  - South presents "Mix, Match and Blend:  Counseling with Interfaith and Multicultural Couples and Families" with Rorri Geller-Mohamed, LCSW,from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Registration is FREE for NASW members and $10 for non-members.


June 13-15, 2019, NASW-FL Annual Social Work Conference. Pre-Conference Intensives will be June 10-12, 2019.  The Conference will be held at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando. More information will be forthcoming.

Happy  Holidays_