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Message from
Chapter President

Happy New Year Social Workers,

Continuing our ongoing deep dive into the Ethical Principles based on the core values established in the NASW Code of Ethics, we focus on a concept that could not be more timely. I don't know about you but my patience is being tested by partisanship politics, disregard for respectful dialogue and lack of mutual respect for the contributions all of us make to the strength of America.

Value: Dignity and Worth of the Person

Ethical Principle: Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.

Social workers treat each person in a caring and respectful fashion, mindful of individual differences and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers promote clients' socially responsible self-determination. Social workers seek to enhance clients' capacity and opportunity to change and to address their own needs. Social workers are cognizant of their dual responsibility to clients and to the broader society. They seek to resolve conflicts between clients' interests and the broader society's interests in a socially responsible manner consistent with the values, ethical principles, and ethical standards of the profession.

Prior to my exposure to social work, this value was a core belief in my family. There were countless conversations about the treatment of all people as Gil Scott Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" played in the background, only to be followed by evening television performances of Luciano Pavarotti and the tenors. There was mad respect for the Miss America pageant as my brother carried me through the house on his shoulders as family members sang, "here she comes, the Queen of Africa." This mix of positive self-identity and multiculturalism was akin to Aretha Franklin's last-minute operatic performance of the aria "Nessun Dorma," when Pavarotti became ill on the evening of the Grammys in 1998. I understood that my own self-determination and equality was tied to the freedom and liberation of others. I knew that the skin tones, cultural and ethnic differences of my peers were attributes to celebrate. I also was aware that my own appreciation of who I am does not diminish in any way my value for those who are different. 

I encourage each of you to share this social work principle with others during our country's current divisive tone. The agenda of others does not need to be our agenda. We are responsible for our own brand and our own message. Collectively, let's use the power we have as a professional community to remind the world that it is possible to resolve conflicts in a socially responsible manner. Social workers truly can lead the way.

Carol Edwards Campbell
NASW-FL Board President

The NASW-FL Chapter Office will be closed Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King Day.
Student Representatives Column

Greetings Everyone!

I hope you had a great winter break! It's time for spring semester, and that could mean graduation for a lot of us. For those of us in that transition to the professional world, our NASW connections can be a great resource to get advice or network for opportunities.  I am constantly surprised by the wealth of knowledge of NASW members, and I hope everyone takes advantage of them. 

Spring semester is also about LEAD - Legislative Education and Advocacy Day in Tallahassee. The LEAD committee met recently to discuss how to keep improving LEAD and make it more meaningful and engaging for students and professionals.  I hope that I'll see many of you at LEAD, and anyone who wants to get more involved there is always opportunities to do so. 

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact me via email or the NASW-FL Chapter Office at 1-800-352-6279 or 

I hope your semester is starting off great!

Thank you,

Legislative Education 
Advocacy Day
NASW-FL LEAD April 2 - 3 Flyer
2019 Annual Conference Sponsor / Exhibitor / Advertiser Prospectus

NASW-FL Sponsor_ Exhibitor and Advertiser Prospectus
In June 2019, NASW-FL  will bring  together more than 600  social workers and  related professionals from  around the state. 

The Conference offers an  unparalleled opportunity to network with colleagues, meet with our expert presenters, and gain new knowledge and skills.  

As an exhibitor or sponsor, you will have the chance to make connections with attendees who are seeking information about products and services that can help them do their jobs more efficiently. 

Your opportunities await!

Thank You to our Platinum SponsorEvery Story Matters

"An Hour With Private
Practice" Schedule

An Hour With Private Practice (HOPP) is a free, question and answer call-in session to NASW members who may have specific questions or concerns about an issue in private practice and is available at: .   

No pre-registration is required and members can join in the discussion, ask questions, and make comments. These sessions provide members with important clinical social work updates impacting the delivery of mental health services in a private solo or group practice.

HOPP is held every third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1:00 pm ET.

January 16, 2019: What You Should Know To Be Successful in Private Practice 2019 

February 20, 2019: Ethical Dilemmas in Private Practice - Presenter: Dawn Hobdy, NASW Director of Ethics & Professional Review

March 20, 2019: What To Do in the Event Your Records are Hacked

April 17, 2019: Top 4 Most Overlooked Facts About Professional Liability Insurance - Presenter: Lonnie Ropp, ASI Director of Product Management & Underwriting 
May 15, 2019: Tips for Documentation and Coding of Services 

June 19, 2019: Making Sense of the CMS-1500 Claim Form

January 2019

Do Roses Have Thorns, or Do Thorns Have Roses?

What in the world does this question have to do with the world of insurance and risk, you would reasonably ask? It's all about the language.

If you would rather read this month's Avoiding Malpractice Tip online, click here.

For more information on the only NASW-Endorsed Professional Liability insurance as well as other information designed for social workers, visit
Washington Update

Highlights from December 2018
Legislative Activities

The House and Senate passed a bi-partisan Farm Bill (H.R. 2) that protects SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) beneficiaries from additional work requirements originally included in the House version of the legislation.

On December 18, 2018, the Senate passed the First Step Act (S. 3747) - a major criminal justice reform bill making key sentencing and prison reforms. The House passed the bill on December 20, 2018, and the President signed it into law on December 21, 2018.

Administrative Activities

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced it will launch the NHSC Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Workforce Loan Repayment Program designed to support the recruitment and retention of health professionals needed in underserved areas to expand access to SUD treatment and prevent overdose deaths.

NASW Resources

Items of Note

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program invites social workers to apply for the 2019-2020 program year.


The Washington Update provides a monthly roundup of NASW national advocacy. Stay informed about NASW legislative activity, electoral work, and more.
Collapsing Bridges: Without More Funding Managed Long Term Care Support and Services Rebalancing Faces a Troubled Future in Florida
By Jason Bloome

Managed Long Term Support and Services (MLTSS) programs are quickly expanding throughout the nation. More than 24 states have MLTSS programs which consist of State Medicaid Agencies providing capitated payments to managed care organizations (MCOs) for the provision of LTSS, often in addition to other services. LTSS includes services and supports for individuals with functional limitations who need assistance with activities of daily living including dressing, bathing and help out of bed. States implement a variety of MLTSS programs, including those that focus primarily on LTSS, comprehensive programs that provide most or all Medicaid services, and fully integrated programs which include all Medicare and Medicaid services. Total enrollment in nationwide MLTSS programs doubled from 800,000 in 2012 to 1.8 million in 2017. The majority of MLTSS recipients are the elderly. Seniors who are 85+, the population with the highest needs for LTSS, is projected to triple (a 208 percent increase) between 2015 and 2050.

Primary goals of MLTSS programs is to 1) rebalance care from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to home-and community-based services (HCBS), (2) provide incentives for high quality care and (3) control cost growth. As MLTSS programs mature the proportion of HCBS vs. institutional spending has increased nationwide. In 2016, Medicaid spent an estimated $167 billion on LTSS: of that amount, 57 percent-or $94 billion-was spent on HCBS.

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 17, 2019 * The Villages,FL
*NASW-FL Lake/Sumter Unit presents "Exploring the In's and Outs of Assisted Living: What Every Mental Health Worker Should Know" with Diane Vasaturo, MSW, LCSW, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Sea Breeze Regional Recreation Center, The Villages. Registration is free to all. Non-NASW and Non-TLC members seeking CEUs will pay a fee of $15.00 made payable to 'NASW'.

January 17, 2019 * Sarasota, FL
*NASW-FL Sarasota-Manatee Unit presents "Ethics" with Kerry Dennis, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP, CSAT, SAP, from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Goodwill Manasota. Please arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the start of the workshop. Registration is $5.00 for Members and $15.00 for Non-Members.

January 17, 2019 * Vero Beach, FL
*NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents a "Meet and Greet" from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., at the Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River County. A second opportunity to Meet and Greet will also take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the same day and location. There is no fee to attend.

January 19, 2019 * Miami, FL
*NASW-FL Miami-Dade Unit presents "Social Workers' Peer Support Group" with Edith Caballero, LCSW, MCAP and Martha Vallejo, LCSW, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Keiser University. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Registration is free.

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 * Lake Mary, FL 
*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 25-26, 2019 * Pensacola, FL
*NASW-FL Northwest Unit presents a Two-Day Conference featuring required licensure renewal workshops, at Pensacola State College - Warrington Campus. Friday, Jan 25 includes: Ethics in Clinical Social Work with Earl Ledford, LCSW, CST, CAP, CET; Prevention of Medical Errors with Jim Akin, ACSW, NASW-FL Executive Director and Domestic Violence with Ray Sizemore, LCSW. Saturday, Jan 26 includes: Technology: A New Frontier in Mental Health with Earl Ledford, LCSW, CST, CAP, CET. Registration is: Both Days: $110.00 NASW members / $220.00 non-members; Friday Only: $70.00 NASW members / $140.00 non-members; and Saturday Only: $40.00 NASW members / $80.00 for non-members. You may also attend the workshops separately: $10.00 a CE NASW Members / $20.00 a CE non-members

January 26, 2019 * Fort Lauderdale, FL
*NASW-FL Broward Unit presents "Ethics and Boundaries in Social Work: Physical, Psychological, Sociocultural, Spiritual and Virtual Perspectives" with Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and "Male Survivors of Domestic Violence" with Steven Davidson, PhD, MBA, LCSW, CST; from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The workshops will be held at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. Registration is FREE for NASW Members. Registration for non-members is $40 for Ethics and $30 for Domestic Violence. Refreshments will be served!

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.

January 26, 2019 * Miami, FL
*NASW-FL Miami-Dade Unit presents "Social Working SAFELY, Technology and All: An Ethics and Medical Errors Workshop" with Susan Mankita, MSW, LCSW, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care (located on the grounds of Miami Jewish Health Services). This course meets the licensure requirement for Ethics and Medical Errors. Lunch will be provided compliments of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. Registration is $30 for NASW Members, $35 for Non-members, free for NASW Student members and $15 for Non-member students. 

January 26, 2019 * Clearwater, FL 
*NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit presents a "Connecting in Tampa Bay" from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The goal of this event is to get you connected with other members and to discuss topics such as NASW Social Justice, PACE, LEAD, Reimbursement and the challenges/opportunities that may impact your work in 2019 with the arrival of a new Governor, new members of the Florida Legislature and new Florida laws. This event takes place at The Garden House of Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health, Clearwater, FL. Registration is free for NASW members as well as BSW & MSW, Students, retired and unemployed NASW members. Registration is $10 for non-members. Online registration is highly encouraged. There will be refreshments and door prizes.

January 28, 2019 * Leesburg, FL
*NASW-FL Lake/Sumter Unit presents "Medical Errors" with Jim Akin, ACSW, NASW-FL Executive Director, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Leesburg Library. Registration is free for NASW members and $20 for non-members.
January 28, 2019 * Stuart, FL - EVENT DATE CHANGED FROM JAN. 14TH 
*NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents "Ethics of Touch and Boundary  Setting in Therapy" with Janet Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Allegro Senior Living. This course meets current licensure requirements for Ethics. Registration for NASW Members is $35 and $45 for non-members. A light meal with refreshments will be available. This workshop is sponsored by Allegro Senior Living
January 30, 2018 * Melbourne, FL
*NASW-FL Space Coast Unit is hosting a "Make Your Own Pizza" Party from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Pizza Gallery in Melbourne. Join your colleagues for a fun time in the middle of the week for a Pizza Party at no cost to you. Come and make your own pizza at Pizza Gallery. Hospice trivia and games included. Registration is required. This event is sponsored by Vitas Hospice.


February 1, 2019 * Naples, FL
*NASW-FL Southwest Unit presents "Ethics" and "Prevention of Medical Errors" Margot Escott, LCSW, MSW, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida in Naples. Registration is $50 for NASW members and $75 for non-members. Lunch is on your own.

February 9, 2019 * Sarasota, FL
*NASW-FL Sarasota-Manatee Unit presents "Laws and Rules" with Kerry Dennis, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP, CSAT, SAP, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at Goodwill Manasota. Please arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the start of the workshop. Registration is $5.00 for Members and $15.00 for Non-members.

February 9, 2019 * Fort Myers, FL - CANCELLED
*NASW-FL Southwest Unit presents "Yoga Basics for Social Workers" with Meryl Skyes, MSW Student and Certified Yoga Instructor, and Frederick Henken, E-RYT-1000, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
at FGCU Recreation Center in Fort Myers. Registration is $20 for NASW Members, $30 for non-members and $10 for students. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Come and enjoy much needed time to focus on yourself and learn how yoga can help you!

February 9, 2019 * Melbourne, FL
*NASW-FL Space Coast Unit presents "Cannabis Therapeutics: Clearing the Air" with Josephine Cannella-Krehl, MSW, LCSW, from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. at Health First Senior Behavioral Wellness. Registration is $15.00 for NASW Members, Free for NASW Student Members, $20.00 for Non-members and $10 for Non-Member Students.

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 18, 2019 * Boca Raton, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - South presents "Approaches of Couples Therapy" with Hilary Israch, LCSW and Marni Feuerman, PhD, 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. 

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 1, 2019 * Pensacola, FL - Save The Date
*NASW-FL Northwest Unit presents "Social Work Month Celebration" from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (CST) at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Community Center. Sponsorship opportunities are available. More details will be coming soon.

March 1, 2019 * West Palm Beach, FL - Save The Date
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit presents "Social Work Month Celebration" from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport Hotel & Convention Center.   More details coming soon.


March 7, 2019 * Sarasota, FL
NASW-FL Sarasota-Manatee Unit presents "Medical Errors" with Kerry Dennis, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP, CSAT, SAP, from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., at Goodwill Manasota. Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the workshop. Registration is $5.00 for Members and $15.00 for Non-Members.

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.