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More Just and Communicative NASW- FL

Right now, the profession of social work is at significant crossroads. It's not the first time there has been disagreement about how the profession should evolve, but it is, in my memory, the first time in a very long time that our varied and strong perspectives have led to calls for dissolution of this organization. Still, I am excited to step up as the leader of Florida's NASW Chapter.
NASW is not perfect - but it is our major social work organization. It is the one that has given us our Code of Ethics...the one whose leaders are at the table in Washington, D.C., plugging away at improving Federal legislation. It's the one that files briefs on cases that go before the Supreme Court. During the early stages of COVID-19, it is the organization who fought to change Federal rules to allow social work reimbursement via telehealth. There are other excellent social work organizations too, but, if NASW can get it right, and if we can elevate the voices of other social work organizations and groups that get it right, then together, we can do so much more. I am a firm fan of advancing change from within an organization. NASW is more than just a big organizational entity. NASW is US.
For me, NASW is Martha Vallejo and our Florida Immigration Justice Task Force, who together, over the course of a year have included protests, crafted presentations and proclamations that have yielded national discussion. NASW is Dawn Brown, our Florida Legislative Chair, who through countless meetings and volunteer hours, has led a coordinated effort to change people's lives on the ground in Florida. NASW is Susan Wade-Infanzon, the Chair of our Licensure and Supervision Task Group. Did you know that she attends every single 491 Licensure Board Meeting to ensure we have up to the minute information about issues that affect the work of Florida social workers? And NASW is Units like the Palm Beach Unit, chaired by Alyse November, who just sponsored a Town Hall on Racial Equity and Justice, led by Rorri Geller-Mohamed and Keisha Henry.  NASW is YOU - and with you involved, we can evolve NASW into the organization we need and deserve.
For me, there is great hope in these uncomfortable conversations we are having.
To the degree that social work is part of the problem, we must advance an agenda that supports our best selves. This means recognizing and acting to ensure that Black Lives Matter and recognizing that there are marginalized groups within marginalized groups, like the Black Trans Community whose lives matter - at a moment in history that will define social work for years to come. It means taking a long hard look at social work's complicity with oppressive systems and acting in meaningful ways to dismantle these systemic injustices and to implement better professional practices, with an eye toward elevating social work values as we do. Let's be ambitious with our goals for human rights. Lives depend on it.
As I reflect on the year I served as President-Elect, I've been impressed with happenings behind the scenes. Under the leadership of my predecessor, the magnificent Carol Campbell Edwards, our immediate Past President. I saw what NASW-FL could do to support Florida social work, social workers and social work values through our task groups, committees and unit activities. Kudos to Carol, who also chaired our first virtual (and very successful) zoom conference. Despite the rapid pivot, we served over 300 social workers and held over 50 workshops. Jim, Jean and Chris made it look (almost) effortless - but I assure you, an incredible amount of work went into making it happen. THEY are NASW.
As I step into the President's role, I envision NASW-FL as an organization that will work vigorously toward justice, as well as support social workers with resources and tools to sustain them, their communities and their practices. We know times have gotten exponentially harder due to COVID-19. Many people are afraid and others have suffered great losses. We will continue to provide information and support to all.
We will also do more sharing about what NASW-FL is doing than we ever have before. We realize that you may not always be aware of NASW's efforts and the work that happens behind the scenes - lobbying legislators, advocating for SW with our licensure board, working on immigrant justice, providing continuing education around the state (and more). We are committed to using social media to stay in touch and more effectively to get the word out, to invite you to join us, and to let you know what's going on.

We are committed to increasing our connections with related organizations. We are already strengthening our connection to the Florida Deans and Directors and are so pleased that we've been able to step up and help them to meet their students' needs. We know they have their hands full - particularly with Covid-19 and insuring anti-racist inclusions in curriculum.

We are also deeply interested in elevating the voices of other social work organizations, particularly those with active anti-racist agendas
We will be exploring options that address licensure and supervision concerns in Florida. Recent changes to testing and licensure threaten to disenfranchise more social workers, and we will fight toward fairness through multiple channels.

We will dedicate ourselves to sustained action in the fight for human rights. Immigrant justice, LGBT+ inclusion and our multi-level fight against racism. We've launched our Race and Justice task group to work toward creating sustainable actions.

I write this column mere days after John Lewis's death. He often told young people " ... if you come together with a mission, and it's grounded with love and a sense of community, you can make the impossible possible ."
Social work is a proud profession filled with wise minds, compassionate people, values, ethics and an invaluable knowledge base. Even during this global pandemic, social workers rise up to serve. I am in awe of our collective strength as a profession and proud to serve as the new NASW-FL President, working alongside so many for the benefit and success of all.

NASW is the kind of community we need. If you are not currently a member of NASW, now is the time to belong. Now is the time to LEAN IN. We need each other and we need social workers focused on working collectively toward social justice more than ever. In honor of John Lewis and of all of the incredible activists continuing to fight against injustices, let's create that community together to make that impossible mission possible. NASW is YOU!!

Susan Mankita,  MSW, LCSW
NASW-FL, President

NASW President Mit Joyner's Message

NASW President Mit Joyner,  DPS, MSW, LCSW, says, "Continue to push, to agitate and to demand the rights for all people." 

Please take time to listen to this video message. She  reflects on how all of us in social work have a duty to fight for all vulnerable populations. "If there is no struggle, there is no progress" stated by Frederick Douglas, who is one of Mit Joyner's guiding principles when working in the social work profession.

Now Is The Time: What Social Workers Can Do To Make Change

Ruth A. Brandwein, Ph.D
Political Action and Candidate Endorsement (PACE) Chair
July 2020
At the memorial for George Floyd the Reverend Al Sharpton remarked that it's not either/or. Protests are necessary, he said, to bring attention to injustice and mobilize people to recognize the need for change. But, he added we also need to follow through with the legal system, with laws to institutionalize injustice needed changed and officials who implement these changes to protect and serve all the people.
That is why it's vital we elect leaders who care about social, economic and criminal justice and addressing racial, sexual, gender and all other inequalities. We need mayors who appoint police chiefs open to reform, we need a president who sets an example for empathy and works to bring people together, rather than divide, and we need congresspeople and state legislators to pass laws that prohibit choke holds and other forms of police violence. In addition, we need legislators, judges and other state officials who will serve all the people, not just special interests or a polarized political agenda.
That is why now, more than ever, we need your help. PACE is the NASW political action committee. We are non-partisan and endorse candidates of both parties who support our legislative priorities.  We need you to make recommendations for candidates we should endorse and to contribute to PACE. As 501(C)4, contributions are not tax-deductible. 

NASW-FL PACE endorses candidates for statewide offices including the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. NASW-FL PACE will endorse only social workers running for local offices, such as mayor, city and county commissioners and school boards. NASW National endorses presidential and congressional candidates.

Many social workers who serve in Congress and state legislatures possess the values and knowledge to make positive change for individuals and society. We determine our endorsements based on a candidates voting records, or if a new candidate, on their website and our members' input. We need you to recommend candidates for our consideration. We also need you to consider running for office. This year we will be specifically asking candidates their position on race and social justice. Our PACE Committee, comprising of members statewide, will make the final decision of who to endorse, and whether to provide a contribution to their election campaign.
NASW PACE is only as strong as our members. Especially now we need a contribution to our candidate endorsement fund.  Campaigns are expensive and we need to have a voice in who will lead us in the future. Our Legislative Committee advocates for state policies on mental health, child welfare, veterans' services, housing and services for people with disabilities and who are elderly. Legislators vote on these issues and we need legislators who support our positions. While PACE and the Legislative Committee are separate and different, one complements the other. 

In November, all our state representatives are up for election or reelection, as are one-half of all state senators. The election is Nov 3; the primaries are August 18.
You can help us make the difference in getting important legislation passed! The time is now!
I know that times are hard right now, but please send your check for as much as you can to:

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NASW-FL's New Race and 
Justice Task Force

The Florida Chapter is developing a new Task Force on Race and Justice, chaired by Carol Edwards, the past President of NASW-FL. 

The purpose of the Task Force is to  focus on providing an informational platform and forum on what social workers in Florida can do to combat racism in our communities and individual social work practices. 

In June the Board of Directors authorized the new task force and issued two documents:
If you interested in participating in the Task Force, please contact the chapter office at .

Click here to read the full statement.

NASW Seeks to
Dismantle Racist Policing

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the  George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 (H.R. 7120) on June 25. This legislation, which was introduced by social worker Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, is a crucial step forward in police reform and dismantling the structural inequality left from legacies of discrimination and white supremacy - the root cause of aggressive, brutal, and unaccountable policing.

Click here to read the full statement.

Education Is A Right! NASW-FL Immigration Justice Task Force Supports International Students

Before the President rescinded the order, the NASW-FL Immigration Task Force has issued a statement condemning the order.

Click here to read the statement.

Sport and Social Justice: 
What Matters To Me and Why

Sport and Social Justice flyer

Dr. Stacy Kratz, NASW Tampa Bay Executive Leadership Member, The Dr. Stacy Kratz, NASW Tampa Bay Executive Leadership Member, USF School of Social Work Alumni, and Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS) Executive Team Member, is hosting a Sport and Social Justice Webinar Salon.

Sport Social Work is an exciting, rapidly expanding sub-specialty of our profession, situating sport within all realms of the athletic arena to foster social change.

Thursday July 23, 2020 

3:00 pm ET / 12:00 PT

Webinar Salon "Sport and Social Justice: What's Import to Me" 

Registration Link:

On-Demand CE Webinars 
for Your Convenience 

Choose from  2 videos that focus on how to manage risk while practicing teletherapy and utilizing technology more than ever to serve clients effectively.

Learn from experts in the field of risk management for social workers.

Private Practice & Risk Management During COVID-19 
Co-hosted with NASW NJ Chapter 

Watch the previously recorded webinar, presented April 16, 2020, detailing relevant information on how HIPAA, the NASW Code of Ethics, State Licensing and Technology impact the provision of behavioral health services through teletherapy.  Watch HERE .

1.5 CEs, 1 hour 27 minutes.

Technology in Social Work Practice: Standards of Practice

The use of technology plays an essential role in the social work profession, and it goes beyond the pure understanding of its functionality. Learn how you can use technology in your practice with this on-demand webinar from NASW. Watch HERE  

2 CEs, 1 hour 53 minutes.

Laws and Rules Books - FREE

Laws and Rules
NASW-FL has a supply of Florida Laws and Rules books  We were unable to use them because of the cancellation of workshops since March. The bound books contain Florida Statutes 456, 491 and Florida Administrative Code Rule Chapter 64B4. The statutes and rules will be updated this summer. 

If you would like to have a copy of the book, please email your mailing address to and a copy will be mailed to you at no charge, while supplies last.

An Hour With Private Practice: Questions & Answers

2020 Schedule
An Hour with Private Practice: Questions & Answers (HOPP) is a free question and answer session for NASW members. Unless noted otherwise on the schedule, the call-in sessions focus on a specific private practice subject and are led by Mirean Coleman, LICSW, Clinical Manager at NASW. 

There is no registration 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 other third Wednesday of the month from noon until 1 pm ET. Audio recordings and handouts for HOPP are available at; click on An Hour With Private Practice.

Teleconference Dial-In Number
Members can join HOPP by dialing the following teleconference line at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start time:
  • US/CAN Toll Free Number:1-866-519-2796
  • Participant Passcode: 708603

Sept 16, 2020 The Ethics of Documentation in Private Practice
Dawn Hobdy, LICSW - NASW Director of Ethics and Professional Review  
Nov.18, 2020
What's New for Private Practitioners in 2021
Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT - NASW Clinical Manager

Suggestions for HOPP schedule may be sent to

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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.

July 2020

July 22, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Nature Coast Unit is holding a "Social Distancing - Summer Networking" event hosted by Christina Cazanave, MSW from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This will be a casual evening of conversation and and camaraderie as we kick off our first networking event of 2020. Learn about unit vision and upcoming events. Participate in opportunities to network, share ideas, and connect with fellow members.

July 22, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit and the Center for Wellness & Clinical Development presents "The State of Black Mental Health" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This event is free and will be live-streamed. Registration is encouraged.

July 23, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Central Unit is holding a "Child Welfare Social Worker Peer Support Group" hosted by Amy Moncion, MSW, LCSW, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pre - registration is not required. You are still welcome to attend. If you have questions for our facilitator, please submit them in advance to:

August 2020

August 5 & 6, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents "An Open Forum". Let's talk about it... COVID, RACISM, COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH & OTHER CURRENT ISSUES". Choose either day: Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m. or Thursday, July 6th at 9:00 a.m. This is a Zoom meeting. You will receive the Zoom Login prior to the Forum.

August 6 - 8, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Presents "Clinical Supervision" with Nancy Gordon, LCSW, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (ET) on August 6 and 7; and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (ET) on August 8. Registration is Members $200.00 and Non-Members $250:00. You will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

August 10, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit presents "A Virtual Peer Support Group" with Joyce Lampert, LCSW & Julie McDermott, LCSW,from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

August 13, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents "Breakfast Club Peer Support Virtual Meeting" with Facilitator, Candice Rasa, LCSW, IET- Facilitator, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This is a monthly meeting. We meet the 2nd Thursday of every month. We welcome all professionals in the behavioral health field to join us. This meeting will be a virtual meeting until further notice. You will receive the zoom login prior to event.