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This month, instead of a President's message, I have compiled resources that I hope will be helpful as you take care of yourself, your family, and your community. Of course, it is still National Social Work Month and I am reminded every day of the innumerable contributions social workers make to creating and sustaining the health and well-being of our society. By infusing research, evidence-based practices, and culturally relevant interventions with hope, compassion, and advocacy, we continue to make a difference on macro, mezzo and micro levels. Thank you for the work you are doing!

CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Site

NASW Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Site

CSWE - Supporting Student Safety in Field Placements

Coronavirus: What Child Welfare Systems Need to Think About

Succeeding from Home: Working Remotely During the Coronavirus

8 Tips to Work from Home Effectively

8 Tips to Make Working from Home, Work for You

Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

Coronavirus Tips and Resources for Parents, Children & Others
If you need additional resources, please do not hesitate to reach out to the NASW-FL office or email me at
My best,
Carol Campbell Edwards, LCSW
NASW-FL, President

President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Trump Administration announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare-administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country.

Additional telehealth guidance issued today:

CMS issued additional Medicaid guidance that is intended to assist states in understanding policy options for paying Medicaid providers that use telehealth technology to deliver services.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth services during the COVID-19 national emergency. The notice describes how OCR will exercise its enforcement discretion to not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.

This guidance, and earlier CMS actions in response to the COVID-19 virus, are part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19 visit For information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Social workers, like many health and behavioral health professionals, are concerned about the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on their well-being, the people to whom they provide services, their families, and others in the community.

NASW has been working on multiple fronts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure access to services, such as advocacy to ensure insurance coverage for teletherapy. Social workers are in a unique position to promote disease prevention efforts (including disseminating accurate information from trusted sources), and to help address anxiety and other concerns that are arising as a result of this public health crisis.

Below are resources to support social workers in this role. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve, NASW will continue to monitor developments and work to protect social workers and the clients we serve.

Find Reliable Information About COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health agency in the United States and provides information and updates on COVID-19 as it becomes available.

The  CDC coronavirus webpage provides guidance on preparation and action steps for various settings:
Social workers may also consult other reliable sources for current information and setting-specific guidance, including:
Click here to read the full article.

Telehealth and Social Work in Florida during the Coronavirus Pandemic

For many social workers navigating the challenges of the public health needs with the needs of clients and personal care can be difficult. Using technology can be a great asset that is being recommended by many including agencies, funders and insurances. This brief is designed to outline basic concepts that need to be addressed in the use of technology. This is in no way designed to be an all inclusive or in-depth document; rather, an outline to encourage practitioners to explore their own needs and resources as well as options for care. Additionally, it is recommended to stay up to date via

When discussing the use of technology it is important to understand some basic terminology. Often telehealth and teletherapy are used interchangeably, both referring to any type of therapeutic communication with a client via a third party platform. Legally state definitions vary on use of language such as telehealth vs telemedicine, there is also telepsychiatry, teletherapy and telepractice. In the state of Florida, Statute 456.47 definition notes:
"Telehealth" means the use of synchronous or asynchronous telecommunications technology by a telehealth provider to provide health care services, including, but not limited to, assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, and monitoring of a patient; transfer of medical data; patient and professional health related education; public health services; and health administration. The term does not include audio only telephone calls, e-mail messages, or facsimile transmissions."

Take note of state specific restrictions. Many states specify the use of and limitations of "live" or "interactive" and state exclusion of store and forward or RPM. Additionally, many states have specific requirements such as necessary special licenses. 

Concepts that are critical for consideration and are detailed more below include: 

A.   Technology platforms 

B.   State and Federal Legal Mandates 
C.   Confidentiality, Informed Consent and Other Ethical
D.   Assessment of risk and establishment of a process should a 
risk  arise 
E.   Billing and Payment Issues for private practice settings

Click here to read the full article.

Florida Legislative Session Update
2020 Bills Enrolled

Enrolled bills are those which passed both Senate and House and will be presented to the Governor to approve and sign. Please note HR 43, HB 81, HB 163 and SB 664 were LEAD bills.
Child Welfare: Requiring the Florida Court Educational Council to establish certain standards for instruction of circuit and county court judges for dependency cases; requiring the Department of Law Enforcement to provide certain information to law enforcement officers relating to specified individuals; requiring Child Protection Teams to be capable of providing certain training relating to head trauma and brain injuries in children younger than a specified age; requiring the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission to establish standards for the instruction of law enforcement officers in a specified subject, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
Health Care for Children: Requiring the Department of Health to create and make available electronically a pamphlet with specified information; revising applicable provisions for the reimbursement of school-based services by the Agency for Health Care Administration to certain school districts; requiring certain individual educational plan teams and individualized family support plan teams to include a specified specialist, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
Keep Our Graduates Working Act: Prohibits state authority from denying license, refusing to renew license, or suspending or revoking license on basis of delinquency or default in payment of his or her student loan; provides exception to requirement that certain entities prohibit candidate from being examined for or issued, or having renewed license, certificate, or registration to practice health care profession if he or she is listed on specified federal list of excluded individuals & entities; repeals provisions relating to health care practitioners in default on student loan or scholarship obligations. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
Custody of Minor Children by Extended Family: Revising the purposes of chapter 751, F.S.; revising the requirements for individuals seeking concurrent custody; allowing any other provisions related to the best interest of the child to be considered in a petition for temporary or concurrent custody; authorizing courts to include provisions requested in petitions for temporary or concurrent custody which relate to the best interest of the child, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Provides requirements for continuum of care catchment areas & lead agencies; requires continuums of care to create continuum of care plans; revises requirements for certain grants; establishes grant-in-aid program to help continuums of care prevent & end homelessness; provides program requirements. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
Sexual Battery Prosecution Time Limitation: Designates act "Donna's Law"; creates exception to general time limitations allowing prosecution to be commenced at any time for specified sexual battery offenses against victims younger than a certain age. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
Florida Kidcare Program: Removing the lifetime maximum cap on covered expenses for a child enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program, etc. Effective Date: Upon becoming a law
Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams: Authorizing a state attorney, or his or her designee, to initiate an elder abuse fatality review team in his or her judicial circuit; authorizing elder abuse fatality review teams in existence on a certain date to continue to exist; requiring each review team to annually submit to the department a summary report containing specified information by a certain date; providing immunity from monetary liability for review team members under certain conditions, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Verification of Employment Eligibility: Prohibiting the approval of certain economic development incentive applications after a specified date; requiring public employers, contractors, and subcontractors to register with and use the E-Verify system; prohibiting such entities from entering into a contract unless each party to the contract registers with and uses the E-Verify system; requiring private employers to verify the employment eligibility of newly hired employees beginning on a specified date, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Emergency Sheltering of Persons with Pets: Requires DOE to assist DEM in determining strategies regarding evacuation of persons with pets; requires certain counties to designate shelter that can accommodate persons with pets; specifies requirements for such shelters. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
Department of Health: Specifies direct reporting requirements for certain positions within Children's Medical Services Program; revises provisions relating to Florida Consortium of National Cancer Institute Centers Program; revises duties & responsibilities of DOH; revises licensure requirements for certain professions under authority of DOH; provides requirements relating to radiation machines; provides adverse incident reporting requirements for dental professionals. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
Nonopioid Alternatives: Revises requirement for certain health care practitioners to inform patient or patient's representative of nonopioid alternatives before prescribing or ordering an opioid drug. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
Alzheimer's Disease: Requires state agencies to provide assistance to Alzheimer's disease Advisory Committee; creates position of Dementia Director within DOEA; requires Secretary of Elderly Affairs to appoint director; authorizes director to call upon certain agencies for assistance; provides duties & responsibilities of director; revises name of memory disorder clinic in Orange County. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
Children's Mental Health: Requires DCF & AHCA to identify children & adolescents who use crisis stabilization services & to meet behavioral health needs of such children & adolescents; requires development of plans promoting coordinated system of care for certain services; requires testing of provider network databases maintained by Medicaid managed care plans; requires verification of use of certain strategies & outreach before student is removed from school, school transportation, or school-sponsored activity under specified circumstances; provides exception; requires DCF & AHCA to assess quality of care provided in crisis stabilization units. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
Domestic Violence Injunctions: Authorizing a court to take certain actions regarding the care, possession, or control of an animal in domestic violence injunctions, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Emotional Support Animals: Defining the terms "emotional support animal" and "housing provider"; prohibiting discrimination in housing provided to a person with a disability or a disability-related need for an emotional support animal; prohibiting a health care practitioner from providing information regarding a person's need for an emotional support animal without having personal knowledge of that person's need for the animal; prohibiting the falsification of information or other fraudulent misrepresentation regarding the use of an emotional support animal, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Child Welfare: Requires certain training for judges; authorizes & provides requirements for early childhood court programs; authorizes DCF to file petitions; requires court to consider specified factors when determining change of legal custody or placement; revises & provides requirements for case plans; provides requirements for court jurisdiction, information disclosure, & caregiver recommendations; provides timeframes for certain studies & licensing; provides requirements & processes for adoption of certain children; provides responsibilities for foster parents, birth or legal parents, DCF, & community-based care lead agency; requires employees of residential group homes to meet specified requirements; authorizes community-based care lead agency to provide more than 35 percent of all child welfare services under certain conditions. Effective Date: July 1, 2020  
Restrictive Housing for Incarcerated Pregnant Women: Prohibits involuntary placement of pregnant prisoners in restrictive housing; provides exceptions; requires specified report if pregnant prisoner is placed in restrictive housing; provides requirements for treatment of pregnant prisoners placed in restrictive housing; requires pregnant prisoners to be admitted to infirmary; provides rights for pregnant prisoners admitted to infirmary. Effective Date: July 1, 2020

SB 1120 - Substance Abuse Services - 2020                        
Substance Abuse Services: Requiring, rather than authorizing, an exemption from disqualification from employment for certain substance abuse service provider personnel under certain circumstances; providing that certain persons may be granted such exemption without a waiting period under certain circumstances; removing the authority of the Department of Children and Families to grant exemptions from disqualification under chapter 397, F.S., under certain circumstances; providing criminal penalties for violations relating to recovery residence patient referrals, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020

Public Records/Nonjudicial Arrest Record of a Minor: Providing an exemption from public records requirements for a nonjudicial record of the arrest of a minor who has successfully completed a diversion program; providing for future legislative review and repeal of the exemption under the Open Government Sunset Review Act; providing a statement of public necessity, etc. Effective Date: On the same date that SB 700 or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension thereof and becomes a law
Child Welfare: Requiring the Department of Children and Families to establish performance metrics; requiring sheriffs providing certain services to adopt the child welfare practice model; requiring the department to establish an Office of Quality; adding responsibilities to the department of contracts regarding care for children in the child welfare system; requiring the Florida Institute for Child Welfare and the Florida State University College of Social Work to design and implement a specified curriculum, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Providing additional duties for the Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention; requiring the Department of Transportation to work with the office in developing a plan relating to evidence-based suicide deterrents in certain locations; requiring that certain information be provided to the guardian or representative of a minor patient released from involuntary examination; requiring the maintenance of psychotropic medications to specified defendants under certain circumstances, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Individuals with Disabilities: Requiring persons and entities under contract with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to use the agency data management systems to bill for services; revising criteria used by the agency to develop a client's I Budget; requiring the Agency for Health Care Administration to seek federal approval to provide consumer-directed options; providing an exemption from a certificate-of-need requirement for certain intermediate care facilities, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2021

Closure of U.S.- and Canada-Based Pearson VUE-Owned Test Centers

Because of the increasing concern for the health and safety of our candidates and our employees and in response to government guidance and difficulty procuring the critical hygienic products that keep our test centers safe, we are temporarily closing our U.S.- and Canada-based Pearson VUE-owned test centers starting Tuesday, March 17.

Candidates can reschedule their exams for appointments starting April 16 and beyond if conditions allow. 

For information on global regions outside the U.S. and Canada, please click here.

Important test delivery information pertaining to COVID-19 -

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Mental Health Studies Are Coming to Two Hillsborough High Schools

Over time, the district hopes to expand the course of study down to middle school.

This initiative was led by School Board Member Karen Perez, LCSW and an NASW member.

TAMPA - Riding a continuous wave of concern about student mental health, the Hillsborough County School District is preparing to offer mental health career studies at two high schools beginning this August.

Details are still being worked out, in collaboration with Hillsborough County Community College and the University of South Florida.
But School Board Karen Perez, a clinical social worker who suggested the initiative, said the courses will be the first of their kind in the nation.

Read the full article:

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Student Debt Help 
Free Educational Webinars

NASW's partnership with Savi, an innovative student loan technology company, helps our members tackle student debt. Through our partnership, you have free access to Savi's Student Loan Tool, which helps you analyze repayment and forgiveness programs to determine the best solution for you, and helps you enroll in appropriate programs that could lower your monthly payments.

Join us for one of the free webinars below to learn about student debt and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, why a majority of applicants have been unsuccessful in qualifying for relief through PSLF, and how Savi's tool can help you manage your loans.

During each webinar, Savi's student debt experts will review the Student Loan Tool and show you how to create a free account to sync your student loans and learn about your options to manage repayments, all at no cost. 

If you elect to sign up for Savi's premium service, which includes application monitoring, auto-enrollment paperwork, and unlimited access to 1-1 support with Savi student loan experts, you will receive a 70% discount on that service as an NASW member.

Free Savi Student Debt Help Webinars
Tuesday, March 24, 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 26, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

What if a Client or Visitor is 
Injured at Your Office?

What if a client or visitor is injured at your office?
You could be sued and your practice could be at risk.
That's why you need General Liability Insurance.
Now you can protect yourself against the costs of lawsuits, damages, and other claims which could put your business and your entire livelihood at risk.

With NASW-Endorsed General Liability Coverage, you can rest assured that if your business is sued - even if you did nothing wrong - you will have a partner to help you prevail, and protect you from third-party injuries and associated defense costs. This coverage is the right solution for your unique general liability exposures.

You can be sued for almost anything...
  • Personal and Bodily Injury
  • Reputational Harm
  • Advertising Errors
  • Fire Legal Liability
  • Medical Costs & Payments
  • Damages to Premises Rented to You
  • Legal Defense Cost
NASW-Endorsed General Liability Coverage Provides
up to $1 Million of Protection Per Occurrence!

Your practice or business can get sued for any reason - an advertising omission, or a slip and fall. The suit could even be a false claim, but you would still need to mount a defense.

Designed Specifically for Social Workers
NASW-Endorsed General Liability Insurance is the only general liability policy that's been developed specifically for social workers.

Don't risk facing a lawsuit that could jeopardize your business and livelihood. Get the General Liability Protection you need.

Find out more and get a free quote in just minutes.
Or call 888.278.0038

Highlight  Your Organization 
at the Annual Conference

Sponsorships allow your organization to capture the attention of captive attendees with recognition during announcements, in the Conference Program, and on our website.  Check out the sponsor opportunities to promote your services and expertise.

Please contact Christine Call at , or call 1-800-352-6279 if you have questions or sponsorship ideas.

Thank You Sponsors!  

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

May 20, 2020 Minimizing Liability Risks in Private Practice
Lonnie Ropp - Director, Product Management and Underwriting, NASW Risk Retention Group, Inc.
July 15, 2020 Legal Considerations When Releasing Files to Other Parties
Elizabeth Felton, JD, LICSW - NASW Associate General Counsel
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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March 2020

We buy insurance policies in one form or another to protect ourselves against our risk of perils. We shift certain risks to the insurance carrier when we buy an insurance policy contract. So, what is happening behind our policy purchase at the insurance company?

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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.

March 2020

March 18, 2020 * Bonita Springs, FL - POSTPONED
*NASW-FL Southwest Unit presents "Social Work Month Celebration" with keynote speaker Dr. Michael V. Martin, President, Florida Gulf Coast University, 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 $10.00. Registration closes March 11.
The Social Work Month Celebration is postponed until a later date.

March 18, 2020 * Melbourne, FL -  POSTPONED

*NASW-FL Space Coast Unit presents "Social Work Month Celebration and Awards" from 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at The Big Mansion. The cost is $10.00.
The Social Work Month Celebration is postponed until a later date.

March 19, 2020 * Lakeland, FL - POSTPONED
*NASW-FL Heartland Unit presents "Social Work Month Celebration, Awards & Workshop" from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Luncheon: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. & 3 CE Workshop: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Scott Lake Baptist Church.
Workshop Registration is: NASW Members FREE; Non-Members $30.00 and Non-Member Students $5.00. The luncheon is free! RSVP is required by March 17.
The Social Work Month Celebration is postponed until a later date.

March 19, 2020 * Ft. Lauderdale, FL - POSTPONED
*NASW-FL Broward Unit presents "Social Work Month Celebration, Awards and Workshop" from 5:45 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Hospital. 

Food will be provided. Registration is: NASW Members Free; Non-Members $25.00.  Registration closes March 18.
The Social Work Month Celebration is postponed until a later date.

March 19, 2020 * The Villages, FL - POSTPONED
*NASW-FL Lake/Sumter Unit presents "Where Did I Put It? Do You Feel More Forgetful" with Lucille Karatzas, LCSW, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Sea Breeze Regional Recreation Center, The Villages.
Registration is free to NASW and TLC Members. All others must pay $15.00 by check made payable to "NASW" at door. This workshop is sponsored by Transitional Life Consultants (TLC)
The Social Work Month Celebration is postponed until a later date.

March 20, 2020 * Daytona Beach, FL - POSTPONED
*NASW-FL Volusia/Flagler Unit presents "Social Work Month Celebration", from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Landshark Bar and Grill.
Food is available to purchase with Cash Bar. Please RSVP by March 18.
The Social Work Month Celebration is postponed until a later date.

March 21, 2020 * Saint Leo, FL - POSTPONED
*NASW-FL Nature Coast Unit presents "Social Work Month Celebration, Awards and Workshop" from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Saint Leo University, Kirk Hall.
The workshop is Medical Errors, presented by Jim Akin, ACSW, NASW-FL Executive Director. Food will be provided. Registration is: NASW Members $10.00; Non-Members $20.00. Registration closes March 18.
The Social Work Month Celebration is postponed until a later date.

March 23, 2020 * The Villages, FL - POSTPONED
*NASW-FL Lake / Sumter Unit presents "Social Work Month Celebration and Awards" from 5:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. at Elan Buena Vista.
Dinner provided by Elan Buena Vista. Registration is Free. Registration closes March 19.
The Social Work Month Celebration is postponed until a later date.

March 24, 2020 * Tallahassee, FL - POSTPONED
*NASW-FL Big Bend Unit presents "Social Work Month Celebration and Awards" from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at Villas at Killearn Lakes, 8213 Killearn Lakes Terrace.
Breakfast provided by Villas at Killearn Lakes. Registration is FREE. Registration closes March 20.
The Social Work Month Celebration is postponed until a later date.

March 27, 2020 * Sarasota, FL - CANCELLED
*NASW-FL Sarasota-Manatee Unit presents "Social Work Month Celebration and Workshops" from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at Villas at Tidewell Hospice.
Registration is Members $10.00 and Non-Members $20.00. Registration closes March 23.
This event has been cancelled.

March 27, 2020 * Melbourne, FL - CANCELLED
*NASW-FL Space Coast Unit presents "Ethics" with Susan Mankita, MSW, LCSW, NASW-FL President-Elect and "Prevention of Medical Errors" with Jim Akin, ACSW, NASW-FL Executive Director, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Vitas Healthcare.
Registration is $40 for NASW members, $50 for non-members and free to students. Lunch is on your own.
This workshop is cancelled.

March 31, 2020 * Lake Mary, FL - POSTPONED
*NASW-FL Central Unit presents "Social Work Month Celebration, Awards and Workshop" from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Oakmonte Village of Lake Mary. There will be a 1 CE workshop "Generations Strong: Social Work Impacting the Community" presented by Amy Moncion, MSW, LCSW-QS.
Heavy H'orderves and Beverages will be available. Registration is FREE!
The Social Work Month Celebration is postponed until a later date.

April 2020

April 7, 2020 * St. Cloud, FL
*NASW-FL Central Unit is hosting a "Networking Social" from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Chili's in St. Cloud. Food and Beverages will be available for purchase.

April 13, 2020 * Palm Beach Gardens, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - North presents "I Think My client has an Eating Disorder" with Dr. Joann Hendelman, PhD, FAED, CEDS, CEDRN,from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Barry University.
Registration is FREE for NASW members and $10 for non-members. Dinner is generously being sponsored by CSI Caregivers Services.

April 16, 2020 * Port St. Lucie, FL
*NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents "Introduction to Medical Cannabis: History, Pharmacodynamics, and Treatment" with Dr. Jessica McCain, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Brennity at Tradition Senior Living.
A light dinner and beverages will be provided. Registration is free. This event is sponsored by Brennity at Tradition.

April 20, 2020 * Boca Raton, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - South presents "Body Image in Eating Disorders with Diverse Presentations and Populations" with Lara Conley, LCSW and Melanie Smith, LMHC, CEDS, 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. Space is limited. Early Registration is recommended.

April 24, 2020 * Jacksonville, FL
*NASW-FL Northeast Unit presents "Use of Technology in Mental Health: Clinical and Ethical Considerations" with Earl Ledford, LCSW, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Hadlow Center in Jacksonville. Registration is for $30 for NASW Members and $45 for non-members. This workshop meets current licensure requirements to Ethics.

April 25, 2020 * Miami, FL
*NASW-FL Miami-Dade Unit presents "Trauma-Informed, Skills-Based, Heart-Centered Approaches to Treating Substance Use Disorders" with Edith Caballero, LCSW, MCAP & Martha Vallejo, LCSW, CT, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Keiser University. Registration is $10 for NASW members, $30 for non-members, $5 for NASW Student members and $20 for Student non-members. Light snacks & resfreshments will be provided.

May 2020

May 9, 2020 * Saint Leo, FL
*NASW-FL Nature Coast Unit presents "Assessment and Prevention Strategies for Suicidal Clients" with George Jacinto, PhD, LCSW & Julie W. Buckley, PhD, ACSW, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Saint Leo University, Kirk Hall 123-24 in St. Leo.
Registration is $10 for NASW Members and $20 for Non-members. A light breakfast and beverages will be provided.

May 18, 2020 * Boca Raton, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - South presents "The Power of Resiliency: Overcoming Adversity and Utilizing Resources" with Tonya Pignato, 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. Space is limited. Early Registration is recommended.

May 30 - June 6, 2020 * Reykjavik, Iceland
*Florida State University College of Social Work and NASW-FL present Clinical Practice International: Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2020, this popular professional development course is being offered in the beautiful city of Reykjavik, Iceland. 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 Iceland and how these are being addressed by the professional social work community.