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Message from
Chapter President


Fall has arrived in Florida! Many of us are enjoying cooler mornings and evenings, as we prepare for the holiday season. Last month we called your attention to the devastation left by Hurricane Michael, and again I implore you to remember our northwest communities as they grapple with tangible and emotional losses. Assessing the immediate and long-term impact of lost homes, jobs and communities has only just begun. The ramifications are unfathomable, the pain is current, and the call to action is now. As life moves forward for many of us, I encourage you to do two things:
  1. Keep the needs of people severely impacted by the hurricane in your minds and hearts.
  2. Take actions to make a difference by connecting with individuals and organizations providing support to affected areas.
Ironically, this month we begin our focus on the Ethical Principles based on the core values established in the Code of Ethics , and the first value is service.

Value:  Service

Ethical Principle:  Social workers' primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems.

Social workers elevate service to others above self-interest. Social workers draw on their knowledge, values, and skills to help people in need and to address social problems. Social workers are encouraged to volunteer some portion of their professional skills with no expectation of significant financial return (pro bono service).

Based on the guidance offered by this principle, social work professionals have a unique opportunity to utilize our macro and micro understanding to assess, analyze, strategize and join individuals and communities in meeting their unique needs. Our call to service is social work in action. This fundamental perspective of seeing the world through a broad lens, enables social workers to address individual client needs yet remain vigilant in developing policy, programs and community interventions that address social justice issues.

In the days ahead, the call to service will resound in communities throughout our beautiful state. As social workers, let's be prepared to answer the call, with gratitude for the opportunity to make a difference.
In Service,
Carol Edwards Campbell
NASW-FL Board President
Change in Taking the LCSW Exam

The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) notified the Board of Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy (Florida 491 Board) that the ASWB  Exam Use Policy prohibits interns from taking the LCSW exam until they have completed their two years of supervision.

The Florida 491 Board at their November 8th meeting asked that an exemption request be submitted in response to this  ASWB policy.

Once more definite information is available, the Florida 491 Board will send out communications regarding any changes for Florida's Registered Social Work Clinical Interns regarding this policy. NASW-FL will keep our members updated on this issue.

NASW-FL is requesting your feedback on how this change on taking the Licensure Exam impacts you as a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern?  Please email your response to or call 1-800-352-6279
Student Representatives Column

Greetings Everyone!

Thank you to all of the students who registered voters, marched, and voted in the past election. Your work continues to inspire all of us that we can make a difference in the world. 

The leadership team is steady working to get things prepared for upcoming events including LEAD and the statewide Annual Social Work Conference, and we hope that you can join us at all of the events offered. 

Reach out to your local unit to find out how you can get more involved. All units throughout Florida would love to have students more involved, so please don't be afraid to reach out to unit chairs or others! 

I also encourage you all to vote for Social Work Student of the Year by the deadline December 14 th. This is a great way to recognize a student who represents the values of the social work profession. As a third year graduate student, I have seen many students who are so deserving of recognition, so I encourage you all to take the time to nominate someone. 

We are nearing the end of the semester and I know many of you are focused on trying to finish classes, prepare for the holidays, and some of you may be looking for jobs. Make sure you take some time to relax, and be proud of yourself for what you've accomplished so far. 

I hope each one of you finishes the semester strong.

Thank you,
PACE-Endorsed Candidates Election Results

The results of the NASW-FL PACE-endorsed candidates for the 2018 Elections are:
Social Workers in Local Races
  • Katharine Campbell, City Commissioner - Wilton Manors - Lost
  • Nancy Makar, Hernando County Commissioner District 4 - Lost
  • Cheryl McDougall, County School Board District 2 - Brevard County - Won 
  • Mitch Rosenwald, City Commissioner - Oakland Park - Lost
  • Karen Perez, Hillsborough County School Board, District 6 - Won
  • Laura Dortch Edler, Escambia County School Board, District 3 - Won
  • Katherine Wilborn, Melbourne Beach Town Commissioner at Large - Lost
State Wide Races
  • Andrew Gillum (D) - Governor - Lost
  • Sean Shaw (D) - Attorney General - Lost
Florida Senate
  • Aaron Bean (R) - District 4 - Won  
  • Kayser Enneking (D) District 8 - Lost
  • Melissa Martin (D) District 14 - Lost
  • Amanda Murphy (D) District 16 - Lost
  • Janet Cruz (D) District 18 - Won
  • Gayle Herrell (R) District 25 - Won
  • Annette Taddeo (D) District 40 - Won
Florida House
  • Tracye Polson (D) - District 15 (Social Worker) - Lost
  • Jason Haeseler (D) - District 21 - Lost
  • Lee Mangold (D) - District 28 - Lost
  • Anna Eskamani (D) - District 47 - Won
  • Amy Mercado (D) - District 48 - Won
  • Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) - District 49 - Won
  • Pamela Dirschka (D) - District 50 - Lost
  • Phil Moore (D) - District 53 - Lost
  • Debra Bellanti (D) District 60 - Lost
  • Fentrice Driskell (D) District 63 - Won
  • Jennifer Webb (D) District 69 - Won
  • Tracy Pratt (D) District 71 - Lost
  • Margaret Good (D) District 72 - Won 
  • Liv Coleman (D) District 73 - Lost
  • Emma Collum (D) District 93 - Lost
  • Cindy Sofia Polo (D) District 103 - Won
  • Javier Fernandez (D) District 114 - Won
  • Jeffrey Solomon (D) District 115 - Lost
  • Holly Raschein (R) District 120 - Won 
National Races

Senate Seat
  • Bill Nelson - Senate - Lost 
Congressional Seats
  • Mary Barzee-Flores (District 25) - Lost
  • Kristen Carlson (District 15) - Lost
  • Kathy Castor (District 14) - Won
  • Lois Frankel (District 21) - Won
  • Alcee Hastings (District 20) - Won
  • Yvonne Hayes-Hinson (District 3) - Lost
  • Chris Hunter (District 12) - Lost
  • Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (District 26) - Won
  • Donna Shalala (District 27) - Won
  • David Shapiro (District 16) - Lost
  • Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (District 23) - Won
  • Frederica Wilson (District 24) - Won
  • Jennifer Zimmerman (District 1) - Lost
  • Sanjay Patel (District 8) - Lost
  • Darren Soto (District 9) - Won
Thank you for voting!
Legislative Education 
Advocacy Day
NASW-FL LEAD April 2 - 3 Flyer
Social Work Awards 
Nominations Open

The annual Social Work Awards honor outstanding professionals and members of the community at the local, state, and national level. Awards are given in the following categories:
  • Social Worker of the Year
  • Social Work Student of the Year
  • Social Work Educator of the Year
  • Public Citizen of the Year
  • Elected Official of the Year

Awards are considered at the local unit level, and recipients are honored at their unit's Social Work Month event in March. Unit winners are then considered at the state level. 

The awards nominations are open until December 14, 2018.

Click here to review the award criteria.

Click here to nominate someone for a Social Work Award.

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
Exhibitor and Advertising Prospectus

LSWO Call for Proposals

LSWO-Barry 2019 Conference Flyer-CSWE
NASW Action Alert on Public Charge Regulation
Take Action

NASW urges you to submit your comment to Oppose the Public Charge Rule

Building on the traumatic separation of families at the border, the Trump administration wants to block immigrant families from having a permanent, secure future in the United States and scare them away from seeking access to health care, nutrition, and housing programs.

The Administration has proposed a rule change on how it defines Public Charge regulation. According to the Citizenship and Immigration Services, the basic definition of Public Charge is "For purposes of determining inadmissibility, "public charge" means an individual who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, as demonstrated by either the receipt of public cash assistance for income maintenance or institutionalization for long-term care at government expense". 

Comments are due by December 10, 2018 , on the Public Charge Rule. Social workers can provide valuable feedback to the Administration on this proposed regulation.

For more information, please visit:

Clinical Social Workers Excluded from MIPS Reporting in 2019


Mirean Coleman, LICSW Clinical Manager 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final rule for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule on November 1, 2018.

The 2019 final rule for the CMS' Quality Payment Program excludes clinical social workers from the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting in 2019. 

This is a victory for clinical social workers who have limited quality measures to report on and in the past have received penalties when reporting quality measures. NASW has been advocating for clinical social workers and improvements in the Quality Payment Program. 

NASW is grateful to CMS and all of the stakeholders who helped with the exclusion.

New Podcast for Social Workers
Listen and Learn Podcast by ASI
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.


November 28, 2018 * Sarasota, FL
*NASW-FL Sarasota-Manatee Unit presents "Collaborating with Psychiatrists and other Physicians" with Stacy Greeter, MD,from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Goodwill Manasota. Registration is FREE for Members and $10.00 for Non-Members.

November 30, 2018 * Tallahassee, FL
*NASW-FL Big Bend Unit is holding their annual Holiday Celebration from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Elder Day Stay (Lake Ella Publix Shopping Center). Students, Friends and Family Welcome! Please RVSP to Vicky Rose at or call 239-595-7755 (call/text).


December 1, 2018 * Coconut Grove, FL
*NASW-FL Miami-Dade Unit is holding a Holiday Social from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Flanigans in Coconut Grove. Join fellow social workers for an afternoon of joyful celebration and holiday mingling! In the spirit of giving, please bring unwrapped children's toys (ages 10+) to be donated to Miami Rescue Mission. Special guests, Commissioner Daniella Levine-Cava and State Senator Annette Taddeo will be in attendance!

December 1, 2018 * Clearwater, FL
*NASW-FL Nature Coast Unit and Tampa Bay Unit presents "Laws & Rules," "Professional Ethics and Boundaries," and "Medical Errors," with Katharine Campbell, PhD, LCSW, from 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., at The Gathering Place, Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health in Clearwater. Registration is $35 for NASW Members and $55 for Non-Members. Sub Sandwiches will be available for lunch for $5 (payment is made through registration) or you may bring your own lunch. Water, coffee and light refreshments will be provided in the morning. If you are registering onsite, you MUST pay with a check. Cash or credit cards will NOT be accepted at the door. Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the program.

December 3, 2018 * Jacksonville, FL
*NASW-FL Northeast Unit presents a "Mandarin Meet and Greet" from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Panera Bread. Registration is FREE. Participants will be responsible for purchasing their own food and beverage.

December 5, 2018 * Port St. Lucie, FL 
NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents "A Holiday Party", from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Watercrest St. Lucie West. We invite you to join us for dinner, cocktails and music. It will be a wonderful evening amongst friends hosted by Watercrest St. Lucie West.There is no fee to attend this event.

December 6, 2018 * Fort Myers, FL 
*NASW-FL Southwest Unit presents a "Social Networking/Holiday Event" from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 Hope Hospice Health Park in Fort Myers. Lunch will be provided. Please bring an unwrapped toy or donation of a canned or boxed food item for those in need. Items will be distributed to local charities. Registration is free. Please register by December 3rd. The event space has been donated by Hope Hospice.

December 7, 2018 * Pensacola, FL
*NASW-FL Northwest Unit is hosting their Christmas Party/Holiday Celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Ollie's Bar and Grill. The Northwest Unit will be collecting items for the Retreat with Council on Aging. Please bring items to donate such as lotion sets, gloves, hats, socks, blankets and scarves, etc. Come celebrate the holidays with your fellow Social Workers.

December 10, 2018 * Ormand Beach, FL
*NASW-FL Volusia/Flagler Unit presents "Holiday Social" from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the home of Kian Jacobs. BYOB and potluck dinner, email for menu needs/additions. There is a $10 limit for a white elephant gift exchange. Registration is FREE and limited to 20 people.

December 12, 2018 * Lake Worth, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit is hosting Holiday Party from 5:30 p.m. - ? at the The Beach Club at Lake Worth. Registration cost is FREE for NASW members, $10 for mental health providers and $25 for community members.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 * Webinar
Managing Ethical Dilemmas through Interest-Based Conflict Resolution, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
CE Category: 1 Ethics Contact hour
FREE for SPS Members / NASW Members: $30 / Non-Members: $40

January 2019

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.


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.


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 Thanksgiving