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Message from Chapter President

This month I would like to provide an update regarding my NASW leadership activities. Like me, many social workers express interest in running for a state or national NASW office; however, it may seem daunting because there is no solid description of what the expectations will be, especially the amount of time NASW leadership will require.

After completing my first year as your Florida President, my experience is that each person has the opportunity to shape their level of investment and focus on their areas of strength and passion because there is a team of leaders who share the heavy lifting. I have experienced tremendous support and I am grateful to serve with each person. Recently, I added an additional position to my plate, as I was elected to serve as the Chair of the Council of Chapter Presidents (COCP). Both positions have kept me busy, so I share the following update with you regarding my national activities.

As your Florida President, I attended one national Association Leadership Meeting (ALM), which brings together members of the National NASW Office, Chapter Executive Directors from each state and territory, and Chapter Presidents and President Elects from each state and territory. This meeting provides attendees with a full report on the previous year, an opportunity to discuss social work priorities, an update on the NASW organizational structure and strategic initiatives, as well as gain professional development. 

A central feature of ALM is the Day at the Capitol, where meetings were pre-arranged with members of the US House of Representatives and US Senate to meet with the NASW leadership from the state and territory they represent. For me, this was a highlight because it brought the social work profession to the spotlight, and for some offices we visited, they received their first solid understanding of the dedicated contributions that social workers add to addressing social challenges, as well as the essential value of social work education and research. While attending ALM, I took full advantage of the opportunity to learn about the unique approaches to social work practice and education in other states.  
The primary duties of my role as Chair of the COCP involves representing all state Chapter Presidents and Chapter President-Elects. I am expected to attend National meetings and carry with me the input of the members I represent. I also feel that it is my role to gain insight about the national social work and NASW landscape and consider how to strategically meet the needs of the organization, as well as represent the views of the COCP who are serving in positions of executive volunteer leadership. During my one-year term, my primary goal is to increase communication among Chapter Presidents and to better integrate the COCP with the National NASW Office. 

My personal motivation to serve in leadership positions within the organization centers on the belief that having a voice at the table requires active participation, which gives me the greatest opportunity to impact change. In addition to the opportunity to gain additional leadership experience, this position allows me the pleasure of forming relationships with social work leaders around the country. I learn from and I am inspired by so many smart, skilled and dynamic social workers, and members of my community. If you are considering serving in a leadership capacity, I strongly encourage it.

All the best,


Student Representatives Column

Hello NASW Family,

I hope the semester is treating everyone well. Thanksgiving is just around the corner so keep going strong! 

Remember to get connected with any student association on campus. Here at Warner University we are starting our own Social Work Club and I am very excited to partake in this journey!  Let me know if you have any suggestions on how your programs function or any fun things you guys do together!  Also, keep on the lookout for more information regarding the Student Summit this upcoming summer. 

The Student Summit is where students from different social work programs can come and attend the Conference to hear from different professions, network, and enjoy gaining important information. The Student Summit is where I felt like I got my foot in the door! 

Hope to see you there!

BSW Student Representative

Act Now to Increase
Social Worker Reimbursement

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Thank you for your outreach last week to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding their proposed cuts in reimbursement for clinical social workers (CSWs) participating in Medicare. Over 6,000 advocates contacted CMS and expressed their concern about the harmful impact to older Americans, and social workers, of these proposed cuts. We will be updating you soon on this federal regulatory threat.

Since you have demonstrated your commitment to pay equity and adequate reimbursement for our profession, we are reaching out to you now to urge you to contact your congressional lawmakers to cosponsor legislation to advance these goals: the Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S. 782/H.R. 1533).

This legislation will only advance if lawmakers hear directly from social workers they represent!

Currently, CSWs are reimbursed at 75% of the physician fee schedule, lower than any other mental health provider in Medicare.  The Improving Access to Mental Health Act will raise this rate from 75% to 85%. This is a crucial step forward in ensuring mental health care for millions of Medicare beneficiaries and in increasing compensation for social workers.

In addition, this legislation will enable CSWs to bill Medicare Part B for:
  • Providing services to residents of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The vast majority of Medicare beneficiaries in SNFs experience anxiety, depression and other challenges. Millions of these beneficiaries also live with physical or medical conditions which give rise to similar challenges. This legislation will enable CSWs to be reimbursed by Medicare to provide much-needed services to these beneficiaries.
  • Providing Health and Behavior Assessment and Intervention (HBAI) services. Millions of beneficiaries who have a physical or medical illness also have psychosocial concerns arising from those conditions. For example, a beneficiary with diabetes may face multiple challenges in understanding and managing their illness. HBAI services help the beneficiary identify and address emotional barriers to monitoring blood sugar levels, as well as familial resistance to changes in eating habits and lifestyle adjustments. Providing these services is in the CSW scope of practice but this legislation is imperative if they are to be able to bill Medicare for them.
This bipartisan legislation is championed by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, MSW (D-MI), Sen. John Barrasso, MD (R-WY) and Rep. Barbara Lee, MSW (D-CA-13).

To see if your lawmakers have cosponsored the legislation, go to

Please join us in supporting this legislation by contacting your Member of Congress TODAY and urging them to cosponsor S. 782/H.R. 1533 the Improving Access to Mental Health Act. Tell your elected officials about your experience as a CSW. A personalized communication goes a long way with a Member of Congress. Help them to understand the importance of client access to mental health care services and of adequate social worker reimbursement and compensation. Together we can help ensure clients have full access to the high-quality mental health services CSWs provide!

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Deadline is December 1, 2019

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2020 Conference Sponsor Prospectus

You are invited to participate in the 2020 NASW-FL Annual Social Work Conference , June 11 - 13, at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, FL.
Save 10% on all sponsorship / advertising opportunities by entering Promo Code SPONSOR20 when you register online  by Nov. 30

National Academies Study
Recognizes Social Workers as Specialists in Social Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds a study released today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine -  Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation's Health.

Professional social workers for more than a century have been indispensable in advancing the nation's health, providing much-needed services both within and outside health care settings. Moreover, social workers have been leaders in addressing the social determinants of health: economic stability, education, social community context, health care access and environmental factors. NASW is pleased that the profession's valuable contributions in providing social care, especially in promoting health equity and access, are recognized in this major national study.

"The social determinants of health account for more than 50 percent of health outcomes. It is therefore important to acknowledge the valuable role of social workers in improving the nation's health. As the study notes, social workers are specialists in providing social care," said NASW Chief Executive Officer Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW.

Click here to read the full press release.

Nominations Open for the 
Annual Social Work Awards

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 Work Awards Nominations Are Open
  • Social Worker of the Year (Must be a current NASW-FL member)
  • Social Work Student of the Year (Must be a current NASW-FL member and enrolled in a CSWE-accredited  social work program in FL)
  • Social Work Educator of the Year  (Must be a current NASW-FL member who is affiliated with a CSWE-accredited social work program in Florida as a faculty member, adjunct, or field instructor)
  • Public Citizen of the Year (Must not be a social worker or have a degree in social work)
  • Elected Official of the Year (Must be a current local, state or federal elected official)
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. 

Click here to review the award criteria.
Click here to nominate someone for a Social Work Award.

The awards nominations are open until December 16, 2019.

Member Referral Campaign

July 2019 - October 2019

The National Association of Social Workers is proud to represent social workers across our nation. Together, we've accomplished much for our profession and the people we serve during the past 60 years. But to successfully address today's pressing social issues - mental health, addiction, gun violence, sexual and domestic violence, immigration, poverty, homelessness, voters' rights, criminal justice, environmental justice - we must grow our resources and make our voice even louder

Please participate and to show our appreciation and gratitude for helping to grow the association and make our voice louder, all those who successfully recruit members during the Member Referral campaign will be offered a special gift. Those recruited will be offered a gift, too.

2019 Award for Excellence 
to Joan Hèbert 

Joan Hèbert, LCSW, of Orlando, Florida, has been awarded the National As Joan Hebert sociation of Perinatal Social Workers' Award for Excellence for 2019. Joan is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Florida. The 2019 Award was presented at the 43rd annual conference during the opening banquet on May 1 in Savannah, Georgia. Members Rasa Ragas and Joni Hardcastle nominated Joan and expressed their appreciation and admiration.

Rasa said: Joan has devoted a good part of her professional career working as a perinatal social worker despite several changes and reorganization at her medical center. Plus, she enjoys 'having fun' as I observed her to be a great dancer! I remember dancing with her at the 2012 conference in Little Rock in the Peabody Lounge along with other conference participants. She has a great sense of humor! Joan has been an active member of NAPSW, serving as Secretary, two terms on the Board, and serving on other committees, too!

Joni said: Joan Hèbert is a long-time committed member of NAPSW - a member who inspires me to be my best professional self while showing grace, patience and strength during change. She is a strong teacher, supervisor and mentor to new perinatal employees. Joan has an even, easy-going style that helps others trust her and feel at ease. When I was nominating chair, we needed someone to run for Secretary. I contacted Joan and without any hesitation, she agreed to run.

Joan Hèbert has been a member of NAPSW since 1987. She has served served on the Board of Directors (2009-2011 and 2013-2016) and as Secretary (2012-2013). Joan has been on two conference-planning committees (Florida, 2003 and Savannah, 2019) and currently serves on the bylaws committee.

Joan received a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 1977, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1980, with a concentration in children and families. She began her social work career working in the NICU/ Orthopedic unit at Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Michigan (1981-1990).

In 1990, Joan relocated to Florida and began working at Winner Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, Arnold Palmer Medical Center, Orlando, as a Neonatal Supervisor. During this time, Joan began the NICU Advisory Council, Ethics Rounds in the NICU, and co-facilitated Neonatal Maternal Fetal Medicine Rounds, which include birth plans for couples whose babies had lethal diagnoses. She has served on the ethics committee at her facility.

Joan is a member of NASW and ACSW. In 2010, she received the Healthcare Social Worker of the Year Award from the Florida chapter of the Society of Social Work Leadership in Healthcare. Overall, she has provided clinical supervision to seven clicians and two technicians. In 2014, Joan became a Care Coordinator for the NICU. Joan has presented at numerous workshops for her institution as well as at state and national conferences. Joan is an ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Consortium) and a "Resolve Through Sharing" counselor.

Many colleagues and co-workers praised Joan and recounted personal experiences in congratulatory letters.

Dr. Jose Perez, NICU Medical Director of Winnie Palmer, wrote: Congratulations, Joan, on receiving the NAPSW Award of Excellence! As you know this award is only given to an amazing individual, displaying the selfless attributes of grace, patience, and strength amid emotional stress and conflict. Joan you have maintained these personal attributes in our NICU for the last three decades. You have helped thousands of our families cope with illness of their babies. You have been a role model, teacher, and supervisor for all our perinatal social workers. We have been blessed to work alongside you. Thank you for your dedication and commitment.

Dr. Douglas E Hardy wrote: I am thrilled to see Joan being named the National Perinatal Social Worker of the Year as she is so deserving of the honor! I have known Joan since she came to the NICU in 1990. She has been an asset, colleague, and friend. Her compassion, knowledge, leadership and sense of humor have served us very well over the years. She inspires us to the best we can be for our patients and families. We're all so very proud of Joan.

Ann L Diaz, RN, Nursing Operations Manager NICU, wrote: I have worked side by side with Joan since 1990. She has always been a fierce advocate for the patients and families we serve, sharing heartfelt compassion and exceptional expertise in her field as well as the specialty of neonatology. Joan is also a forever friend, walking difficult journeys with me, crying, laughing, sharing tissues, and chocolates.

Mary Norris, LCSW, former boss and colleague, said: I have had the privilege and honor of working with Joan Alice Hébert, LCSW, since 1990. Joan has been an integral part of Arnold Palmer Medical Center, Winner Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. She has contributed greatly to the psychosocial needs of the NICU families. Joan exemplifies what is good about our social work profession. She embraces our social work values. Her professionalism, her passion for the field of social work and her knowledge and expertise are very visible in all her interactions with families and the health care team. Another one of Joan's gifts is her ability to present. She has given lectures at both the local, state, and at the national level. I have had the pleasure of meeting her "alter personalities" - Hannah from Detroit and Hannah Vanna. She is fair, honest, compassionate, and has a wicked sense of humor! I am so pleased that Joan is the recipient of this award! Congratulations, my friend and colleague!!

Linda Lowman, M. Ed, NICU Developmental Specialist, wrote: I am so honored to have the opportunity to write this letter for Joan! I have worked with Joan for over thirty years. Joan is a stellar clinical social worker and so deserving of this honor! She is involved in most process changes that impact the NICU and is a critical member of the entire healthcare core team. I collaborated with her to start the Neonatal Ethics Rounds to address ethical challenges. We also started the Neonatal Maternal Fetal Medicine Rounds. She has remarkable leadership skills and opens communication so gracefully and magically. Many years ago, we collaborated to present a skit at a community-wide Bioethics Symposium at our local university. Among her many talents, she is a most wonderful actress, always a pleasure to watch. One a personal note, she was the social worker that helped us when my precious daughter was born at 24 weeks, twenty-three years ago. Joan was always very calm and supportive in the toughest times, I can never thank Joan enough of her support during that time of crisis.

These letters of tribute to Joan portray her amazing devotion to "every baby, every family, supported with competent and compassionate care" and her contributions and commitment to the profession of perinatal social work that this award was created to honor. The Award for Excellence recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of perinatal social work, including clinical work, education and research, and service to the organization. It is the highest honor NAPSW bestows on members and an important way we recognize the accomplishments of our colleagues. NAPSW congratulates and salutes Joan on all her accomplishments and on receiving this prestigious award. Press releases will be sent to Joan's hospital, Florida NASW, and other media she has selected. Joan resides in Orlando where she is a Faculty Fellow for Florida State. Joan is engaged to be married to Jordan Cook in October 2019. More reason to congratulate Joan!

(Reprinted from The Summer NAPSW Forum.) 

New Practice Perspectives: Improving Transitions for U.S. Military Veterans

About 10 percent of the U.S. population has served in the armed forces, and each year about 250,000 individuals separate from the Department of Defense (DoD). Social workers interact with service members, veterans, and their families in health care facilities and community-based service settings. 

Recent federal efforts have improved the experience of exiting service members, with a particular focus on linking individuals with health and mental health resources. Some changes have been prompted by legislation and executive orders. One catalyst was the 2016 Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which enhanced peer support, outreach activities, and crisis hotline services ( congress/house-bill/203/text). The January 2018 Executive Order 13822, Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition from Uniformed Service to Civilian Life, requires the DoD, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Homeland Security to work toward shared objectives of a Joint Action Plan ( Joint-Action-Plan-05-03-18.pdf). Coordinated efforts are now taking a proactive approach ( 18.pdf), and social workers are involved in connecting service members with resources.

Click here to read the full Practice Perspectives.

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2019 - 2021 CE Requirements

The CE requirements for the 2019 - 2021 are:
General Hours - 25
Ethics - 3 hours required for license renewal
Prevention of Medical Errors - 2 hours required for renewal - Must be taken from a Board approved Medical Errors provider. Approved courses are listed in CEBroker.
Domestic Violence - 2 hours required every 3rd license renewal. These hours are included in the 25 general hours.
Laws and Rules Update - 3 hours required every 3rd license renewal. These hours are required every third biennium and are included in the 25 general hours.
Supervision Update - 4 hours - These hours are required every third biennium for Qualified Supervisors only and are included in the 25 general hours. 
NOTE - Not required for renewal until 03-31-2023.  This means if you already took the course, you will need to start taking the course every third biennium. Example: If you took the course this renewal cycle, you will take it again during the 2023-2025 renewal cycle.
Registered Clinical Social Work Intern CE Requirements
There are no requirements that a registered intern must obtain continuing education.  However, registered CSW interns may choose to complete the 8 hour laws and rules course, 3 hour HIV-AIDS and 2 hour domestic violence requirement for licensure while a registered intern.

Click here  for complete information.

An Hour With Private Practice: Questions & Answers
An Hour with Private Practice

2019 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 monthly call-in sessions focus on a specific private practice subject and are led by Mirean Coleman, LICSW, Clinical Manager at NASW. 

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. No session is held in December due to the holidays. Beginning February 2019, an audio recording is available online a week after the HOPP session at: 

Teleconference Dial-In Number
Members can join "An Hour With Private Practice" by dialing the following teleconference line at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start time:
  • U.S./Canada toll-free number: 1-888-378-4398
  • Participant passcode: 185608
  • November 19, 2019: "Preparing your Practice for 2020: What's New," Presenter: Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT, NASW Clinical Manager
  • December 18, 2019: Holiday

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October 2019

To Sue or Not to Sue...That is the Question

In the property and casualty insurance world, which includes liability covers such as Errors and Omissions, Medical Malpractice, General Liability, Cyber Liability, Professional Liability, and Employers Professional Liability, the chain of claim is virtually the same.
The claim chain looks like this:
action or inaction by the insured > incident occurs > incident rises to a reported claim that may or may not be eligible for coverage > claim accepted for adjudication > claim resolution.

Click here to download the PDF.

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.


October 16, 2019 * Port St. Lucie, FL
*NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents "Manage Everyday Stress with EFT Tapping - An Evidence Based Self Help Therapeutic Method" with Nancy Polites, LCSW, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Watercrest Senior Living - St. Lucie West. Registration is free. This event is sponsored by Watercrest Senior Living.

October 17, 2019 * Fort Lauderdale, FL
*NASW-FL Broward Unit presents "Chemsex, MSM and HIV: A Perfect Storm" with David Fawcett, LCSW, PhD, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. Registration is FREE for NASW Members and $20 for Non-members.

October 19, 2019 * Miami,FL - UPDATED
*NASW-FL Miami-Dade Unit presents "Social Workers' Peer Support Group & Chair Yoga Class" with Martha Vallejo, LCSW & Edith Caballero, LCSW, RYT-200from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Keiser University.
Please join us for our Peer Support Group from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a Chair Yoga Class beginning at 11 a.m. Please bring comfortable clothes for yoga practice. You can bring your own mat if you prefer; however, mats will be available for use. No experience necessary. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Registration is free.

October 21, 2019 * Boca Raton, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - South presents "Fundamental Concepts of Schema Therapy" with Joshua Kates, 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. This workshop is sponsored by Brightstar Care.

October 25, 2019 * Jacksonville, FL 
*NASW-FL Northeast Unit presents "Psychotherapy - Choosing an Effective Treatment" with Fred Sacklow, LCSW Facilitator, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pablo Creek Public Library. This informal meeting will be your chance to share what has worked for you and what has not in your direct practice with your clients as well as to hear from others the lessons of experience and treatment. It will be an opportunity to discuss cases and talk about what has been an effective psychotherapy practice intervention or technique. Maybe you have a book, manual, work-sheet or homework suggestion that you have found useful. Community referrals are also welcomed. Come network with us and share with your colleagues the journey and status of your psychotherapy practice.
Registration is free.

October 26, 2019 * Miami, FL
*NASW-FL Miami-Dade Unit presents "Basic Concepts and Techniques of Internal Family Systems" with Bette Galen, MSW, LCSW,from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Keiser University. Registration is $30 for NASW members, $45 for non-members and $15 for students.

October 28, 2019 * Leesburg, Florida
*NASW-FL Lake/Sumter Unit - presents "Lifestream Behavioral Health Services" with Kristen Hopper, LCSW, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at Leesburg Library. Registration is free for NASW Members and $15 for non-members requesting continuing education credits.

October 28, 2019 * Sarasota, FL
*NASW-FL Sarasota-Manatee Unit presents "What's Cooking in Tallahassee: A Preview of the 2020 State Legislative Session" with Ruth Brandwein, MSW, PhD, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Goodwill Manasota. Registration is FREE for Members and Non-Members and $10.00 for Non-Members who want the CE Credit.

October 28, 2019 * Clearwater, FL
*NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit presents "Mission Possible: Preventing Burnout in Social Work Thru Self Care and Nurture" with Luis Rosa, PhD,from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Empath Health/Suncoast Hospice. Registration is free for NASW members and $10 for Non-members.

October 29, 2019 * Daytona Beach, FL
*NASW-FL Volusia/Flagler Unit presents "Dangerous Clients, Documentation and Liability" with Kian Jacobs, LCSW & Kim Devine, LCSW, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Caribbean Jack's. Registration is $27 which includes CEU and dinner. Dinner includes entree, bread and non-alcoholic drinks. Pre-Pay only. There will be NO on-site registration.


November 8, 2019 * Orlando, Florida
*NASW-FL presents "DSM & ICD-10-CM" and "Ethics and Technology" with Sophia F. Dziegielewski, Ph.D., LCSW, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center. "DSM" is from 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon and "Ethics and Technology" is from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. You may attend one or both workshops. Registration fees are Members: $45 for one workshop/$75 for both and Non-Members: $55 for one workshop/$85 for both. 

Hotel Rooms are available for $122.00 by registering online at:

November 8, 2019 * Pensacola, Florida
*NASW-FL Northwest Unit - presents "Children's Grief: Ethical Consideration for Grief Support After a Traumatic Death" Webinar presented by National Alliance for Grieving Children from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Pensacola State College/Warrington Campus. There is no charge to attend. Continuing Education credit available for $25. Cash or Check ONLY. Lunch will be provided by Vitas Healthcare. To register for this webinar or for more information, please contact Lelanya Taber at 850-530-4268 or at

November 11, 2019 * Palm Beach Gardens, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - North presents "What Every Social Worker Should Know About Immigration Law" with Gina M. Fraga, Esq. from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Barry University, PB Gardens Campus. Registration is FREE for NASW members and $10 for non-members. Acosta & Fraga Law, PLLC is generously sponsoring dinner.

November 18, 2019 * Boca Raton, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - South presents "Relationships in Addicted Families: When Normal People are Impacted by Abnormal Situations" with Kathryn Shafer, PhD, LCSW, CAP, E-IAYT, 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. This workshop is sponsored by Retreat Behavioral Health.

November 18, 2019 * Sarasota, FL
*NASW-FL Sarasota-Manatee Unit  presents "Open Forum on Licensure for Beginners" with Kerry Dennis, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP, CSAT, SAP, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Goodwill Manasota. Registration is FREE for NASW Members and $10.00 for Non-Members.

November 21, 2019 * Tallahassee, FL
FSU presents Advisory Workshops: Ethical Use of Technology in Social Work with Earl Ledford, LCSW, CST, CAP from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Opiate Addiction with Dr. Eugene Sun, MD, from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and Medical Cannabis with Josephine Krel, LCSW, from 2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. This is a fundraiser with proceeds supporting student scholarships.
Registration is $60.00 full day; $30.00 half day; and $30.00 students.


December 7, 2019 * Lakeland, FL
*NASW-FL Heartland Unit is hosting a Heartland Holiday Fest from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join the Heartland Unit in celebrating the holiday. More information to follow soon.

January 2020

January 13, 2020 * Palm Beach Gardens, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - North presents "Gaslighting and Other Forms of Emotional Abuse" with Sara Trosty Walsh, LCSW, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Barry University. Registration is FREE for NASW members and $10 for non-members.

January 20, 2020 * Boca Raton, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - South presents "Dementia: Clinical Issues that Arise in Working with Patients and Caregivers" with Alyse November, 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. This workshop is sponsored by CSI Caregivers Services.

January 27-28, 2020 * Tallahassee, FL - Save The Dates
*NASW-FL will host Legislative Education Advocacy Day (LEAD).  

February 2020

February 17, 2020 * Boca Raton, FL
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - South presents "Intimate Relationships: Healing through Mindfulness Sex" with Sally Valentine, PhD, LCSW, QS, CSTS, 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 2020

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 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.

May 2020

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.