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Why I Voted

Dear Colleagues,

This long-awaited election holds the promise of change for many of the people we serve. As social workers, we select candidates based on both personal and professional values, and although we may not all agree on all the changes, (or all the candidates), we know that elections have consequences. This is your last chance to impact the 2020 elections - the last few days and weeks to participate in a process that our predecessors fought for.

This month, many social workers and social work students have made short videos about why they vote. With the hope that this moves any colleagues who haven't voted yet, Here is what moves me to vote:

I cast my ballot in honor of my grandparents, on both sides, who came to this country early in the last century, seeking freedom from oppression and opportunities for their children and grandchildren. I am living with those opportunities today, so I also cast my ballot in honor of all immigrants, especially those who are being held in detention, those that risk deportation and those who live in fear of further family separation, and for their children and grandchildren.

I cast my ballot for People of Color who, in today's America, have not been afforded many of the same safeties that my white privilege has afforded me. I also cast my ballot because all people deserve to have equal justice under the law

I cast my ballot for women's right to choose, and for a government that doesn't treat our beloved elders and citizens with disabilities like sacrificial lambs during a pandemic in order to get the economy moving. I cast my ballot for a government that treats people, ALL people, with respect. I cast my ballot for a world where it is safe for people to love who they love and to express their true gender.

Finally, although we are supporting many candidates in this election cycle, I cast my ballot because I was able to vote for Daniella Levine Cava, a social worker and NASW member who is running for the Mayor of Miami-Dade County. I wish I could vote for the other social workers who are running for office, but I am not in their jurisdictions. Mitch Rosenwald, a wonderful Past-President of NASW-FL is running for Oakland Park City Commission and Pernell Bush, who is running for Seminole County Commission are also social workers.

This month's activities have been focused on the elections. We had and continue to have multiple hands and minds involved in getting out the vote. I'm so proud of our PACE Organizer, Jordan Reed, and our student Board members, Neal Sinha and Hakeen Rome, for promoting these efforts. So many Units have hosted Zoom Chats, and many members are volunteering in powerful ways.


Daniella Levine Cava running for Mayor of Miami-Dade County receives a check from member Paul Hunt.

Miami-Dade Unit member Paul Hunt delivers a campaign check to Javier Fernandez.
   
This month we also focused on supporting great candidates. The NASW National PACE Committee endorsed 13 Floridian congressional candidates. I'm also proud of our Florida PACE Committee, who endorsed 27 candidates for state and local offices, and for the many social workers who extended their relationships with candidates by personally delivering the checks. A special shout-out to Miami-Dade Unit member, Paul Hunt who personally delivered 6 checks for us, and met with each candidate.
 
(L-R) Ruth Brandwein PACE Chair Rep Jennifer Webb Dawn Brown Legislative Chair
I could talk about many other great things NASW Florida is working toward for you right now - Our Racism and Justice Task Force and our Licensure and Supervision Committees are in full swing - but more on that NEXT month - this October space is all about creating political change that is consistent with social work values.
 
Many things move us to act and to vote. Share your reasons with others. Those reasons can mobilize others, who can then mobilize others. Vote like your clients' lives depend on it.
 

With great hope,

Susan
Susan Mankita, MSW, LCSW
NASW-FL President
Student Get Out The Vote Rally Monday Oct. 19 at 12 noon ET   
Neal Sinha                                                         Hakeen Rome
nsinha2019@fau.edu                                       hr18x@my.fsu.edu


Time to Get Involved

Volunteer for an election campaign
Only 19 days before Election Day.  There is still time to get involved in the election process. 

If you would like to volunteer for one of the campaigns of the candidates endorsed by the National PACE or NASW-FL PACE, please click here to review the list of candidates with links to their campaigns.  

To volunteer with the the Biden for President Campaign, please visit: https://www.mobilize.us  

Thank You


Next Steps in Your Voting Plan: 
The Answers You Need

You made your voting plan and chose your preferred voting method, but you may still have questions about how to put it into action. 

Using a Vote-by-Mail Ballot (VBM)?
  • I haven't received my VBM ballot yet. What should I do? Call your county's Supervisor of Elections office to ask if you were sent a VBM ballot and when.
  • I received it, but I've got plenty of time to return it, right? Not so much! With this year's heavy vote by mail volume and postal delays, it's super important to return your VBM ballot as early as possible. Fill it out and mail it right away-or avoid possible postal delays by putting it directly in a secure dropbox instead. Check your county's Supervisor of Elections website to find out if there's a dropbox location near you.
     
  • I've already mailed in my VBM ballot or dropped it in a dropbox. I'm done, right? Almost! Keep tabs on your ballot to make sure it was received and accepted. You can check online here: https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus
Planning on Voting during Early Voting Days
  • When and where can I vote early? Check dates, times, and locations of Early Voting sites near you on your Supervisor of Elections website.
How do I Find My County's Supervisor of Elections Website?
Your vote is your voice - use your voice in 2020!


Early Voting Starts Next Week!

Early Voting starts Monday October 19 for most Florida counties.

You can find Early Voting dates, times, and locations on your county's Supervisor of Elections website:
https://dos.elections.myflorida.com/supervisors

Not sure of your county? Check what county your city or town is in here:
https://dos.myflorida.com/library-archives/research/florida-information/government/local-resources/citycounty-list/

Make sure you don't miss out - pick an Early Voting date, time, and location that work for you and put it on your calendar today!

If you already have a Vote-by-Mail (VBM) ballot but haven't sent it in yet and would like to vote in person instead, you can still do so.
Bring your VBM ballot (blank or filled out) with you to your polling place, where poll workers can cancel it so that you can vote by regular ballot.

And if you DO want to use your VBM ballot but haven't done so yet, the time is NOW! 

Sit down, fill it out, make sure to sign the envelope, and either mail it immediately or-better yet-drop it in a secure drop box near you to avoid possible mail delays. 

(The top reason mail-in ballots are rejected in Florida is because they arrive after the deadline-7 pm on Election Day.)

Your vote is your voice-use your voice in 2020!

Elections Challenge




Social and Political Climate
Impact on Mental Health

By: Dr. Brittany Peters
NASW-FL Legislative Committee Member
 
ST. PETERSBURG - Researchers and theorists have concluded that the quality of our mental health is not determined solely by genetics. Our mental health is also nurtured by the environment we live in.
As a woman - a Black woman - a social worker, a Christian, a therapist, and a professor, I view our current events through many different, yet equally important, lenses.

I often reflect on how decisions, such as the grand jury's decision not to charge anyone in the death of Breonna Taylor, may impact the Black psyche. Images of Black bodies lying in the streets or a Black man being shot in the back seven times in front of his children by police officers influence the Black psyche individually and collectively.

Being a clinician, yet very much a human, I am left feeling an overwhelming sense of fear and concern for our nation. These feelings are the sum of my collective thoughts. Believing in the importance of advocacy, action, and social justice, I quickly move to a more important question: what can be done?

Click here to read the full article.


Social Work and Law Enforcement

Calling all social workers who are working in any capacity with law enforcement!  

The Subcommittee on Police Practices of the NASW-FL Race and Justice Task Force wants to know YOUR perspective. 

We are interested in creating opportunities for collaboration between social work and law enforcement  to support safer and more just communities, for both citizens and police.  

We will start with a broad question: What is working and what is not?  

The intention is to identify and then support practices that are working toward safety, anti-racism and justice, and reform those that are not.  

If you are interested in providing your perspective, please email  
info.naswfl@socialworkers.org  with the subject heading "Social Work in Law Enforcement."  

Thank you!

 
Town Halls and Virtual Forum
on Racial Equity

 Schedule

Date
Topic
Town Hall or Virtual Forum
Panelists
Oct 20
2020 Elections
Virtual Forum
Panelists TBD
Oct 23
Economic justice and racial equity
Town Hall or Virtual Forum (could do 10/29)
Angelo McClain, NASW CEO
Mit Joyner, NASW President
Others TBD
Oct 29
Immigration and Refugees
Virtual Forum
Panelists TBD
Nov 3
Election



Notes:
  • Town Halls are 60-120 minutes, on Facebook Live - https://www.facebook.com/naswsocialworkers/
     
  • Virtual Forums are 3 hours per session, from 2-5 PM (ET); they may be subdivided into two 90-minute sessions
     
  • All programming is recorded
     
  • CEs are only provided for Virtual Forums
2021 NASW-FL Legislative Priorities

2021 Legislative Priorities

Click here for more legislative priorities.


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 https://www.socialworkers.org/Practice/Clinical-Social-Work/Billing-Codes/An-Hour-With-Private-Practice; 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
Date
Topic
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 mcoleman.nasw@socialworkers.org

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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.

UNIT NAME 
COUNTIES INCLUDED 
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
Brevard
Palm Beach Unit
Palm Beach, Glades
Broward Unit
Broward
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 2020

October 16, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Volusia/Flagler Unit presents "Virtual Speed Networking with a Self-Care Twist" with Kim Devine, LCSW, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (ET). Join us for a speed networking event with a focus on self-care! Come prepared to share your own self-care strategies and tips to prevent burnout. Get ready to connect and share with each other! Let's help each other sustain our energies, develop our self care routines and help maintain our best selves. Our hope is that each attendee will leave with a few new tips and several new connections! To register, please email: volusiaflagler.naswfl@socialworkers.org

October 17, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Sarasota/Manatee Unit presents "View on Ethics: What Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals Need to Know" with Kerry Dennis, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP, CSAT, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration is $20 for NASW members and $30 for non-members. You will receive the Zoom link and login the day before the workshop. This course satisfies the continuing education requirement for Ethics and Boundaries.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

October 19, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL presents "Student Get Out The Vote Rally!" with Hakeen Rome, NASW-FL MSW Board Representative and Neal Sinha BSW Board Representative, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (ET). There will be a GOTV presentation by Jordan Reed, NAW-FL PACE Organizer. Registration is FREE. You will receive the Zoom link when you register.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

October 19, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - South presents "Mental Health Begins at Birth: Understanding and Supporting Mental Health in Our Youngest Patients, Birth through Age Six" with Halley M. Carmack, MSW, LCSW, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (ET). Registration is FREE for NASW members and $10 for non-members. You will receive the Zoom link prior to the workshop.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE 

October 19, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Sarasota/Manatee Unit is hosting a Business Meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with Kerry Dennis, ACSW, LCSW, MCAP, CSAT. This event will be a business meeting to discuss setting up a Peer Consultation Group for the Sarasota-Manatee Unit. You will receive the zoom link when you register.

October 20, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL presents "Social Determinants of Health and Food Insecurity" with Michael Belusko and Tim Conroy, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (ET). Registration is Free. This workshop has been approved for and offers 1 contact hour. You will receive the logon information when you register. This workshop is sponsored by Mom's Meals.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

October 20, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Northeast Unit is holding their Unit Monthly Planning Meeting on Tuesday, October 20th, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Please join us and learn about the NASW-FL Northeast Unit, future plans and how you can become involved. This meeting will be hosted by Shamara Gibson, LCSW-QS. You will receive the zoom login prior to the meeting.

October 21, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Gainesville Unit is holding a Networking and GOTV meeting on Wednesday, October 21st, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please join us for a discussion of getting the Gainesville Unit Up and Running. There will be a Get Out The Vote Presentation by Jordan Reed, NASW-FL Political Organizer. You will receive the zoom login prior to the meeting.

October 22, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Heartland Unit is holding "Social Work's Call to Action: Domestic Violence and Spiritually-Integrated Interventions workshop presented by April Steen Ph.D., LCSW, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET). Registration: NASW Member - FREE and Non-Member - $20.00. You will receive the zoom information the day of the workshop. This workshop satisfies the Domestic Violence requirement for licensure renewal.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

October 22, 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. This is a Monthly meeting held on the 4th Thursday of the month. This meeting is open to both members/non-members of NASW throughout the state for sharing of community resources, collaboration, networking and case consultation. This meeting will be virtual until further notice. If you have questions for our facilitator, please submit them in advance to central.naswfl@socialworker.org. You will receive the Zoom login prior to the meeting.

October 23, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Northeast Unit is holding a Virtual Book Club hosted by Fred Sacklow, LCSW, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. "The Gift of Therapy" by Irvin D. Yalom, MD, discusses Mr. Yalom's 35 plus years of doing psychotherapy into a guidebook for successful practice.
You will receive the Zoom link prior to the event.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

October 23, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit is holding a Monthly Peer Consultation Group from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Please join us virtually for our recurring monthly Peer Consultation Group. This is a virtual event. You will receive a link prior to the event.

October 28, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Broward Unit presents "Domestic Violence: A Pandemic within a Pandemic" with Patricia J. Omana, Family Services Supervisor for Women in Distress of Broward County, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You will receive a zoom link and login on the day of the workshop. Registration is FREE for NASW Members and $10 for Non-members and $5 for students. This workshop satisfies the Domestic Violence requirement for licensure renewal.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

October 29, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Central Unit is holding a Social Work Month Celebration Subcommittee Group from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Join us the Central Unit planning subcommittee for our Social Work Month Celebration. Members and Non-Members are welcome to attend. Meetings will be held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays via zoom. You will receive a Zoom login prior to the event.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

October 30, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit presents "Fundamentals of Alzheimer's Disease and The Role of The Caregivers" with Debra E. Thrower, MSW, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration is Free. This workshop has been approved for and offers 2 contact hours. You will receive the Zoom link prior to the workshop. This workshop is sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

November 2020

November 9, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - North presents "Private Practice: Everything you Need to Know to Create a New or Enhance your Existing Practice" with Alyse November, LCSW, ACSW, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration is FREE for NASW members and $10 for non-members. You will receive the Zoom link prior to the workshop.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

November 10, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL presents "Diabetes Management: Providing Support for The Best Outcomes" with Michael Belusko and Tim Conroy, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (ET). Learn to interpret food labels and their role in managing healthy diabetic nutrition and explore community support options to help people successfully manage their diabetes during the holidays.

Registration is Free. This workshop has been approved for and offers 1 contact hour. You will receive the logon information when you register. This workshop is sponsored by Mom's Meals.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

November 10, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Central Unit is holding a "Virtual Networking Check-in" hosted by Elizabeth Zuravel, MSW, LGSW,LCSW, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Join us for virtual networking with our social workers, students and active/retired professionals in the Central area. If you have questions or suggestions for discussion topics, please email central.naswfl@socialworkers.org.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

November 16, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL Palm Beach Unit - South presents "Cultural Equity in Therapeutic Conversations" with Keisha Henry, LCSW & Rorri Geller-Mohamed, LCSW, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration is FREE for NASW members and $10 for non-members. You will receive the Zoom link prior to the workshop. This workshop is sponsored by Futures Recovery Healthcare.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

December 2020

December 11 - 12, 2020 * Virtual
*NASW-FL presents "Social Work Licensure Exam Prep Course" with Sophia F. Dziegielewski, PhD, LCSW, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (ET) both days. Registration is: $195 Members and $250 Non-Members. Workbooks will be mailed. After November 24 a $20.00 charge will be added for expedited mailing. Registration ends December 4 at 5:00 p.m. (ET). The Zoom link will be sent prior to the event.CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE