Children & Families Connection

February 2020 Newsletter
Welcome to NASW-Tennesse's new e-newsletter. This is a monthly publication focused on supporting your work with children & families in Tennessee. Monthly issues are emailed to our members and shared with the public through our Facebook page and website . Each issue includes a theme for that month, the latest information and research related to children & families, as well as tools and resources you can use in your practice.
February is Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual observation and celebration of the achievements and culture of Black Americans and takes place in February of each year in the United States.

Numerous men and women, such as Thyra J. Edward, Eugene Kinkle Jones, Marcus Garvey, Mary Church Terrell, and E. Franklin Frazier, to name a few, have been recognized throughout history as meaningful contributors to concepts and ideals that underpin the social work profession. We are a stronger community because of their work and the work that continues today as a result.

The theme, as promoted by the Association of the Study of African American Life and History, is African Americans and the Vote. This theme was selected in recognition of the centennial of the women's suffrage movement and th e sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment, which granted black men the right to vote following the Civil War. We would encourage you to read the full synopsis which can be found here.
Social Work Month in March is a time to celebrate the great profession of social work.
The theme for Social Work Month 2020 is Social Workers: Generations Strong.
The theme has various meanings. As we enter a new decade it is important to look back and honor the powerful, positive impact the social work profession has had on our society for generations.
We also want to spotlight the life-affirming work that social workers from all generations — from the Greatest Generation to the Z Generation — are doing. And since NASW is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2020, Social Work Month is a great opportunity to remind social workers of the important work NASW has been doing for decades and the need to join.
NASW-TN Member Spotlight
Bewindi Bobb, LCSW, is a native of Saint Lucia and has worked in the field of Social Work since 2006. She holds a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She began her career as a therapist in a residential treatment center working primarily with teens, but she also enjoyed family therapy. She has worked in medical social work, in Utilization Management and has also served as a Clinical trainer and consultant. Bewindi was integral in developing an Intensive Outpatient Program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those with mental health diagnoses. She continues to work in the field of mental health in leadership roles and also started her own private practice, where she continues to serve teens, families, and professionals. Bewindi has always desired to help people through her professional career and enjoys seeing the growth in her clients. She deeply values diversity in practice and proudly serves clients from various cultural, ethnic, personal, and professional backgrounds. Her greatest piece of advice would be to listen with the goal of understanding others' perspectives, rather than with the goal of being understood. Bewindi is a member of the NASW because she desires to represent the profession well. She currently serves as a board member for NASW-TN as the Professional Issues Representative. She also appreciates the discounted training opportunities and is honored to represent her professional field through her membership.
Black History Month Events in Tennessee
Black History Month Resources
Want to present on a social work topic in 2020?

We are currently developing our Continuing Education calendar for 2020 and looking for presenters!

Free, one-stop resource for TN families to raise healthy and happy kids. kidcentral tn features articles on health, education, development and more. It also includes a searchable directory for state-sponsored services for children &families.

The site is maintained by the Tennessee Commission and Children and Youth.
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