Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.

Domestic violence does not discriminate. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim – or perpetrator – of domestic violence. It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. We know that this subject impacts many of our members in the NASW Virginia Chapter. So, we want to recognize this month with some important resources for you.

Domestic Violence: The NASW Comprehensive Overview - Domestic violence is a preventable problem that regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, race, nationality or religion significantly affects individuals, families and communities. Even though both men and women are victimized by domestic violence, women are more likely to experience serious physical, if not lethal violence, in their lifetime. 

10 Things Every Social Worker Needs to Know About Domestic Violence -  The implications of domestic violence for social workers are significant; many of the individuals we work with will be or have been affected as primary and secondary victims. Many of our male clients have battered their partners. Many of us have felt the impact of violence in our own families.

Give an Hour
Healthy Minds Fairfax
Informational Session
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
1:00PM to 2:00PM EST
Conference registration coming in December.
Call for Nominations:
NASW Virginia Chapter
Annual Awards!

There is no better way to recognize outstanding social workers in Virginia, then to nominate them for the NASW Virginia Chapter Annual Awards. There are several categories to choose from and we need your suggestions to provide recognition to professionals in our field that excel at their jobs!
Categories include:
Lifetime Achievement
Social Worker of the Year
BSW Student of the Year
MSW Student of the Year
Public Citizen of the Year

The deadline for submission of a nomination is EOB - Friday, February 15, 2019.
The NASW Virginia Chapter will host the the 2019 Annual Conference at a beautiful new venue, the Williamsburg Lodge! This is your organization's opportunity to partner with one of the largest associations of professional social workers and behavioral health professionals in Virginia.

The Annual Conference attracts over 350 social workers and other behavioral health and human services professionals. Our participant’s diversity of practice settings assures an appealing audience for organizations recruiting social work professionals, seeking referrals, or marketing products and services.

To discuss ways to customize a sponsorship to fit your organization's needs, or to simply ask questions about how to get involved in the 2019 Annual NASW-VA Conference, please contact:

NASW RRG Extended Coverage Support in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence

Policyholders can rest assured knowing that their current professional liability insurance protection will cover them during their disaster relief efforts, just as it protects them in their state where they currently practice. The NASW Risk Retention Group (NASW RRG) is pleased to be able to make this unique accommodation for its policyholders who might serve in the affected states and feel secure pursuing those in need for (1) year following a major hurricane.
Social Work News & Notes

General Community
Domestic Violence - A Social Workers Perspective - For a person exposed to domestic violence, one of the most important factors leading to the elimination or reduction in abuse is the ability to recognize the signs. Professionals working in therapeutic fields like social work need to advocate for the development of community support programs to assist victims and families who are faced with domestic violence. 

NASW welcomes introduction of International Violence Against Women Act - Association urges Congress to quickly pass legislation to empower women, girls, communities and nations to end violence

The Complicated Relationship Between Abuse and Tech - An expert on domestic violence and technology responds to Madeline Ashby’s short story.

Social Workers in Higher Education — New Roles, New Opportunities - Changes in America's colleges and universities have created opportunities for social workers to pursue social justice in higher education while addressing the schools' and students' emerging needs. Institutions of higher education today aim to survive in the face of fewer high school graduates and larger numbers of college students who, for many reasons, are at risk of not completing their degrees.
Fall Professional Development Opportunities

There is a great calendar full of professional development opportunities available for our NASW Virginia Chapter members. These workshops, seminars and trainings are being offered throughout the state, to accommodate as many of our members as we can. Click the link below to see the full list of what we have available this fall!
Have something to write about?
The NASW Virginia Chapter is seeking members who are interested in submitting written articles for our monthly electronic newsletter. If you have expertise in a specific practice area, have a topic you believe colleagues are interested in, or you want to report on a “hot topic” please send all inquiries and articles to:

All submissions will be required to sign a release if accepted by the Newsletter Editor!
All submitted articles will be reviewed and approved by the Executive Director before being included in a newsletter.
NASW’s newest member benefit—MyNASW Community—is transforming how NASW members connect, share ideas and resources, and stay up to date.

Visit to update your profile and join the conversation today. Questions? Contact NASW Member Services at 1-800-742-4089 Monday through Friday 9 am-9 pm ET.
MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN - Goochland Powhatan Community Services. Full time. LCSW preferred, other LMHP and license eligible accepted. Electronic Health Record experience a plus. Salary range $41,122 - $43,178. See for details. Open until filled. EOE.
Nancy Carey
Senior Living Advisor
Office: (804) 715-9448
Toll-Free: (866) 218-0801


Care Changes is a free senior housing service helping families find assisted living,
Alzheimer's memory care, nursing homes, retirement communities and home care.

Our Free Service Includes:

  • A Local Senior Living Advisor
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Diamond Healthcare is recruiting for two Program Coordinator-Addictions positions at our new IOP Addictions program. One position is located in the Virginia Beach area and the other in the Churchland-Chesapeake area.

Program Coordinator candidates must be an LCSW and have a have a valid LCSW license and a minimum of 3 years experience. For more details, click below.

DaVita is hiring a Full Time Social Worker ( LMSW or LCSW ) in the Richmond area.
Use your natural gifts and education to help patients and their families cope with the effects of kidney disease. Life on dialysis can be a difficult transition for many patients-and you'll be there to support and advocate for them. In this vital role, you will help patients understand their rights and responsibilities, and guide them in managing the physical, mental, emotional and financial demands of End Stage Renal Disease.
If you love patient-centered health care with real relationships inside a company that encourages fun on and off the clock, then DaVita is the place for you.

Please call or Email Natasha Jones : 850-803-3366 or apply online below
LCSW or LPC (In-Patient)
Psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescent girls and boys located 15 minutes north of Emporia, Virginia seeks experienced licensed or license eligible clinician (LCSW or LPC) to provide therapy and case management services on an inpatient basis. Population served includes adolescent girls and boys with complex developmental trauma, co-occurring mental illness, and substance abuse issues. Position provides individual, group, and family therapy within a psychiatric residential setting. 

Virginia license is preferred. Two years’ formal experience counseling adolescents is preferred. Residential experience is preferred. 

Highly competitive pay & benefits including employer sponsored Health, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance and employer matching 401(k) retirement plan.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and drug free work place. Post offer criminal background and drug screenings required. Position open until filled.

Submit resume and cover letter to:
Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services
Chris Thompson
Attn: Job # 2018-4                                                                           
Fax: (434) 634-6237  

The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center is accepting applications for a full-time Bilingual Mental Health Clinician . Applicants should have a Master’s degree in social work with clinical experience in the program, or Master’s degree in psychology, sociology, or other relevant behavioral science in which direct clinical experience is a program requirement, or a bachelor’s degree plus 5 years clinical employment experience. Must be licensed or eligible for licensure. Preferred applicants will have experience working with delinquent or maladjusted youth in a residential setting, or experience in the mental health or social work field. Apply at or contact us at 540-213-0245.
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Do you have your insurance through NASW Assurance Services? If yes, please take the time to update your information. If not, please learn more about this member benefit by clicking here.  

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