September is Suicide Prevention Month
NASW Virginia Chapter is always looking for ways to provide our members with current information and resources to assist you in all of your practices. September is Suicide Prevention Month and in recognition of this special designation, we are offering you some articles, resources and information, in an easy to access resource.

Reviewing Suicide Prevention Skills - You can hear the words of your graduate school professor: “Pay attention to the words. Social workers need to hear the words their clients say out loud. What are they saying? Unsafe. Uncertain. Unstable. But, it is more than just listening to the words. Pay attention to the behavior. 

Suicide Risk in Schools: What Social Workers Need To Know -  I’m sharing youth suicide statistics because they give you an idea of the scope of the problem and some indication of where to focus your attention.

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.
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.
Conference registration coming in the next few months.
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:

Social Work News & Notes

General Community
Coping With the Emotional Aspects of a Client's Death - Coping with death is challenging no matter the circumstance. The death of a client presents unique challenges for social workers and other helping professionals.



Why private companies are taking on social workers - Social workers in the private sector can help businesses build good relationships with their local communities
Fall Professional Development Opportunities

There is a great calendar full of professional development opportunities available for our NASW-VA 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!
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.
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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.
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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.

Location: Springfield Virginia (working remotely is an option)
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