Member News
November 20, 2018
Conference registration opens in December
Call for Nominations:
NASW Virginia Chapter Annual Awards

There is no better way to recognize an outstanding social worker in Virginia than to nominate him or her for the NASW Virginia Chapter Annual Awards. There are several categories to choose from. We need your suggestions to provide recognition to professionals in our field that excel!

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
Sponsor the 2019 Annual Conference
The NASW Virginia Chapter will host 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 the state.

The Annual Conference, scheduled for March 28-30, 2019, 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.

We are currently finalizing our sponsorship offerings, and we are excited to offer a variety of options to you! Watch for additional information in the next few weeks.

Questions? Kristin Berrier at
Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

NASWVA provides high-quality training throughout the year, and across the state, for our members. The full calendar of upcoming opportunities can be found here.

You might be interested in one of our upcoming classes, including...

  • Licensure Exam Prep (11/30 + 12/1 in Hampton OR 2/1 + 2/2 in Charlottesville). This class (14 CE Hours) will prepare you to take your clinical level examination required by most states to become a LCSW. Our proprietary course material was written by LCSWs with 35+ years of experience, and offers insight you won't get anywhere else. The course provides a review of key material, test-taking strategies, practice question review, and tips for success.

  • Core Clinical Supervision (12/7 + 12/8 in Richmond OR 2/22 + 2/23 in Woodbridge). This 14 hour course fulfills the training requirement mandated by the Virginia Board of Social Work to provide clinical supervision for LCSW candidates. The interactive class, which incudes presentations plus small and large group discussions, will cover topics such as the purpose and function of supervision, related ethics issues, and theories and models of supervision. NASW was the first to offer this course in Virginia, and you'll learn the proprietary material from experienced instructors who have been teaching the class for years.

  • REGISTRATION JUST OPENED! Trauma Informed Care Certification Program (Cohort 4). This 42-hour Certificate Training Program was developed specifically for master’s level behavioral science LCSW practitioners interested in a NASW Virginia Trauma Specialist Certification credential, certifying you as a specialist in Trauma Assessment and Trauma-Treatment Focused Intervention in the State of Virginia. The training takes place in three separate parts (all in Richmond): Part 1 is January 18 + 19, Part 2 is February 15 + 16, and Part 3 is March 15 + 16. Please note, you must sign up for and complete all three sessions to receive certification.

  • Match Point: Overcoming Games Played in Supervision & Crafting Successful Group Supervision (1/25 + 1/26 in Roanoke, NOTE: you can take one or both days; each day is 7 CE hours, including 2 CE Ethics hours). During these highly interactive seminars, attendees will engage with other professionals to strengthen their foundation of today’s best practice knowledge and enhance their skills to function effectively in the critical role of clinical supervisor. Day 1 explores the games played in supervision, while Day 2 focuses on the dynamics of group supervision. These courses can be taken instead of or as a follow up to Core Clinical Supervision. Each course counts toward the 14 hour training requirement mandated by the Virginia Board of Social Work to provide clinical supervision for LCSW candidates.
November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month
The goal of hospice and palliative care is to improve the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual quality of life for people living with a serious illness and their families. The terms hospice and palliative care describe two distinct but closely related models of care, both interdisciplinary in nature and available across a wide range of settings.

Palliative care seeks to prevent or relieve pain—which can be physical, psychosocial, or spiritual—and other symptoms associated with serious illness. The condition may be either life limiting (terminal) or chronic. Likewise, individuals may access palliative care at any point throughout the illness, from diagnosis to cure or death; they may also pursue curative care simultaneously. Hospice is a form of palliative care focusing on support and physical comfort at the end of life —generally defined, in the United States, as a life expectancy of six months or less. Hospice also includes bereavement services for families of hospice patients, and many palliative care programs do as well.

(Source: NASW Occupational Profile: Social Workers in Hospice & Palliative Care, 2010)
LEARN MORE about the topic & the role of social workers...

Watch the video below for a great explainer on similarities and differences between hospice and palliative care:
Image Source: Pew Charitable Trust
NASW’s newest member benefit — the 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.
Update Your Insurance Info

Do you have insurance through NASW Assurance Services? If yes, please take the time to update your information. If not, learn more about this member benefit by clicking here.
Enroll today at  
or call 855-385-2160

Diamond Healthcare , a national leader in behavioral healthcare, is excited to announce the roll-out of our brand new Addictions Intensive Out-Patient Program (IOP) currently in Virginia Beach, Richmond, Suffolk, and Warsaw, Virginia.

We are seeking qualified VA Licensed LCSWs with 2-3 yrs. related work experience. This is not your typical desk job but will involve on-site, off-site and tele-work.

Check out the job details by going to Diamond Healthcare’s career page and enter Program Coordinator in the Job Title, Keywords search at . You can apply through the website or email
your resume directly to .