December 2023 Chapter Update

Thank you for your membership with NASW. Take a look at our upcoming chapter events in December 2023. Read more about 2024 Conference Planning, upcoming webinars (earn CEs!), national and state updates, and more.

Jeremy Arp, MSW, ACSW

Executive Director, NASW-WA


NASW-WA Chapter 2024 Conference Updates!

The Chapter's Conference Planning Committee is engaged in preparation for hosting an in-person statewide social work conference in September 2024 in Washington. The team has selected a theme: "Building Connections for a Socially Just Future. "The Conference is planned for September 19-21, 2024 at Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights, WA (near Spokane).

In preparation for the Conference, our team has developed a Call for Presenters. We're seeking social work professionals interested in presenting in-person workshops or keynotes that are in line with this year's theme. Click here for the Conference Call for Presenters. Our deadline for responses is December 15, 2023!

The Planning team meets on December 18th and will assess where we are with presentation submissions. Our next steps include posting the call for sponsorships, posting the conference agenda, and securing volunteers for the event. Stay tuned!

Award Nominations Open for Social Work Month 2024! 

Each March, NASW-WA honors the accomplishments of social workers and community members during our Social Work Month Celebration.

Do you know someone who should be recognized? Nominations are open for our 2024 Awards! Read the award descriptions and more online here.

Once you are ready to nominate, click the "Award Nomination Form" button to submit a nomination! Please submit your nomination by January 31, 2024.

Legislative Updates

State Updates

Save the Date: The Chapter's Legislative Action Committee (LAC) will host the 2024 NASW-WA Policy Conference on Monday, February 19, 2024 in Olympia. This year, we will offer an in-person opportunity to learn about the policy process in Washington and discuss NASW-WA's policy priorities for 2024.

The LAC will meet on December 16th to identify additional bills of interest that fall under the legislative priority areas of social work professional issues, mental health/SUD, social justice, economic justice and other issues of interest. The Chapter worked to secure sponsorship of the social work compact. To find out more about the compact, go to As bills are prefiled during the month of December, the Chapter will add bills to our website and share with chapter members.

DOH Committee Recruitment Notice: Mental Health Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Social Workers Advisory Committee

The Department of Health (DOH) is recruiting to fill an upcoming professional vacancy as well as a public member vacancy on the Washington State Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers Advisory Committee. The committee provides advice to the secretary of health on issues related to licensees’ practice. The secretary appoints all committee members.

Current vacancies on the committee:

  • One advanced social worker (there is an immediate vacancy for an LASW, don’t apply if you are an LICSW)
  • One mental health counselor
  • One marriage & family therapist
  • One public member

For more information about the recruitment notice, click here.

National Updates

You can advocate via NASW’s action alerts, here. Action alerts that are currently open include:

  • COMPLETE Care Act (S. 1378/H.R. 5819)
  • Integrating Social Workers Across Health Care Settings Act (H.R. 4638)
  • More Social Workers (MSWs) in Libraries Act (H.R. 3006)
  • Community Mental Wellness and Resilience Act (S. 1452/H.R. 3073)

Survey to Improve CSW Reimbursement

Beginning January 2024, NASW is participating in a national survey, Clinical Practice Information (CPI), to improve reimbursement rates for clinical social workers. The primary goal of the survey is to gather current and accurate data on practice expenses and hours spent providing patient care. 

Click here for additional information. 

Participation in the survey is strongly recommended to ensure that updated data is gathered to improve clinical social work reimbursement.

ZOOM FORMAT: An Hour with Private Practice: Questions & Answers

NASW Members Only...FREE

When: Third Friday of the Month 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET

An Hour with Private Practice (HOPP): Questions & Answers is a free members-only question-and-answer session that provides members with important clinical social work updates affecting the delivery of mental health services in a private solo or group practice. Join us in 2024 to take part in the discussion, ask questions, and comment on private practice topics.

Next Session

No HOPP in December 

NASW Virtual Career Fair

Calling all social work job seekers! Join us at NASW's highly anticipated FREE Virtual Career Fair on January 30, 2024, from 10am to 4pm ET. You’ll be able to connect with a diverse array of professionals and esteemed companies, interview for positions, and explore promising new career paths in social work—all within an interactive virtual setting.

Register today at

NASW Student Event Series

NASW invites all social work students and recent graduates to our student-focused series to enhance your skills and connect you with colleagues from across the country. NASW members and non-members are all welcome to attend. NASW student events are held on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm ET.

Registration is free.


Advocacy & Building Coalitions in Social Work: Where to Start?

Thursday, December 21, 2023

6:00-7:30 pm ET

What happened in 2023 politically and what was social works' role? NASW invites all social work students to a special event to end the year, where we will recap some of the year's big advocacy and coalition efforts, discuss ways students can be involved in state and national initiatives, and to hear from our student community about your legislative and advocacy priorities going into an election year.

Register for "Advocacy & Building Coalitions in Social Work: Where to Start?"

Call for Presenters

Are you interested in presenting a workshop for NASW-WA? We have an open call for presenters for our ongoing continuing education series held throughout the year (live, virtual, or recorded).

Click here for more information about what we're looking for!


Chapter Classifieds

NASW-WA offers a space on our website for text-only classified ads. Go to:

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