September 2017

I am proud to be from a state where our elected leaders stand up to hatred and racism and where so many of our fellow residents are willing to take to the streets for justice. Thank you to those of you who spoke out against the violent attacks in Charlottesville and proudly represented our social work values at the Boston Counter-Protest and Resistance Rally. As I said in our statement , combating racism starts with us.

Of course like so many others, I have been thinking a lot about the victims of Hurricane Harvey. In many of the news stories I've listened to about efforts to support the victims, social workers have been mentioned as essential front line personnel. I'm so proud to work for the advancement of a profession and an association whose focus is helping to heal the world in times of great trauma each and every day.

Here at the Chapter our September e-news is focused on maximizing your membership. We have started a new section, "Membership Hub," with all kinds of valuable information for you. Our goal is to help members maximize their involvement and build on the momentum from the Counter-Protest and Resistance Rally in Boston to be leaders for justice in our state.

And speaking of leaders, our new Political Director, Sophie Hansen, LCSW, starts today and we are thrilled to welcome her! You can learn more about Sophie below and how to be in touch with her.

As always, please contact me anytime with questions, concerns, or comments. I'm eager to hear from you.

In solidarity,
617-227-9635 x16

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  • Chapter Updates
  • Social Work Action Center
  • Private Practice
  • Symposium 2018
  • Licensing Test Prep
  • Fall CE Opportunities
  • Fall CE Opportunities - Western MA
  • Focusing on FOCUS
  • National Opportunities
Undergraduate Students Taking Full Advantage of Membership
Hello, I’m Kelsey and I am a BSW student at Salem State University. I currently serve as a board member for NASW-MA. I decided to get involved because I strongly desired the opportunity to branch out of the classroom, build connections, and develop as a future social worker.
Before I became a member, I thought I was ineligible because I am an undergraduate student with no field experience yet. You do not have to be an experienced social worker nor graduate to become a member. I would have joined sooner if I did my research. Let me tell you what I was missing out on!
To all students and new social workers, I urge you to take advantage of all NASW-MA has to offer. The chapter offers a special membership discount to BSW and MSW students. Student memberships offer scholarships and a Licensing Test Prep course that prepares graduates for Social Work Licensing Examinations. The chapter offers a mentor program that connects mentees to experienced professionals who work clinical or macro social work. There are opportunities to get involved in legislative advocacy and access to events that can enhance one’s knowledge on current policy issues.
It is essential to build relationships with other social work students and professionals at a time where you are getting your foot into the social work field. Networking strengthens professional development and ideas between one social worker to another. I welcome you to become engaged and informed in issues that matter to you. Be prepared to become a professional social worker!
The Social Work Movement and Your Membership
The mission of NASW is unique in that we advocate for social workers, their practice, and clients. It is with that dual mission in mind that I evoke lessons from Hull House, the place where our movement was born, out of a community of like-minded professionals dedicated to achieving equity and social justice for their communities. They endeavored to improve the lives of their working class, often immigrant neighbors, through educational programs, health services, and social reform.

Today, we have the memory of our noble beginnings as a movement, as well as each other. We live in times of political uncertainty, and Jane Addams’ message of community should resonate with us all - now louder than ever.

NASW is your professional organization that supports your development through programming like our Apgar’s License Test Preparation course and our Social Work Safety in the Work Place Program. We are your platform for community organizing and advocacy around issues that focus on professional issues, justice, and human rights. This legislative session, NASW-MA is on the front lines advocating for issues such as social work loan forgiveness, limiting retroactive denials of insurance claims (clawback), paid family and medical leave, safe communities, and more. Through our efforts as a community, we brokered the monumental Social Work Safety law ensuring all Massachusetts social workers have the tools they need to practice safely and peacefully.

NASW is your community and network of professionals who support and expand the capacity of your practice. I look forward to connecting with you and hope we can find ways to maximize your membership, together.

For peace, love, justice, and equity,

Henry J. de Lima, MSW
Membership and Program Manager
617-227-9635 x67
The theme of Ruth Bournazian’s career as a social worker has been collaboration. To date, Ruth is the MA Chapter’s longest active member, and her NASW roots run deep. Ruth was a charter member of NASW, joining as a social work student in 1955. Ruth was also instrumental in founding the New Jersey Chapter of NASW, working to unify the northern and southern halves of the state. Later, in the 1980s, Ruth served as the NJ Chapter’s first woman president and as the chair of the Northeastern Coalition of the Delegate Assembly, collaborating with NJ, NY, and New England states.

Ruth’s career has taken her all over the United States. She started her career in New York City working at the Bureau of Child Welfare while attending Fordham University School of Social Work. She finished her degree at the University Of Chicago School Of Social Work before returning to NYC. As a field director and faculty member at New York University, Ruth worked on a grant to understand why social work students were avoiding entering the field of child welfare - today’s equivalent of working at the Department of Children and Families. Ruth later worked on a federal grant at Rutgers University to develop curricula and trainings for social workers in the addictions field. At Rutgers Ruth was able to earn her PhD and become a faculty member and the Dean of Continuing Education and Professional Development.

Reflecting on her long and interesting career, Ruth said, “It is the opportunities laid before you that determine what you do.” She never missed an opportunity to try something new and expand her engagement with the field of social work. Even now, as a retired social worker living on Cape Cod, she created and organizes the Network of Human Services and the Care Community. The group brings over twenty different human services agencies together to meet face-to-face and collaborate on common objectives like alleviating poverty, creating affordable housing, and increasing access to child care. When she started the group people told her no one would come, but now the group hosts two forums each year on relevant and timely topics, like creating fairer tax policies, convening over 70 attendees at each session. In her spare time she also volunteers at a local thrift store and consignment shop to connect Cape residents with resources in times of emergencies. 
Laflyn Wilson, a new NASW-MA board member and long-time social worker at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in Springfield, is committed to changing the world. In his role as an adolescent social worker, Laflyn works with adolescents ages 16 to 22 to prepare them for adulthood. He works with youth to teach them life skills, prepare them to live independently, and help them transition to college, because, admittedly, “none of us had it figured out at 18.” He prides himself on being someone the youth he works with can count on and someone who can help them achieve normalcy in their lives. Laflyn does things like visit students away at college or help others go to prom by securing dresses and hair and makeup appointments - cultural rites of passage for so many. 

As he works to change the world, he also wants to help de-stigmatize DCF. That work starts with better understanding what DCF does. For many, it is hard to talk about the work DCF does, but it is a necessary part of our society. Laflyn describes the work of DCF as going to the darkest corners of Massachusetts and pulling kids out. DCF is the light; rescuing youth from the dark and helping them thrive. 

Laflyn has not always been a social worker; in fact, he has had quite an interesting career path, motivated by his fascination with human behavior. He once had the opportunity to earn his PhD in neuroscience, but once he became a father, he became more interested in first, being a better dad, and second, helping people be better citizens. Later, he got the chance to open a day care center in a low-income area of Springfield. Most of his customers were single minority mothers. Growing up with a single minority mother himself, he knew that this was his opportunity to provide a controlled environment that would help children be better off. In his pursuit to help people elevate themselves “one degree at a time,” he offered the moms at his daycare free child care if they were working or in school.

Years later, as a social worker at DCF, he says that his job is “almost fun” and plans to stay in this role for a long time. His most recent pursuit, joining NASW-MA’s Board of Directors, is an opportunity for him to be part of a larger system and be in “rooms full of people who want to change the world."
Welcoming New Staff
Sophie Hansen, LCSW
Political Director

Sophie Hansen graduated from Simmons College in 2016 with her MSW specializing in Children & Families. She comes from a clinical background, giving her a great connection with our clinical members and she is passionate about drawing the connection between clinical practice and public policy. She has a deep commitment to issues of social and economic justice and human rights. This passion has manifested in several ways, including: being the MSW student ambassador for NASW-MA, lobbying with local nonprofit organizations in Boston, and canvassing on federal, state, and local campaigns for progressive candidates. This past June, Sophie completed the six month-long Emerge program, which is a nationwide network providing the political prowess needed to help Democratic women get elected to office.

In her role as Political Director, Sophie will work with members to advance NASW-MA’s legislative agenda and will be looking to members for input on what issues are important to your career and your clients. She will also be the lead point of contact for NASW-MA PACE and the Legislative Education and Advocacy Day event (LEAD).

Sophie is thrilled to be joining the Chapter at this exciting time for the organization and would love to connect with you about ideas and feedback as they relate to political engagement in social work. Sophie's additional areas of interest include: child welfare, mental health care, sexual assault and domestic violence, and voter engagement including increasing youth participation.

To be in touch with Sophie, email her at or by phone 617-227-9635 x12.
Nominate a Colleague for a Social Work Award
NASW-MA Awards Deadline is 9/30/17!  Nominate a social work colleague who is breaking new ground, leading the profession in a new direction, or taking a social issue and moving it forward for a  NASW-MA Chapter Award .

Submit nominations by 9/30/17 here .  
Help us Fight for Livable Wages and Paid Leave
Collect signatures with NASW-MA and Raise Up Massachusetts. 

NASW-MA is a member of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition, which is working to ensure everyone in our state can earn a living wage so they can make ends meet, feed their families, and be healthy. We're also working to secure paid family and medical leave for all Massachusetts workers because no one should have to choose between caring for a loved one and keeping their job.

Email Sophie Hansen to help us collect signatures for Paid Family and Medical Leave and a $15 Minimum Wage! We have a goal of collecting 1,000 signatures between September and November. Your help will make a big difference! You can also attend the Minimum Wage Hearing on 9/18. Details below.
Join us to Advocate for the ACLU "Freedom Agenda" on September 27th in the State House
NASW-MA will join the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of MA to advocate for its "Freedom Agenda" - a suite of bills to protect immigrants, fix our broken criminal justice system, advance privacy, and safeguard reproductive freedom. 

ACLU-MA's " Freedom Agenda" is closely aligned with NASW-MA's legislative agenda and we are a co-sponsor for the Freedom Agenda Lobby Day. More details on the 9/27 Lobby Day below.
Upcoming Hearings & Lobby Days
9/18/17 -  Minimum Wage Hearing, Gardner Auditorium, State House, 1 - 3 pm. 

9/26/17 - Death with Dignity Hearing, Location TBD, Time TBD

9/27/17 - American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) "Freedom Agenda" Lobby Day, MA State House, Nurses Hall, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm. Register here.
Join a Committee or Shared Interest Group
9/18/17 -  NASW-MA Addiction Shared Interest Group, NASW-MA (14 Beacon St, Suite 409, Boston), 6 - 7:30 pm.

9/19/17 -  NASW-MA Legislative Advocacy Committee, NASW-MA (14 Beacon St, Suite 409, Boston), 6 - 7:30 pm.

9/25/17 -  NASW-MA Criminal Justice Committee, MassHousing (1 Beacon St, 6th floor, Boston), 5:30 - 7 pm. Please RSVP to

Get involved! See a full list of our 30+ member groups and contact information here .
Practice Alert:
Clinical Social Workers Be Aware - New Claim Change Coming
Medicare number changes for beneficiaries begin April 1, 2018. This change will impact reimbursement for clinical social workers who will need to provide new Medicare numbers on their claim forms in order to avoid payment denials.

Read NASW's full alert here.
Webinar: How to Frame Messages and Talk about Children in Immigrant Families
FrameWorks will present findings from messaging research they recently did on Children in Immigrant Families. Participants will learn about what works and what doesn’t (do this/don’t do that). Colorado Children’s Campaign will also share how they communicate about children of color in their state, including building authentic relationships with affected communities and redirecting media requests that don’t fit into our frames.

Webinar Date: September 7, 2017 | Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Register for the webinar here .
Service Exclusively for Private Practitioners - Fall Special!
Don't miss your chance to save big on referrals! They practically pay for themselves.

Now through November 2018,
New SWTRS members get 25% off the 2017-18 fee

Join the Social Work Therapy Referral Service (SWTRS) to gain:

  • New Clients
  • Expanded Referral Base
  • Connections to Other Clinicians in Private Practice

Our call volume is higher than ever before!
Private Practice Manual -  Still on sale, get yours today! 
Purchase your copy of the NASW-MA Private Practice Manual, 5th Edition for everything you need to start or maintain your private practice. Members pay only $60 and get free shipping! This edition includes new features such as:

  • Creating Your Business Structure: Which Business Entity is Best for You?
  • Billing Providers and Online Billing Services
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Telemental Health
  • Ten Commandments of Risk Management
  • Selling a Clinical Social Work Practice 

The August E-newsletter mistakenly advertised the member price as $40. The correct price is $60. We apologize for this error.
Symposium 2018 Updates: Everything you Need to Know Right Here!
Save the Date: April 12-13, 2018
Exhibit, Advertise, or Sponsor at the Largest Gathering of Social Workers in New England
Symposium 2018 offers a wide range of promotional packages to accommodate all budgets and is a unique opportunity to:

  • Promote your brand to 800 practicing social workers from all over New England
  • Network with 1,000 professional attendees, vendors, sponsors, and presenters
  • Gain brand awareness with hundreds of influential community member

For more information, email Cassandra Prager, or visit:

Registration for attendees will be available soon!
Thinking about taking the licensing test? Don't miss these courses!
10/14/17 - Simmons College, details will be available on our website soon.

11/4/17 - Western New England University, Springfield. Register here.

Visit our website ( ) regularly for updates and feel free to reach out to Henry de Lima, Membership and Program Manager, for more information on Licensing Test Prep:
Continuing Education Opportunities this Fall
Interesting and low-cost workshops for you!
Love, Sex & Self-Respect: Your Body Holds the Keys
9/15/17  -  Love, Sex and Self-Respect: Your Body Holds The Keys [3 CEs] , Holiday Inn, Dedham, MA, 9 am - 12:15 pm. Register  here
NASW Fall Film Festival: Manchester by the Sea
9/17/17 - NASW Fall Film Festival: Manchester By The Sea [3 CEs] , The Studio Cinema, Belmont, MA, 2:00 - 5:30 pm. Register here .
Safety In The Workplace For Social Workers In Private Practice and Other Settings 

9/28/17  -  Safety In The Workplace For Social Workers In Private Practice and Other Settings [3.5 CEs] , Grand View Farm, Burlington, MA, 9 am - 12:45 pm. Register  here
Book Club: Chasing the Scream
Start reading now!
10/3/17 - NASW Reads Book Club: Chasing the Scream [2 CEs], AdCare Outpatient Services, Worcester, MA, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Register here.
2017 Annual School Social Work Conference
10/20/17 - 2017 Annual School Social Work Conference - New Social/Emotional Learning Initiative: What You Need to Know
with The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education [5.5 CEs], Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, 8;45 am - 3:30 pm. Register here .
NASW Fall Film Festival: Moonlight
10/22/17 - NASW Fall Film Festival: Moonlight [3 CEs], The Studio Cinema, Belmont, MA, 2:00 - 5:30 pm. Register here .
Culturally Informed Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
10/23/17 - Culturally Informed Psychodynamic Psychotherapy [3 CEs], Grand View Farm, Burlington, MA, 9:30 am - 12:45 pm. Register here .
NASW Fall Film Festival:
3 Generations
10/29/17 - NASW Fall Film Festival: 3 Generations [3 CEs] , The Studio Cinema, Belmont, MA, 2:00 - 5:30 pm. Register here .
Relationship-Based Health Care and Coaching
11/3/17 - Relationship-Based Health Care and Coaching [6 CEs], Upper Student Union, Regis College, Weston, MA, 9 am - 4:30 pm. Register here .
NASW Fall Film Festival: Untouchable
11/5/17 - NASW Fall Film Festival: Untouchable [3 CEs] , The Studio Cinema, Belmont, MA, 2:00 - 5:30 pm. Register here .
Integrating Sensory Motor Techniques in Group (and Individual) Treatment with Trauma Survivors
11/17/17 - Integrating Sensory Motor Techniques in Group (& Individual) Treatment with Trauma Survivors [3 CEs], The Walker Center, Newton, MA, 9 am - 12:15 pm. Register here .
Exclusive member benefit: relevant and timely workshops for members in the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley
Addiction Update: What You Need to Know
9/13/17 - Addiction Update: What You Need to Know [1.5 CEs], MA Dept. of Mental Health, 333 East St., 4th floor, Pittsfield, 12 - 1:30 pm.

Advance registration is not necessary. Free for NASW members, $10 for non-members.
Is Our Culture Shortening Our Attention Span: What Social Workers Need to Know
9/14/17 - Is Our Culture Shortening Our Attention Span: What Social Workers Need to Know [1.5 CEs], Dewey Common Room, Smith College, Northampton, 7:30 - 9:00 pm.

Advance registration is not necessary. Free for NASW members, $10 for non-members.
Identifying and Managing Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults, Couples, and Families: Psychotherapy Guidelines 
10/18/17 - Identifying and Managing Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults, Couples, and Families: Psychotherapy Guidelines [1.5 CEs], MA Dept. of Mental Health, 333 East St., 4th floor, Pittsfield, 12 - 1:30 pm.

Advance registration is not necessary. Free for NASW members, $10 for non-members.
Social Work in End of Life Care
10/19/17: Social Work in End of Life Care [1.5 CEs], Dewey Common Room, Smith College, Northampton, 7:30 - 9:00 pm.

Advance registration is not necessary. Free for NASW members, $10 for non-members.
Enhancing the Social Work Profession in the Berkshires
11/15/17 - Enhancing the Social Work Profession in the Berkshires [1.5 CEs], MA Dept. of Mental Health, 333 East St., 4th floor, Pittsfield, 12 - 1:30 pm.

Advance registration is not necessary. Free for NASW members, $10 for non-members.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Addictions
11/16/17 - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Addictions [1.5 CEs], Franklin Medical Center (Conf. Room A), Greenfield, MA, 7:30 - 9:00 pm.

Advance registration is not necessary. Free for NASW members, $10 for non-members.
October FOCUS
FOCUS is the premiere monthly social work publication in MA and an exclusive NASW-MA membership benefit. 

October's issue will include:

  • Be a Local Advocate: How Social Workers Can Keep Giving Back Amidst Crisis
  • MassHealth Delivery Transformation: Getting to the Social Determinants of Health
  • Joining the Fight for Paid Leave and a Higher Minimum Wage
  • Rallying in Support of Affordable Homes and Communities
  • Clinical Practice Today: Social Work and the Opioid Crisis
  • Embracing Diversity (and Acknowledging it Mindfully)
  • Career Services: Do Social Workers Need a LinkedIn Profile?
  • Two Movie Reviews, Fall CE Program Updates, and more!
Select your Employer Package for the 2017 NASW Virtual Career Fair!
The 2017 Virtual Career Fair is on September 14 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT. This is the perfect opportunity for employers to connect remotely via instant messaging and Skype integration with diverse, top social workers from across the nation who are interested in job opportunities. You can view the various booth level packages here .
Nominate a Leader for the Council on Social Work Education Board
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) seeks nominations of qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors and National Nominating Committee . By serving on a governing body, you will have the opportunity to network and expand your leadership skills while contributing to the CSWE mission to ensure and enhance the quality of social work education. This is an exciting time to join the leadership of CSWE as we prepare to develop our new strategic plan.

Nominations are due by 10/2. More information here.