NASW-KY Updates!

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Happy New Year fellow social workers and friends! With a few weeks of those “new year, new you” resolutions under our belts, I hope that you are still going strong. With that, I hope that you have resolved to continue to fight the good fight for social justice and equality. In a changing political climate, it is so important to have your voice heard and STAND UP against discrimination and oppression.

The five NASW social justice priorities are Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Immigration Reform, and Economic Justice/Equity. All of these areas are currently being threatened by changes in the political landscape. We must continue to fight to restore voting rights to those who have had been involved with the criminal justice system in the past as well as continue to fight to tear down the barriers some face in order to cast their votes. We must continue to fight against the crowding of prisons with minorities and impoverished persons as well as fight against turning prisons into goldmines for private businesspersons.

Immigration reform continues to be a hot topic as we enter a new political era where immigrants and minorities are being targeted with hate and malice, and the recent ban on specific countries from entering the US has resulted in an outcry across the globe.  We have made great strides in this country and in this state to move to a more just and more equitable system; however, there is a lot of room to grow and plenty of opportunities for improvement. Let’s not get tired now!

Social workers were on the front lines over a century ago fighting for social justice and equality. Women like Jane Addams and Francis Perkins and men like Whitney Young Jr. paved the way for us to advocate. Let us learn from them and work together to support our clients and those who never walk through our doors, but have been oppressed and discriminated against.

Join NASW-KY and other social workers on March 7th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, for Lobby Day at the Capitol. Make an appointment with your legislators to let them know that you will not quietly sit by while decisions are made to stifle our clients’ self-determination and continue to oppress individuals in Kentucky.

Dr. April Murphy
President, NASW-KY


Find your Legislator –
Leave a message for your Legislator – 1-800-372-7181
Contact your Legislator at home –
To call the Governor –        502-564-2611  TDD: 502-564-9551
KY Government Website –
Legislative Calendar line – 1-800-633-9650
Bill Status line –                  1-866-887-9016

Be sure to check the calendar for all of the Advocacy days beginning on February 7th!  Your presence is critical and your voices matter, so please join us in Frankfort as we advocate and support other agencies and networks across KY!

For a LOBBY DAY 2017 flyer, please email me at:

Our Advocacy Training is from 10am-11am and we will provide a FREE 1 CEU for all who attend this program.  Because space will be limited, we will be using Facebook Live so that those present can also receive a CEU from other locations in the Capitol.  From 11am-1pm, please plan to visit your legislators, enjoy lunch, and network with social workers from across the state.  Our Rally in the Rotunda will be from 1pm-2pm, and we have a great program planned so you won’t want to miss it!

As we have shared before, we will be posting artwork, statements about social work, pictures, etc., along the basement corridor, so please let your creativity flow and share some of your passions about our profession with our legislators and community partners!  We will begin displaying your works of art on March 3rd, so please contact me with questions, ideas, and how to deliver your items at:


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J. Jay Miller, Ph.D., MSW, CSW
Assistant Professor, College of Social Work, University of Kentucky
Associate Faculty, Child Welfare Training Resource Center, University of Kentucky
President, Foster Care Alumni of America – KY
Chair, KY Board of Social Work
Chair, KY Juvenile Justice Advisory Board



Hello, my name is Tiffani.  I am a senior social work student at Morehead State University. I also minor in Spanish language & culture and chemical dependency. I love the macro side of social work because I feel as if it keeps me in touch with my community and that is extremely important to me. Along with being an NASW intern this semester, I also serve as the branch chair of the Northeastern KY region. I would love to hear suggestions from our members about activities for meetings and things we can do as NASW to increase membership and build strong relationships with our social work colleagues. I am looking forward to 2017 being a great year for our profession!

NASW-KY is thrilled to have Tiffani on our Board of Directors and as a social work intern this semester.  Tiffani’s passion, energy, and joyful spirit has been a wonderful addition to NASW-KY.  We hope you will join us for Lobby Day so you can meet Tiffani and also hope you will join her Northeast Branch activities and events in 2017!


Looking for CEU’s in the Louisville area?  Check these websites:

Kent School of Social Work CEU’s:




           ************Friday, February 3rd****************

Dear Survivors of Torture Recovery Center Community Partners and Friends,

Ms. S. K. Lockhart, a local artist and ardent supporter of the Survivors of Torture Recovery Center (STRC), will be hosting two upcoming art exhibition receptions (with local musicians performing live and tasty tamales to consume) at her solo art show at Gallery K, now located at 976 Barret Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204 near the location of what once was Lynn’s Paradise Café.There is ample parking in the back of the building. The receptions will be held on Friday, February 3rd (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm) and on Friday February 17th (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm). Her line and pastel drawings highlighting the quest for justice and the need to cultivate empathy towards ourselves and others will be featured under the exhibition title of “The Language of Tears.” Ms. Lockhart has graciously committed to gifting 15% of her exhibition proceeds to the STRC.For more information, please contact:

We are so excited to announce our first 2017 NASW-KY regional conference in Paducah at the MSU campus on Saturday, March 25 from 9-4pm.  We will be offering Ethics in the morning and an afternoon program to be announced shortly.  We will have our registration open by the end of next week, so please mark it on your calendar!