Wow, we have been a busy bunch of social workers “horsing” around Kentucky! We spent last Saturday having a wonderful time at the beautiful Murray State University – Hopkinsville campus. The energy and enthusiasm from our presenters, Hank Cecil and Jenny Koranyi, and attendees was incredible. It was so rewarding to spend a summer Saturday with student and professional social workers gathered together to learn, network, and experience new programs. Hank is well known as an excellent presenter and his new Social Workers and Technology was very well received. Jenny, our Western Branch Chair, brought her three miniature ponies with her for first NASW-KY presentation and shared her passion for people and ponies and how she started her own non-profit called Dreamfeather Equine Activities.

It was honestly one of those “aha” moments in life when you are thoroughly enjoying every minute of a new experience and reflecting on the things that you need to do to follow your passion and dreams. It was the realization that we were exactly where we needed to be to have our “batteries” recharged, new friendships made, and lots of great discussions on future programs and events. It was clear that with all of this great new technology, we are often missing that human connection we need as social workers. We had people driving hours each way to come and play with the ponies and get CEU’s in person and that meant the world to us. We all have so many things to do and be responsible for that I fear we sometimes miss out on the simple pleasures in life…like watching three little ponies prance, pose, and play while teaching us about animal therapy and building your own non-profit.

So, we are committed to offering more innovative and inspiring events and conferences and hope you will enjoy all of the attachments and make some plans to attend. We have also posted some great programs from Morehead State and we will be there providing some snacks so please contact them to register. We are so excited about our collaboration with Norton Hospital in Louisville to offer a lunch and learn series from February to November and have posted two flyers for this month and October. We will be working up a flyer for our November 28th program at Norton from 4-7pm with Ethics for Re-Licensure with Geoff Wilson. LCSW. Speaking of Geoff, check out our NASW Louisville Conference on 9.26.18 and sign up today! And we just added yet another Norton two day training that they sent us this week with reduced conference fees for NASW-KY members! A shout out of gratitude to Jean Vaughn, LCSW, for this wonderful Norton Healthcare collaboration!

We are ecstatic about our new South Central Branch Book Club and hope to offer this in all branches if you are interested! Join us in your comfy clothes and enjoy socializing and chatting about Brene Brown at the Mellow Mushroom in Bowling Green this fall. We are also working on a flyer for our November 10, 2018 “Self Care Saturday” in Lexington and you won’t want to miss this one! More plans being made with the great folks in Hazard for a one day event this spring and a meet and greet we are working on for October, our two day “annual” conference in Louisville on April 16 and 17 with NASW-IN, and another event in Northern KY for the spring following our Disabilities Empowerment conference (5 FREE CEU’s) on October 9th. Whew…

Most importantly, do you have a passion and program you would like to share with your social work peers? Please reach out to us and let us know as we are all about supporting the great works of our own social work peers right here in Kentucky. We are hoping to implement a collaboration in other regions as we are doing with Norton in Louisville, so share your thoughts with us so we can get more FREE lunch and learn CEU’s across our state to keep you happy as NASW-KY members!

Our Open Forum is scheduled to be held on October 3rd so please plan to attend and share all of our information here as far and wide as possible!

And please check out the fantastic MyNASW! Students and professional social workers are raving about the abundance of connections and conversations you can have with this new membership service, so if you haven’t checked it out, here you go:

Brenda Rosen

KSCSW and NASW to Host Open Forum for Legislative Candidates Oct. 3

Do you know which legislative candidates you are going to vote for in the upcoming statewide elections? Are you wondering what positions candidates take on specific issues affecting the lives of clinical social workers and the clients we serve? If so, be sure to attend the special legislative forum that KSCSW and NASW will host on Wednesday, October 3. Open Forum: Electing Decision Makers with Clarity on Social Issues will begin at 6 pm at the Farish Theater of the Central Library in Lexington.

The NASW Code of Ethics clearly states that, “Social workers should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice.” Voting is the most essential form of advocacy, but it’s not always easy to find out exactly where a candidate stands on policies that shape Kentucky’s efforts to “meet basic human needs and promote social justice.” This forum will give you the chance to ask questions and get answers directly from the candidates themselves.

KSCSW and NASW have invited all incumbent and challenging legislative candidates from districts in Fayette and surrounding counties to attend this open forum. The table below shows all the candidates who have been invited, highlighting those who have agreed to participate in green and those who have declined in red. This table will be updated all the way up to the event, so check back often to see the status of candidates from your district.

Take Action Now!
You don’t have to wait until October 3 to begin participating in the Open Forum. If any candidates from your legislative districts listed below have not responded to their invitations to the October 3 forum — or if they have declined to attend — we encourage you to reach out to them directly and encourage them to participate. And if you have any questions you would like to ask a specific candidate, or all of them, please share those questions in the Comments section of this blog post. We invite KSCSW members to share all their election-related thoughts, questions, and concerns with each other in the Comments section.
Open Forum: Electing Decision Makers with Clarity on Social Issues
Candidates Invited
Green Red

Senate Candidates
District 12: Paula Sester-Kissick  (D) vs. Alice Forgy Kerr* (R)
District 13: Reggie Thomas (D) vs. Unopposed
District 22: Carolyn Dupont (D) vs. Tom Buford* (R)
District 28: Denise Gray (D) vs. Ralph Alvarado* (R)
District 36: Sheri Donahue (D) vs. Julie Raque Adams* (R)

House or Representatives Candidates
District 39: Russ Meyer* (D) vs. Unopposed
District 45: Josh Hicks (D) vs. Stan Lee* (R)
District 56:  Joe Graviss (D) vs. Daniel Fister
District 62: Jenifer Urie (D) vs. Phillip Pratt (R)
District 72: Emily Ferguson (D) vs. Matthew Koch (R)
District 75: Kelly Flood* (D) vs. Unopposed
District 76: vs. Ruth Palumbo* (D) vs. Richard Marrs (R)
District 79: vs. Susan Westrom* (D) vs. Josh Irvine (R) …………Susan Westrom is joining us!!
District 78: Gregory Coulson (D) vs. Mark Hart* (R)

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