August Newsletter

From the Executive Director


Summer has been a very busy time at NASW-KY as we are planning some great conferences and CEU events across our state. You will not want to miss the above regional events in Hopkinsville and Louisville in September. Hank Cecil has created a NEW Technology and Social Work course that you just can’t miss and Jenny Koranyi just received approval from MSU to bring her two little four legged buddies, Chewy and Slim Jim from Dreamfeather Equine Activities, to her afternoon session so be sure to check out the attachment above and sign up ASAP!

We are kicking it up in Louisville too so please check out Geoff Wilson’s NEW “Helping the Alcoholic and Addict Recover: What I’ve Learned from Those Who Have Shaped Our Field” and his LCSW Supervision According to KY Law. Please check out the above flyer and sign up as seating is limited and the cost is very reasonable. We are also thrilled to be partnering with Norton Hospitals in Louisville to provide CEU’s (free for members!) once a month at lunch time (or end of day for longer programs) between February – December. We will be sending out a flyer as soon as we have our November program finalized, so be sure to save the dates!

We are very excited to be discussing with NASW-IN, NASW-OH, and NASW-WV opportunities to add KY required courses such as Ethics for Re-Licensure during their annual conferences. We are also chatting with NASW-IN about a conference in Louisville for April 2019 with the always amazing Jim Holler as our keynote for the entire first day! Lot’s of great things ahead for our KY chapter, so please keep your ideas and input coming so we can build more programs.

Upcoming Conferences:

September 9 – Hopkinsville Regional Conference (1st attachment)
September 19 – Norton Hospital/NASW-KY 11am – 12pm
September 26 – Jefferson Branch Regional Conference (2nd attachment)

Save the date:

October 11 – Disability Empowerment Conference – Covington, KY 5 FREE CEU’s!
October 11 – KY Board of Social Work Meeting – Morehead
October 12 – Norton Hospital/NASW-KY 3:30-5:00pm
November 3- Self Care Saturday – Lexington

**CEU events being planned for Morehead, Bowling Green, Hazard, and Somerset with more information to follow!

From the President: Lessons from the Joint World Social Work Conference

As you may have already noticed from our Facebook page, I had the pleasure of attending the Joint World Social Work conference in Dublin, Ireland this week. This conference is the third of four biennial ‘Social Work, Social Development’ conferences, each of which focusing on one of the ‘four pillars of the social work Global Agenda.’ This year, #SWSD2018 focused on the third pillar: Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability. Prior to the conference, the IFSW, IASSW, and ICSW published a series of observations and recommendations from around the world. For anyone interested in reading about these findings, you can access a free version online. Just click on the link below, select the PDF version, and click Download Now.

Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: 3rd Report

One obvious topic that was presented throughout the conference, as you can glean from the theme, was environmental justice issues. On a global scale, presenters drew the lines between global warming and the influx of refugees resettling around the world. This issue has very real implications in the United States, especially as the Trump administration is accepting historically low numbers of individuals to resettle in the country. Essentially, as environmental degradation occurs, and people are driven from their homes, countries such as the U.S., who have a direct hand in climate change, are shirking responsibility for the refugee crisis. We should be outraged and active in opposing this response.
Additionally, it was encouraging to hear the topic of environmental justice being addressed by social workers in Appalachian regions! No doubt, sustainability is an important subject for us Kentuckians. The Commonwealth has witnessed devastating effects of mining and mountaintop removal. Reliance on fossil fuels not only harms the physical wellbeing of Kentucky, but it hurts the people. The rates of unemployment, opioid addiction, and certain health issues are very real and undeniably related to the state’s reliance on fossil fuels. At the same time, social healing is invariably connected to the coal industry. Resolving one issue, then, cannot be accomplished without addressing the other.
Decolonizing Social Work
On the subject of social sustainability, there were a large number of symposiums and workshops confronting issues such as racism, discrimination, and inclusion. One session in particular asked attendants what it would mean to ‘decolonize’ social work. In short, researchers and practitioners were seeking to understand how social work can maintain its reputation as a helping profession and simultaneously undo some of the historical practices that have contributed to colonization across the world. In delivering services to indigenous peoples, for example, what practices could be changed that respect and promote the beliefs, traditions, and cultural values of clients? Similarly, how do social workers respect and promote non-Eurocentric approaches to client wellbeing? These questions were ultimately not answered by the presenters, though that did not seem to be the point. In fact, according to them, part of the problem is that these questions have either been previously ignored or not considered by past social workers. Indeed, the social work profession has some hard questions that need to be answered. However, answering these questions with dignity and respect will promote the progress of this profession and the celebration of social justice.
Concluding Thoughts
No doubt, we social workers are passionate about healthy human connections. Taking part in this conference not only promoted that ideal, but it set this connection on a larger scale. Organizationally, I look forward to the connections I made during the conference and look forward to bringing international social work issues to Kentucky. As a professional, I was excited to see the varying types of practices implemented by social workers in different countries. It can be easy to get caught up in U.S.-based practice and forget that things are done differently all over the world. Where this conference excelled was in its capacity to bring together social workers and collaborate with one another toward the same goal: making our communities healthier and more sustainable.

What’s New With PACE?

Our NASW-KY PACE Committee has been very busy in 2018. We want to recognize Merry Miller, LCSW, for her incredible commitment as the Chair of our PACE Committee for many years as we credit her with the continued success and commitment to excellence that she brought to our PACE committee. Merry revolved off of our committee at the end of June and we wish her well on her new adventures. We are very grateful to Hank Cecil, LCSW, for continuing as our treasurer and very excited to welcome Amy Cappiccie, LCSW, PhD, as our new PACE Chair following three years on our national board of NASW. It is very important to note that Merry, Hank, and Amy have also served on our NASW-KY board and we will never be able to thank them enough for their hard work and inspiration.

The PACE committee works very hard to interview candidates that exemplify social work values and social justice issues regardless of political affiliation for NASW-KY endorsement. We are very proud to be endorsing the following candidates for office and sincerely request that you reach out to them to offer to help with canvassing, calls, letter writing, etc. as your schedule allows. Rep. Susan Westrom, Nicole George, and Julie Tennyson all hold MSW degrees, and Zach Brien is a very active attorney. For more information about PACE, please check out this link:


News From National

What an exciting time to be a member of NASW as the recently unveiled MyNASW has proven to be a huge hit for social workers across the country to communicate with each other. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do and let us know what you think. We also want to know if you want to add a KY chapter section for just our members as part of MyNASW to announce updates, conferences, etc. Please let us know by emailing Brenda at:

We hope everyone received this valuable and timely read from NASW. It is worth repeating as spiritual care in social work is a very important topic in our profession.

LGBT+ Mental Health Conference

Calling all social workers who may work with LGBT+ clients! On October 12th and 13th, Eastern Kentucky University is hosting its first LGBT+ mental health conference. A variety of workshop topics will be available, including LGBT+ inmates, rural individuals, and Latino members of the community. CEUs will be available, and cost for professionals is only $75! If you have research that you are interested in presenting, there is still time to submit an abstract. For more information, please go to We hope to see you in October!

“3rd Annual Mental Health and
Addiction Treatment Symposium”

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

The goal of the Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Symposium is to provide attendees with an up to date, enlightening day of training presented by seasoned clinicians working in the mental health and addiction treatment fields in and around Kentucky! Some of the topic areas for this year’s Symposium include:

Enhancing Therapeutic Alliance in Adolescent Treatment
Motivational Interviewing
The Lexington Needle Exchange Program
Persons vs Disorders: Artifacts of the Medical Model
Suicide and Substance Use Disorders: A Current Epidemic
The Treatment of Eating Disorders

7 CEUs will be provided in the following disciplines:
Social Work, LPCC, LMFT, Psychology, Alcohol & Drug Counselor, School EILA,

Cost: $75.00
Location: Northeast Christian Church
990 Star Shoot Parkway, Lexington, KY 40509
7 CEUS will be provided for multiple disciplines!!

Keep an eye out for registration information in the near future!!!!