Happy New Year and more!


The first day of a new year is one of infinite inspiration and possibilities.  2017 will indeed be a year of great potential, power, and purpose.  We have ahead of us some very formidable challenges and concerns, but we certainly know how to use our voices, our skills, and our passions, as we pave a new direction in this new year.  But for today, we will simply breathe and reflect on what we want to do to celebrate January 1, 2017…..the first day of the rest of our lives…

I am not one for resolutions.  Fun to make, easy to break, but nonetheless, they do serve the purpose of prompting us to think of things we hope to accomplish, change, tackle, explore.  But for today, keep it simple.  We’ve got a lot ahead of us, so for this first Sunday of the new year, find your peace…..be silly, take a nap, read for fun, take a walk, journal, Netflix binge…..no guilt, just the sheer enjoyment of rewarding ourselves for all we survived and accomplished in 2016, and all we have to look forward to in 2017.

Lot’s of exciting things ahead for Kentucky social workers, beginning with the information below.  On behalf of our Board of Directors, thank you so much for your continued support of NASWKY.  2017 is going to be a very busy year for all of us and we are honored to work with you and grow our Kentucky Chapter together.

In peace and solidarity,



We will be sending out a lot more newsletters in 2017, so please be sure to read them all and share your thoughts with us….and please check your junk/clutter boxes to make sure you aren’t missing out on our newsletters.

We are thrilled to have four awesome college interns this semester to work with us on LOBBY DAY, MARCH 7, 2017 and many other projects.  We will be sharing some of our conference news within the next few weeks and some of our Branch plans too.  Over the next five months, EVERY MEMBER of NASWKY will be contacted by us in an effort to personalize our service and to make sure everyone feels connected, so if you get a message from NASWKY, it really is us and we want to hear your thoughts and get to know you!



Kentucky NOW will join Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky, ACLU of Kentucky, Kentucky Health Justice Network, Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and others on January 4th and 5th, 2017  in Frankfort for the We Are Kentucky Day of Action.

January 4th (700 Capital Ave, Frankfort)
11:00am – Press conference and speakers, Annex Room 111
January 5th (700 Capital Ave, Frankfort)
10:30am – Arrive at the Capitol for direct action training and lobbying training, followed by an opportunity to speak with your legislators. Location within the Capitol TBA.
1:00pm – Rally in the Capitol Rotunda, including speakers
Join Our Bus (Louisville and Lexington)
We are excited to be able to offer a FREE bus to those traveling to our January 5th Day of Action from Louisville and Lexington!
For those in Louisville, the bus will depart at 9:30am sharp from the Oxmoor Mall near Von Maur at 7900 Shelbyville Rd. Please arrive by 9:15am to ensure that we leave on time.
For those in Lexington, the bus will depart at 9:30am sharp from the Fayette Mall near Dillards at 3625 Nicholasville Rd. Please arrive by 9:15am to ensure that we leave on time.
We need ALL of you to be with us as we approach the 2017 session! We need to send a clear message that we will NOT back down and we will NOT go back!
Register today: tinyurl.com/weareky
We hope to see you there!
Karen Conley
KY NOW-VP Action


Workshop: “Advocacy – Every Voice Counts!”
Monday – January 9, 2017 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky 1640 Lyndon Farm Court, Louisville 40223
Presented by Sheila Schuster, Ph.D. with Legislators and Health Advocates also presenting!
This workshop is free to all unless CE credits are requested, but registration is required. 3 CE credits are being offered. Register today at:


Legislative advocacy – changing public policy for better outcomes – is important for health and mental health professionals, consumers, family members and advocates. The legislative process and ways to make change happen through advocacy will be described from the perspective of an experienced lobbyist/psychologist, legislators and others who know Frankfort well. Questions to be addressed: “How can I make my voice heard? Why get into the game? How can I become a player? How will I influence the outcome?”
Event Registration is Required; there is no fee if CE Credits are not requested.


Don’t miss out on this information on the Women’s March on Washington – Lexington January 21, 2017 at the Courthouse in Lexington, KY.  NASWKY will be there and we will be marching, talking, advocating, and celebrating our voices!!


Our Facebook page is incredible, so please check us out at:  NASW Kentucky

National Association of Social Workers-Kentucky Chapter, 76 C. Michael Davenport Blv