I don’t know about you, but the older I get the more I appreciate the new year and welcoming a blank slate of 365 days of endless possibilities to get me energized and excited. I have always been someone who aspires to “do one thing a day that scares me” because without challenge we can’t grow and discover new things about ourselves. I was very inspired by a Facebook post from a lovely social worker who shared the most fascinating video highlighting 1 second clips from each day in 2018. I was mesmerized. She shared both the difficult and demanding times of some days and the sweet moments playing with her new puppy and enjoying laughter with her friends. I was amazed at how much can be translated in a simple second and how often I take these moments for granted. In 365 days, we have 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes, and 31,153,600 seconds. What will we do to make the most of our time in 2019? Maybe we begin with a simple word at the beginning and end of our day that helps to inspire and comfort us. Maybe we follow with permission for those days when we just want to curl up and go to bed and ugly cry with a pint of ice cream when we get home from a grueling day at work. And maybe we just appreciate taking a few seconds to close our eyes and focus on our breathing to remind ourselves that there will be thousands of minutes and millions of seconds ahead to face the challenges and enjoy the celebrations.
It is critical for us to practice self care as the new year has also beckoned a less than positive beginning with the longest shutdown of our federal government in US history, our state’s ongoing pension battle and attack on public education, the Medicaid waiver program, and numerous other issues that speak to our need to advocate for our vulnerable citizens and social service programs. It is exhausting, frustrating, and as social workers, speaks directly to us as we navigate this most brutal political climate with the goal of dialogue and resolution. So our “ask” of you is to share your thoughts about what legislative priorities matter the most to you and your clients. For example, we are in complete support of engaging, educating, and empowering issues such as the connection between animal abuse and human violence and will be scheduling a Train the Trainer program with Kentucky Link Coalition. On February 14, we will be in the “People’s House” giving out hugs, hope, and our voices in support of the ban on conversion therapy in Kentucky. And we are still navigating the restructuring issue and promise to keep everyone updated as soon as we have some clarification on recent actions and efforts on our behalf. We have countless opportunities to strengthen our social justice and advocacy muscles and use our voices, our expertise, and our determination to change things for the better in our bluegrass state.
Please remember to schedule your Thursday, March 7th to join NASW-KY, Kentucky Society for Clinical Social Work (KSCSW), Kentucky Association of School Social Workers (KASSW) and the Kentucky Association of Social Work Educators (KASWE), as we celebrate 2019 Social Work Lobby Day and Rally in the Rotunda at 1pm! Our flyer and updated Advocacy Tool-Kit will be sent out next week so please share this information widely! Last year we celebrated with over 350 social workers from across our state and this year we want to top that number and bring together social work students and professionals to enjoy the day together. Please remember to set up your appointments with your representatives in the morning as our Rally in the Rotunda will begin at 1pm. Check out this link for more information: https://capitol.ky.gov/Pages/capitoloverview.aspx
We also want to share how much fun we had mailing out the lanyards and gratitude messages to everyone. It was fun stuffing the envelopes and seeing all of the different areas across the state they were headed to and we hope you enjoy wearing them with pride. Please let us know if you did not receive your lanyard as some were returned to us for insufficient addresses. We are also preparing to send them out to our new members who joined in December and throughout 2019. Our new Membership Coordinator, Anna Thomas-Brien, is thoroughly enjoying her phone calls and chatting with members so we hope you look forward to talking with her. We are very committed to making sure we engage and celebrate your membership and commitment to NASW and our Kentucky chapter as well as all of the fantastic things our national office is doing for us and our profession. We are working on our 2019 calendar of events and have welcomed four new Branch Chairs to our board who are joining a very dedicated group of Branch Chairs so this year will prove to be a very busy and enjoyable one across our state. We are also committed to increasing our Meet, Mingle, Mentor events in each Branch so that we can build peer support and networking opportunities and hope you will join us for these events.
So I will end my message with another “ask” to please email us with your ideas for events and programs. Would you like to present a CEU? We want to hear all about it and support the extraordinary talent we have in Kentucky. What issues matter to you that our chapter can support as we build our legislative priorities for 2019? And most of all, what can we do to continue to show our gratitude and support for all you do, day in and out, for our citizens and agencies?
In peace and solidarity,
In peace and solidarity,
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
**Our NASW Kentucky Facebook page is growing rapidly so please check it out for important information, silly posts, and meaningful shares
https://www.facebook.com/NASWKentucky/ We also want to highlight the new MyNASW from our national office as this is a fantastic way to reach out and connect with members across the country. Check it out: www.socialworkers.org
PURCHASE AND WESTERN BRANCHES:
We are so excited to invite you to our Meet, Mingle, and Mentor event on January 28th at 6pm in Paducah at the Mellow Mushroom! Please join us for a fun evening as we kick off the first of what we hope will be many opportunities for us to get together in 2019! Pizza will be provided. Members and non-members are welcome. In fact, we are looking for a new Purchase Branch Chair to join our NASW-KY Board of Directors so come and hear more about this wonderful opportunity too!
JEFFERSON BRANCH: Please see the end of this email for our winter series!
We will have our branch events for winter/spring sent out within the next few weeks so be ready for some wonderful programs coming your way!
**Let’s spread the word about this amazing conference AND submit proposals too!
2019 Rural Social Work Conference
44th National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas
July 17 – 19, 2019, Murray State University regional campus, Paducah, KentuckyLink: Conference Information for potential presenters and registrants
Theme: Rural Social Work and Education:
Educating and Practicing in a Time of Rapid Social, Cultural, and Political Change
Location Map: regional campus in Paducah, Kentucky
for information Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-809-6286 with questions
**Please check out the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy conference in Lexington on January 22, 2019. We are offering 5.5 CEU’s and this is one of the best and most cost effective conferences around:
**HEARTLAND BOOK CLUB! 18 CEU’s for $49.00:
Earn 3 CEUs for each book that they read and pass a short
quiz with a score of 80% or more. The group will read six books per year so participants can earn up to 18 CEUs per year depending on their state(s) of licensure.
Read interesting books related to social work
Connect with other social workers to grow their professional
network and learn from their peers
Participate entirely online so the program can work with
people’s busy schedules
Hold themselves accountable to reading by being part of a cohort
To sign up please visit
and follow the steps to sign up. The program is $49 per year for chapter members and includes the online quizzes for CEU credit.
Members receive $20 off
the full price of $69 with this code: MOAK2018277
**One of our most important priorities this session and ongoing will be addressing the connections between animal abuse and human violence as we mentioned above. Please check out the Kentucky Link Coalition on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/kylinkcoalition/
This is why I am for an Animal Abuse Registry. Here are the local ordinance bill and the state bill:
Other prefiled state bills:
DV/dog, cat torture bill: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/prefiled/BR66.htm
Hot Car http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/19RS/prefiled/BR120.htm
Lastly, Senator Paul Hornback is suppose to file these bills this session: bestiality with a felony penalty and amending the KRS which prohibits vets from reporting animal abuse.
**LICENSURE PREP OPPORTUNITIES:
Be sure to tell them you heard about it from NASW-KY
We are very grateful to our NASW-NYS chapter for opening their Licensure Prep Webinars to us: https://naswnys.org/learningcenter/testprep/
**Norton Healthcare and NASW-KY are proud to continue our collaboration with monthly lunch and learn programs that are scheduled between February and November. As NASW-KY members, you can earn 10 FREE CEU’s over the year. The topics and presenters are excellent and it is a great way to meet people while you are learning. We are also determined to copy this program in other regions, so let us know what you would like to present, or offer a space to host, and we will send out the information and bring the snacks and CEU certificates and continue to build our regional programs to better serve our members and future members.
Here’s our flyer for our Norton Healthcare and NASW-KY:
Norton Healthcare and NASW-KY are proud to present:
Transgender Concerns in the Medical Setting
All Norton Staff, NASW-KY Members, and community social workers are invited to a presentation by Amirage Saling
Ms. Saling is a Medical Case Manager at the 550 Clinic. She has worked extensively with the LGBTQ community. She will address healthcare related issues specific to the Transgender population, along with the emotional components associated. There will be opportunities for questions and a sharing of concerns.
Please join us on Friday, February 15th, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Norton Brownsboro Hospital
1st Floor, near cafeteria, 1 West Classroom
4960 Norton Healthcare Blvd, Louisville, KY 40241
To register, email jean.vaughn@NortonHealthcare.org Please, include your name and KY social work license number, and NASW membership number if you are a member.
Sign-in at the door begins at Noon
This activity will provide 1 hours of continuing education units (CEU).
NASW-KY will provide Social Work CEU Certificates following the presentation for all those who have attended the program and completed the evaluation.
Cost: Norton staff and NASW-KY members attend for free.
Non-members will be charged $10, payable by check or cash at registration on February 15th.
Save the Date: Palliative Medicine 3/27/19 and Care of the Blind 4/1019.