JULY 2017 NEWSLETTER

Greetings, Kentucky Social Workers!

My name is James Haggie, and I am honored to be the President of the NASW Kentucky Chapter Board of Directors for the 2017-2019 term.

First things first, we owe a debt of gratitude to the members cycling off the board after serving their terms. Their advocacy, effort, and tireless energy are sincerely appreciated.

We have facilitated some very well attended regional conferences across the Commonwealth throughout 2017 so far, and had a very successful Lobby Day at the State Capitol back in March. The driving force behind these recent events has been the new Executive Director, Brenda Rosen. Brenda brings an energy and passion to this organization – and her timing could not be better. Our Board for this term is vibrant, dynamic and diverse, all of us looking to further the interests of our noble profession in which ever way we can.

Now, we turn our attention to this next session.

Look for a statewide conference in 2018, a continuation of the smaller, more regionally focused satellite events, and our increased presence during the 2018 Legislative Session in Frankfort including Lobby Day 2018 on Thursday, March 8, 2018. We also want to continue to foster the spirit of collaboration within our membership, as there are a great many new practitioners who are just entering the field that could benefit from the words of wisdom of some of our more well-established professionals. We are starting a private group through our social media to support our social workers that are themselves in recovery, going alongside them as they walk the line between person and professional in their own practice.  Please see below for more information on this group.

But most importantly, we are here to serve you – our membership.

Please renew, and encourage others to join us on our journey. Our strength lies in our numbers, and in the support which we can provide to each other as we protect our professional credentialing, promote our values, and work for the people of this, our Commonwealth.

I look forward to meeting you all soon.

James

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We wish to announce our new NASW-KY Board of Directors for 2017-2019:

President –   James Haggie

1st Vice President – Karen Moore

2nd Vice President – Tony Goodwin

Secretary – Erin Warfel

Bluegrass Branch Chair – Jessica Bowman

Eastern Branch Chair – Thomas Bartley

Jefferson Branch Chair – Renee Sartin

Lake Cumberland Branch Chair – Taylor Dick

Northeastern Branch Chair – Tiffani Richards

Northern Branch Chair – Kasie Moore

Purchase Branch Chair – Anna Thomas-Brien

South Central Branch Chair – Sarah Lou Bowman

Southeast Branch Chair – Alesha Staley

Western Branch Chair – Jennifer Koranyi

BSW Representative – Patsy Tivitt

MSW  Representative – Randy Stafford

Our first Board of Directors meeting was so empowering and engaging and we are all excited about the future of our KY Chapter.  What matters to us the most is making sure we are connecting with our members and future members, so let us hear your voices, ideas, interests, thoughts! So many wonderful things ahead for us all, so to our new BOD, a huge shout out of gratitude for your willingness to serve on our 2017-2019 Board of Directors!

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By social workers, for social workers – NASW Kentucky launches private support group
We have created a ‘closed’ Facebook group, called NASW Kentucky: Supporting Social Workers in recovery. The group is for social workers who themselves are in recovery, and for those important individuals who support them. We hope it will become a group for shared knowledge, mutual support, and exchange of insight. We believe that there is nobody as well versed in recovery from addiction and/or mental illness as one who has walked that road for themselves, followed in close second by those that have supported people on their recovery journeys, which is why we also open this group to the supporters.
The link to find the group is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/799927300181610/ and we hope you will join us in our group. With the wave of addiction that grips our Commonwealth, the next era of successful service delivery in recovery support services will be led by those who have been there, seen it, and done it for themselves.

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In an effort to better serve and communicate with our NASW-KY members and future members, we have decided to end our Constant Contact newsletters and will be using a new site in the very near future, so this will be the last email from this site.  We have a fantastic new Media and Technology committee and we cannot wait to move our Chapter forward in the latest and most efficient forms of social media.  A shout out to Tony, Taylor, Patsy, and Jessica, who will be having a lot of fun working together on this new committee!  In the meantime, our NASW Facebook page, Twitter, new Instagram #NASWKY, and our soon to be revised website will be hosting all of our daily news feeds.   **PLEASE check your information on your NASW account to make sure it is all up to date as we are not allowed to change member information from our Chapter.  Also, please check your junk and spam folders in the event some of our contacts have ended up there and you may have been missing out on these newsletters.

Most importantly, please continue to support the largest social work membership association in the world by joining and/or renewing your NASW memberships!  Be proud of your accomplishments to get your social work degrees and your licensure by joining, and enjoying, your membership with NASW-KY.  We are committed as your KY Chapter to bringing great things to you locally as well as supporting our National office and all of the exciting things ahead for us all!

http://www.socialworkers.org/

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As you all know, there has been a delay in regards to the restructuring of the 39 boards which includes our KY Board of Social Work.  We will continue to respectfully advocate for our KY BSW to remain independent as we are committed to providing the best possible protection for ourselves, our profession, and our public, through our own licensure board.  Please remember that in KY we must be licensed to call ourselves a “social worker” and we must be vigilant in seeking licensure and educating our agencies and peers on the importance of licensure. Let’s keep chatting with our public and political partners on what we do as social workers and why it is so critically important to have our own licensure board.

NASW-KY and the KY BSW work very closely together and we are incredibly honored to have such a dedicated staff and positive working relationship.  It is very important to remember that NASW-KY is a membership association and we DO NOT have any authority over licensure applications, testing, and maintenance of your license.  For all questions related to your licensure needs, please contact the KY BSW.  In fact, check out the great updates about CEU requirements and self service portal:

http://bsw.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx

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Don’t forget to sign up for our PBJGuru Book Club!

  • 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 http://pbc.guru/nasw/heartland/ 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: MOAK2016230

We will be confirming some great one day Regional conferences very soon, so we promise to get this information out to you ASAP.  Please feel free to contact us at:

brosen.naswky@socialworkers.org with any questions, ideas, thoughts!

Have a lovely day!

Brenda