We hope that everyone is ready to spring into summer because we have a lot of great updates to share with you! We are very busy planning conferences, events, and gearing up for a busy political season so we hope you are ready to pen in some dates in your calendars and join us as we celebrate our social work profession. We have also included in this email an introduction to our PACE (Political Action Candidate Endorsement) Committee and hope you will take some time to read this and respond. Our NASW-Kentucky Chapter is a team and we depend on your voices to guide our activities and advocacy!
Be on the look-out for another JUNE UPDATES coming your way!
JUNE 11: Norton/NASW-KY Health Related Intimacy Concerns – 1 FREE CEU for NASW-KY members!
Tuesday, June 11th from 11:30am to 12:30pm at Chilldren’s Hospital (231 E. Chestnut Street Louisville) downtown Scheen Conference Room 3 on the First Floor
Sign-in begins at 11am. To register please email Brenda at: email@example.com
JULY 17-19: Social Work Conference. The 44 th Annual National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas National Rural Social Work Caucus Rural Social Work and Education: Educating and Practicing in a Time of Rapid Social, Cultural, and Political Change at Murray State University in Paducah. For more information: https://www.murraystate.edu/academics/CollegesDepartments/CollegeOfEducationandHumanServices/coehsacademicunits/CLHS/SocialWork/SocialWorkConference.aspx
JULY 23: Norton/NASW-KY – Sara Melhorn and Lacey Williams will present on Advance Directives/MOST Form from 12pm-1pm at Norton Audobon. Room to be announced. 1 CEU FREE for NASW members.
SAVE THE DATES!! More information and schedule to be sent out within the next few weeks:
AUGUST 1: Train the Trainer: The Connection Between Human and Animal Violence. This program will be the first of its kind in Kentucky and we are so excited to take it on the road over the next year. We will do our first training in Louisville. We hope to book the venue this week and will update as soon as possible, but count on a 9am-3pm schedule and 5-6 CEU’s.
SEPTEMBER 13-14: 2019 NASW-KY Symposium at Blue Licks State Park, Carlisle, KY – https://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/blue_licks/reservations.aspx
**please call to book your room as lodging is limited! Our rooms are blocked under: NASW 2019 Symposium at the rate of $89.95/night
OCTOBER 18 -19: 2019 Symposium at MSU in Prestonsburg.
Conferences in Bowling Green and Lake Cumberland area are also being planned as we speak and we will announce these in the next few weeks!
We are so excited to be partnering with the NASW-OH Human Animal Interaction Group Discussion. Here’s some information about this group:
This NASW Ohio working group was formed in 2017 at the request of NASW members seeking a platform to discuss the intersections of social work practice and human-animal interaction.
Mission Statement & Goals
Develop, educate, engage, and advance social work practice and social work practitioners in the area of human-animal interaction.
Seek to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through building best practices to maximize benefits of human-animal interaction and the human-animal bond.
Empower social work practitioners to engage in HAI and animal-assisted interventions appropriately, effectively, and ethically.
Educate client micro, mezzo, and macro systems on the benefits of and resources available to facilitate human-animal interaction.
Build policies, laws. and infrastructures that support human-animal interaction and animal-assisted social work practice.
**Please join the call MONDAY, JUNE 10th at 6pm (EST)
Topic: HAI networking meet-up
Time: Jun 10, 2019 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 862 390 170
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/a3OEio5nc
PEOPLE OVER PARTY.
We thought the timing was perfect to highlight PACE and who represents your KY chapter of PACE. Our PACE committee is a busy one and we want to publicly thank our current committee members for their commitment to our PACE-KY Chapter:
PACE Chair: Patrick Callahan, MSW, CSW
PACE Treasurer: Hank Cecil, LCSW
PACE Secretary: Erin Warfel, LCSW
Members: Karen Moore, LCSW, Karah Clark, BSW, Scott Callahan
NASW President and Executive Director are non-voting members of the committee
We are grateful to those of you who provided questions during the primaries for our 8 gubernatorial candidates. We would like to ask the same of you now as we look towards the November 5th election for governor. We want to hear your questions for Matt Bevin and Andy Beshear. We want to know what you think about NASW-KY endorsing one of our gubernatorial candidates, based on their stance and commitment to issues that matter to social workers and our vulnerable populations. People over Party. We have always reinforced the importance of each of our voices as we advocate for social justice and human rights in Kentucky and beyond. So, please send us an email with your thoughts and questions to Brenda at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We thought it helpful to share the introduction from our PACE Operations Manual to help explain why PACE is so important on both a state and national level. For more information about PACE or if you would like to serve on our committee, please contact Brenda at: email@example.com
Federal policies directly affect social work practice and programs for the people we serve. Therefore it is essential to elect legislators who share NASW’s policy positions, which are published in Social Work Speaks:National Association of Social Workers Policy Statements. Using these policies as a guide, NASW endorses candidates and lobbies lawmakers to enact effective public policies.
NASW Involvement in Politics and Policy making.
NASW advocates for the profession and for social justice in several ways:
a. Government Relations:Lobbying current officeholders by advocating for and against specific legislation and regulations. Also called “legislative advocacy.”
b. Field Mobilization:Grassroots activity from NASW members calling, visiting,e-mailing, and mailing letters to legislators and their staff.
c. Elections:Funding candidates who advocate for NASW policy issues and mobilizing NASW members to vote for them. Also called“electoral advocacy,” this work is done through PACE, the political action committee of NASW.
Why Social Workers Should be Politically Active?
Social Workers are natural advocates and contribute an important perspective to the social policy debate.They can and should advocate in the legislative and political arenas for issues about which they are passionate.Working together as NASW members strengthens the power of social work on legislative and political issues that affect social work practice and the people we serve.
Involvement in the political process helps social workers• Shape policies that affect clients• Provide a valuable perspective to politics, because social workers understand how policies affect people• Represent the profession’s interests• Work together on a common agenda• Adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics, which states, “Social workers should engage in social and political action…. 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.” (Section 6.04)
NASW’s Political Action Committee Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) is NASW’s political action arm. As a political action committee,PACE endorses and financially contributes to candidates who support NASW’s policy agenda, irrespective of party affiliation. The national PACE Board of Trustees endorses and contributes to federal candidates running for U.S. House and Senate seats; state chapter PACE units decide on local and state races.NASW, as an incorporated membership organization, is a non-profit association exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c) (6) of the Internal Revenue Tax Code. PACE is a subsidiary of NASW.
Whether you are job hunting or looking for CEU’s, be sure to check out our very active NASW Kentucky Facebook pages! Here’s our newest page called NASW Kentucky Employment Opportunities and CEU Posts: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2148741508773653/?ref=bookmarks