Lobby Day 2017, StandUp, and more!

 Lobby Day 2017, StandUp, and more!

The front page of our first 2017 NASW News says it all….”.Protecting the social work title will be main focus”…..”NASW vows to uphold Code of Ethics under Trump administration”….”New initiative outlines social justice priorities”………whew, and that is before we even turn to the third page to read Dr. Angelo McClain’s message about how we need to strengthen our association and mission now more than ever.  Dr. McClain makes many valid and critical points, which resonate even louder for us in Kentucky after the events in Frankfort this past week and across the country as NASW made headlines opposing the confirmations of Price and Sessions.

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to join the ACLU, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, and a well respected and esteemed OB/GYN physician from Louisville, as we gave testimony in Frankfort against HB2.  As I spoke, and as I listened to both sides give testimony, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of sadness and frustration for both sides.  As social workers, we are taught and trained to be objective, to look through the lens of our client’s world with empathy and compassion, void of judgment and personal opinion.  I respected each point of view, and the passion of their perspective, but in the end, it was the realization of how many young ladies and women in our state who would be further traumatized because of the implications of this new law.  I sat and watched the hands on the clock of our human rights turned so far back……

Please let me be clear as your Executive Director, this is not a statement of a them vs. us mentality, a pro life vs. pro choice, a democrat vs. republican, a liberal vs. a conservative.  It is simply an expression of the need for all of us to respectfully agree to disagree, to forge ahead with our Code of Ethics firmly instilled in our minds and voices, and the realization that our own life experiences and beliefs should not interfere with how we work with our clients under any circumstances.  If there has ever been a time when we need to practice our professional boundaries it is now as we negotiate the transition of political power in the face of unknown outcomes for our clients…..and in our own lives.

We will need an abundance of energy as we continue to engage, educate, and empower each other, our political system, and our vulnerable Kentuckians.  As social workers, we need to use our voices to remind our Commonwealth that we must respect the human in the humanity of the decisions that are made over the next few years in Kentucky and across our nation.  We need to support each other regardless of our personal differences or disagreements, now more than ever without judgment or anger.

We must STAND UP and SPEAK UP because our opinions, expertise, and experiences matter, and are indeed critical in educating people from our most vulnerable to our most political as laws are changed and services potentially jeopardized.  We need to advocate for our clients, our agencies, and our profession.  Social justice issues must constantly be on our radar and we must not hesitate to contact our Legislators and share our concerns.

There will be more opportunities for NASWKY to have a voice in the legislative process and we will do so with passion, purpose, and perspective, especially when we gather together during Social Work Month on March 7, 2017 in Frankfort.  What social justice issues matter to you?   What bills being presented in the future are ones that are critical to your clients and programs?  Silence is agreement, so now is the time to speak up and let us know what matters to you.  Our NASW theme is STANDUP and we all need to do that in Frankfort,  throughout our state, and across the nation…..power in numbers, power in membership, power in our voices……




Who’s my legislator?  www.lrc.ky.gov

Can I leave a message for them?  1-800-372-7181

To contact state legislators at home:  http://www.lrc.ky.gov
(they are home now until 2.7.17 so contact them)

To contact the Governor:  502-564-2611
email:  http://governor.ky.gov – click on “contact” to left of his picture.

KY Government website:  http://www.kentucky.gov

Legislative website:  http://www.lrc.ky.gov



Kentucky Council of Churches
Prayer in Action Days at the State Capitol
EVERY Tuesday during 2017 General Assembly
9:30am ET, Check Twitter for Room #
Jan. 17: Responsible Lending
Jan. 24: Voting Rights
Jan 31: Tax Reform
Feb. 7: Justice Reform/Restorative Justice
Feb. 14: Gun Violence
Feb. 21: Healthcare/Disabilities
Feb. 28: Death Penalty
Mar. 7: Environment/Energy
Mar. 14: Immigrants/Refugees

Families USA
Webinar: The Latest on ACA Repeal Efforts, Consequences, and What You Can Do
Jan 11, 2pm ET, Register now

National Alliance to End Homelessness
Webinar: Preserving Medicaid & It’s Role in Ending Homelessness
Jan 11, 3-4pm ET, Register now

Webinar: Election 2016 – Strategic Implications for Healthcare
Jan 12, 1-2pm ET, Register now

Congressman John Yarmuth
ACA Forum & National Day of Action
Jan 15, 2pm ET, Louisville Central Community Center, 1300 W Muhammad Ali

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Media Workshop
Jan 17, 1-3:00pm ET
Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky
101 Town and Country Lane, Suite 100, Hazard

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering an in-person workshop to help nonprofit organizations work effectively with the media to improve news coverage of their efforts.  Sponsored by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and hosted by the Kentucky Primary Care Association, this FREE workshop has limited seating, so register early! Register now

Interact for Health
OASIS Webinar
Jan 18, 2-3pm ET
This webinar will introduce users to the OASIS data system, which includes a variety of tools for exploring data for the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana region. Register now

KY Safety & Prevention Alignment Network
General Meeting
Jan 24, 10am-4pm ET, Frankfort, Register now

Kentucky Center for Economic Policy
2017 General Assembly Policy Conference
Jan 27, 9:30am-2:30pm, Lexington, Register now

NAMI Kentucky
Advocacy Day in Frankfort
Feb 7, 11am ET, Capitol Rotunda

Kentucky Youth Advocates
Children’s Day at the Capitol
Feb 9 – Learn more

Kentucky Advocacy Network
874K Disabilities Coalition Rally in Frankfort
Feb 22, 10am-2pm ET, Capitol Annex

Kentucky Mental Health Coalition
Legislative Update
Feb 28, 2:15pm, Frankfort TBD

Kentucky Cancer Consortium
Kentucky Cancer Summit
Mar 1-2 in Louisville – Save the Date!

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Media Workshop
Apr 21, 9am-3pm ET
1640 Lyndon Farm Court, Suite 100, Louisville

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering an in-person workshop to help nonprofit organizations work effectively with the media to improve news coverage of their efforts.


Saturday, January 21st from 2-3:30pm
Fayette Circuit Courthouse
120 N. Limestone Street
Lexington, KY

Check it out on Facebook too!


Workshop Title

 Date  Time
Social Work Ethics for Licensure Renewal 1/13/2017 1:30pm-4:30pm
Understanding Domestic Violence 1/27/2017 9am-12pm
Understanding Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma 1/31/2017 1:30pm-3:30pm
Social Work Ethics for Licensure Renewal 2/3/2017 9am-12pm
Success in Spite of Myself: A Patient’s Perspective of Living with Anxiety 2/3/2017 1:30pm-4:30pm
Suicide Assessment, Treatment and Management 2/10/2017 9am-4pm
Moral Injury and the American Veteran: Addressing the Moral Wound of Combat Veterans 2/17/2017 9am-12pm
Citizen Soldiers: An Examination of the Challenges and Considerations for National Guard and Reserve Component Service Members 2/17/2017 1:30pm-4:30pm
HIV/AIDS: It Can Happen To You 2/22/2017 9am-12pm
Understanding Domestic Violence 2/22/2017 1:30pm-4:30pm
Creating Balance for Sustainable Leadership 2/24/2017 9am-12pm
LCSW Supervision According to KY Law 2/24/2017 1:30pm-4:30pm
Social Work Ethics for Licensure Renewal 3/3/2017 9am-12pm
Understanding Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma 3/3/2017 1:30pm-3:30pm
BSW/Master’s/Clinical Level Licensure Exam Prep
3/9-10/17 9am-5pm
Foundation Skills for Substance Abuse Treatment 3/16/2017 9am-4pm
Disruptive Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence 3/22/2017 9am-12pm
Understanding Domestic Violence 3/22/2017 1:30pm-4:30pm
2nd Annual “Out in the Open” LGBTQIA Conference
3/31/2017 9am-4pm
Why do Teachers Do That? A Glimpse into the K-12 Classroom 4/12/2017 9am-12pm
Understanding Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma 4/12/2017 1:30pm-3:30pm
2nd Annual UK CE Boot Camp
4/24-28/17 9am-6pm
Adolescents and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum in Psychotherapy 5/12/2017 9am-12pm
Understanding Domestic Violence 5/12/2017 1:30pm-4:30pm
Marijuana in 2016: Why We Need to be Worried! 5/25/2017 9am-12pm
From Molly, Bath Salts, and BHO to Ibogaine, Suboxone, and Vivtrol: What’s Going on in Substance abuse Treatment 5/25/2017 1:30pm-4:30pm
Social Work Ethics for Licensure Renewal 5/26/2017 9am-12pm
HIV/AIDS: It Can Happen To You 5/26/2017 1:30pm-4:30pm
LGBTQ* 101 5/31/2017 9am-12pm
Talking to Youth about LGBTQ Issues 5/31/2017 1:30pm-4:30pm
HIV/AIDS: It Can Happen To You 6/16/2017 9am-12pm
Understanding Domestic Violence 6/16/2017 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Suicide Assessment, Treatment and Management 6/21/2017 9am-4pm
Social Work Ethics for Licensure Renewal 6/23/2017 9am-12pm
LCSW Supervision According to KY Law 6/23/2017 1:30pm-4:30pm
Using Motivational Interviewing to Enhance your Practice 6/29/2017 9am-12pm
Avoiding and Diffusing Unwanted Symptoms in People with Dementia 6/29/2017 1:30pm-4:30pm
For more information, or to register, visit https://ceu.uky.edu.
University of Kentucky
Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education
Christina.Gevedon@uky.edu  |  859.257.2035