We are indeed living in some very difficult times, so we wanted to check in with everyone and reinforce our commitment of support and solidarity to you and to our profession. We have posted numerous articles and resources on our NASW Facebook page in light of what has happened in Charlottesville over the week-end, and the concerns about this horrific event repeating itself in our own state. As social workers we are skilled communicators, problem solvers, and critical thinkers. We are champions of social justice and true believers in the role and importance of advocacy. Fighting discrimination, stigmas, and racism as well as valuing the importance of diversity and respecting each other is ingrained in all we do as social workers.  We certainly have our work cut out for us in this very divided country of ours.
As a way to reach out and support social workers in recovery, we have created a closed Facebook page on our NASW Facebook that provides an opportunity for you to share your stories and reach out to each other in support for both our students and professional social workers. The response to this page has been astounding and we sincerely want to hear your thoughts on what else we can do. We have also created a open page focusing on self care strategies and stories. Our regular page also has many posts on self care, but we chose to make one specifically for this very necessary and welcome topic. Check us out:
We are also getting in gear as you can see below to Kick It Up in Kentucky with lots of different programs and events! As we mentioned in our July newsletter, we are so excited to begin offering our Meet, Mingle, and Mentor gatherings. We want your input on what times work best for you, so we are going to try out a few different ways to help both students and professionals engage, network, and inspire. These are free events for members and future members, and we will offer a FREE CEU since the focus of these events will be around self-care, professionalism, and healthy boundaries. Please come and enjoy a very relaxed chance to meet others and share your thoughts in a collaborative environment of peers.
We also have two great conferences coming up, so don’t delay and sign up quickly! We are going to be sending out a survey of program topics you would like to see presented in the coming year since we are trying our best to make sure we offer conferences that both educate and empower. Our survey should be out in September, so please be sure to take a few moments to complete it!
As you can see, our plan to change from Constant Contact to a new server hasn’t happened yet as we navigate how our webpage will be changing with our National office. We are concerned that some of you are missing these newsletters and/or our direct emails. I have spoken with National and they have encouraged everyone to check your Member Portals to make sure all of your information is current, and also to contact our National office and speak with someone directly to request any changes. Please check and update any information so we can make sure everyone is getting all the good stuff happening in Kentucky.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us! Here’s to some peaceful and joyful moments ahead for us all.
What’s happening around our state in 2017??
Wednesday, September 6th – South Central Branch Conference – Bowling Green
9am-12pm – Ethics for Re-licensure
1pm – 4pm – LCSW Supervision According to KY Law
Holiday Inn Conference Center
1021 Wilkinson Trail
Bowling Green, KY
$25/NASW Member   $50/Non-member
Contact Brenda to register:
Saturday, September 16th – Bluegrass Branch – Lexington
Meet, Mingle, and Mentor Breakfast 9am-11am.
Location to be announced. 1 FREE CEU
Monday, September 18th – South Eastern Branch – London
Human Trafficking 101
Presented by the Southeast Human Trafficking Task Force
Program 6-7pm – Auditorium
1 FREE CEU and networking too. Sandwiches and snacks provided.
To register, please contact Gwen at 606-864-5759 or on-line at:
Saturday, September 30th – Jefferson Branch – Louisville
Meet, Mingle, and Mentor Breakfast 9am-11am
Campbellsville University Campus, Louisville
1 FREE CEU and networking too.
Contact Brenda to register:
Wednesday, October 11th – Northern Branch – Covington
9am-12pm – Ethics for Re-Licensure
$12.50/NASW Member  $25.00/Non-member
Life Learning Center
20 W. 18th Street
Covington, KY 41011
****The Disabilities Empowerment conference will be held in the same location following our Ethics training at the Life Learning Center from 1pm-6pm on October 11th. This conference is FREE and NASW-KY will be providing 3 FREE CEU’s for the 2pm-5pm program. REGISTRATION IS SEPARATE FROM THE ETHICS PROGRAM, so please contact the below link to register for The Disabilities Empowerment conference:
For questions, please call 513-520-5203.
Meet, Mingle, and Mentor Breakfasts (or pizza parties) are being planned in Murray, Morehead, Hazard, Prestonsburg, Covington, and Ashland, with dates and times to be announced very soon!  Check out our Branches and the counties they cover:
We have recently signed a contract with WeCounsel Telehealth Services that will give NASW-KY members a substantial discount on WeCounsel services. We will be sending out information on how to sign up for this service by next week.
Don’t forget about our wonderful Heartland Book Club! PBCGuru offers 18 CEU’s over the course of a year – 6 books + 3 CEU’s for each = 18 CEU’S!!! For more information, please contact:
  • 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: MOAK2016230