As you may notice when you read our NASW Kentucky Facebook page, many of our posts are done in the early hours of the morning. Most of these are not scheduled but have become over the past year the way I choose to start my day. There is something in the silence of the darkness between 5am-7am that fuels my spirit and gives me hope for a good day ahead, especially during the cool Fall season. For many years, I would sometimes be awake through the night and early morning as my husband and I were often on call. The years of rocking babies, soothing ill loved ones, and finding some solace after a tough day, continued to feed my early morning rituals. Now as my nest has emptied, my silent time is even more precious to me because each passing day is one more chance to wake up in anticipation of new adventures and challenges. It is a time that makes me reflect on how grateful I am for the life I have, for the people I love, and to be able to continue to do the toughest work with the most amazing people in a profession that feeds my soul every day.
It is our hope that you will join us as we begin our “NASW-KY Gratitude Campaign” this Fall. We encourage you to reach out to your community and political partners to share with them what makes you grateful to be a social worker in Kentucky. The timing is perfect as we prepare to celebrate many traditions over the next few months. The timing is also critical as we do not have a definitive date regarding the “restructuring” of our KY Board of Social Work, but we must continue to advocate for our independent licensure board and our profession. We must let our voices be heard, so we are very grateful to you for taking a little time out of your busy day to join us in these efforts.
How do you start? Here are some prompts that might be helpful:
I am grateful I chose the social work profession because…..
I am grateful I get to make a positive difference in the lives of ……..children, veterans, our elderly populations, etc……….
I am grateful to have this opportunity to share with you what the social work profession is about….
I am grateful for our experienced, effective, and efficient, KY Board of Social Work (BSW) and for their commitment to our professional licensure and the protection licensure gives me and my social work profession, and our citizens. I would be very grateful to see our KY BSW remain independent and not to be restructured.
I am grateful for your support regarding……..
I am grateful to live in Kentucky and serve our vulnerable clients and families because………
I am grateful for policies that respect the dignity and worth of all people.
These are just a few ideas to prompt your letters and emails. Here is the link to our Legislative offices: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with our elected officials and community partners. I am sincerely grateful to each of you…………
In peace and solidarity,
New Website and Member Survey
Speaking of gratitude, we must share that our www.naswky.com website is alive and kicking….all thanks to our fantastic NASW-KY MSW intern, and MSW Represenative, Ondine Quinn. Ondine accomplished what others were unable to do and we cannot wait for you to see it! Please check out the current KY Board of Social Work CEU requirements, job postings, and information from our National office to highlight just a bit of our website info. We are going to be on overdrive over the next few weeks as we get this site rocking as we add links and tabs, so check back often and feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us. **ALSO, be sure to add our new email address to your contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org
More gratitude to Ondine and our amazing NASW-KY President, Tony Goodwin, because this dynamic duo worked so hard to create our NASW-KY MEMBERSHIP SURVEY that was sent out last month to all members via our new MailChimp Newsletter. If you haven’t completed our survey yet, please do so by November 17th so we can share the findings with you later this month. Here is our survey: https://goo.gl/forms/DlOS7V35r5LNabPs1
NASW Code of Ethics Revisions
In August of this year, the NASW Delegate Assembly met to discuss and vote on revisions to the Code of Ethics, particularly issues of technology and how it can affect our practice. Last month, National announced via webinar the revisions to Chapter Executives before the official release. During the webinar National emphasized the important role technology and social media play in the lives of social workers and the clients being served. As a result we must address the ethical issues that arise such as accessibility to personal information and the use of social media, for example. The revisions are now available on the NASW National site. Please head to their site and take a look at the new changes.
Lobby Day 2018
And another shout out of gratitude for our continued collaboration with our KSCSW as we work together to plan Social Work Lobby Day 2018! We are so excited by the responses and momentum from our schools of social work and professional social workers interested in joining the fun so please join us so all voices can be heard! We are planning an Ethics course on March 7th and a networking event following this CEU program in Frankfort. On Thursday, we will welcome hundreds of social workers from across the state to our Capitol to meet with our legislators, take tours, and celebrate at our Rally in the Rotunda at 1pm….and these are just some of our plans to date, so let us know your ideas because this is our opportunity to highlight the importance of what we do as social workers in Kentucky while we celebrate Social Work Month!
Meet, Mingle, and Mentor and Other CEU Opportunities!
We are so grateful that our Meet, Mingle, and Mentor Brunches have been such a success that we are busy scheduling them into 2018! Thank you to everyone who has attended and responded so positively about these events. Shout outs to Anna in Paducah, Jessica in Lexington, Renee in Louisville, Alesha in London, and Jenny in Hopkinsville for putting these fun events on the map! We will be offering some different time frames, like our Meet, Mingle, and Mentor Happy Hour at Pub by Novo, 2425 Scottsville Road, Ste 127, in Bowling Green on Friday, November 10th from 5pm-7pm. We will be providing appetizers so please let us know if you can join us for a lovely evening celebrating everything social work!
Brescia University is offering a KY BSW approved online Ethics for Licensure course on November 16th from 1-4pm. For more information, please contact the presenter, Nancy Keeton at email@example.com
One of the best ways to stay informed about CEU opportunities is by checking our Twitter and Facebook pages. Since these opportunities pop up pretty regularly, we try to keep our followers up to date as we receive information. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to avoid missing out on these CEU courses!
Information from National
Now that our National office has a new website, many of the links you are accustomed to using may no longer work. To make sure you can access all of the great NASW information, we thought we could share updated links to some of the most frequented pages. The links below are also posted on our website, so feel free to check it out from there!
New National URL Comments
NASW Homepage https://www.socialworkers.org Gradually eliminate references to naswdc.org, the predecessor site to SocialWorkers.org.
NASW News https://www.socialworkers.org/News/NASW-News-Archives Since 2016, we only post three public articles per issue. Members-only content is in the digital edition.
Code of Ethics https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics The Code of Ethics is posted in ABOUT. It is one of the most visited pages on SocialWorkers.org.
Practice Standards https://www.socialworkers.org/Practice/Practice-Standards-Guidelines NASW Standards are also featured on relevant PRACTICE pages. Standards are free to download as PDFs, and are sold as booklets at NASW Press.
Practice Perspectives https://www.socialworkers.org/Practice There is no landing page for all Practice Perspectives. These resources are now posted within specific PRACTICE content areas.
Legal Resources https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Legal Legal content will be more aggressively promoted in the PRACTICE area this year.
Liability Insurance http://www.naswassurance.org No change is required. This is an external site.
Clinical Resources https://www.socialworkers.org/Practice/Clinical-Social-Work Practice information in this content area is divided into billing, documentation, and other issues.
Continuing Education https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers/Continuing-Education The Lunchtime Webinar Series ended, but some free CE content will be available through InReach, which is still transitioning into a national platform.
Specialty Practice Sections https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers/Specialty-Practice-Sections Sections is located under CAREERS but is cross-promoted in PRACTICE.
Social Work Month https://www.socialworkers.org/News/Social-Work-Month
Link your site to the most current campaign page. Archives of past SW Month toolkits and articles are located in EVENTS > Campaigns.
Both workforce advocacy and social justice advocacy information is featured here. Official NASW statements and news releases are also posted in NEWS and on the Social Work Blog.
Membership https://www.socialworkers.org/Membership Send visitors to this page for general info. It lists all options for NASW membership.
Membership FAQ https://www.socialworkers.org/Membership/Membership-FAQ
FAQs about members are found in MEMBERSHIP. Fact sheets about social work and the organization are found under NEWS > Facts.
Continuing Education http://www.socialworkers.org/ce or
https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers/Continuing-Education This landing page provides info on national CE courses, conferences, and vendor CE approval.
Career Center https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers/Career-Center This landing page summarizes all services for students, job seekers, and employers.
Job Link http://joblink.socialworkers.org/jobs/ Visitors gain access to the Boxwood job board platform from this page. The site is fully functioning.
Join NASW http://www.socialworkers.org/Join Link your site’s JOIN button to this application page.