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Find resources for practice, CE opportunities, stories of inspiring colleagues and so much more in this month's NASW/Texas E-News.
 March 2015





Upcoming Events
Social Work Advocacy Day
with NASW/Texas
March 3
Austin or In Your District
Learn more

Child Protection Day
March 5
Texas Law for the Social Worker
with Miriam Nisenbaum, LMSW, ACSW
April 25
Registration Deadline 4/19
Fort Worth
Learn more
Texas Law for the Social Worker
with Miriam Nisenbaum, LMSW, ACSW
May 16
Registration Deadline 5/10
Learn more

Calendar of Events






"Branch Challenge"Begins

Help your branch win a FREE registration to this year’s State Conference! Participate in this year’s “Branch Challenge” by recruiting new members to the organization by April 30. Here’s how it works: The branches will be divided into three categories - small, medium and large. The branches will receive three points for each new Regular Member and one point per new Student Member enrolled.


On April 30th, one branch in each of the categories will receive a FREE registration for the 2015 State Conference for generating the most points. Our goal is 75 new members throughout the state but the sky’s the limit!

Governor Declares March Social Work Month

Governor Abbott recognizes social workers for their impactful contribution to the state by proclaiming March 2015 “Professional Social Workers Month. The governor praises the commitment of social workers for strengthening our communities by empowering individuals and assisting  fellow Texans during life’s most difficult challenges. See entire proclamation here.

NASW/Texas Turns 40!

Happy birthday to us! We've come a long way. Here’s the skinny on how we came to be:


Back in 1975, there were nine NASW/Texas chapters - Houston, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, El Paso, Beaumont, Lubbock, Galveston, plus a number of members in “non-metropolitan” areas. A group of members formed the Interim Provisional Committee on Reorganization to develop a proposal for a state chapter.

Although not everyone wanted to surrender their local autonomy, the plan was approved by National and Texas became an official, unified state chapter— a full year before National mandated the establishment of state chapters.

At the Capitol

Learn how NASW/TX finds legislators to author our bills and how we approach an office with an idea or an issue. Read more

Member Benefits

Did you know? NASW offers specialized services, such as the Clinical Reimbursement Project, private practicioners. Read more

Practice Resource

Confused about PQRS reporting? Join us for a Webinar on March 13 when a CMS rep shares ways to avoid penalties. Read more


Fort Worth and Houston: Spring Workshops Coming Your Way!

"Texas Law for the Social Worker: What Ethical Social Workers Need to Know"  Presented by NASW/Texas Executive Director, Miriam Nisenbaum, LMSW, ACS

This popular workshop will bring you up to speed on the rules and laws that impact social work practice in Texas. This six hour workshop includes two informative sessions:


Session I: Keeping Up with the TSBSWE Rules. TSBSWE implemented new rules in 2013 following a required review. These changes to the rules, as well as other intersecting laws, attorney general opinions, and case law will be discussed. All licensed social workers, students, and social work educators will benefit from this up-to-date information. Hard copies of TSBSWE Law and Rules will be provided. (3 CE, including 3 Ethic)


Session II: NASW/Texas Legislative Update Do you know what legislation is currently being considered and how it may affect our profession and our client populations? Join us to find out what’s going on at the Texas Capitol this session that impacts our work. Updates on the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative and tools for educating policy makers will be provided. A review of current federal activity will also be presented. (3 CE)

  • Saturday, April 25, Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Register here
  • Saturday, May 16 at The Montrose Center in Houston. Register here

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NASW/TX Government Relations Director Quoted in Texas Observer Article on Tax Cut Proposals

Will Francis, Government Relations Director at NASW/Texas, says that businesses got their tax cuts last session, and now they need to “put their fair share” into essential state services like education and healthcare. See full article.


This Month's News

  • Child Protection Day is March 5. Register here.
  • Tips to Ease Relocation Stress for Elders. Full article.
  • Back Pain and Depression: New insights. Full article.
  • Preventing Suicide with a Contagion of Strength. Full article.
  • Find great social work gear & gifts at the new NASW/Texas Online General Store. Go shopping!


Coming in Your April Network

All things elections! Find candidate information, as well as all of our regular features including updates from the President, Executive Director and Clinical Reimbursement Project Director plus details on upcoming events and more.





Branches - Local events & resources. Updates this month from Central Texas, Heart of Texas, and North Central Texas - Fort Worth branches..
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CE Workshops
Clinical Reimbursement Project
Student Center

Member Center
Professional Education

JOb postings

Check out NASW's Job Board!

Current listings include:

NASW- Minnesota Chapter
United Way of Denton County (UWDC)
The Living Bank
American Rental Association

Continuing Education

Whether a live or online course will best suit your lifestyle, we have you covered. Check out our current CE opportunities here.

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