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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.
APRIL 2015





Upcoming Events
Texas Law for the Social Worker
with Miriam Nisenbaum, LMSW, ACSW
April 25
Fort Worth
Registration Deadline-April 19
Learn more
Texas Law for the Social Worker
with Miriam Nisenbaum, LMSW, ACSW
May 16
Registration Deadline-May 10
Learn more

Exam Review Prep Webinar
with Dr. Cynthia Franklin
Online May 28 & 29
Registration Deadline-May 21

Developing a Trauma-Informed
Practice Approach
with Sandra Lopez, LCSW, ACSW
June 29
Registration Deadline-June 21






Hundreds Gather at the Capitol for SWAD 2015

March 3 was Social Work Advocacy Day (SWAD.) This year's event was a huge success as hundreds of social work advocates emerged at the State Capitol. The day's activities included an address by Senator Sylvia Garcia, a reading of the Social Work Proclamation in the Senate Gallery and visits with legislators. Data analysis below.

494 Total Attendees

  • 444 Students
  • 50 Professionals

27+ Organizations Represented

  • 22 Universitites
  • 5 Specialty Organizations
  • 1 Private Practice
  • 1 Retired


Texoma Branch Celebrates Social Work Month with Annual Awards Banquet

Pictured above from left to right-Branch Co-Chair Tom McCall, NASW Texas Executive Director Miriam Nisenbaum, Social Worker Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Jackie Ward and Branch Co-Chair Louise Weston-Ferrill.


The Texoma Branch’s Annual Awards Banquet was held on Tuesday, March 10, in Denton. The event was uplifting and enriching and full of social workers and social work students alike- which was very exciting.


The Master of Ceremonies was Seth Mobilio, the Region 3 Board Representative to NASW/Texas and the keynote speaker was NASW/Texas’ very own Miriam Nisenbaum, who delivered an inspiring presentation.


The Social Work Students of the Year, Sheree Phelps, from TWU, and Sara Ferguson, from UNT, shared information about the great work they have been doing in the community. The organization also recognized their Public Citizen of the Year, Joe Mulroy, for his accomplishments with the Citizens Council on Mental Health. Brandi Felderhoff was the deserving Social Worker of the Year. Lastly, Jackie Ward was honored with the Social Work, Lifetime Achievement award. 


It was a fantastic evening spent with social workers celebrating achievements, relationships and possibilities. After all, social workers pave the way for change!

(Information submitted by Texoma Branch Co-Chair Louise Weston-Ferrill. Thank you, Louise!)

At the Capitol

We're halfway through the legislative session. Curious about the status of NASW's bills and efforts? Read more

Member Benefits

Did you know? NASW offers networking and job announcements for those wanting to connect. Read more

Practice Resource

Medicaid Policies Create Financial Risks to LCSWs. Read more

LMSW, LMSW-AP, LCSW Exam Prep Course 

Live Webinar!

May 28 & 29

This two-day course has been created for the preparation of the LMSW, LMSW-AP and LCSW exams. If you are planning on taking any of these licensure tests soon, this workshop is a must!


Dr. Franklin’s popular course includes:
• Review of the new DSM-5 information
• Live Q&A session with Dr. Franklin
• Study guide and practice tests included
• 12 CE, including one hour of Ethics

For more information or to register, click here.


April 14 Deadline for Fellowship Opportunity

Social Work HEALS Doctoral Fellowship, sponsored by the NASW Foundation, will support five doctoral fellowships annually, including one Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship, in the amount of $15,625 each, to applicants with demonstrated commitment to the field of health social work and engaged in dissertation research related to health care practice, policy or education.
This grant will also offer one policy research fellowship each year of the 5-year program to current or recent PhD/DSW students or graduates.  The policy research fellow will be based in Washington, DC, for a year.

More information and application here.


Member Beth Powell Reaches Out to Caregivers in New Book, "The Kinship Parenting Toolbox"

Congratulations to Member, Beth Powell, for having four stories published in Adoption Today's  new, must-have book, "The Kinship Parenting Toolbox", created to assist caregivers help children through the most difficult situations.


NASW/Texas MSSW Legislative Intern Quoted in Texas Observer Article on Women's Health Care

Nikki Vogel, MSSW Legislatitve Intern at NASW/Texas, was featured in a recent Texas Observer article for her advocacy efforts supporting women's health care access and shares how relationship counseling at Planned Parenthood helped get her marriage off to a strong start. Hear her audio account here.


This Month's News

  • University of Houston Intern's Article on "The Social Work Bill". Full article.
  • Activities for Increasing Self-Esteem in Teenagers. Full article.
  • Museum Helps Residents with Memory Loss. Full article.
  • President Obama Has Elevated The Conversation About Mental Health To The National Stage.Full article.
  • Find great social work gear & gifts at the new NASW/Texas Online General Store. Go shopping!

It's that time of year... Elections! Everything you need to know coming soon in the 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.





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