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Upcoming Events

April 10-12
San Antonio
OLLU's 3rd Annual Social Work Distance Education Conference
More info
April 20-22
Supervision Pathways: Converging Needs, Duties and Opportunities
with Dorinda Noble, PhD, LCSW
More info.
April 21
NASW Live Presents, "Social Work Ethics in Today’s Political Climate," a virtual Ethics roundtable offering 1.5 CEUs to registered attendees.
More info.
April 21
San Antonio
HIPAA for Therapists
with Katie Malinski, LCSW
More info.
April 28
Developing a Trauma-Informed Practice Approach
with Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW
More info.
Calendar of Events




The 2017 Call for Student Poster Proposals is now open! Submissions accepted through June 23. More info.
Vote now in the NASW National Elections. Personalized ballots were sent to members via email on April 4, 2017. If you did not receive yours, please contact


2017 Branch Awardees Announced

(NASW/North Central Texas-Dallas Area Branch Awardees pictured, left to right: Robert Wilonsky, Media Award; Teena Adler, Social Work Student of the Year; Lenna Webb, Public Citizen of the Year; State Rep. Victoria Neave, Public Elected Official of the Year; Peggy B. Nash, LCSW, Lifetime Achievement Award; Timothy M. Brown, LCSW, ACSW, Social Worker of the Year.)
Branches around the state celebrated Social Work Month in March with festivities that culminated with the honoring of their 2017 Branch Awardees. Congratulations to these remarkable individuals who exemplify social work values and serve as an inspiration to us all! View list of all branch awardees.


Online License Review Course Returns in May!

NASW/Texas has created a convenient and cost-effective way for you to prepare for the LMSW, LMSW-AP, and LCSW exam! Watch Dr. Cynthia Franklin's video course at your leisure May 2-16, then participate in a live, online Q&A with her on May 17. Includes new DSM-5 information. Early bird rates available through April 30. Learn more.


Dallas Branch Names Mercado-Sierra First 2017 Super Hero

The NASW/North Central Texas-Dallas Branch announced Marta A. Mercado-Sierra, PhD is the first subject in their 2017 Social Work Superheroes Project which honors the amazing members in their area. How does it work? The leaders of the branch select honorees from member recommendations, interview those deemed super heroes, then record their thoughts on creating and maintaining a rewarding career in social work for the benefit of others. Read Mercado-Sierra's interview here.

Advancing the Profession

Fighting for a Budget that Works for All of Us Learn more.

Career Insights

Be More Productive, 15 Minutes at a Time Learn more.

Practice Resources

NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings Read now.

Social Worker Job Profile: Lynn Panepinto

Lynn Panepinto dislikes the idea of “helping” people, especially as a foreigner. Right after college, Lynn joined a Canadian NGO in Peru, but “I became pretty disillusioned with the idea of doing volunteer work as a foreigner from the US, in a community that wasn’t mine. I felt distance from the community.” Despite her reservations, Lynn did not return to the US. Instead she moved jobs, working to support community development projects that originated from, and were created by people in the area. Read more about Lynn here.

Updates for Therapists

Beware of communications from the traveling Canadian couple who want to pay in advance for 10 therapy sessions. Don’t fall for it! 1. Only accept payment for a session at the time of service and have clear office policies about accepting and refunding fees. 2. Don't accept cashier’s checks for any amount of money you cannot afford to lose. Cashier’s checks can be forged and it can take weeks to identify a fraudulent cashier’s check. Get more tips and updates here.


This Month's News

ICE is targeting 'sanctuary cities' with raids. Read more.

NASW/TX Gov't Relations Director shares his experience working for CPS in this TX Standard article. Read more.

Women’s psychological adjustment to prison: a review for future social work directions. Read more.

CASA of Titus, Camp, and Morris Counties celebrates National Social Work Month. Read more.

How America's public school crisis started and what Chance the Rapper is doing to help. Read more.

Court upholds post-prison rules for sex offenders. Read more.

NASW CEO: Social workers have major role in addressing opioid crisis. Read more.

Advocates say Trump budget cuts will hurt country's most vulnerable. Read more.

Child welfare workers in TX fear legislative push to outsource their jobs. Read more.

NASW/TX ACTION ALERT: Support SB 311 to create TX Behavioral Health Council. Read more.

To help educate the public about the services of social workers, NASW aired radio public service announcements around the nation. Listen here.


April NETWORK...Elections!

It's that time of year... NASW/Texas Elections. Everything you need to know coming soon in the April NETWORK! Sent to you via snail mail later this month!

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