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Upcoming Events

December 14 & 15
Pass Your LMSW, LMSW-AP & LCSW Exam! A Live, Online Review Course presented by Dr. Cynthia Franklin, LCSW, LMFT
January 26
Fort Worth
HIPAA & Ethical Practice Building for Therapists
with Katie Malinski, LCSW
Learn more.
After January 15
NASW/TX Student Leadership Institute
Session #1 & #2 videos available. Contact with questions.


Please note, NASW/TX will be closed for Winter Break, December 25-January 1.

Training on the newly-revised NASW Code of Ethics is now available on-demand!  Learn more.

NASW is seeking clinical social workers who have been actively working in private practice for 10+ years to participate in a task force to revise the 2003 resource, Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice: A Reference Guide. Contact by December 22 for more information, if interested.

Save the date! March 26 is Student Advocacy Day at the Legislature. The event will be held at the Texas Ballroom on the UT-Austin campus.

2018 NASW/TX Call for Proposals Now Open!

NASW/Texas is currently accepting proposals for the 42nd Annual State Conference in Arlington on October 11-13, 2018. The conference theme will be "Social Workers-Leaders. Advocates. Champions." Members are encouraged to submit abstracts and to invite dynamic presenters they've encountered, as well. Proposal deadline is February 7, 2018. Get more info.


Student Leadership Institute Releases Spring Schedule

The NASW/TX Student Leadership Institute continues at the beginning of 2018. Students will have an opportunity to complete the program over four sessions between January-April 2018. Session #1 "Leadership 101," repeated from conference, and Session #2 "Be the Leader Others Want to Follow" will be offered online and accessible after January 15, 2018. Learn more.


Online Review Course Returns December 14

NASW/Texas has created a convenient and cost-effective way for you to prepare for the LMSW, LMSW-AP, and LCSW exam. "Pass Your LMSW, LMSW-AP & LCSW Exam! A Live, Online Review Course" presented by Dr. Cynthia Franklin, LCSW, LMFT. December 14 & 15. 12 hours CEUs, including 1 hour of Ethics. Hurry, online registration closes December 10. Register now.

Advancing the Profession

NASW National Advocacy Report for November 2017 Read now.

Career Insights

Self Care Requires Work not just Relaxation Read now.

Practice Resources

NASW Practice Perspectives: Opting out of Medicare and Other Insurance Companies Read now.

Why We Advocate

You may have noticed that NASW, on both the national and state level, have been sending out a lot of advocacy alerts recently.  From the fight against the repeal of the ACA and the devastating impact that will have on our healthcare system, to the presidential repeal of DACA and now the Tax Bill working its way through Congress, there has been a lot of legislation and executive actions that run counter to the values of our profession and the well-being of our clients. Read more.


Support Social Worker Safety

Urge your Representative to co-sponsor HR 1484 today! Email your Representative and tell them to support this vital legislation. Additional co-sponsors, Republican in particular, will reinforce the bipartisan nature of social worker safety and help move the legislation forward. Together, we can help ensure you’re able to provide care effectively and without compromising your own safety. Get started.


New Committee Chairs Appointed


Dr. Olivia Lopez, LMSW and Barbara (Barb) Gardetto, LMSW-IPR, LVN, CCM have recently been appointed Chairpersons of the Human Rights Committee and TPACE Committee, respectively. Dr. Lopez earned her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and MSW from California State University, Fresno. Her doctoral dissertation and thesis focused on farmworking women and Type II Diabetes and the living conditions of farmworkers. She is currently teaching and serves as an advocate for immigrants. Ms. Gardetto is a LMSW-IPR, LVN, CCM, Case Manager and former Administrator who has provided services for children with special needs for more than 25 years. She has been employed in a variety of health care settings and has experience with Texas State and Medicaid Waiver Programs, Government Programs, and a variety of community resources.

Latest News

STATEMENT: NASW opposes the confirmation of Don Willett to the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Read more

NASW has weighed in on a US Supreme Court case involving a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for same-sex couple. Read more.

How the proposed Tax Cut Bill will hurt housing. Read more.

“We spend our TANF dollars on anything but poor families,” said Will Francis, Government Relations Director at NASW/TX, in this Texas Tribune article. Read more.

NASW Social Work Pioneer Rev. Peter E. Bauer advocates for concerted actions that will promote equity for all in San Antonio in his recent Huffington Post article, It’s Hard Work Being Poor! Read more.

STATEMENT: NASW opposes Senate and House proposed tax reform. Read more.

NASW/TX Executive Director Miriam Nisenbaum and Gov't Relations Director Will Francis discuss ways Texans and (DACA) Dreamers have been effected by the Trump Administration's policies in an article for the NASW News. Read more.

NASW/TX Member Dr. Mark Lusk and his colleagues published a paper called Critical Cultural Competence in Social Work Supervision now available through Taylor & Francis Online. Read more.

NASW joins leading researchers on aging, work and family in urging Congress to create a paid family medical leave insurance program. Read more.

A force for change: coping with grief through activism and advocacy. Read more.

Childhood trauma: the kids are not alright and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics. Read more.

19 ways anxiety and depression wreak havoc on your body. Read more.

STATEMENT: In the aftermath of the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas NASW again calls for sensible gun control laws, including curbs on assault weapons, and for mass shootings to be declared a public health emergency. Read more.

More teens had preventive care visits after ACA passage, study finds. Read more.

House passes bill expanding mental healthcare for veterans. Read more.

Clothing for children with sensory issues hits stores. Read more.

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