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October 25
NASW National Training on the Revised Code of Ethics
Learn about the new revisions and the implications for social workers. More info.


Did you attend the 2017 NASW/TX State Conference in Galveston? If so, please take a few minutes to complete the conference evaluation so we can continually improve the event. One lucky member who completes the survey will receive a complimentary registration to the 2018 State Conference in Arlington! Submission deadline is October 27, 2017. Take the survey now.

Call for Proposals for the 2018 NASW National Conference is now open. Submission deadline is November 20, 2017. More info.

Enhance your career & visibility! There are four opportunities on the NASW National level for members to serve. This year, open positions include the MSW Student Rep for the Board of Directors, a Vice President, Treasurer, and the NCNLI Rep. Those interested in applying should visit the National Appointments webpage on the NASW National website. (Member login required to access the page.)

Under a new state law, insurance companies must cover mental health and substance abuse care as they do medical care. Aimed at improving the state's mental health system, the law increases the TDI’s authority to enforce the existing parity law and creates a behavioral health ombudsman to help consumers resolve challenges related to behavioral health care access.

The UT-Austin School of Social Work will be renamed UT-Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work in recognition of a generous gift from UT System Regent and Alumnus Steven Hicks.

Thank You for Making the 2017 State Conference a Success!

(Keynote Speaker Dr. Alan Dettlaff presenting "Standing Up for Social Justice" at the Opening Plenary on October 5, 2017. Photo by Doris McCoy.)

Thank you to all who attended and helped make the 2017 NASW/TX State Conference in Galveston such a success. We had a great turnout and received loads of compliments on the robust and timely continuing education program, as well as our first-ever film screening and the rollout of our mobile app. We extend sincere appreciation to our student volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, and Conference Planning Committee--without whom the production of this Texas-sized event would not be possible. We're already looking forward to the 42nd Annual NASW/Texas State Conference at the Arlington Convention Center next October 11-13. Please plan to join us for another exciting event!


Reasons You Should Join an Equity Committee

Do you ever feel like you have something important to say about the political landscape in Texas, but lack the forum to make your voice heard? Do you have strong beliefs about policies, populations or the way the legislature is supporting or oppressing clients you work with? Want to get more involved with NASW/TX?

The legislative work NASW/TX does is built upon member contributions. We take your ideas and issues then translate them into a legislative agenda, and work with you to develop solutions to the myriad of problems our profession and communities face. Without your input, we wouldn’t have the guidance we need to be effective advocates at the Capitol, and one of the best ways for you to directly influence policy is to join an equity committee. Read more.

Advancing the Profession

NASW Advocacy Report for September 2017 Read now.

Career Insights

Tips for better group meetings Read now.

Practice Resources

NASW Standards & Indicators for Cultural Competence More info.

Clinical Social Workers Stand Up in Times of Crisis

We are living in extreme times. Our national political situation is a revolving door of back-to-back negative policies/laws/tweets/changes affecting hundreds of thousands of people who already call or want to make America their home. Nature unleashes its fury across the world in the form of deadly hurricanes, damaging tornadoes, terrible flooding, and earthquakes leaving thousands homeless and whole towns destroyed. Although our country has recently experienced more divisiveness than usual, we can all agree on the need to come together, regardless of politics, as the American Family when faced with the growing list of natural disasters and the plight of our fellow citizens. Read more.


Member Profile: Melissa Milliorn

Getting to know Melissa Milliorn is like getting a lesson on the exact trappings of dedication and involvement. Milliorn is currently a Professor and Department Chair at Hardin-Simmons University School of Social Work, but as a social worker and individual she’s worn many hats in her time. Milliorn says her understanding of the value of human connection developed very early on in her life. Growing up in a very involved family, Milliorn was lucky to interact with a diverse cast of people. At one point, Milliorn’s family was an ‘adopted’ family for a young man from the Abilene State Supported Living Center (ASSLC). Read more.

Latest News

Trump Administration shortens health insurance enrollment period. Read more.

UT's first Muslim sorority hopes to inspire leadership. Read more.

NASW/TX Government Relations Director Will Francis talks to the Texas Tribune about a new law that seeks to reduce the number of child brides in the state. Read more.

NASW says President Trump's order to rescind DACA is cruel, unwise and unjustified. Read more.

NASW Puerto Rico Chapter sends message detailing dire situation on island. Read more.

New from NASW Press, Handbook on Bullying Prevention. Read more.

NASW Member Metari Garza writes "Stand Up" poem. Read more.

NASW/Texas Member Lily Casura reports on inequity issues in San Antonio in a Huffington Post series. Read now: Looking through an Equity Lens at San Antonio, San Antonio and the Geography of Poverty and In San Antonio, Nation’s 7th Largest City, More Than 100K Lack a 9th Grade Education.

Athletes share their battles with mental illness. Read more.

Trump declares Opioid ‘National Emergency’. Read more.

Nursing home patient rights quashed in Trump administration proposal, critics say. Read more.

Assisted suicide unlikely to see US expansion this year. Read more.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Toolkit

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is in October. NASW has compiled a "toolkit", consisting of information and resources to help you understand the scope of domestic violence, recognize signs it is occurring, as well as educate you on what can be done to help victims and prevent future violence. Access toolkit here.




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NEW 2018 Conference Exhibitor & Sponsorship Registration

10/11/2018 » 10/13/2018
42nd Annual NASW/TX State Conference - Student Volunteers

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