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April 17
NASW Special Grand Challenges Webinar: Making Research Useful to Policy Makers  
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May 7-17
"Pass Your LMSW, LMSW-AP & LCSW Exam" Online Review Course
with Dr. Cynthia Franklin, LCSW
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June 1
Ethics & the TX Social Worker
with Miriam Nisenbaum, LMSW, ACSW
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June 1
San Antonio
Developing a Trauma-Informed Practice Approach
with Sandra A. Lopez, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW
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June 7-9
Supervision Pathways
with Dr. Dorinda Noble, LCSW
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The 2018 Call for Student Poster Proposals is now open! Submissions accepted through June 15. More info
Episode 4 of the NASW Social Work Talks Podcast is now available. Hear Dawn Hobdy, NASW Dir. of Ethics & Professional Review, discuss how the Code of Ethics has changed and how NASW is helping social workers meet the challenges they face everyday. Listen now.


2018 Branch Awardees Announced

(NASW/North Central Texas-Ft. Worth Area Branch Awardees pictured, left to right: Public Elected Official of the Year Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen; Social Worker of the Year Kathy Campbell, LCSW; Social Work Student of the Year Lubia Banda Gwak and Public Citizen of the Year Lisa Rose.)
Branches around the state celebrated Social Work Month in March with festivities that culminated with the honoring of their 2018 Branch Awardees. Congratulations to these remarkable individuals who exemplify social work values and serve as an inspiration to us all! View list of the Branch Awardees.

Pass Your LMSW, LMSW-AP & LCSW Exam!

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 7-17, then participate in a live, online Q&A with her on May 17. Includes new DSM-5 information. Early Bird rates available through April 23. Learn more.

Licensing Board Advocacy Alert 

The Sunset Commission recently released their report regarding the review of Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (TSBSWE) and we need your help. You can read the executive summary HERE and the full report HERE. As some of you are aware, the TSBSWE is currently housed at the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). To be clear, it is not the appointed board members who have caused this problem. It is where the board is housed (HHSC). It’s grossly underfunded, understaffed and, as many of you can attest, its ineffectiveness makes it a challenge to practice as a licensed social worker at any level in Texas. Read more.


Advancing the Profession

March 2018 NASW National Advocacy Report Learn more.

Career Insights

Advice for new leaders  Learn more.

Practice Resources

Read the new Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice, a collaboration of NASW, ASWB, CSWE & CSWA Read now.

Should You Help Fluffy the Support Python Get on a Plane?

If you saw the movie, you have guessed the answer is NO! Therapists have had an increasing number of requests for letters stating that the patient has a mental health diagnosis and can benefit from the presence of a support animal. For those patients who do benefit, this can be a lifeline. However, the practice has led to abuse. 

People have used the letters to verify the need to get free plane tickets for support animals, avoid pet deposits, and have pets where pets are not allowed. There are now numerous websites online that provide letters for a fee, without a face-to-face assessment. Read more.  


NASW Creates Medicaid Advocacy Toolkit

The Medicaid Advocacy Toolkit was compiled by NASW in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) letter issued in January 2018 to state Medicaid directors regarding section 1115 waiver programs and to support chapters in their advocacy efforts in this matter. The letter encourages states to establish work requirements and other new expectations to maintain Medicaid eligibility by incorporating such requirements within section 1115 waiver demonstration projects. This is the first time that an administration has endorsed work requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility. It is estimated that tens of thousands of Medicaid recipients will lose coverage if states successfully implement work requirements. Get the Toolkit now.


This Month's News

NASW/TX Member and Dean of Steve Hicks School of Social Work at UT Austin Luis Zayas comments in the Time Magazine article, "No one is safe. How Trump’s immigration policy is splitting families apart." Read more

Sick with worry: A GOP bill to eliminate public service loan forgiveness threatens social work sector. Read more.

NASW highlights the growing need for school social workers to prevent school violence. Read more.

NASW/KS created a video on child welfare social work, called "When they go low, we go high." Watch now

NASW/TX Gov't Relations Director Will Francis comments in the article, "The Trump Administration is making it harder to stop foster children from being trafficked." Read more

NASW Media Awards go to media professionals and outlets that help raise awareness about social work and social work issues. Find out who won this year.

Report: Children comprise most homeless in Abilene, TX. Read more.

How TX created a new for-profit lockup, which it really doesn’t want you to call a “prison.” Read more.

NASW/CA statement on Pathway Home shootings. Read more.

Understanding the link between sex trafficking and pornography. Read more.

NASW/TX Member Lucia Leo-Díaz seeks seat on MCISD School Board. Read more.
Here's how to prevent the next school shooting, experts say. Read more.


April NETWORK...Elections!

NASW/Texas Chapter Elections open April 13! Read the candidate biographies in the upcoming April NETWORK. Coming your way via snail mail later this month!

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