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November December 2011

NASWAZ membership means much to many It’s no secret that Arizona’s social workers are needed NOW more than ever – with the state’s economy in ruins, families and individuals are suffering like never before. The best way to fight for the survival of our profession - AND the protection of vulnerable populations – is to stand together in a strong showing of numbers. We talked to some board members to find out why their membership is important to them. Here are some of their comments: I am a proud NASWAZ member because the association helps preserve the value of my degree and our profession as a whole. A strong voice, a collective vision, and fellowship with other social workersprovided by NASW- are all integral to fostering my long-term success in the field. Lindsay Simmons, MSW I am a member because being the best social worker I can be, for the clients I serve, is important to me. The myriad of supports, services and resources made available to me as a member of the local NASW Chapter and national NASW organization makes the money I spend on dues more than well worth the expense. Tammy L. Abbott-Thiel, LMSW Through my membership I am been able to network with other social workers across the state; I have formed long standing friendships; I have had access to resources and support on addressing community issues; I have appreciated having access to the National office when seeking consultation on various issues; National’s “on the hill’ lobbying on behalf of our profession and our clients has been extraordinary. Josefina Ahumada, MSW, LCSW Membership is important to me because I am

supporting the social work profession. Many folks say they are doing social work but don’t have the theoretical and experiential requirements that make them truly a social work professional. My membership in NASW adds to that professional validation. I participate as a NASWAZ Board member so I can influence the direction of the profession locally. I attend Branch 1 activities to connect with others as resources and support in a time when these are hard to come by. Carol Lopinski, LCSW Keep your association strong by renewing your membership before it expires and encouraging coworkers and fellow students to join NASW. The louder our collective voice is, the more our government leaders will need to pay attention. NASWAZ acts as an advocate on the behalf of both you, our membership, and the clients you serve. Membership also gives you: a voice at the Capitol; access to discounted workshops; job postings; discounted liability insurance; specialty practice section materials; access to members-only sections of the local and national websites When you renew your membership and recruit new members, you are helping us help you. That is why this association exists: to unite and support social workers for the betterment of communities. Thank you for your membership. It means so much to so many. To renew or join, please go to www.socialworkers. org

Board of Directors Bobbie Anderson President Christine Wetherington Vice President Suzanne Schunk President-elect Tammy Abbott-Thiel Secretary Eric Alfrey Treasurer Branch 1 Evie Lopez Carol Lopinski Laura Masters Connie Phillips Patrick Shockley Lindsay Simmons Angie Verburg Branch 2 Josefina Ahumada Patti Dorgan Kristine Hanson-Deller Branch 3 Katherine Meyer Rhonda Talaswaima Branch 4 Open Position Open Position Student Reps Marlo Thomas Celeste Plumlee

Featured in this issue NASW Membership's Meaning................. 1 Executive Director's Corner....................... 3 The President's Pen.....................................4 Career Opportunities...................................4 Public Policy Committee............................5 Letter to Child Safety Task Force...........6, 7 Cinema & Social Work.............................. 8 CE Series 2012.......................................... 9 Upcoming Branch Events.......................... 9 Legal Issue of the Month........................... 9 Branch 1 Networking................................10

Who to Contact

To get involved in NASWAZ, please contact any of the following: BRANCH 1 (Gila, LaPaz, Maricopa, Pinal, & Yuma Counties) Evie Lopez Patrick Shockley BR1 Co-Chairs BRANCH 2 (Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima & Santa Cruz Counties) Josefina Ahumada Kristine Hanson-Deller BR2 Co-Chairs BRANCH 3 (Apache, Coconino, Mohave & Navajo Counties plus Payson, Sedona & Cottonwood) Rhonda Talaswaima Katherine Meyer BR 3 Co-Chairs

BRANCH 4 (West Yavapai County—Prescott & surrounding area) Open Position BR 4 Chair STATEWIDE PACE Chair Chris Fike PUBLIC POLICY Co-Chairs Suzanne Schunk and Lindsay Simmons CCNLI (Nominations Chair) Judy Walruff NASWAZ Chapter Office Jeremy Arp Executive Director (480) 968-4595

Password Procedure For your first log in, you will use the following information to log in: User Name: The user name is your first name and your last name with no spaces in between. (ie. JaneDoe) *Please note that this is the first name in your member record. If your NASW membership has you listed as “H. Jane Doe”, then “H” is your first name for the purposes of this log in. (ie. HDoe) Once you log in the first time, you can set your preferences to change your user name to whatever you wish. Password: naswaz Once you have logged in, the website will direct you to choose a user name and password that you can remember.


The Executive Director’s Corner by Jeremy D. Arp, MSW NASWAZ Executive Director

It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of 2011! What an exciting year! This has been especially true for me as my girlfriend and I welcomed our son into the world in November! I have much to be thankful for, indeed. I am thankful for the hard work of our Chapter leadership, staff, and volunteers as they fostered a successful year for the Chapter. The Arizona Chapter continues to move forward in areas of attracting and keeping members, reaching out to established professionals, new social workers, and social work students. Branches have worked hard to develop activities this year to foster networking and creating opportunities for connections between professionals. The Chapter strives to support social workers through educational and special events, and opportunities to strengthen our community. The NASW-AZ Public Policy Committee continues to seek volunteers to serve, and Suzanne Schunk will highlight the priorities for the coming legislative session. Thanks to all who contributed by completing the survey and to those who expressed an interest in serving the committee. Please save the date for the Social Work Day(s) at the Legislature coming up in February 2012. This interactive event serves to motivate social workers to engage their elected officials and learn to advocate for statelevel policy change. We hope to offer two dates to accommodate competing schedules: February 23rd and February 29th. If you are interested in serving on the Public Policy Committee or assisting with the Social Work

Day at the Legislature planning, please contact: NASW-AZ continues to support social workers through continuing education. In December, NASW-AZ hosted two workshops in Tucson. The workshops--”Closing the Gap – Providing Culturally Competent Service to Immigrant Families Experiencing Domestic Abuse,” and “Legal Immigration Protections The Chapter strives to support social workers through educational and special events, and opportunities to strengthen our community. for Undocumented Crime Victims”-both successfully outlined protections for vulnerable populations in Arizona. Please look for upcoming education events in February including engaging presentations by Bob Kafes and Laura Waterman entitled “The Business of Private Practice: Ethical, Legal, Clinical, Marketing, and Risk Management Strategies” offered in Tucson and Phoenix. Also, don’t miss “Ethical Practice in Social Work (6 hours Clinical Supervision)” on February 10th in Mesa. Please view all of our upcoming events online on our Chapter Events calendar. As the New Year approaches, NASWAZ seeks nominations for leadership of your professional association. For an outline of leadership and other volunteer opportunities, please visit http://www. cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=25 I look forward to working for you in the New Year! 3

The President’s Pen By Bobbie Anderson, LCSW NASWAZ Chapter President By the time you are reading this, the holiday season will be in full swing. This time of year offers each of us an opportunity to reflect upon the things we are most thankful for, such as good health and the ability to spend time with those we care about. It can also be a time for reflection, both personal and professional. One of the things the Arizona Chapter is most thankful for this year is having members - and volunteers - who continue to help fulfill our mission of ‘uniting and supporting social workers for the betterment of communities.’ This continues to be a challenging year, but social workers have continued to lend their voice, time and energy to advocate for clients and to help make our community a better place. As we look back at the many lives we have touched, we are reminded that what we do matters, even when it seems that all odds are against us.

It continues to be a lively year at the Chapter. Branches have held several successful events, and the Chapter again put together another great Summit in October. I would encourage you to attend one of our networking events; I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. By signing up for one of our workshops you continue to help and support your chapter association. It’s not too late to nominate! Do you know a social worker who has made a significant impact to our profession, or maybe a community leader who shares our values and goals? Well, now is the time to recognize them for their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of others and their community. Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 branch awards. Please log on to the website for the criteria and nomination form. Have a wonderful season!

Career Opportunities from the NASWAZ website For complete job descriptions, please visit and click on the Arizona Career Center. You will need to sign in with your Arizona username and password. Does YOUR company have an opening for a social worker? If so, you or your company representative can place an advertisement on our online Career Center for FREE. It’s easy. Just go to and to the “Career Center” heading. A fly-out menu will appear, and the second choice is “Arizona Career Posting.” Just click on that link, fill in the blanks, and your ad will be instantly live and available to our members.


Behavior Health Clinical Director Hospice MSW MSW Social Worker Contract Therapist (part-time, flexible)

Social Worker Family Resource Specialist Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Crisis Support Consultant Bilingual Family Support Specialist - Healthy Families Bilingual Family Counselor - In-home Services Bilingual Family Support Specialist - In-home Services Healthy Families Manager Family Support Specialist - Parent Aide Bilingual Family Support Specialist - Kinship Care and Adoptions Clinical Therapist - Substance Abuse Executive Director - Nevada NASW DE DDD Case Management Consultant International Social Work

Newly formed Public Policy Committee sets 2012 legislative priorities by Suzanne Schunk, Public Policy Committee Co-Chair

During a Strategic Planning retreat in July 2011, the NASWAZ Board of Directors voted to reform a Public Policy Committee for the chapter Lindsay Simmons and Suzanne Schunk agreed to co-chair this effort. Purpose of Pubic Policy Committee The Public Policy Committee is NASWAZ’s advocacy voice for all Arizona social workers and the vulnerable people they serve. The goal of the Public Policy Committee is to educate, inform and engage the NASWAZ membership about issues related to public policy issues, the legislative process, and candidate election. Specific objectives include:   1. To set the annual legislative priority agenda and identify other public policy issues.    2. To educate members on these priority issues.    3. To advocate for these priorities and provide a legislative presence.    4. To maintain an email alert system relating to this legislative agenda.    5. To coordinate with other human service advocacy organizations regarding the priority issues.    6. To provide training on legislative advocacy and facts about the legislative agenda. Additionally, a sub-committee of the Public Policy Committee plans and implements the annual Social Work Days at the Legislature. 2012 Legislative Priorities After polling interested NASW-AZ members, the Public Policy Committee recommended their priority list to the NASWAZ Board of Directors who approved it. The 2012 Legislative Priority Agenda includes the following issues: • CPS Reform Recommendations • Immigration Concerns • Health and Mental Health Issues (including AHCCCS) Overriding all of these will be the AZ state budget process as well, since funding decisions impact almost every service that social workers provide and upon which vulnerable populations depend. The Public Policy Committee will identify a lead committee member for each priority issue and keep all NASWAZ members informed about the issues and advocacy efforts that are needed throughout the legislative session. The Public Policy Committee hopes also to have some Resolutions passed this year affirming the positive contribution of social workers in Arizona. This would align well with the national NASW 2012 Social Work Month slogan “Social Work Matters.” To Join the Public Policy Committee New members are welcomed and needed for this committee. New members do not need to have previous experience with legislative advocacy; the best qualification for members of this committee is a passion for the laws and policies that protect the rights and improve the lives of vulnerable people. Other than the major planning for the Social Work Days at the Legislature, most of the meetings for the Public Policy Committee are done by email. Members interested in participating on the Public Policy Committee, may send an email to admin@naswaz. com with their contact information and one of the co-chairs will respond.

See the letter that the Public Policy Committee sent to the Arizona Child Safety Task Force on the following two pages.






1/6/12 - 5:30-8:00 PM - LIONESS 2/3/12 - 5:30-8:00 PM - TEMPLE GRANDIN 3/2/12 - 5:30-8:00 PM - ORANGES & SUNSHINE 4/6/12 - 5:30-8:00 PM - TBD 5/4/12 - 5:30-8:00 PM - TBD

Popcorn Provided! LOCATION: FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER 817 N. COUNTRY CLUB DR. MESA, AZ 85201 RSVP @ (Cinema & Social Work is co-sponsored by NASWAZ and the Child Crisis Center)


Cinema & Social Work


CE Series 2012 starts with ethics, clinical supervision NASWAZ and ASU Main SSW sponsor NEW workshops

6-hour Ethics workshop from Robert Kafes and Laura Waterman: The Business of Private Practice: Ethical, Legal, Clinical, Marketing, and Risk Management Strategies Click here for Tucson Feb. 4 registration Click here for Phoenix Feb. 11 registration 6-hour Clinical Supervision and Ethical Practice in Social Work workshop from Cynthia Lietz scheduled for Feb. 10 in Mesa.

Upcoming Chapter and Branch Events

Branch 1 Networking event on the third Thursday of the month, including Jan. 19 and Feb. 16

Branch 1 Cinema & Social Work the first Friday of each month in Mesa, including Jan. 6 “Lioness” and Feb. 3 “Temple Grandin” Branch 1 Breakfast set for Friday, March 2. (Details and online registration coming soon) Branch 2 Luncheon scheduled for Friday, March 30. (Details and online registration coming soon) Social Work Days at the Legislature: Feb. 23 and Feb. 29. (Details and online registration coming soon)

Legal Issue of the Month from NASW National Social Workers and Skype Part I Introduction Social workers are increasingly using electronic communications technologies to expand and refine their practices, including psychotherapy performed via videoconferencing, and this has raised many questions about professional social work standards. Use of videoconferencing technology in mental health service delivery is variously referred to as “telepsychiatry,” “telemedicine,” “telemental health,” “e-therapy,” “distance counseling” and other terminology. One of the most widely available videoconferencing technologies is an online service and software program known as Skype. Its wide acceptance as a consumer technology has made telemental health services readily available for clients in their own homes and for solo and private practice clinicians without a burdensome investment in new technology. This first of two articles will review some of the emerging legal and professional issues involved in the use or potential use of Skype or similar technology as a communications modality for clinical social work assessment and treatment of clients. Part II will review legal cases and statutes, including state social work licensure.......... ........To read this article in its entirety, please go to this link and use your National username and password. The Legal Issue of the Month is published by the National office of NASW and it is a members-only benefit. 9

Networking for social workers Tempe Marketplace 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy Tempe, AZ Paradise Bakery 5:30-7:30 p.m. (3rd Thursday of the Month)





Upcoming Dates:

November 17, 2011 December 15, 2011 January 19, 2012 February 16, 2012

For More Information Contact: Beth Pfile at

March 15, 2012 April 19, 2012 May 17, 2012


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June 21, 2012

NASWAZ Newsletter Nov Dec 2011  

Newsletter for NASW members, social workers in Arizona.