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May-June-July 2018

Chapter Update Meet Your New NASW-SC Board Members

Newsletter Date

May-June-July 2018 to the SC NASW.

Thank you to all of the NASW members who voted. We are pleased to announce that the following individuals were elected. Their tenure as board members start this month & we look forward to having them join us at the next board meeting which is on September 21st.

Amanda Leslie, BSW Student Representative: Hello, I am Amanda Leslie, a dedicated, hardworking veteran. I pledge my commitment to learning the duties the position is expected to fill. I will also commit to continuing all efforts to help vulnerable populations. Thank you for the opportunity.

Amanda Bonner, VP for Finance: I have been a social worker since 2004. I received a BSW at Columbia College in Columbia, SC, then went on to receive my Masters in Healthcare Administration through the University of Phoenix, then finally my Masters in Social Work from University of South Carolina. I also went on to get my LISW-CP. I have worked in healthcare social work since 2004. Most recently I was Chair of the SC Council of Nephrology Social Workers from 2010-2014. I have the leadership skills it takes to hold office with the NASW.

Lakia Downs, Western Unit Representative: I am known for my strong leadership skills, ability to build positive and lasting relationships, and solid work ethic. I will represent this unit with integrity and professionalism and will advocate for my colleagues as well as those whom we serve.

Kai Burkins, Catawba Unit Representative: My goal is to advocate for the Social Work profession and to provide education on the value and benefits of being a member. I will work hard to represent the Catawba unit so that strong representation of our Janay Price, Secretary: As Secretary of NASW I profession is evident and active in our communities. will bring with me fresh and innovative ideas. With Monica Jeffcoat, Central Unit Representative: I nearly a decade of post graduate social work experi- look forward to being able to contribute to the misence, countless hours of community outreach, and sion and goals of South Carolina chapter of National the experience as a business owner in the field of Association of Social Workers. I am new to the orclinical social work I’m certain I will be an asset. ganization, but am eager to serve in this great organiTalita Robinson, MSW Student Representative: I zation. I have worked in the social services field for am a recent MSW graduate student. In addition to fourteen years. I received my BSW Limestone Colmy MSW, I have another graduate degree in Special lege in 2011. Education. When I resided in New York, I taught for (Continued page 4) 16 years. Becoming a social worker will be my second career. I look forward to being a great addition

WHAT’S INSIDE: Chapter Update Editorial Committee Editor, vacant Carla Damron, staff Juliana Palyok, staff

From Where I Sit


President’s Column


Guest Columnist My NASW Community Ethics Training

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Cultural Competence Training


Helping Immigrant Children




From Where I Sit Carla Damron, LISW-CP, Executive Director

On June 21st, I had the incredible honor of presenting at the NASW National Conference in DC. My subject: Advocacy and the Written Word. Almost two thousand social workers attended the three-day event, and I was stunned when close to several hundred sat in on my session (of course, they may have gotten lost on the way to something else!). I’ve talked before about my two careers: writer and social worker, and how they have MUCH in common. For example: 1) Neither pays very well; 2) Both offer intrinsic rewards like making a difference in someone else’s life; and 3) Did I mention that they don’t pay well? For this presentation, I talked about how my careers have become intermingled. I can’t write without being a social worker. Even if I don’t intend for it to happen, social issues sneak into my novels and social stories. And as a social worker/advocate, I’ve learned the value of clear self-expression when I post a blog, testify at a statehouse hearing or write an op-ed for the local newspaper. Expressing my thoughts in a concise, clear, and passionate way helps me be heard. I hope I helped the social workers who came to my session see what they have to offer readers. Because of our work with vulnerable populations, either as case managers or advocates, we see, close hand, the impact of political decisions. Whether it’s the threat of gutting Social Security, unfair utility hikes, or the tightening of voter laws, we work closely with and feel the consequences to those most impacted. Social workers can share what we’ve learned and what we care about through op-ed submissions, blogs, memoirs, poems, short stories, or even novels.

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I began my presentation with examples of writing that has, in fact, changed the world. Take this example: “Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large that … when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.” You might think this pertains to some recent or current leader, but it actually appeared in Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, which helped launch the Revolutionary War. This excerpt from a memoir also greatly impacted our country: “You are loosed from your moorings, and are free; I am fast in my chains, and am a slave! You move merrily before the gentle gale, and I sadly before the bloody whip! You are freedom's swift-winged angels, that fly round the world; I am confined in bands of iron! O that I were free!” -Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Douglass introduced the country, if not the world, to a first-hand account of life in slavery which moved people to reject this abhorrent practice. Our view of war was greatly impacted by Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front:

But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your handgrenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. …Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony--Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?” (Continued page 4)


May-June-July 2018

The President’s Letter Macie Perry Smith, EdD, LSW, CSWCM President, NASWSC

As I prepare to take the helm of President of NASWSC, I am excited, motivated, afraid, and comfortable all at the same time. The social work network in South Carolina is strong and very much supportive of our leadership roles. So, there is no need for fear, right? Now, the motivation and excitement I feel is a direct result of the forward thinking thought leaders that I am surrounded by daily. Carla Damron, Executive Director, George Mavroftas, former President, and the board of directors are always in the know regarding efforts that impact our professional and personal communities, both positively and negatively. It is because of this support, I can help lead the charge.

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pate in the rally, especially since her grandparents are Panamanian and frequently visit us from Panama. Although she did not understand the ins and outs of what was happening, she was well aware that small children should not be taken away from their parents. It was so exciting to see many social workers, social work students, University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work’s dean and faculty, spouses, and County Councilman - Jim Manning on the grounds to take part in a very important rally. Carla, Debra Duvall, CCNLI-Chair, and I wore our tie-dye “Hate Won’t Win” shirts and they were a big hit—so much so people wanted to purchase them. Now, how motivating is that?!? There was a pretty big crowd at the rally (a few hundred people), so we were able to communicate clearly throughout the state and country the significance of our gathering. However, the presentation only lasted about 30 minutes; but, the rally continued on for about an hour or so—which was great. There were signs displayed that relayed powerful messages, such as “Our Greatness Depends on Our Goodness,” “If Love Won’t Win Neither Will You,” or “I Care and You Should Too.” Powerful, right?

The first day on the job was a…oh wait. My mistake, social work leadership is not a “job” it is a calling, so let me rephrase my statement. The first day answering the call to lead in critical times was a pleasurable, meaningful, and fulfilling experience, and I am lookFirst order of business is the Families Belong Toing forward to providing my full assistance in movgether rally that was held at the SC State House in ing the needle forward towards civility and inclusion. Columbia, SC this past weekend. The rally was held Are you with me? on a Saturday, so as a mother I did what any other social worker mother would do…bring your child along. My daughter was on ready, set, go to partici-

NASW-SC was well represented at the Families Belong Together Rally on June 30th. Pictured: Board Members Dr. Macie Smith, Dr. Dan Freedman and former NASW-SC President George Mavroftas



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From Where I Sit, Continued (pg 2) I’m particularly fascinated by ways fiction like this has shaken our consciousness. Fiction may scream, or it may whisper. It might deliver its point with nuance and subtlety, or with drama and drums banging. Most of all, it can reach a person through both the head and the heart. While my op-ed about mental illness might increase the reader’s awareness of the subject, if I write a novel about what it’s like to live with voices pounding inside your head every day then I may help the reader develop true empathy for those struggling with mental disorders. If my readers feel was from a reader who wrote “I just finished your what it’s like to wake up on a park bench on a cold, novel and made a donation to my local homeless wet morning, they may understand homelessness in shelter.” a more profound way. I’ve said before that the best review I ever received

It doesn’t get any better than that.

Meet Your New Board Members (continued from become a voice of change for individuals with menpage 1) tal illness. I was then able to attend Edinboro University of Thank you to our outgoing Board MemPennsylvania and received my MSW in 2015. I cur- bers: rently work as a Director of Residential Services at a President: George Mavroftas child-serving agency where I oversee the direct care Secretary: Leslie Yarborough staff, clinical program, and education departments. I Catawba Unit Rep: Jerome Hall also have past experience as a volunteer with sexual Western Unit Rep: Amy Knight assault victims. It is my hope that I will be able to Pee Dee Unit Rep: Mary Beth Harllee serve you in this capacity as a central unit repreCentral Unit Reps: Brooke Chehoski and sentative. MSW Rep: Amy Helms BSW Rep: Mary-Margaret Wilder Keitha Whitaker, Central Unit Representative: Regular opportunities to meet, network, and learn together is crucial to our work as social work- We are so grateful for your service to NASW-SC!! ers and advocates for ourselves and those we serve and work beside. I look forward to serving as your Central Unit Rep again to help those opportunities possible and available. Stacee Roberts, Pee Dee Unit Representative: I am passionate about mental health and want to be an advocate by educating, spreading awareness, and improving access to mental health care. This position with the NASW-SC Chapter will allow me to


Chapter Update Political Advocacy: Don’t Overlook Your Local Government by Jim Manning, Guest columnist

Time and time again, I see people get all giddy over doing advocacy by clicking a link on their email and signing a petition for their United States Senator. Time and time again, I listen to people saying they left a voicemail for their South Carolina State Senator or House Member, and that is wonderful; however, it is their local government, City and County that make decisions about stray cats in your neighborhood; if you are allowed to park your boat or RV in your yard; how much yard clippings you can put out to be collected; curfews; whether you can have a speed hump on your street; how close your neighbor can build something to your property; and, the list goes on and on. Basically, the things that truly impact your day to day life and frankly what the majority of people care the most about are happening on a city or county level. Yet, many people do not even know who their local Council-member is that makes these decisions.

May-June-July 2018 Council Member and one School Board Commissioner show up. Due to advocacy at the local level, our County allocated funding and now has the only fulltime Project Coordinator for an Anti-Human Trafficking program (and it is an LMSW). Another example has to do with Meals on Wheels. The SC Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging, funded by United States Legislators and SC State Legislators has as a purpose “to enhance the quality of life for seniors in South Carolina” to include Senior Nutrition Programs funded by Older American’s Act (OAA) Funds and State Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Funds. It came to light that well over 100 citizens in our County had applied and qualified for Meals on Wheels, but were placed on a waiting list. Due to advocacy at the local level, our County allocated funding that allowed each one of those citizens to receive the services beginning July 1, 2017.

“Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people.” —NASW Code of Ethics

One of the 6 Ethical Principles specified in the NASW Code of Ethics states, “Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people.” We do this through political advocacy. However, we must always be cognizant of the importance of Below are a couple of real examples from my experi- locally elected government officials. So please when ence in my County where local advocacy has made a it comes to Political Advocacy, Don’t Overlook Your difference that matters to our profession and the peo- Local Government! ple we serve as Social Workers Jim Manning, LISW-AP, Councilman A local High School had an assembly 3 years ago Richland County District 8 where Frederick Douglass’ Great, Great, Great GrandFYI: City and County governments son was speaking about how on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Act, there were more people curhave websites that are loaded with good rently enslaved in America than at that time. The information, such as meeting times, loschool had invited US Senators, US Congressman, SC cal events, etc. Take some time to look State Senators, SC House Members, County Council up your local info! members and School Board Members. One County


Explore MyNASW Community

• All Member Forum – open to all active NASW members • Children, Youth, and Schools - for members of the Child Welfare; Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults; and School Social Work Specialty Practice Sections • Clinical Social Work, Aging, and Health – for members of the Aging; Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs; Health; Mental Health; and Private Practice Specialty Practice Sections • Social Justice, Administration, and Courts - for members of the Administration/Supervision; Social and Economic Justice & Peace; and Social Work and the Courts Specialty Practice Sections

NASW’s newest member benefit—MyNASW Community— is transforming how NASW members connect, share ideas and resources, and stay up to date. This exclusive members-only community allows social workers to log in with their username and password to post questions, seek advice, and participate in discussions specific to their practice or career stage. “I like how EASY the forum is to navigate. And folks are really chiming in. This is a WONDERFUL opportunity for social workers, beginning or seasoned practitioners, to connect with one another!” Carla Damron, LISW-CP, Executive Director, NASW, SC Chapter. In addition to discussions, members can add contacts and send private messages, networking with their peers both locally and across the country. Using the directory’s advanced search, find colleagues by Chapter, practice area, work setting, job function, or organization type. Each member controls what parts of their profile are visible to others by adjusting their privacy settings.

Visit to update your profile and join the conversation today. Questions? Contact NASW Member Services at 1-800-742-4089 Monday through Friday 9 am-9 pm ET.

Another feature of the MyNASW Community is a searchable resource library, where members can upload and browse documents and digital resources in variety of formats.

"MyNASW is your go-to for all things social work," said Jennifer Watt, director of membership at NASW’s National Network, discuss & collaborate at myOffice. "It allows members who may not have access in person, to create a network of their peers and be included in the latest discussions.” Currently, MyNASW Community offers four discussion forums:

Professional Policy Statement Review

Confidentiality and Information Utiliza tion

Crime Victim Assistance

Family Violence

Hospice Care

Rural Social Work

Parental Kidnapping

Comment Forum

Voter Participation

between June 25 and July 25, 2018.

Hope you will take the time to have your voice heard!

As part of the ongoing activities and responsibilities related to Delegate Assembly there have been nine public/professional policy statements that have been under review by policy panels (composed of NASW members) for the past few months. We invite NASW members to review and comment on the proposed revisions to the following policies by visiting here:

Adolescent and Young Adult Health

Community Development


HELP WANTED!! Exciting job opportunity for an LISWCP as a member of an integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care team. Services provided at several sites located in the heart of the low country community. Contact Gloria Warner, 843-987-7475, Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, 719 Okatie Highway, Ridgeland, S.C. or e-mail resume to BJHCHS provides quality, affordable, accessible and comprehensive health care.

Volunteer Opportunities at NASW-SC We are very grateful for our members. It is because of you that we are here, working on advocacy issues important to our clients and our profession, and offering training and support to social workers throughout our state. Would you like to become more involved in our chapter? We have the following volunteer opportunities available:

Newsletter Editor: this person writes a quarterly column and assists in proofing the newsletter before we send it out! Most communication happens via phone and email, so very little “meeting time” required.

Mentors: we want to offer new social workers the opportunity to connect with seasoned professionals for guidance and support. You can connect via phone, emails, and in-person meetings.

Committees: Our Government Affairs committee is always looking for dedicated advocates! Also, the Symposium Planning committee would welcome a few new volunteers. Something else interests you? Contact the chapter office to discuss.

To offer your time and energy to your chapter, give us a call at (803) 256-8406.


Decoding the Code: A Deep Dive into the NASW Codeof Ethics Wednesday, October 10 8:30 AM til 4 PM Lunch will be served Where: The Stone River (formerly New Orleans Restaurant) on Congaree River 121 Alexander Rd., West Columbia SC

Featured Speaker: Sallie Campbell, LISW-CP, LMFT/S, DCSW Campbell Consultation and Therapy, LLC OTHER PRESENTERS TBA You will Learn: • Areas of risk and strategies to help resolve complex ethical issues • Techniques to hardwire practice to reduce risk • Ways tomonitor boundary crossings and develop sound ethical judgment

Workshop Sponsors: • The Nurturing Center • Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health • Amedisys Cost: NASW Members $65 Non-Members $85 For group rates or special assistance, contact NASW-SC (803) 2568406. BOX-LUNCH Included To REGISTER, GO HERE: ~5 social work contact hours will be offered~


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Training: Cultural Competence: For These Times This workshop will focus on the intersectionality of race, gender, income, age, ability, sexual orientation/identity and other factors as they impact the consumer/client system seeking services, the professional and agency providing services, and the design of services provided. The goal will be on helping social workers and others involved in the relationship between service seeker and provider to gain knowledge and develop skills in the professional intervention process toward finding common ground for the therapeutic relationship. This need for common ground recognizes the reality that neither helper or client/consumer seeking help is immune from the reality of bias that is ingrained in each of us. The workshop will use a framework developed by Melvin Herring (MSW, PhD) and his associates on using the intersectionality of cultural realities to transcend individual perspectives and seek inclusion of people from different and diverse heritages. The ultimate goal of this model is to develop culturally competent practitioners working with clients/consumers from various vulnerable populations and service needs. One of the strengths of this approach is its inclusiveness in terms of intragroup diversity in addition to intergroup differences. Dr. Herring is the MSW program director at Johnson C. Smith University. He has presented a number of workshops on this approach, including workshops during the NASWSC annual symposium and the SC Action Council for Cross Cultural Mental Health and Human Services annual Cross Cultural Conference. REGISTRATION INFORMATION COMING SOON!!!

Helping Immigrant Children at Border: What You Can Do

ActBlue has set up a link to multiple organizations critical to help kids separated from their families: If you’re interested in helping the immigrant children at the border, here are some places that could use The ACLU is hard at work providing legal assistance your support: to migrant families. The charitable arm of this organiThe USC College of Social Work, in partnership zation is its foundation. You can donate here: https:// with the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee, has set up a fund to help reunite immigrant children with their parents. Go here to contribute: aclu-foundation-0

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas. RAICES is the largest immigration non-profit in Texas with offices in Austin, Corpus, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. The Vera Institute of Justice and New America Launch the Immigrant Connection Project (ICON) to Help Reconnect Separated Children and Fami- (Photo from US Customs and Border Protection, McAllen, Tx, lies June 2018)


The PACE online fundraising tool has been officially launched! It can be found at : t.asp There’s also a link to it from www. socialworkers. org. Please remember that all online contributions will be shared with the chapters, just like contributions we receive through membership renewals. So it’s in our interest to promote the new online fundraising capability.

We love your stories! NASW SC encourages everyone to contribute noteworthy information for Chapter Update. All material should be typed and emailed to the Chapter Office. Chapter Update is published by the National Association of Social Workers South Carolina Chapter. For information about advertising in the newsletter or renting membership labels, contact the chapter office at (803) 2568406. NASW reserves the right to accept, reject or edit advertisements and notices of events based on publication schedule, space limitations and appropriateness. The views expressed in Chapter Update do not necessarily represent positions of NASW. Because of the commitment of NASW to nondiscriminatory personnel practices, advertisers in NASW publications, by action of the NASW Board of Directors, must affirm that they are equal opportunity employers. For violations of professional ethics or personnel practices, a person may file a complaint with the NASW SC Chapter Committee on Inquiry. For information, write the Chapter Office at 2537 Gervais Street, Columbia SC 29204 or call 803-256-8406. For information regarding: Social work licensure, call or write the Board of Social Work Examiners, PO Box 11329, Columbia, SC 29211-1329, 803-896-4665,

National Association of Social Workers, SC Chapter Summer 2018 Newsletter  

Update on advocacy, elections, and upcoming trainings,

National Association of Social Workers, SC Chapter Summer 2018 Newsletter  

Update on advocacy, elections, and upcoming trainings,