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Just announced!

2024 NASW Chapters Virtual Conference:

Empowering Social Workers

Hosted by: NASW-Illinois, Nevada, and North Dakota Chapters

Dates: Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8, 2024

Call for Presenters is open!

The call for presentations for this year's conference is OPEN! We're looking for 60-minute presentations on a diverse array of topics including (but not limited to) cultural competency and implicit bias as it affects the social work profession. Preference will be given to dynamic presenters whose presentations are creative, interactive, and audience-engaged. All presentations must fulfill social work continuing education requirements and should lead participants through discussions and peer-sharing about topics relating to social work practice.

Click here to read more and submit a proposal.

DEADLINE: 9 am Central Time (11 am PT) on Wednesday, May 1, 2024
 

CONFERENCE INFORMATION

Registration: Conference registration will be available in August 2024. Click here to be notified when registration goes live.
Schedule and Classes: Complete conference schedule and classes will be announced in August 2024
Advertise: Promote your organization in our Exhibit Hall, the Conference Marketing Brochure, or Co-Sponsorship! Click here to be notified when those options are announced.

Chapter Meetings & Events:

Rural Member Committee - First Tuesday of every month, 5:00 pm

Racial Equity Committee - Second Monday of every month, 6:00 pm

Licensure Committee: Forming now!

Sign up for Committees here: https://naswil.wufoo.com/forms/x95bwu06lktrq/    

Questions?  Email: admin.naswnv@socialworkers.org


NASW-Nevada CEUs is accepted by the following boards and organizations:

Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers

Nevada State Board of Psychological Examiners

State of Nevada | Department of Education

State of Nevada board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists & Clinical Professional Counselors 

Your Nevada Chapter Presents: 

Introduction to Perinatal Mood Disorders

Date: Tuesday, February 27 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm CST (9:00 am - 11:00 am PST)

CEUs: 2.0 CEUs

Virtual Platform: Zoom

Speaker: Rachel Chruszczyk (she/they)

Description: Join our enlightening workshop on perinatal mental health, designed for professionals and parents. This workshop provides comprehensive insights into perinatal mood disorders, their impact on individuals and families, and effective prevention and community care strategies. You will explore the fundamentals, signs, and symptoms of perinatal mood disorders, their connection to child mistreatment, and research-based interventions to promote healthy parent-child relationships. Learn about early identification, screening tools, and the role of professionals and support networks in fostering resilience to promote perinatal mental health and to provide vital support for affected individuals.

Registration: https://naswil.wufoo.com/forms/z63jnu71uu5try


Silver State Borders: Immigration in Nevada

Date: Thursday, March, 7th at 10 am PT, 12 pm CT

Location: Zoom

Description: This training will provide participants with a learning opportunity on how social welfare and state policy influence providers in being a service to undocumented immigrants in Nevada—additionally, best practices in maneuvering through social structures to serve immigrant communities better.

Presenters:

Jahahi M. Contreras:

Jahahi is a licensed social worker who has primarily served undocumented immigrants in Northern Nevada. She was the first social worker in the Nevada System of Higher Education to primarily serve undocumented students in higher education. In her role she developed collaborative programming and services that supported marginalized students and community members to improve access to higher education.

Mariana Sarmiento Hernandez:

Mariana manages the Undocumented Student Program at the Nevada State Office of Community, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (CEDI). As a DACA recipient raised in Las Vegas, she is passionate about increasing access to higher education for undocumented communities. Mariana earned her Sociology BA and Master of Social Work degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Cost: 2 CEU (Cultural Competency) / $25 Nonmember / $20 NASW Member / Free for students (no CEUs)

Register here: https://naswil.wufoo.com/forms/zxgvd8v0mnjskm/


Increasing Access to Neuroaffirmative Autism and ADHD Assessment

Date: Wednesday, April 17th at 10-11:00 AM PT , 12 PM CT

Location: Zoom

Description: During this presentation, Darlene will demystify the testing psychologist's process for the evaluation of Autism and ADHD. You will gain an introductory understanding of the assessments available for these purposes, the qualifications for using them, the use of psychometrically validated instruments in the differential process, and cultural/linguistic/cognitive/gender considerations in the selection of assessments for the individual you are testing. If you have ever considered assessment, this will be an opportunity to learn more. Her goal is to break down barriers to continuing education and, in doing so, promote access to much-needed services.

Presenter: Darlene Sousa, LEP 

After a career in social services and mental health, Darlene returned to graduate school seventeen years ago to become a testing psychologist, driven by the challenges she faced as a parent of a child with learning differences. She saw and experienced for herself as a neurodivergent person, how systems of support did not connect and held different requirements for entry, leaving families lost. She's since found her path through private practice, consulting, and advocacy.

Cost: 1 CEU (Cultural Competency) / $15 Nonmember / $10 NASW Member / Free for students (no CEUs)

Register Here: https://naswil.wufoo.com/forms/zt2orv1ws8adb/


would like to present a workshop for nasw-nevada chapter?

submit your request here: https://naswil.wufoo.com/forms/x5oe7n115szsiw/

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NASW-Nevada Advisory Board Application 2024-2026

The Chapter Committee for Nominations and Leadership Identification is currently looking for candidates interested in serving on the NASW Nevada Advisory Board. The Advisory Board of Directors is your voice for chapter priorities, policy, and educational direction. Positions that are up for election for July 1, 2024 start date are:

• President-Elect (three-year term)*

• Vice President (two-year term)*

• Member at Large (two-year term)

• South Region District Chair (two-year term)

• MSW Student Representative (one-year term)

• BSW Student Representative (one-year term)

*indicates Executive Committee Member


President-Elect will serve one year as President-Elect and then will assume the Presidency the following two years.


You must be an NASW member in good standing at the time of application and maintain throughout your term to serve on the Board. Student Representatives must be enrolled at an accredited social work program in Nevada for the 2022-2023 school year. Regional representatives must reside or work in the region that they represent.


Priority for slating will be given to applicants who have previously served on an NASW Chapter Board for all Executive Committee members. If no applicants apply with previous NASW Chapter Board experience, other candidates will be considered.


Priority for slating of the Member at Large will be given to member applicants who reside outside of the Reno or Las Vegas area. In the absence of candidates from outside the mentioned areas, other candidates will be considered from within those areas.


Please Note: There is NO monetary requirement you must raise to serve on the NASW-NV Board of Directors. However, there is an expectation of volunteer time as described in the Roles and Responsibilities.


Applications must be submitted by April 3rd, 2024. We encourage you to apply early so members of the committee can reach out to you if there is anything they would need to follow up on.


Apply Here: https://naswil.wufoo.com/forms/naswnevada-advisory-board-application-20242026



Do you want to be on the National Board? 

The NASW National Leadership positions listed below will be vacant as of June 30, 2024. 


NASW-National Board of Directors:

Vice President 2024-2027

Treasurer 2024-2027

MSW Student Member 2024-2026


Submit your application here: https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Governance/National-Elections/Vacancies.aspx


If you have questions, contact us at governance@socialworkers.org.

News to highlight! 

NASW offers its support to those who lost loved ones in terrorist attacks in Israel

Oct 13, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) offers its condolences and support to people who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks in Israel and to those continuing to suffer the loss of family members, homes, and communities in Israel and in Gaza. Read the full statement here: https://www.socialworkers.org/News/News-Releases/ID/2835/NASW-offers-its-support-to-those-who-lost-loved-ones-in-terrorist-attacks-in-Israel




nasw member voices: supreme courts ends affirmative action. what are the implications?
by mel wilson, lcsw, mba

The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on June 29 made a ruling on affirmative action that will have profound and long-term implications for the country. With a 6-3 majority decision, SCOTUS declared in Students for Fair Admission Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College that race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard and the University of North Carolina violate the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. more directly, the ruling forbids all colleges and universities in the United States from taking race into consideration when admitting students. Read the full statement here


Chatgpt and social work: be excited, curious, and skeptical

it’s free. it’s fast. it’s exciting. it’s also unsettling for most, and upsetting for more than a few, who worry it could take away their livelihood — or upend their lives.
haven’t tried chatgpt yet? when you do, you’ll be in the minority if you aren’t blown away. it exudes an uncanny if not eerie, human-like cadence. the tone is smooth, friendly, and reassuring. it all somehow feels familiar, like chatting with a trusted — and remarkably intelligent — old friend.
but it’s not your friend. it’s a computer algorithm. if that’s unclear, just ask chatgpt:
“can you explain what a computer algorithm is?”
“sure, i'd be happy to explain what a computer algorithm is. an algorithm is a set of instructions or a procedure used to solve a problem or perform a specific task. in computer science, an algorithm is typically a step-by-step procedure that is designed to be executed by a computer program.”
social work, welcome to — and get ready for — the new world with chatgpt. read the full article here!

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