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Award Winners during the 2023 NASW-NV Northern Conference 


Public Citizen of the Year: Mr. Steve Shell, MBA, Vice President for Behavioral Health, Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV 

Professor of the Year: Cheryl Johnston PhD LMSW ACHP-SW, Professor and Clinical Director UNLV

Lifetime Achievement: Novia Anderson, Ph.D., LCSW, Section Chief of Staff, Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV

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11.0 Live Virtual CEUs Available

Conference workshops will qualify as continuing education for the following professions:

  • In Nevada: Professionals licensed by Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers, Nevada State Board of Psychological Examiners, State of Nevada | Department of Education.

Call for Presenters Now Open: Click Here!

Submission Deadline: Monday, June 26, 2023

Chapter Meetings/Events:

Rural Member Committee - First Tuesday of every month, 5:00 PM -Email to join the committee meeting!

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

Your Nevada Chapter presents:


Civic Engagement as a Social Work Intervention: Where Macro Meets Micro

Did you know research has confirmed civic engagement to be a social determinant of health? Moreover, social workers are urged by the NASW’s Code of Ethics to engage in social and political action to ensure better social conditions that provide equity and justice. A simple way to do this is to utilize civic engagement and voter registration as an intervention and prevention tool. This presentation will explore the evidence supporting civic engagement as a social determinant of health; prepare social workers for the critical role they play in improving the outcomes of clients through civic engagement; and provide tools that can be easily integrated into all practice settings.

Date:  July 26, 2023, 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Venue: Zoom 

Presenter: Chelsea White-Hoglen is a social worker with more than a decade of passionate leadership in community organizing. Chelsea describes her work as collective healing, leveraging evidence-based healing practices to facilitate transformative relationships and deep democracy. She currently works with Vot-ER, where she supports health professionals across the nation to amplify the voices of their underserved and underrepresented community members and to incorporate civic engagement into their practice.

Cost: 2 CEUs / $25 Nonmember / $15 NASW Member / Free for students (no CEUs)

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NASW Opposes Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Exams

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) opposes the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) social work licensing exams after a review of ASWB data shows significant disparities in pass rates for prospective social workers of color, older adults, and those who speak English as a second language.

NASW is prepared to oppose the Social Work Interstate Compact Legislation being developed by the Council of State Governments (CSG) if the bill is not substantially improved, including the removal of provisions which codify the ASWB exams. NASW is eager to work with CSG to develop multi-state social work practice legislation.

In an August 2022 statement after the release of the ASWB data, NASW committed to working closely with its partners to propose innovative solutions that reduce harm and increase diversity at all levels of social work practice.

These efforts will initially target removal of non-independent social work practice exams which may be biased, and support efforts to strengthen competency measures.

NASW looks forward to working with its partners to implement these strategic initiatives and to promoting the diversity and well-being of the social work profession, and the health and well-being of the populations social workers serve.

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News to highlight! 

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a regulation to prohibit states' actions "to investigate, sue, or prosecute an individual, a health care provider, or a loved one because that person sought, obtained, provided, or facilitated legal reproductive health care, including abortion." The move is among several designed to enshrine privacy rights in laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Full Story: The Hill (4/12) 

National Center for Health Statistics data indicates that the US suicide rate rose in 2021 after declining over the previous two years, and death by suicide among men increased across most age groups, with more in 2021 than in the previous two decades. The rate for men was 22.8 deaths per 100,000 people -- about four times higher than the rate for women -- but women were more likely to report suicidal thoughts and make nonfatal suicide attempts. Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (4/11),  WFXT-TV (Dedham, Mass.)

State and local governments are ramping up efforts to hire social workers who can address the mental health and social justice issues affecting communities, but it will likely remain a challenge to fill roles quickly. "There's definitely a demand for social workers, but salary structures are still not great. There's not enough policy-level funding to fit the need," says Nancy Smyth of the University at Buffalo's School of Social Work. Full Story: Fortune (tiered subscription model) (4/11) 

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