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2022 Nevada Chapter Awards!

All nominees must be current residents or practice in the state of Nevada.

-Social Worker of the Year
-Public Citizen of the Year
-Lifetime Achievement Award
-Emerging Leader of the Year
-Professor of the Year*

Social Worker of the Year: An NASW-Nevada Chapter member in good standing who: reflects the values espoused in our NASW-Nevada Chapter Mission Statement; promotes the NASW to the public and advocates for the population social work serves; represents the highest ethical standards of social work as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics; contributes to the improvement of the social fabric in tangible and intangible ways; takes risks and enlists public support for improved human services. Must be licensed in social work and work/reside in the state of Nevada.

Lifetime Achievement Award: An NASW-Nevada Chapter member in good standing who: has accomplished stellar successes in his/her social work career which have enhanced the profession, supported clients, upheld social work values, and advocated for the betterment of all people. Must have previously been licensed in social work and work/reside in the state of Nevada.

Public Citizen of the Year: A non-social worker who: exemplifies the social work profession with outstanding service to individuals served by social workers; reflects the highest ethical standards in his/her field of endeavor; takes risks and enlists public support for improved human services; advocates for and contributes to the public’s awareness of social problems. Must reside/work in the state of Nevada.

Emerging Leader: Emerging leaders are “early” career social workers who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, expertise, and dedication to the profession in the state of Nevada, whose contributions enhance practice knowledge and/or the capacity of the profession and the human service to obtain resources and influence. They have all demonstrated excellence in a variety of areas, including public or nonprofit agency-based practice, policy/legislative advocacy, academia, resource development, and administration. Must reside/work in the state of Nevada.

Professor of the Year:
All nominees must be a current resident or teaching at a social work program in Nevada.

You must be an NASW student member to nominate a professor for this award. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The award recipient must:
Make a demonstrable difference in social work education in Nevada
Contribute to a positive image for the social work profession and social work education
Currently employed by a higher institution located in Nevada.

PLEASE NOTE: The chapter is committed to diversity among award recipients. Nominations MUST be submitted using this online nomination form. We will be contacting your nominee for additional information. You are encouraged to work closely with your nominee to complete the nomination.

Previous award recipients are not eligible for nomination (in the same award category); however, past nominees may be nominated again.

*Nomination process for Professor of the Year will take place separately, nominated by NASW Student Members only.

NOMINATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 31st, 2023
Nevada Social Work Awards - 2022:

Social Work Awards - Professor of the Year:

Call for Nomination for 2023-2025 Board Members!

NASW-Nevada is a collective of social workers pooling resources and time to advocate for the profession and our issues critical to our clients. At all levels your voice and time are what drives your association.

The Chapter is currently looking for candidates interested in serving on the NASW Nevada Chapter Board. The Chapter Advisory Board is your voice for chapter priorities, policy, and educational direction. The Chapter Advisory Board serves as a strategic partner with the Chapter Executive Director in setting the strategic plan and serves as a critical resource to inform the Chapter on issues important to Nevada social workers.

Positions that are up for election for July 1, 2023 start date are:
• Secretary (two-year term)*
• Member at Large (two-year term)
• North Region District Chair (two-year term)
• MSW Student Representative (one-year term)
• BSW Student Representative (one-year term)

*indicates Executive Committee Member

You will need to 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 in an accredited social work program in Nevada for the 2023-2024 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 Advisory Board for Executive Committee. Absent applicants 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.

For 2023-2024 priority for slating of the BSW Student Representative will be given to candidates from UNLV and priority for slating of the MSW Student Representative will be given to candidates from UNR. In the absence of enough qualified candidates from the priority location, other candidates will be considered.

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.

Applications must be submitted by April 21st, 2023. 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.


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:


Innovative Strategies to Motivate and Build Resilience in Every Student
Date: February, 22nd 2023 at 12-1:30
Venue: Zoom
Presenter: Christian Moore, MSW, LCSW A social worker, author, and advocate for youth. He wrote The Resilience Breakthrough and created the WhyTry Program. WhyTry is a proven model based on his experiences with learning disabilities and is used by over 30k organizations, reaching over 2 million kids.
Description: How do you help students bounce back from what they have been through? From trauma, isolation, and poverty, to mental health challenges, our students have faced many obstacles over the last two years. Come see a formula to help you guide students through the challenges that destroy motivation and make it difficult to find success.
Cost: 2 CEUs / $25 Nonmember / $15 NASW Member / Free for students (no CEUs)
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Free CEU Self-Care Workshop!
Date:03-03-2023 at 6 PM
Venue: Live on Zoom
Presenter: Javonni Henderson, LMSW
NASW-Nevada wants to celebrate social work month by offering a free self-care workshop for all Nevada social workers! This workshop will be presented by Javonni Henderson a Life Coach and a Licensed Master Social Worker, psychotherapist, and personal development coach. She loves educating her clients on the body-mind-spirit connection in whole-person wellness. 
Cost: 1 CEU Free for Nevada social workers!


See My Color: Why Racial Colorblindness is Unethical

More than 50 years after Dr. King's speech, individuals continue to use his words to justify their claim of being racially colorblind. Racial colorblindness is modern-day racism and denies the racial disparities that continue to exist in various systems, including healthcare, education, and the criminal justice system. In the helping profession, not only is it unrealistic to be racially colorblind, it is dangerous and does more harm than good. If you don't see my color, you can't see me. And if you can't see me how can you empathize with my racial experiences, accept my whole being and validate my perspectives?

Date: Mar 18, 2023, 09:00 AM Pacific Time
Venue: Zoom
Presenter: Crystal Bennett, LMSW Is the founder and CEO of THRYVE, LLC, and an Adjunct Professor at Florida State University and Sante Fe College. Ms. Bennett brings over 20 years of experience with youth and families to the leadership of THRYVE. Her areas of expertise include Human Trafficking, Suicide Prevention, Child Trauma/Maltreatment, Motivational Interviewing, Racial Trauma, Cultural Humility and working to dismantle systems of white supremacy to promote equity and justice.

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

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"Free Your Mind": Breaking the Chains of Imposter Syndrome
Impostor Syndrome is a pervasive feeling of self-doubt, insecurity, or fraudulence despite often overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Often described as something “normal” and an experience that “many go through” imposter syndrome impacts women, women of color, and LGBTQ2IA individuals at disproportionate rates. In this workshop, we will do just that! Let’s stand in solidarity and discuss the impacts of racism, sexism, and colonialism on our feelings of inadequacy and belonging. Learn 4 steps to reframing Imposter Syndrome and walk away knowing that You Belong Where You Walk.
Date: Apr 22, 2023, 09:00 AM Pacific Time
Venue: Zoom 
Presenter: Crystal Rozelle – Bennett, LMSW is the founder and CEO of THRYVE, LLC and an Adjunct Professor at Florida State University and Sante Fe College. Ms. Bennett brings over 20 years of experience with youth and families to the leadership of THRYVE. Her areas of expertise include Human Trafficking, Suicide Prevention, Child Trauma/Maltreatment, Motivational Interviewing, Racial Trauma, Cultural Humility and working to dismantle systems of white supremacy to promote equity and justice.
Cost: 2 CEUs / $25 Nonmember / $15 NASW Member / Free for students (no CEUs)
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If you would like to present a workshop for NASW-Nevada Chapter- Submit your request here:


ASWB Pass Rates Released

The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) on August 5 published data in a 2022 ASWB Exam Pass Rate Analysis. This disclosure stems from years of advocacy by NASW and other social work organizations, schools of social work, and individual advocates to push ASWB to post data that it has been unwilling to release for decades.

The data revealed glaring disparities in pass rates among racial groups, particularly for Black test takers. It also raised concerns about disparities in pass rates for other demographics, including social workers who are older adults.

All social work institutions - including ASWB and licensing boards, NASW and other associations, and social work higher education programs - must openly confront systemic racism within our profession. We must all commit to working to ensure reforms are made to ensure the licensing process is equitable for all, protecting the public without unnecessary gatekeeping and discrimination.

NASW through its national office and its 55 chapters is committed to working closely with partners to develop a coordinated and timely response to this issue and propose innovative solutions that reduce harm and increase diverse representation at all levels of social work practice.

The Chapter will be setting up a task force to review the data further and discuss possible actions further and will be reaching out to the Nevada Social Work Board of Examiners to collaborate on a path forward that ensures social work equity in Nevada.

Read the report here: 2022 ASWB Pass Rate Analysis


2022 EPAS and Licensing Exam Pass Rates

CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation has made the decision to remove licensing exam pass rates from the 2022 EPAS accreditation standards. This change reinforces the 2022 EPAS’ emphasis on anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, which supports social work education programs in developing a workforce of social workers who are knowledgeable about the ways positionality, power, privilege, and difference affect all levels of practice.


Social Work Inter-State Compact


What is an interstate licensure compact?

An interstate compact is a legal contract between two or more states/territories enabling practitioners (in this case, social workers) to practice in each other’s jurisdiction, once practitioners demonstrate they meet the compact requirements.

The draft legislation for the social work interstate licensure compact has been released by the Council of State Governments (CSG). The public comment period is now open and is expected to last for approximately two months.

To download a copy of the draft legislation, review the fact sheet, read FAQs, register for their weekly stakeholder review sessions, and access the survey link to provide your comments. Visit the Council on State Governments (CSG) to learn more.


Job Listings:

Looking to advertise your job postings? NASW-NV has a cost-effective option to promote to our membership and through our distribution channels like our association website, newsletter, and social media pages. 

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Three Square Food Bank

Job title: President & CEO

Job Description:

A national model project inspired by Founder Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is Southern Nevada’s only food bank, the largest provider of emergency food assistance in the State of Nevada, and the fastest-growing food bank in Feeding America’s history. As a food bank, Three Square's job is twofold: to provide food to those facing hunger today and to make measurable strides in ending hunger in the future.

Three Square seeks a leader who will fight to ensure that the food gap in Southern Nevada is closed for all geographies and groups. This individual will be a tireless advocate for the organization’s mission and impact and will inspire others to support successful outcomes. This leader will have the opportunity to grow and strengthen the food distribution network to become more resilient and sustainable through optimization of their food rescue operations and strengthening the distribution network and partnerships.

We seek a proven leader with a passion for addressing complex social issues. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in leading strategic and high-level decision-making, particularly in times of organizational growth. The candidate will be adept at using keen interpersonal skills to coalesce multiple external stakeholders around common goals. He/she/they must embody the highest ethical standards and demonstrate a balance of business savvy with a commitment to responsible, people-focused program delivery. A demonstrated ability to develop and maintain highly professional relationships with business, civic and nonprofit leaders is required.

A track record of entrepreneurial problem-solving skills, creating and implementing best organizational and operational practices, and managing people through partnership and collaboration is required. The use of proven business practices to achieve financial objectives is a highly desirable qualification.

The successful candidate will be collaborative, communicative, and compassionate, with an outgoing, balanced personality and a problem-solving nature. This individual shall have a servant leader mindset and a lifelong learning approach to develop a cohesive team as well as to mobilize, encourage and build the capacity of the staff. A management style that provides autonomy and empowers staff is highly desired. This person will have experience working closely with a board to further the organization’s strategic initiatives.


The salary range for this position is between $275,000 and $325,000 and will be commensurate with experience. The compensation package will be inclusive of a board-designated annual bonus of up to 20% of base salary. Three Square offers group health (HMO or POS plan), dental, vision, and disability insurances (short term disability and long-term disability), paid time off and a retirement savings program.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

It is the policy of Three Square that decisions related to hiring and all other terms and conditions of employment shall occur on the basis of merit and without regard to race, color, gender, actual or perceived sexual orientation, transgender, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, national origin, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, political affiliation, or any other legally protected status under local, state or federal law.

For more information about Three Square Food Bank, please visit

To Apply:

News to highlight! 

Bill could boost affordable housing in Nev.
More affordable housing units could be built for Nevada residents with mental health conditions or disabilities, or who have lower incomes, under a bill that would raise the real property transfer tax by 20 cents for every $500 of value for building such housing. Because the legislation includes a tax increase, support from two-thirds of each of the state House and Senate would be required.Full Story: Nevada Current (Carson City) (1/19)

morgan state university professor anthony estreet named ceo of nasw
anthony estreet, a professor and former chair of the master of social work program at morgan state university and chief executive officer of a behavioral health company in baltimore, will be the new chief executive officer of the national association of social workers (nasw) beginning february 6. estreet, ph.d., mba, lcsw-c, succeeds former ceo angelo mcclain, ph.d., licsw, who retired on december 31, 2022. read more.

webinar scheduled on expanded child tax credit
tax filing season is fast approaching, and families can still claim the expanded 2021 child tax credit (ctc) if they have not done so already. please join nasw partners, the coalition on human needs, partnership for america's children, center on budget and policy priorities and code for america on thursday, january 19th at 2 pm et for a webinar on how you can help families claim the 2021 expanded ctc, as well as other tax credits this tax filing season. all registrants will receive the recording and ready-to-use outreach resources. register here. the webinar will include a quick overview of the 2021 expanded ctc, information on additional tax credits that families can get this tax season, and a review of free tax filing assistance options through volunteer income tax assistance (vita) sites and for questions, please contact aline da fonseca at the coalition on human needs:

2022 epas and licensing exam pass rates
cswe’s commission on accreditation has made the decision to remove licensing exam pass rates from the 2022 epas accreditation standards. this change reinforces the 2022 epas’ emphasis on anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, which supports social work education programs in developing a workforce of social workers who are knowledgeable about the ways positionality, power, privilege, and difference affect all levels of practice.>

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