I am excited to share that the Delaware chapter is keeping things moving. We have many committed volunteers who are working hard for our members and the populations we serve.
Right now is an essential time for the multi-tiered licensure movement. This initiative will strengthen and protect our profession in Delaware. With the support of our members, we hope to have the tiered licensure passed this year. This initiative has been speared headed by Dr. Marlene Saunders’ tireless efforts. We thank her for her continuing work. And now is the time for our membership as a whole to come together to finish the work that she started. I encourage all of our members to support the effort by writing their local representatives and attending the meetings for licensure.
I thank everyone who took the time to complete our survey for continuing education. We value your opinions and needs. Keep an eye out for exciting continuing education opportunities for this year and next year. And, while thinking of our professional development, I would like to remind everyone that NASW has revised our Code of Ethics and is offering continuing education webinars to learn about the changes. It is always critical to remain informed of our ethics as professionals.
I hope everyone is staying warm and toasty. The holidays are always a wonderful time of year where we can cherish time with our family and friends. You can spend time with your social work family this season by enjoying some of the many activities we have planned for our members. I hope to see you there!
Shannon Fisch, LCSW
NASW Delaware Chapter
Greetings NASW DE Members:
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and as we enter the December holiday season,
I want to encourage all social workers to practice self-care during this joyous time that can also bring
on additional stressors. It’s very easy for those in our profession to prioritize caring for others while sometimes forgetting to care for ourselves. With the holiday season upon us, increased obligations can create feelings of burn-out as we juggle our professional lives with family and friends. Taking time out for yourself is a necessity and it isn’t selfish or something that we should put off.
As you’ll see in this newsletter, NASW DE is gearing up for increased advocacy around the introduction of legislation for multi-tier licensure. I encourage you to access the list of Joint Legislative and Sunset Oversight Committee members (links provided), and utilize the draft language provided to reach out to your representatives to show your support for this important legislation. If you have any questions about how to reach-out, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
January brings with it updates to our professional Code of Ethics. You’ve probably already heard of the free trainings being offered online through our National Office of Ethics and Professional Review. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the updates, which you can find on our National Website.
I wish everyone a very happy holiday season.
Michael Francum, MSW, ACSW
Executive Director, NASW DE
Updates on Multi-Tier Licensure in DE
The NASW DE Multitier Licensure Subcommittee has been diligently working with the Delaware Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners and other key stakeholders this fall to finalize the language for the draft legislation around multitier licensure. We are pleased that on November 20th, the Board unanimously approved draft legislation regulating all social workers which the Joint Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee (JLOSC) will consider in January 2018.
We are asking our members and social work community to write to the JLOSC to encourage the passage of this draft legislation once it is introduced in January 2018. A list of the full Committee can be found HERE. We have also drafted a sample letter that you can copy and edit in email format to your representative on the Committee or to the chair.
REASONS TO SUPPORT MULTI-TIER LICENSURE
- Licensing regulations that cover all social workers is the best way to protect the public from unsafe, incompetent and unethical practice by social workers.
- Multi-tier licensure regulations assure the public that individuals who carry the title social worker have obtained required training and continuing education necessary to provide services safely, competently and ethically.
- Multi-level licensing is governmental recognition that social work is a profession that has equal status with the other professions regulated by the State of Delaware Division of Professional Regulation.
- Licensing is governmental recognition that the profession of social work has a direct impact on the public health, safety and protection.
- Licensing standards for all social workers conveys the value of every person and thus the requirement that every person irrespective of ethnicity, class, religion, sexual identity, sexual orientation will receive safe, competent and ethical practice.
- Multi-tier licensure will put Delaware in line with 33 states that license BSW’s, MSW, and LCSW’s.
 At present, only 5 states do not license social workers at the BSW category: California, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Rhode Island
New Practice Perspective Available for Members
The following link is to a new practice perspectives, “Integrated Behavioral Health Services in a Primary Care Setting: A Role for Private Practitioners”
This document discusses integrated behavioral health services implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2017. Although fees are bundled in primary care settings, there is also a way for clinical social workers to receive reimbursement.
NASW-DE Chapter Board Meeting – The next chapter meeting will be held on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, and will take place at Delaware State University, Price Building, Room 215. The meeting will end at 8:00 PM. The meeting is open to all members. Please feel free to join us and meet your NASW elected leadership. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend the December Meeting.
Delaware Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners – There is no December meeting of the DE Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners.
NASW Committees - Open Positions Still Available
The Delaware Chapter currently has several positions open for committees, as well as an open position on the Board of Directors. We encourage you to get involved with YOUR association and help shape the profession in our state.
Kent County Representative
A voting Board Member position. Represents the social workers in the Kent County area. Plans activities and events that interest members and non-members to either further professional development, provide networking, or increase membership. Works in a team with the other county and student representatives. Participates as a member of the Events Committee. Attends board meetings and completes monthly reports on activities.
Committee on Chapter Nominations and Leadership Identification (CCNLI)
Chair Position and Member Positions open
Manages the yearly election process. Actively seeks new members for leadership positions. Chair Person attends board meetings and completes monthly reports on activities. This is an extremely important position as we move into our 2017-2018 Chapter elections, and is a great position to get to know the chapter leadership before they join the board of directors.
PACE and Social Action Committee
Member Positions open
As part of the PACE committee, members seek to support Delaware political candidates that further the social work profession or populations we serve. The Social Action Committee engages in advocacy work for the Delaware social work profession and the populations we serve. As we move into the 2018 election cycle, the committee will be gearing up to identify DE candidates for endorsements. If you are interest in macro social work practice, this is a great committee to gain experience.
NASW Delaware Chapter online calendar of events and meetings
NASW-DE Sponsored Continuing Education Workshops: Please see Calendar of Events for extremely relevant upcoming continuing workshops sponsored by NASW-DE:
Chapter Staff and the Continuing Education Committee look forward to providing you several in-person continuing education opportunities in Spring 2018. Stay tuned to our January Newsletter for more updates.
Recording of October’s Training on NASW Code of Ethics Revisions Available on Demand
View the Recording for Free; CE's for sale
October’s training on the revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics is now available on demand. You can view the recording of the training free of charge. You also can take the CE option of the training for a nominal charge of $25 for NASW members and $40 for non-members.
The NASW DE Chapter Board of Directors would like to congratulate New Castle County Representive, Jennifer Daniels, on as the 2017 recipient of the Louis L. Redding Diversity Award.
The Louis L. Redding Diversity Award was created to recognize individuals or units at UD whose efforts have promoted, enhanced and implemented diversity programs or activities that have resulted in a significant change in the campus climate and composition within the University community. The Redding Diversity award comes with a $1000 gift. The recipient(s) is (are) honored at the Annual Louis L. Redding Lecture.
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The Department of Social Work is seeking human service agencies and institutions, as well as other settings that can prepare baccalaureate and/or graduate students for professional social work practice with, and on behalf of individuals, families, communities, groups and organizations. If you are interested in developing an affiliation with Delaware State University’s Department of Social Work please contact Dr. Chavon Dottin at 302-857-6778 or email@example.com for more information. Thank you.