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NASW-NYS Chapter 2014 Training Institutes

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Social Work Licensing Prep Course
16 Hours of Intense Classroom Instruction Designed For the CLINICAL and MASTERS Level ASWB Social Work Licensure Exams  

  • Targets the latest requirements by ASWB*
  • Overview of Test Construction
  • Standardized Test-Taking Strategy
  • Assessment, Diagnosis, Social Work Intervention Strategy
  • Models & Methods of Social Work Practice
  • Human Growth and Development Issues
  • Social Work Values & Ethics
  • Minority Issues/Research & Supervision

* The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is not affiliated with nor does it sponsor or endorse this (or any) study course materials  

April 12-13, 2014  Long Island
June 28-29, 2014   Suffern, NY
Oct. 11-12, 2014  Syracuse, NY

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NASW 2014 Elections Are Here!

Get involved with NASW’s leadership by voting in the NASW (national) and NYS Chapter election. Vote Today!
If you need your membership ID# please call the chapter office 800-724-6279


Urgent Notice: New CMS-1500 Form Deadline Approaching


NASW-NYS Represents the Social Work Profession at Gaming Commission Hearing

Our Director of Policy, Karin Carreau provided testimony Wednesday, April 9, 2014 to the New York State Gaming Commission in Albany to advocate that social workers be prepared and at the forefront of treating problem gambling as new casinos are installed across New York.   Given that predictive data foreshadows an uptick in problem gambling when casino gambling is legalized and accessible,  The New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NYS) formed an unprecedented partnership with the New York Mental Health Counselors Association, the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, (NAAP) to propose a collaborative between the four organizations and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to develop a comprehensive, multi-discipline, multi-year training curriculum rooted in best practices for the sole purpose of readying our state’s mental health workforce. Click here for full testimony


Sen. Ball Champions Initiative Addressing Mental Health Needs of Returning Veterans and Military Families


Congratulations to the NASW-NYS 2014 Award Recipients

Bonnie Collins, EdM, LCSW-R
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

Sister Janet Di Pasquale, SSJ
Executive Director of Teaching and Restoring Youth (Try)
2014 Social Worker of the Year Award

Vera House, Inc.
Randi K. Bregman, LMSW
Executive Director
2014 Agency of the Year Award

Avi and Julie Israel
2014 Public Citizens of the Year Award

Awards will be presented at the Spirit of Social Work Awards Luncheon on March 21, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel in Albany, NY as part of our full-day Power of Social Work Conference (luncheon is included in conference registration). To place an ad of congratulations for an award recipient in the event program click here for details.

To register only for the Spirit of Social Work Awards Luncheon – Click Here



NASW-NYS Secures Funding in Final State Budget for
Social Work Loan Forgiveness & Veterans Initiative


Expansion of Social Work Loan Forgiveness 2014 Legislative Priority for
NASW New York State

NASW-NYS is launching an initiative to expand New York State’s Social Work Loan Forgiveness Program. The current program (secured by NASW-NYS), is available to social workers employed in 28 counties across New York State for social workers employed in the critical human services areas of health, mental health, substance abuse, aging, HIV/AIDS and child welfare are eligible to apply. For complete details regarding the current loan forgiveness program, click here.

Expanding New York’s current Social Work Loan Forgiveness Program will be a top legislative priority for us in 2014. Components of our request to Legislators and the Governor’s Office are as follows:

  • A $500,000 annual increase to the current social work loan forgiveness program for the next three years
  • Expansion of the eligibility requirements to include:
  • Social workers practicing in all of New York’s 62 counties
  • The expansion of categories of service delivery areas to include Home Care

Stay tuned for additional details about how you can help advance this critically important initiative!


Governor Cuomo Signs Social Work Continuing Education Bill! 

On October 24, 2013 Governor Cuomo signed legislation requiring licensed social workers to complete 36 hours of continuing education credits per triennial registration period effective January 1, 2015; a move that aligns NY with every other state in the nation.

NASW is excited to offer a minimum of 12 CE credits annually for FREE as a member benefit.  In addition, the chapter will continue to expand its already robust array of low cost webinars, workshops, and conferences.  The NYS Chapter of NASW is committed to supporting the professional development needs of social work practitioners in New York State.

Stay tuned for details.



Getting Our Clients Ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace:
How We Can Help

NASW is committed to facilitate the efforts to let our clients know that they may be eligible for the new Health Care Law, and how they can take advantage of the new mental health or substance abuse coverage, and receive more affordable health coverage. For that reason, NASW partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and other national organizations like ours to develop a 30-minute narrated training toolkit called Getting Ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace.

NYS Health Insurance Exchange Opened October 1st
Click Here for NY State of Health Stakeholder Resources


Policy Update: 2013 Legislative Session In Review

Your Membership Dollars….In Action

2013 Legislative Successes

  • Blocked implementation of PERMANENT Exemption from licensure for State Agencies.
  • Secured passage of Continuing Education Requirements
  • Prevented YET ANOTHER attempt to repeal the corporate practice waiver that enables certain non-profits to employ licensed mental health professionals.

Click here to read more details.



Click here for Information about the Leadership Opportunities in your Professional Organization.


On Racism and Civil Rights

Message from the NYS Chapter of NASW’s President, Debra Fromm Faria and Executive Director, Reinaldo Cardona:

As a profession we must speak for justice and speak out against racism in all its forms. The tragic death of Trayvon Martin is a painful reminder to us of how entrenched institutional racism is the lived reality of many in this country.  As social workers we have an ethical responsibility to challenge racism in all its forms. NASW offers a number of resources to understand and act against the insidious nature of racism. Links to the NASW-DC Metro Statement Attacks on Individual and Civil Rights and NYC Chapter’s statement on the trial verdict along with other with resources are available at:


Your Feedback is Requested:  Let us know about your experiences with regard to the NYS SAFE Act.

Please take a few minutes to respond to our brief five (5) Question  Survey

As we have previously reported, effective March 16, 2013 Licensed Clinical Social Workers are among the four mental health professionals specifically designated in NY’s SAFE Act as being required to report to local mental health officials when there is reason to believe a patient is likely to engage in conduct that will cause serious harm to themselves for the purpose of crosschecking the individual’s name against the new comprehensive gun registration database. If the individual possesses a gun, the license will be suspended and law enforcement will be authorized to remove the person's firearm (or the individual may be prevented from obtaining one in the future).

There has (rightfully so) been a considerable amount of confusion among providers related to the who, where, and what specifics of reporting and as such ask that you complete a brief survey.  Results will be used to assist us with our ongoing efforts to make amendments to the reporting requirements and engage the press on implementation issues faced by providers.

We appreciate your taking the time to inform us on your experiences. 
Click here to begin the survey


NASW Member Benefit Spotlight

Social Workers Can Help

National Social Worker Finder is
Featured on NASW's Consumer Website


FREE TRIAL Offer for NASW Members

Free Three-Month Trial Premium Listing in the HelpPRO Therapist Finder and the National Social Worker Finder for NASW members who are new to HelpPRO. 

Click Here to Register and List Your Practice  
Enter Promo Code NASW  
NASW Partner Discount Pricing: After your three-month free trial you can continue your Premium Listing at the NASW partnership discounted rate of $100 per year
(a $50/year savings).

Requirements for licensure as an LMSW in New York
Information about the process by which students may be licensed in the social work professions under New York Law


New Psychotherapy Codes for Clinical Social Workers
Click here to read more about this issue in Practice Perspectives

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Effective January 2013, clinical social workers began using new and revised psychotherapy codes when providing psychotherapy services to patients. This issue of Practice Perspectives is a comprehensive document describing the deleted, revised, and new codes for 2013 related to clinical social workers. In addition, new definitions of psychotherapy services are included and current codes which will be without changes in code numbers for 2013.


Veterans Training


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Licensure Update

05/11/12 NYNP Corporate Practice
05/29/12 Response to NYSED
                 DRAFT Report
05/07/12 Permanent Exemption
02/28/12 Response to NYSED
                 Workforce Reports
02/01/12 Social Work Advocates
                 Stave Off Job Loss
10/13/11 NASW NYS/NYC
               Response to MRT Prop. 84
06/25/11 NYSED Now Accepting
                 Waiver Applications
06/20/11 Waiver Implementation
06/14/11 Waiver Extension Memo
05/01/11 New Videos on Social
                 Work Licensure in NYS
04/01/11 Corporate Practice Waiver
                 Update & Videos

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