NASW Vermont

Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

NASW-VT is one of 55 NASW chapters and represents the interests of professionally trained social workers in the State of Vermont and advocates for positive social change.


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  • The Dynamics and Skills of Supervision: The Middle Phase, the Parallel Process and the Interactional Model

    The Dynamics and Skills of Supervision: The Middle Phase, the Parallel Process and the Interactional Model

    Lawrence Shulman, M.S.W., Ed.D

    Six (6) Clinical Category A CEUs have been approved by NASW NH. Approval #3776

    March 2nd - 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

    March 9th - 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

    You must attend both mornings for CEUs

    The focus of this workshop will be on method - what the supervisor does in interactions with staff. Essential skills in communication, relationship, and group leadership will be described and illustrated. Participants will be able to share their own experiences.

    Issues to be raised may include supervising defensive staff members, staff apathy and resistance to change, helping staff to develop skills for professional impact dealing with other staff, and addressing staff primary and secondary trauma. A parallel process will be identified in that the way supervisors deal with staff will be viewed as modeling for staff how to relate to clients. The idea that more is “caught” than “taught” will be central. The workshop will also address supervision of Evidenced-Based Practice (e.g., MI, SFP and CBT) in an integrative rather than prescriptive manner so as to increase E.B.P. sustainability in the setting.

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  • The Dynamics and Skills of Supervision: The Middle Phase, the Parallel Process and the Interactional Model

    The Dynamics and Skills of Supervision: The Middle Phase, the Parallel Process and the Interactional Model

    Lawrence Shulman, M.S.W., Ed.D

    Six (6) Clinical Category A CEUs have been approved by NASW NH. Approval #3776

    March 2nd - 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

    March 9th - 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

    You must attend both mornings for CEUs

    The focus of this workshop will be on method - what the supervisor does in interactions with staff. Essential skills in communication, relationship, and group leadership will be described and illustrated. Participants will be able to share their own experiences.

    Issues to be raised may include supervising defensive staff members, staff apathy and resistance to change, helping staff to develop skills for professional impact dealing with other staff, and addressing staff primary and secondary trauma. A parallel process will be identified in that the way supervisors deal with staff will be viewed as modeling for staff how to relate to clients. The idea that more is “caught” than “taught” will be central. The workshop will also address supervision of Evidenced-Based Practice (e.g., MI, SFP and CBT) in an integrative rather than prescriptive manner so as to increase E.B.P. sustainability in the setting.

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  • A House is not a Home: Homelessness and Racial Justice

    A House is not a Home: Homelessness and Racial Justice

    A Social Work Call to Action

    3 Category A Clinical CEUs pending approval from NASW NH

    All registration fees will be donated to the NH Coalition to End Homelessness

    Join the University of New Hampshire's Social Work Department and NASW NH for a special presentation on this important topic.

    8:45- 10:00 Welcome and Keynote presentation, Gary Bailey, MSW, ACSW

    10:00-10:15 – Break

    10:15-11:30 – Stephanie Savard, LICSW The intersection of inequities and homelessness is often not the primary lens in which stakeholders and systems focus on when addressing homelessness in our communities. Instead, experts have often strategized solutions to homelessness by focusing on interventions including outreach, food, and emergency shelter. While these initiatives are imperative to address immediate life-safety needs, a better understanding of how societal inequities directly impact homelessness helps to widen the lens for a broader solution to preventing homelessness. Understanding historical and current systemic discriminatory policies and programs will help address inequities that impact homelessness including race, ethnicity, housing and healthcare. This presentation will review the findings of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness: 2020 State of Homelessness in New Hampshire Annual Report. In addition, attendees will hear from a panel of individuals with lived experience with homelessness, including perspectives from diverse populations in New Hampshire.

    11:30-11:15 – Break

    11:15-12:15 – So what do we do now? With Gary and Stephanie we will look at system solutions, advocacy solutions, and the role of social workers in addressing homelessness/racial equity/poverty

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  • Ethics Committee

    Ethics Committee

    Ethics Committee

    The Ethics Committee is now a combined effort with the NH & ME Chapters entitled "NNE Ethics Forum". Join us for our monthly collaboration where you can ask your ethical concerns and participate in hypothetical-scenario roundtables. Ethics CEUs may be available!

    Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83438945340?pwd=YnFoS3hGNGtBVXYzTWFaVHlmT29vdz09

    Meeting ID: 834 3894 5340

    Passcode: 187666 

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  • NNE Ethics Forum

    NNE Ethics Forum

    Join us as we bring together the Ethics Committees from the NH, ME & VT Chapters

    A short presentation on why consultation is a vital component of the ethical decision making process and then all discussion! This is a forum where you can bring your ethical dilemmas and challenges to discuss, process and receive consultation. You will also have the opportunity to discuss hypothetical ethical dilemmas.

    Carol Huntington, LCSW - Ethics Committee Chair, Maine Chapter

    Kit Devries, LICSW - Ethics Committee Chair, New Hampshire Chapter

    Susan Taggart, LICSW - Ethics Committee Chair, Vermont Chapter

    Lynn Stanley, LICSW - NASW NH, NASW VT

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  • Legislative Committee

    Legislative Committee

    The Legislative Committee is a vehicle for social workers and students to learn about and engage with the political process on behalf of our clients, our profession, and our values and ethics. The committee purpose and responsibilities as outlined by NASW: 

    • To promote NASW legislative policies consistent with the goals of the social work profession and those served by the profession 
    • To recommend a legislative agenda to the NASW-VT Board of Directors 
    • To recommend programming for Social Work Legislative Day
    • To promote education, leadership, and advocacy among members of the social work profession.

    During the legislative session, we actively work with the legislative consultants and executive director in responding to legislation, and support chapter member’s advocacy efforts in contacting legislators and testifying for relevant bills. Please join us as we take action to make a difference in the profound impact of policy on our clients and our communities. 

    This committee meets the third Thursday of the month at noon. 

    Contact chair Lacey Sloan at lsloan.naswvt@gmail.com  to get started! 

    Join Zoom Meeting
     
    Meeting ID: 871 4575 0952
    Passcode: 818278
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  • Communications & Marketing Committee

    Communications & Marketing Committee

    We know that NASW VT is doing a lot of work, but how do we make sure our Members and other social workers know about it?  Communicating what we do is essential to recruiting new members and providing high quality services to our current members. This committee will start off developing a Chapter communications plan for the year and ensure social workers have the information and resources they need to best serve their clients and communities.
    • Identify writers of newsletter articles
    • Identify social workers doing interesting work to interview
    • Brainstorm ideas on how to share all the resources available to members
    • Amplify Social Work Month
    • Promote Chapter events
    • Determine how we best message on a variety of platforms (Experienced social media user? We need you!)
    • plus whatever you, as committee members, decide to tackle!
    Committee meetings are held the third Friday of month at 2:00 pm via Zoom.
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  • Social Justice Committee

    Social Justice Committee

    Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion are embedded in social work mission and values. While we can see progress in our society and within our profession, we know there is much more work to be done. This committee will identify, explore, and take action on a limited number of specific issues to meaningfully impact our Chapter, clients, and communities.  
     
    This committee will work in tandem with the Policy Committee to promote and advocate when appropriate.
     
    This committee will meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm via Zoom.
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  • Ethical Suicide Prevention, Assessment & Response Using Telehealth

    Ethical Suicide Prevention, Assessment & Response Using Telehealth

    Charles Safford, LCSW

    Three (3) Clinical Category A CEUs in Ethics and Suicide Prevention are pending approval from NASW NH

    This three-hour course will address the special complications and risks of working with suicidal clients when utilizing telemental health as the service delivery model. It will also provide guidelines for making determinations about which clients may and may not be suitable for treatment using distance technologies, and forms and templates to assist in mitigating the risk through appropriate assessment and development of a safety plan. In order to optimize the learning experience, this program will include scenario and analysis and experiential learning.

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