«January 2021»
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cultural Diversity, Cultural Competence, and Ethical Social Work Practice

    Cultural Diversity, Cultural Competence, and Ethical Social Work Practice

    Jacob Stone, LSW, ACSW (Ret.)

    2 Clinical CEUs in Ethics approved by NASW VT

    The United States of the 21st century is a patchwork land of many cultures: racial, ethnic, religious, geographic, gender, age, and even physical status. Each culture has its own worldview, relationship guidelines, family structure, spiritual mindsets, and values. In their work, social workers inevitably encounter persons from cultures different from their own, and these differences can be challenging obstacles to effective, ethical practice.

    The values of the profession, as articulated in the NASW Code of Ethics, ask us to honor the dignity and worth of our clients, to respect their autonomy, and to practice competently. The ethical mandate of competence includes what has been called “Cultural Competence”.

    This workshop will address some of the broad categories of culturally distinct groups in our country, and provide some guidelines for what has been called a “cultural interview” as a path to cultural and ethical competence. We will also address the idea that some situations may make ethical competence impractical or impossible, and approaches to these situations. We will also address the benefit, when working cross-culturally, of maintaining an attitude of humility and interest in other cultures.

    The program will use some brief lecture/discussion segments, with case studies for processing in breakout groups and again in the larger group.

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