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Legislative Update:


Update on Proposed Licensure Rule 135-12-01
(Testing and Assessment)

Dear NASWGA Membership:

The Composite Board DID NOT vote to advertise Rule 135-12-01 for public comment at March 10, 2017 meeting.

NASWGA Chapter suggests that our members

  1. delay taking any post-graduate psychopathology type course until this Rule is passed by Composite Board; AND 

  2. wait for email from NASWGA Chapter office which will offer a full explanation of the Rule and how it will or will not impact your scope of practice

    Note:  The President of NASW Georgia Chapter Board of Directors, Karen Starks, was in attendance at the monthly Composite Board meeting on March 10, 2017.  She inquired if Rule 135-12-01 had been reviewed by the Attorney General's office and learned that it had not.  To that end, here are the steps to the Rule approval process going forward:

  • The Attorney General (AG) has to review and approve the Rule, then send it back to Composite Board for a vote - this may not happen until next Composite Board meeting on 4/7/17.

  • After receiving the approved Rule from the AG,  the Composite Board members will vote to allow for public comment

  • The Composite Board will then send out a statewide notice indicating the due date for written and public comment on the Rule.  NASWGA will provide both written and public comment on behalf of our membership.

  • After receiving the written and public comments, the Composite Board Joint Rules committee will incorporate this information and send the revised Rule to the full Board

  • It is unclear at this time if the revised Rule will have to go back to the AG

    Whenever the final vote occurs, NASWGA will provide our membership with a full explanation of the Rule and how it will impact our scope of practice.

    If you need further explanation or have comments / input about the proposed bill, please do not hesitate contact the NASWGA Chapter office at and write in subject box: Rule 135-1201 Question – Comment


Call for Presentations

NASW Georgia Chapter 29th Annual Conference

“Social Workers Stand Up”

October 20 - 21, 2017

Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center
500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA  30064-3523

NASW Georgia chapter is accepting workshop proposals (1½ hour) for consideration for presentation on Friday, October 20 or Saturday, October 21, 2017

Proposals may be submitted at

before the March 31, 2017 deadline

Priority consideration will be given to workshop proposals addressing the areas of addiction/substance abuse; administration/management; advocacy; aging/eldercare/hospice; behavioral disorders; case management; children and families; clinical practice; community action/organization; cultural competency; cultural diversity; developmental disabilities; domestic violence/abuse; ethics (entire workshop must address social work practice ethics); geriatrics/gerontology; healthcare/medical social work; leadership; licensure/supervision; mental health; military/veterans; private practice; self-care; school social work; social justice; social policy/welfare; social work educators; social work research; technological advances; TeleMental Health; therapeutic techniques; and treatment modalities.

Preference will be given to presentations in which the primary workshop content and topic are related to direct social work practice application. Workshops (in particular those that include technology, electronic practice enhancements or other social media, research, and/or resources) must primarily focus on and have a clear relationship and applicability to social work practice.


NASW National
Professional Education and Training Center


The Professional Development department at the National NASW office has discontinued the WebEd online continuing education program and moved some of the material to the Professional Education and Training Center (, so that all CE offerings are in one location:





Ethical Dilemma?

The NASW Code of Ethics offers a set of values, principles and standards to guide decision-making and everyday professional conduct for all social workers and social work students. Members facing an ethical dilemma may consult with the national NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review:



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Upcoming Workshops

Please Note:

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2017 West Region Social Work Month Event

Valdosta (Friday, March 31)
Valdosta State University University Center

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

6.5 core continuing education hours
    Integrating Clinical Practice and Documentation
    Burnout and Vicarious Trauma in the Workplace:

    What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know


Blue Genes:
The Psychosocial Impact of Hereditary Breast Cancer

Atlanta (Saturday, April 8)
9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
NASW Georgia Chapter
2 core continuing education hours


Social Work Ethics: Common Workplace and Ethical Dilemmas and Solutions to the Problems

Atlanta (Friday, April 14)
NASW Georgia Chapter

9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

5 ethics or core continuing education hours


How to Market Yourself in a Competitive Social Work Job

Market: Cutting Edge Tips You Should Know
Savannah (Friday, April 21)
Savannah State University

9:00 AM – 3:45 PM

6 core continuing education hours


Social Work Ethics: Common Workplace and Ethical Dilemmas and Solutions to the Problems

Savannah (Saturday, April 22)
Savannah State University

9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

5 ethics or core continuing education hours


Sex and the Internet

Savannah (Saturday, April 22)
Savannah State University

9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

5 core continuing education hours



In collaboration with Georgia State University Department of Social Work and Fulton County CASA

Atlanta (Thursday, April 27)
Georgia State University

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

2 core continuing education hours


Constructing an Ethical Approach to Private Practice in Social Work:

A Step by Step Guide for Social Work Clinicians

Atlanta (Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20)
NASW Georgia Chapter

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

8 core & 4 ethics (including 1 TeleMental Health) continuing education hours


Ethical Decision Making in the 21st Century:

New Challenges, New Solutions for Mental Health Clinicians

Atlanta (Saturday, June 17)
NASW Georgia Chapter

9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
5 ethics or core continuing education hours



Please note: Continuing education programs approved by NASW Georgia Chapter meet social work continuing education requirements of the Georgia Composite Board for social workers licensed in Georgia (see Chapter 135.9 Continuing Education,

Social workers and others licensed/certified in another professional discipline and/or state should check with their licensure/certification/regulatory entity to determine if the above program meets their continuing education needs




NASW Georgia Chapter
2300 Henderson Mill Road NE
Suite 125
Atlanta, GA  30345
(678) 691-2112
(678) 691-2068 fax