In compliance with 135-9-0.3-.01 Emergency Rule COVID-19 In-Person Continuing Education (CE) Requirements for Renewal Cycle 9/30/2020 issued by the GA Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists effective April 2, 2020, NASW-GA will offer live-streamed and webinar continuing education workshops. (The Emergency Rule places NO limit on the number of continuing education hours, including ethics hours, that may be obtained online.) For more information on COVID-19, Please click on the Resources tab above.
Why Join NASW?
Here are a few reasons:
SOCIAL WORK AND RACIAL INJUSTICE
NASW and Chapters Respond
With the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in February and the death of George Floyd in May at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, anger and frustration exploded in protests and riots in the streets. Social workers have long been advocates of minorities and social justice. But now, along with COVID-19, racism rose to the top of 2020 concerns. It became vital for social workers to put the spotlight again on racism and racial injustice. Here are a few responses from the NASW community:
Know Groups Working for Voter Rights. Here are a few:
All Voting is Local. The All Voting is Local campaign fights to protect and expand the right to vote for every American.
The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition works year- round to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Election Protection uses a wide range of tools and activities to protect, advance, and defend the right to vote.
Fair Fight - Fair Fight is building voter protection teams in 20 key states across the country to protect the right to vote.
Reclaim Our Vote - Reclaim Our Vote is a non-partisan phone bank, post carding and text-banking campaign created by
the Center for Common Ground. It focuses on contacting voters of color in voter-suppression states to help them
register and vote.
Rock the Vote - Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan, nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people through pop culture, music, art, and technology.
Vote Riders - Vote Riders has free voter ID resources and services
for voters who need to obtain ID or who need information about what ID is needed to vote in the United States.
On Election Day:
Vote, volunteer, and:
For more information about voting in Georgia, visit Georgia's "My Voter Page"
NASW joins the American Psychological Association and the American
Psychiatric Association in calling on our nation to declare systemic racism
a public health crisis. "We all must do better and we will." Read our op-ed
NASW is committed to ending racism through public education, social justice advocacy and professional training. View the NASW page.
NASW offers assistance with ethics issues, including free ethics consulations by phone.
NASW Assurance Services offers liability insurance designed just for social workers, as well as auto and home, life and disability, and wellness insurance.
Connect with your peers and join the online MyNASW Community. It's the perfect place for knowledge exchange and professional networking.
The NASW Legal Defense Fund provides financial and legal assistance and support for legal cases and issues of concern to NASW members and the social work profession.
Receive a two-for-one NASW membership-both the national and your local chapter are included in your dues. Join advocacy efforts on issues that impact you and your clients.
Take an NASWGA class to prepare you to take the LMSW or LCSW licensing exam, or to educate you on social work supervision.
Add your voice to the over 120,000 members of NASW, the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world.
October is National Breast Cancer
Happy 65th Anniversary to the National Association of Social Workers
Are you a social worker looking for an approved NASWGA supervisor, or are you a social work supervisor looking for supervisees? Visit our Approved Supervisor Registry page for more information.
2020 US Presidential Election Countdown
NASW-GA supports securing full access to voting, and robust voter participation requires a multi-pronged approach entailing voter
mobilization, voter protection, and enacting fair election laws and litigation. We support initiatives seeking to remedy obstacles
particularly impacting those facing significant barriers to participation, such as returning citizens, young people, and those who have been purged from voter roles. We encourage social workers to engage in social justice and advocacy. Learn more about voting and organizations dedicated to voter mobilization and protections by visiting sites such as:
The Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners on October 12, 2020, removed a section of its Code of Conduct that protects clients from discrimination on the basis of disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Texas chapter of NASW is protesting this change. Click on the icon below to see the full text of NASW Georgia Chapter's letter in support of Texas' Chapter.
October marks the 65th anniversary of NASW. For 65 years, NASW has led to critically important advancements for the social work profession.
Thank you to the hundreds of thousands of NASW members and social workers who have made this advocacy possible. Your voice is essential to our critical work of supporting members, advancing the profession and advocating for social justice issues. NASWGA is especially grateful for the dedication and support of our members. WE THANK YOU!!
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) today, October 23, 2020, issued a
joint statement demanding the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners immediately restore a rule prohibitng social workers from discriminating against clients based on the client's sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/3ojtrNV #StandWithTXSocialWorkers
NASW-TX has been victorious! The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted to KEEP the original Code of Conduct anti-discrimination protections in place! Your continuous advocacy about removing protections for people with disabilities & LGBTQIA+ Texans was heard far & wide! Click here to read the NASW News Release and click here to read the Texas Tribune article about it. Congratulations Texas social workers!