IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS
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.
Coronavirus and Ethics
Trauma-Informed Online Teaching: Essential for the Coming Academic Year
The Critical Role Social Workers are Playing During COVID-19 Crisis. "Heroes on the Front Lines."
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Coronavirus and Minorities
Why Join NASW?
Here are a few reasons:
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.
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:
2020 US Presidential Election Countdown
Make sure you are registered to vote! Register to Vote Here.
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 forvoters who need to obtain ID or who need information about what ID is needed to vote in the United States.
On Election Day:
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.
Grief and Loss During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Dr. Shear is the founding director of the Center on Complicated Grief within the School of Social Work. View the video HERE.
Social Impact LIVE - 04/07/2020. Social Impact LIVE Host Richard Hara sits down with Dr. Katherine Shear, the Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia School of Social Work and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, to discuss strategies for processing losses and handling grief, especially in light of the disruptions to grief support systems and postponement of funeral rites.
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:
NASW Georgia Chapter mourns the passing of the distinguished Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a pioneer in the field of civil rights, especially those of women, and forged a path for new legislation after her own personal struggles against gender discrimination. May God be with you, Justice Ginsburg. Rest in Peace.
The National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign
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Election 2020 Countdown: Social Workers Can Get Out the Vote
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign Present
September 29, 2020, at 1:00 pm (ET)
This Web event will feature leaders from CSWE, social work programs, voting rights activists, and leaders from the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign who have launched the Voting Is Social Work campaign.
Programs will highlight their activities that help drive voter engagement, and speakers will highlight free resources that make it easy for students and faculty members to organize voter registration programs. This program is ideal for supporting the core values within our Code of Ethics, namely the importance of human relationships, service, and social justice.
Voting is a human right, but not everyone can or knows how to access that right.
Voting can improve the political power of clients and communities;
Voting determines who sets policies regarding racial, social, and economic justice at the city, state, and federal levels.
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