Our Ethical Responsibility - National Association of Social Workers


Our Ethical Responsibility - National Association of Social Workers
Volume XXXVII, Number 12 • November-December 2011
Our Ethical
From Clients
to Social and
Political Action
Meet Your Ethics Requirements by
Attending the 2011 Conference and
2012 Advocacy Day
For social workers, the Code of Ethics provides a foundation
of requirements that ensures protection for our clients; ensures
professionalism with our colleagues and in practice settings;
commitment to the social work profession and to broader
society. It guides our daily work as professionals and even
has an impact on our lives outside of our workplace. The Code
of Ethics, in its commitment to the values of service, social
justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human
relationships, integrity, and competence,is what makes social
work unique.
In order to assist social workers in their ethical responsibilities, the NASW Ohio Chapter
has two upcoming events that are focused on key concepts in the Code of Ethics.
NASW is committed to providing ethics professional development courses to strengthen
our profession.
2011 Conference
Leadership with Vision
December 2, 2011
The Ohio Union, Columbus, OH
Earn 6 Ethics CEUs
In This Issue…
President’s Report 2
Executive Director’s Report 3
At the Table 5
Bills of Interest 6-7
Legal Corner 8
2012 Awards 10
Regional Reports 12-13
CSWMFT Update 15
Committee Reports 14
The purpose of the 2011 Conference is to provide
social workers with a day of learning and
networking focused on our ethical responsibilities.
Every workshop being provided at the conference
qualifies for Ethics CEUs which will allow you to
meet your license requirements. You can also
earn 3 Supervision CEUs and 3 Ethics CEUs at
the conference. The theme of the conference
is Leadership with Vision to remind us that
the profession of social work is a leadership
profession and that in order to be a successful,
competent leader we must have a strong ethical
The cost of the conference is $50 for members,
$75 for non-members, and $25 for students.
Register today by visiting www.naswoh.org or
by filling out the registration form in the previous
newsletter (the September-October 2011 edition).
2012 Advocacy Day
March 20, 2012
The Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, OH
Social and political action is a large part
of our ethical responsibilities to broader
society. Advocacy is as much of our ethical
responsibility as our responsibility to practice
client confidentiality. Engaging in advocacy work
for the social work profession and the clients we
serve is imperative. We must be a strong force
in Ohio to make positive change happen. One
way that we show our strength as a profession
is through the annual NASW Ohio Chapter
Advocacy Day. Advocacy Day brings together
hundreds of social workers and students for a
day of learning and advocacy engagement.
Advocacy Day will be from 10am-3pm and
will feature a CEU workshop to prepare you
for advocacy and then visits with legislators.
Registration for Advocacy Day is available online
and a registration form will be available in the
January-February 2012 newsletter.
November–December 2011
L. Sanford
of the Board of Directors
Memories, Milestones, and Reflections
Ohio NASW Board of Directors
July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012
President Victoria Marion
[email protected]
First Vice President Annie Davis
[email protected]
Second Vice President Tim Moss
[email protected]
Treasurer Tracey Walker-Askew
[email protected]
MSW Student Representative Kendal Johnson
[email protected]
BSW Student Representative Larry Deitcher
[email protected]
Regional Directors
Region I (Toledo Area) Jessica Demaline
[email protected]
Region II (Akron Area) Greg Markovich
[email protected]
Region III (Cleveland Area)
Molly Martin [email protected]
Mae Bennett [email protected]
Region IV (Youngstown Area) Brad Smith
[email protected]
Region V (Columbus Area) Tom Dillard
[email protected]
Region VI (Cincinnati Area) Diane K. Williams
[email protected]
Region VII (Dayton Area) Carl Brun
[email protected]
Region VIII (Canton Area) Michelle Chaido
[email protected]
How quickly time flies as we approach the end of the year. This year brought about a time of
memories, milestones, and reflections. This year we reflected on 9/11 and the attack on the
Twin Towers 10 years ago. At this time 3 years ago, our country began to experience guidance
and direction under the leadership of our first African-American President. Three years ago our
country faced the beginning of a recession many of us had never before encountered. Through
it all we have survived. Through cutbacks, downsizes, government corruption and foreclosures;
we have survived.
The second principle of Nguzo Saba is Kujichagulia (self-determination)-To define ourselves,
name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
Self-determination is defined in our Code of Ethics as an ethical standard and states: “Social
workers respect and promote the right of clients to self- determination and assist clients in their
efforts to identify and clarify their goals. Social workers may limit clients’ right to self-determination
when, in the social workers’ professional judgment, clients’ actions or potential actions pose a
serious, foreseeable, and imminent risk to themselves or others.”
As I researched the definition of self-determination the following eight principles were defined
as essential to ensure this basic human right is respected. They are:
CHOICE: People have the right to choose their lifestyles, their careers, where they live and with
whom. When people need help, it is their friends and family closest to them who assist them in
broadening their experience and exercising their right to choose. It is essential that each person
have a network of support chosen by them.
DIGNITY AND RESPECT: All people have an inherent right to be treated with dignity and respect
as a whole person. Most of life’s greatest lessons are learned when we make choices that we
later realize were mistakes. All people have the right to the dignity of risk.
RELATIONSHIPS: The relationships a person has with others are like precious gems and should
be treated in that way. A relationship should be treasured, protected and nurtured. Those with
whom the individual has real relationships provide the strength, assistance and security, which
ensure each person’s well-being.
CONTROL: People have the power to make decisions and truly control their lives. This includes
authority over financial resources as well as the authority to determine what the supports will be
and to hire the people who will provide that support.
DREAMING: All people have hopes and dreams, which guide the actions that are most meaningful
to them. A commitment to helping people determines their dreams, respecting those dreams and
helping to make them come true is crucial.
CONTRIBUTION AND COMMUNITY: Everyone has the ability to contribute to their community
in a meaningful way. Giving of ourselves helps us establish a sense of belonging and identity.
Community membership includes having an opportunity to be employed, to have your own home,
to be truly involved in the routines of the community and to make a difference in the lives of others.
FISCAL CONSERVATION: When people have choice and control, they can purchase supports in
a way that allows them to get what they need, pay only for what they get, make real investments,
spend money more efficiently and make adjustments to their supports as their needs change. It is
important that alternatives to paid supports be explored and included in support plans.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Individuals, as they take on greater control and authority over
their lives and resources, assume greater responsibility for their decisions and actions. Professionals
and staff work for the individual rather than for the system.
continued on page 23
NASW—Ohio Chapter
Danielle Smith
MSW, MA, LSW, Ohio Chapter Executive Director
It’s Time We Took Care of Ourselves
During this past summer I traveled to Cincinnati and Cleveland to meet with social workers,
employers, and university staff to discuss the issue of social worker safety. NASW Ohio Chapter
has long identified social worker safety as a top priority and it is important to me to hear directly
from members about their concerns. The reoccurring theme from nearly all of the discussions I had
was that social workers often put their own needs on the “back burner” to focus on their clients
and to meet the requirements of their employers and funders. Through these discussions I started
to realize the connection between self-care and emotional safety.
Quite often we focus on aspects of physical safety, for example, how we arrange our office in
case we need to make a quick escape or how we all know it would be best to always go with a
colleague when making a home visit. But we often neglect our emotional safety by neglecting to
take care of ourselves. The profession of social work is not an easy one. Many social workers hear
and experience traumatic events on a daily basis; are expected to meet unrealistic productivity
standards; and are expected to do more work with less money than ever before. All of this adds
up. There are countless studies that demonstrate the stress of our profession. Studies have shown
high levels of emotional distress and anxiety, emotional and physical exhaustion, and poor health.1
We must take better care of ourselves and more importantly we must advocate for ourselves.
We must advocate for our emotional safety needs because employers, funders, and government
entities will continue to expect more and more from us as the need for services grow and as
available funds dwindle which will only perpetuate the issue. Although times are certainly tough,
if we do not stand up for ourselves the stress will only build and lead many social workers to the
point of leaving the profession.
Here is a list of suggestions for how you can advocate or help yourself and your social work
colleagues to create a less stressful work environment:
After a stressful incident request time off or request time with your supervisor to process the incident.
Ask your employer to setup a group of social workers to allow for group processing of stressful
situations so that you can critically reflect on the issue.2 Stressful situations are not just physical
safety incidents—they can be anything from a particularly traumatizing memory your client
recalled, to a death of a client, or to an incident where you felt like your safety was at risk but
nothing happened. I know that as social workers we like to come off as “tough” and “emotionally
impenetrable” but let’s face it, all of these incidences lead to little cracks to our well-being.
Ask your employer or ask NASW to arrange a training to give you tools for self-care. Don’t be
afraid to ask for help.
If you are a supervisor make sure that your supervisees are physically and emotionally safe. Build
a supportive work environment with the resources that you have. And don’t forget to reach out
for help yourself. A stressed supervisor ultimately leads to stressed supervisees.
As always, NASW is here to support you. If you need help advocating to your employer to make
a change that would benefit a social worker’s emotional safety please let me know. NASW will
continue to address the core issues of emotional well-being such as adequate funding for services,
appropriate caseload ratios, reduction in paperwork, and working for payment reform for services
so that productivity standards are not overwhelming.
Savaya R, Gardner F, Stange D. (2011). Stressful encounters with social work clients: A descriptive account based on critical incidents.
Social Work [serial online]. January 1, 2011; 56(1):63-72. Available from: Social Work Abstracts, Ipswich, MA.
Fook, J., & Gardner, F. (2007). Practising critical reflection: A resource handbook. Maidenhead, England: Open University Press.
Committee Chairs 2011-2012
Ethics Committee
PACE Committee
Martha Lucas
[email protected]
Stephanie Rapp
Legislative Committee
Erin Michel
[email protected]
Membership Committee
Nedra Polk
[email protected]
Judi Haberkorn
[email protected]
Program Planning
& Budget Committee
Peggy Anderson
[email protected]
International Service
Amanda Stevens
[email protected]
Office Staff
E-mail: [email protected]
Executive Director
Danielle Smith, MSW, MA, LSW
[email protected]
Office Manager/Accountant
Marie Milo, BS
[email protected]
Adrienne Gavula, MSW, LSW
[email protected]
Thank you to Idelle Datlof (Region 6) for serving as
a proofreader for the newsletter.
NASW Mission
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 150,000
members. NASW works to enhance the professional
growth and development of its members, to create and
maintain standards for the profession, and to advance
sound social policies. NASW also contributes to the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities through
its work and advocacy.
November–December 2011
Action or Complacency: What will you choose?
By Erin Michel, MSW, Legislative Committee Chair
I was inspired by the passage I read recently in a
book by Joyce Meyer. It encourages the reader to
resist complacency, especially when it is easier to
compromise – or not to act – than to do what is right
based on principle. How many times do we choose
the comfort of complacency rather than the conviction
of action?
As social workers, we are taught to pursue social justice. Yet, we live in
a society where apathy to human suffering is all too common. Perhaps
we as social workers have an ethical duty, based on this call to social
justice, to be conscious of these contradicting pressures; and not only to
be mindful, but also to spark the current of change in others when what
we observe clearly is unjust.
If we are not willing to take a stand, there may be no one else to do it.
On the other hand, if one exercises one’s rightful duty to speak up, s/he
becomes a lonely target. However, I would argue that living life in a way
that does not let fear dictate your actions is a life of fulfillment.
I chose to explore this philosophical topic because our society is
experiencing severe stress. Under such conditions, it would be easier to
withdraw and take care of oneself and adopt the attitude of letting others
fend for themselves. I argue that what elevates our society, indeed our
unique country of the United States of America, from civilizations of the
past is the fact that we have the historical knowledge of what happens
when complacency sets in – when we let others suffer while we harbor
our personal security – we all suffer in the long run.
With so much at stake on multiple levels – for individuals, families,
communities, and our very governmental and economic systems – I hope
that as a result of reading this article, you will use your knowledge, abilities,
and influence to take a stand, at the very least, be reminded not to remain
complacent when you can choose to make a difference.
My Experience Interning on Capitol Hill
My experience interning for United States Senator
Mary Landrieu of Louisiana was great! I was exposed
to a vast array of learning opportunities that included
policy briefings, networking events, lectures, and
monumental moments in our country. While serving
as an intern on Capitol Hill I discovered that Senator
Landrieu is an advocate for children in care and those aging out of care.
Her advocacy went far beyond just mere words but she invites adolescents
to the table who have aged out of care to be at the forefront of policy
initiatives effecting children in foster care across the United States.
With that being said, she invited young adults who had aged out of care
to be a part of the legislative process by granting them an opportunity to
serve on the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). The
CCAI was established in 2001 to raise awareness and educate Congress
about the need for reform in the foster care system. Young adults who had
aged out of care served as interns on Capitol Hill in various congressional
offices for eight weeks. They participated in working sessions by offering
their testimonies about their foster care experiences to enhance the
legislative process at the most infant stages.
The CCAI hosted a working session on group homes, congregate care
and psychotropic medication. The purpose of this session was to invite
various child welfare stakeholders from across Washington, DC to engage
adolescents who had aged out of care. Our goal was to find out what is
working within these settings and what is not working to then influence
future child welfare legislation. I realized drafting legislation can be a
long strenuous process. Therefore, I was left wondering how many other
children would age out of care without the necessary resources by the
time new legislation is drafted and implemented.
I listened intently to the narratives of young ladies who had aged out of
care. The girls were questioned for about two and half hours concerning
different aspects of their experiences. Many of the speakers had found
NASW—Ohio Chapter
By: Ebony Speakes, NASW Member
themselves in foster families and residential care. Their stories were filled
with victory and triumph. Several of these young ladies experienced abuse
in their placements and were overmedicated. I was given the opportunity
to ask questions during the session. I asked how the girls advocated
for their body image in residential care. I explained African American
females cannot go 6 months without a hair relaxer because hair care can
be connected to body image. Although, many laughed around the table
they thought it was a great question. Stakeholders agreed how easy it
is to miss the cultural component when caring for minority kids in care.
Despite their rocky journeys they were already attending college or on
their way to college.
Unfortunately, many teenagers who have aged out of care weren’t so
lucky. As a social worker I felt compelled to speak up at the table because
our children need an advocate in places where policy is being drafted.
However, I would like to encourage all social workers to incorporate some
form legislative advocacy into their practice. Social workers can participate
at various levels through the following activities: legislative monitoring;
lobbying and testifying; position papers; committee testimony; or building
coalitions (Ezell, 2001). Legislative advocacy allows us to affect change
beyond the individuals and families we serve. It allows us to dismantle
those systemic forms of oppression that keep our families spiraling in the
same cycles week after week.
As social workers we have the responsibility to advocate for policies
beyond those that affect our purses. We must continue to be a voice
of influence on the following issues: human trafficking; human rights;
poverty; global warming; and education. We bring a unique perspective
to the table when we engage legislators that can have significant impact
domestically and internationally. Therefore, my experience taught me that
I do not have to intern for a Senator on Capitol Hill to impact policy but I
can build coalitions with other social workers in my local community and
impact the world!
At the Table
Making sure the voice of social work is heard
Every day countless decisions are made on an individual, organizational, local, state, and federal level that impact the practice
and profession of social work. It is imperative to the well-being of clients and to our profession that social workers are involved in
this decision making process. A significant responsibility of NASW at both the national and state levels is to be a representative
for the profession of social work on a myriad of decision making groups. The purpose of this newsletter section, “At the Table” is to
report on the activities of the groups that NASW, OH staff members participate in and to highlight NASW members who are ‘at the
table’ representing social work. For the next edition of ‘At the table’ we want to include reports of how you are ‘at the table’ as a
social worker. Please send the Ohio Chapter reports of any group you participate in that makes decisions or takes action on issues
that affect social workers and our practice. It is important that we recognize the work we are all doing across the state to improve
the future of our profession. The next newsletter is the January-February edition and the due date for submissions is December 5th.
Reports should be approximately 200 words and sent to [email protected]
compensation recipients have increased by
17%. Legislators and policy makers need to see
stories of those individuals who directly benefit
from those programs that they think need to be
cut. By making the story bank, social workers
and those who work with people who benefit
from state aid programs can reach out to those
who make decisions about funding and give
real proof for their cause.
At the Table with Local
Voices in Ohio
By: Vincent Roadcap, NASW Intern
In early September, several advocates for
health and human services in Ohio met at
the Ohio Poverty Law Center to discuss the
formation of a collaborative story bank project.
Individuals whose stories show the benefits
of funding state and federal programs like
Food Stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, EITC,
and unemployment compensation would be
featured in the story bank. Tentatively, social
workers who assist such individuals would
record their stories either by video or in written
word. The stories would then be compiled on
a website designed after similar programs
sponsored by halfinten.com and Campaign
for Better Care.
Recent statistics show that advocacy is needed
now more than ever for health and human
service programs. Thirty percent of Ohioans
are not financially self-sufficient, while Food
Stamp recipients have increased by 58% since
2007. In addition, Medicaid recipients have
increased by 23.8%, Medicare recipients have
increased by six percent, and unemployment
Still under discussion are matters of how to
make sure privacy and anonymity is preserved
for those whose stories are shared. Also, there
is the question of who would have access to
these stories, and whether or not they should
be made available for the general public on
the internet. No name has yet been decided
for the project, and another meeting will be
held soon to decide it, as well as who to invite
to be a part of the “team”.
At the Table with Ohio
Medicaid Health Homes
Stakeholder Workgroup
By: Vincent Roadcap, NASW Intern
Recently there has been dialogue in the
healthcare community over improving care
for Medicaid recipients with multiple chronic
illnesses. This dialogue has brought about
the idea of something called Ohio Medicaid
Health Homes. These health homes are related
to, but are not the same as Patient Centered
Medical Homes. While PCMH’s treat a broad
spectrum of diseases and disorders, health
homes will target a narrow population of
those with 2 or more chronic and complex
conditions. In order to qualify for the program,
a consumer must have at least two of the
following disorders: diabetes, heart disease,
mental illness, substance abuse, asthma, or
obesity. Also, if the consumer has a serious
persistent mental health condition, or has one
chronic condition and is a risk for another, they
can be admitted to the program.
The main goal of the Health Homes initiative
is to treat the whole person; addressing their
physical, emotional, and mental needs under
one roof. Health care professionals that serve
in health homes will coordinate their efforts
in order to make sure the consumer receives
the best care possible. Ideally, the consumer
would go to one health home that treats their
primary condition, and also be treated for
their other conditions at the same location.
Homes would be supervised by Nurse Care
Managers, per the Geisinger Medical Home
Model. NASW is working on ensuring that
social workers are identified as candidates
for care coordination roles.
Health homes will be funded by a Medicaid
federal-state match. States would contribute
10% and the Federal government would
contribute 90% costs for 8 quarters. Services
would be reimbursed through a tiered per
member per month program.
Looking for research
on the profession?
Check out the NASW Center
for Workforce Studies
November–December 2011
Bills of Interest in the Ohio General Assembly
House Bills
HB7–Post Viability Abortions (Fende,
L)- To revise the criminal laws governing postviability abortions. Current Status: 2/2/2011
- House Health and Aging, (First Hearing).
NASW Position: Oppose
(Gonzalez, A.) To increase the penalty for
assault when the victim is a health care worker
engaged in the performance of official duties.
Does not include social workers on list of health
care workers. NASW is working on having
social workers added to this list. Current Status:
6/7/2011 - Referred to Committee Senate
Judiciary - Criminal Justice
(Young, R., Slaby, L.) To revise the procedures
governing a hearing by which a court may
permit a pregnant minor to have an abortion
and to require a court to make its findings
with respect to such a hearing by clear
and convincing evidence. Current Status:
9/27/2011 - PASSED BY SENATE; Vote 23-8.
NASW Position: Oppose
J, Roegner, K) To review the criminal laws
governing post-viability abortions. Current
Status: 7/20/2011 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR;
Eff. 10/20/2011. NASW Position: Oppose
(Bubp, D, Uecker, J) To prohibit qualified
health plans for providing coverage for
certain abortions. Current Status: 9/20/2011
- Referred to Committee Senate Insurance,
Commerce & Labor. NASW Position: Oppose
B) To prohibit requiring an individual to obtain
or maintain health insurance. Current Status:
2/23/2011 - House Health and Aging,
(Second Hearing) NASW Position: Oppose
HB96–DYSLEXIA (Celeste T, Brenner A) To
specify dyslexia as a specific learning disability
and to require a pilot project to provide early
screening and intervention services for children
with dyslexia. Current Status: 10/4/2011 Senate Education, (Second Hearing). NASW
Position: Support
NASW—Ohio Chapter
(Murray, D.) To allow an employee who is a
victim of domestic violence to take an unpaid
leave for purposes relating to the incident of
domestic violence, to allow an employee who
is a victim of domestic violence to file a civil
action against that employee’s employer if the
employer terminates the employee as a result of
the employee taking unpaid leave for purposes
relating to the incident of domestic violence,
to allow a tenant who is a victim of domestic
violence to terminate a rental agreement or
have the tenant’s name removed from the rental
agreement under certain circumstances, to
require a landlord of a tenant who is a victim
of domestic violence or menacing by stalking
to change the lock to the dwelling unit where
the tenant resides under certain circumstances,
to require a metropolitan housing authority to
transfer a tenant who is a victim of domestic
violence or menacing by stalking if the tenant
requests such a transfer and provides the
metropolitan housing authority with certain
specified information, and to prohibit a
county, municipal corporation, township, or
law enforcement agency of such a political
subdivision violence a fee for assisting the
victim. Current Status: 6/21/2011 - House
Judiciary and Ethics, (First Hearing) NASW
Position: Support
Jr. J) To enact the School Day Security and
Anti-Bullying Act to require age-appropriate
instruction on and parental notification of
public schools’ policies prohibiting harassment,
intimidation, or bullying. Current Status:
9/27/2011 - Senate Education, (First Hearing).
NASW Position: Support
HB125–ABORTION (Wachtmann, L) To
generally prohibit an abortion of an unborn
human individual with a detectable fetal
heartbeat. 6/28/2011 - PASSED BY HOUSE;
Vote 54-43. NASW Position: Oppose
T, Garland N) To enact the “Jessica Logan
Act” to require that public school bullying
policies prohibit bullying to electronic means
and address certain acts that occur off school
property and to require staff training on the
bullying policy. Current Status: 5/25/2011
- House Education, (Second Hearing) NASW
Position: Support as long as out of school
suspensions are limited
T) To abolish the death penalty and to declare
an emergency. Current Status: 4/13/2011 House Criminal Justice, (First Hearing). NASW
Position: Support
SERVICE MEMBERS (Pillich, C) To provide
certain professional licensing and certification
rights to service members, spouses of service
members, and veterans, and to eliminate
the civil service employee exemption from
counselor and social worker licensure and
certification requirements. Current Status:
6/1/2011 - House Veteran’s Affairs, (First
Hearing). NASW Position: Support
(Stinziano, M, Antonio, N) To require that school
anti-bullying policies prohibit harassment,
intimidation, or bullying that is based on any
actual or perceived trait or characteristic of a
student. Current Status: 6/15/2011 - House
Education, (First Hearing). NASW Position:
Support as long as out of school suspensions
are limited
FELON (Young, R) To require a prosecuting
attor ney to a sk the Imm igra tion a nd
Naturalization Service of the United States to
verify or ascertain the immigration status of an
offender who has been convicted of or pleaded
guilty to a felony, to require a prosecuting
attorney if the INS informs the prosecutor
that the offender is an illegal alien to notify
the alleged felon’s employer, the Department
of Job and Family Services, the Registrar of
Motor Vehicles, and the Secretary of State, to
make illegal aliens ineligible for certain state
public benefits, and to prohibit the Registrar of
Motor Vehicles from issuing a driver’s license
to an alleged felon with respect to whom a
prosecuting attorney has given the Registrar
the above notice and require the Registrar to
cancel any driver’s licenses issued to such an
alleged felony. Current Status: 6/8/2011 Referred to Committee House Transportation,
Public Safety and Homeland Security. NASW
Position: Oppose
H B 2 6 2 – HU M A N T R A FFI C K I N G (Fedor,
T) To require that a minor who is a victim
of trafficking in persons be provided with
appropriate ser vices, require ODJFS to
develop procedures for reuniting the minor
with family members in the minor’s country
of origin or destination country, to require
the Departments of Health and Mental Health
to develop procedures for providing special
physical and mental health care tailored to the
minor’s needs, to provide that a minor is not
guilty of the crime of solicitation if the minor
is a victim of trafficking in persons when he
minor committed the act of the Department
of Commerce to create a poster that provides
information regarding the National Human
Trafficking Resource Center hotline, to require
owners or operators of specified establishments
to conspicuously display that poster, and
to require the Director if the Department
of Transportation is conspicuously display
that poster at rest areas. Current Status:
6/15/2011 - Referred to Committee House
Judiciary and Ethics. NASW Position: Monitor
N) Regarding assistance for pregnancy
prevention and hospital services for victims
of sexual assault. Current Status: 6/28/2011
- Referred to Committee House Health and
Aging. NASW Position: Support
H B 2 9 8 – FA M ILY P L A N N I N G S E R VI C E S
(Roegner, K., Rosenberger, C.) To prioritize
the distribution of funds for family planning
services. Current Status: 9/13/2011 - Referred
to Committee House Health and Aging. NASW
Position: Monitor
(Antonio, N, McGregor, R.) To prohibit
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
or gender identity. (Equal Housing and
Employment Act). Current Status: 9/27/2011
– Introduced. NASW Position: Support
J) To terminate an individual’s eligibility for the
Ohio Works First program or Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program for three years on
conviction of a felony that has as an element the
possession, use, or distribution of a controlled
substance. Current Status: 9/27/2011 –
Introduced. NASW Position: Oppose
EDUCATION (Slesnick, S) To establish statutory
standards for comprehensive sexual health
education and HIV/AIDS prevention education
in public schools and to designate section
3313.6011 of the Revised Code as the “Act
for Our Children’s Future.” Current Status:
10/4/2011 – Introduced. NASW Position:
IMMIGRATION (Combs, C) To express the
General Assembly’s support of the State of
Arizona to control illegal immigration. Current
Status: 5/24/2011 - House State Government
and Elections, (First Hearing) NASW Position:
Senate Bills
T, Gillmor, K) To revise the procedures governing
a hearing by which a court may permit a
pregnant minor to consent to an abortion or
by which a court may give judicial consent for
a pregnant minor to have an abortion and to
require a court to make its findings with respect
to such a hearing by clear and convincing
evidence. Current Status: 2/23/2011 - Senate
Judiciary - Civil Justice, (Second Hearing).
NASW Position: Oppose
FELONS (Tavares C) To create a tax credit
for the employment of individuals who have
been convicted of felonies. Current Status:
2/10/2011 - Senate Ways & Means &
Economic Development, (First Hearing). NASW
Position: Support
SB59–DRUG OFFENDERS (Tavares C) Relative
to treatment for certain drug offenders and
to make an appropriation. Current Status:
4/12/2011 - Senate Judiciary - Criminal
Justice, (First Hearing). NASW Position:
S B 6 0 – H E A LTH C A R E P R O F E S S I O N A L S
require certain health care professionals to
complete instruction in cultural competency.
Current Status: 2/2/2011 - Referred to
Committee Senate Health, Human Services &
Aging. NASW Position: Support
P) To revise the criminal laws governing postviability abortions. Current Status: 5/11/2011
- House Criminal Justice, (First Hearing) NASW
Position: Oppose
J) To direct the Attorney General to pursue a
memorandum of agreement that permits the
enforcement of federal immigration laws in
this state by law enforcement officers. Current
Status: 4/13/2011 - Senate State & Local
Government & Veterans Affairs, (First Hearing).
NASW Position: Oppose
S B 1 1 1 – A S S A ULT O N H E A LTH C A R E
PROFESSIONAL (Oelslager S) To increase
the penalty for assault to a felony of the
fourth degree when the victim is a health care
professional, health care worker, or security
officer of a hospital who is engaged in the
performance of the individual’s duties. Does
not include social workers on list of health care
workers. NASW is working on having social
workers added to this list. Current Status:
5/10/2011 - Senate Judiciary - Criminal
Justice, (Second Hearing)
M) To establish and operate the Ohio Health
Care Plan to provide universal health care
coverage to all Ohio residents. Current
Status: 3/15/2011 - Referred to Committee
Senate Insurance, Commerce & Labor. NASW
Position: Support
S B 1 2 7 – S C H O O L B ULLY I N G P O LI C I E S
(Schiavoni, J) To enact the “Jessica Logan
Act” to require that public school bullying
policies prohibit bullying by electronic means
and address certain acts that occur off school
property and to require staff training on the
bullying policy. Current Status: 5/3/2011 Senate Education, (Third Hearing). NASW
Position: Support as long as out of school
suspensions are limited
ASSAULT VICTIM (Cafaro, C) Regarding
assistance for pregnancy prevention and
hospital services for victims of sexual assault.
Current Status: 9/20/2011 - Referred to
Committee Senate Health, Human Services &
Aging. NASW Position: Support
K, Lehner, P) To prioritize the distribution of
funds for family planning services. Current
Status: 9/20/2011 - Referred to Committee
Senate Finance. NASW Position: Monitor
( S k i n d e l l , M , Ta v a r e s C ) To p r o h i b i t
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
or gender identity. (Equal Housing and
Employment Act) Current Status: 9/27/2011
– Introduced. NASW Position: Support
EDUCATION (Skindell, M) To establish statutory
standards for comprehensive sexual health
education and HIV/AIDS prevention education
in public schools and to designate section
3313.6011 of the Revised Code as the “Act
for Our Children’s Future.” Current Status:
9/27/2011 – Introduced. NASW Position:
November–December 2011
The Legal Corner
By: Glenn Karr, Attorney at Law
Major Changes to HIPAA—Breach Notification
The Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability
Act of 1996 (HIPAA–often
misspelled as HIPPA or HIPPAA) remained largely
unchanged beginning with the Privacy Rule in
April 2003, and then with the addition of the
Security Rule in April 2005. The HITECH (Health
Information Technology for Economic and Clinical
Health Act) law, passed as part of ARRA (the
American Recovery Act of 2009) (better known
as the Obama Stimulus Bill), made some major
changes to HIPAA. This article will discuss the
new Breach Notification requirement.
The Breach Notification provision now found
in HIPAA is brand new. Basically it states that
in the event that there is a breach of someone’s
Protected Health Information (PHI), then a
Covered Entity, i.e. a therapist, must take steps to
1) determine if there is a breach and 2) if there is
a breach take steps to notify the person’s whose
information was compromised that a breach
has occurred and 3) notify Health and Human
Services that a breach has occurred.
A“breach” is defined as follows: the unauthorized
acquisition, access, use, or disclosure of
protected health information which compromises
the security or privacy of the PHI, except where an
unauthorized person to whom such information is
disclosed would not reasonably have been able
to retain such information. There are only two
ways to avoid having unsecured PHI, the first
being to destroy it, i.e. by shredding documents
containing the information, and secondly, by
having the information in an encrypted form.
That’s why it is so important if you are using e-mail
to make sure it is encrypted, not only to be able to
take advantage of this defense under HIPAA, but
also because it’s required under the Counselor,
Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist
Board rule 4757-5-13. (I will add, however, in
terms of shredding documents that the Columbus
Dispatch just had an article on how the FBI
obtained the trash of a now convicted felon and
reassembled shredded documents back together
to produce the evidence to convict the person.
The paper showed the reconstructed document
which had been shredded in long strips. Just a
word of caution that you should ensure that your
shredder actually does an effective job, although
it’s unlikely that anyone will go to the trouble to
reconstruct information as the FBI did.)
Once the therapist is aware that someone’s
information has been compromised, the next step
is to determine whether or not the release of the
information poses a significant risk of financial,
reputational, or other harm to the individual. In
the Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 162, where
NASW—Ohio Chapter
HHS first published the Breach Notification rules
in August 2009, the analysis suggests that mental
health information will typically fall into the
significant risk category because of its sensitivity
and the way society views mental health issues,
as opposed to a chiropractor losing someone’s
information on a spinal adjustment which could
be considered less likely to cause harm. If there
is not a significant risk, then the therapist does
not have to go through the notification process,
although they need to document that they did a
risk assessment. It should be noted that privacy
advocates strongly objected to this harm standard
and in the spring of 2010 HHS published a
proposed change which would have required
notification of every breach, but withdrew it
several months later, so the significant risk
threshold is still in place as of October 10, 2011.
Another way to avoid the notification requirement
is to mitigate the impermissible use or disclosure
by obtaining satisfactory assurances that the
information will not be further used or disclosed.
So, for instance, if you intend to fax PHI to a
primary care physician but it goes instead to a
local car dealer, if you can catch it an early stage
and have the fax destroyed with an assurance
that the information in it won’t be disclosed, then
you don’t have to go through the notification
The notification requirements can be quite
onerous. If an individual is involved, then it
means contacting that individual soon after the
breach to let them know that there has been a
breach of their PHI and you have to describe what
happened and the information that’s involved.
You must also advise them about the steps they
can take to protect themselves from potential
harm, what you are doing to investigate the
matter, and who at your office is the contact
person on the breach issue. You must keep a log
of the breach and notify the Secretary of Health
and Human Services of all breaches in any one
calendar year soon after the year ends.
If there are 500 more persons involved in
a breach and they are located in the same
geographic area (e.g. if someone steals your hard
drive or computer with all the client information
on it), then you must provide individual notice
to each of the people involved as well as notify
prominent media outlets serving primarily the
city involved or the entire state. A prominent
media outlet would be the major television
stations and major newspapers. In addition you
must immediately notify the Secretary of Health
and Human Services of the breach and they will
post that information and possibly take action
against you, which could include imposing tens
of thousands of dollars in sanctions on you.
One thing to make sure that you have in place
is a requirement that your Business Associates
notify you within a few days of any breach of
PHI. You will want to then handle the breach
based on what’s happened since you are
responsible for all the information you have as
well as all the information that you have provided
to Business Associates. You may wish to add a
hold harmless and indemnification clause in your
Business Associate Agreements so that if there is a
breach by the Business Associate, or if there are
sanctions or a resulting lawsuit, it will be assets
of the Business Associate that are going to pay
any penalties and associated costs.
This is just a general overview of the Breach
Notification rule. You may want to review
the Interim Rule and accompanying analysis
published in the August 24, 2009 Federal
Register – it’s about 30 pages long, but it is very
comprehensive. In my practice I’ve advised on
several breach notifications and in a majority of
the cases the risk of harm analysis did not require
notification to the patient or to the Secretary of
Health and Human Services.
© 2011 Glennon J. Karr, LLC
Glenn Karr’s practice areas include: CSWMFT
Board complaint defense; Types of entities
—corporation, LLC, or sole proprietorship;
Independent Contractor vs. Employee Issues;
Leases and Contractual Documents; Practice
Forms Review, including HIPAA issues and audits;
Advice on Duty to Protect, Abuse Reporting
Situations; Other laws and rules affecting
your practice; Employment issues, ADA, Age
Discrimination, Unemployment Compensation;
Non-competition issues; Responding to
Subpoenas and Court Testimony; How to Leave a
Practice and Set Up Your Own; Multi-disciplinary
Practice Issues; Medicare and Medicaid issues;
and Dealing with Managed Care Plans and
Insurance Companies.
GLENN KARR is presenting his 3 hour Ethics
Approved Workshop: 9 MAJOR PRACTICE
PROFESSIONALS at various locations throughout
Ohio, with one scheduled January 27th in
Cincinnati. Check the NASW-OH website for
details and registration. This workshop qualifies
as 3 hours Ethics credit for Social Workers,
as well as Counselors, M&FTs and Chemical
Dependency Professionals.
Leadership Ladders: Steps to a Great Career in Social Work
Beyond Survival: Ensuring Organizational Sustainability
Keeping organizations afloat during a difficult economic
climate is a challenge for leaders. Today, organizations—
large and small—are constantly struggling for sustainability.
Research shows that 30 percent of nonprofits see themselves
as “challenged” when it comes to sustainability (York, n.d.).
As a result, some organizations have been forced to merge with others,
close their doors or significantly reduce their capacity to provide services.
These decisions ultimately affect the lives of numerous children, youth
and families. Social work leaders can take critical steps to plan for
the sustainability of their organizations. Quality innovative programs,
services or initiatives that are producing positive outcomes cannot be lost.
The following are key components to ensure that an organization is
As a leader, you can ensure that your organization’s vision and mission
are clear. Developing clear vision and mission statements of what your
organization aims to achieve is important. However, in order to be
effective, this information must also be communicated effectively with
staff, board members, stakeholders, and potential partners and funders
(York, n.d.). Vision and mission statements can also be used to inspire
and generate buy-in from others.
organization requires strong leadership, competent staff and volunteers.
However, it also requires strong human resources, technology, financial
management systems and a sound risk management plan.
» BE DATA-DRIVEN. Gathering data is important to sustaining the
work of your organization. Work closely with your team to define and be
clear about the results your organization is trying to achieve (e.g., serve
500 families, provide mentoring services to 200 youth, etc.). It is also
important to consider how your organization will measure its progress,
use the results and disseminate the information. Measuring outcomes
is not only useful in improving your program, but also in building long
term relationships with funders. “Leaders of sustainable organizations
connect with funders by sharing results at a level that resonates with them
in order to inspire long-term commitments” (York, n.d., pg. 6).
about how much it costs to carry out your organization’s work (e.g.,
serve 200 children monthly, maintain 75 staff, etc.). What resources
do you currently have and what gaps do you need to fill or will need
to fill in the near future? These are important things to consider when
thinking about an organization’s finances. In order not to become too
dependent on certain funding sources, make sure the organization’s
funds are diversified. You will also want to assure that your organization
is tapping into a range of funding streams including, but not limited to,
federal, state, local and private dollars. However, it is also critical to
consider the organization’s capacity to keep up with grant management
and reporting tasks. For example, smaller organizations may not have
the capacity to manage many different funding sources, whereas a
large organization may have an entire department dedicated to these
responsibilities. In addition to grants, consider other ways to increase
the organization’s revenue—perhaps you can plan a conference or a
fundraiser. Whatever the investment, make sure that your efforts pay
off in terms of sustainability—be strategic and avoid “chasing dollars.”
» BE READY FOR CHANGE. Circumstances constantly change—
funders shift priorities, federal and state budgets are cut, new
opportunities arise, or trends within communities change. A strong leader
is on top of possible changes and is ready to adapt whenever these
changes occur. For example, new funding opportunities may require
reframing current work in a new way or developing new partnerships.
Always be prepared for a possible change in climate.
EFFORTS. Think about your agency’s vision—whose support is essential
to ensuring that you achieve it? Make sure you build relationships with
others to solidify the community’s support. It is particularly important
to connect with community leaders and key decision makers that can
support your causes. Other critical partnerships can be with local
businesses, consumers, philanthropists, and service providers.
»WRITE IT DOWN. A written sustainability plan is important for your
organization. This document describes your organization’s vision and
mission, short and long term goals, challenges and approaches to
overcoming these challenges, and measurements of success. This written
plan also helps to keep your organization on task and to communicate
your efforts with others. Many organizations have faced tight financial
challenges in the past and made it through with limited resources.
However, as a strong and forward thinking social work leader, you can
be strategic and plan for your organization’s sustainability to ensure
it thrives and continues to meet the needs of the children, youth and
families you serve.
» National Association of Social Workers Center for Workforce Studies provides information on the
social work workforce. This information includes helpful resources to enhance professional skills.
York, P. (n.d.). The sustainability formula: How nonprofit organizations can thrive in the emerging
economy. Retrieved from TCC group website: www.tccgrp.com/pdfs/SustainabilityFormula.pdf
November–December 2011
Nominations are open for the
2012 NASW Ohio Chapter Awards
Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their commitment
to the values and field of social work? If so, nominate them for a 2012NASW
Ohio Chapter Regional Award. Download an awards criteria form and
nomination form at www.naswoh.org. In June, each award winner from
each of the regions will be considered for the State award. The State award
winners will then go on to be considered for the National award.
The required documents for
the awards are:
Official Nomination Form
One-page summary
Current NASW Member
(Unless the award is for public citizen/
public elected officials. All other
nominations must be a current NASW
member at the time of nomination.
Please contact the NASW Ohio Chapter
office if you need assistance confirming
membership status)
Curriculum Vita
(not required for students)
To download the awards
and nomination form visit
The due dates are as follows:
Region 1 (Toledo Area)
February 1, 2012
Region 2 (Akron Area)
February 1, 2012
Region 3 (Cleveland Area)
February 1, 2012
Region 4 (Youngstown Area)
February 1, 2012
Region 5 (Columbus Area)
February 1, 2012
Region 6 (Cincinnati Area)
December 31, 2011
Region 7 (Dayton Area)
December 1, 2011
Region 8 (Canton Area)
February 1, 2012
NASW—Ohio Chapter
The Social Worker of the Year Award honors
a member of the NASW/Ohio Chapter
who exemplifies the best of the profession’s
values and achievements through specific
accomplishments. In honoring the Social
Worker of the Year, NASW highlights superb
accomplishments in the practice of social work.
Each year, the NASW Ohio Chapter selects a
social worker for this state award to celebrate
a lifetime of accomplishments. In honoring the
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, NASW
Ohio Chapter recognizes the best social work
values and accomplishments demonstrated in
the social worker’s lifetime career.
Each year, the NASW Ohio Chapter selects
a social worker for this state award for
Outstanding Service. In honoring the recipient,
NASW Ohio Chapter recognizes the best
social work values and accomplishments
demonstrated in the social worker’s NASW
The Emerging Social Work Leader award
recognizes outstanding contributions of
members who have been in practice for five
years or less. In honoring the Emerging Social
Work Leader, NASW highlights the exemplary
contributions of social workers who are new
to the field.
Elected officials make decisions about a broad
range of issues that, when enacted into law,
represent the collective values of our society.
Of particular interest to the social work
profession are policies that affect social justice,
health care, education, civil and human rights,
and social work practice. In recognition of
the responsibilities and challenges of public
service, NASW established an annual award
to recognize the outstanding service and
contributions of an elected official.
Special consideration will be given to social
workers elected to public office.
The NASW Ohio Chapter established the
Public Citizen of the Year Award to honor an
outstanding member of the community whose
accomplishments exemplify the values and
mission of professional social work. The award
recipient is not a social worker.
Each year, a student member from a CSWE
accredited school of social work is selected as
either the BSW or MSW Student of the Year.
Become a Leader with
NASW Ohio Chapter
The Ohio Chapter’s Nominations and
Leadership Identification Committee is
seeking to recruit individuals who will
provide effective leadership for our
association for the next two years. We
invite you to consider running for an office.
Most of the positions require a two year
commitment. The MSW and BSW student
board members are one year positions.
Position descriptions can be found on the
Chapter web site: www.naswoh.org. On
the left column, click on Board of Directors,
then toward the right of the screen, click Job
Descriptions for Elected Positions.
Why should you consider running for
a leadership position? NASW is the
organization that advocates for our
profession and those we serve. Without
NASW we would be voiceless as a
professional group.
Through leadership you will have the
opportunity to:
Advocate and support your professional
organization. We are seeking individuals
who seek to give input and provide voice to
social workers who come from the diverse
corners of our state.
Develop relationships with colleagues from
your region and through-out Ohio.
Develop management and organizational
skills that will be beneficial in various aspects of your career. Many employers look
to see if potential employees are active
members of their professional organization.
You may express your interest by contacting
the Chapter office who will pass on the
information to the NLIC at 614-461-4484
or [email protected]
Open Positions
2nd Vice President
MSW Student
BSW Student
Region 5 Director
Region 6 Director
Region 7 Director
Region 8 Director
NLIC Representatives from:
Region 2, Region 4, Region 5,
and Region 6
NASW Needs You
Becoming a member of a committee is a
great way to become more involved in the
work of the Chapter.
The following committees and workgroups
have openings. For the committees if you are
a member of the region with the opening you
are eligible to serve. For the workgroups all
are welcome to participate.
Ethics: Region 7 (Dayton Area)
International Service:
Region 1 (Toledo Area)
Region 2 (Akron Area)
Region 8 (Canton Area)
NLIC—Nominations & Leadership
Identification Committee:
Region 2 (Akron Area)
Region 4 (Youngstown Area)
PACE—Political Action for
Candidate Election:
Region 3 (Cleveland Area)
Region 4 (Youngstown Area)
Region 7 (Dayton Area)
PPBC—Program, Planning, & Budget
Region 2 (Akron Area)
Region 7 (Dayton Area)
Region 8 (Canton Area)
Professional Issue Workgroups
Workplace Safety
Educational Debt
Social Worker Compensation
Title Protection/Public Relations
Each newsletter NASW uses the ‘Kudos’ section to
recognize social workers and members who have exemplary
achievements or have given incredible energy to NASW. If
you have someone who deserves to be recognized e-mail
[email protected]
NASW Member, Charlie Startup,
Presents at Conference in Cyprus
Charlie Startup MAT, MSSA, LISW and NASW member
traveled to Cyprus to do a presentation on “Psychosocial
Assessment-Use Of Adlerian Life Style Analysis in Individual
and Family Therapy” at the Council of International
Fellowship conference on September 26th- October 1st.
More than 30 countries are a part of the CIF. This is the
CIF’s 29th conference and it will be celebrating 54 years
of International Exchange. Nicosia, Cyprus is a city located
on a small island in Europe very close to Greece. Life Style
Analysis is about focusing on present functioning rather than
the past, and the impact it has on current relationships and
goals. His presentation included information on Selective
Perception and how to give clients tolls for helping themselves
and how that would affect social workers. It also discusses
ways for develop relationships with clients and skills needed
to do so. This was a wonderful opportunity for Charlie to
present his knowledge and share his experiences, but it is
not the first time the CIF has invited him to present at one
of their conferences. Additionally this is not Charlie’s first
abroad experience. Charlie has previously served more than
two years in the Peace Corps. He served in India and there
he gathered information and took surveys on agricultural
programs. Charlie has previously studied at Ohio’s Dennison
College and Mexico City’s University of the Americas. He
has a Political Science Degree from George Washington
University. He has worked in public education in Washington,
D.C and in Ohio. He has experience in the public schools as
both a teacher and administrator, but has focused his career
on Mental Health. Currently Charlie is working in a private
practice located in Oberlin, Ohio.
NASW Member and
CSU Faculty Member,
Mike Dover, Starts
NASW Student Club
Kudos goes to Mike Dover,
Ph.D for starting an NASW
Student Club at Cleveland State
University’s School of Social
Work. The first meeting of the
NASW club was held on October 7th. The Club plans to
support the advocacy and planning work of the Chapter
and Region to involve students. Social work students at
Cleveland State University are invited to participate by
contacting Professor Dover. Thank you to Mike Dover and
Director Murali Nair for supporting NASW at Cleveland
State University!
November–December 2011
News from the Regions
Region I—Toledo Area
Regional Director:
Jessica Demaline, LSW
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing
is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean
would be less because of that missing
drop.”—Mother Teresa
As a regional director I often find myself
becoming discouraged and experience
the feelings expressed in this quote.
During these times, I must take a step back
and remember that small actions make a
difference. Small actions can be helping
someone navigate the maze of applying
for a license, telling another social worker
about the benefits of the NASW, soliciting
sponsorship for the annual conference, or
assisting a member in finding employment
opportunities. These are just a few of
duties completed by regional directors
every month. Yet, the region’s activities
cannot be dependent on just one member.
I would like to encourage the members
of Region One to add their “drop” to
our NASW “ocean.” We are currently
attempting to increase participation in
the region by creating county branches.
These county branches will consist of 1
to 4 counties and will allow for more
convenient participation for members.
We currently have a few volunteers for
branch leadership in the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams, Lucas, and
Wood. If you would be interested in
assisting with branch leadership in these
counties or being a leader in your county,
please contact me at [email protected]
roadrunner.com or (419) 439-0238. We
are looking for the local county branches
to hold a minimum of six yearly events/
gatherings. These gatherings could be
CEU events, socializing, volunteering, or
networking for specific groups (private
practitioners, child welfare, mental health,
students). To participate in or lead a
local branch contact me. Also, keep an
eye out for emails about events in your
county. If you are not receiving emails
from NASW-Ohio, please update your
contact information by calling the office
at (614) 461-4484.
You can also assist the region by
nominating a social worker, social work
student, public citizen, or public elected
citizen for a 2012 Region 1 Award. The
due date for the 2012 awards is February
1st. You can download the application at
NASW—Ohio Chapter
www.naswoh.org on Region 1’s page.
Have a Happy Holiday Season and I
hope to see many of our members at
the annual conference on December 2,
2011. Congrats to the winner of a free
conference registration for participation
in Region One’s survey!
Region 1 Includes: Allen, Auglaize, Defiance,
Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Hardin, Logan, Lucas,
Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky,
Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Wood, Williams, and
Wyandot Counties.
Region II—Akron Area
Regional Director:
Greg Markovich
(e) peandgee
Plan to join us each month for our monthly
meetings held on the fourth Wednesday
of the month from 8:30 to 10:30 at
Greenleaf Family Center. There is a CEU
presentation for the first hour of most
meetings. The second hour is reserved
for old and new regional business. Come
and meet with some of the local members
of the NASW.
Region III—
Cleveland Area
Regional Director:
Molly Martin
(e) [email protected]
Mae Bennett
(e) [email protected]
Happy Holidays! The Region 3 Steering
and Advocacy Committees meet monthly
and are always looking for new ideas
and energy. See below for opportunities
to get involved!
A big thanks to Melissa Bilancini, NASW
member and ACLU Ohio Policy Coordinator,
for an informative session on voting rights
changes at our Fall Advocacy Social.
REGION 3 MEETINGS—All are welcome!
Contact Molly Martin at [email protected]
gmail.com to RSVP
Steering Committee: Help shape NASW’s
upcoming actions and events in Cuyahoga
The nominations for the Region 2 2012 Where: Artefino Coffee Shop
awards are open! Nominate a social 1900 Superior
worker, social work student, public citizen, Cleveland, OH 44114
or public elected citizen for an award. The When: 8am to 9am
due date for the 2012 awards is February *Steering Committee meetings are held on
1st. You can download the application at the first Thursday of every month
www.naswoh.org on Region 2’s page.
For additional information call Greg Advocacy Committee: The Advocacy
Markovich at 330-376-9494 ext.359.
Committee is looking at issues surrounding
social worker salaries, as well as identifying
Region 2 Includes: Erie, Huron, Lorain, Medina,
additional priorities as they arise.
Portage, and Summit Counties.
Where: Gypsy Bean Café
6425 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102
When: TBD
*Advocacy Committee meetings are held
approximately every 6 weeks on Saturday
afternoons; next meeting TBD—it will be
announced in an e-mail blast to the region.
The mission of the NASW Region 3
Advocacy Committee is to plan and carry
out activities to move forward the NASW
Ohio Chapter Advocacy Agenda within
the Cleveland area.
SAVE the DATE for the 2nd Annual
Cuyahoga Conference on Social Welfare:
The conference will be held on Friday,
March 2nd, 2012 at Cleveland State
University. Stay tuned for additional
information. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help
plan and execute the conference. Contact Molly
Martin for more information.
The nominations for the Region 3 2012 awards
are open! Nominate a social worker, social
work student, public citizen, or public elected
citizen for an award. The due date for the 2012
awards is February 1st. You can download the
application at www.naswoh.org on Region
3’s page.
Region 3 includes Cuyahoga County.
Region IV—
Youngstown Area
Regional Director:
Bradley S. Smith,
(e)[email protected]
Regional meetings will take place on the third
Tuesday of every month, at 5pm located at
Mahoning County Children Services, 222
Federal Plaza West in downtown Youngstown,
OH. Please see the calendar tab at the naswoh.
org website for any changes. I will do my best
to send reminder emails of regional meetings
approximately a week ahead.
There are several committees and task forces
for social workers to participate in available
to NASW members. Please attend regional
meetings or you may contact me via email if
you have questions regarding these positions.
In December, we will again volunteer to
serve our community’s most needy. More
information will be forthcoming. We will also
have our December regional meeting at a local
restaurant in order to enjoy some good social
work fellowship. Please make sure you are on
the NASW’s email mailing list so you can be
notified of any changes or updates.
The nominations for the Region 4 2012 awards
are open! Nominate a social worker, social
work student, public citizen, or public elected
citizen for an award. The due date for the 2012
awards is February 1st. You can download the
application at www.naswoh.org on Region
4’s page.
Region 4 Includes: Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana,
Geauga, Harrison, Jefferson, Lake, Mahoning, and
Trumbull Counties.
Region V—Columbus Area
Regional Director:
Tom Dillard, MSSA
(e) [email protected]
Attend the next Region 5 meeting on November
16th to meet other social workers from the area
and earn 1 CEU! The meeting will be held at
Ohio Dominican University , Griffin Student
Center, Room 274. Free parking is available
in the Gold lot. To RSVP for this meeting e-mail
[email protected]
The nominations for the Region 5 2012 awards
are open! Nominate a social worker, social
work student, public citizen, or public elected
citizen for an award. The due date for the 2012
awards is February 1st. You can download the
application at www.naswoh.org on Region
5’s page.
Region 5 Includes: Athens; Belmont; Delaware;
Fairfield; Fayette; Franklin; Gallia; Guernsey; Hocking;
Jackson; Licking; Madison; Meigs; Morgan; Monroe;
Muskingum; Noble; Perry; Pickaway; Ross; Union;
Vinton; And Washington Counties.
Region VI–
Cincinnati Area
Regional Director:
Diane K. Williams
(e) [email protected]
Do you know a social worker, social work
student, public citizen, or public elected
official who is deserving of recognition? If
so, nominate them for a Region 6 (Cincinnati
Area) award! Award nominations are being
accepted for the following categories from now
until December 31st: Social Worker of the Year,
Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Service,
Emerging Leader, Public Elected Citizen, Public
Citizen, MSW Student, and BSW Student. The
qualifications for these awards are listed on
page 10 of this newsletter. You can download
the application at www.naswoh.org on Region
6’s page.
Region 6 Includes: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont,
Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Lawrence, Pike, Scioto,
and Warren Counties.
Region VII—Dayton Area
Regional Director:
Carl Brun
(e) [email protected]
There will be a winter holiday gathering on
December 7 from 5:30-7:30 at a location to
be set later. This will be a great time bring back
family game night as we did at the summer
Please consider nominating persons for the
annual ONASW awards. The deadline for
the Dayton area is Dec. 1, 2011. We seek
nominations from all of the counties in our
region! Download the awards nomination
form from the NASW Ohio Chapter website
(www.naswoh.org). Award nominations
at the regional level require one letter of
recommendation and a resume/bio of the
person being nominated.
Region 7 Includes: Darke, Champaign, Clark, Greene,
Miami, Montgomery, and Preble Counties.
Region VIII—Canton Area
Regional Director:
Michelle Chaido
(e) [email protected]
Mark your calendars and join your Region
8 colleagues on Tuesday, November 8th at
6:30p.m.! We will meet at Rockne’s Restaurant
located at 155 Lincoln Way West, Massillon,
to continue discussing issues of importance to
our profession.
On Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m., we
will gather at the home of Jane Hoyt-Oliver to
socialize and network with colleagues. Please
email Jane at [email protected] if you are
able to attend and for directions to her home.
The nominations for the Region 8 2012 awards
are open! Nominate a social worker, social
work student, public citizen, or public elected
citizen for an award. The due date for the 2012
awards is February 1st. You can download the
application at www.naswoh.org on Region
8’s page.
Region 8 includes: Ashland, Coshocton, Crawford,
Holmes, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Stark,
Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties.
November–December 2011
Membership Committee Update
Ethics Committee Update
Nedra Polk, Membership Committee Chair
By: Martha Lucas, Chair
The first meeting of the fiscal year of the
Membership committee was held on October
20th. During this meeting the Membership
committee discussed how to engage members
to recruit and retain other NASW members.
Membership committee members will be
trained as NASW Ambassadors and then train
other NASW members to be ambassadors.
The purpose of this training is to spread
the message about the value of NASW
membership. If you are interested in helping
with the committee’s work e-mail me at [email protected]
The first Ethics Committee teleconference meeting
was held on September 15, 2011. Ethics
Committee members discussed the following
plans for 2011-2012:
Nominations & Leadership
Identification Committee
(NLIC) Update
Judi Haberkorn, NLIC Chair
The first meeting of the fiscal year of NLIC
was held on October 12th. The committee
discussed updating the Chapter’s Diversity/
Affirmative Action plan. The committee also
discussed the open positions for next year’s
ballot and candidates for the positions. The
open positions for the 2012 election are:
President-Elect; 2nd Vice President; Secretary;
MSW Student; BSW Student; Region 5
Director; Region 6 Director; Region 7 Director;
Region 8 Director; and NLIC Representatives
from: Region 2, Region 4, Region 5, and
Region 6. If you are interested in any of these
positions e-mail me at [email protected]
Program, Planning, & Budget
Committee (PPBC) Update
Peggy Anderson, Chair of PPBC, Board Treasurer
The first meeting of the fiscal year of PPBC
was held on October 17th. The committee
is responsible for overseeing the programs
and financial well-being of the Chapter. The
committee is currently working on developing
an investment policy to ensure that all financial
investments are socially responsible. If you are
interested in helping with this important work
and are a member from Region 2 (Akron Area),
Region 7 (Dayton Area), or Region 8 (Canton
Area) please e-mail me at [email protected]
NASW—Ohio Chapter
The “ Private Practice Records” training fact sheet
will be distributed at the December 2 conference.
The “Ethical Documentation”’ training will be
posted on the NASW website as an online
training. Both of these trainings were developed
by subcommittees of the Ethics Committee during
Ethics Committee members, Matthew Butler,
Patricia Deatrick and Martha Lucas will serve on
a subcommittee to develop, “Ethical Boundaries”
At least three Ethics Committee members
participated in the NASW Professional Review
Procedure Teleconference Training on October 5,
2011. The training was a brief overview of the
NASW Professional Review process.
At the request of the Board, the Ethics Committee
will be involved with the development of a monitor
structure, including the development of a monitor
registry and monitor training .
The Ethics Committee is exploring potential
options for the availability of consultants to assist
advising members in need of support.
Legislative Committee Update
Erin Michel, Legislative Committee Chair
The legislative committee engaged in advocacy
efforts for the No on Issue 2 campaign.
They will now be working to create and
implement action plans for supported/
opposed legislation. Additionally they will be
writing white papers/policy analyses that will
be given to the State Legislature as a means
of disseminating the positions of the Chapter.
If you are interested in helping with the
committee’s work e-mail me at [email protected]
International Service
Committee Update
Amanda Stevens,
International Service Committee Chair
Thank you again to everyone who participated
in the International Service Committee’s Needs
Assessment Survey! The committee was able to
collect great data to help us move forward in
achieving our objectives. Members expressed
interest in a variety of topics, with the highest
category being human rights. NASW-OH
Intern Tabitha Bowen synthesized qualitative
data from the survey to illustrate the top five
topic areas in which members expressed
1. Health Care: Examining Other
Nation’s Systems
2. Social Service Systems & Policies
in Other Nations
3. What Child Welfare Looks Like
in Other Nations
4. Women’s Rights, Particularly in
the Middle East
5. Education and Training
As you can see, there is a large interest in
studying and learning about social work
in other nations to utilize what might work
in improving our practices here in the
States. Members are most interested in CEU
opportunities, with an almost equal interest
in both advocacy and service/employment
opportunities. Our next step is preparing
for the World Cafe on International Social
Work Pre-Conference Session December 1st. I
encourage you to attend the session and share
your thoughts regarding committee action. Our
vision for the World Cafe is: NASW-OH’s
International Service Committee is a national
leader in promoting International Social Work.
In pursuit of that vision we will discuss action
steps and resource acquisition in the areas
of Education, Networking, Careers, and
Advocacy. Hope to see you there!
We are always accepting new members and
new ideas on the ISC, please email me with
your questions, information and interests:
[email protected]
Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Committee
Stephanie Rapp, PACE Chair
Social workers are called to political
action. Social workers are working
in programs that were established by
policies, have to abide by policies
in the workplace and are held to a
Code of Ethics that tells us that we
“should be aware of the impact of the
political arena on practice and should
advocate for changes in policy and
legislation to improve social conditions
in order to meet basic human needs
and promote social justice”. This call
to political action, among many other
roles that a social worker has, is not
only important but crucial to being an
advocate for ourselves, our profession
and our clients.
PACE is the branch of the NASW that
works to educate social workers on the
importance of being involved in social
and political action. It also supports
social workers to run for office and
endorses candidates that are running.
Ohio has a PACE Committee that is
made up of members from various parts
of the state. The team meets monthly via
conference call.
The PACE Committee is going to begin
by asking for donations of both time
and money from NASW members.
In the next few months, you may be
contacted by a PACE member to ask
for your support. It is our goal to raise
support and funds during the next
year, so that we are prepared when
making endorsement decisions. Every
social worker has a part to play in the
next election. Whether it be skipping
a meal out and donating the $25 or
giving up one evening to campaign for
a candidate, Ohio social workers can
be part of the process and can make
a difference.
Help us elect candidates to the Ohio
General Assembly who are committed
to social work values. Let our voices be
heard, not just in our own organizations
and groups, but also at the Statehouse.
The P.A.C.E. Committee had its first
Conference Call in September. We
discussed our next steps which will be
to fundraise and recruit volunteers to
help on campaigns that we endorse.
In the near future we will be contacting
NASW members for donations and
would love any support that our
members can give. It is crucial that
social workers participate in the
political process and make sure we are
heard through our votes! If you’d like to
donate or volunteer for P.A.C.E. please
contact me at [email protected]
(BELOW) NASW's Pennyslvania Chapter sponsored
this billboard to raise public awareness about social
work. The Ohio Chapter is developing a plan to see if
this can be done in our state. Your membership dues
make public awareness projects possible!
CSWMFT Board Launches
New Application Status
By Andy Miller, Certification/Licensure Examiner
One of the most difficult parts of applying for your
LSW, LISW, SWT and/or SWA can be keeping track
of everything you need to send in. Maybe you ordered
your graduate school transcripts last year, maybe
your supervisor sent in your Professional Employment
References two months ago, and what did you do with
that exam score the testing center gave you?
The Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family
Therapist Board implemented a new online feature
designed to ease the headache of the application process.
When you apply, you’ll be sent an e-mail with a user ID
number and password that you can use to access the
Ohio E-Licensing system. There, you will be able to see
a listing of all the items that the Board needs to approve
your license. Any items that we’ve received are mark as
Approved or Under Review. Anything we do not need
for your particular file will be marked Non-Applicable.
Anything you still need to submit will show as Pending.
You’ll be able to check your status anytime, and if you
have questions on any particular item, you can always
e-mail or call our staff (e-mail is preferred).
We’ve also automated certain aspects of the application
process. We used to request that applicants fax or mail in
their unofficial score reports after taking the ASWB exam.
We now receive those exam results directly from ASWB
every Tuesday, and we log them into your file as soon as
possible. We also used to request that applicants send in
their certificate of completion for our online Laws and Rules
Exam, but we now receive that certificate automatically
in our e-mail inboxes just as soon as you’ve completed it,
and you receive a copy as well.
With less paperwork for you to submit and increased
information availability throughout the process, we’ve
been receiving very positive feedback from our new
applicants. The system is in use for all new LSW, LISW,
SWT (Social Work Trainee), and SWA (Social Work
Assistant) applicants. When you apply, just watch for an
e-mail from Andy Miller to arrive within two days and
follow the instructions provided.
We are always looking for ways to make our process
work more smoothly for you, and I am excited to tell you
about this new initiative. We hope this change will have
you licensed and moving into your career faster than ever.
November–December 2011
Upcoming NASW Ohio Chapter Workshops
Pick One or Take BothSupervision/Ethics Workshop
November 4, 2011
Southwest General Hospital (Basement)
18697 Bagley Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
3 Supervision CEUs
9:00am-12:15pm- Issues in Social work
Supervision, Presented by Ray Fant
As a supervisor, you may have encountered
dilemmas with power and authority. You also
may have experienced people playing games
in Supervision.
This workshop will provide you with the
opportunity to learn how to handle difficult
and often frustrating situations as they arise in
supervision. In addition to reviewing the three
main functions of supervision (Administrative,
Educative, and Supportive), you will learn unique
skills attributed to the avoidance of obstacles to
learning and the resolution of specific problems
in supervision conference.
After taking this engaging and experiential
workshop, your supervisory abilities are sure
to improve!
Ray Fant is a retired LISW social worker. He
has a background in child welfare, residential
treatment, specialized foster independent living.
He has a specialization in social group work.
3 Ethics CEUs
1:15pm-4:45pm—9 Major Practice Problem
Areas Facing Mental Health Therapists and
Chemical Dependency Professionals, Presented
by Glenn Karr
The course is being taught by Glenn Karr, an
attorney with decades of experience working
in the health care field and with mental health
therapists. He also writes The Legal Corner,
a column which appears in each NASW-OH
Members of NASW: $45.00 for 1 workshop
/$80.00 for 2 workshops
Non-Members: $75.00 for 1 workshop
/$140.00 for 2 workshops
Licensure Exam Preparation Course
November 14, 2011
American Red Cross, 995 E. Broad, St,
Columbus, Presented by Cindy Webb
Learn the content and the strategies to pass the
Bachelor’s, Clinical, or Advanced Generalist
exam for social work licensure! This six hour,
in-person workshop provides you with instruction
of a presenter, five volume study guides and a
guarantee that you will pass your exam! Review
materials are through AATBS- www.aatbs.com
and retails over $300! All of the content has
been revised to reflect the changes in the Ohio
Social Work rules and provides you access to
TestMaster, an online full-length practice exam.
Recap: this review will provide you with four
volumes of study materials, TestMaster login to
a full length practice test & answer key, plus an
important volume on test taking strategies & all
for $175 for NASW Members and $225 for
Cost : Members of NASW: $175
Non-Members: $225
If you’ve ever made a decision in an ethical
dilemma and wondered:
—“Am I going to be liable for this?”
—“What steps can I take to avoid having
licensing board complaints filed against me?”
—“What are the current Counselor, Social
Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist
Board rules which apply to my practice and how
does HIPAA impact my practice?”
Cost: Members of NASW: $175
Non-Members: $200
Then this workshop will prepare you to avoid
problems which can result in a complaint. Even
if you have never been in a troubling situation
with the Board or your employer, this workshop
will help you solve problems in high-risk settings.
This workshop looks at the highest risk areas
for licensure/ethics/malpractice complaints.
A significant portion of the presentation is devoted
to current and recently adopted CSWMFT Board
rules as well as new HIPAA rules and their effects
on your practice.
The conference is a great way to meet your
licensure requirements, learn new information,
and network with social workers from across
the state. The theme of this year’s conference is
Leadership with Vision as it is essential that social
workers operate from an ethical foundation.
The conference features keynote presenter Ruth
Lipschutz who is the Chairperson of the NASW’s
National Ethics Committee who will be discussing
how ethical leadership is built on the Code
of Ethics. Following her presentation a panel
presentation will discuss the obstacles to ethical
practice in different types of settings: in private
practice, in non-profits, in a government entity,
and in Universities. During lunch participants will
have the opportunity to visit over thirty vendors
As a participant in this workshop, you will receive
a 50-page workbook, complete with index, that
contains laws, rules, and articles addressing high
risk practice areas.
NASW—Ohio Chapter
2011 Annual Conference
December 2, 2011
Ohio Union, Columbus, OH
Costs: $50 for members, $75 for non-members,
$25 for students–Cost includes parking
who represent employers, MSW programs, and
businesses. Following lunch there will be two
1.5 hour breakout sessions on a myriad of topics
related to ethical social work practice at all levelsmicro, mezzo, and macro. After the conference
join us for the President’s Reception and Awards
Banquet. The conference will also feature poster
presentations from students, community members,
and faculty/staff.
For more information and to register for the
conference visit www.naswoh.org or use the
registration form in the last newsletter (SeptemberOctober edition).
9 Hour Supervision
Certificate Course
January 13th-14th, 2012
NASW, OH Chapter has developed a 9 hour
Supervision Certificate Program that meets the
educational requirements of the Ohio Counselor,
Social Work, and Marriage and Family Therapist
Board for the supervision designation. Richard
Boettcher, PhD, LISW-S and Linda S. Helm, MSW,
LISW-S, ACSW developed the 3 Unit course
Supervision Certificate Program.
The live-event will be held on: January 13th-14th,
The Mount Carmel Hospice, 1144 Dublin Road;
Columbus, OH 43215
ALSO—Online opportunities
see below for details.
Unit 1. The Fundamentals of Supervision
This three (3) hour workshop will provide an
explanation of the Ohio Licensing Law and
procedures for supervising LISW and the
LISW-S (Supervision Designation), the need for
supervision, a framework for understanding the
basic three functions of supervision (Education,
Administration, and Support), the role of the
supervisor within these functions, the use of
self and emotional intelligence in supervision,
setting up a supervision contract, performance
evaluation, ethics audit, and the doctrine of
vicarious liability.
Unit 2. The Roles and Functions of the Social
Work Supervisor
This three (3) hour workshop will provide an
opportunity to survey and elaborate upon the
roles that supervisors play, the responsibilities
which adhere to these roles, the functions which
they must execute, sources of leadership and
influence, role issues, problems, and challenges,
and cultural competence for the social work
Unit 3: Styles of Supervision and Leadership
This three (3) hour workshop will provide a review
of how supervisors get work done through others,
how to exercise “influence” to get others to do
what you want them to do, how to lead, and how
to assess personality and management styles.
You have options on how you
take the course.
Option 1: Take all 9 hours in person
Total cost: $135 for members;
$225 for non-members.
Unit 1, The Fundamentals of Supervision, will be
provided Day 1 (January 13th from 2pm-5pm)
Unit 2, The Role and Functions of a Social Work
Supervisor, will be provided the following day
(January 14th from 9:00am-12:15pm)
Unit 3, Styles of Supervision & Leadership, will be
provided the following day (January 14th from
Option 2: Complete the program in one day!
Take Unit 1 ONLINE prior to the workshop day
scheduled for Unit 2, The Role and Functions of
a Social Work Supervisor, and Unit 3, Styles of
Supervision & Leadership. The cost is only $45
so it doesn’t matter if you take the course online
or in person. **Please bring proof of passing
the course with you to the full day workshop for
Unit 2 and Unit 3 to receive your certificate.
Option 3: Take the units individually
Cost: $45 per workshop for members/
$75 per workshop for non-members.
ALSO- Unit 1 can be taken independently
online here.
Unit 1, The Fundamentals of Supervision, will be
provided Day 1 (January 13th from 2pm-5pm)
Unit 2, The Role and Functions of a Social
Work Supervisor, will be provided the Day 2,
(January 14th from 9:00am-12:15pm)
Unit 3, Styles of Supervision & Leadership,
will be provided Day 2 (January 14th from
To register for these workshops visit
Pick One or Take Both- Supervision/
Ethics Workshop
January 20, 2012
Akron County Children’s ServicesEducation Center
264 South Arlington Street
Akron, OH 44306
3 Supervision CEUs
9:00am-12:15pm—What Would You Do? Ethical
Dilemmas in Social Work Supervision, Presented
by Ray Fant
This workshop will highlight ethical dilemmas
and boundary issues that could arise out of the
interactive relationship between the supervisor
and supervisee. Though many situations can be
resolved by common sense and referring to the
NASW Code of Ethics; some ethical situations
fall into a “grey” area that needs much more
Ray Fant is a retired LISW social worker. He
has a background in child welfare, residential
treatment, specialized foster independent living.
He has a specialization in social group work.
3 Ethics CEUs
1:15pm-4:45pm—Ethics in Social Work Practice,
Presented by Linda McArdle, LISW-S
This ethics workshop will review NASW code
of ethics, Ohio Revised Code ethical standards,
assist participants in understanding standards
for ethical decision making in social work, and
identify methods for solving ethical dilemmas
in practice settings. Participants will also apply
ethical decision making models to video clips and
vignettes illustrating ethical dilemmas.
Objectives: Participants in this workshop will
be able to:
1. Develop knowledge regarding the NASW and
Ohio Revised Code standards for ethical social
work practice.
2. Understand standards for ethical decision
making and models related to ethical social
work practices.
3. Participants will identify ethical problems
and standards specific to social work practice
and apply the models to video clips and case
Linda is a faculty member at the University of
Akron School of Social Work where she teaches
graduate and undergraduate courses. She
serves as Chapter Development Chair for the
Association for the Advancement of Social Work
with Groups, Executive Board. Additionally she
serves as advisor for the local chapter of Phi
Alpha Honor Society.
Members of NASW: $45.00 for 1 workshop
/$80.00 for 2 workshops
Non-Members: $75.00 for 1 workshop
/$140.00 for 2 workshops
Pick One or Take Both- Supervision/
Ethics Workshop
January 27, 2012
Brookwood Retirement Community
(Multipurpose Room)
12100 Reed Hartman Highway
Cincinnati, OH 45241
3 Supervision CEUs
9:00am-12:15pm—Issues in Social Work
Supervision, Presented by Linda Helm, LISW-S
understanding the basic three functions of
supervision (Education, Administration, and
Support), the role of the supervisor within these
functions, the use of self and emotional intelligence
in supervision, setting up a supervision contract,
and the role of evaluation. the doctrine of
vicarious liability: respondeat superiore.
The workshop participant will learn: The Ohio
licensing law, rules, and procedures for LISW-S
(Supervision Designation); The definition of
supervision and the need for supervision; The
basic functions of supervision; the use of self
and emotional intelligence in the supervisory
relationship; how to set up a supervision contract;
and the role of evaluation.
3 Ethics CEUs
1:15pm-4:45pm—9 Major Practice Problem
Areas Facing Mental Health Therapists and
Chemical Dependency Professionals, Presented
by Glenn Karr
If you’ve ever made a decision in an ethical
dilemma and wondered:
—“Am I going to be liable for this?”
—“What steps can I take to avoid having
licensing Board complaints filed against me?”
—“What are the current Counselor, Social
Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist
Board rules which apply to my practice and how
does HIPAA impact my practice?”
Then this workshop will prepare you to avoid
problems which can result in a complaint. Even
if you have never been in a troubling situation
with the Board or your employer, this workshop
will help you solve problems in high-risk settings.
This workshop looks at the highest risk areas
for licensure/ethics/malpractice complaints. A
significant portion of the presentation is devoted
to current and recently adopted CSWMFT Board
rules as well as new HIPAA rules and their effects
on your practice.
As a participant in this workshop, you will receive
a 50-page workbook, complete with index, that
contains laws, rules, and articles addressing high
risk practice areas.
The course is being taught by Glenn Karr, an
attorney with decades of experience working
in the health care field and with mental health
therapists. He also writes The Legal Corner,
a column which appears in each NASW-OH
Members of NASW: $45.00 for 1 workshop
/$80.00 for 2 workshops
Non-Members: $75.00 for 1 workshop
/$140.00 for 2 workshops
This three (3) hour workshop will provide an
explanation of the Ohio Licensing Law and
procedures for LISW-S (Supervision Designation),
the need for supervision, a framework for
November–December 2011
Did the Condom Really Break?
“I was on the birth
control, and I was
still taking it, and
he ended up getting
mad and flushing it
down the toilet, so
I ended up getting
I found out that
[before this] he talked
to my friends and he
told them that we were starting a family. I
didn’t know that. I didn’t want to start a family.
I wanted to finish school.”1
In light of a wealth of new research and the
profound impact IPV has on a woman’s health
it is important to highlight a highly underrecognized form of sexual and intimate partner
violence known as reproductive coercion.
Sexual and intimate partner violence is linked
to adverse reproductive healthcare outcomes
and there is a substantial body of research
describing the effects of intimate partner
violence (IPV) on women’s and adolescents’
health. One study found that adolescent girls
who experienced IPV were 2 ½ times more
likely to have forgone health care.2 Another
found that adolescents who experienced
forced sexual intercourse were more likely to
have engaged in binge drinking or attempted
suicide.3 Why then are healthcare providers
not routinely and consistently asking questions
about IPV, SV and reproductive coercion?
What is reproductive coercion? birth control
sabotage? pregnancy pressure? pregnancy
Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family
Violence Prevention Fund) defines reproductive
coercion as behaviors that a partner uses to
maintain power and control in a relationship
related to ones reproductive health and
expands the continuum of power and control
used by batterers. Reproductive coercion can
be present in same sex and heterosexual
relationship and examples include: explicit
attempts to impregnate a female partner
against her will, coercing a partner to engage
in unwanted sexual acts, forced non condom
use and intentionally exposing a partner to
STI/HIV. Reproductive coercion also includes
birth control sabotage, pregnancy pressure
and pregnancy coercion.
NASW—Ohio Chapter
Birth Control Sabotage is an active interference
with contraceptive methods by someone who
is, was, or wishes, to be involved in an
intimate or dating relationship with an adult
or adolescent.
Examples of birth control
sabotage include:
Hiding, withholding, destroying, or refusing
to pay for a partner’s birth control pills
Pulling out vaginal rings or intrauterine devices
Breaking a condom on purpose
Accusing her of cheating if she asks to use
Pregnancy Pressure involves behaviors that
are intended to pressure a partner to become
pregnant when she does not wish to be
These behaviors are expressed verbally,
physically or in a combination.
Examples include:
“I’ll leave you if you don’t get pregnant”
“I’ll have a baby with someone else if you
don’t become pregnant”
“I’ll hurt you if you don’t agree to become
Pregnancy Coercion involves threats or acts
of violence if a partner does not comply
with the perpetrator’s wishes regarding the
decision of whether to terminate or continue
a pregnancy. Examples include:
Forcing a woman to carry to term against her
wishes through threats or acts of violence
Forcing a partner to terminate a pregnancy
when she does not want to
Injuring a partner in a way that she may
have a miscarriage
How does this affect a woman’s
reproductive health?
Women and especially teen girls experiencing
IPV are at a higher risk for experiencing one or
more forms of reproductive coercion thereby
increasing her risk of having an unintended
pregnancy, rapid repeat pregnancies,
exposure to STI/HIV and voluntary or coerced
abortions. Experiencing IPV and reproductive
By: Laura Schumm, NASW Member
coercion also puts a woman at higher risk
of mental health issues, disordered eating,
suicide, and substance abuse. Teen girls are
more likely to report early sexual activity,
multiple partners and often do not recognize
sexually coercive behavior as sexual assault.
Adolescent girls in physically abusive
relationships were 3.5 times more likely to
become pregnant than non-abused girls.4
Among teen mothers on public assistance who
had experienced recent IPV, 66% disclosed
birth control sabotage by their partner.5
The risk of being a victim of sexual or
intimate partner violence in the past year was
nearly 3 times higher for women seeking an
abortion compared to women continuing their
Adolescent mothers who experienced physical
partner abuse within three months after
delivery were nearly twice as likely to have a
repeat pregnancy within 24 months.7
Men who perpetrated IPV in the past
year were more likely to report:
Inconsistent or no condom use during
vaginal and anal sexual intercourse
Forcing sexual intercourse without a
Women who contract an STI/HIV while
pregnant or who become pregnant and have
an untreated infection are at a higher risk of
complications because of that infection. STI’s
have been linked to premature rupture of the
amniotic membrane, premature labor and
miscarriage. STI’s such as gonorrhea and
chlamydia can leave scarring in the uterus
making conception difficult.
Additional considerations
Traditionally, prevention and intervention of
IPV, teen pregnancy and HIV have been done
in silos and with little collaboration among
these agencies. However, if adolescent girls in
physically abusive relationships are 3.5 times
more likely to become pregnant educating her
on abstinence or consistent condom usage is
useless if her partner is forcing her to have
sex without some form of birth control. If teen
mothers that experience physical violence
within 3 months of delivery are twice as
likely to have a repeat pregnancy, giving her
What is being done
to end reproductive
condoms or a prescription for “the pill” upon
delivery doesn’t make sense if she is afraid of
what her partner will do to her if he finds her
with birth control. It also doesn’t make sense
to look at that teen as if she were irresponsible
in her choices if the “choice” to have a child
is coerced.
If men who perpetrated IPV report that they
inconsistently use condoms and/or force
intercourse without a condom is it enough to
send home a girl with condoms after she is
tested for an STI if the choice to use them is
out of her hands? If women, who are fearful of
their partner and have high STI knowledge are
using condoms more inconsistently than non
fearful women who have a low STI knowledge
is it enough to educate women and men on
STI’s and how they are contracted? It also
doesn’t make sense to simply teach men and
women that how to put on a condom without
teaching them how to negotiate the usage
of condoms or what a healthy relationship
looks like.
To provide comprehensive care to women
and girls experiencing IPV or reproductive
coercion the two cannot be separated. The
same is true with teen pregnancy prevention
and STI/HIV prevention education. These
conversations cannot be had without also
addressing the role that IPV and reproductive
coercion plays as well as education on what
a healthy relationship looks like. Furthermore,
none of these conversations should be had
without also including men and boys and their
role in preventing IPV, premature fatherhood,
spread of STI/HIV and developing healthy
One project from Futures
Without Violence funded
by the Department of
Health and Human Services
Office on Women’s Health
is addressing the issue
of reproductive coercion.
Ten sites in 9 states have
been implementing Project
Connect for almost 2 years.
In Ohio the Ohio Domestic
Violence Network has forged
a new relationship with two
Title X direct grantees to
train the direct staff in 4
local family planning clinics.
Additional relationships have
been built with 3 adolescent
health clinics.
In each site clinic staff has been trained
to have conversations with their clients
about healthy relationships that include
information on reproductive coercion. During
these conversations direct care staff relay
information to their patients that it is not ok
for their partner to mess with their birth control
or pressure them to become pregnant and
that it is not ok to feel pressured into doing
something sexually they do not wish to do. In
doing so the issue of intimate partner violence
and reproductive coercion is normalized for
the patients and indicates that this clinic or
healthcare practitioner is someone a survivor
can trust thereby getting the survivor the help
s/he needs.
Along with training clinic staff, ODVN has
been training DV/SV advocates to talk to their
clients in a similar matter. Advocates are being
trained to assess clients’ needs regarding
reproductive coercion and sexual violence as
soon as possible in an effort to allow clients to
have access to emergency contraception, birth
control and prophylaxis for STI’s. Advocates
are also being trained to connect their clients
with relevant healthcare services that they may
have not had access to during the duration of
the abusive relationship. For example clients
may not have been able to have an annual
pap smear for the past several years and
advocates are now better able to connect
clients to an agency that provides them.
A major policy change of Project Connect
in Ohio was the addition of an enhanced
funding focus for the Ohio Department of
Health’s 2011 Title X Request for Proposals.
Title X is the federal funding given to states to
provide affordable family planning services.
The objective of this enhanced focus area is
to increase awareness and use of evidence
based comprehensive reproductive health
and wellness education to reproductive aged
males and females will have increased. The
comprehensive education includes how DV
and reproductive coercion affect a person’s
health with an emphasis on reproductive
health. Patients are provided education on
what reproductive coercion is and what a
healthy relationship is. Finally, when indicated
they are provided with harm reduction
counseling and referrals. ODVN will work in
the coming years with the other Title X grantees
in Ohio to include similar goals and objectives
in their RFP’s thereby ensuring statewide
adoption of this standard.
As the implementation of Project Connect
moves forward more relationship building
and training will be done beyond family
planning and adolescent health programs.
ODVN is working to build partnerships with
pregnancy prevention programs and home
visitation programs. Training will be done
with staff in these program areas to include
reproductive coercion and IPV prevention
in their work. Additionally future training is
scheduled to work with prevention educators
on incorporating reproductive coercion into
prevention work.
Building one’s knowledge of reproductive
coercion is really the first step anyone can
take to begin to incorporate reproductive
coercion into their efforts of ending all forms
of IPV. Additional information can be found
at www.futureswithoutviolence.org, www.
knowmoresaymore.org and www.odvn.org.
1. Miller E, Decker MR, Reed E, Raj A, Hathaway JE,
Silervman JG. Male partner pregnancy-promoting behaviors
and adolescent partner violence: findings from a qualitative
study with adolescent females. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2007;
7(5): 360-366.
2. Miller E. Intimate partner violence and health care-seeking
patterns among female users of urban adolescent clinics.
Maternal, Child and Family Health. Published online:
17 September 2009; DOI 10/1007/s10995-009-0520-z.
3. Miller E. Intimate partner violence and health care-seeking
patterns among female users of urban adolescent clinics.
Maternal, Child and Family Health. Published online:
17 September 2009; DOI 10/1007/s10995-009-0520-z.
4. Roberts TA, Auinger MS, Klein JD. Intimate partner
abuse and the reproductive health of sexually active female
adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2005; 36:
5. Raphael J. Teens Having Babies: The unexplored role
of domestic violence. The Prevention Researcher. 2005;
12 (1): 15-17.
6. Bourassa D, Berube J. The prevalence of intimate partner
violence among women and teenagers seeking abortion
compared with those continuing pregnancy. Journal of
Obstetrics & Gynecology Canada. 2007; 29 (5): 415-423.
7. Ranieri LB, Wiemann CM. Social ecological predictors
of repeat adolescent pregnancy. Perspectives on Social and
Reproductive Health. 2007; 39 (1) : 39-47.
8. Raj A, Reed E, Miller E, Decker MR, Rothman EF, Silverman
JG. Context of condom use and non-condom use among young
adolescent male perpetrators of dating violence. AIDS Care.
2007; 19 (8): 970-973
November–December 2011
Healthcare-Daily Advocacy
By: Lisa Ann Leopold, LSW, NASW Member
medical formula can have infants born with
severe birth defects such as mental retardation,
growth retardation and heart defects (http://
Stefani Leopold, Daughter of Lisa Leopold
Currently, there is much going on with
proposed budget cuts affecting various
programs and services in our country. Many
advocacy efforts are being proposed to
address critical issues such as homelessness,
cuts to Medicaid/Medicare, early intervention
programs, adequate funding for mental health
services and the list goes on. These are very
real issues and as a professional social worker
I am personally invested in advocating for the
clients that I work with or have worked with
regarding these issues. However, none hits
me as personally as the issue of healthcare.
My daughter, Stefani was diagnosed with
Phenylketonuria (PKU). PKU is a metabolic
disorder in which the body cannot process
a specific protein call phenylalanine.
Approximately 15,000 people have PKU in
the United States and another 5,000 persons
have some other type of metabolic disorder.
When an infant is diagnosed with PKU,
treatment must begin immediately. The infant
must maintain a monitored restricted protein
diet continuing into adulthood. Studies have
indicated that children who did not maintain
their diet after age 10 to age 18 showed a
drop in 12 IQ points. Untreated PKU can result
in severe mental/physical retardation, as well
other medical issues, depression, impulse
control disorder, phobias, epilepsy, tremors,
and pareses. Pregnant women with PKU
who do not maintain the diet and consume
NASW—Ohio Chapter
Treatment for PKU involves maintenance of
restricted protein diet, blood tests to check
phe levels, supervision of a specialist and
periodic meetings with a nutritionist. To
ensure that phe levels do not build up only a
specified amount of protein is allowed. Stefani
may have only 10-15 grams of protein daily.
To illustrate how easily that amount can be
reached without much food intake—a 1¼
cup of pasta can be 7grams, a cheese stick
contains 7 grams (that is already 14 grams!).
Medical foods are specially modified to ensure
that there is either low or no protein content.
However, medical foods can be expensive.
For example, a package of four buns can cost
$12.75. The medical formula is necessary to
help lower phe levels and provide adequate
nutrition at different stages of development.
The medical formula is $ 100.00 a can.
Stefani consumes 3½ a month. Fortunately,
Stefani’s formula is covered by the state but
my family is concerned that this could be
potentially compromised by state budget cuts.
Some states do not cover the cost of medical
formula or medical food or only covers the
cost of medical formula. Both are needed for
treatment of PKU.
The Affordable Health Care Act passed by
Congress in 2010 did not include coverage
of medical foods for treatment of metabolic
disorders. The Department of Health and
Human Services is in an evaluation stage of
finalizing what will be included as essential
health benefits to become standardized in
the insurance exchanges implemented in
2014. There have been attempts both in
2009 by Senator John Kerry (S.2766) in
2009 and again by Senator Kerry (S.311)
and Representative Baldwin (H.R. 1311) in
2011. There has been non- stop effort on the
part of advocates since 2009 until now to
encourage senators and representatives in
the Senate and House of Representatives to
support the Medical Foods Equity Act. So it is
crucial that inclusion of medical foods/formula
be included in the insurance exchanges since
failure to do so might result in a loss of state
coverage currently in place since state budgets
are already pressed (http://www.npkua.org).
The American Academy of Pediatrics has
already sent its’ recommendation in January
of 2011 stating since 2003 its support of the
Medical Foods Equity Act. In a letter written
to Senator John Kerry the AAP states: “ Since
2003, AAP has advocated for all foods for
special dietary use with accepted benefits
for treatment of a medical condition to be
reimbursable as a medical expense and
to require medical insurance coverage for
medically necessary foods” Treatment for
PKU can on average cost $ 7,000 annually.
However, untreated PKU can cost the state an
average of $ 60,000 a year in a residential
setting and $ 200,000 a year in a psychiatric
facility (http://npkua.org). The effects of
untreated PKU are irreversible- there is nothing
that can bring that person back to who he or
she could have potentially been.
My daughter, Stefani is a healthy five year
old who is doing well in kindergarten. Stefani
is a vivacious little girl who loves school and
swimming. She definitely keeps me on my toes
in a positive way. On her own accord, Stefani
put a lemonade stand together. She did not
have the lemons to make lemonade so she
decided to raid the refrigerator and sell the
fruits and vegetables to make some money.
Stefani came up with the idea of blowing
bubbles and having her little two year old
brother sitting next to her to get people to stop
and buy her produce. My family, to ensure
that she maintains her diet, makes financial
sacrifices in order to make sure that we can
buy those medical foods. On behalf of other
children and adults who need medical foods/
formula to maintain healthy productive lives
please advocate for this often overlooked
medical treatment.
Please contact:
Sherry Glied
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Ave. SW, 415-F
Washington, DC 20201
[email protected]
Introducing the Ohio Chapter’s
newest Student Interns
Tabitha Bowen
Vincent Roadcap
Liz Tiemeier
Senior in Social Work at Ohio Dominican
Hello, my name is
Tabitha and I am
a senior social
work student at
Ohio Dominican
University. I am
a Peace and
Justice minor and
am interested in
international policy.
I began interning
at the NASW Ohio Chapter in late August. I
chose to intern at the NASW Ohio Chapter
because it is an agency that has lots of macro
work and is a great resource for social workers.
This agency is also a National agency, which
means that I have the opportunity to see what
this same agency is doing in other states and
build that connection with social workers who
have similar passions as me or very different
Senior in Social Work at Capital University
MSW II Student at The Ohio State University
If you had told me
when I graduated
from high school
that I would be
an intern for the
Chapter in four
years, I would
have thought you
were crazy. When
I entered college
as a brazen, ambitious youth, I had dreams
of one day being a U.S. Ambassador and
making important policy decisions that would
impact the world and put my name in the
history books. While I still want to change
the world, I have narrowed my focus to the
community around me, realizing the great
need for social change in America.
When asked to give
a brief introduction
of myself to the
Chapter members,
I began thinking
about why I asked to
be placed at NASW
for my second, more
formative, field
placement for the
MSW program at
OSU. On February 3rd of this year, I attended
Advocacy Day admittedly as a requirement for
my first-year field experience. While sitting in
the Statehouse Atrium, I learned more about
the proposed Budget cuts and what I could
do as a single entity to be a voice for the
valuable programs which serve Ohio’s most
vulnerable populations. The decisions made
in the next several months would be directly
and multiply affecting the people who social
workers serve. Needless to say, this sounded
quite daunting, but I kept thinking, “What can
I do?” In classes, I was constantly hearing
from other students their disinterest in policy
because they felt it did not affect them or was
not a reason they entered the profession. Well,
not only would these budget cuts affect our
clients’ livelihood but also many dimensions
of our futures (including but not limited to job
opportunities and income). At that moment,
policy and budget decisions were glaring at
every social worker and student in the Atrium.
The day though was not one of relinquished
hope; we were given tools of empowerment,
to make a difference and advocate on behalf
of ourselves and our clients.
I am hoping that I can get a lot accomplished
in learning more about International topics. I
want to work with immigrants and refugees
and help to find new ways to be culturally
competent and be an effective social worker
for those diverse populations. After graduating
Ohio Dominican University in May, I plan to
find a job in the field of social work and get
some practice in before deciding whether or
not I will go to Graduate School. I would really
like to travel a bit more and see what I really
want to focus my studies on before making
that decision.
I have traveled twice so far. In May of 2009 I
studied for two weeks in Guatemala taking a
class on Poverty and Development and a year
later in May 2010 I studied for two weeks in
Israel and the West Bank studying a class on
Causes of Collective Violence. On both of
these trips I stayed with host families and was
able to see what the cultures were like and
made connections that will last a lifetime. I
hope to make great connections with people
while interning here at the NASW Ohio
Chapter as well.
I started off my college career as a political
science and international studies double major.
Working for the greater good of humanity had
always been an aspiration of mine, and what
better way to do it than through our nation’s
greatest export: democracy? Surely, through
becoming a part of our legislative branch, I
could bring about change that I had always
dreamed about. However, as I continued
in my study of politics and international
relations, I became a bit jaded by the
inherent disconnection between most policy
makers and their constituents. Through a set
of serendipitous experiences, I knew I was in
the wrong major, and wanted to find a career
where I could impact lives on a personal level.
Social work offered that chance.
While I don’t know exactly what realm of
social work I want to enter, I am excited to be
an intern at the NASW Ohio Chapter office.
Here, my passion of helping people and
enacting social change are married together
in the advocacy work and lobbying activities
that the NASW performs. I hope to learn more
about effective advocacy work in the political
arena, as well as how to clearly and concisely
communicate the concerns of the social work
community and the populations it serves.
Walking away from the Statehouse that day, I
felt inspired, full of energy, and ready to learn
more. I saw then (and see now) how important
NASW is for the profession; it is this strong
voice on a macro level for social workers women and men who are actively seeking
to educate, advocate, and create change for
many issues and people. I am excited to be
an intern with NASW to learn from and serve
our members...you!
November–December 2011
New Members
Region 1 (Toledo Area)
Christina Crossgrove
Kelsey Anne Harmon
Shalonda Hollins
Jodi Lynn Jankowski
Trista Lee Johnson
Nathan D Mellott
Katie A. Rauch
Emily Samimi
Faith Sprouse
Kirsten Leigh Stopher
Cherie Lynn Thornton
Jacki Lyn Volkman
Scott Wehman
Kimberly Young
Region 2 (Akron Area)
Alyssa Jacqueline Burckard
Deborah Jane Devlin
Sandra Kelly
Terri Shavers
Autumn Anne Wagoner
Region 3 (Cleveland Area)
Marguerite Louise Augustine
Amy D. Bauer
Sandra Carrel
Yvette D. Dey
Joshua Mark Durkalski
Stephanie Elaine Forester
Kristine Marie Jares
Keith R Kearney
Jacqueline Nashelle Lockett
Christopher A Mallett
Carlier Myers
Lorann Pierzchala
Timothy Peter Raymond
Region 4 (Youngstown
Dawn Marie Argie
April Sasha Clark
Joyce Daugherty
Brittany Noel Davidson
Kelsey Evans
Sallyanne Falasca
Rhonda Fessel
Susan A Gabriel
Elisabeth K Korosec
Mary Alice Noble
Loren Elaine Ragland-Jones
Alicia Stoner
Region 5 (Columbus Area)
Hanna Osman Adan
Nadlin Antwi
Kasey Benthin
Ashley Marie Burgess
Holly Cantrell
Amy Christine Coleman
Christina Collins
Deborah L Combs
David L. Crockron
Chrys Valente Cruise
Laura Davis-Perry
Sarah DeAnna
Courtney Nicole DePaso
Trisha Lynn Diehl
Donna Jean Doak-Scott
Nicole Marie Dunbar
Gabrielle Dyer
Kristen M Evangelista
Tara Camille Fisher
Laura Lee Hall
Kathryn Elizabeth Harper
Katrina Margaret Hoover
Benjamin D Horton
Julie Kauffman
Ruby Linhan
Staci Lobaugh
Philip Luke
Maria Jane Martin
Amelia Mazzei
Phadra Z. McCray
Karen Willis Nora
Jessica Porsch
Tenisha Shawntia Rigby
Ater Riskie
Gisele Brieann Robbins
Melissa Rotblatt
Danielle Schmersal
Michelle Renee Serio
Monica Serrott
Brittani Marie Shelley
Janet Smiley
Rana Carol Unger
Ashley Walter
Anne Ward
Cassandra Grace Winner
Lauren Zafir
NASW—Ohio Chapter
Region 6 (Cincinnati Area)
Angela Micheline DeMichele
Barbara J. Duhart
Peter John Freudenberger
Joseph Hughes Gibson
Jenna N Keith
Brooke Lynch
Kristen Nicole McClellan
Rebecca Donahue Monarchi
Shane Michael Satterfield
Chelsea L. Watson
Larry Wells
Lauren White
Darlene Marie Zerman
Elaine Zumeta
Region 7 (Dayton Area)
Casey Aldrich
Brooke Elizabeth Ross
Erika L Carlson
Brenda Carol Howell
Rhonda Elaine Reagh
Charles Wathen
Region 8 (Canton Area)
Kelly Wynona Ash
Alicia D. Castillo
Ameleah Kreiner
Kara Reilly
Timothy Scott Schuerr
New Licensees
Congratulations to the
NASW members who
received their licenses!
Anthony Antenucci
Amy Armstrong
Arnold Atienza
Allison Bale
Jacquelyne Bryner
Nitisha Burkhead
Kimberly Butler
Brenda Byers
Stacey Christensen
Molly Cingcade
Michelle Davis
Colleen Davis
Sarah DeAnna
Hayley DeGraff
Meagan Doan
Mandy DuBro
Nicole Dunbar
Siobhan Dupree
Alyssa Ellis
Hillary Evans
Jennifer Ferguson
Lara Gautsche
Alison Gay
Nicole Gray
Chelsea Honigford
Heidi Houston
Brandy Jemczura
Melissa Johnson
Jennifer Kline
Lauren Krol
Sherrill Luketic
Holly Lynch
Brittany McDonnell
Courtney McFadden
Megan Murphy
Michael Nassif
Cari Owen
Richard Peterman
Heather Pokrandt
Luana Rager
Loren Ragland-Jones
Laura Ramsey
Timothy Raymond
Brittany Roppel
Christopher Rossvanes
Andrew Stryker
Marcia Stuart
Isolde Teba
Michelle Thum
Kimberly Young
Nicole Zarobila
James Beauchemin
Annetta Davis
Todd Esterburg
Dennis Ghindia
Clare Grey
David Hammersmith
Susan Hull
Gary Jennings
Ruby Linhan
Grace Luangisa
Chante Meadows
Elizabeth Olate
Maureen Rizzo
Kristy Stoller
Alicia Stoner
Karen Weiman
Rosalyn Williams
continued from page 2
Families, friends and staff assist people to
create more meaningful relationships, link
them with needed supports, remove barriers,
develop safety networks and help make
dreams come true . . . . while never forgetting
who is in charge.
And last but certainly not least is the
Declaration of Independence written by our
forefathers that states:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal, that they
are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,
Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.— That to
secure these rights, Governments are instituted
among Men, deriving their just powers from
the consent of the governed, —That whenever
any Form of Government becomes destructive
of these ends, it is the Right of the People
to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new
Government, laying its foundation on such
principles and organizing its powers in such
form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect
their Safety and Happiness.”
WHATEVER IT TAKES: Self-determination
requires an attitude that nothing is impossible
as long as it is legal and causes no harm.
“No, we can’t” as an answer is replaced by
“How can we make this happen?” Making
things happen doesn’t always require
money. Realizing dreams is about opening
up opportunities that do not depend on the
limited resources the system has available.
So as the leaves continue to change colors
and we begin to prepare for the winter
months, let us not forget that it is not only our
right but our duty to practice the principles
of self-determination in all of our affairs. It
is not only for our clients but also for us and
our profession.
Victoria M. Marion, MSSA, LSW, LCDCIII
NASW/ODMH Partnership Brown
Bag Trainings for the Downtown Social
Work Community Schedule
All trainings will be held at the ODMH Central Offices
30 East Broad Street, 8th floor in Room 806.
1/13/12, 12:00-1:00 pm: Trauma (Presenter TBD)
*3/9/12, 12:00-2:00 pm: Psychotropic Medications 101—
what are common medications utilized in the mental health
system, side effects, how they work and benefits
(Presenter: Peggy S. Bockey-Adams, RN,MSN)
(Due to the Nature of the 3/9/12 workshop, it will be 2 hours long
instead of the standard 1 hour Brown Bag Training)
5/11/12, 12:00-1:00 pm: Veterans: military culture and the
treatment of mental illness, PTSD, substance abuse and other
combat related disorders (Presenter TBD)
7/13/12, 12:00-1:00 pm: Integrated Care
(Presenter: Afet Kilinc, Ph.D, PCC-SC)
9/14/12, 12:00-1:00 pm: Criminal Justice & Mental Health
(Presenter: Tereasa Moorman-Jamison, LISW-S , and other ODMH Office
of Forensic Services staff).
11/9/12, 12:00-1:00 pm: Cultural Competency
(Presenter: Deborah Nixon-Hughes, MSW, LISW)
save the date!
The 2012 2nd Annual Cuyahoga
Conference on Social Welfare will be
held March 2nd at Cleveland State
University. More details will be in
the January-February edition of the
newsletter and online.
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Talbot Hall
November–December 2011
Non-Profit Organization
U.S. Postage
Columbus, OH.
Permit No. 707
33 N. Third Street–Suite 530
Columbus, OH. 43215
Fax: 614-461-9793
The 2011 NASW
Ohio Chapter
Annual Conference
“Leadership with Vision”
This year’s conference will focus on the importance of ethics in the practice
of social work. The conference will provide you with the opportunity to earn
6 total CEUs—all of which can be used for Ethics credit OR 3 CEUs for
Ethics and 3 CEUs for Supervision. Also…opportunity to exhibit and view
social work scholarship through student and faculty poster presentations and
networking opportunities with 300+ social workers and representatives from
30+ Human Service Organizations.
December 2, 2011
9 am —5 pm
The Ohio State
Ohio Union
1739 N. High St.,
Columbus, OH
$50 for members,
$75 for non-members,
$25 for students
(Cost includes parking)
DISCLAIMER: The Ohio Update of the Ohio Chapter NASW is the primary
means of communicating with membership about association activities and
developments in professional practice and social policy. It carries statements
of opinion by a variety of spokespersons and, as space permits, letters to the
editor. The views expressed do not necessarily represent positions of NASW.
NASW—Ohio Chapter