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March 2022 Chapter Update

Happy Social Work Month! Many thanks to members who attended our 2022 Social Work Month Celebration on March 4, 2022! This month, please join us for networking, continuing education, and more! Click here for logos and a toolkit for Social Work Month.

Jeremy Arp, MSW, ACSW

Executive Director, NASW-WA


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2022 Social Work Month Celebration Recap

NASW-WA honored social workers and community members during our Social Work Month Celebration on March 4th. Click here to see a recording of the virtual event!


Congratulations to the 2022 Award Winners! This year, we celebrated:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Nancy Amidei, MSW

Social Worker of the Year

Meghan DeGallier, MSW, MHP, LICSWA, SUDPT

Social Work Educator of the Year

Deisy Haid, MSW, LCSW

Taylene Watson President's Award

The Center for Justice Social Work

Public Citizen

Rep. Jesse Johnson

Outstanding Recent Graduate

Ruby Townsend, MSW, LSWAIC

Outstanding Student

Yunuenn Garcia

To read more about the award winners, click here!

Click below to read the Proclamation from Governor Inslee!

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2022 NASW-WA Policy Conference: Thanks for Attending!

The virtual Policy Conference was held on Monday, February 21, 2022. The Legislative Action Committee (LAC) put together an engaging program that featured the Chapter's legislative agenda, messages from legislators (including Rep. Jesse Johnson, Rep. Alicia Rule, and Rep. Tarra Simmons), briefs on issues concerning social workers and more. Social Work students and professionals accessed the program from all over the state. If you missed the event, you can still access the video recording here and the Policy Conference materials here. The Policy Conference was supplemented by the Policy Conference Debrief the next day, hosted by the Membership Engagement Committee and our LAC Chair.


Stay tuned for updates from the LAC as we work on our legislative wrap up! Special thanks for the LAC members for organizing and delivering a great experience!

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NASW Updates 

Revisions to DSM 5 Coming in March 2022

The American Psychiatric Association has announced revisions to the DSM 5 which will be released in March 2022. Learn more about how this impacts clinical social work from NASW’s blog by following this link.


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Poor People's Campaign: Calls to Action!

On June 18th, the Poor People's Campaign (PPC) will host the "Mass Poor People's and Low-Wage Worker's Assembly and Moral March" on Washington, DC. The PPC outlines that they will assemble and March on June 18, 2022 "because any nation that ignores nearly half of its citizens is in a moral, economic and political crisis. There were 140 million people who were poor or one emergency away from economic ruin before the pandemic. Since March 2020, while hundreds of thousands of people have died, millions are on the edge of hunger and eviction, and still without health care or living wages, billionaire wealth has grown by over $2 trillion." Please consider joining the effort!

SAVE THE DATE: NASW will host a webinar on April 27th about Social Workers and the Poor People's Campaign titled “When You Lift from the Bottom, Everybody Rises!” Social Work and the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival" (1.5 CEUs). Check here for updates!

For information and to register for PPC updates:

For information about the Washington state-based PPC activities:

Reach out to the Washington PPC:

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Legislative Alerts

Click here to take action on national issues important to the social work profession!

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Call for Presenters

Are you interested in presenting a workshop for NASW-WA? We have an open call for presenters (live, virtual, or recorded). Click here for more information about what we're looking for:

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Chapter Classifieds

NASW-WA offers a space on our website for text-only classified ads. Go to:

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