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September 2021 Chapter Updates

Practice Alert: Seeking Clinical Social Workers to Revise Clinical Social Work Practice Standards

NASW is establishing a task force to revise the following resource, “NASW Standards for Clinical Social Work in Social Work Practice,” which was published in 2005. NASW is seeking clinical social workers to participate in the revision process. Social workers should be licensed at the clinical level in the state in which they are practicing and have a minimum of ten years of experience in one or more of the following practice settings:

• Community Mental Health Centers

• Hospitals

• Substance Use Treatment and Recovery Programs

• Schools

• Ambulatory Healthcare Settings

• Partial Hospitalization Programs

• Child Welfare Agencies

• Aging Services

• Employee Assistance Programs

• Private Practice

Estimated time of commitment is 12-18 months with meetings via teleconference.

If you are interested in being considered as a member of this task force, please submit your resume to by September 30, 2021.

For reference: View the official announcement here

The standards up for revision are located here.

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NASW Legislative Alerts


NASW recently sent out legislative alerts to membership. Click the links below to take action on the following issues important to the social work profession!

Provide Your Feedback on Proposed CY 2022 Medicare Reimbursement


Urge Your U.S. Senators to Ensure Meaningful Police Reform that Includes Mental Health Response Funding


Tell Congress to Increase Social Work Reimbursement Rates and Access to Social Work Services: The Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S. 870/H.R. 2035)


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Congratulations NASW-WA Member Samantha Getz!


The NASW Foundation announced its 2021-2022 scholars. This exemplary group of master's degree students is receiving scholarship awards from two programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion and assist NASW student members pursuing a variety of social work specialties. This year, NASW-WA member Samantha Getz was chosen for the Consuelo W. Gosnell MSW Scholars program.


Samantha is a first year MSW student at the University of Illinois, Jane Addams College of Social Work. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Upon graduation, she moved to Seattle, WA and worked as an office manager for a locally owned engineering and fabrication facility for 10 years. After examining multiple aspects of her life seeking her true passion, she realized she was most comforted helping others. Through personal experience with dual-diagnosis and addiction, she sought avenues that were best suited for her direct knowledge base. She completed the online-training portion for peer-counseling certification through the Department of Social & Health Services in Washington State. To further her experience, she provided services for a young man seeking life management and social work interventions. The next logical step was graduate school. During her MSW studies, she plans on specializing in mental health and addiction. After graduation, she intends to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to broaden public-service opportunities and assist the underrepresented, at-risk populations. Certification in alcohol and substance abuse counseling is paramount so she can contribute to rehabilitation. In her professional career, she hopes to give back to her Diné community. She wants to be an advocate, make their stories visible, and alleviate PTSD associated with mistreatment and generational trauma using widespread, public-health programs. She plans on carrying forward social-change strategies to alleviate systemic disparities, with the hope that social inclusiveness and equity will become habitual. Read more about this year's foundation scholars here.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements


Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 21-14 in August requiring health care providers and specific state and private employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021. Read the proclamation online here. Note that licensed independent and associate social workers are included in section 5B (definitions) of the Proclamation. For details and a frequently asked questions list, click here.

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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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