West Virginia
New! Mental Health Loan Repayment Program - Click Here

Apply by January 4, 2021! To provide incentive for practicing mental health professionals to deliver therapy or counseling services in underserved areas of West Virginia. For questions, please email BehavioralHealth@wvhepc.edu


THANK YOU for attending the 2020 Virtual CE Conference Sept. 9, 10 & 11!

Click Here for CE forms, Handouts, Sponsors List, Etc. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE!

Voting IS Social Work!

WV Election Results

WV NASW Action Committee Recommendations


MEMORIALS

(Click Here to view) We have prepared this memorial to remember our colleagues in social work in West Virginia. In addition, each year at the opening session of the annual Spring Conference we recall the names of social workers and colleagues who have passed since the previous year’s conference was held. If you know of names to be added to this memorial, please contact us  Updated November 16, 2020

CHAPTER ELECTIONS

NASW WV is pleased to announce the that Terrell M. Rush has been elected to serve as the BSW Student Representative to the Board of Directors, and that Danielle Woods has been appointed to serve as the MSW Student Rep! Please see their photos and bios at right. 

RACIAL INJUSTICE

Click Here to Read NASW's Statement on the President's EO on Racism & Sexual Stereotyping 

NASW Condemns use of Lethal Police Force: Statements & Resources

 https://www.socialworkers.org/News/News-Releases/ID/2164/NASW-condemns-yet-another-incident-of-lethal-police-force-against-an-African-American

The National Association of Social Workers strongly condemns yet more deaths of African Americans at the hands of police. The association again calls for policing reforms. However, police must root out those officers who continue to view Black lives as less than immaterial. Read our full statement https://buff.ly/3diMSRe

NASW MN Chapter Statement: The NASW Minnesota Chapter is outraged by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American, at the hands of police. Sadly, the death of Black people while in police custody is not new. However, the nation must come together to stop such crimes. The Minnesota chapter will be planning actions with members. Read the full statement: https://buff.ly/2ZLbsWT

NASW Statement on President Trump's inadequate executive order on policing reforms: https://bit.ly/3hFgdY

Interrupting Bias: Calling Out vs. Calling 

Brave Space Guidelines & History www.awarla.org  

From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces 

White Ally Resources: https://www.acluwv.org/en/allyship-resources  

Scaffolded Anti-Racism Resources  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/mobilebasic 

White Fragility: A FAN Webinar with Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.
Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neV_GlvUGn4&t=499s  Longer Discussion: https://youtu.be/45ey4jgoxeU  

Ally vs Accomplice: 

https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234  

I thought I was an anti racist therapist. Then I looked more closely.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/18/i-thought-i-was-an-antiracist-therapist-then-i-looked-more-closely/  

WV: Surviving the Encounter: Virtual Rally Against Racial Injustice
Watch the recording, https://www.facebook.com/mollie.talada/videos/10216471797459383/ 

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: New Era of Public Safety Report & Toolkit  An essential resource to drive systemic change

Books for Kids About Activism
https://www.readbrightly.com/books-about-activism-for-kids/

INSTITUTIONAL RACISM & THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION: A CALL TO ACTION
https://www.socialworkers.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=SWK1aR53FAk%3D&portalid=0

NASW Massachusetts Chapter Statement Includes Action Steps and Resources
https://www.naswma.org/news/510212/Statement-Social-Workers-Must-Take-Action-Against-Racism.htm

COVID-19 Pandemic West Virginia Resources & Supports

 Last updated 5/31/20

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990

Social Work Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic Survey-IRB approved

WV Tele-Mental Health & Social Support Resources during the Pandemic

Have You Lost Your Health Insurance?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The WV Department of Health and Human Resources

WV DHHR 1135 Waiver Request 3/23/20

WV DHHR Advisory Memos

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

The World Health Organization

NASW Assurance Services COVID-19 Resources

ASWB Social Work Exam Test Scheduling Info

Prepare your practice for COVID-19 (CDC)

Medicare Telehealth Psychiatric CPT Codes Used by Clinical Social Workers

Responding to the pandemic as a disaster behavioral health worker (webinar)

Re: providing pro bono mental health services to frontlines workers

Preliminary Thoughts on Social Worker Disclosure Responsibilities During the Pandemic

COVID-19: PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING SOCIAL WORK PRACTICES

From Think Kids WV:

WVDHHR's Website
WVDE's Website
West Virginia Feeding Map
Free COVID-19 Testing Dates/Locations
WVDE School Re-Entry Guidance
Think Kids' COVID-19 Resource Page

Also, Congress has passed the Families First Act to mitigate harm from the COVID-19 crisis emergency. The act will  (among other things) extend employee sick leave benefits, expand free testing, and provide food aid to the most vulnerable citizens. It is likely one of several relief bills to be passed in the wake of the outbreak.

The 2020 Spring Conference & Coronavirus Disease - COVID-19

The National Association of Social Workers and its West Virginia Chapter are closely monitoring developments related to the respiratory illness commonly referred to as the Coronavirus (COVID 19). We will continue monitoring information provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and local public health authorities and will provide updates should plans change. 

The NASW WV 2020 Spring CE Conference has been rescheduled for the September 9, 10 & 11. We hope you can join us then!  In the meantime we are planning to offer several virtual trainings to help licensed social workers who are concerned about their more immediate need to earn approved CE hours. 

Those who wish to 'lock in' the current Early Bird rate for the September conference can continue to register. Your session selections will change based on a revised schedule we will send at a later date. As an added bonus, you can access to the planned spring virtual trainings at no additional cost. We will also honor refund requests.

Visit the CDC for best practices, FAQs, and more information.

CDC Link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html



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Jennifer Wells, MSW is New WV Chapter President

Jennifer Wells, MSW, is both an experienced organizer and social worker with an extensive background in child welfare, juvenile justice, community services, program development, and fundraising. She is employed as a Regional Organizer with Community Change, a Washington, DC based "organization of organizers', working  to build capacity within Black-lead organizations across several southern states. From 2015 to 2019 she served in several capacities with Our Future WV, most recently as Executive Director. Ms. Wells was recognized as the 2018 West Virginia Social Worker of the Year, and was selected to give the 2020 Commencement Address at Marshall University. Her TED-X talk is inspiring! (CLICK HERE) Originally from New Orleans, she evacuated to West Virginia with her mother following Hurricane Katrina. She resides in Huntington with her husband David, and enjoys travel, food and live music. 

Meet Our Newest Board Members: 

 

Danielle Woods

Danielle Woods

Hello! My name is Danielle Woods and I am completing my master’s in social work at Marshall University. where I also received an undergraduate degree in psychology in 2015.  I currently work as a lead counselor assisting individuals with SUD to accomplish their goals of sobriety and a better life. Through my graduate career I have also been able to learn about working with children, family reunification, and discharge planning within hospital settings. After completing my master’s degree I plan to take the graduate license exam and work towards my ultimate goal of earning my LICSW and possibly pursuing a doctorate in social work. I hope to remain in the realm of counseling/therapy, but I’m always interested in expanding my knowledge and skill set. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, walking with my pup, and listening to music and various podcasts. I'm honored to serve as the MSW student board member within the NASW-WV Chapter and look forward to the experiences it may bring.  

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Terrell M. Rush

Terrell M. Rush Terrell M. Rush is a busy man! In addition to being a Senior BSW student at West Virginia State University, he is the Chief Hearing Examiner for the Student Government Association, volunteers as the fundraising & Senior Corps Advisory Council Chairman for United Way of Central WV, and works full-time as a Service Coordinator at Agsten Manor, an independent living high-rise for seniors and individuals with disabilities. He previously worked as an Upward Bound program tutor-counselor, and as a case manager with the homeless population for Roark Sullivan Life-Way Center. Terrell says: "I am a social worker at heart. I truly enjoy empowering and assisting individuals and families. From the experience I have gained working in the field, I know that Social Work is the field for me and I am passionate about helping others..., as others have done for me. (Through social work) I am able to empower, advocate, motivate, connect, and encourage resilience. To challenge stereotypes... fight discrimination, oppression and injustice... (and) be a voice for all who cannot advocate for themselves. Making this world a better place one person at a time, is definitely worth it."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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