Ohio School Social Work Association

NASW Professional Advocacy Alert

Dear Members,

I am writing to clarify an issue related to NASW and the Ohio licensing board and to ask for your advocacy support.

The licensing board’s social work professional standards committee (SWPSC) has filed a rule to remove the National NASW as an organization with the ability to approvecontinuing education units because the committee has ruled that certain workshops related to medical, integrated care, and administration topics are inappropriate for social workers.

First for clarification, the rule (if it would go into effect) would only pertain to third-party organizations that obtain CEU approval from the National NASW. Currently, only one organization other than National NASW and the Ohio Chapter has the ability to approve continuing education units for other organizations in Ohio–the Association of Social Work Boards. The proposed rule change would not affect National NASW’s ability to provide CEU trainings. The national conference, online CEUs, and free webinars would all still count for CEUs in Ohio. It would also not affect any of the Ohio Chapter’s workshops. The rule change would mostly affect other organizations that host national conferences or provide online trainings that obtain nationwide CEU coverage through National NASW.

We have been actively engaged in stopping the rule change and encouraging the licensing board to adopt a broader perspective on what constitutes an appropriate CEU for social workers. The rule change process is somewhat lengthy so there are many opportunities for NASW to stop this from progressing.

NASW strongly believes that social workers need information related to medical conditions, integrated care, and administration to provide quality, ethical care to clients. Social workers practice in over 100 practice settings requiring that a broad range of CEUs be available. For example, the licensing board has flagged the following workshops as inappropriate for continuing education approval:

- Nutrition Support at End of Life
- Case Management and COPD
- Aging with Spinal Cord Injury
- Pain Management
- Integrative Yoga Therapeutics: Online Course in Yoga, Psychology, and Science
- Medical Errors Prevention for Social Workers & Mental Health Professionals

You can assist our efforts by urging the SWPSC to remove the rule filing to keep NASW as an approver of continuing education units. Although this proposed rule change appears to be focused only on NASW, the core issue is a disagreement about what constitutes an appropriate CEU for social workers.

You can access a sample letter to send to the SWPSC at We are looking for both letters from individuals and on behalf of organizations. The licensing board meets again on July 17 so we would like as many as letters as possible to be sent to them by then. Again, you can get more information on how to take action via the link.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the rule change itself or how to support NASW in stopping it from proceeding. We will keep you informed as the issue develops.


Danielle Smith
Executive Director, NASW Ohio Chapter

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2014 Awards

School Social Worker of the Year

Brenda Rinkes, LISW-S

Friend of School Social Work

Kara Penniman, LISW-S

Award winners bios can be seen on the Awards page.

SSWAA presents national SSW model

Keep this powerpoint handy to help explain your role as a School Social Worker.

SSW Practice Model from SSWAA

NASW needs help closing loophole in social work title

Please read and take action!

NASW loophole in SW title Nov 2013

Ohio’s representation at the Midwest School Social Work Conference

Understanding and Restoring Traumatized Youth

November 7 and 8, 2013 Ohio was represented at the Midwest Conference by our President, Nicole Stacey, LISW-S; Legislative Director, Becky Wilson, LISW; and Recording Secretary, Jill Miller, LSW. They spent the weekend sharing with others and gathering new ideas to bring back to Ohio. Anyone who has a chance should attend a Midwest Conference. The collaboration and energy of other SSW’s will inspire and re-invigorate you to persevere in the valuable work you do every day!

From left to right are Becky Wilson, Jill Miller and Nicole Stacey.

From the left are Becky Wilson, Nicole Stacey, Heather Alden Pope from Minnesota, Rhonda from Iowa and Christy McCoy from Minnesota.

SSWAA advocacy update

SSWAA is a member of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) and continues to make strides forward with advocacy. Ohio is a delegate state of SSWAA. Read Carve Turkeys Not Education to learn more about current efforts at the national level.

National School Social Work Consultation Survey

School social work surveys consistently identify consultation as a frequently used practice task. However, none of them define consultation or explore how it has changed as a result of recent federal laws and new educational frameworks. Consultation is an indirect method of practice that assists others to become more effective in dealing with their complex work-related problems. School social workers engage in some form of consultation on a daily basis, yet they rarely think about it or describe it as consultation. You are invited to take part in this national survey on school

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Dr. Maggie Jackson has the distinction of being a pioneer in many areas of social work. She has been an instructor at CSU since 1970 and a former Field Instructor and Faculty Advisor for Case Western Reserve University. From 2000-2010, Dr. Jackson was Director of the School of Social Work at Cleveland State and the University of Akron. She is currently an instructor and the coordinator for the MSW Program. As a productive, caring social worker, Dr. Jackson has conducted numerous workshops, given numerous presentations and shared the distinction of being a skilled board member for many organizations. From 1998 until the present, Dr. Jackson has been a member of the Board of Trustees and Chairperson for the Africa University (SW), Zimbabwe. Among her awards, are the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Service Award, CSU and the 2010 President’s Volunteer Award – President Barack Obama. She advocates and works tirelessly for the underserved and diverse populations.

Dr. Jackson has authored books, articles and publications. She is the founder of the Neighborhood Leadership Organization. In 2000, Dr. Jackson introduced a Support Services Curriculum to High School Students. Along with Dr. Edward McKinney, she advocated for the development of a program that would train social workers to be present in schools specifically to offer pupil services. While this project is still in the planning stages, Dr. Jackson welcomed the Ohio School Social Workers Association to the campus of Cleveland State University in an effort to support School Social Workers.

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Read the President’s plan

Fact Sheet from the Dept of Education outlining their approach (interagency) to gun violence prevention

OSSWA’s President Nicole Stacey is now representing the needs of Ohio as Midwest Council Vice President!!!

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Our board member, Sarah Lundeen-Bonette in regards to losing school social workers in CMSD.

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