Chapter Chats initially emerged out of a need to socially connect social workers while practicing physical distancing. They have grown into an accessible and easy way for social workers to share resources, network, and engage with one other across the State and Nation. Open to all social workers who wish to attend, and any NASW member is invited to host a topic or conversation!
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What is Environmental Justice?
When: Thursday, November 19, 2020
What is Environmental Racism and how does it present itself in US society? How do we, as social workers define the environment, and how does that impact our clients, and ourselves? Join UAlbany MSW Student Ryan Kane on November 19th at 12pm to discuss how social workers define environmental justice and approach the challenges of environmental racism.
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Join us for a chat…Author, Social Worker and Educator Laura Quiros chats with ED Samantha Fletcher for a sincere discussion about trauma informed social work from a Diversity and Inclusion Lens. Laura’s new book…..
Incorporating Diversity and Inclusion in Trauma-Informed Social Work incorporates discussions of leadership, racism and oppression into a new understanding of how trauma and traumatic experience play out in leadership and organizational cultures. Chapters unpack ideas about the intersections of self, trauma and leadership, bridging the personal and professional, and illustrating the relationship between employees and leaders. Discussion questions and Reflections at the end of each chapter offer the opportunity for the reader to understand their own vulnerabilities as it relates to the subject matter. This book reconceptualizes cultural competency, trauma and leadership in the context of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and views theories and practices through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusivity.
Financial Social Work
Hosted by: Diane Bessel Matteson, PhD, LMSW, CNM, Past NASW-NYS Board Member
Description: In our first Chapter Chat, we will be connecting with NASW-NYS Region 5 Representative, Dr. Diane Bessel Matteson. Diane R. Bessel, PhD, LMSW, CNM currently serves as Associate Professor and Master of Social Work (MSW) Program Director in the Social Work & Sociology Department at Daemen College. Prior to coming to Daemen, Bessel served as director of Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CASH) Buffalo, a coalition of over sixty organizations working to increase the financial stability of low-to-moderate income families in Buffalo and Erie County by increasing access to tax credits, refunds, and needed income supports; improving financial literacy, and providing opportunities for homeownership, education, or other types of asset building. Her research focuses on the use of collaborative problem-solving to address complex social problems including poverty, homelessness, and financial insecurity. Dr. Bessel will discuss financial instability in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and will share thoughts on the use of financial social work to help guide people through the crisis.
Trauma Informed Care in COVID-19
Hosted by: Billye Jones, LCSW, Past NASW-NYS Board Member
Description: In our second Chapter Chat, we will be connecting with NASW-NYS Vice President & Chair of Diversity, Billye Jones, LCSW. Billye Jones is currently a consultant and trainer. Before starting Billye Jones Consulting, Jones worked at Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in the Bronx. She was the Assistant Director of the Parent and Child Program, Director of the Child Sexual Abuse Treatment & Prevention Program, and the Assistant Executive Director of Clinical Programs. Jones holds an MSW from NYU and an Advanced Certificate for the Management of children, families and the elderly, from New York Medical College/Fordham University. She has been an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) where she currently holds a local and a National position.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful, scary, disorienting, and has changed our way of life. For anyone experiencing trauma or anyone with a previous trauma history dealing with COVID-19 may be especially difficult. This Chapter Chat will explore the unique challenges of COVID-19 and the impact on someone dealing with trauma. In this Chapter Chat, we will look at how to assess for safety, practical interventions, and grounding techniques that can be helpful right now.
Serving Refugee and Immigrant Populations in COVID-19
Hosted by: Dr. Randall Stetson. Randall Stetson Ph.D., LCSW-R, NASW-NYS Board Member
Description: In our third Chapter Chat, we connected with NASW-NYS Region 4 Representative, Dr. Randall Stetson. Randall Stetson Ph.D., LCSW-R, is a faculty member in the Department of Human Development at SUNY Oswego. Dr. Stetson is a Spanish speaking Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice with over 20 years of experience working with immigrants and refugees. His clinical social work practice has included work with families from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Iraq, Burma, Bosnia, and Russia. Dr. Stetson has worked with both documented and undocumented immigrants and has counseled numerous DACA youth. He has been married for 20 years to his lovely wife, who is herself a Cuban Refugee. Dr Stetson discussed some of the unique issues COVID-19 presents to both social work practitioners and the immigrant families they serve.
The Social Work Student Experience in COVID-19
Hosted by: Afsha Malik, MSW, NASW-NYS Board Member and Noshin Hoque, BSW, NASW-NYS Board Member
Description: Student members Afsha Malik, and Noshin Hoque discussed how COVID-19 impacted the student social work experience, graduation, field education, and implementing a self-care plan.
The Doctoral Student Experience in COVID-19
Hosted by: Kari Tabag, LCSW-R, PhD Candidate, Diversity Committee Member and Jessica. J. Mitchell, LMSW, MA, PACE Chair
Description: Featuring two PhD Candidates from NASW-NYS Leadership Committees, this Chapter Chat will addressed experiences and concerns of social work doctoral students during the Corona pandemic of 2020.
COVID-19 and the School Social Worker
Hosted by: Michael Cappiello, LCSW-R, NASW-NYS President
Description: This Chapter Chat reviewed some best practices happening in Social Work during COVID-19 that use technology from the telephone to the internet to provide services and maintain community networks. Michael also discussed the impact of CCOVID-19 on his work as a school social worker.
Child Welfare and COVID-19
Hosted by: Sharon Kollar, LMSW, NASW-NYS Board Member
Description: This Chapter Chat discussed how to support the child welfare workforce during this pandemic and beyond.
Wellness: Cultivating a Deeper Understanding of Relaxation and Inner Peace
Hosted by: Evelyn Williams, MSW, NASW-NYS Policy Coordinator
Description: In these challenging times we have choice. We can choose to be anxious, worried and/or upset or we can access our capacity to be relaxed and peaceful. By practicing techniques designed to attain these states we can be of benefit to not only ourself but to our family, friends and colleagues. Tune in to hear Evelyn discuss the importance of self-care for social workers in COVID-19.
Working With Veterans and Service Members in COVID-19
Hosted by: Alyssa Gibbons, LCSW-R, BCD, VMHTI Advisory Committee Member, OneTeam Listserv Moderator
Description: In this Chapter Chat we heard from US Navy Veteran Alyssa Gibbons about how social workers that are working with Veterans and service members have evolved their practice in response to COVID-19.
Anti-Racism Social Work
Hosted by: Dawn Knight-Thomas, MSW and Samantha Fletcher, PhD, MSW, NASW-NYS Executive Director
Description: Social work is a profession that is grounded in social justice advocacy for the least advantaged, vulnerable, and oppressed populations. As a discipline, we need to stand in the forefront of change. As historic events are unfolding around us, now is the time for social workers to dig deep into our activist roots and create a paradigm shift in how we speak, act, and present ourselves, not simply as clinicians, but also as practitioners of social justice.
COVID-19 and Medical Social Work
Hosted by: Kimberlee Garver, LCSW, Jennifer Kite, LCSW
Description: This Chapter Chat discussed the experiences of two medical social workers as they journeyed through the onset of COVID-19. Jennifer Kite will spoke about the in-patient perspective, and Kim Garver will present on the out-patient practice. This Chapter Chat aired in June, 2020.
Connecting With and Serving New Clients in COVID-19
Hosted by: Silas W. Kelly, LMSW, E-Journalism Social Work Advocate, Past NASW-NYS Board Member
Description: In this Chapter Chat, Silas talked about his experience working with Veterans and their families, particularly as he was just getting to know them when the Covid-19 “NY Pause” went into effect. Silas spoke about the challenges of trying to learn and master a new job position while at the same time learning a new EHR/EMR system. Silas also detailed the challenge of getting our Veterans and ourselves acclimated to Tele-Health video sessions. Originally aired in August 2020.
The Effect of COVID-19 and Private Practice Clinical Social Work
Hosted by: N. Lael Telfeyan, PhD, LCSW-R, Past NASW-NYS Board Member
Description: This Chapter Chat covered how private practice social work has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 and Office Safety - Two Parts with Resource Guide!
Hosted by: Kalli Kontos, LCSW-R, CASAC, BCD
Description: As social workers we are trained to deal and work through patient crisis always with the best actions possible for the best outcome. COVID-19 has thrown the world into a crisis. As we pivot and move helping ourselves, and our patients stay afloat, the “new normal” begins to set in with continuous changes. Private Practice is no longer as we knew it. Technology, electronic forms, masks, etc, How do we conquer it all This chapter chat on office safety will review CDC, WHO, Federal and State guidelines for the development of new office protocols. Through this discussion of exchange of info, you will have the tools to develop personalized office protocols. Resources will be available to all those who attend. Originally aired in August 2020.
Voting is Social Work
Hosted by: Alexandra Saint Laurent, MSW, and Jessica J. Mitchell, LMSW, MA, PACE Chair
Description: talk about voter suppression in the United States, and how social workers can engage their clients and communities to advocate for themselves through voting! Voting IS social work! Originally aired in September 2020.
Why Be a Student Member of NASW?
Hosted by: Noshin Hoque, BSW and Evelyn Lopez Rodriguez
Description: You may have heard your professors talk about NASW, but why should you become a member as a student? Hear from two student Board Members, Evelyn Rodriguez Lopez (BSW Student Representative) and Noshin Hoque (MSW Student Representative) about why they became members, how students have a voice at the NYS Chapter, and what the student body of 2020-2021 can accomplish together this year. Learn how you can engage in local and statewide advocacy, how you can help create the NYS Chapter legislative Agenda, and how to contribute to the development and implementation of anti-racist programming & work groups through your membership. Noshin and Evelyn also talked about how you can get more out of your membership through networking, professional development, statewide leadership opportunities, and more! Originally aired in September 2020.
Honoring Yourself Amidst the Chaos
Hosted by: Erica Daye, LMSW, and Samantha Fletcher, PhD, MSW, NASW-NYS Executive Director
Description: While we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement, battle over the Supreme Court, and contentious election, how are you taking care of yourself? We know that social workers not only care for clients, but often family, friends and community members as well. How are you recharging and relaxing during this time? This Chapter Chat offers a variety of self-care ideas and solicit ideas from participants as well. Originally aired in October 2020.