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NASW continues to promote best practice standards and guidelines for all social workers. Our standards/guidelines reflect current and emerging best practice trends and are a critical component of the professional social worker's everyday practice. During these unprecedented times, NASW has successfully worked with state and federal agencies and legislators to relax regulations and create new opportunities for social workers to maintain contact with clients and have broader access for reimbursements. NASW remains committed to expanding tele-health innovations and reimbursements for social workers in a safe, ethical manner and reminds members that the use of non-HIPPA compliant tele-health platforms are temporary measures and should be used only when best practice standards cannot be met. If these standards are not met, or non-HIPPAA compliant tools, platforms or practices are used, we recommend this be documented in as detailed manner as possible to ensure that confidentiality is addressed.

 

More information about NASW the practice standards and guidelines that social workers should provide, that employers should support, and consumers should expect can be found at https://www.socialworkers.org/Practice/Practice-Standards-Guidelines


 

Free Yoga on Tuesdays via Zoom

 

NASW publishes latest CPT Codes and Information. It can be found at by clicking here.

 

 

Take Flight, Together

A Virtual Mental Health Event

Thursday, April 9, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 pm PST 

RSVP here: https://hopin.to/events/take-flight-together-a-virtual-mental-health-event

 

TogetherWell is adjusting to a new way of working, but are happy to offer this free online event, dedicated to helping mental health providers shift from in-person practices to telemental health. Please join our expert panel who will share their knowledge about offering services virtually:

Panel One: Coronavirus and Clinician Self Care

·Speaker: Helen Hsu, Psy.D.

·Speaker: Meag-gan O'Reilly, Ph.D.

·Moderator: LaWanda Hill, Ph.D.

Panel Two: Using Teletherapy

·Speaker: Haesue Jo, LMFT

·*Additional Speaker Video: Michi Fu, Ph.D.

·Moderator: Ankhesenamun Ball, Psy.D.  .

Panel Three: Teletherapy and the Law

·Speaker: Joseph P. McMenamin, MD, JD

·Moderator: Jorge Wong, Ph.D.

Panel Four: Online Mental Health Platforms

·Speaker: Michele Haley, Ph.D. 

·Speaker: Mathew Harris, Ph.D.

·Moderator: Brittany Aleshire, Ph.D.

 

 

Article on the use of Facebook Messenger and Facetime for practice can be found at https://personcenteredtech.com/2020/03/17/apple-facetime-or-facebook-messenger-video-and-hipaa-compliance-yes-for-now/?utm_source=Person+Centered+Tech+Newsletter&utm_campaign=fc15526323-frontpage_quickstart_guide_announce_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e9b2dcace3-fc15526323-125931489&goal=0_e9b2dcace3-fc15526323-125931489&mc_cid=fc15526323&mc_eid=33640463f5

 

NASW latest updates on telehealth can be found at by clicking here.

 

NASW and APA make appeal to Congress to expand tele-mental health care.

 

NASW is working with Congress and federal agencies to ensure social workers have access to personal protection equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information coming soon.

 

NEW information coming soon about audio only reimbursements by CMS.


 

COVID19 Partner Tweet from National Academies of Medicine

How can social distancing help us slow the spread of #COVID19? Learn more about the practice during a free @theNAMedicine and @PublicHealth webinar on 3/25 at 3pm ET. http://www.covid19conversations.org/ #COVID19conversation

 

Telehealth resources for social workers

#NASW has Telehealth Resources for Social Workers during #COVID19 You can find info on Telemental Health: Legal Considerations for Social Workers; Telemental Health Informed Consent form & Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice https://buff.ly/3dkMwK6

 

Social Worker Dies While Awaiting COVID19 Test

#NASW offers its condolences to the family and friends of Natasha Ott, a 39-year-old #socialworker who was 'in good health,' but was found dead by her boyfriend while awaiting #coronavirus results in New Orleans. She selflessly turned down testing to allow the elderly to be tested in her place. https://buff.ly/33FDe7e

 

#NASW offers its condolences to #socialworker Natasha Ott's family & friends. The 39-year-old was 'in good health,' but was found dead by her boyfriend while awaiting #coronavirus results. She selflessly turned down testing to allow the elderly to use them https://buff.ly/3acSKK8

 

Social workers: we see you - Joint Statement of Solidarity with NASW &  Canadian Social Workers

#Socialworkers: We see You - Our Joint Statement of Solidarity with the Canadian Association of Social Workers | We'd like to close this solemn National Social Work Month with a commitment of solidarity. - Kathryn Wehrmann, NASW President & Jan Christianson-Wood, CASW President. Full statement here: https://buff.ly/2xvy7dq


Wellmark Reimbursements

#Socialworkers Advocacy Efforts are Working: Wellmark to temporarily reimburse at 100% for telehealth services, including mental health https://buff.ly/33OgZMc  #COVID19

 

Getting Paid Less for Telehealth

Working harder in anxious times, mental health providers getting paid less for safer service | NASW Member Jill Lehmann-Bauer weighs in. https://buff.ly/33PSM8w #socialwork #COVID19

 

COVID19 in Jamaica

Jamaican Social Workers Stand Ready In The #COVID19 Fight | Message from the Jamaica Association of Social Workers @JASocialWorkers https://buff.ly/2xuxpxq

 

@WBUR & @NPR's All Things Considered chatted with #NASW Member Karen Zilberstein, LCSW who described what she's seeing among her clients and offered guidance to help people cope with #COVID19 https://buff.ly/2Jh2wPp

 

Isolation of families for COVID-19 raises concerns about domestic violence

Isolation of families for #COVID19 raises concerns about domestic violence "For some, the self-isolation is like quarantining yourself anyway when you are home with the abuser ... you're living in terror," said #NASW Member & @HowardU #SocialWork Professor Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley https://buff.ly/39s2YoV

Free COVID19 Telehealth Resources for NASW Members
Free #COVID19 Telehealth Resources for #NASW #MembersOnly
As telehealth becomes more key during COVID-19, so does the need for ethics & technology education. Here is a list of relevant webinars we've made free for #nasw #MembersOnly 
https://buff.ly/39iszAl
Additional resources: socialworkers.org/covid19

 

NJ #SocialWorkers Providing Free Resources and Support to Community
NJ #SocialWorkers Providing Free Resources and Support to Community "Social workers provide over 3/4th of the mental health services in our community,” said @NASWNJ Chapter Executive Director Jennifer Thompson. “Social distancing does not mean social isolation, and as a community of #socialworkers, we are committed to providing resources, tools and support to our neighbors, friends, colleagues and communities during this crisis.” https://buff.ly/2UKdl22

 

Coping with COVID

Meditate, Exercise, Limit Social Media: 12 Expert-Approved Ways to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety #NASW Member and Psychotherapist Emily Souder, MA, LCSW advises: "Know that it is not in control of you, and that your anxious thoughts are not representative of truth. See them as separate from you, if possible." https://buff.ly/3dyz4m4

With COVID-19 spreading, FL social workers face limitations trying to help vulnerable families

Jim Akin, executive director of @naswfl says remote work will be tough for most #socialworkers. “It’s kind of difficult to work from home,” Akin said. “Most private practices are incorporating telehealth and teletherapy.” https://buff.ly/2xnkH3j

Mass Chapter on Telehealth

Mental healthcare even more important during coronavirus. Therapists are struggling to adapt their profession @NASWMA Exec. Dir. Rebekah Gerwirtz applauds her state's governor's executive order which covers 'telemental health in such a comprehensive way.' Gov. Charlie Baker pruned the regulatory thicket surrounding telehealth because of the #coronavirus crisis, but some therapists say the mental healthcare system, which was overburdened before still has barriers that prevent practitioners from adequately responding to needs during an emergency that is exacerbating patients’ existing mental health problems, and causing new stresses. https://buff.ly/2UiUcFb

 

Job Loss Self Care

This is what experts say to do immediately after you lose your job “Tap into your support network of friends and family and let them know about your job loss,” Nancy Serling, LCSW says. “While social distancing may be necessary during this time, connecting to others via FaceTime or through a stroll in the park (at a healthy distance, of course) can help give us the social connection we need to not feel alone during this vulnerable time.” https://buff.ly/2Ji7bRg


Children’s Book on the Virus from Social Workers

These Maryland 
#SocialWorkers Wrote A Children's Book To Answer #Coronavirus Questions https://buff.ly/2QJo9fl#COVID19#Nasw#socialwork#COVID19

#ICYMI Coronavirus (COVID-19): 8 Ethical Considerations for Social Workers
https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Ethics-Education-and-Resources/Ethics-8/Coronavirus-8-Ethical-Considerations-for-Social-Workers

 

Quarantines and Domestic Violence

#SocialWorkers
 Fear Rise In Domestic Violence During Quarantines https://buff.ly/2vMuoYB#COVID19#coronavirus#VAWA

 

Domestic Violence, Child Abuse Will Rise During Quarantines. So Will Neglect of At-Risk People, #SocialWorkers Say | People are scrambling to address the fallout of #coronavirus restrictions & #socialworkers say vast numbers of at-risk, elderly, sick and disabled Americans will be imperiled. “We are going to see some deaths.” https://buff.ly/2UxsUd3

 

(Capitol Update) Legislature should focus on budget and pandemic: There is little to nothing to report this week on legislative activity. Appropriations and budget leaders are still putting together a FY 2021 budget for consideration when the legislature is able to return for a vote — or, in the case of the House, to vote by proxy. It’s difficult to imagine, for the moment, how they can craft a budget without sound numbers on how much money is available to appropriate. No doubt the amount of money certified for appropriation in February is off the table since the coronavirus outbreak. [Steve Lewis / Capitol Update]

Oklahoma News

Oklahoma ranks 18th in nation in rate of Coronavirus deaths: With a surge in COVID-19 deaths since last week, Oklahoma now ranks 18th highest in the nation in the rate of coronavirus deaths. Taking population into account, deaths were highest in New York, with 6.3 deaths per 100,000 residents according to data from the COVID Tracking Project and U.S. Census Bureau. Oklahoma ranked 18th with 0.43 deaths per 100,000 residents. [Oklahoma Watch] Interactive maps: Known cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. [The Frontier] Charting the coronavirus pandemic state by state [Vox]

COVID-19 might overwhelm state by mid-April, doctor says. Hospitals try to reuse protective gear, plan retrofits for other machines to be ventilators: Hospitals are finding innovative ways to re-use personal protective equipment and convert other medical machines into ventilators in preparation for a potential surge of coronavirus patients by mid- to late April. [Tulsa World] Researchers believe the peak of the coronavirus outbreak in Oklahoma will hit around April 17th. [KOSU]

Oklahoma attorney general, governor: 'Consider which offenses necessitate detention' during COVID-19 pandemic: Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General Mike Hunter released guidance Monday encouraging law enforcement to avoid transporting low-level arrestees to detention facilities as a step in mitigating the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Hunter and Stitt said the guidance, termed “best practices,” should not be seen as a signal for “the release of dangerous criminals from jail.” [Tulsa World] The guidelines address four main areas of potential exposure — an arrest, the transfer of inmates, management of current jail and prison populations, and staff screening. [The OklahomanA coalition of Oklahoma groups, including OK Policy, have proposed 10 steps for lawmakers and officials to address the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails

52 new cases, another death reported as 47 counties in Oklahoma affected: Oklahoma has 481 cases of COVID-19, and officials reported another fatality from the condition caused by the novel coronavirus. State health officials reported 52 new cases Monday. Just a week ago, health officials had only detected 83 cases in Oklahoma. [Tulsa World] The latest death was a man ages 50 to 64 from Cleveland County. This is the sixth death in the county, making Cleveland County the county with the most coronavirus-related deaths in the state. [NewsOn6] Interactive COVID-19 map [The Frontier]

COVID-19 Podcasts: 

  • The Frontier, March 30 (Audio): Host Ben Felder and Frontier reporter Kassie McClung speak with Dr. Kasey Shrum, the Secretary of Science and Innovation, and Elizabeth Pollard, Deputy State Secretary of Science and Innovation, about their work on Gov. Kevin Stitt’s coronavirus task force. [The Frontier]
  • The Oklahoman, March 30 (Audio): Oklahoma City and Tulsa join the list of major metropolitan cities sheltering in place, health experts explain why social distancing works and nonprofits team up to respond to the health crisis. [The Oklahoman]

State Government News

'It's going to be tough': State's revenue taking huge hit by low oil prices: With oil prices plunging, Oklahoma is losing $27 million per month compared to five weeks ago in energy production taxes alone, an expert said. “It’s going to be tough,” said Tom Seng, director of the School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce at the University of Tulsa. [Tulsa World]

Unofficial tally puts the number of Oklahomans who filed initial claims for unemployment insurance at 45,000 last week: About 45,000 Oklahomans applied for unemployment compensation during the week ending March 28. That preliminary estimate was provided Monday by Robin Roberson, executive director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. Roberson stressed the estimate is an unofficial tally of claims. [The Oklahoman]

New rules in place for Oklahomans filing for unemployment insurance: The pandemic has caused the agency to adopt new rules, including waiving the work search and registration requirements, as well as the waiting period for any claim filed with an effective date of March 15. Polly says these requirements are only in effect as long as Governor Kevin Stitt’s executive order remains active. [KOSU]

Brandt Vawter leaves Commissioners of the Land Office: Brandt Vawter, the acting secretary for the Commissioners of the Land Office who lacked a statutorily required credential for the position, has resigned. In a March 20 letter to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, Vawter offered his “best wishes” to the Commissioners of the Land Office, which oversees more than $2 billion worth of oil and gas leases, agricultural land and commercial assets that help fund common education. [NonDoc]

Federal Government News

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn concerned about hospital finances, medical supplies: U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn said Monday she was frustrated that huge funding packages haven’t resolved shortages of critical medical supplies and expressed concern that metro and rural areas lack sufficient health care professionals necessary to deal with COVID-19. [The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma to receive $1.25B in relief: Cities and states battered financially by the COVID-19 pandemic will get some help under terms of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the approximately $2.2 trillion relief package passed by Congress and signed into law last week by President Donald Trump. [The Journal RecordThe Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has estimated Oklahoma is expected to receive about $1.534 billion in stimulus funds.

Health News

Infectious disease expert estimates 5,000 Oklahomans infected with COVID-19: The number of Oklahomans who have tested positive for the coronavirus rose to 481 Monday, but the total number of Oklahomans who have been infected is likely closer to 5,000, an infectious disease expert at OU Medicine said Monday. [The Oklahoman]

Corps of Engineers preps for possible alternate care facilities if Oklahoma hospitals get overwhelmed: At the behest of state and federal officials, Tulsa District staff with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are evaluating existing sites across Oklahoma that could be converted into alternate care facilities during a COVID-19 health crisis. [Tulsa World] OU Medicine will provide mobile emergency rooms to treat coronavirus patients. [OU Daily]

Lab offers drive-up COVID-19 testing in Tulsa for people who can't get a state test: If you have money to spare, you can get a COVID-19 test from a private lab now offering them in Tulsa without meeting state requirements like being over 60 or having a compromised immune system. [Public Radio Tulsa] Medical test maker adds unit to analyze coronavirus tests for Oklahoma medical providers. [The Oklahoman]

Dr. Jim Tomasek: OUHSC pursuing COVID-19 vaccine: In Oklahoma, hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine are no different, and researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center are preparing to start a COVID-19 vaccine project in April. [NonDoc] High-tech equipment to conduct thousands of coronavirus tests a day at OU Health Sciences Center. [KFOR]

Ascension St. John running clinical trial of treatment for lung damage from COVID-19: Ascension St. John is running Oklahoma’s first clinical trial for COVID-19 treatment. They’ll be giving people the rheumatoid arthritis drug sarimulab intravenously to see whether it’s effective at reducing the lung inflammation the coronavirus triggers in some patients. [Public Radio Tulsa]

Abortion providers and rights groups sue Oklahoma over COVID-19 related suspension: Abortion rights groups announced a lawsuit on Monday against top Oklahoma officials challenging an order Gov. Kevin Stitt issued last week that placed a moratorium on most abortions in the state. [The Frontier] Federal judges on Monday lifted restrictions Texas, Ohio and Alabama imposed on abortion during the coronavirus pandemic in decisions that could have repercussions for several more states like Oklahoma that have deemed the procedure non-essential during the crisis. [Politico]

Criminal Justice News

Oklahoma inmates making masks for health care workers: Inmates at one Oklahoma correctional center are coming together to make masks for health care workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The Warriors Quilting Club at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center is a team of inmates who share a love of sewing. [KFOR]

Economy & Business News

Coronavirus setbacks force some local manufacturers to pivot: A national plea has been issued for PPE, which is used by medical personnel as a barrier to coronavirus. Among local companies heeding the call are Rapid Application Group, a 3D printer manufacturer from Broken Arrow, and NXTNano in Claremore. [Tulsa World]

Who’s hiring? Several industries need workers during COVID-19 crisis: Industries deemed “essential” by state and federal governments are looking to hire more employees to meet increased demand for their services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Groceries, medicine, warehouse and delivery services are among the industries looking for more workers in Oklahoma. [The Journal Record]

Education News

Education divide in Oklahoma widens with move to distance learning: Through interviews with dozens of teachers and district leaders, The Frontier found some districts plan to move lessons and projects online, including in some schools that have already adopted personalized learning programs that students work through on school-issued laptops or tablets. In other districts the most students may receive are worksheet packets, storybooks and directed to watch public television programming that is being reoriented for students at home. [The Frontier] The pandemic that launched a massive, unplanned experiment with distance learning has created extraordinary hurdles for schoolchildren left behind by the digital divide. [AP / Tulsa World]  OK Policy has noted that education is a civil rights issues, and state officials should be exploring all options that provide equitable education solutions to all Oklahoma students, regardless of the resources that they have available.

Oklahoma state superintendent says COVID-19 reinforces need for digital access: Joy Hofmeister wants the internet in the home of every Oklahoma student. In an interview Monday, she said the COVID-19 closures have exposed an equity gap between students who have home internet access and those who don’t. “I want every one of our Oklahoma students to have access to a computer and internet access at home,” she said. “And I won’t rest until that’s done.” About a third of people in Oklahoma lack access to broadband. [StateImpact Oklahoma]

Oklahoma special education teachers and students adjust to distance learning environment: The Executive Director of Special Education Services for Oklahoma Todd Loftin says one thing is for certain: special education teachers across the state are ready for the challenge. "They're used to trying to think of different ways for providing instruction. That’s what they do all day. So this is just a slightly different context for them," Loftin said. [KOSU]

USDA allows all Oklahoma school districts to give free meals: A new federal waiver will open free school meals to students statewide during the COVID-19 pandemic, not only in high-need areas of Oklahoma. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the waiver to give free breakfast and lunch to students in school districts that don’t serve as many underprivileged children. [The Oklahoman]

General News

Tuesday is deadline to change party affiliation ahead of June primary elections: The deadline is Tuesday for registered voters to change party affiliations ahead of this summer’s primary and runoff elections. [Tulsa World]

Coronavirus' next casualty: The nation's biggest story could devastate news industry: On Monday, Gannett, which operates The Oklahoman and nine other newspapers in the state, told employees it would begin a series of immediate cost reductions, including a furlough program in its news division in April, May and June, as a result of the economic pressures brought on by the pandemic. [USA Today]

Oklahoma Local News

  • Mayor Holt: Oklahoma City’s coronavirus mortality rate close to 4.6% [KFOR]
  • Oklahoma County establishes COVID-19 hotline for uninsured residents [KFOR]
  • Tulsa Transit scales back service because of COVID-19 [Public Radio Tulsa]
  • Coronavirus on Tulsa time [Forbes]
  • Shelter in Place for Stillwater going into effect just before midnight [Stillwater News-Press]
  • Edmond amends emergency declaration to include shelter-in-place order amid coronavirus crisis [KOCO]
  • Union, Collinsville, Berryhill school districts join TPS in postponing board elections to June 30 [Tulsa World]

$2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package Will Support Social Workers, Clients They Serve
Social Work Helper
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) commends Congress and the White House for passing into law the $2.2 trillion economic relief package that will provide aid to individuals, families and communities. “Our nation is experiencing unprecedented levels of psychological and economic devastation as a result of this public health crisis” said NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW. “We applaud lawmakers and the Trump Administration for working quickly in a bipartisan way to bring relief to working class and middle-class Americans, many of whom are struggling to afford housing, food and health care during this pandemic.”

 

Rebekah Gewirtz, NASW-MA: As I See It: Social workers essential personnel, so why aren’t we talking about them?
Worcester Telegram
While the discussion of the role and importance of public health workers, such as doctors and nurses, on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic is important and warranted, we must not forget one other essential public health workforce: social workers. Important enough to be named essential personnel by Gov. Charlie Baker on March 23, yet social workers are left out of conversations about individuals and workforces providing essential services related to COVID-19.

 

Jill Lehmann-Bauer is a member:
Working harder in anxious times, mental health providers getting paid less for safer service
Des Moines Register
Jill Lehmann-Bauer counsels veterans, teachers, government employees and others who have a mix of mental health issues ranging from post-traumatic stress to anxiety to major depression. Typically, the therapist sees clients in her Clive office at Central Iowa Therapy Solutions. But some have COPD and other chronic lung disorders that make them more susceptible to coronavirus infection, so this week she began doing psychotherapy online to help lessen the spread of COVID-19. From her first session Monday, however, Lehmann-Bauer heard mixed messages about whether insurers would cover such telehealth mental health services.

 

Related story:
Wellmark to temporarily reimburse at 100% for telehealth services, including mental health
Business Record
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced late Thursday that it will temporarily reimburse health care providers that provide services through telehealth — including mental health counselors — at the same rate as office visits. … The move to temporarily allow equal reimbursement for telehealth visits for the next 90 days is a particularly welcome one for counselors like Jill Lehmann-Bauer, who say the lower rate was unfair to her and other counselors who now must see patients on a virtual basis during the coronavirus crisis.

Maurya Glaude is a member:

 

7 steps to help doctors reduce stress during the COVID-19 outbreak
MDLinx
“As a licensed clinical social worker, I currently have telehealth clients from all professions, and some are frontline workers, namely practicing physicians,” Maurya W. Glaude, PhD, MSW, LCSW-BACS, professor of practice, Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA, told MDLinx. “At the end of the day, we are all human. We are resilient beings, and yet we each respond to stress differently. We have our own thermometers for the activation of our fight-flight-freeze response.”

 

Coronavirus is roiling every part of child welfare system
The New York Times
For workers, widespread shortages of gloves, masks and other safety gear are raising concerns, said Angelo McClain, CEO of the National Association of Social Workers. "If a report comes in of a kid in danger, you need to go out and make sure that child is safe — but you need a face mask, gloves, sanitizer," he said.

 

Pandemic keeps us physically distant but socially connected | Candace McKibben
Tallahassee Democrat
It seems ironic that in this month when we have coined phrases like “social distancing, self-quarantine, and self-isolation,” we are also celebrating the work of social workers in our nation. Social workers are social beings concerned with systems and connecting people with the persons and resources who can best help people help themselves.… Social workers can be found in hospitals, mental health facilities, clinics, recovery centers, prisons, nursing homes, schools and more. On the National Association of Social Workers website, there are eight areas of practice for social work including aging, behavioral health, child welfare, clinical social work, ethnicity and race, health, LGBT, and school social work.

 

America’s child welfare system was already failing. The pandemic could weaken it further.
Vox
“This is often a forgotten population — unless something horrific shows up in the news,” said Will Francis, the Texas chapter director of the National Association of Social Workers. “There are always weak points because the system itself has never had what it needs to make sure it’s strong across the board.” As the Covid-19 crisis progresses, welfare advocates worry that those weak points may turn into dangerous gaps that could seriously endanger children and the many service providers who care for them.

 

Cindy Milner is a member:
[Video] Experts give advice on how to cope during Stay-at-Home orders
WDJT
“We’re wired for survival so our brain is going to go to the worst case scenario," said Licensed Clinical Social Worker Cindy Milner. Milner uses a technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to relax her clients. During EMDR, the person thinks of what’s causing their stress, while also focusing on something unrelated. “Sometimes we can know something, but feel very differently about it.  19:18 “It allows the rational brain to communicate with the emotional brain," she said.

 

Jennifer Morgan-Binns is a member:
How to talk with our kids about COVID-19
Mount Desert Islander
Most importantly, when talking about COVID-19 with children, start by asking what they know about it, said Jennifer Morgan-Binns, a licensed clinical social worker. If possible, do so with a question that invites more than a yes or no answer in order to understand what information they have collected. Once they offer an answer, ask how they are feeling about the coronavirus. “Sometimes for young kids it’s good to draw,” said Morgan-Binns, who also suggests role playing with toys for the younger age group. 

Katherine Schneider is a member:
Jewish Dating in the Time of COVID-19
Jewish Exponent
Katherine Schneider, a licensed clinical social worker based in East Falls, said parents who must now work from home and home-school their children may feel especially stressed. “For people with kids, there’s this pressure to be the perfect parent with homeschooling and Pinterest projects,” she said. “Sometimes making it through the day is an accomplishment enough. Give yourself permission to take
a break.”

 

Laura Jacobs is a member:
Trans surgeries postponed indefinitely amid coronavirus pandemic
WJFW
While most health insurance carriers in the U.S. currently consider gender-affirming procedures to be "cosmetic" with over 30 states allowing providers to exclude transition-related care from coverage such a distinction is inaccurate, according to Laura A. Jacobs, a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and board chair at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, a New York-based LGBTQ health center. "For many trans folks, existing daily in a body that doesn't match your sense of self isn't just uncomfortable, it's traumatic," Jacobs explained. "There's a lot of research that shows that delaying treatment for trans people increases levels of depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation."

 

Brittany Peters is a member:
Brittany Peters: The effects of COVID-19 on minority mental health
The Weekly Challenger
For many black and brown people living in poverty, limited supplies, school closures, and required quarantines can contribute to depression and anxiety. While closures impact every American during this time of uncertainty, minorities and those living in poverty are affected more; as a result, many factors such as wage inequality.

 

Christina Garnett is a member:
[Video] Social worker: Stick to routine while social distancing to help manage your mental health
KMOV
As you continue to practice social distancing, social workers want you to be mindful of your mental and emotional health for yourself and your children. Our routines and sense of normalcy has been shattered by COVID-19. Christina Garnett, a licensed clinical social worker, said we are social beings and not being able to go out can make up feel lonely, depressed, or even suicidal.

 

LGBTQ groups mark Transgender Day of Visibility through online campaigns
Metro Weekly
To participate, people are being asked to share a fun story, choreograph a dance, share a photo montage, or a list of “fierce” playlists on Instagram, Snapchat, Amino, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or TikTok. Among the people and organizations who are participating are songwriter Benjamin Scheuer, whose new song and video “I Am Samantha” debuts on March 31; actor Zach Barack, the first openly transgender performer in a Marvel movie; the National Association of Social Workers; and Athlete Ally.

  

Social Workers & COVID-19 in the Spotlight

 

These Maryland Social Workers Wrote a Children’s Book to Answer Coronavirus Questions
Washingtonian
Perhaps your kid is asking, “Can I catch coronavirus?” or maybe just “What is coronavirus?” As parents themselves, Maryland social workers Arlen Grad Gaines and Meredith Englander Polsky are encountering the same questions. In response, the co-authors wrote I Have a Question About Coronavirusa free children’s e-book to help parents maneuver coronavirus-related queries.

 

Coronavirus adding to struggle for social workers protecting most vulnerable children

WCVB
The coronavirus is impacting our foster care system -- from the social workers to the children in state custody and the foster homes where they live. There are multiple concerns and the state is still trying to figure out how to navigate it all. Social workers at the Department of Children and Families will mostly work remotely because they don't have any protective gear or supplies to go into homes.

 

Social Workers Stand Ready In The COVID-19 Fight
The Jamaica Gleaner (WI)
Over the past several weeks, as we have all seen the growing pandemic around the coronavirus, we at the Jamaica Association of Social Workers (JASW) have been thinking about how these developments might affect social workers and those for whom we care. Where there is panic, fear, uncertainty – which we are most familiar with in our daily practice – social workers seek to apply our professional skills such as problem-solving, crisis intervention, and strengths utilisation. In this, we support the nation in keeping peace and supporting solution-focused approaches to address the current situation.

 

[Audio] 'Escalating Panic': Social Worker On How Coronavirus Pandemic Can Affect Mental Health And How We Can Better Cope
WBUR
The coronavirus pandemic is a global threat to physical health. But it's also a challenge to mental health… For more on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting our mental health, WBUR's All Things Considered host Lisa Mullins spoke with Karen Zilberstein, a licensed clinical social worker in Northampton. Zilberstein described what she's seeing among her clients and offered guidance to help people cope.

 

Social work in this unprecedented time
Yahoo Finance
The three largest social work organizations in the United States are calling social work practitioners, students, faculty, employers, regulators, policy makers, and all interested parties to action. The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) acknowledge that we are all living in a very tumultuous time.  Clear thinking is essential but can be made more difficult because of overwhelming emotions - our own and those around us.  ASWB, CSWE and NASW encourage everyone to take the time necessary for self-care and to prioritize the needs of your own health, the health of your families, and the safety of our communities.

Tricia Bent-Goodley is a member:

 

Isolation of families for COVID-19 raises concerns about domestic violence
WCSJ
"For some, the self-isolation is like quarantining yourself anyway when you are home with the abuser ... you're living in terror," said Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley, an expert with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and a social work professor at Howard University.

 

NJ Social Workers Providing Free Resources and Support to Community
Inside NJ
With the COVID-19 crisis continuing to escalate across the state and nation, thousands of New Jersey’s social workers are continuing to support our communities through this global epidemic. The state’s leading organization for social workers is providing free online resources for its members and the community at large. “Social workers provide over 3/4th of the mental health services in our community,” said Jennifer Thompson, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers – New Jersey Chapter (NASW-NJ). “Social distancing does not mean social isolation, and as a community of social workers, we are committed to providing resources, tools and support to our neighbors, friends, colleagues and communities during this crisis.”

Emily Souder is a member:

 

Meditate, Exercise, Limit Social Media: 12 Expert-Approved Ways to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety
Popsugar
"It's important to acknowledge that the anxiety is present," said clinical psychologist Carla Manly, PhD. Pretending your fear isn't there is counterproductive; you'll only make yourself more anxious. Instead, "treat it with compassion," said psychotherapist Emily Souder, MA, LCSW. "Know that it is not in control of you, and that your anxious thoughts are not representative of truth. See them as separate from you, if possible."

 

With COVID-19 spreading, FL social workers face limitations trying to help vulnerable families
Florida Phoenix
Jim Akin, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, Florida chapter, said in a phone call with the Florida Phoenix that remote work will be tough for most social workers. “It’s kind of difficult to work from home,” Akin said. “Most private practices are incorporating telehealth and teletherapy.”

 

Mental healthcare even more important during coronavirus. Therapists are struggling to adapt their profession.
MetroWest Daily News
Rebekah Gerwirtz, executive director of the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, said she understands the trepidation of people like Leggett, but she said Baker’s executive order is a mandate, one that other states should model. “The executive order put forward by our governor, as I understand it, is the first one in the country that was done that covers telemental health in such a comprehensive way, and in fact, other chapters have been using it as a tool for advocacy with their governors and their legislatures with some success in other states,” Gerwirtz said.

Katherine Supiano is a member:

 

As Utah marks 1st death from COVID-19, mental health expert says reaching out more important than ever
Deseret News
As Utah marked its first death from COVID-19 on Sunday, a mental health expert says the news is likely to amplify the reality of the pandemic for many in the Beehive State. “I do think it does have important implications, because now it feels local, and though we have had cases, this is the first fatality. And it also feels like this could happen in anyone’s family,” said Kathie Supiano, associate professor at University of Utah College of Nursing and a licensed clinical social worker.

Cynthia Reynolds is a member:

 

Therapy sessions going virtual due to coronavirus
WTHR (IN)
No church. No School. No going into the office. It all may be good for our physical health right now, but therapists say the social distancing isn’t great for our mental health. Cynthia Reynolds is a licensed clinical social worker. She said it’s still critical that people in need talk to someone. “I think it’s crucial to staying well during this epidemic,” she said. Many in-person counseling sessions along with substance abuse programs and support groups are put on hold for now.


Understanding the seriousness of coronavirus
WAFF (AL)
First, licensed clinical social worker Alissa Lapidus says it’s important to remember that you can’t always change people. “Making sure that we all understand what our limits are on how we can control the actions and the behaviors and the thoughts of those around us is going to settle each individual down," says Lapidus. When the issue at hand is really important to you, however, Lapidus stresses the importance of open communication and willingness to listen to the other person.


This is what experts say to do immediately after you lose your job
Yahoo Lifestyle
“Tap into your support network of friends and family and let them know about your job loss,” Nancy Serling, a licensed clinical social worker, tells HelloGiggles. “While social distancing may be necessary during this time, connecting to others via FaceTime or through a stroll in the park (at a healthy distance, of course) can help give us the social connection we need to not feel alone during this vulnerable time.”

 

New substance use disorder training available to social workers
Holland Sentinel
The Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers launched its first Substance Use Disorder Supervision Institute, a revolutionary training for Michigan social workers to better support Michigan’s population facing substance use disorder. The training is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

 

Special Events
During uncertain times, social workers activate to take care of others. With all the change to our work, it’s important to take care our ourselves and learn how to implement new procedures into our practice. Here are some helpful social work events taking place across the country for NASW members and non-NASW social workers. 

 

Key Developments in Medicare Telehealth Options During COVID-19 - A free webinar for NASW members. This 55 minute video provides 1 hour of Ethics CE from the most trusted sources of CEU's for social workers. Members can register for free at https://naswinstitute.inreachce.com/Details/Information/85a24b92-d413-4ce2-b281-c73ec9816632

 


Leadership & The Era of COVID-19 --FREE

It’s a new day in leadership and macro social work. Join NASW-NJ|DE and the Network for Social Work Management for a discussion about the challenges we face in leading programs, managing teams and course-adjusting during the COVID-19 crisis. This conversation is geared toward macro/non-clinical social workers. 1.5 general CE’s offered.  Registration Link: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/leadership-in-the-era-of-covid19-2138773744


 

Private Practice Shared Interest Group-- FREE

You have questions about practice. You rely on your circle for support. Now, more than ever, it’s time to connect, share resources and knowledge. Join your peers from across the nation in this safe space designed for our private practitioners. Join us for our first virtual Private Practice Shared Interest Group chat.  Link:   https://events.eventzilla.net/e/social-work-private-practice-virtual-meetup-2138773582


 

Self Care: Virtual Sip & Paint -- FREE

Self care is critical. Relax and unwind with your friends and colleagues from across the nation in our first virtual paint and sip. Grab your supplies and favorite drink while artist and owner of Mimosas & Masterpieces guides us through a painting of our own. 

Registration: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/virtual-sip-n-paint-selfcare-event-2138750981


 

The Practice of Mattering During the Time of Social Distancing -- FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

Join us for an informational discussion about how we connect, find meaning and our place during Social Distancing. Discover ways to continue connection, what to be mindful of, setting boundaries and find resources to find meaningful connection, practice self care and more. 

Registration Link: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/the-practice-of-mattering-during-the-time-of-social-distancing-2138773730


Ethics in Telemental Health -- FREE

Dr. Susan Meyerle, LIMHP, provides current practice tips on how to provide ethical telemental therapy.This series is a must see for practitioners that provide telemental health services or those interested in starting a telemental health practice. More info can be found at https://ethicsrock.com/services


Coping with the Financial Reality of COVID-19 Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT

Adapting to the constantly changing instructions for protecting ourselves from COVID-19 (coronavirus) is difficult enough but equally problematic are the financial challenges accompanying it.

The pressure created from lack of income, jobs, health insurance, ineligibility for unemployment benefits, increased reliance on credit cards, etc., will wreak havoc on the lives of Americans for the duration of the pandemic and beyond.

By the time the virus is under control, millions of Americans may find they escaped the virus but not the financial trauma of the debt and lost income incurred from unanticipated expenses resulting from it.

Register and attend this unique training to learn how to motivate, guide and support clients in coping with their current COVID-19 financial stress so they may be able to minimize more dire long-term consequences.

Topics

  • How to identify and manage spending triggers.
  • Developing a Financial Stress Reduction Practice.
  • Three major actions clients need to avoid.
  • Using creative Financial Wellness Approaches.
  • The role of financial self-care in reducing financial anxiety.
  • What to know about credit card hardship and forbearance.

More information is available at https://financialsocialwork.com/webinar/coping-with-the-financial-reality-of-covid-19

 

NASW PRESS RELEASES
We are continuing to monitor the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic very closely. We care deeply about the health and well-being of our members and the clients and communities you serve. As more details emerge and recommendations for health and safety change, NASW-Oklahoma is committed to providing information and resources that are relevant and useful for you during this uncertain time.
Information and Resources
SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION, LICENSURE AND EXAMINATION

Many questions have been raised about registering for licensure exams, applying for or renewing licensure, and fulfilling licensure requirements. Please check the websites below for the most current information.

  • Our state’s licensing board remains open for the time being. They have posted information about fulfilling licensure requirements on their website. You can also subscribe to their e-mail list on their website for more timely updates.

  • Pearson VUE testing centers – Pearson administers the licensure exams and has closed their centers starting March 17th. If you are registered for an exam before April 16th, you will receive communication from Pearson about rescheduling. 



  • Graduating soon or completing a field placement? Each social work program is addressing the coronavirus in its own way. Check with your school’s program director and administration for what action you need to take to fulfill your field and course requirements.
TELEHEALTH RESOURCES

Telehealth has received a lot of attention over the past week. Learn about what’s happening at the national level and take action here in Oklahoma by visiting the links below:




SELF-CARE RESOURCES

During uncertain times, social workers activate to take care of others. With all the change to our work, family, and community lives, It’s important to take care our ourselves too. Here are some helpful articles.



OTHER COVID-19 RESOURCES

  • NASW National’s webpage about COVID-19 contains reliable information about COVID-19, information on supporting clients, preparing your private practice, prevention measures, impacts on older adults, self-care, and more.

 
 

 

 

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