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BULLETIN #3 - COVID-19 Webinars, Social Service Resources, & More

Wednesday, March 18, 2020  
Posted by: Jamie Klufts
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COVID-19 Webinars, Social Service Resources, & More

BULLETIN #3

 Firstly, we want to recognize that today is World Social Work Day. Thank you for everything you are doing during this time. At NASW-MA, our goals are to support you and help you stay informed during this challenging and ever-evolving time.

 

See below for updates on NASW-MA upcoming events, updated information on providing tele-mental health, social services resources that are crucial right now as we work to support vulnerable clients and communities, upcoming web-based continuing education programs, and more.

 

EVENTS UPDATE

LEAD

After exploring options to go virtual, we regret to inform you that we have decided to cancel our 2020 Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) event on Monday, March 23, 2020. Given time constraints and scheduling concerns as a result of the pandemic, we do not believe we could produce the quality of event we owe to you all. Read our announcement about LEAD here.

 

Symposium 2020: Voices of Empowerment and Social Justice

Our plans for Symposium 2020 and the 2020 Awards Dinner are in process. As it stands, our goal is to postpone Symposium or do a virtual event, as we know many of you depend on this conference to satisfy your CE requirements and because we have so many interesting and relevant workshops we want you to be able to experience. If this is going to be a feasible option, we will communicate details to you about that in the week ahead. In the event we are unable to make the event virtual, we will plan to postpone Symposium 2020 to a date in the fall or in calendar year 2021.

 

Thank you for patience and understanding during this trying and unprecedented time. We are working diligently to communicate next steps and will continue to provide regular updates as soon as we have them. Please allow us time to solidify a plan with our key stakeholders and check our website www.naswma.org/symposium2020 and your email for updates.

 

See updates on all other upcoming conferences, workshops, and meetings here.

 

WEBINARS & OTHER AT-HOME CE OPPORTUNITIES

Join us for 2 upcoming live NASW-MA continuing education webinars related to COVID-19:

  •  Social Distancing and Social Isolation Among Older Adults: A Crisis Response with Mary Curlew, LICSW, Community Education and Training Specialist for Services for Older Adults, Jewish Family & Children’s Service (1.5 CEUs). Happening March 24 from 12:00-1:30 pm. Register here.
  •  Mental Health During a Pandemic: Helping Clients Through COVID-19 and Beyond with Karen Zilberstein, LICSW, Clinical Director of the Northampton, Massachusetts Chapter of A Home Within (1.5 CEUs). Happening March 26 from 12:00-1:30 pm. Register here.

Stay tuned for additional webinar offerings! You can also access free and low-cost continuing education opportunity anytime on the Online CE Institute.

 

CLINICAL ISSUES UPDATE

Information regarding tele-mental health is changing rapidly. We're continuously advocating for clinical social work members at the federal and state level through all channels possible to make tele-mental health just as convenient as in-person therapy. Check our website frequently. We'll continue to update this information as we learn more: https://www.naswma.org/news/492672/Novel-Coronavirus-Outbreak--Clinical-Practice.htm

 

Also check your inbox for a Clinical Alert email in the next 24-48 hours for updates on our advocacy work related to clinical issues and COVID-19. Not on our Clinical Alert list? Send an email to chapter.naswma@socialworkers.org to be added.

 

In addition, due to COVID-19, ASWB is postponing all social work licensing tests until April 16, effective today, March 17. Click here for more information.

 

SOCIAL SERVICES & OTHER IN-THE-FIELD RESOURCES

  • Hunger and Food Resources: Project Bread is maintaining their toll-free hunger helpline during this time and has compiled excellent information about school meal sites for kids.
  • Network of Care Massachusetts: A directory of over 5,000 mental health and substance use programs and organizations across the Commonwealth, searchable by keyword and zip code.
  • Health Insurance Coverage: A special enrollment period is now open to get currently uninsured MA residents on health insurance plans. This will help ensure folks get proper treatment should they become infected. Special enrollment is open now through April 25.

PARTNERSHIP WITH HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH & THRIVE GLOBAL

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global platform to bring a new, free health and wellness program to frontline public health workers, including social workers, during this crisis. Read the press release here. More information to come - stay tuned!

 

FOLLOWING THE CDC'S RECOMMENDATIONS

We recommend folks follow the guidelines from the CDC. All of the CDC's COVID-19 information is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html. We cannot tell you what to do with your practices, other than to encourage you to follow guidelines from the CDC to the best of your ability and use sound judgement. 

 

Highlights include:

  • Use telework (in your case, teletherapy) as often as possible
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (the virus can spread between people who are within about 6 feet of one another)
  • Encourage clients who are sick, seniors, or those with significant underlying conditions (conditions related to heart, lung, kidney disease; diabetes; and conditions that suppress the immune system) to stay home, when possible
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds at a time, using soap and warm water. When not feasible, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Make hand hygiene supplies readily available in workplaces, including in waiting rooms
  • Avoid handshakes and other forms of physical contact
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow, then discard used tissues and practice hand hygiene
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily (doorknobs, light switches, tables, desks, keyboards, handrails, chair arms, etc.)
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

SOCIAL WORK VOICE UPDATE

You should be receiving the March/April issue of Social Work Voice very soon. We want to make you aware that creation and printing of this issue happened before the coronavirus outbreak escalated.

 

Events and meetings listed in the March/April Social Work Voice may have been cancelled, postponed, or made digital.

 

Please check our website calendar for clarity or email us at chapter.naswma@socalworkers.org.

 

NASW-MA STAFF

All NASW-MA staff at this time are working remotely. As a result, we are not answering the office phone main line or extensions in real-time. During the State of Emergency, if you need to reach us by phone, please be patient as we respond to voicemails. We strongly encourage you to reach us by email during this time. You can find email addresses for each of our staff members here. If you're not sure who to contact at the office, send an email to chapter.naswma@socialworkers.org.

 


more Featured Events

4/14/2020
Webinar: Politically Active While Physically Distant - 1.5 CEUs

4/15/2020
CANCELLED - MA Rehab. Services: Helping Disabled Clients Meet Their Vocational Goals - 1.5 CEUs

4/15/2020
CANCELLED - Retired & Retiring Social Workers Shared Interest Group Meeting

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