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September 26th @ 10:00 AM

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Telehealth: Practicing with High Ethical Standards -- ON DEMAND! 

Credit(s): 3 CEU 

Duration: 3 hours 

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Learning objectives

·Gain an understanding of the history and purpose of telehealth

·Obtain knowledge of the modes of care delivery and the clinical uses of telehealth

·Discover advancements in telehealth including technology platforms being used to conduct telehealth practice

·Gain knowledge and skills of ethical considerations and implications for telehealth practice

·Learn effective tools for making the best ethical decisions when using technology to conduct mental health services

Presenters:

Andrea Murray, LICSW is Senior Ethics Associate at NASW. She is responsible for developing ethics resources and programming as well as providing consultation and technical support related to the association’s peer review process. Andrea holds an MSW degree from The Ohio State University and a BSc degree from the University of Toronto; moreover, she is a certified project manager. She initiated her career in the District of Columbia’s child welfare system, providing direct services and training. As Manager of the District’s first post adoption support unit, she built a program that served over 1300 adoptive families. In her role as Manager, Systems Improvement Methodology at Casey Family Program, Andrea provided technical assistance and consultation on a wide array of issues to child welfare agencies and associated systems nationwide.

Social Workers Cannot Be Silent: Statement & Call to Action Against Racism & Race-Based Violence 

Rally 2020

“Do your laws against larceny and murder prevent those crimes? No law will eliminate crimes, but at least you as legislators can assert to the world that you recognize the evil of the present situation and speak your intent to help us overcome discrimination.” -Elizabeth Peratrovich - 1945

Social justice is one of the most important values of the social work profession. Our code of ethics states:

Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers' social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people.

As social workers, it is essential to our practice to recognize injustice and stand against it. Alaska is no stranger to social injustices. There is a long history of colonization that has led to suffering for many people throughout our state. We are not shocked by the murder of George Floyd or the many, many people who were murdered before him. We are devastated that year after year our calls to end discrimination and violations of human rights go unanswered. We are ready to see change.

The NASW-Alaska Chapter condemns racism and xenophobia. We are vehemently against the continued murder of unarmed black and brown individuals as a result of ignored police misconduct. We ask that you take action to fight this injustice. Sign a petition, protest, make a donation, or educate yourself on systemic racism in our state and country. Advocate and encourage improved and additional training in your local law enforcement agencies. We are at an impasse and now is the time to take a stand. We need your voice. 

In social work solidarity,

The Staff and Board of Directors of NASW-AK

Photo by NASW-AK member Leigh Bolin, June, 2020 Protest in Fairbanks, Alaska

For social workers committed to joining us in this fight, the following resources can help:


Resources and Training

Taking Action

Becoming Educated

Local Resources

  • The Alaska Native Heritage Center offers cultural awareness classes to increase awareness and knowledge of cultural diversity in Alaska.  Call (907) 330-8000 or email caw@alaskanative.net to learn more.
  • The Alaska Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America will host a session on communication insights with Celeste Hodge Growden, Alaska Black Caucus - ABC president and Dr. Jocasta Olp, diversity lead for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce on June 11 at 3:00 p.m. Look for more information on their Facebook page.
  • Add to your reading list, viewing queue, and podcast roster by seeking thought leaders on indigenous rights and antiracism like Willie Hensley, Ibram Kendi, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Rachel Cargill.  The Anchorage Public Library and the Alaska State Library have selections from these and other authors that can be checked out as e-books now (while the libraries are still closed to the public). Read about Elizabeth Peratrovich, the Tlingit woman who led the fight for the Alaska Equal Rights Act, in Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich
  • Support Bridge Builders of Anchorage, an organization dedicated to the promotion and celebration of harmony and respect among all cultures in order to make Anchorage, Alaska the first city without prejudice.  (www.bridgebuildersak.org)

Thank you to NASW Massachusetts for their resources.

Ethics in Rural Practice: There Isn't Always an Exact Answer (Ethics CE)

ON DEMAND!

Credits: 3 CEU 

Course Number: AK-3 
Duration: 3 hours 
Delivery Method: Online

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The Power of Social Work


members make change possible

Preserving rights.

As dedicated advocates for children’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, lesbian and gay rights, crime victims’ rights, labor rights, human rights, patients’ rights, women’s rights and many others, social workers continue to lead efforts that enhance human well-being. We shape programs and policies that strengthen individual lives and improve the society in which we live.

Strengthening voices.

Social workers also work to empower those who are frequently unheard. We open doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need. Whether we work in direct practice, administration, education and research, or policy development, professional social workers are trained to make an impact. Every day, the quality of life for millions of people is improved as they learn to use their own personal power, to build brighter futures for themselves and their families.

Executive Director:

Tonie Protzman, MS 

Tonie ProtzmanTonie Protzman, whose Native name, Yethnhahnilats, means “makes her life strong,” is an enrolled descendant in the Turtle Clan of the Oneida Tribe in Oneida, WI. Tonie grew up and remains in Anchorage, Alaska with her Inupiaq Eskimo daughter, Paisley.

Protzman holds a Master of Science (MS) degree in Clinical Psychology (2012) and a bachelor’s degree in Justice and Psychology (2006) both from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was accepted to a dual PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology with rural and indigenous emphasis, where she has completed all the classes, just short internship and dissertation.  After graduating with her MS, Protzman started her own consulting business, Protzman Consulting, where she has held contracts for both public and private sectors of behavioral health. She currently holds a contract with Cornerstone Recovery, as the Program Administrator and in July 2019, she accepted the Executive Director position with the National Association of Social Workers, Alaska Chapter.

Prior to NASW, Protzman was the Executive Director for the Alaska Psychological Association (AK-PA) for 9 years. In addition to serving in the role of ED with AK-PA, Protzman served in the capacity of the state and federal lobbyist for the Association where she developed long-standing relationships with members of the legislature. 

Tonie currently volunteers with the Women’s Power League of Alaska where she mentors young professionals new to the behavioral health field. She is passionate about disseminating information and educating Alaska communities about access to behavioral health services, while reducing the stigmatism of receiving these services. Tonie is an amazingly strong American Native woman who is passionate about Alaska’s behavioral health needs, access to care and the Alaska Native cultures. She has solid business expertise in executive management and fundraising skills, while networked throughout the State of Alaska and globally around the world.

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