Upcoming Events


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

Credit(s): 3 CEU
Course Number: AK-2
Duration: 2 hours
Date: TBD
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ((GMT-09:00) Alaska)

Social work and mental health practice in isolated and remote areas, especially in Alaska, can be challenging and present ethical dilemmas usually more easily avoided in urban settings. This presentation will cover issues such as unavoidable dual relationships, confidentiality issues, issues related to social media, and how to feel comfortable making decisions where no clear right answer exists. This is a presentation that is also meant to facilitate group discussion regarding these topics.


We regret to inform you that the NASW Alaska event “Ethics in Rural Practice: There Isn't Always an Exact Answer” has been postponed until a yet to be determined date. The health and well-being of our members is of the utmost importance and this decision was made with your best interest in mind.

If you wish to obtain a refund for your registration fee, please contact the NASW National office at (800) 742-4089 | membership@socialworkers.org. If/When a new date is chosen, the event will be updated on the Social Work Online CE Institute. If you have obtained a refund by that time, you may re-register for the event.

For questions regarding this event’s postponement, please contact the NASW Alaska chapter at (907) 332-6279 | tprotzman.naswak@socialworkers.org.

For questions regarding the Social Work Online CE Institute, please contact Customer Support at (877) 880-1335| support@inreachce.com.

Thank you for your understanding.

National Association of Social Workers, Alaska Chapter

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The Chapter Nominations & Leadership Identification Committee (CNLIC) needs members to run for 2020-2022 Chapter Leadership roles


The Alaska Chapter's Nomination and Leadership Identification Committee (CNLIC) is currently looking for members interested in running for the Chapter Board of Directors. Several positions are still open for members throughout the state and we encourage all who are interested to submit your name for consideration. We must know if you are interested by May 1, 2020 (preferably ASAP), and nomination forms must be completed by May 1, 2020. To be a part of the Chapter Leadership or the Board of Directors for your professional organization is a great way to get involved, an excellent resume builder and allows you to provide your area of practice with a voice. We would hope you will consider running and continue to support your professional organization.   

Board Duties:

 Provide directions for the future of social work and social services in Alaska at quarterly meetings.

 Link with statewide members at the Bi-Annual NASW-AK Conference and meetings

 Be an ambassador for the social work profession

The following positions are open: 

2020-2022 Chapter Leadership Board of Directors Vacancies

Executive Committee:  Statewide

PRESIDENT-ELECT (2020-2021) (President: 2021-2023)



Board of Directors:  Statewide



Board of Directors:  Regional

Western Region Representative(2020-2022)

Northern Region Representative(2020-2022)

Southcentral Region, Unit II Representative(2020-2022)

Chapter Nominations & Leadership Identification Committee:  Statewide(2020-2022)



If you are interested please request a nomination form naswak@socialworkers.org.  The CNLIC looks forward to receiving the nominations from our future social work leaders to advance the profession in Alaska.  

Addressing Implicit Bias and Stigma of People Who Use Drugs

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 Protzman

Please allow me to introduce myself…my name is Tonie Protzman, whose Native name, Yethnhahnilats, means “makes her life strong,” and I am an enrolled descendant in the Turtle Clan of the Oneida Tribe in Oneida, WI., however, I have been raised in Alaska my whole life.

In July 2019, I accepted the Executive Director position at the National Association of Social Workers and am really excited to be here. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you!

My educational background information includes: a Paralegal Certificate (2005), an Associate Degree in General Studies (2005), a Bachelor’s degree in Justice and Psychology (2006) and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (2012). I was also accepted to a dual PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology with rural and indigenous emphasis, where I have completed all the class, just short internship and dissertation completion.  

I currently hold the contract with Cornerstone Recovery, where I am the Development & Program Director. I previously worked with the Alaska Mental Association for Infant and Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH) where I was the Executive Assistant & Communications Director and for the Alaska Psychological Association (AK-PA) where I was the Executive Director for the past 9 years, where I did state and federal lobbying for the Association. I also have prior experience as a directing clinician at a residential treatment center for adolescent boys (The Pathway Home) and prior experience working at McLaughlin with juvenile sex offenders.  

In my spare time, I enjoy flying around Alaska, practicing hot yoga, lifting weights/working out and participating in body building/fitness shows. I also enjoy spending time with my daughter, Paisley who is the absolute love of my life 

Here are a couple of my published work (my pen name is Quaintance):


Rivkin, I.D., Lopez, E., Trimble, J., Johnson, S., Orr, E., & Quaintance, T. (2018). Cultural values, coping, and hope in Yup’ik communities facing rapid cultural change. Journal of Community Psychology, 47(3), 611-627.

Rivkin, I., Johnson, S., Lopez, E., Trimble, J., Quaintance, T., & Orr, E. (2017).  Yup’ik understanding of stress within the context of rapid cultural change. Journal of Community Psychology, 45(1), 33-52.

Rivkin, ID, Lopez, EDS, Quaintance, TM, Trimble, J, Hopkins, S, Fleming, C, Orr, E, & Mohatt, GV (2012). Value of community partnership for understanding stress and coping in rural Yup’ik communities: The CANHR study. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.

Quaintance, T.M. (2010). Bureau of Justice “Safe Return” juvenile sex offenders rural reentry grant. Unpublished manuscript. University of Alaska.

Quaintance, T. M. (2008). McLaughlin Youth Center Recidivism Rates and the Adam Walsh Act 2009. Unpublished manuscript. University of Alaska. 

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