Continuing Education

Upcoming Offerings

Dinayetr (The Breath of Our People): The ethical importance of supporting Alaska Native language revitalization

Date: May 5, 2023 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cost: $20
$10 for active members with code: AKPA0428

Dr. LaVerne Xilegg Demientieff and Dr. Jessica Saniġaq Ullrich will discuss how Alaska Native language continuation is important for social workers to support. We will share a brief history of language suppression and how the NASW ethical values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of a person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence align with efforts to keep Indigenous languages alive for collective wellbeing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the ways language loss is linked to intergenerational trauma for many Alaska Native people.
  2. Learn how the NASW code of ethics guides social workers to align with language revitalization efforts.
  3. Discuss ideas for policy and practice change to support language learning and how these efforts connect to the wellbeing of all.

Past Offerings

Assessment and Therapy with Alaska Native People

Presenter: Denise Dillard, PhD
Co-Presenter & Moderator: Tonie Protzman, MS, CDC

Friday, April 29, 2022
Three Alaska Native CEU
$50 NASW Members
$250 Non-Members
In-person & Zoom Options
Registration Now!

Addressing Implicit Bias and Stigma of People Who Use Drugs

An overview of harm reduction, key concepts, and traditional values guiding work with indigenous people experiencing substance use disorders. Native-focused suggestions for addressing drug use among individuals, organizations, and communities are also provided.

This program has been approved for 1 contact hour (Alaska Native or Substance Abuse) by the NASW-Alaska Chapter, and may be used to meet continuing education requirements for Social Work Licensure/Certification renewal.

Register for "Addressing Implicit Bias" at Social Work Online CE Institute

De-escalation Skills: Crisis Intervention

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Presented by: Rachel Gearhart, MSW, LCSW
6:00-7:30 PM Alaska Standard Time
VIA: CE On-Line Institute
1.5 General CE Credit

Join us to learn new or brush up on your crisis de-escalation skills by identifying when to intervene, what to say, and how to say it. Appropriate for wide array of service delivery settings, new learners and seasoned professionals looking to refresh their skills

NASW Member: $25.00
Non-Member: $35.00
Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the stages of escalation and where to ideally intervene
  • Learn what sorts of things to say (and not to say) and how to say them during a crisis
  • Consider how the Ten Essential Values fit into how you'll work to more effectively de-escalate future situations


Rachel Gearhart, MSW, LCSW
Rachel knows the concerns of front-line staff in managing our own mental health. Through her years of intake and emergency services on-call she has helped our neighbors through some of their most vulnerable moments in mental health crisis and addiction. She has used what she learned in formal trainings as well as trial and error to help our community members find stability. This experience has informed her experience as the Director of Behavioral Health Services in that she’s not just a stuffed shirt (or dress) but still a boots-on-the-ground provider. Before coming to JAMHI in fall 2010, Rachel worked in Anchorage and Craig providing complete comprehensive psychosocial assessments, treatment planning, and group therapy to adults and children. In her free time (and when it’s not a pandemic), Rachel enjoys volunteering in the Travel Juneau kiosk; writing snail mail letters to pen pals, working part-time giving food tours in the summer and taking food tours wherever she travels.

Follow NASW Alaska

Stay posted by visiting our website, and please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Contact Us

Tonie Protzman, MS
Executive Director
NASW  Alaska Chapter
PO Box 241292
Anchorage, AK 99524

Direct: 907.830.2762
Office: 907.332.6279
Toll Free: 1.800.478.6279