NASW Alaska in collaboration with Alaska VA Healthcare System & American Foundation for Suicide Prevention present:

Operations SAVE!: A Joint Collaboration to Prevent Suicide In Alaska 

Thursday, February, 4th 2021
Presented by: Rebeca S. Chace, LCSW

Suicide Prevention Coordinator
REACH VET Coordinator
Alaska VA Healthcare System


1 General CE Credit $6.00 (NASW Members & Students ONLY )
Free to Attend

With a special introduction from, Dustin Morris -- Area Director at American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with their FREE agency resources for community members.

The goal of S.A.V.E. is to teach you how to recognize warning signs for suicide risk and how to connect Veterans in distress with help. Our hope is that this trainer’s guide empowers you to inspire others to be more “suicide aware” and to better serve Veterans in your community.

S.A.V.E. stands for “Signs of suicidal thinking,” “Ask the question,” “Validate the Veteran’s experience,” and “Encourage treatment and expedite getting help.” This training is what is known as “gatekeeper training” and is a recognized best practice in suicide prevention. Gatekeeper training, which imparts basic skills for talking to individuals in crisis, helps prepare members of the public to step in when someone they interact with is experiencing a crisis.
At the end of the this training, participants will:
•           Have a general understanding of the scope of suicide within the United States.
•           Know how to identify a Veteran who may be at risk for suicide.
•           Know what to do when you identify a Veteran at risk.

Upcoming Board Meeting

Next Board Meeting Feb 27

Continuing Education

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

Addressing Implicit Bias and Stigma of People Who Use Drugs

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

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.

Credit: 1 Substance Use Disorder, 1 Alaska Native
Course Number: AK-3
Original Program Date: February 20, 2020
Duration: 47 minutes

Register for "Ethics in Rural Practice"


J.T. Bolin, LCSW is a mental health clinician in Fairbanks, AK. Most recently, he spent the past five years working as mental health clinician and clinical director in Dillingham, AK where he provided community mental health and psychotherapy services to children, families, and adults in remote villages and towns across the Bristol Bay region. Previously, he provided community mental health and family therapy services to inner-city youth and their families in St. Louis, MO. He is presently the Vice President of the NASW Alaska Chapter and the chairman of the Ethics Committee. He specializes in child and family therapy, personality disorders, chronically suicidal and destructive behaviors, and difficult to engage individuals as well as extensive experience collaborating with child protective workers and family courts. 

Nina Corbett LCSW was raised in Alaska and is a tribal member of Curyung in Bristol Bay. She was originally introduced to NASW during graduate school. She has worked as a clinician providing consultation, therapy and supervision in both an agency setting and private practice.  Nina is the regional supervisor for the Division of Juvenile Justice in Dillingham, and the current President of the Alaska Chapter of NASW. She is no the Ethics committee with JT Bolin. She has previous background as a mental health therapist, clinical supervisor and private practitioner. She loves to fish, garden, pick berries, and spend time with family in her free time.

Frank Ponziano LPCS, MAC, CDCS is an Early Interventions Clinical Supervisor in Fairbanks Alaska and honored to serve the TCC communities with compassion and love. My focus is access to care, utilization and clinical supervision to a team of varying positions, which include intake coordinator, clinical associate, SUD counselor, case managers and clinicians. I have training with addictions, grief and loss, and emotional regulation; in which I practice through a relational framework based on empathy and connection. I have experience providing individual, group, family and community-based interventions in both urban and rural communities such as Chicago IL, Fairbanks and Barrow AK. Lastly, I travel, as needed, throughout the interior, providing supervision and interventions face-to-face, as well as virtually. 

Delivery Method: remotely using Zoom

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

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