Social Workers Social Hour

A Collaboration with the University of Alaska Anchorage & University of Alaska Fairbanks

Thursday, March 4th @ Noon
Via Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 530 829 2124
Passcode: NASW

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

Register Today! 

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.


September 2021

9/24-25 Conference/BOARD MEETING (Zoom/ Fairbanks)

October 2021

CE AKTC: Cultural Diversity

November 2021

CE AKTC: Secondary Trauma and Burn-Out

December 2021

December 4th BOARD MEETING (Virtual)

December 4th Social – Ginger, Anchorage 6-10 PM

Nominations Open

CE AKTC: Ethics

January 2022

Nominations Open

February 2022


March 2022




MARCH 4th SOCIAL Juneau Salt TBD

CCNLI: Nominations Due

April 2022

CCNLI Preliminary Slate Due

May 2022

CCNLI Certify Elections 


CCNLI Petitions Signed  

June 2022

JUNE 4th -- BOARD MEETING/Award Committee Meets for conference (ZOOM) 

CCNLI Ballots  

CCNLI Tally Due/Present to Sec

CCNLI Notify Members

July 2022

7/1 New Board Members Terms Start

7/6 Board Orientation @ NOON and/or 6PM

August 2022


September 2022


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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