NASW-ND Chapter Updates

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Questions about licensure? 

The North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners is responsible for licensing social workers in the state of North Dakota. Visit their website for more information. 

The Biden administration said it is offering another round of free at-home COVID tests to U.S. households after the holiday season, when more people have gathered indoors and the virus typically spreads at higher levels. Use COVIDtests.gov to request four free tests per household.

Order here: https://www.covid.gov/tools-and-resources/resources/tests

How to Run for Office in North Dakota

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Before You Run

1. Find out more about running for officeSpeak with people who have run before to learn about what it's like to campaign. You can even email your elected officials and ask them what it was like when they ran.

2. Make sure you qualifyFind the qualifications on the the state's resource page.

3. Review the state's candidate pageThe candidate page has all the information you need to know to run for office, including the voting & election laws, the election calendar, and the paperwork you need to file.

If you are considering running for a partisan office, like state legislature or governor, start by reaching out to your political party, so they can help you through the process.


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Calling all Students!

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Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, consider sponsoring a student for NASW membership. NASW-ND has students on waitlists, wishing for sponsorship. 

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Virtual Book Club 

NASW-ND participates in a virtual book club to earn continuing education credit. Past book selections have included Dare to Lead by Brené Brown, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, and Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane.

* No more than ten (10) contact hours may be completed by independent learning per licensure cycle.

Learn more

Following the release of the 2022 ASWB Exam Pass Rate Analysis and extensive research conducted by NASW-ND of the differences observed in pass rates among racialethnic subgroups, as well as in pas (2)

On January 20, 2024 the North Dakota Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-ND) Board of Directors met to discuss the ASWB exam, the implications of continued use for diverse social workers, and a plan to move forward. Within the crux of the discussion, the board approved a statement which concluded:

"Many factors may contribute to the disparity in pass rates, both nationally and in North Dakota. But until these factors are more fully researched, understood, and addressed, there is little doubt that the disparities will continue to exist, and North Dakota will continue to experience a serious and unfortunate shortage of licensed social workers from diverse groups...

Given the findings from the ASWB Report, NASW-ND takes the position that continued use of the current ASWB exams to measure social work competency runs counter to the mission, values, and ethics of the social work profession...

Therefore, the position of NASW-ND coincides with that of NASW National:

NASW-ND opposes the use of the ASWB social work licensure exam at all levels and recommends using graduation from a BSW and MSW accredited program as an adequate measure of competency for obtaining a LBSW and LMSW license. NASW-ND looks forward to partnering with the NDBSWE to discuss options for measuring social work competency at the clinical licensure level."

To read the full statement click here. 

NASW-ND is looking for Board members!

Do you want to make a difference for social workers in North Dakota and beyond? Do you have expertise in a particular method or field of social work practice? Do you have a unique perspective that you believe is under-represented? Joining the NASW-North Dakota Chapter Board of Directors is a great way to implement change, share your knowledge, and voice your opinions! Consider getting involved in your professional association, or nominating a colleague for a leadership position.

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Open positions and term lengths for the upcoming election appear below: 

Interested in learning more about the board and board position responsibilities? Click the links above to see the position descriptions. Each position assumes a 5-hour monthly time commitment. 


As an organization made up and driven by the support of our members, we hope you will consider getting involved in your professional association! 


*Must be a NASW-ND member to be considered.

Apply here


Social Work Month 2024

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Social Work Month in March is a time to celebrate the great profession of social work.

The theme for Social Work Month 2024 is Empowering Social Workers!.

During Social Work Month take time to learn more about the many positive contributions of the profession, and use the items in our toolkit to celebrate all the social workers you know.

For more information on the toolkit, email media@socialworkers.org.

Just Announced!


Hosted by: NASW-Illinois, Nevada, and North Dakota Chapters

Dates: Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8, 2024

Call for Presenter is open!

The call for presentations for this year's conference is OPEN! We-re looking for 60-minute presentations on a diverse array of topics including (but not limited to) cultural competency and implicit bias as it affects the social work profession, Preference will be given to dynamic presenters whose presentation are creative, interactive, and audience-engaged. All presentations must fulfill requirements for social work continuing education and should lead participants through discussions and peer-sharing about topics related to social work practice.

Click here to read more and submit a proposal.

DEADLINE: 9am Central Time on Wednesday, May 1, 2024


Registration: Conference registration will be available in August 2024.

Schedule and Classes:  Complete conference schedule and classes will be announced in August 2024.

Advertise: Promote your organization in our exhibit hall, the conference marketing brochure, or co-sponsorship! click here to be notified when those options are announced.

COVID-19 Resources

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NASW has been working on multiple fronts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure access to services, such as teletherapy. Social workers are in a unique position to promote disease prevention efforts.

Get COVID-19 resources for social workers

«March 2024»

Fundamentals of Individual Clinical Social Work Supervision

Date & Time: Feb 26, 2024, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST


Description: This course is aimed at new and experienced supervisors and will cover what all supervisors need to know in order to engage most effectively, legally, and ethically with their supervisees.

Speaker: Natalie K. Holzman, LCSW

Cost: 4 CEUs / $100 Nonmember / $60 NASW Member


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Introduction to Perinatal Mood Disorders

Date: Feb 27, 2024

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST


Description: Join the NASW-IL East Central District for a training that provides comprehensive insights into perinatal mood disorders, their impact on individuals and families, and effective prevention and community care strategies.

Speaker: Rachel Chruszczyk

Cost: 2 CEUs / $30 Nonmember / $10 NASW Member


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Implicit Bias: From Allyship to Solidarity

Date: Mar 08, 2024

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST


This course fulfills IDFPR's requirements for the implicit bias awareness training.

Speaker: Adana Cranfield, DSW, LCSW

Cost: 1 Implicit Bias CEU / $15 Nonmember / $10 NASW Member  


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Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Chicago

Date: Mar 21, 2024

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT


Description: This presentation will focus on preventing FGM/C through early intervention and ensuring women and girls subjected receive appropriate care.

Speaker: Oluwadamilola Alabi, MPH; Michele Hanash, JD; Joanna Vergoth, LCSW, NCPsyA

Cost: 1.5 Cultural Competency CEUs / $23 Nonmember / $10 NASW Member


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"I've Been Subpoenaed, Now What?" Ethical Responses to Calls to Testify

Date: Mar 27, 2024

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

Virtual Event

This webinar will provide you with crucial information and strategies for analyzing ethical issues that may arise when you receive a subpoena.

Speaker: Allen Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD

Cost: 1 Ethics / FREE SPS Members / $20 NASW Member / $40 Nonmember


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We Stand for Social Justice

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NASW is committed to ending racism through public education, social justice advocacy and professional training.
Learn about NASW's national social justice activities

NASW-ND is committed to social justice for all and to ending racism. We are mobilized and increasing our efforts in the face of America's racism pandemic.
Read NASW-ND's Statement


Complimentary resources, webinars and CEUs available.

The North Dakota Chapter is joining NASW’s national Connect to End COVID-19 effort, a CDC-funded initiative to support social workers and their clients in informed vaccine decision-making. 

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