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Formation of New Committees and Special Interest Groups Expands Member Resources


Being involved with the committees, task forces and special interest groups of the Chapter has always been a valuable member benefit; they offer easy access to a rich source of practice knowledge and wisdom, as well as wonderful opportunities to connect and network with other social work colleagues.

Now, there are even more choices! Recently-formed groups such as the NASW-NYC New Professionals, the New Supervisors Peer Support Group, and the LMSW Practitioners Group are welcoming participation from more members. See below for a brief description of each.

Most immediately, two new committees are in the process of formation: 1) Social Workers in Government and 2) Spirituality and End of Life. The first will provide an opportunity for social workers to share and address the unique opportunities and challenges government settings present for professional social workers; the second will focus on integrating clients’ spirituality in providing social work services. Initially, the committee will also focus on advancing thantalogical social work and palliative care social work practice as well. If you are interested in either of these two new committees, join us for an exploratory meeting on Thursday, September 20th at the Chapter office from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please rsvp to


New Professionals Group
The NASW-NYC New Professionals group is comprised of social workers who are new to the profession or just new to practicing in New York. We began in December 2011 with a meeting organized by the former members of New Professional Task Force to assess ongoing interest. Several participants of that meeting have continued to gather, and as a group we have tried to identify the pressing issues of newer professionals such as searching for jobs, networking and getting to know each other. To this end we have implemented monthly bar meet-ups which we plan to continue on the third Thursday of each month. We also held a highly successful, and very well attended, panel discussion called Behind the Scenes: Job Searching in 2012 which addressed the following topics: Making the Most of the Interview Experience, Maximizing Your Professional Networks, Getting the Job You Want vs. the One You Need: Transitioning From Your First Job, and Understanding the Negotiations Process and Discussing Expectations.

We plan to do other events and are always looking for more social workers to help us brainstorm and execute events to draw the interest of our fellow new professionals. If you are interested please contact us through our Facebook page or at


New Supervisors Group
The New Supervisors Peer Support Group is a non-facilitated peer supervision, support and networking group. It is a safe space for social workers newly promoted to a supervisory or administrative position to discuss their challenges and successes at work, and to gain insight and support from their peers. So far, the group has explored such topics as the challenges of supervising former peers and being a first time supervisor or administrator, the lack of social work manager role models, and impact of race and culture on agency practice, among others.

This group meets regularly at NASW-NYC on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Email to RSVP.


LMSW Practitioners Group
The LMSW Practitioners Group will serve the purpose of providing a regular meeting space for licensed social workers for whom the LMSW is the terminal practice credential. Meetings will allow LMSW practitioners to network, share information, and receive training around career development and professional opportunities that are specific to an LMSW-based career path. The group will help in providing clarity around what this credential qualifies practitioners to do, and what opportunities exist for career development with the LMSW credential. It is also the expectation that this group will be a space where practitioners can exchange ideas and resources, and learn from and support one another. Some of the topics to be covered will include the following: career opportunities with the LMSW, private practice with the LMSW, clarity around credentialing, training and continued education, and mentoring.

The group will have its first meeting sometime this fall. If you would like to be notified when the group begins, please email and ask to be added to the mailing list.


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