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When: Monday, October 16, 23, 30 2017
6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States

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Political Action For Candidate Election Committee (PACE)

Three Part CE Workshop Series


NASW-NYC PACE is the independent political arm of the Chapter. PACE identifies qualified candidates running for local and state offices and garners support for them among the Chapter membership.


“How to Change the World: Political Engagement for Social Workers”



Full Three-part workshop series rate: $165

For two workshops Rate: $110 members; $230 non-members

Individual Workshop Rate: $55 members; $115 non-members

Proceeds will be split 50/50 with PACE



Workshop 1: Getting Started: Nuts and Bolts of Political Engagement

October 16, 2017, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

3 Contact Hours


Presenters: Mark Laster, LCSW-R and Adeline Medeiros, LMSW


This first workshop of the three part series will focus on basic skills for social workers to begin to politically engage. After introductions and an overview of the course, there will be a small group break out to discuss reasons why political engagement is important.


This lecture will focus on the history of social work political engagement with a group discussion on Political Engagement within Nonprofits and Mapping Out Engagement. 


The workshop will conclude with a lecture and discussion: How can social workers be politically engaged? A pretest will be emailed out prior to the beginning of the workshop to facilitate a more targeted course and a post test will be distributed at the end.




Workshop 2: Nuts and Bolts: The How and Why of Social Workers Becoming Civically and Politically Involved

October 23, 2017, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

3 Contact Hours


Presenters:Joan Serrano Laufer, LMSW and Harry Schiffman, LMSW


This workshop will focus on reinforcing skills for political engagement; translating social work skills to the political process; and how to engage in civic and political institutions. After introductions and a review of why social workers should be engaged in the political process, there will be a discussion of the skills required to engage in the political process, showing how social workers already possess some if not all these skills.


There will be a small group activity entitled, “Mapping Out Engagement” where there will be case scenarios presented to give participants an opportunity to develop an action plan utilizing the skills discussed.


The workshop will conclude with a presentation regarding specific community institutions that can serve as beginning steps to civic and political engagement (e.g., getting appointed to a community board, joining a local political club) and then a review of steps required to run for political office and/or to be appointed to or run for civic office.  



Workshop 3: Living Political Engagement

October 30, 2017, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

3 Contact Hours


Facilitator: Alicia Fry, LMSW

Presenter: Glen Ladner, LCSW


For the third lecture in the series, the focus will be on real life examples of political engagement.  After introductions, there will be a presentation by a well-known social worker(s) reviewing the steps they took  to be involved in the political process;  what their successes were through this involvement and recommendations on how today’s social workers can learn from these experiences.


This workshop will also focus on expanding the borders of political engagement by sharing examples of how communities have organized to creatively modify their relationship to the “system”.    


There will be a small group activity where specific real life cases of dealing with community concerns will be presented and participants views of the outcomes.


This workshop will conclude with a review of what was discussed in all three workshops and ideas on how participants can politically engage.



REFUND REQUESTS: All refund requests must be submitted by email to . Valid requests must be received no later than five days prior to course date.


*If you select the three part workshop series rate ($165) and would like a refund, you must submit a refund request five days prior to the FIRST workshop. No partial refunds will be given for non attendance to any part of the series. 


All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee. Credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop. Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.



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