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     Calling All Social Workers!!!

We hope you are collecting those very special items for the MS Pace Auction that will be held at the NASW MS Annual Conference 2016 in March.   Items may be brought to the MS PACE Auction tables for check in beginning 9:00 am Wednesday, March 23. For more information  please contact:  Jillian Harper (PACE Auction Chair) at 601.750.9205 or .

 Kim Coalter, LCSWKim Coalter, LCSW, has been named Alumni of the Quarter by the University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work. This honor is bestowed on a selected alumni once per year in the College of Health/School of Social Work.  Kim earned her master’s in social work from Southern Miss in 1992. Coalter has been employed with the office of Senator Thad Cochran as a Constituent Services Representative since 2001. Her caseload includes housing, health care, human services, emergency assistance and prisoner concerns, and more.  

 Image result for awards clipartDo you know a Social Workers who has dedicated his/her life to helping the profession?  What about a Social Worker who over the past year has been outstanding? The candidate must be a NASW member in good standing.  We're also accepting nominations for the Public Citizen of the Year.  Nominations due February 19, 2016!!

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Student Poster Proposals now being accepted....visit the Conference page to download the forms.... 


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We're still accepting exhibit/sponsor applications for our ANNUAL CONFERENCE, MARCH 23-25, 2016.  See details at the Conference page of our web site.  An application is available as a WORD document is below

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The New York Times recently ran this story on Mississippi’s child welfare system, which is under threat of being put in receivership and being run by an outside organization.

NASW, MS CHAPTER RESPONSE TO NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE                                                            

We appreciate the concern for Mississippi's children voiced in the article "Mississippi Fights to Keep Control of Its Beleaguered Child Welfare System" on January 17, 2016.  However, a critical error must be addressed in its content.  The use of the term "social worker" is restricted in our licensing law to licensed social workers only (MS Code of 1972, 73-53-7 (1) ). Licensed social workers meet strict education and national testing standards. The staff mentioned as social workers in the article may not it this guideline.  

The National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter supports the use of professional social workers who have been trained by Council on Social Work Accredited Programs at the bachelor's or master's level, and licensed by the MS Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists.  Many of the staff currently providing services in the Family and Children's Services Division of DHS do not have this education and are not licensed social workers. These staff work under the titles Family Protection Worker and Family Protection Specialist and have a variety of backgrounds. Unlike the licensed professional social worker, they are provided with nine weeks of training after hiring to prepare them for high pressure jobs where children's lives are at stake.  The information in this article is very misleading in that it does not differentiate between the actual licensed social workers in the agency and those who do not have that critical qualification.

We believe that all positions requiring assessment and intervention on behalf of children and families require the education and licensing of Mississippi's professional social workers.  Our association has supported and will continue to support the employment of licensed professional social workers in all positions in Family & Children's Services.



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Full Members

MSW Full Membership Dues Annually: $225
DSW and PhD Full Membership Dues Annually: $225
BSW Full Membership Dues Annually: $150

Student Members

BSW Student Membership Dues Annually: $57
MSW Student Membership Dues Annually: $57
Doctoral Student (in a Social Work/Social Welfare Program) Membership Dues Annually: $170

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BSW Transitional Dues (2 years): $110

MSW Transitional Dues (First 2 years): $110, Third Year: $170

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Associate Membership Dues Annually: $225

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Retired Membership Dues Annually: $70

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