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November, 2008 CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE SEE PAGES 18-21 SAVE THE DATE APRIL 23-24, 2009 NASW MAINE CHAPTER ANNUAL CONFERENCE Big Victory! President Signs Mental Health Parity into Law Congratulations to NASW members who have long advocated passage of mental health and addiction services parity legislation. Just this afternoon the House passed the final mental health parity bill by a strong vote margin (263-171) and the President has already signed the bill into law. The Senate voted earlier this week to add parity language (the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008) to the much larger Wall Street rescue, tax and disaster relief bill (H.R. 1424). The House subsequently agreed to the Senate’s version of the bill this afternoon. The new federal law will provide mental health and addiction services parity for about 113 million Americans who work for employers with 50 employees or more. continued on page 7 What's Inside Presidents Update......................................................2 Ex Directors Update..................................................3 Branch Updates.........................................................4 New Members...........................................................6 Legislative Corner.....................................................7 Guatemala Service Learning.....................................8 Clinical Practice Update............................................9 Lyme Disease...........................................................17 Election day is November 4, 2008 Call for Presentations ..................................... ........18 YOUR VOICE MATTERS Continuing Education...............................................22 The NASW Maine Chapter Newsletter is PRESIDENT’S REPORT published 6 times per year (January, March, May, July, September, and November) by: BONNIE SWARTZ, LCSW National Association of Social Workers NASW-Maine Chapter Post Office Box 5065 Augusta, ME 04332 Being from New England has many benefits, and I was most grateful this past Phone: (207) 622-7592 Delegate Assembly for how small our region of the country is. Delegate FAX: (207) 512-2255 Email: email@example.com Assembly is the body that is responsible for revising and updating policy NASW-Maine Chapter statements in Social Work Speaks, creating and revising by-laws for the Board of Directors organization, and revising the Code of Ethics. Historically, Delegate Assembly Executive and Branch Leadership has been a live event held in Washington D.C once every three years. This year, PRESIDENT in order to respond to the ever increasing costs of fuel, lodging, and hosting an Bonnie Swartz (2008-2010) VICE-PRESIDENT event for over 300 people, it was decided that the Delegate Assembly would be Sally Sutton (2007-2009) held through web and phone conferencing technology. On one hand, it was SECRETARY Paul Maheux (2007-2009) exciting that this technology was going to be used. On the other hand, it meant TREASURER that many chapters, and sometimes individuals, would not be able to be with the Susan Fineran(2008-2009) BRANCH A other Delegates who were part of their coalition and would only able to Southern Maine Sondra Doe (2007-2009) communicate with each other through instant messaging and private chat rooms Susan Bartlett (2008-2009) Vice-Chair during the proceedings. Given that Boston is within just a couple hours driving BRANCH B Augusta / Mid-Coast Areas distance of the rest of the New England states, the New England coalition decided Stephanie Muri (2008-2010) BRANCH C to meet at Simmons College. We were the only coalition able to meet in person. Southern Central / Western Maine VACANT BRANCH D The Delegate Assembly kicked off with some technical issues that were quickly Aroostook County resolved and we then spent the next 2 days debating issues and making some Joy Brakel (2007-2009) Jean Cashman Co-Chair necessary changes and updates to the by-laws and Code of Ethics. (There is a BRANCH E Bangor / Down East Areas whole separate discussion to be had about the process for revising the Code of Mary Kellogg 2008-2010 Ethics, but perhaps that will be my next column). After all was said and done, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR there were a lot of mixed reviews on the success of the first virtual Delegate Catherine Stakeman, DSW, MSW Assembly. I thought that it was a success - it was my first Delegate Assembly, I EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Heidi Spadter had nothing else to compare it to and was in a room with 26 other people to share NASW-Maine Chapter the experience with. Had I been one of the people sitting by myself at a computer ADVERTISING POLICY for 2 days, 9-10 hours each day, and experienced some of the technology issues The Maine Chapter of NASW accepts paid advertisements for its newsletter. Qualifications: that some people had I may have had have a very different opinion. NASW-Maine Chapter will not be responsible for the accuracy or validity of job descriptions provided by agencies or qualifications submitted Moving forward, since it appears that the days of the in person event have passed, by individuals. All copy is subject to editorial approval. In accordance with NASW National there are many things the organization will need to carefully consider about the Policy concerning nondiscriminatory personnel practices, all advertisers must affirm that they are process. Using the technology available to us is cost effective and logistically equal opportunity employers. NASW-Maine Chapter reserves the right to reject any ad for any makes sense. On the other hand, we need to balance that piece without losing reason. Publication of paid advertisements does one of the key values of social workers – understanding the importance of human not constitute endorsement by NASW. relationships. Imagine if Congress had to try and get laws passed by using web Advertising Rates: NEW RATES as of 7/1/07 Full page $185.00 and phone conferencing alone and never met in person! Despite these challenges, Half page 110.00 I remain excited about the possibilities that technology brings and would Quarter page 75.00 Re-formatting Charge 25.00 participate in another Delegate Assembly in a heartbeat. Fortunately, we have 3 Subscriptions to the NASW-Maine Chapter more years to figure out how this process can be improved and even better, the Newsletter are available for $35.00 per year. Subscribers will receive each issue of the conversations have already started. newsletter, an annual conference brochure, a continuing education program booklet, and periodic notices of other continuing education opportunities. Members of the Maine Chapter of NASW receive these mailings as a membership benefit at no extra charge. Editor’s note: The Board of Directors of the NASW Maine Chapter will specifically state Board endorsement of editorials when appropriate; views expressed in editorials are not necessarily those of the Board of Directors. 2 Executive Director's Column NASW-Maine Chapter Catherine Stakeman, DSW, MSW, ACSW Volunteer Leadership Board Committee Protect Health Coverage for Maine Families Chairpersons Finance A referendum supported by the big national beverage companies could Susan Fineran cause thousands of Maine children, families, and small businesses to firstname.lastname@example.org lose their health coverage. But Maine people care about our neighbors and communities. Personnel Gail Wright Taking away health insurance from Maine kids and their hard-working Gail.Wright@med.va.gov parents isn’t what Maine is all about. Ethics A few extra pennies on beer, wine, and soda is a reasonable solution Joy Brakel that will allow 18,000 Maine kids and hard-working adults to keep their email@example.com health insurance, while making coverage affordable for an additional 40,000 who are not able to get insurance through their employers. CCNLI Rachael Tyler Health insurance coverage is an essential building block of a strong firstname.lastname@example.org economy. When kids get preventative care to make them healthier, and when businesses can count on healthy employees, Maine’s economy Annual Conference will be in a position to thrive. Eric Thompson email@example.com Maine’s efforts are working. Maine is one of the few states that has reduced its number of uninsured citizens in recent years. We need to Continuing Education build on that success and work together to find creative ways to get Susan Fineran more of Maine's children, families and small businesses covered by firstname.lastname@example.org health insurance. GLBT Issues Voting NO on Question One will uphold the Legislation that was Frank Brooks passed in April 2008 which provides health coverage for children and email@example.com families that could not afford it otherwise. Legislative Action Dyan Walsh ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4TH. firstname.lastname@example.org VOTE EARLY - GO TO YOUR CITY HALL OR TOWN OFFICE PACE AND VOTE IN PERSON Chair Vacant VOTE FROM HOME BY ABSENTEE BALLOT - GO TO http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl If you are interested in learning about running for election for future service on the NASW-Maine Interested in Joining NASW? Chapter Board of Directors, we welcome you to contact us at: You can join online at:www.socialworkers.org email@example.com or give us a call at: 622-7520 or give us a call at: 6227592 We will mail an application to you. 3 Branch Updates NASW Branch A - Cumberland County Note: All Branch A members are invited to attend all meetings at these two locations. . Date: November 4, 2008 - 5:30 - 7:00 Topic: My Choice Program Location: Spring Harbor Hospital Presenter: Susan LoBosco, LMSW-CC Susan has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Susan has been working in the Child Welfare field for the past 25 years. She has been a case manager, supervisor and administrator for the State of Delaware and New York City and worked in protective services, foster care, kinship foster care and adoption programs. Susan has worked for MAPS in Portland for the past 12 years as a birth parent counselor, a home study evaluator, and as a clinical supervisor. Susan is also a trainer and the coordinator for the State of Maine through MAPS that provide Infant Adoption Awareness Training using a federally funded training and nationally recognized training curriculum. Susan is also an adoptive mother. Susan will give an overview on the My Choice program, a pregnancy support service for pregnant women and teens in Maine. She will also discuss domestic infant adoption issues and give a summary of the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Directions to Spring Harbor Hospital: From the Maine Turnpike (I95) take exit 46 - Jetport Exit. At exit turn left, remain in right lane of Jetport Road until intersection with Congress St./Route 22. At lights proceed straight onto Hutchins Drive. Take first road on left, Andover Road, and proceed to stop sign. Visitor parking is on your right. Enter through the front door and check in at reception. Note: If you would like to be a presenter or recommend a speaker for the NASW Branch A meetings, please contact Sondra SeungJa Doe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 207-228-8301. Branch A (Saco) Meeting: - Lead by Co-Chair, Susan Bartlett, LCSW, CRC (800) 473-4221 ext. 8781 Date: December 3, 2008 from 4:00 - 5:30 Topic: New Directions for Brain Injury Services for the State of Maine Location: Sweetser Presenter: Nancy Benoit, RN, CRRN, CCM Nancy Benoit is an independent Case Manager, who is in private practice in Auburn, Maine. She specializes in medical case management for Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury. Nancy has built her practice over the past 10 years and is well known and respected by the medical community and Workers Compensation Insurance companies serving Maine. Nancy Benoit is a certified Life Care Planner and has been active involved as a Board member of many organizations, including: The Brain Injury Association of Maine, The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, and The Case Management Society of New England. Nancy Benoit will be presenting on “Relationship Building”. Not only is this important for the success of each individual she serves as a Case Manager, but it is equally important to building a successful practice and in advocating for the needs of injured individuals on the State and National level. Nancy’s leadership in professional organizations also positively impacts the working lives of Nurses, Social Workers and others involved in the work of Case Management Directions: Sweetser Conference Room at the Executive Building, located at 329 Industrial Park Road in Saco. This is just off the Turnpike Exit. 4 Branch Updates Branch B - Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Waldo Counties Branch B opened the 2008-09 season with Gail Wright leading the group in a “Roundtable for Assessing Professional Education Needs.” Discussion was lively and set the agenda for meetings for the next several months. We also discussed the large geographical area covered by Branch B. A faithful following meets for breakfast every month in Augusta. However, additional meetings could be organized in the Belfast, Rockland, Wiscasset, or Bath areas. If you are interested in not only attending but also helping to organize a meeting in one of those areas, please contact me. If even just a few people are willing, I will help you get started. Contact me at drstar- email@example.com . I will give you a follow-up report on the interest expressed in the next newsletter. The next breakfast meeting of Branch B will be at Rebecca’s on Route 17 in Augusta, from 7:30-9:00am on Thursday, October 16th. The topic, presented by Gail Wright, will be “The Full Immersion Model of Case Management.” The topic for the November 20th meeting will be "An Update on Domestic Violence and its Ethical Issues" presented by Barbara Dunlap Warren and Cathleen Dunlap. On December 18th the topic will be, "Books That Have Significantly Shaped Your Practice," led by Vivian Flamm, with all present describing book(s) of their choice. Both meetings will be held at Rebecca's in Augusta, starting at 7:30am." See you there! Members of NASW earn 1 CEU for attending and participating. Non NASW members are charged $15 for the 1 CEU. Please make checks payable to NASW Maine. Breakfast is self pay. Hope to see all of you at the Branch B meetings. Branch C Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford and Somerset County This position is vacant. Interested parties should contact the chapter office at: firstname.lastname@example.org Branch D Aroostook County: . Our November meeting is deferred to the Ethics Training being offered 10-30-2008 at UMPI. Branch D is sponsoring this workshop. If interested you'll need to register through NASW-ME Chapter Office Fee: $65.00 Time: 9:00AM to 1:00PM. This will satisfy the 4 Ethics Contact Hours toward your license renewal. Please encourage fellow social workers to register for the training even if they are not NASW members. http://www.naswmaine.org/ Please update your calendar. Branch –D meets the 1st Wednesday December 3, 2008. The meeting begins at 5:30PM and typically ends at 7:00PM. Our primary meeting location is at the Caribou Vet Center 456 York Street. Joy Brakel and Jean Cashman will offer a summary presentation on the Federal Drug & Alcohol Confidentiality Law and HIPAA. In 2009 we meet in February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December. The April 1, 2009 meeting will be held at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) Campus Center. Our presenter is Dr. Momen Elnesr on the topic of Eating Disorders. We are currently in the coordinating phase of developing the workshop. We will open the workshop to the community. More details to follow in the next Maine-Chapter newsletter. Please try to attend and encourage fellow social workers to come as well. 5 Branch Updates Branch E Update: Branch E meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday of month from 9-10:30 at the Wings for Children and Families offices in Bangor (900 Hammond Street, Suite 915). Please contact Branch E Chair, Chris McLaughlin, LCSW at ChrisMSW01@aol.com or at 478-0884 if you would like more information about meetings. Branch E is hoping to meet the needs of its membership and welcomes any ideas or suggestions for future meetings. October 23rd - Introduction to Branch E and planning for future Branch E meetings November 20th - Social Work Services and Supports for GLBTQ Youth (Chris McLaughlin, LCSW) December 18th - Topic TBD Members of NASW earn 1 CEU for attending and participating. Non NASW members are charged $15 for the 1 CEU. Please make checks payable to NASW Maine. August/September, 2008 Thomas Joseph Gregory Gouthro Maura Bannon, LCSW Julie Kathleen MacDonald Megan Catherine Boothby George Wesley Mele Hope Chrupcala Diane Marie Noah, LCSW Stephen O. Deabay, MSW Whitney Libby Pinette Grace B Guerrette Emory Miller Robotham Hannah Leigh Hanlon Justin K Rossner Stephanie B. Hatzenbuehler Cynthia Allen Thomas, LCSW Martha Lynn Matthews Broc A McGowan Julia Miller Gina Montini Mosca, M.S.W., LCSW Kevin P. Sweeney Meredith Wurpel continued from page 17 1. Become familiar with the signs and symptoms of Lyme and its co-infections. If your clients’ neuropsychiatric symptoms are not resolving in therapy, ask them about exposure to ticks, and review the symptoms of Lyme disease with them; 2. Communicate your concerns about psychological symptoms to your clients’ physicians, and ask about further testing; 3. Become familiar with the following resources for yourself and your clients: a. Websites of The Center for Disease Control, The Lyme Disease Association, ILADS and the IDSA; b. Under Our Skin, a newly released documentary; c. Dr. Joseph Burrascano’s Lyme Symptom Checklist; d. Cure Unknown, Inside the Lyme Epidemic, by Pamela Weintraub; e. Bull’s Eye, Unraveling the Medical Mystery of Lyme Disease, by J. Edlow, M.D.; f. Maine Lyme disease support groups. g. The State of Connecticut Attorney General’s Office Press Release, May 1, 2008, Connecticut Attorney General’s Investigation Reveals Flawed Lyme Disease Guideline Process 6 Legislative Committee Update Dyan M. Walsh, MSW Chair Legislative Action Committee We are now just days away from electing a new president of the United States. Never before in presidential history have we had a campaign where age, race and sex have converged as primary issues in electing our next president. The reality is that even though there are those in the media that want to make these the core issues in deciding our next leader, we all know they are not. In the past few weeks we have lived through a time in American history that we will not soon forget. We are watching our economy take a steady decline every day and we wait not knowing how to react. For most of us we hope that our vote on November 4th will be that magic elixir that will put our country back on track, but that remains to be seen. One message that has come across loudly and clearly over the past few weeks is that the lobbying that has gone on in Congress over the past eight years must stop. Our elected officials know that their longevity in political office depends on their ability to listen to their constituents. As individuals we have separate goals, but as social workers we have a common purpose, and that is to make the voices of those we serve heard by those in political office. I recently attended the Northern Maine Advocacy Conference hosted by Maine Equal Justice Partners. The central message expressed at the conference was that we must advocate for our clients but we must also give them the education to advocate for themselves. The funding for all our programs will surely see significant cuts again this year and we need everyone to encourage their clients to engage in self-advocacy. Another message heard at the advocacy conference is that we cannot assume that our elected officials are educated on all issues. It is unrealistic for any of us to think that one person could be an expert on so many different issues. So it is up to each of us to take the time to share our expertise and knowledge with those in political office so they can make informed decisions. After the elections are over take the time to make a phone call, send an e-mail, or write a letter to the elected officials in your area offering them the opportunity to learn more about the wide range of important issues that impact constituents in their home towns. Once again I say that our collective voice is strong and we can effect change, but we must take action and not be disheartened by the legacy of the past eight years. Let your voices be heard and those of your clients and remember to vote on November 4th. continued from page 1 Government Relations Update October 03, 2008 Background NASW members and thousands of other mental health advocates have battled for years to enact federal mental health parity legislation for private insurance coverage. Throughout this year, advocates have made more progress toward enactment than at any time since our efforts began. Over the past two weeks, Senate and House leaders struggled to bring mental parity to the floor before Congress adjourns for the elections. Our last major problem was a congressional rule requiring a "pay-for" to offset the impact of implementing parity on federal revenues (estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to cost $3.8 billion over 10 years). Congressional budget rules require legislation with a fiscal impact to include either increases in revenues or decreases in spending to remain budget neutral. The Senate earlier this week added our parity bill to the huge Wall Street bailout bill as an enticement to gain House approval for the highly controversial package. This final strategy has now proven successful, ensuring the parity bill would be signed into law quickly by the President. NASW greatly appreciate social workers’ continued commitment to support passage of this landmark legislation. At this time we don’t have a detailed analysis of the law, but more information will be forthcoming. Members interested in seeing the full text of the federal mental health parity law may view it beginning on page 310 of this bill: H.R. 1424 Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 7 Guatemala Service Learning: Brief on Time and Money To explore multicultural service learning possibilities for students with limits on time and money, I worked with the Honors Program at the University of Maine at Augusta to plan a brief trip to Guatemala to experience a different culture and explore a range of possibly short (as well as longer) service learning opportunities. In May 2008, our group of 10 traveled for 8 days and included visits to 3 service programs. These programs were chosen because 2 have their U.S. base here in Maine and each offers possibilities for short service experiences of one-week to 10 days as well as longer experiences. Opportunities do exist for students, professionals, or anyone with a little time or ability to get away at reasonable costs. I thought this may be of interest to my social work colleagues too. In San Marcos on Lake Atitlan we visited homes where volunteers have built stoves with money raised by Masons on a Mission and saw the composting toilets that are being introduced (http://www.midcoast.com/masonsonamission). Based in Washington, Maine, Pat Manley will plan with groups who are interested building stoves for a one-two week stay (no specific construction skills are needed, just a willingness to work). Cook stoves are needed in homes to replace the method of cooking inside with an open fire which substantially increases the risk of respiratory illnesses. Common Hope partners with children, families and communities around Antigua focusing on improving their lives though education, health care and housing. While education is free in Guatemala, many families are unable to afford the costs associated with children attending schools, such as uniforms, two pair of shoes, school supplies as well as not having the child available to assist with income or child care of younger siblings. Common Hope (http://www.commonhope.org) offers a range of services for affiliated low-income families. Common Hope has a 10 day volunteer program for small groups, which includes accommodations/meals and transportation within Guatemala During that time among other service activities, groups will build a house and accompany social workers visiting families. There is no Spanish language requirement for this brief stay. Longer experiences are also available and do require some level of Spanish. While in Antigua we stayed at the Posada Lazos Fuertes, a hotel run by Safe Passage. Based in Yarmouth, Maine, Safe Passage (http://www.safepassage.org) serves children and families in Guatemala City who depend on scavenging in the Guatemala City dump for items to sell or recycle. The hotel in Antigua provides opportunities for young people to learn skills for jobs in tourism. Safe Passage’s main services are located in Guatemala City in the neighborhood surrounding the dump. Programs include early childhood, educational enrichment, health care services, nutrition and adult literacy. Safe Passage utilizes volunteers in a variety of capacities both long and short term. Knowledge of Spanish is required for longer service stays. A one week focused service learning experience, which does not require ability to speak Spanish, is available for small groups. With the assistance of Total Tours International, specializing in professional/educational travel (http://www.total-tours.com) we were able to visit all the programs, meet with the director of Namaste to learn about micro loans to women, visit a Shaman, hike a volcano, visit Mayan ruins and hot springs and enjoy good food, good music and good shopping. If you would like more information about our trip, please feel free to contact me. I am also interested in hearing from colleagues about areas of interest for brief learning/travel experiences. We are currently working on developing a short visit to Denmark to learn more about their social welfare system. Mary Jo Blazek, LCSW Professor of Human Services University of Maine at Augusta email@example.com 8 Clinical Social Work Practice Update 2008 Medicare Bonus Incentive Program for Clinical Social Workers Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT Senior Policy Associate June 2008 A quality reporting system for Medicare providers was established by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA). The program is known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and was first implemented during the period of July 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007. The final rule of the 2008 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule continues the PQRI for 2008 and includes a 1.5 per cent bonus incentive payment of total allowed charges for Medicare covered services. To receive the bonus payment, providers must report quality measures on claims and correctly file these claims for reimbursement. Participation in the PQRI is optional at this time for clinical social workers and other Medicare providers. Since Medicare is moving towards a pay-for-performance system, all Medicare providers may eventually be expected to report quality measures to receive payment. For 2008, there are a total of 119 measures available for use by Medicare providers. Six of these quality measures are for use by clinical social workers. Three of the six new measures were developed by Quality Insights (QI) of Pennsylvania, a Medicare contractor, in consultation with NASW and the American Psychological Association. NASW members participated in alpha and beta testing to validate the appropriateness of the measures in social work practice. The three measures are: • screening of depression • screening of cognitive impairment • co-development of treatment plan. An additional three measures were developed through the American Medical Association Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) and the American Psychiatric Association. They are: • patients who have major depression disorder who meet the DSM-IV criteria • patients with major depression disorder who are assessed by suicide risks • antidepressant medication during acute phase for patients with new episode of major depression. Reporting for the 2008 Medicare bonus incentive program has been simplified through the development of reporting tools which have been designed by the AMA and several other groups including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). There are three reporting tools for each of the six quality measures to assist clinical social workers in successfully reporting the measures for reimbursement. The documents are: • Measure Description – This informational sheet describes the measure, what information to report, and how frequently to report it. It helps clinical social workers to determine whether they would like to use the measure. • Data Collection Sheet – This data sheet is a tool for clinical and billing use. It helps clinical social workers record the required clinical information and select the appropriate measurement code. • Coding specifications – This coding specification sheet includes a list of ICD-9-CM and CPT codes to identify eligible patients for the measure. This tool is used with the data collection sheet to help determine the reimbursement codes to report. The tools for each of the six codes are located online at www.cms.hhs.gov/pqri. It is not too late for clinical social workers to begin reporting measures for 2008. The deadline for filing claims to receive the 2008 bonus incentive payment is February 28, 2009. NASW is advocating for additional measures for clinical social workers in order that they may have a variety of measures to choose from when participating in the bonus incentive program. An expert work group of clinical social workers is working with QI and CMS to develop additional measures for use in 2009 by clinical social workers. 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The University actively creates and nurtures a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with a mutual respect and shared spirit of inquiry. Requirements for Tenure-Track Associate Professor Position: An MSW degree and doctorate in social work or a related field, A record of excellence in teaching at an accredited Social Work program, An ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in Research, HBSE, and Macro-level courses (Policy, Management, Community organization). A minimum of two years post-MSW social work practice experience, An established record of grant funding and scholarly productivity, A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and community groups of diverse backgrounds. Requirements for Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position: An MSW degree and doctorate in social work or a related field, A record of excellence in teaching at an accredited Social Work program, An ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in Practice, Field, and HBSE courses. A minimum of two years post-MSW social work practice experience, a clearly defined research agenda and evidence of scholarly productivity, A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and community groups of diverse backgrounds. Requirements for Clinical Assistant Professor Position: An MSW degree, A record of excellence in teaching at an accredited Social Work program, An ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in Practice and Field courses, An ability to administer an undergraduate social work field program, A minimum of five years post-MSW social work practice experience, Current licensure/certification, A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in both college campus and community settings with faculty, staff, students, and community groups of diverse backgrounds. The Department of Social Work is an accredited undergraduate/graduate program with 100 undergraduate SW majors and a total of 130 full and part-time graduate SW students in Durham and at the off-campus site in Manchester, NH. Both programs offer a family-centered, community-focused, strengths-based curriculum and a student-centered environment. Mission and Institutional Identity: The University of New Hampshire is the state’s public research university, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. Its primary purpose is learning: students collaborating with faculty in teaching, research, creative expression, and service. The University of New Hampshire has a national and international agenda and holds land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant charters. From its main Durham campus and its urban campus in Manchester, the University serves New Hampshire and the region through continuing education, cooperative extension, cultural outreach, economic development activities, and applied research. The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Salaries are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Positions will remain open until filled. For the best consideration, please submit an application by December 1, 2008. E-mail a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names of three references to: Dr. Jerry Marx, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Social Work, University of New Hampshire. 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FMI see our job listing in JobsinME.com, call Please contact: 207.775.0105 x 122 or send resume and cover Ben Grasso MD letter to Dr. Milliken at Kmilliken@portlandwest.org Cell 650-0193 Email firstname.lastname@example.org AFPelletier Billing Services Billing & Consulting services for Behavioral Health, Massage & Acupuncture Practitioners Feeling overwhelmed? Let us help! 207-846-7927 email@example.com Spend more time with your clients and less time managing your accounts 16 Update on What Every Social Worker Needs to Know About Lyme Disease by Jane Sloven, LCSW, BCD Many social workers have been propelled into the controversy surrounding Lyme disease because Lyme is an increasingly unfortunate fact of life in Maine. If we ourselves aren’t infected, someone in our family, or circle of friends and colleagues is likely to be – and whether or not we are aware of it – many of our clients. Those of us with an intimate knowledge of this illness know that it isn’t always easily vanquished with a short course of antibiotics, that it can devastate families, dash life ambitions, and drain life savings. Lyme presents unique challenges for clinicians. Clients who have been infected may present like any other client – with depression, panic disorders, irritability, symptoms of bi-polar or obsessive-compulsive disorder, cognitive difficulties, learning disabilities, or explosive tantrums. Your only clues may be the mention of accompanying fatigue, or joint pain. At that point, social workers need to ask other questions – to determine whether Lyme disease might be part of the problem, because if it is, psychotherapy alone will not resolve their symptoms. We cannot simply rely on our clients’ physicians to accurately diagnose and treat this illness. Lyme escapes detection. Ticks can be as small as a poppy seed. People often don’t know they’ve been bitten, and less than half those infected get the classic bulls-eye rash. Borellia Burgdorferi, the microorganism identified as the causative agent of Lyme disease, is a spirochete, similar to the one that causes syphilis. Ticks transmit it, along with other infections – like Babesia, Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. When the infections are in combination, they don’t look like the textbook description of any single one of them. Imagine, for example, describing how flour looks – in a bag, in a fruitcake, or in a loaf of bread. Our clients might say they were already tested, but the test might have been a false negative – it said they did not have the infection, but they did. The disease will not show up via testing for at least four weeks after a bite, and the initial blood test is an ELISA, which has a high percentage of false negatives. If the ELISA is negative, the patient is not given a more accurate test, the Western Blot. Only a few labs have the expertise to develop and read this test accurately, physicians disagree over which labs are reliable, and Western Blots can give false results too. Many physicians do not believe co-infections are common, so they don’t test for them, and those tests are not definitive either. A hostile disagreement rages among physicians about diagnosis and treatment. It has divided the medical field into essentially two opposing views. The International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS), comprised of physicians and researchers from various specialties, published guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease in 2003. ILADS physicians treat Lyme as a complex, multi-systemic illness with co-infections that can become chronic, disabling, and challenging to eradicate. Their guidelines emphasize the importance of the clinical picture, with test results as supportive, not definitive. The length of treatment with antibiotics is based upon patient symptoms. Long-term treatment for chronic Lyme and late stage Lyme may be aggressive, with multiple antibiotic combinations. The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) and The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) are larger organizations with political clout. Their 2006 guidelines for the treatment of Lyme disease were published in close succession, and the panels that formulated them shared members. Their guidelines recommend two to four weeks of treatment as curative, and disavow the efficacy of longer treatment, treatment with multiple antibiotics, and the existence of a chronic form of Lyme. Any symptoms after two to four weeks of antibiotic treatment are not considered to be from an infection. They are “post Lyme syndrome,” and patients are referred to other specialists. In May of this year, the Connecticut Attorney General determined that the IDSA panel that developed their guidelines was tainted by financial and professional conflicts of interest, as well as scientific bias. As part of a legal agreement, The IDSA will convene a new panel to revise those guidelines with the oversight of a medical ethicist. Social workers need to know these details because most physicians have relied on the IDSA guidelines. As our client’s neuropsychiatric symptoms worsen, they might not be diagnosed despite being infected. If they are diagnosed, their treatment might be based on two to four weeks of antibiotics when they need more. If longer-term antibiotics are prescribed, insurance companies, relying on the IDSA, may refuse coverage. Our clients might have to pay out-of-pocket for medications, or go without. They may not improve because their co-infections might remain undetected. When the medical conflicts maroon our clients with a complex illness and ineffective treatment, when our clients become suicidal, chronically ill, disabled, dependent on SSDI, or face foreclosures and bankruptcy – what is our professional responsibility? The NASW Code of Ethics sets out our mission: to enhance human well-being and help meet…basic human needs… with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty…Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living. I suggest that in the context of Lyme disease, our mission includes understanding the illness, educating our clients, and helping them advocate for themselves. These are suggested interventions for social workers: continued on bottom of page 6 17 CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS NASW MAINE CHAPTER ANNUAL CONFERENCE “THE POWER OF SOCIAL WORK” SAMOSET RESORT, Rockport, ME April 23-24, 2009 The NASW Maine Chapter invites you to submit a proposal for presentations at the 2009 NASW Maine Annual Conference. Take advantage of this opportunity to present at this annual professional development event for Maine’s social work community. “THE POWER OF SOCIAL WORK” is the conference theme. Presentations must provide current, relevant, and innovative information/concepts that will inform social work practices, enhance professional and personal development and promote social action. Incorporation of the theme into the presentation is strongly encouraged. The NASW MAINE CHAPTER Annual Conference Committee will utilize a peer review process in the selection of presentation proposals. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS DECEMBER 1, 2008 PRESENTATION FORMATS The three (3) types of presentation formats are: Workshop will incorporate oral/visual presentations with opportunities for question and answer period. (2 hours total) Thursday Lunch Roundtable Discussion is an interactive session designed to facilitate discussion on the specified topic. No audio/visual equipment is to be used in this format. (Length: 45-60 Minutes) Poster Presentation Professionals and social work students are encouraged to submit proposals for poster presentations. Must be present for designated poster session times. See page 18 for details. 18 GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION Your proposal must incorporate the theme and include the following: 1. Proposal Cover Page (see attached) 2. A biographical summary (50 words max.) and current resume/C.V. for EACH Presenter describing their credentials, experience relevant to the proposed topic, and current employment. 3. A 50 word abstract of your presentation. 4. A 300-500 word detailed description containing specific learning objectives. The NASW Maine Annual Conference Committee will review proposals based on the following points: • Well Conceived and theory/evidence based • Well Organized and relates to objectives • Timely and relevant for social work practice or policy • Presents new and innovative ideas • Implications for social work practice are discussed • Presenter expertise and previous presentations on the proposed topic The conference committee reserves the right to accept a proposal with a modified presentation format. All accepted presenters will receive an invitation to participate, at which time any format modifications will be specified. PLEASE NOTE: All accepted presenters are required to register for the conference by January 15, 2009 to be included in the final program. Presenters are invited to attend the conference on the day that they present as our guest. To attend the full conference there is a $25.00 meal surcharge. All travel expenses are incurred at the cost of the presenter. Presenters are also responsible for providing their own handouts. All communications will go to the primary presenter (if more than one). It will be their responsibility to convey information to co-presenters. Submissions must be received by December 1, 2008 Send Proposals to: Naswmaine@naswmaine.org Electronic submissions are preferred OR NASW Maine Chapter Annual Conference Committee PO Box 5065 Augusta, ME 04332 OR Fax: 207-512-2255 19 NASW MAINE CHAPTER ANNUAL CONFERENCE PROPOSAL COVER PAGE Presentation Title Format ___Roundtable ___Workshop ___Poster Proposed Presentation Category Aging Disabilities Administration/Workplace Diversity Advocacy/Public Policy/Social Justice Ethics/Management of Professional Liability Alcohol/Substance Abuse Evidence Based Theory/Practice Children/Families/Schools Health Care Clinical/Mental Health Professional Issues Criminal Justice/Legal Systems Other (Please Specify) Death/Loss/Bereavement Please list submitting presenter’s name first for each presenter, list name, degree(s), licensure, credentials, employer, address/city/state and biographical paragraph. Additional presenters may be listed on back as an attachment. PRESENTER INFORMATION NASW Member? Yes No Name Degree(s) License Job Title Employer Work phone Fax Home address Home phone Email AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT REQUEST LCD PROJECTOR * TV/VCR FLIP CHART SCREEN NONE WILL BRING OWN EQUIPMENT *PLEASE NOTE: One LCD Projector is available. Availability of said projector is not guaranteed. ALL AV REQUESTED MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR PROPOSAL. REQUESTS MADE AFTER PROPOSAL SUBMISSION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 20 CALL FOR POSTER PRESENTATIONS DEADLINE December 1, 2008 2009 NASW Maine Chapter Annual Conference “The Power of Social Work” April 23-24, 2009 Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME NASW-ME invites social work professionals and students to participate in the 2009 Annual Conference by giving a poster presentation. Poster presentations are an alternative to the traditional presentation method as a way of allowing an individual or a group to communicate to an audience the substance of work as a social work professional or student has done or is currently engaged in. Less formal than a paper presentation, poster sessions allow presenters to show highlights of their work in a briefer format that encourages a wider variety of topics. The success of a poster presentation relies on the quality of the paper and the effectiveness of the presentation style. Students(s) who submit a poster proposal must have a faculty sponsor to aid the student(s) in the preparation of the proposal and presentation. Direction and feedback regarding the quality of the paper is the responsibility of the faculty sponsor. Adherence to the following points will facilitate a successful poster presentation: 1. All poster content must be typed. 2. A minimum font size of 18 for the poster is recommended. 3. Use an eye-catching, colorful background for your poster 4. Poster presentations must be either self-standing or able to be easily displayed on an easel The information presented in the poster presentation includes one or more pages for each of the following sections (staying within a 12 page limit) For a Research Paper: For a Conceptual or Policy paper: Title, author, and date (college or university, Abstract that summarizes the poster faculty sponsor) content Abstract that summarizes the poster content Background including research question and relevant Background including research literature question and relevant literature Methodology used in conducting research Review of relevant literature Findings-usually presented in tables and charts Implications of practice/policy Discussion of results Discussion of future practice/policy Implications for practice References References SUBMISSION DETAILS Proposals must include: Title, Author(s) name and contact information, date, and an abstract summarizing the poster content. Students must include the names of their college or university faculty sponsor. Email submissions are preferred. Submit Poster Proposals by December 1, 2008 to: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax: 207-512-2255 or Mail to: NASW Maine Chapter Conference Committee , PO Box 5065, Augusta, ME 04332 21 2008-2009 Friday Series Continuing Education Program October 31, 2009 Portland, CFS Public Benefits Program Addressing low-Income Clients’ Basic Needs Sara Anne Meerse, MSW, Esq. October 30, 2008 Ethics Workshop **4 ethics CEU's** Presque Isle, UMPI Sally Sutton November 21, 2008 **6 Ethics CEUs** Portland, USM Learning the Ins and Outs of Special Education: Who Qualifies, What Services and Ways to Advocate, Sara Anne Meerse, MSW, Esq. December 12, 2008 Lewiston, BC The Power of Groups, Stephen R. Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CGP February 20, 2009 Lewiston, BC What Works With Chemically Dependent Young People Stephen R. Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CGP March 13, 2009 Portland, CFS Families at Odds: The Use of Guardian ad-Litem— Therapist Collaboration in Resolving Issues in Families in the Midst of An Adversarial Court Process Pheobe Prosky, LCSW, Toby Hollander, Esq., Terry Hayes APRIL 23-24, 2009 NASW ANNUAL CONFERENCE May 8, 2009 **4 Ethics CEUs** Brunswick, UNH Ethical Decision-Making: Tools for Social Workers and Their Organizations Sally Sutton, MA, MSSW June 12, 2009 Brunswick, UNH Understanding New Concepts in Working With Women Laura Zegel, MSW, M.Div., LCSW For a full brochure and registration information please see our website at:www.naswmaine.org *******Register online and pay by Credit Card******* 22 23 NASW-MAINE CHAPTER BRANCHS NETWORK WITH COLLEAGUES IN YOUR AREA BRANCH A - CUMBERLAND AND YORK CHAIR: SONDRA DOE CO-CHAIR: MARIE LAVERRIERE BOUCHER BRANCH B - KENNEBEC, KNOX, LINCOLN,SAGADAHOC AND WALDO CHAIR: GAIL W RIGHT BRANCH C - ANDROSCOGGIN, FRANKLIN, OXFORD AND SOMERSET CHAIR CHRISTOPHER MCLAUGHLIN BRANCH D - AROOSTOOK CHAIR: JOY BRAKEL CO-CHAIR - JEAN CASHMAN BRANCH E - HANCOCK, PENOBSCOT, PISCATAQUIS & WASHINGTON CHAIR: CAREY JENSON . 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