kvren asked: There has recently been a shift in leadership for the PA chapter, and with that change, a lot has improved. Recently we had over 800 social workers/social work students rally together in Harrisburg for Legislative Advocacy Day, where we are trying to get licensure at the bachelor's level.
majd3st1ny asked: Yeah... This may be only subjective to CA. I have personally seen NASW reps from my state spoken on television and local news station!
Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker
That is great. I would be interested in hearing if anyone else has seen their local NASW getting media coverage.
I have a colleague in NC who has had pretty much a similar experience with them. Most of my New York peers also felt the way I did. One of my university friends said she also decided not to renew her membership because she didn’t see any benefit to it.
My experience with the county chapter is that they were bad at communicating with members and failed to properly publicize events. Just trying to find dates and times for chapter meetings was challenging and they rarely responded to emails. I didn’t feel the state chapter was much better as they also failed to properly publicize or recruit for lobby day and only engaged membership when it was time to renew.
I was also disheartened by the lack of support for macro social workers. None of the CEU classes offered were geared towards those of us in community practice. Nor were the majority of the articles in the state newsletter or the national newsletter. So I certainly didn’t see a benefit there.
What has everyone elses experience been (with either the National or your state chapter)? Is your state chapter visible in your local media? Do they have good communication with members? Do you feel there has been an appropriate level of advocacy for the profession? Do you feel the NASW is addressing the right issues when it comes to improving social work?