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NASW Utah: Bulletin


Most social workers are aware of such terms as “workplace stress” “burnout” and “compassion fatigue”. We also hear advice from other professionals about the importance of “self-care”.  However, reported issues of burnout continue to rise in our current era of seemingly endless pandemic, increased professional isolation, and rising public demand for mental health counseling.

NASW Utah is responding to these reports with support groups. In each program, there will be a brief presentation, followed by opportunities for participants to engage in mutual support and dialogue about the challenges that face us and the opportunities we have for healing and transformation in our professional practice.

For more information and to register, go here.


Thursday, April 21, 2022

6:00-7:30 pm EST

Panelists: Debra A Riggs (Virginia); Joel L. Rubin, MSW, ACSW, LSW, CAE (Illinois); & Leanne Rupp, MSW, LCSW (Colorado)

To register, go here.


In order to treat a client in another state, you need to be licensed in the state the client is physically located. However, if you are licensed and in good standing in another state, and you want to practice in Utah via telehealth, there are options for exemptions from licensure. Exemptions from Licensure can be found in Utah Code 58-60-107 and Utah Code 58-1-307. For the official wording and full document, go here.


Did you see the annual CSWE survey of Social Work Programs?

Enrollment increased by more than 1% at accredited social work programs offering baccalaureate (1.3%) and master’s (1.7%) degrees from 2019 to 2020, according to the results of a survey from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This increase happened despite a 3.3% decline in total enrollment in higher education. In fact, enrollment in social work programs has increased consistently for 10 years, according to the findings of the 2020 CSWE Annual Survey of Social Work Programs. 

Of concern, the survey also revealed that the debt load has increased for some social work students. This is particularly striking when looking at the changes over a 10-year period. In 2020, the average loan debt amount for master’s graduates was $47,965, compared to $32,198 in 2010. On average, baccalaureate graduates had $27,264 in loan debt in 2020, compared to $24,683 in 2010.

For more information, go here.


You can find the questions and answers from the Mental Health Supervision Q&A here.


Beyond the pandemic: Exploring social work ethics and values as a contribution to a new eco-social world North-America webinar

Wed April 13, 2022

2:00 pm EDT

The IFSW and Social Work Ethics Research Group (SWERG) would like to warmly invite Social Workers around the world, from different backgrounds, to join us in a webinar, with small group discussions, to reflect on learning from social workers’ rethinking of what counts as ethical practice during Covid-19. We want to consider how this can contribute toward sustainability and justice for people and the planet.

The idea for this series of webinars, hosted in the different IFSW global regions, developed from research conducted by IFSW and members of SWERG on ethical challenges for social workers during Covid‐19.

A key theme in social workers’ responses to the pandemic is how practitioners have had to rethink social work values and ethics in a time of crisis. If we add to this the urgent climate crisis, there is now a need to stop and reconsider what matters for people and the planet, and how social workers can and should contribute to co-building a new eco-social world.

In these webinars, jointly organized by the IFSW Ethics Commission and SWERG, we are looking to find out more about social work ethical perspectives on the kind of world we seek as we emerge from the pandemic.

The webinars will be recorded, and findings will be submitted to the online People’s Global Summit, 29 June – 2 July 2022, as a contribution to recommendations about the kind of values, policies, and practices needed to co-build a sustainable, socially just, fair world for all to live in. The Global People’s Summit is co-organized by IFSW with partners on the theme of Co–‐building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind.

To register, go here


The One Utah Health Collaborative is a private-public partnership initiated by Governor Cox to convene stakeholders across the state to make Utah the national leader in affordable, innovative healthcare. The Collaborative will officially kick off in July 2022, and we are using the next few months to create alignment on statewide goals, determine how to best accelerate innovation, and establish a lasting governance structure. 

As members of the Governor’s appointed Organizing Committee, RyLee Curtis, Betty Sawyer, and Sebastian de Freitas have been asked to convene a virtual forum of patients and community-based organizations (CBOs) on April 11 at 1:00 pm MT and April 25 at 6:00 pm MT. The goal will be to gather input on questions such as:

  • We want to make healthcare easier to pay for, be more fair, and have better results. What goals could we create to make that happen?

  • What are the biggest pain points patients experience when trying to get care?

  • What are creative ideas for lowering costs and increasing health for all Utahns?

  • What stops Utah’s health care system from trying new ideas?

We believe that the Utah Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has an important perspective, and we were hoping that you could register/encourage your members to register. 

Please access the registration page for the forum on April 11 here, and the forum on April 25 here. We will also be hosting a forum geared toward Spanish-speaking patients and CBOs on April 20th at 6:00 pm MT; you may register for that here.