The New Hampshire NASW Chapter has a committee likely to be of interest to every NASW member. Working on a chapter committee can be stimulating, rewarding, and informative, and helps contribute to the development of our profession. All NASW members are welcome to join the committees listed here. If you would like more information, please contact the chapter at (603)-226-7135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please view our Facebook page and/or event calendar for times and dates!
Social & Legislative Action Committee (SLAC)
Have a few minutes every now and then to speak your mind!!? That’s all it will take to become an active member of the New Hampshire Chapter of NASW’s Social & Legislative Action Committee (SLAC). The Committee’s aim is to develop an annual legislative agenda and to publicize and involve members in the promotion and awareness of the Chapter’s activities.
SLAC encourages you to advocate for key issues of concern to New Hampshire social workers by lobbying state legislators. NH-NASW will provide it’s members with periodical email alerts with information provided by SLAC, including:
- information about pending legislation
- email, postal addresses, and phone numbers for relevant legislators
- sample “cut and paste” texts or statements for your convenience in lobbying.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN US in this opportunity to take social action and make a change. We always welcome new members! To find out more about the committee, please contact Lynn Stanley, Executive Director, at (603) 226-7135 or by email at email@example.com. Visit our event calendar for more information.
Annual Meeting Committee
Chair- Bernie Seifert, LICSW
The Annual Meeting Committee is in charge of planning and coordinating NH-NASW’s Annual Meeting. If you would like to become involved, please contact the chapter at (603)-226-7135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical Social Work Committee
Chair- Jill Johnson Bardsley, LICSW
The role of the Clinical Social Work Committee is to supervise continuing education for the NH Chapter NASW. Additionally, we offer forums to discuss issues relevant to the practice of clinical social work, and advocate for and engage in political endeavors affecting clinicians and those whom they serve. Each meeting includes a short presentation by a committee member.
The Clinical Social Work Committee meets the 2nd Friday of every month from 9:00am-11:00am at the NH NASW Chapter office or via Zoom. New members are always welcome! Visit our event calendar for more information.
Diversity Awareness Committee
Chair -Sonali Zoracki, LICSW, email@example.com
The purpose of the NH NASW Diversity Awareness Committee is to increase awareness of diversity issues, advocate for the needs of diverse populations within our communities, support diversity in our profession and in our board, and encourage opportunities for social workers to build their ability to meaningfully apply diversity principles.
Meets the third Wednesday of the month from 9 – 10:30 am at the NH NASW Chapter Office or via Zoom New members are always welcome! Visit our event calendar for more information.
NH Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE)
Chair- Jill Johnson Bardsley, LICSW
The PACE committee provides a legal way for NASW-NH to make campaign contributions to candidates on the local level. This committee is primarily focused on electoral activities aimed at supporting specific candidates who promote or espouse NASW policies.
To find out more about the committee, please contact Lynn Stanley, Executive Director, at (603) 226-7135 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. New members are always welcome! Visit our event calendar for more information.
Children’s Issues Committee
Co-Chairs-Rebecca Parton, LICSW and Melissa Wells, Ph.D.
The Children’s Issues Committee’s goal is to identify the broader causes of social problems within the local and state community, and to actively work toward the elimination of these causes of dysfunction through advocating change of the social service system itself. Furthermore, we work collaboratively with other child advocacy groups to address issues, as well as work with the SLAC committee to improve social institutions, systems, legislation, and practice that impose hardship on children and families. New members are always welcome!
Committee On Aging
Chair- Allison Rataj, MSW
The Committee on Aging is engaged in linking social workers that are interested in issues pertinent to our aging population. We meet on a monthly basis to address the improvement of social work practice with this population, as well as to advocate for pertinent legislation, and to promote aging issues, programs, and technologies. In our efforts we coordinate with existing coalitions on aging and local groups of like interest.
Chair- Michael Ralph, MSW
The NH NASW is happy to announce we have established a new committee that we know will be beneficial to both the Chapter and to individual social workers. The Technology Committee will explore new ways to engage members, build community, and entice non-members through social media and other technology. We’re welcoming new members to join us in this exciting new opportunity! Visit our event calendar for more information.
NH School Social Workers Association
The New Hampshire School Social Workers’ Association is the only professional association dedicated solely to the visibility and viability of School Social Work and the students and families that they serve. Coming from a strengths-based perspective, school social workers provide an ecological approach to insuring student success. They assist children and families by examining those factors in the home, school and/or community that are impacting a student’s educational success and then assist in reducing those barriers to learning. School Social Workers function within the school setting to strengthen the social/ emotional well being of all students in order to enhance academic and personal goals.