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  • Thursday, March 01, 2018 2:40 PM | GWSCSW Office (Administrator)

    With support from GWSCSW,  I began Clinical Senior Seminars to address pre- and post- retirement needs, was given the title of Senior Representative and automatically became a Board member.

    Being on the Board and getting support and reinforcement for Clinical Senior Seminars gives me a lot of satisfaction and answers the need to maintain my identity as a Social Worker, something that is important to me and is so often lost once one is no longer working.

  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018 8:54 PM | GWSCSW Office (Administrator)

    As someone who was fresh out of social work school and looking for a clinical community (and didn't graduate from Catholic) I found GWSCSW. A few months later I attended the first meeting of a brand new sub committee focusing on early career social worker issues. You could feel the energy in the room and in our first year we moved from a sub committee to our own, reduced the rate for ceus for lgsw society members, and built a thriving early career community within the society. Each step of the way veterans of the society were encouraging and enthusiastic. Not too long after I became a co chair of the early career committee and then the early career rep on the executive board. Like many others on the board I ended up wearing multiple hats, becoming the wine and cheese coordinator as I looked to transition the early career committee to new leadership. I received so much support and encouragement from so many people and became really integrated into the GWSCSW community, I found my clinical home. In short, I volunteer because of how much I've gotten from the society.

    As I move to a different place in my career, encouraging supervisees to attend early career committee meetings and helping lgsw's obtain their clinical licenses through my private practice and agency work, I have stepped back in my volunteer capacities to focus my energy and limited time on specific society issues important to me. I believe as we move through our social work careers our activity in the society ebbs and flows. I have consistently found that the more I give to the society the more I get out of it, and I encourage anyone with time, interest or desire for community to step up and help us maintain the vibrant society we have.

    If you want to talk more about my experience and how to get involved I would be happy to speak to you! I apologize in advance if there's a delay in my response as I get swamped with emails. You can reach me at amanda.slatus@gmail.com or 667.217.1023. (If you'd like to talk to someone sooner than I might be able to get back to you, feel free to contact Kate Rossier - kazrossier@hotmail.com or 571.332.1184).

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:33 PM | GWSCSW Office (Administrator)

    I joined the GWSCSW in 2012 after graduating from social work school.  I was looking for a job and was told it might be a good way to network.  Somehow, I ended up at meetings for the Early Career Committee, as I was looking for guidance as to how to navigate this new social work world.  At the time, the early career committee was thriving with a lot of energy, passion, and commitment to early career social work goals.  As I became more involved with the early career committee, I was asked to co-chair the Social Media Committee with Juleen Chevalier.  I officially joined the board as the co-chair of the Social Media Committee in September 2013.  It has been wonderful to be involved on the board and create larger society goals from behind the scenes.  It has been a very rewarding experience to take part in initiatives that benefit the larger group.  Around the same time I joined the Social Media Committee, I also joined the 40th anniversary committee to plan the events that took place to celebrate our 40th anniversary year.  While this was an ad hoc committee and not a board position, it was great to work with some new people on creating events to celebrate all of the good work of the society.  Throughout my time on the board, I have met a lot of wonderful people who have been very supportive of my own individual career goals as well as the larger goals of an early career social worker.  It is always nice to go to society events and see a familiar face from my time on the board or involvement with other committees.  Everyone is always so friendly, genuine, and caring.  I am very grateful that I have been able to call the clinical society my social work home base for the last 5 years.  

  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 11:59 PM | GWSCSW Office (Administrator)

    You couldn’t invent a lovelier, more energetic, more fun group of peers than our clinical society board of directors if you tried. And I mean that literally and seriously. I’ve been serving of the board for about 12 years now – three as president about five presidents ago – and…….I’m still here!

    I originally became an “active” member working on a mission that totally failed: some 15 years ago we tried to create a pro bono program offering therapy services to returning soldiers at what was then Walter Reed. It was about to happen when there was a turnover in the powers that be at the hospital, and the project fell apart. This is to say that no good effort goes unpunished: two years later I became the society’s president.

    Yes, it’s hard to imagine someone who put in the hard time of being the prez hanging around like for so long. But in fact, we all have! Every one of the more recent presidents has had such a hard time giving up the joys of working with wonderful people that we’ve found ways to stay active and involved. We’ve taking on roles as directors, committee chairs, and advisors, and continue to attend not only the quarterly board meetings but the monthly executive committee meetings as well.

    Lest you think, “Oh, so it’s a bunch of old-timers running things like they used to,” let me loudly disabuse you of this notion. In the near decade since I was president, the board has grown from about 10 people to 30 or so, with most of the additions being younger members, many working at agencies, who bring so much creativity with them. So the “work” of the society has changed in many exciting ways: it is more inclusive, has a much broader base both of membership and programming, and better reflects the exigencies of the world we live and work in today. We are forward looking, passionate about our evolving mission, and willing to take risks in trying new activities and programs.

    One last thought. Since we now have a much broader leadership base, there’s no huge onus on any one volunteer (except maybe The Prez). Many positions are shared, and some of our top officers take long vacations (like a month!) and everyone just covers for each other. Also, there are plenty of smaller, time-limited jobs people can do: volunteer to help at a continuing education event or a MSW school job fair, or host a wine and cheese gathering, or read one bill before a state legislature to see if we need to voice a position on it. All these are good ways of getting to know fellow GWSCSW members and seeing what we do. I guarantee you will find a welcoming group and have a really good time!

    Feel free to contact me at susan.post@gmail.com - (301) 652-5699.

  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 11:57 PM | GWSCSW Office (Administrator)

    My first foray into being a more involved GWSCSW member than one simply paying dues came around 2006-7 when I joined Joel Kanter's Program Committee. That committee organized unique events (similar in spirit to Laurie Young's brainchild of our meet-ups) - such as theater events, dinners with speakers, etc. For a couple of years, I served on that committee and began to meet some other members both in the planning process (Hello, Tish Reilly!) and at the events themselves (Hello, Susan Post (who was the first) - and many other folks). I began to feel more connected to the society and to form some lovely friendships. From there, the mystery of how the society leadership works started to dissolve and the idea of being part of this seemed less daunting. This somewhat, but not entirely (!), explains how I found myself a couple of years later being the President! (There is, of course, the more gradual and very sane way of moving up from being committee member to committee chair and then, perhaps, to a director position, and then to being an officer (president, VP, treasurer, secretary) - but I sort of leap-frogged from the committee member right on up to being president).

    The other part of that explanation comes from prior experience in a whole other organization and whole other part of life. Back when my kids were in their early elementary school years, I made a similar leap from low-level involvement to being the president of their school's PTA. What I learned then was that while it was a lot of work, I absolutely loved it. I learned right then that feeling part of a working, purposeful community was very satisfying to me. I learned also that while we were certainly about serving a community, I couldn't tell if the community was benefiting more or I was from this collaborative work! That experience was clearly an important one in emboldening me to make the leap to becoming president of our dear society. And again, I found it very rewarding to have the comradeship of working on projects and issues with a bunch of warm, smart, and creative colleagues. I also have found it to be a wonderful counterpoint to the quieter and differently focused energetic mode I live in as a therapist. Also, as someone in private practice, I found my participation in the running of the clinical society to be a wonderful way (in addition to peer consultations, of course!) of counteracting the all-too-easily felt isolation in the day-to-day work.

    Since being president, I've been on the Board (including the Executive Committee) as a Director of Communications for the past almost four years. The Communications Branch of the board focuses on issues involving our website, the listserv, revising and printing the brochures, and the quarterly newsletter. I've discovered that sometimes other members think of the Board as a foreign entity - perhaps like a corporate board - however, we are just a bunch of dedicated and pretty lively volunteers. I invite you all to think about joining us! It is always healthy for our society to have new folks joining especially as the old-timers (like myself) eventually "retire". We need the new ideas and creativity to keep current - and it keeps us alive as a group. Please think about joining the Board in some way as we come to the end (in June) of another two-year cycle of leadership and will then regroup and undergo a new incarnation.

    Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about life as a committee member - or president! kazrossier@hotmail.com or 571.332.1184.

  • Friday, December 01, 2017 7:44 PM | GWSCSW Office (Administrator)

    I joined GWSCSW in 2014 and was impressed by the educational events and list-serv participation. Our community is very active! I knew in 2015 I wanted to become more involved and connected with other clinical social workers. I started my private practice this year, and looked to other clinical social workers for advice, guidance, and inspiration. I joined the Board as a way to be in the middle of it all. They have been so very welcoming and easy to work with. I have found there are tons of opportunities, and gentle-yet-enthusiastic encouragement to pursue my interests within the organization. If you want to connect to the professional community, go beyond the list-serv, and meet some fantastic clinical social workers, then you too should join the Board!

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