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January 27, 2022 • Virtual
*NASW-FL Broward/Miami-Dade Units presents "NASW-FL Legislative Priorities:  What You Need to Know & How You Can Help" with Dawn Brown, MSW, NASW-FL Legislative Chair, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  Registration is free for NASW Members, $10 for Non-NASW Members and free for Students.  A Zoom link with be provided prior to the event.  This workshop has been approved for and offers 1.5 contact hours.


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Congratulations to Our Social Work Award Winners!

Social Worker of the Year
Edith Caballero, LCSW

Educator of the Year
Shanna L. Burke, PhD

Elected Official of the Year
Nicholas Duran

Student of the Year
Matthew M. Racher

Public Citizen of the Year
Dr. Shanika Ampah-Haynes

Agency of the Year

Carrfour Supportive Housing

Watch The Virtual Awards Ceremony

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How to Love Yourself First
By Paty Hernandez, LCSW Miami Dade Unit Chair 

February, the month of love or despair, depending on who you ask. For today’s article I’ll focus on love and all the yummy ways you can experience self love, the most important ingredient for a quality filled life.  

Fact about love is that unless you love yourself unconditionally, you can’t truly love others. Unconditional love is accepting yourself exactly as you are; beautiful, challenged, flabby parts, etc. 

When you love yourself unconditionally you’ll go to the ends of the earth to ensure you give yourself the best. Afterall, wouldn’t you do that for someone else you love?

Now's the time to stop preaching self care and start practicing it every day. I’ll break down how to love yourself holistically. I’ll share some ideas and then you decide on what the best path would be for you.  

Physical love;
This means ensuring that you’re providing your body with nourishment everyday, such as, eating the rainbow at every meal. This includes a variety of fresh produce, preferable organic whenever possible to eat your nutrients and vitamins. If by any reason you’re still lacking in vitamins, then find the best supplement(s) for you that’ll help you with your physical goals. 

Another part of physical love is movement. Many of us are sitting longer periods of time as we work from home. Our bodies break down faster when we don’t move. Let’s make it easy by starting with at least 10 minutes of movement a day. This could include dancing standing up or in your chair, lifting weights, yoga, etc. Figure out your preferred way to move and incorporate it every day, no excuses!! 

Emotional love:
Embrace the feelings that flow through you without attachment. Our work is tough as we listen to our clients or even colleagues' problems, never mind our own struggles. If you find yourself quick to reaction, take a pause and figure out why. My favorite mantra is: “Thank you for this feeling, I now allow you to leave.”

Mental love:
This is a biggie. How often do you criticize yourself on a daily basis? Be honest!! This is a habit you’ve developed throughout your life and the best way to let it go is through awareness. Catch yourself when you say to yourself; “You’re so stupid,” “You know better than that.” “When are you going to get it right?” Use the same tools you apply with your clients upon yourself. You're worth it!!

Spiritual love:
This is my favorite love because it’s when I feel the unconditional love of Spirit/Universe/God all around me. I do this through my daily conversations (talking to myself) with Spirit, meditation, and when I practice Reiki. I feel the love around me and within. Other ways you can connect spiritually is by attending a spiritual group or church that inspires you, meditation, and nature walks to name a few.

Treat yourself to love today and everyday. Your whole self will love you back!


Thank you for being apart of your local NASW unit! We have many future events in the planning stages for this upcoming year including CE’s, networking and social events . If you have any questions, comments or feedback, we would love to hear from you. We are excited to be your leadership team!!! ​


Marcela Gomez- Bogomolni - Chair

Cassandra Tenzer, MSW - Vice Chair

Vacant - Secretary
Vacant - Membership Chair
Mark Ritchie, LCSW - Continuing Education (CE) Chair

Susan Mankita, LCSW - Social Work Month Chair
Vacant - Legislative Chair

Ashley Ferguson - PACE Chair
Edith Caballero, LCSW  - CCNLI Chair
Janitsa Rocamonde, MSW - Sponsorship Chair  

Angela Miller, MSW - Social Media Chair
Vacant - Events Chair
Miriam Bernardo - BSW Representative
Ashton Sanchez - MSW Student Representative

If you know of any students who may be interested in becoming our BSW or MSW representatives, please send their names or have them contact us at

All NASW-FL Miami-Dade Members are invited! 

Do you know a social worker who is not an NASW member? Bring them along and we'll be happy to explain the benefits of joining!

*Note: The Unit Steering Committee is comprised of Unit members seeking to actively participate in the development of Unit events, workshops and other activities.

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