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Gold Sponsor
Encompass Health 

At Encompass Health, we provide high-quality, compassionate care designed to meet patients where they are on their rehabilitation journey. We are the trusted choice in rehabilitation, delivering high-quality care to patients while seamlessly connecting across the healthcare continuum.

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The Roads Home Health 

The Roads Home Health is a Medicare Certified home health agency that provides health and personal care in a person’s home. Our services are used most by persons with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses and who are returning home from inpatient hospital stays. We make it possible for patients to leave the hospital and recover in the comfort of their own home rather than recover in a nursing home. 

Our staff of compassionate and dedicated home care professionals brings over 85 years of combined clinical expertise to your service. Many of our staff members hold advanced degrees and certifications. Their commitment to your recovery through quality care and state-of-the-art technology is at the core of the mission of The Roads.

Pearl Sponsor
High Standard Health Services, Inc. 


When working with patients, insurers, or physicians, High Standard Health Services, Inc., believes that optimal home care requires the use and availability of multi-disciplinary teams of professional and competent Administrative staff. High Standard Health Service, Inc., strives to maintain a qualified staff, willing to help meet the goals of each patient’s Plan of Care. When we select staff, we look not only for professionalism / technical abilities, we seek to find nurses who interact with kindness, compassion, and demonstrate a willingness to achieve each patient’s goals.

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United Teachers of Dade 

United Teachers of Dade is a union of professionals who work to advance the cause of public education. We educate students, empower our members, and work with parents and the community to build a stronger Miami.

Miami-Dade Unit's Self-Care Event

Upcoming Events

July 16, 2022 • Virtual
*NASW-FL Miami-Dade Unit presents "Social Workers Peer Support Group" with Myriam Ayala, LCSW, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
 Every 3rd Saturday of the month we come together to support each other personally and professionally.  We have new topics and discussions every month.  We welcome other mental health providers to our group. You will receive the Zoom link with the group agreements prior to the event. 

"Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them."  ~ Brene Brown



​​​Congratulations to Our Social Work Award Winners!

Social Worker of the Year
Daniel Alvarez, LCSW

Social Work Educator of the Year
Maria Teahan, Ph.D, LCSW, CTS

Elected Official of the Year
Senator Annette Taddeo

Social Work Student of the Year
Walter S. K. Rucker

Public Citizen of the Year
Osmanny Herrera 

Outstanding Contribution During COVID-19 Pandemic
Myriam Ayala, LCSW


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, MSW, LSW, RCSWI, President at American Consulting and Social Service League - Chair

Vice-Chair - Liliam Bernal, LCSW - President at MSW Services

Legislative Committee Chair  - Daniel Alvarez LCSW

PACE Committee Chair - Mabel Colon, MSW 

Support Group Leader and Facilitator - Miryam Ayala, LCSW 

Support Group Leader and Facilitator  - Edith Caballero, LCSW

Media Communications  Assistant - Arrianna Edwards, MSW, RCSWI

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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