Message from Unit Chair:
I’d like to introduce myself to the social workers in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. My name is Teresa Johnson, OD, MSW. As the parent of a young man with autism, I have an extensive background in advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities. I currently serve on the Developmental Disabilities Committee of the Community Alliance of Sarasota, and am a volunteer with Special Olympics Florida - Sarasota County. I also provide training on autism to law enforcement personnel during Sarasota County Criminal Justice Academy Crisis Intervention Team Training.
Please begin to think of nominees for our annual awards. Let us know which social workers, students, and public citizens are making a difference in our community.
Please join us during our monthly networking and CE sessions this year. I look forward to meeting you, and welcome your input. Please contact me with any suggestions or concerns at email@example.com.
Calendar - SAVE THE DATE!!
8/30/17 – We held our Kick-off event at Libby’s Café & Bar. It was great to see many new and returning social workers as we begin the year!
9/18/17 – "Autism: What Social Workers Need to Know" presented by Teresa Johnson, OD, MSW. CEU available. Fruitville Library. 5:30 pm social; 6-7 pm presentation.
9/21/17–Community Alliance of Sarasota County Legislative Summit. The Salvation Army (1701 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239). 8 am-12:30 pm. ** NASW Sarasota/Manatee Unit is cosponsoring this event.
10/11/17 – Networking Event at Motorworks Brewery (1014 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205) 5:30-7:00 pm.
10/20/17 -- Community Alliance of Sarasota County Breakfast of Champions. The Salvation Army (1701 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239). 8 - 10:30 am. ** NASW Sarasota/Manatee Unit is cosponsoring this event.
11/8/17 – CE – Topic TBA. Fruitville Library. 5:30 social; 6--7:00 pm presentation.
10/25/17 – NOW “Civics 101” presentation. Girl Scout Auditorium. 10 am- 12 pm ** NASW Sarasota/Manatee Unit is cosponsoring this event.
Date TBA - Holiday Party – We are considering the Holiday Trolley (tour of lights) or a Beach Party, but are welcome to suggestions!
1/10/18 – CE – Kristina Paape, LCSW, will present on the efforts she provided to survivors of the Pulse nightclub attack. CEU available. Fruitville Library. 5:30 pm social; 6-7 pm presentation.
No event scheduled this month.
3/16/18 (tentative) – Annual CE Event – Veterans’ Issues (Homeless Issues; Suicide; Women’s Issues; panel discussion). We will update as at location/time as planning progresses.
3/26/18 – Awards Dinner – Libby’s Café & Bar – Time TBA
4/11/18– Networking Event in south Sarasota County. The location is TBA (open to suggestions!). 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
5/9/18 – Ruth Brandwein, PhD, MSW will present on PACE (Political Action for Candidate Election). Fruitville Library. 5:30-7:00 pm
6/14 - 6/1 - 2018 Social Work Conference. Marriott Ft. Lauderdale North.
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