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October 20, 2018 • Tampa,FL
*NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit presents "Forgiveness & Self-Forgiveness:  Multi-Modal Strategies for Practice" with George Jacinto, PhD, LCSW, CPC and John "JJ" Beggs, MSW,
from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Saint Leo University's Downtown Tampa Education Center. Registration is $5 for NASW members and $20 for non-members.  Registration is free for BSW/MSW students, retired and unemployed NASW Members. Light refreshments will be provided and FREE on-site parking is available.  


Jack Smith, LCSW - Unit Chair

​Unit Vice Chair
Sharon Barber

Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CCNLI)
Stacy Kratz 

Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Committee 
Christine Campbell, LCSW 
Robin Waters ​


Social Media

Elizabeth Thomas, MSW

Brittany Peters 

491 Board Liaison
Susan Infanzon

Chapter Supervisory Task Force
Nancy Gordon
Susan Infanzon


Stacy Kratz

MSW Representative

Sarah Jenkins

BSW Representatives

Marlene Aboytes  

Jaqualla Grimes


(Updated 9/12/18)

As we start the Autumn of 2018, much is happening in our Tampa Bay Unit. We have two upcoming workshops that I believe offer our members a chance to learn a great deal. Please take a minute to review these workshops and then, please register online. Further, we are pursuing a joint venture with the Nature Coast Unit to have an all day workshop on December 1, 2018, that will address the required CEs that you must have to renew your FL LCSW in March 2019. As soon as possible, I'll publish the details. In the meantime, please circle that date on your calendar.

Next, I want to let you know that I'm accelerating my efforts to reach out to agencies and facilities in the Tampa Bay area. My purpose is to see how we can work together for the betterment of our Unit and tighten our bond with organizations that employ social workers and/or work with those populations that concern members of our profession. To that end, I met with Ms. Kelley Parris on September 6th. She is the Executive Director of the Children's Board of Hillsborough County. I believe our meeting was productive and will start a positive relationship between us. If you'd like to hear more about this meeting, please let me know.  

The NASW-FL Board of Directors met at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center on August 24 and 25. As your representative on the Board, I'd like to offer you this update on what occurred at that Board meeting. First, our Executive Director, Mr. Jim Akin, asked that any unlicensed folks practicing in FL need to be reported to the FL Department of Health's Unlicensed Activities Office in Tallahassee.  Mr Akin went on to say the NASW Delegate Assembly needs an NASW member to work with them on NASW bylaws and policies. If interested, please contact Mr. Akin at the NASW-FL office in Tallahassee. 

Another issue revolved around NASW-FL is working with the Deans and Directors of all BSW and MSW programs in FL to strengthen the bond between NASW-FL and the 14 Schools of Social Work operating in FL.  

Further, Mr. Akin reported our NASW-FL PACE Committee, endorsed nine social workers running in local elections around the state. He went on to say eight of the nine are NASW members and the ninth is now joining NASW. As a side note, Mr. Akin then stated NASW-FL PACE Committee will be making additional endorsements of various candidates around the state. And as soon as a candidate is endorsed by NASW-FL, our members may openly work for the election of those candidates saying they are members of NASW.

Finally, I again urge everyone to vote in the upcoming mid-term election on November 6, 2018. Of course to vote, you need to be registered  to vote and you must do so by October 9, 2018. In the event you have any questions about voting in FL, particularly if you're a student or you've never voted previously, please call your County Board of Elections or the NASW-FL Chapter office in Tallahassee at 1-800-352-6279.

Best Regards

Jack Smith, LCSW, ACSW
Tampa Bay Unit Chair
NASW FL Chapter

P.S. As a benefit of NASW membership, I continue to offer members a review of their resume. The goal of this complimentary review revolves around offering you suggestions to sharpen and focus your resume. Also, I will use my  40 year social work career to offer members interviewing tips."

As always, feel free to submit your ideas to make our Tampa Bay Unit better. Currently, we're in need for ideas to increase our membership and ensure that you receive maximum "bang" for all of your annual dues "bucks." If you have ideas or wish to volunteer, please contact Jack at