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(Updated 2/12/19)

Welcome to February! I hope this month will be productive and memorable for you. During this month, we celebrate Black History and I urge our members to take time and reflect on the importance of this occasion for ourselves, our profession and our country. 

 As we enter this month, much is planned for our Tampa Bay Unit. In particular, later this month, I'll be meeting with Ms. Karen Perez. As you may be aware, Karen is an NASW member who is now a member of the Hillsborough County School Board.  

Also, this month, we'll offer three clinical CEs when Ms. Stacy Henson, LCSW and NASW member presents a workshop titled "Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Chronic PTSD: An Evidenced-Based Therapy that Offers Positive Results."  We'll celebrate Social Work Month with our Celebration and Awards Ceremony on March 2, 2019. Plan on joining us as we welcome our NASW FL Board of Directors President, Ms. Carol Campbell Edwards, to give our keynote address.  An annual highlight of this event revolves around honoring our Tampa Bay award winners. This year they are:

Social Worker of the Year- Ms. Amy Trussell, LCSW 

Social Work Student of the Year- Ms. Brittany Defiore

Public Citizen of the Year- Ms. Gioia Harman

Please register for these upcoming events listed on the right-side.

As I work on the newly-established NASW FL Task Force researching gun violence,  I encourage all of our members to become aware of the many bills currently before the FL Legislature that involve firearms.  For example, the legislature will be considering
HB 455 & SB 466 which ban assault weapons  and high capacity magazines. Also, HB 197 will prohibit concealed weapons or firearms being carried in any child care facility.  SB 7030 would allow the arming of classroom teachers in FL.  HB 175 would repeal last year's Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS Public Safety Act while HB 6005 would allow weapons in school parking lots. Finally, our BSW and MSW students might need to consider the effects of HB 6007 which would allow people to bring guns onto college and university campuses. 

In sum, I encourage you to get involved and join me on this Task Force as well as contacting your respective FL Representative and/or FL Senator in order to inform them of your beliefs on these bills.



WANTED: NASW members with an area of expertise. If you have an area of administrative or clinical expertise, consider giving a workshop at the Tampa Bay Unit this year. In doing so, you will receive a paid honorarium and mileage reimbursement at the rate of 44 cents per mile to and from the workshop location. In the event you are coming from more than 50 miles, you will receive payment for a night in a motel that is proximate to the workshop location. Interested? If so, contact me at


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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


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February 23, 2019 • Tampa,FL
*NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit presents "Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Chronic PTSD:  An Evidenced Based Therapy that Offers Positive Results!" with Stacey Henson, LCSW, ACSW,
  from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 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. If paying on-site, you must bring a check.  Cash and Credit Cards will not be accepted on-site. 

​​March 2, 2019 • Clearwater, FL
NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit presents Social Work Month Celebration & Awards with Keynote: Practicing Resilience: Embracing Hope, Optimism and Self-Care with Carol Campbell Edwards, LCSW, NASW-FL Board of Director's President, from 11 a. m. to 2 p.m
at The Garden House located on the grounds of Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health in Clearwater. This is a FREE event with a buffet meal. If you prefer a vegetarian, vegan or gluten free meal, please register by Feb. 21. 

The award winners are: 

Social Worker of the Year 

Ms. Amy Trussell, LCSW

Social Work Student of the Year

Ms. Brittany Defiore

Public Citizen of the Year
Ms. Gioia Harman

Thank you Suncoast Hospice for providing the venue.

April 13, 2019 • Tampa,FL
*NASW-FL Tampa Bay Unit presents "Overcoming Obstacles in the Treatment of Loss of Control Eating Pathology" with Laura Lange, LCSW, The Eating Recovery Center,
from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Children's Board of Hillsborough County. Registration is $5 for NASW members and $20 for Non-members.  Registration is free for BSW/MSW students, retired and unemployed NASW Members.You MUST pre-register for this workshop.  There will be NO on-site registration.   


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 
Mary Martinez-Drovie

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