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Leaders Sought

Nominations for the association's 2009 election must reach the National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification by Oct. 31, 2008. The committee will meet in early December 2008, to develop the slate of candidates. Positions to be filled include:
Officers: Vice president (2009-2012); treasurer (2009-2012).
Board of Directors: BSW student (2009-2011); regional representatives (2009-2012) Regions III, IV, VII, VIII, IX.
National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (2009-2012): Regions IV, VIII, X, XI, XIII.

In recommending nominees, members should bear in mind the following NASW bylaws:
The slate must reflect the ethnic minority distribution, gender distribution, sexual orientation distribution, geographic distribution, students, and special interests of membership. (In order to further implement 1996 bylaws amendments, members' self-identification of sexual orientation is invited on the nomination form.)
At least one board member must be a person whose current, most advanced degree is the baccalaureate.
The candidate for a nominations committee seat who garners the second-highest vote total in an electoral region will be the alternate to the elected committee member.
Current board members whose terms expire next June may be elected to other board positions, but may not succeed themselves in their current positions and may not be elected to a third consecutive board term in any capacity.

Only persons whose names are submitted to the nominations committee by Oct. 31, but are not included in the slate, may be included by petition on the final ballot. For details: Doreta Richards, (202) 336-8216


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month

NASW Celebrates Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month


Innovation Awards

The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government offers $100,000 grants to creative and effective government initiatives through its American Government Awards Program. Applications for the 2009 awards are due Sept. 30, 2008. For information and to apply: Ash Institute


Send Us Your Book

NASW Press is seeking book proposals. Among other advantages, the Press offers superb editing, attention-getting design, excellent financial arrangements, personal attention, and sales and marketing nationally and internationally. NASW Press adheres to the highest standards of quality in all aspects of book publishing. Send your proposal to NASW Press, 750 First Street, N.E., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002-4241; (202) 336-8312 (fax); e-mail. For information: "NASW Press Author Guidelines."


Log On to the NASW Web Site

Access members-only resources and information, update your member profile, and change your NASW username and password. Go to socialworkers.org, click "Log In," and enter your NASW username and password. Click "Member Center" to update your email, address, phone number, and mail preferences, and change your username and password.


Clinical CPT Codes

NASW offers a Clinical Social Work Practice Update that discusses the new Medical Team Conferences CPT Codes and the Behavior Change Intervention CPT Codes that became effective January 1, 2008. The codes are used by clinical social workers when filing a claim form for psychotherapy services rendered. Members may obtain a copy by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Mirean Coleman, LICSW, Senior Policy Associate, NASW, 750 First Street, N.E., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20002-4241.


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The course offers 2.0 continuing education credits.
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Project Educates on Needs of LGBTQ Youth
The project will continue work that NASW and Lambda Legal have been doing to help LGBTQ youth.
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Changes in Medicaid Rules Sought
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