Working with Vets 2
Clinical SW Survey 2
Did You Know? 3
LBSW Exam Help 3
From Where I Sit 4
Presidents Letter 5
A Students Perspective on Voting 6
Links, etc 7
B U S I N E S S N A M E
Chapter Update Newsletter Date
Chapter Update November-December-January 2013
SC NASW 2013 Symposium
Fired up and ready to go! Now that election season is behind us
there is another reason to get fired up: the SC NASW 2013 Symposium
is coming up soon! The three day Symposium will be held Mon-day,
March 18-Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Due to popular demand we are
returning to last years conference site, the DoubleTree Hotel in
Since last May the Symposium Planning Commit-tee has been
working hard to put together a pro-gram that will excite, refresh
and inspire partici-pants with diverse opportunities for learning.
We have an impressive group of plenary speakers and our break out
workshop abstracts are some of the best weve ever seen. Just like
last year we are committed to keeping costs down and will be
of-fering early bird special pricing. As always, the most
affordable rates go to NASW members. Please spread the word among
your social work colleagues and encourage them to join to get
great benefit of being a member of NASW.
The Symposium Planning Committee is made up of the following
NASW members: Carla Damron (Chapter ED); Ann Dwyer (Chair), Shirley
Fur-tick, Marjorie Hammock, Angela Howe, George Mavroftas, Sharon
Williams and Leslie Yar-borough. We are excited about the 2013
symposi-um and we are even more excited to see you there! It is a
great time to earn CEUs, reconnect with old
friends and make new networking connections for
Of Resilience and Advocacy
March 18-20, 2013 DoubleTree Hotel, Columbia SC
To register, visit www.scnasw.org
your career going forward. Please mark your cal-endar for our
annual SC NASW Symposium: March 18-20, 2013. We are fired up and
see you there! Ann Dwyer, Chair
Symposium Planning Committee
Chapter Update Editorial Committee
Sandra Grimble, Chair
Carla Damron, staff
Juliana Palyok, staff
By Sandra Grimble, LISW-CP
Chair, Editorial Committee
Working as a PACT Social Worker for the VA Green-ville
Outpatient Clinic has opened my eyes to the great sacrifices made
by our veterans. It's truly a privilege to work with men and women
who gave so much for our country. Just how much they gave for our
freedom is something difficult to comprehend.
Our work is daunting; hundreds of veterans (or so it seems) pass
through our clinic every day, and each one deserves the best we can
provide. I think of the WW II veteran who told about watching Pearl
Harbor being bombed and how that felt for him. And the veteran who
served under General Patton who told about the long hard trek they
made in the dead of winter. These warri-ors didn't sleep on the hot
desert sand; rather, they slept under their tanks on the hard cold
ground with a blanket of snow. Many of our warriors who served in
Korea endured severe frostbite while being pinned to the ground by
gunfire. The warriors who served in the hot jungle were glad to
feel the coolness of Agent Orange sprayed over their heads while
being unaware of the fu-ture cost and dangers. We've had so many
men and women courageously serve in the different battles zones
across the globe. Many come home with new challenges, and I hope my
social work skills are useful to them.
On Memorial Day, our clinic had a small program to honor our
clients. For the first time, I saw the flag for those Missing in
Action and the Prisoners of War. It was an emotional moment to see
Nowadays, we don't think much about our warriors be-coming
prisoners of war, but there is a decal in my of-fice that portrays
a handsome young man in uniform. This warrior has been a POW in
Afghanistan for almost three years. He expects to spend his third
Christmas there. Bowe is now 26 years old and is our last POW in
that country. I wonder when he will be safely returned to his
Warriors who left loved ones and served tours of duty in Desert
Storm, the Panama Canal, Iraq, Kuwait, Germa-ny, France, and all
the other places I cannot even begin to name deserve our deepest
respect and assistance. The
old, the young, the whole, the injured, no matter their
circumstances, deserve the best we can offer them. As a social
worker, it is an honor to work with these veter-ans; I hope we give
them half us much as they have giv-en us.
Honoring Their Sacrifice: Working with Vets
Clinical Social Work Practice Survey
Research is actively shaping the clinical practice envi-ronment.
It is imperative that the voices of clinical so-cial workers be
included in this research, in order to learn how the changing
clinical environment is impact-ing practice for social workers and
their clients. I am studying how the recent focus on Evidence-Based
Practice is affecting clinical social workers in practice. This
survey only takes 15-20 minutes and your partici-pation will be
kept confidential. As a thank you for your time, I will hold a
drawing by January 15, 2013 and give 5 participants $50 gift
certificates to Ama-zon.com.
*Please copy and paste the following the link to par-ticipate in
the survey: https://
If you have any questions about my research or the nature of
participation, please feel free to contact me by email at
[email protected] I am very interest-
Brenda Hyleman was cited in the latest issue of the AARP
Bulletin. Hyleman has been working a volunteer with the Vulnerable
Adult Guardian Ad Litem program. As part of the 15 county pilot
project, Hyleman helped place a 50 year old man with a terminal
neurologi-cal condition into a facility that gave him support while
allowing some inde-pendence. Guardians advocate for their clients
and make recommendations to the courts about what care is best for
The future for the Vulnerable Adult Guardian Ad Litem program is
uncer-tain. It began in August, 2011, and will end in June, 2013,
if legislation isnt passed to reauthorize it. AARP SC would like to
see it continued and ex-panded statewide. Hyleman sees the
importance of this program: "It could be people in your own
neighborhood that you don't even realize are having these issues,"
Hyleman said. "These are mid-dle-class, upper-middle-class families
that reach circumstances where they can't carry on sometimes family
members get enmeshed and don't see how bad it is." (AARP Bulletin,
Interested social workers are encour-aged to contact their
legislators and let them know how important it is that the
Vulnerable Adult Guardian Ad Litem program continue. Also, the
program needs volunteers! Contact Maria Patton at 803-777-0179.
Test Help for LBSW Exam
Inspired Consulting Group,
in partnership with the National As-sociation of Social Workers
South Carolina Chapter, will host a Bache-lors Level Social Work
Date: Thursday, Jan 24, 2013
from 9:00am 5:30pm
Location: Benedict College Business Development Center
(2601 Read St, Columbia, SC)
This class focuses on preparation for the Licensed Bachelors
Social Worker Exam (LBSW, LSW, LSWA, etc). A thorough overview of
the test content will be provided as well as an analysis of test
taking strategies and tips useful for success on the exam. Topics
that we will cover include but are not limited to:
Exam Taking Strategies
Social Work Assessment & Clinical Diagnosis
Social Work Intervention Strategies
Human Growth, Behavior and Developmental Theories
Social Work Values and Ethics
Addiction, Domestic Violence and Family Dynamics
Child Welfare and Gerontology
Self Regulation and Relaxation Skills Necessary for Success
To register visit our website at www.scnasw.org
Well be accepting nominations for social work awards 2012. This
is the time to honor your colleagues, co-workers, students, and
leaders. Awards to be presented during the Spring Symposium.
Stay tuned for details next month!
From Where I Sit Carla Damron, Executive Director
Have you heard about Accept ME South Carolina? Its a grassroots
coalition launched by community partners to raise awareness about
the need for SC to accept Medicaid Expansion, something our
Governor and oth-ers have vowed to reject. I attended a
presentation by Accept ME South Carolina; heres what I learned.
If SC decided to accept the Medicaid Expansion, 329,000 people
who currently live without health insur-ance would become insured.
These are folks whose in-come is at 138% of the poverty level. Who
would this include?
Full-time Workers: Many hard-working South Car-olinians make
minimum wage. Even if they work full-time, they fall within the
guidelines to receive Medicaid insurance.
Part-time Workers: Some employers hire mostly part-time help,
and avoid paying for benefits like health insurance. Wal-Mart is a
Childless adults who make under $11,000 per year would be
Parents in low income families of four making be-tween $11,500
and $23,000 a year would be in-sured.
For adults, Medicaid has functioned as a disability in-surance;
those with serious medical conditions (and qualify for disability)
have access to Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act redefines Medicaid
as health in-surance that includes preventive and regular
caremedical coverage you and I may take for granted. Re-searchers
note that through screenings and treatment, diseases such as
diabetes and hypertension may be prevented. Early diagnosis of
illnesses like cancer or cardiovascular disorders can greatly
improve out-comes. Access to early care reduces the spread of
dis-ease. For example, continuous and comprehensive
treatment of HIV/AIDS reduces the likelihood of spreading the
illness by 96% (The State Healthcare Access Research Project,
November 2012) .
But what about the cost? The federal government picks up the tab
for the expansion during the first 2 yearsor rather, when we pay
federal taxes, were paying for the Medicaid expansion. In 2016, the
state must cover 5% of the cost, and by 2018, 10%. This is what has
triggered some opposition: can the state af-ford the 10%?
Researchers argue that this cost is off-set by savings realized in
reduced spending on uncom-pensated care. It is estimated that in
the first five years of expanding Medicaid, SC could realize a
possible net savings of 678 million dollars.
And thats not all.
A study by the University of South Carolina's Moore School of
Business finds that expansion would create about 44,000 jobs by
2020. The new jobs would add an estimated $1.5 billion in labor
income and $3.3 bil-lion in economic activity by 2020 (Greenville
But the bottom line is thiswho benefits from the Medicaid
expansion? The 329,000 South Carolinians who would receive
insurance coverage would. The businesses that employ minimum wage
full-time workers and part-time workers, but dont offer insur-ance
wouldtheyd have a healthier work force. Hos-pitals wouldas the
expansion will cover some of the 1.2 billion dollars they spend on
You and I benefit, too. Access to healthcare reduces the spread
of disease. We would see a decline in dis-parities (low income
people have higher rates of heart disease and diabetes) and a
healthier, more productive population.
One last note: we pay federal taxes. So if SC doesnt accept the
expansion, our dollars are funding other states that DO accept it.
Im all for California having great health outcomes, but Id rather
my tax dollars be spent where I live.
So yes, South Carolina, we need to accept Medicaid Expansion;
the health of our fellow South Carolinians is a smart
The Presidents Letter by Mike Ottone, MSW, ACSW, LISW-CP,
Page 5 November-December-January 2013
Hello SC Social Workers & Friends,
Wow. Shocking. Scary, hurtful, upsetting.
I finally found the time to write in this busy time of year; I
had nearly decided some topics to discussbut this is the day of the
shooting in Connecticut: innocent young children, victims, and so
many hurting families. We all express our outrage and our sympathy;
ask our questions about who, why, and how, reach for the com-fort
and security of our own families.
My heart goes out to them all, knowing there is little I can
directly do for them. WLTX, the local TV news station just posted
this on their FB page:
Tonight, when you're putting your kids to bed, give them an
extra, com-forting hug....comforting for them....and also,
comforting for you. Look directly into their eyes and tell them how
much you love them and how important they are to you.
Then....give them another hug.
I dont think there is any more direct nor concise way to say it.
Love your family and friends. Everyday.
At this time of year, the holidays are here, the elections are
over, messages of hope, love, and forgiveness abound. Let us not be
divided anymore. Dont be too
busy for your children, your parents, your friends. Spend time
together. Smile, laugh, and live.
Happy Holidays to everyone! Bring in the
New Year with hope, optimism and love!
America's present need is not
heroics but healing; not nos-
trums but normalcy; not revo-
lution but restoration.
-Warren G. Harding
Social Work resource to help others
(and ourselves) deal with the trag-
edy in Newtown:
Copy and paste link in your brows-
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Confusion and chaos are the words that best describe the scene I
walked into at a vot-ing poll in Richland County this past
elec-tion as part of the Election Protection Coalition, a
non-partisan group work-ing to ensure that all
voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political
I was shocked when I arrived at the polling location at 9:15 AM
to find that the line was already out of the door and down the
sidewalk. As I squeezed my way through the bottleneck of people
jumbled around the entrance, I realized that the line continued
down the hallway and wrapped around the inside of the center.
By10:00 AM one of the five machines had broken down and was
causing significant delays. Each pre-cinct is required to have four
machines per 1,000 vot-ers; this particular precinct should have
had at least twelve machines but was operating with only four
working machines. Mrs. Fox, another election protec-tion volunteer
and USC Law Professor, made a trip to the Election Commission
Office to pick up paper bal-lots in order to help move people
through the line quicker.
While I waited for her to return, I called the Election
Protection Headquarters to ask if there was anyone I could call to
come and fix the broken machine. I was astounded to find out that
most precincts had at least one broken machine and many had more
than one ma-chine down. A few locations had no working voting
machines at all at various points in the day. If there was a
precinct where a machine was not broken, they were in the minority.
For the voters at my precinct, there was nothing to do except wait
for the needed re-pairs or for the paper ballots. (This problem was
even more outrageous when I heard about the 200+ unused voting
machines sitting at the Election Commissions office; information I
would only find out later.)
A Students Perspective, Kiesha Webb
Line at Benedict College Precinct on Elec-
Mrs. Fox returned a few hours later empty handed; the election
commission had refused to give her paper bal-lots stating that they
only give paper ballots in situa-tions where there is an emergency.
Because voters at most precincts were waiting in lines for long
hours to vote, this did not count as an emergency.
The poll workers were exasperated because voters were receiving
misinformation. The line was a never-ending stream of people, some
of whom took their frus-trations out on the poll workers and
This is a scene that played out at many polling loca-tions in
Richland County and for some locations it was much worse. Thousands
of people ranging from college students to the elderly waited in
the cold for hours to cast their ballots; some didnt get to vote
until 2 AM the following morning. As a result, many voters
away from the polls without voting this year.
However, the problems did not stop when the final vote was cast.
WISTV and WLTX reported that when the initial numbers came in from
the State Elections Commission on Election Night, it was announced
that Democrat Joe McCulloch had won the House seat against
Republican Kirkman Finlay. The announce-ment had to later be
retracted, because after the tally of the absentee ballots was
completed the results showed that Finlay had actually won.
The Democratic Party filed a lawsuit to have all county ballots
seized by state law enforcement for a recount. A local judge
granted a temporary order, and SLED seized the ballots, turning
them over to the State Election Commission for a recount.
Eventually, after peti-tions and protests from both sides, the
state supreme court would halt the re-count (THE STATE NEWSPAPER,
Adding another layer to this election chaos: news reports
surfaced that, as the results were in the process of being
certified nearly a month after the elec-tion, officials found two
bags with 150
uncounted ballots in the closet at the election office; the
ballots had to once again be recounted.
The final recount took place on November 19, 2012 and was
officially certified. However, although the re-count is over, the
investigation into how this fiasco oc-curred is still on-going. One
thing is certain: voting is a right, a privilege, and a
responsibility of the citizens of our statebut it neednt be the
ordeal voters suffered on November 6, 2012 in Richland County.
BECOME A CHAPTER LEADER! Join the leadership team and contribute
your time and valuable skills to the NASW SC chapter. This is an
op-portunity for professional growth and to demonstrate your
commitment to the social work community. Va-cancies for NASW SC
chapter elected positions as of June 2013, include: Board of
Directors positions: President elect (2013-2014 and a two- year
term as president) Vice President (2013-2015) Member- at large
(2013-2015) Student and Unit Representatives (Central, Pee Dee,
Southern and Western)
In addition, the Chapter Committee for Nominations and
Leadership Identification needs unit representation from all areas.
If interested in any of these vacancies, contact Nancy Born at
[email protected] or Carla at [email protected] Nominations due
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