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  • 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

    WHATS INSIDE:

    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 Colum-

    bia, SC.

    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 this

    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 ready to

    see you there! Ann Dwyer, Chair

    Symposium Planning Committee

    Chapter Update Editorial Committee

    Sandra Grimble, Chair

    Carla Damron, staff

    Juliana Palyok, staff

    Reporters/writers wanted!

  • Page 2

    Chapter Update

    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 this.

    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 family?

    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://

    www.surveymonkey.com/s/258PTGD

    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-

  • Page 3

    November-December-January 2013

    DID YOU

    KNOW?

    NASW-SC Member

    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 them.

    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, Decem-ber, 2012)

    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 Examination

    Preparation Class.

    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

    Nominations Sought!

    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

    Page 4

    Chapter Update

    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 good example.

    Childless adults who make under $11,000 per year would be covered.

    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 News,

    12/7/12).

    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 uncompensated care.

    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 investment.

  • The Presidents Letter by Mike Ottone, MSW, ACSW, LISW-CP, CPM

    Page 5 November-December-January 2013

    Mike Ottone

    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:

    http://sswaa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&s

    ubarticlenbr=500

    Copy and paste link in your brows-

    er.

  • Page 6

    Chapter Update

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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 process.

    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

  • Page 7

    November-December-January 2013

    Line at Benedict College Precinct on Elec-

    tion Day

    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 volunteers.

    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 walked

    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, 11/10/12).

    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 2/15/13.

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Working with Vets 2 Clinical SW Survey 2 Did You Know? 3 LBSW Exam Help 3 From Where I Sit 4 President’s Letter 5 A Student’s Perspective on Voting 6 Links, etc 7 Chapter Update Newsletter Date Chapter Update November-December-January 2013 WHAT’S INSIDE: 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 year’s conference site, the DoubleTree Hotel in Colum- bia, SC. 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 we’ve 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 this 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 ready to see you there! Ann Dwyer, Chair Symposium Planning Committee Chapter Update Editorial Committee Sandra Grimble, Chair Carla Damron, staff Juliana Palyok, staff Reporters/writers wanted!
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