April 2022

“We have to be a nation of compassion and some sort of humanity when it comes to the treatment of other human beings.”

—Rashida Tlaib

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What's Happening in Our Community?

What Not to Say to Immunocompromised People Right now

This HuffPost article puts into perspective that we are all experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. As some of us change or increase more social interaction, it would be wise to remember that not all of us are able to unmask at this time.
How Washington Lawmakers did --and didn't-- boost Mental Health Care this Year

This Seattle Times article gives an overview on how the different bills on mental health fared this year. These include on use of force, workplace issues and expansion of services.
With students in turmoil, US teachers train in mental health

This Seattle Times article describes the needs of school districts nationwide regarding mental health as kids return to the classroom and how Mental Heath First Aid plays an important role to supporting this transition.

Messages to the Community


Dear Membership,

We want to share with you some important developments in the organization. The Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work is in a state of transition, moving toward embedding anti-racist values within our organization. Over the past several years, WSSCSW has either intentionally or unintentionally centered whiteness and perpetrated harm against people with target identities within our membership. 


As you might recall from a previous announcement, the WSSCSW board is in the middle of a year of intentionality, when we as an organization are digging deeply, listening deeply, and thinking deeply about how we serve our membership, and how we as an organization do, and don’t, reflect social work values. To that end, we would like to hire an external evaluator to help us start out on our new path.


We had originally intended to work with 501 Commons; they have a lot of experience working with nonprofit organizations.  However, after meeting with them and communicating the main needs of our organization, they recommended that we find a consultant whose lens is more focused on anti-racism and anti-oppression. As we explored evaluators, we met with Janelle Johnson, LMFT. We believe that Janelle is an experienced therapist and consultant and that she has the skills and ability to support our organization. Her group, Bridges Family Life, is experienced in working with businesses and organizations with a social justice lens. 


Here is more about Janelle and her work:


Bridges Family Life Center, PLLC is co-owned by a Black multi-disciplinary, multi-generational family team with expertise in relational wellness, mental health, social justice and leadership development. Led by Janelle Johnson, LMFT — an award-winning trainer, mental health leader, educator, and social justice advocate — our passion is helping leaders master their toughest people problems at home and at work. Systemic therapy specialists in North Carolina, we also provide consulting, training and executive coaching services nationwide as culture- change catalysts who connect work families who could not seem further apart. As such, we have a commitment to addressing social communication challenges using a cross-hierarchical approach in order to facilitate change that lasts for generations to come.


Here is more about the scope of the consultation:


Over the next year, Changing Company Culture is a tailored training and consulting service adjusted to the specific needs of your organization that have become apparent due to relational health issues (like social injustice, implicit bias, miscommunication, burnout, etc.) at work. It includes preparatory consultation, three (3) hours of training, and post-consulting and coaching with the leaders of the organization. The goal is to learn and utilize a framework with which to think, discuss, and implement inclusion in both practice and policy.


Consulting Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the relational disruptions and/or knowledge gaps present to clearly identify and define areas for growth. For WSSCSW, this will include learning and post-training Collective ConversationTM to explore how the organization, consciously or unconsciously, contributes to white supremacy in approach, policies, and offerings. Suggestions will be cultivated as a group regarding how to utilize an anti-oppressive approach in developing policies and offerings.

  2. Ask (survey) leaders and supporters to determine what is needed to address the problems identified. For WSSCSW, this will include interviews with board members, a general survey of members, and a facilitated discussion with the board regarding DEI strategy and effectiveness.

  3. Act upon the recommendations given, using qualitative data gathered, to create a clear implementation plan to develop an inclusive work culture. For WSSCSW, this will look like assessing the board and admin roles, exploring options for DEI metrics for board roles, board and organizational culture, reviewing bylaws, and more.


Training Modules and Learning Objectives:

  1. Relational Trauma and Cultural Humility - Participants will establish boundaries for relational wellness and develop a shared language for their work family in a trauma-sensitive context, utilizing a social justice lens.

  2. Healthy Order - Participants will develop inclusivity basics by adapting a healthy framework for addressing relationship disruptions with colleagues and members, no matter how complex, and align this framework with the organizational flow.

  3. Open Communication - Participants will engage in Collective ConversationTM moderated by the trainer in which the relational disruption(s) and gaps in knowledge can be explored safely. Participants will practice use of the framework learned in the previous module. This module will conclude with a Q&A with group brainstorming regarding dismantling barriers to anti-oppression practices within the organization.


We recognize that past boards hired evaluators and that their recommendations have not always been entirely implemented. It is our intention to implement the evaluator's recommendations so as to best reflect our society’s mission and social work values.


Our work with Janelle will bridge this fiscal year (ending in June) and next. For our current fiscal year, we have some surplus from several areas and we voted to use this to fund the first part of our work with her. For the upcoming fiscal year, we discussed using a portion of the surplus from the vacant lobbyist position to fund a portion of the remaining evaluative work. We will not use funds specifically earmarked by donors for the lobbyist for evaluation work. In the next couple of months, we will meet as a board and discuss funding options as well as plans to hire a lobbyist. Through our work with Janelle, we'll focus on making organizational change first so as to ensure the society is aligning with social work values. By establishing a new foundation first, all committees, including the legislative committee, will function efficiently to advocate for all social workers.


We have contacted lobbyists who are able to meet with us after the current legislative session has ended. We are very hopeful that one of the lobbyists will be a good match for our goals, so this surplus is temporary. Our long term goal is to continue funding legislative action on either a state or national level that reflects the needs of our membership and clients in the community.


For the next fiscal year, our priority is to continue moving our organization toward equity and accountability. We will make it a priority to continue working with Janelle to transform our organization with social justice embedded in its approach, offerings, and responses. What this means is that you will see the organization shift in how we offer support and what programs we promote. We will center on creating and sustaining an inclusive society for intersectional identities, supporting anti-oppression practices, advocating for social justice and accountability, and implementing programs that better represent the diversity of our field and healing practices that help us move forward together. With these changes, we will move toward an organization that better represents and supports our diverse membership.


As we continue to embark on this journey alongside you, we welcome your thoughts and questions. Please reach out to us by emailing the president at


In Shared Community,

Salomé Valencia-Bohné, President; Brenda Bible, Treasurer; Chris Garrido-Philp, Communications Chair; Danielle Winterwood, Ethics Chair; Jenna Montgomery, Secretary; Katherine Walter, Outreach Chair

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Employment and Financial Opportunities

Employment Opportunities with UW Medical Center - Montlake Social Work

UW Medical Center – Montlake has several outstanding opportunities for Social Workers!
For more information and to apply, please visit the links below:
Per Diem Social Worker 1 or 2 – Pediatric Clinic (Day Shifts)
Full-Time Inpatient Social Worker 1 or 2 (Day Shifts)
Part-Time Inpatient Social Worker 1 or 2 (Day Shifts)
Part-Time Social Worker 1 or 2– Emergency Department (Night Shifts)
Per Diem Social Worker 1 or 2 – Emergency Department (Day Shifts)
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Referrals are welcome.
Thank you!

Evergreen Health Social Work Opportunities

EvergreenHealth is seeking a full time Social Worker for our Home Health team. Position will cover patients who live in King County. Interested applicants please apply online to
Who We Are
EvergreenHealth is one of largest, most innovative stand-alone Home Health providers in the nation with a local vision, dedicated to serving patients and families in the Pacific Northwest since 1992. From Everett to South Seattle and beyond, our compassionate, skilled providers have the opportunity to provide care in their own community.  

Our Team
As an interdisciplinary team we work together to enrich the health and wellbeing of every life we touch. Our care teams are composed of the following:
·         Nurses (RN & LPN)
·         Certified Would Care Specialists
·         Psychiatric Nurses
·         Physical Therapists
·         Occupational Therapists
·         Speech Therapists
·         Social Workers
·         Certified Nursing Assistants (Home Health Aides)
Why Join Our Team? As an employee of EvergreenHealth we believe in helping our staff by:
·         Creating a flexible and customized career by offering flexible schedules
·         Offering work/life balance providing a variety of territories to work/serve. We do our best to keep you in the territory that is the closest to your home or desired community.
·         Training: Our new staff will feel confident knowing they have learned from experienced preceptors within their area of specialty.
·         Providing Professional Development as supported through our Tuition Assistance program, paid CEU’s, in addition to career advancement through leadership pathways.
·         Low staff to patient ratios ensuring staff feel safe and that we are providing the best possible clinical care and outcomes for our patients and their families.
·         Commitment to building an inclusive and diverse workforce: Our staff share a deep commitment to providing exceptional care and service for each one of our patients, and one another.
·         Providing a culture of safety: We are proud to be recognized by The Leapfrog Group with an "A" grade for patient safety, along with our recognition as a Top General Hospital for quality and safety - the only hospital in Washington state.

Job Summary
The Social Worker is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient and family needs with focus on psychosocial status, community resources and long term planning in accordance with physician orders. The Social Worker assists and interacts with the multi-disciplinary home health team to optimize patient independence and safety within their place of residence.

Job duties:
1.       Initiates, develops, implements and revises the patient’s plan of care.
2.       Coordinates care with the multidisciplinary home health team as well as patient’s primary physician, family members and other community resources.
3.       Provides an education plan for the patient / family / caregiver concerning knowledge deficits or needs regarding the patient’s condition.
4.       Assists patient / family / caregiver with acquiring in home help, access and knowledge about community resources, supportive counseling as needed, assistance for long term planning and community education.
5.       Maintains current knowledge of community resources to meet social, financial, medical and spiritual needs of patient / family.
6.       Performs patient assessments which may include but are not limited to psychosocial assessment, functional assessment, mental status assessment and lethality assessment.
7.       Provides therapeutic interventions and or instruction in appropriate psychotherapy and life skills including but not limited to assertiveness skills, coping skills, grieving process, problem solving, communication skills, stress management, suicide precautions, behavioral modification techniques and impulse control techniques.
8.       Demonstrates ability to adapt to patient / family / caregiver educational level and learning style and to deal effectively with diverse cultures, lifestyles and patient / family / caregiver expectations.
License, Certification, Education or Experience:
REQUIRED for the position: Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) One of the following credentials is required: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Advanced Social Worker (LASW) Credentialed as an Agency Affiliated Counselor (AAC)
Social Worker Associate License- (LSWAA) or (LSWAIC) If you were hired prior to January 2012, then you may also have one of the following: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA)

Current Washington State Driver’s license and proof of insurability One-year social work experience in a related health care setting Current Healthcare Provider BLS certification by date of hire Map reading skills and ability and comfort driving in varied situations and inclement weather.
DESIRED for the position: Previous hospice or home health care experience

Erica Kinnear (she/her), Senior Recruiter-Human Resources
425.899.2514 (p) |  425.899.2510 (f)  |  EvergreenHealth MS-41, 12040 NE 128th St., Kirkland, WA 98034
We invite you to review our most up-to-date job openings and listen to employee podcasts: Join EvergreenHealth Hospice & Home Care

Looking for Volunteers: UW Texting Support Study for Pregnant People

Community Posts, External Trainings, Resources & Groups

Have you ever wondered about how to provide CEU's?
*Are you a clinician looking to diversify your income?
*Are you a group practice owner looking to provide a much-appreciated benefit to your staff?
*Are you an organization looking to increase your public profile?
The Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work can help! We can offer concrete support and guidance as you develop your CEU offerings. Reach out and connect with us!

Class- Working with Transgender and Non-Binary Clients (Live course on Zoom) taught by Expansive Therapeutic Education

Date- April 20, 2022, 10am- 4pm
Tickets available at
5 CEUs available 

Join Expansive Therapeutic Education and teachers Megan White, LICSW, and Joey Pickering, LMHC, for this interactive 5 hour course. This course will begin with an 101 overview of gender diversity and current terminology. Then we’ll dive deeper into the lived experiences of transgender and non-binary clients with examples of: minority stress, relationships, fertility, diagnosis, gender dysphoria, transitioning on the job, and more. Learn various interventions that have proven effective when supporting clients through gender exploration and/or transition. Explore with us the impact internalized transphobia has on clients. Discover ways to create a more inclusive environment from your paperwork to your webpage.

Watch "Polyvagal Theory Explained Simmply" on YouTube
This is a 20 minute video that explains polyvagal theory in a simple an accessible way. You can use it as a reference or share it with clients!

Helpful Apps and Websites to Check Out



Description: Your goals can be anything quantifiable — weight, pushups, minutes spent on Facebook, points on Duolingo. Answer with your number when Beeminder asks — or connect a device/app below to auto-report — and we'll show your progress and a Bright Red Line to follow to stay on track. If you cross the line, we charge your payment method!


Bilateral Stimulation.IO

This handy tool is free to use for anyone who is interested in using EMDR bilateral stimulation online. It doesn't keep any information--just send a new link to the client every session and go from there. It includes visual and audio bilateral stimulation


Free Tool: A Love Letter to My Body

*Please note tools are for educational purposes, and not to be sold, to adhere distribution guidelines*
A Love Letter to My Body

This tool geared towards people who identify as female (but it's a great idea if you'd like to adapt it in a gender affirming way). It takes us step by step in both writing a letter to our body and engaging in a body image gratitude scan that can be a great tool to share with clients.
Click Here

Book Recommendation for April: It Didn't Start With You


Description: Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts. The evidence is compelling: the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains—but in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. The latest scientific research, now making headlines, supports what many have long intuited—that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations. It Didn’t Start with You builds on the work of leading experts in post-traumatic stress, including Mount Sinai School of Medicine neuroscientist Rachel Yehuda and psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score. Even if the person who suffered the original trauma has died, or the story has been forgotten or silenced, memory and feelings can live on. These emotional legacies are often hidden, encoded in everything from gene expression to everyday language, and they play a far greater role in our emotional and physical health than has ever before been understood.

More Information

Engaging Podcast: How to Disrupt Generational Trauma



Fellonte Misher has supported young men in his community to consider life outside of gangs for many years. He is a third grade teacher at Tubman Elementary School and is an athlete who is dedicated to physical health and reflection. Fellonte is a Washington DC Native who spent four years playing collegiate football at Old Dominion University and then went on to play professionally in Ancona, Italy and in Krakow, Poland. Through In The Streets, he will continue to interrupt the community norms that dissuade young black men from believing that college is a possibility. Fellonte’s goal is to make the young people in his community feel a sense of opportunity to build their life somewhere other than in the streets.

As of now, black men are regularly shot and killed in this community due to gang violence that results from the lack of economic opportunity and the lack of emotional support and consistent role models available to these young men. Fellonte is a big brother to so many members of the community.

Sangeeta Prasad, MEd, PsyD, Co-Founder and Director of Training

Sangeeta Prasad is a psychologist who engages in long term family work in a mixed income practice. She is an adjunct Professor at The George Washington University’s Human Services and Social Justice program. Her areas of experience include early intervention to prevent the continuation of transgenerational trauma in families, addressing racism in clinical practice and in dialogue spaces, and cultural training focused on adapting psychological practice to meet the actual needs of minority communities.

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