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Thank you to all those who attended the 2017 NASWVA Pre-Conference Leadership Institute and Annual Conference. 

A link to the Conference Evaluation was emailed April 10.  Be sure to complete the survey by April 24th for a chance to win a Samsung Tablet 




NASW Virginia Proudly Announces the Launch of the 

"Resilience-Driven Leadership Series"
Resilience-Driven Leadership (RDL) taps into the core principles of social work leadership and trauma-informed practice to provide attendees with the state-of-the-art tools and strategies they need to serve at the highest levels of excellence. Modules in the training series are geared toward:
  • Current supervisors, managers and directors
  • Clinicians, practitioners and other direct service providers who take on or aspire to managerial roles
  • All social workers aiming to sharpen or develop leadership skills
The RDL training series program is comprised of 5 leadership, independent modules. Each module is a full day (7 CE) session. The 5 modules accommodate a wide variety of leadership goals. They are not sequential, so social workers can choose to enroll in just one module, attend several, or complete the entire series.
Those who successfully complete all 5 modules in the training series program will earn a total of 35 CEs and a "Leadership Certificate" from NASW-VA.
Meet your RDL Instructor:
Dr. Stacey D. Hardy-Chandler combines her background/training in social work (MSW, 1988), clinical psychology (PhD, 1994), law (JD, 2006) to promote transformative, experiential learning; cultural humility, leadership and organizational development. She launched her career in southern California where she provided an array of mental health services in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings working with diverse client populations ranging from children to older adults.
She served as the Director of Field Education for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Social Work for nearly 13 years. In 2011, she joined the faculty at George Mason University and later transitioned to Fairfax County. She is a past-president of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work and currently serves on the NOFSW Executive Board as well as on the Executive Advisory Council of the National Staff Development and Training Association (an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association).
Recognizing the need for "leadership done our way - informed by social work values and principles", Dr. Hardy-Chandler created the RDL curriculum in partnership with NASW-VA.  Her diverse career journey, commitment to service and growth-oriented philosophy converge perfectly in her current role as the Director of Professional and Organization for the Fairfax Department of Family Services leading agency-wide strategic initiatives and learning opportunities for a workforce of over 1900 staff. Her self-prescribed job description is simple: "to cultivate a culture of learning".
Leadership Learning Modules
RDL Modules are structured to be both informative and interactive. Lecture time is limited and the content is reinforced by a range of interactive, engaging and thought provoking activities and exercises. All training topics are designed to include 2 hours of Ethics content.
Module 1
April 28, 2017
Motivating Teams and Leading Change
The social worker as leader will learn to maximize their ability to inspire colleagues and promote individual and system transformation. Participants will learn how to translate their social workers skills into coaching practices for staff engagement and navigating change.
Module 2
June 9, 2017
Northern VA
Culturally Competent Leadership
Explores the organizational culture and the role of the social work leader within it. Includes examining how interpersonal and systemic elements of culture impact the agency and workforce.  Ethical considerations related to leadership competency are highlighted.
Module 3
August 25, 2017
Making Difficult Conversations Easier: Effective Conflict Resolution with Staff
While social workers receive a lot of training on addressing client/customer problems and challenges, we are less prepared to deal with the range of staff issues that arise in social service organizations. This module offers strategies for handling staff, intern and management issues in alignment with social work values and standards of professionalism.
Module 4
October 20, 2017
Northern VA
Organizational Development & Strategic Planning for Social Workers
Understanding our organizations and participating in their transformation is important for managers and clinicians alike.  This module focuses on the social workers as organizational change agent and is for practitioners at all levels.
Module 5
2018 NASW-VA Pre-Conference Institute
The Mindful Leader: Self-Care in Serving Others
With a specific focus on leadership functions, this module provides participants with an array of specific tools to promote their own well-being so they can ultimately lead people and programs with more focus, positivity and compassion.



















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