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10 Ways to Keep Your AASWG Chapter Active and Alive Patty Underwood, LICSW MA Chapter Board President Jared Kant, LCSW MA Chapter Board Member.

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1 10 Ways to Keep Your AASWG Chapter Active and Alive Patty Underwood, LICSW MA Chapter Board President Jared Kant, LCSW MA Chapter Board Member

2 Mindfulness

3 10 Ways to Keep Your Chapter Alive 1.Create Board of practitioners and academics 2.Create Board terms 3.Create and disseminate minutes of Board meetings 4.Have fun, bring food to meetings, plan annual Board retreat 5.Attend to group process 6.Celebrate students, practitioners, and agencies in your area for their commitment to group work 7.Share expertise 8.Reach out to agencies and universities 9.Encourage and mentor students 10.Utilize social networking in collaboration with other committees

4 History of MA Chapter

5 Current Board Members NameEmployment Nate Bae KupelSimmons recent graduate Melissa BrownSimmons 2 nd year student Nicole Dubus, MSW, LICSW, PhDWheelock College Crystal CarringtonBoston University recent grad Heather Carroll, LICSWBoston Public Health Commission Mark Gianino, PhDBoston University Adam Glick, LICSWBeacon High School Sera Godrey Grantz, LCSWRiverside Community Care Dana Grossman Leeman, PhD International Liaison, International Symposium Co-Chair Simmons College Tfawa Haynes, LICSW Board Treasurer Fenway Community Health Jared Kant, LCSWHome for Little Wanderers

6 Current Board Members NameEmployment Donna McLaughlin, LICSW International Board Boston University Lucille JordanMass General Hospital Lindsay Morin, LICSWGroup practice Western Massachusetts Vanessa Seibold, LICSWBoston Area Rape Crisis Center Leah Hart Tennen, LICSW Board VP Mikveh Center Director, Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh and Education Center Patty Underwood, LICSW Board President Riverside Community Care and BU Erika Vargas, LCSW Board Secretary Home for Little Wanderers

7 MA Chapter Purpose Mission Statement Recognizing the power of environment and its impact on individuals, we believe groups stimulate the well-being of the development of individuals and communities. The AASWG serves to provide a professional, international organization promoting the practice of group through education, training, and networking among interdisciplinary group work. (from By- Laws)

8 MA Chapter Objectives From By-Laws Promote the recognition and acceptance of group work as recognized method among helping professions Advocate public policy perspectives which address needs of group workers Serve as a training resource and provide supervision and consultation Promote and support new approaches in theory, research and practice Advocate for the advancement of group work curriculum and stimulate written media materials for group work Provide forum for members to exchange information Define a working relationship for members to exchange with an international symposium

9 Board Structure Governance Membership Conference Communication Officers

10 Board Structure Governance Communication Membership Conference

11 10 Ways to Keep Your Chapter Alive 1.Create Board of practitioners and academics 2.Create Board terms 3.Create and disseminate minutes of Board meetings 4.Have fun, bring food to meetings, plan annual Board retreat 5.Attend to group process 6.Celebrate students, practitioners, and agencies in your area for their commitment to group work 7.Share expertise 8.Reach out to agencies and universities 9.Encourage and mentor students 10.Utilize social networking in collaboration with other committeess

12 10 Ways to Keep Your Chapter Alive Governance 1.Create Board of practitioners and academics 2.Create Board terms 3.Have fun, bring food to meetings, plan annual Board retreat 4.Attend to group process 5.Create and disseminate Board meeting minutes

13 Governance Roles/Responsibilities Ensure by-laws adherence Communicate with International Financial management New Board member nominations/recruitment Annual meeting Celebrated committed group workers Run Board meetings (Living the work/guidelines) Create a culture of respect and fun

14 Nomination Form

15 Living the Work Guidelines 1.Start on time/end on time 2.Prioritize attendance 3.Let us know if you are unable to attend 4.Get the minutes out within the week 5.Co-create agenda items 6.Step up/Step back 7.Respect each other 8.Everybody has a place at the table 9.Be Transparent 10.Attend to our working dynamics 11.Follow through Live the Work

16 10 Ways to Keep Your Chapter Alive Membership 5.Celebrate students, practitioners, and agencies in your area for their commitment to group work 6.Share expertise 7.Reach out to agencies and universities 8.Encourage and mentor students

17 Membership Connect with and support current membership – Peer supervision – Consultation – Education – Provide resources – Mentoring Grow membership – Reach out to agencies and universities The ever important question: What do I get out of this membership ?

18 Why Join? Answer: Connection, collaboration, creative ideas, community, consultation, comrades

19 Membership Activities 2012 Social at local restaurant – 28 people in attendance – $400 (pizza, salad, BYOB) Social in Western MA NASW table – $100 – Organized and staffed by 2 Board members

20 Conference Committee Responsibilities Plan annual conference Execute annual conference Collaborate with communication committee Assign tasks to Board members Breathe deeply

21 Flyer

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23 AASWG, Inc. MA Chapter Conference 2012 At Simmons College Award Winners

24 Conference Task List Run of Show Flyer Advertising Program Annual meeting Evaluations

25 Run of show

26 AASWG, Inc. MA Chapter Conference 2012 At Simmons College

27 Communication communicationFacebook TwitterWebLinkedIn

28 Communication communicationFacebookannouncements newsletterTwitter Keeping in contact with members throughout the year. updatesWebLinkedIn Create a professional group

29 Communication communication Facebookannouncements newsletterTwitter Keeping in contact with members throughout the year. updates Web updates functionaliity design LinkedIn Createa professional group

30 Communication communicationFacebookannouncements newsletter Share group work activities and stories, elicit these from members. Advertise for future events Twitter Keeping in contact with members throughout the year. updatesWeb updates functionaliitydesignLinkedIn Createa professional group

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32 Communication

33 If your chapter has a website, always offer a way to subscribe to your newsletter.

34 Communication communicationFacebookannouncements newsletterTwitter Keeping in contact with members throughout the year. updatesWeb updates functionaliitydesignLinkedIn Createa professional group This allows users to identify professionally as an AASWG member.

35 Communication communicationFacebook When events are posted, members re-post to friends walls,this is how most of our events are heard about. TwitterWebLinkedIn

36 Communication

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39 5+ Pitfalls 1.Ignoring the hard work of the Board 2.Ignore by-laws (term limits, mission, guidelines) 3.Rigidity 4.Board member burn out 5.Trying to do too much 6.Ignoring problematic dynamics 7.Focusing too much on the task, forgetting about the fun, reflection, and community 8.??????

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41 Contact Information Patty Underwood, LICSW – – Jared Kant,LCSW


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