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Virtual Book Club Recruiting New Class. Deadline April 15, 2019.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019  
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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NASW-Michigan is thrilled to announce that we are recruiting for year three of our virtual book club! 


Signups for the NASW Book Club start on March 12 and will close on April 15. The book club will connect virtually through an online forum to discuss relevant books for social workers.

The year-long book club will give members the opportunity to:

  • Earn 3 CEUs for each book that they read and pass a short quiz with a score of 80% or more. The group will read six books per year so participants can earn up to 18 CEUs per year depending on their state(s) of licensure.
  • Read interesting books related to social work practice and social justice
  • Connect with other social workers to grow their professional network and learn from their peers
  • Participate entirely online so the program can work with people's busy schedules
  • Hold themselves accountable to reading by being part of a cohort
  • Past books have included:
    • The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cant├║
    • Educated: A Memoir  by Tara Westover
    • Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison
    • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
    • Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
    • Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW
    • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
    • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
    • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
    • Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
    • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

To read more and sign up, please visit The program is only $49 per year for chapter members and includes the online quizzes for CEU credit.

Members receive $20 off the full price of $69 with this code: 

The book club will be managed by PBC Guru. PBC Guru manages professional book clubs for companies and will be moderating the online forum for the chapter to help make this program a great experience for all participants. If you'd like to learn more about PBC Guru you can visit their website at or email them at Feel free to email them with any questions about the NASW Book Club

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?

The group will start by reading one book every two months but this may change based on members feedback. The books selected will be popular non-fiction related to social workers and take an average of 7 hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 15 and 30 minutes a week to read you should be fine. There are no strict expectations on members for this virtual community; if you are particularly busy with work, family or other obligations and can't read one of the books then it's OK. If you can only read part of a book and contribute a little to the online discussion then that's OK too. The goal of this program is to connect social workers together through important topics so participate as much as makes sense for you.

How do I get the books?

Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them.

How do book club discussions work?

The book club will be managed by PBC Guru. One of their book club experts will moderate the private forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles and encourage conversation about topics in the book. Members will be able to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for participants to connect with each other.

What if I don't have a Forum Profile?

We're using a private forum to host the virtual book club so it's easy to connect with fellow participants. During our sign up process, you will enter the information to auto-generate your free profile. After you complete the sign up, we'll send you a link to the forum and you can begin to post right away!

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