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NASW-Michigan Work Groups

NASW-Michigan offers members the benefit of joining one of our special work groups. These work groups provide a great way for both new and experienced members of the profession to come together, network and discuss important topics related to a specific area of practice.

The following Chapter work groups include professionals who have an expertise or special interest around a specific issue. These are voluntary networking groups that share topical information and also follow legislative policy, write newsletter articles and work on special projects as needed. The groups are as follows:

  • Addictions & Recovery Work Group: Meetings are held quarterly. The Addictions & Recovery Work Group focuses on networking, resource development, practice issues and legislative/policy advocacy to advocate for issues around substance abuse and recovery. Contact:
  • Aging/Gerontology Work Group: Meetings are held on the 1st Friday of the month from 1:00-3:00PM. The Aging Work group is composed of gerontology social workers from many fields of practice including hospitals, nursing homes, mental health, care management, private practice, law offices and more. Members pool their knowledge to promote sound social policies, share the latest trends in the field and provide valuable connections across agencies and regions. Chair: Julie Weckel, LMSW ACSW -
  • Consultation Group for Clinical Work with Transgender ClientsThe NASW-Michigan Consultation Group for Clinical Work with Transgender Clients aims to bring together social workers of all experience levels who are currently working with members of the transgender community. The group is structured in a peer consultation format, allowing attendees to explore cases and questions that have come up in practice.If you have questions regarding the group please email Maxine Thome or Stephen Rassi at To be added to the group listserv, email Samantha Gross at
  • Children, Youth & Families Work Group: Meetings are held quarterly. This group’s mission is to focus and take action as needed on policies, issues and legislation that address, impact, or support the protection, care and healthy development of children, youth and their families. Contact:
  • Healthcare/Medical Work Group: Meetings are held quarterly.

    This work group brings together social workers from across the fields of public health and medicine to advocate for improved healthcare for all. Our areas of emphasis include increasing access to healthcare for marginalized populations- particularly women, minorities and LGBTQI persons, addressing policy and legislation that impacts the practice and delivery of medical care in the state of Michigan, and advocating for the needs and best interests of social workers and other practitioners working in Michigan's healthcare industry. Contact:

  • Human Animal Bond Work Group: Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month from 12:00-1:30PM. The group meets to discuss the social work profession, including two increasingly popular specialties in social work education: veterinary social work and animal-assisted social work, and how animals impact our clients. Co-Chairs: Claudia Combs-Wise, ACSW, LMSW, PLLC - & Mary Skene, LMSW, AASW - 
  • LGBTQ Work Group: Recruiting members/Chair. If you are interested contact The LGBTQ Work Group is a task group formed of NASW members dedicated to advancing equality and social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Michiganders through education, ally development, and social policy action. Website:
  • Private Practice Work Group: Meetings are held on the 1st Friday of the month from 10:00-11:30AM. This is a networking and advocacy workgroup for social workers in private practice to share information and advocate for issues affecting their practice. Chair: Julie Weckel, LMSW ACSW -
  • Physical & Sexual Violence and Women’s Issues Work Group: Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the Month from 10:30AM-12:00PM. The group’s mission is to research and monitor legislative and policy issues that impact the well-being of women, as well as survivors of domestic and sexual violence, in accordance with core social work values. Additionally, the group will develop and share resources for Michigan social workers interested in working in the areas of domestic and sexual violence. Chair: Erica Schmittdiel, LMSW



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