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ACOSA – NSWM Partnership

ACOSA Members & Colleagues,

Exciting news from Network of Social Work Management (NSWM) and the growing collaboration between ACOSA And NSWM as we seek to advance macro practice – In follow-up from meetings between ACOSA and NSWM leadership at the recent Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting in Denver, ACOSA members should be aware of two important opportunities with NSWM:

ANNUAL CONFERENCE – CALL FOR PROPOSALS – ACOSA Hosting Community Collaboration Sub-theme

ACOSA is partnering with NSWM to encourage our membership to submit proposals for the Network’s Annual Conference “Grand Challenges for Social Work Management and Leadership”  June 16 & 17, 2016 at the California Endowment in Los Angeles. We are particularly encouraging ACOSA members to submit for the “Community Collaboration” sub-theme, which ACOSA is hosting.  This sub-theme offers tracks from introductory to advanced; however, this is an open call for proposals.  We are hoping to continue our partnership with NSWM in hosting this Community Collaboration sub-theme going forward. ACOSA members are encouraged to also become members of the Network of Social Work Management.   Below is the NSWM official  Conference Call for Proposals, which you can find at:

The Network for Social Work Management is excited to announce the Call for Proposals is open for its 27th Annual Conference. The conference will be held in Los Angeles on June 16-17, 2016 at The California Endowment.
The NSWM conference brings together managers, researchers, professors, practitioners, and emerging leaders in health and human services to engage in dialogue about management practice, strengthen social work leadership, disseminate new research, enhance collaborations, and support emergent leaders. In an era of sweeping changes in the social and political landscape that affect health and human services coupled with competing claims by many disciplines to manage in the human services arena, our goal is to elevate the significance of Social Work Management through the advancement of new knowledge and innovative practice in health and human services.
This year's theme challenges us to think about how key concerns within human services relate to the most compelling and critical social issues of our day. Specifically, we ask that all proposals address one of this year's conference sub-themes and how it relates to one or more of the following "grand challenges":
(1) Ending homelessness;
(2) Creating health equity and eliminating behavioral health disparities;
(3) Providing a healthy start to all youth;
(4) Reducing incarceration.
Proposals that do not specifically address one of these grand challenges but focus on advancing knowledge and innovations in Social Work management and leadership will also be considered.

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Also, for members whose schools of social work have MSW programs with macro practice programs/concentration in human services management, the Network of Social Work Management is now offering  schools of social work the opportunity to provide their students a Human Services Management Competencies certificate, if the SSW macro practice curriculum meets the NSWM human services management competencies.  For more information on how SSW may qualify to extend this new national certificate to their students, visit: