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Tuesday, March 27 - Register Here

2018 - Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.

Every March, during Social Work Month, NASW Ohio Chapter hosts Advocacy Day to connect social workers to their state legislators. It's a time to promote our profession and issues that impact our clients. Join over 800 social workers and social work students at the Riffe Center in Columbus for a day of action. You'll learn how to be an effective advocate and meet with your state Representative's and state Senator's offices.


NASW Ohio’s Advocacy Day is the day that we introduce our state legislators to the social work profession. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet directly with their state representative and senator to discuss the value of social work and the challenges facing our profession. We will discuss professional issues such as student debt relief, social work salaries and social work safety, as well as social justice topics like banning conversion “therapy” at the state level, and legislative solutions to improve police and community relationships.

This year’s Advocacy Day will spotlight juvenile justice. In collaboration with the Juvenile Justice Coalition, NASW Ohio will offer programming and meeting materials to prepare attendees to talk to state legislators about ending the school to prison pipeline and developing policies that support youth who must interact with the juvenile justice system.

In December 2016, youth advocates had a major with the passage of House Bill 410, which modified school discipline and truancy policies to align with national best practices so that all of Ohio’s students can stay connected to educational opportunities and school. But in order to have an educational system that fully supports all students, we need to build on the momentum from HB 410. Our asks this year for Advocacy Day will be for legislators to adopt best practices in discipline and truancy for pre-K through 3rd grade children and for bullying prevention. We will talk to legislators about the difference that a social worker can make to a child’s education, and stress the importance that every school have a social worker on staff.



9am-10am- Registration

10am-11:30am- Training

11:30am-12:00pm- Lunch (provided) and planning

12:00pm-3:00pm- Meetings with legislators


Cost (includes boxed lunch and 1 social work CEU)

$25 for students, $30 for non-students


We're happy to process refunds until Tuesday, March 13. After that date, however, no refunds will be available.


Dress Code
Please wear professional (business casual) clothes to Advocacy Day.


Parking and Location

We look forward to hosting you at the Riffe Center in the heart of downtown Columbus. Please note you'll have to pay to park - usually $8-$10. Find a map of parking locations here. After teaching you the ins and outs of lobbying, we'll direct you to either the meeting with your representative in the same building or the meeting with your senator across the street at the Ohio Statehouse.


Previous Advocacy Days:


2017 - Social Workers Stand Up

650 attendees advocated for increased funding for health and human services, opposed licensing board consolidation, and voiced support for the passage of Monica's Law.


2016 - Forging Solutions Out of Challenges

525 attendees advocated for increased salaries for social workers, funding for police training in implicit bias and crisis intervention, and banning licensed providers from practicing conversion therapy.

2015 - Paving the Way for Social Justice

We discussed proposals to improve community-police relations, banning conversion or reparative therapy, and educational debt relief for social workers.


2014 - Addressing Barriers to Professional Success

330 attendees asked to close a loophole in social work title protection by passing HB 232 and to develop a social work educational debt relief program.


2013 - The Role of Social Workers in Healthcare

The ask was to support Medicaid Expansion and to consider social work as a pivotal role in healthcare.

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