The NASW Arkansas Leadership Academy was established by a board-appointed task force in 2014 with the intent to develop leaders who will act as positive change agents for the field of social work and their respective agencies. We are excited to announce that we just graduated our inaugural Leadership Class. This class was comprised of social workers who demonstrated a capacity for leadership and who have the potential to make a substantial positive impact on the future of the field of social work. The class began with Orientation in July, led by the Arkansas 4H ExCEL program. This group was eager to undertake the task of choosing a group project by using an organizational project management process and performing a SWOT analysis.
The second meeting was at Mount Eagle Retreat Center to study Transformational Leadership and to present to the board of directors. The group prepared for their third meeting where they studied Emotional Intelligence with Dr. Linda Pledger and The Art of Positive Communication with Dr. Julien Mirivel. Other meetings included a Grant Writing workshop, as well as learning from experts on Strategic Planning, Mentoring, Supervision, Policy, and Advocacy. This class has and continues to use the skills they studied throughout the program to build relationships and work cross agency boundaries, as well as to identify problems and generate solutions for critical issues facing social work. They identified a significant problem facing social workers and presented their findings on Social Work Burn Out at the 2016 Annual Conference. You can read the Executive Summary of the Care Project here.
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