About Feliz: Felicidad Fraser-Solak works as an outpatient therapist for a community mental health center, and has been actively working in the community for the past 7 years. Her personal focus is to ensure that Social Workers are duly supported, as they put forth so much of who they are, helping others to help themselves. She is an LCSW with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work and a licensed School Social Worker. She is a multiculturally competent counselor and has an expertise in separating the person from the problem, identifying strengths and finding resources to facilitate wanted change. She is also a past-President of NASW-Colorado
- Attendees will understand the Sunset process
- Attendees will understand NASW-CO's Sunset Committee planning, strategy, collaborations and lobbying
- Attendees will understand the key changes to social work licensing and MH Practice Act changes
About Heather: Heather McLaughlin is the Executive Director for the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Founded in 1955, NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. Heather's interest in social work began while working in residential youth programs and for a women's center in Fort Worth, Texas. Heather completed Master's degrees in Social Welfare and Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Before starting with NASW in 2017, Heather’s career included nearly two decades as a non-profit program director and executive director in the Denver Metro area. Heather also spent several years working as a public school community liaison. Earlier in her career, she held positions in public health policy in Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area. Heather has been privileged to supervise social work interns throughout her career. She works closely with Colorado’s Schools of Social Work and is an Affiliate Faculty Member at Metropolitan State University’s Department of Social Work. Heather welcomes your thoughts and feedback in accomplishing our shared goals in advancing social justice; advocating on behalf of our clients and communities; and elevating NASW members and the profession of social work.
About Adeline: Adeline Hodge, the firm’s Senior Legislative Consultant, joined Frontline Public Affairs in 2015. Her experience includes policy analysis, research, government affairs strategy, lobbying, and political staffing. She is respected at the Capitol for her strong work ethic and ability to negotiate compromises on difficult issues. Some of Adeline’s successes include the passage of legislation in the following areas:
- Law enforcement and public safety
- Eviction legal defense and other tenant/landlord policy
- Suicide prevention
- Increasing access to effective substance use and mental health services
- Wage garnishment
- Manufactured housing
- Workers’ compensation and mental health
Prior to working in government affairs, Adeline spent over five years providing mental health services. She worked directly with children and families in inpatient psychiatry, residential treatment, and the Denver Public School system. This direct care experience continues to inform her lobbying work. Adeline also served as legislative staff for a Colorado State Representative. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Boston College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver.
About Leanne: Leanne Rupp, LCSW, has been a medical social worker for over 14 years, focusing on super-utilizer, medically complex, and uninsured patients. She is a past-President of NASW-Colorado, past NASW Legislative Committee Chair, and most recently chaired the Sunset Committee for NASW's work on the legislation to update the CO Mental Health Practice Act. She is a 2006 graduate of DU GSSW.
Who Can Attend this Event?
This event is presented in partnership with NASW-CO. This event is free for active CSCSW and NASW Members. Non-members may attend for $30.
This Salon will be held virtually using GoToWebinar. Attendees will receive an email the week of the Salon with more instructions for how to join the webinar. If registration is full, you may join the waitlist.