Riding the waves with partners

1.5 CE credits


Fred Phelps, Executive Director, CASW

Tobi Zavala, Executive Director, Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners


Denise Capaci, REAL Committee


The moderator will open the session by engaging participants in the development of ecomaps as tools for identifying and mapping the strength of partnerships needed to effect legislative and regulatory changes. Using their different experiences, the presenters will discuss how to develop relationships with allies to advocate for change, distinguishing between lobbying and strategic advocacy that informs and educates legislators about the characteristics of the social work profession.

Learning Objectives

After completing this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Complete an ecomap that describes the strengths and weaknesses of partnerships working on legislative or regulatory changes.
  2. Distinguish between lobbying and strategic advocacy.
  3. Identify action steps to build partnerships with the people in power in their jurisdiction.


Download the presentation


Strong Bonds, Jesuit Social Services organization:  Simple Guide to Eco-Maps
http://www.strongbonds.jss.org.au/workers/cultures/ecomaps.html downloaded 3.25.19

Mccormick, Katherine & Stricklin, Sarintha & Nowak, Teri & Rous, Beth. (2016). Using Eco-Mapping to Understand Family Strengths and Resources. 10.13140/RG.2.1.3989.2240.

History of Social; Work – Ann Hartman’s 1978 Family Therapy, ecomaps and genograms:
https://historyofsocialwork.org/eng/details.php?cps=27&canon_id=156 downloaded 3.25.19

Genogram Analytics – Standard Ecomap Symbols
https://www.genogramanalytics.com/ecomap_symbols.html downloaded 3.25.19

Arizona Lobbyist Handbook:

CASW Membership in Coalitions:
Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
https://www.casw-acts.ca/en/advocacy/casw-membership-coalitions downloaded 4-3-19

Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators
http://www.ccswr-ccorts.ca/ downloaded 4-6-19

Canadian Association for Social Work Education
https://caswe-acfts.ca/  downloaded 4-6-19

The Three Pillars of Social Work Sign Historic Agreement
https://caswe-acfts.ca/the-three-pillars-of-social-work-sign-historic-agreement/  downloaded 4-6-19

Ten Things You Should Know About Lobbying - A Practical Guide for Federal Public Office Holders - Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada