Texax Chapter

The Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care – Texas Chapter is an organization which promotes leadership excellence in order to preserve social work values and practice in all health settings. The Society provides members with an effective network for leadership development, education, advocacy and support for professional growth. The Chapter was founded in 1973 and is currently affiliated with the national society of the same name. The national Society maintains a relationship with the American Hospital Association. Many members have formed local units in their part of Texas and meet at regular intervals to exchange information and network.

The Chapter’s main focus is to maintain a vital social work presence in health care. We believe it is crucial to the well-being of our patients for us to be there. Our presence in health care rests on our ability to be represented by excellent social workers with strong professional skills and access to quality professional education. For this purpose the Chapter places much of its energy into developing a strong, statewide network and presenting an annual state educational conference.

Members should have an interest in advancing the development of effective social work leadership in health care in general, and working with this organization in particular, to promote activities and educational programs in order to strengthen and develop social work leadership in Texas health care arenas. Applicants for membership shall meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Social workers with leadership, clinical or consultant responsibilities in health care settings;
  • Non-social workers who have primary responsibility for social work programs in health care institutions;
  • Individuals who are involved in the education of social workers in a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education;
  • Students enrolled in a CSWE accredited social work degree program with an interest in health care;
  • Members in good standing who continue to pay dues, but by nature of a change or advancement in position no longer meet the eligibility requirements in other categories.

Membership Categories

Individuals who hold a Bachelor or Master or Doctoral degree from a School of Social Work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or who currently hold Texas state license at the LBSW or LMSW level.

Associate Member and Student Member
Individuals who do not hold a degree from a School of Social Work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education nor currently hold licensure at the LMSW or LBSW level. Students with an interest in healthcare who are enrolled in a CSWE accredited Bachelor or Master social work program. Associate membership includes all benefits with the exception of eligibility for elected office.

Emeritus Member
Retired individuals who, before their retirement, met the eligibility requirements for Member or Associate Member. Emeritus membership includes those benefits for which the member qualified prior to retirement, excluding eligibility for the offices of President-elect and member of the Committee on Nominations.

The Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care Texas Chapter 2015 Conference
When: February 21, 2015   –  Saturday  7:45 – 3:30  (speakers start at 8:15)
Where: El Paso Community College | Administrative Service Center  | 9050 Viscount Boulevard

A Total of 6 CEU’s for: SW, LPC, and LMFT. Includes 3 hours of ethics.

Conference Cost

Registration TypeDateCost
Early Bird by Feb 6th$65 for members
$80 for non-members
Registrationafter Feb 6th$90 for everyone
(3 or more from the same institution)
$60 each
Student $25

Conference Agenda

7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.Breakfast, Registration and Vendors
8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
"Addressing the Needs of those Experiencing Grief and Loss Across the Healthcare Continuum"
Mark de St. Aubin, LCSW
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m. -11:45 a.m."High Stakes Conversations"
Dr. Candyce Berger (Handouts)
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Call to Action and Pick up Lunch
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
"Looking Beyond the Surface of Human Trafficking" (Panel Presentation)
Laura Frescas, LPC; Jennifer Romero, MCJ; Virginia McCrimmon;
Hope Miller, BSN-SANE; Gloria Salazar, SANE, LPC (Handouts)
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m."Social Work in Miliary Mental Health Settings"
Cristina Flores, LCSW (Handouts)
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.Break
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m."Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Ethics and Were too Afraid to Ask"
Dr. Bert Johansson (Handouts)

For more information contact Kathy Giovas | (915)269–4996 |

Board TItleNameTitle / Company / LocationPhone NumberEmail
PresidentStephen Collazo, LCSW
LCSW/Social Worker III
Memorial Hermann Hospital - Memorial City
Houston, TX
President ElectRegional Director AssistantChild Protective Services
El Paso, TX
Past President Kathy Giovas, LMSW
Da Vita Loma Vista Clinic
El Paso, TX
SecretaryHannah Ullrich, LMSWMedical Social Worker
El Paso Children’s Hospital
El Paso, TX
TresasurerLourdes Canales, LMSWCrime Victims Social Worker
El Paso Children's Hospital
El Paso, TX
Member at LargeRochelle Brozgold, LMSWUT Southwester Medical Center
Dallas, TX
Member at LargeVictor Carillo, LMSWCase Manager/Social Worker
Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital
El Paso, Texas
Member at LargeHeather Haefli, LMSW-IPR
LifeCare Hospitals of Dallas
Dallas, TX
MSW StudentClaire CrawfordUniversity of Houston
Houston, TX
MSW StudentFeliza Galindo-InsurriagaUniversity of Texas - El Paso
El Paso, TX

To join the Association, download the Membership and Renewal Information Form and mail the completed form and dues payment back to the Association office.

Texas Chapter, 3800 N. Mesa STE. A-2 #124,
El Paso, Texas 79902.