February 2017 Print

A Message from NASW-DE President

Debra and I would like to share this important message
From The Conference Planning Committee



Register for our 2017 annual conference

     Last week you received a reminder to register for our 2017 annual conference. Because of the conference’s importance to meeting the chapter’s objectives for this year, we decided to say a little bit more about this important event. 

     Chapter leadership believes strongly that the conference’s central theme – youth violence-, the program, including workshop topics and workshop presenters, are relevant to social work practice and, in addition, provide members opportunities to discuss issues that, for example, are challenging both our unique expertise, and problems that appear to be intractable despite the most competent application of best practice by skillful social workers.

     For example, in keeping with the chapter’s perspective that preventing youth violence must include talking to and with young people, our keynote speakers (go to conference site for list of speakers) will engage school age children and teens you have been invited to attend the conference. Hearing their perspectives and recommendations for preventing and reducing gun violence is most valuable to practitioners working on their behalf.  After their presentations, the boys and girls will be divided into separate groups to give Mr. Green and Ms. Mays the opportunity to converse with them about reaching personal goals even when one's circumstances are not the best.

     While they are meeting, Mary Jo Monahan, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Social Work Boards, Dr. Jo Ann Regan, PhD, MSW, Vice President for Education, Council on Social Work Education, Dr. Angelo McClain, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Social Workers, Dr. Jean Bennett, Region III Administrator, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services,  Fran Franklin, PhD, LCSW, Director, BSW Program, Delaware State University and David Mangler, MS, BSN, Director, Delaware Board of Professional Regulation, will talk with attendees about how the organizations they represent work together to insure a competent social work and  behavioral health workforce within in the context of social work education, licensure, practice and workforce development.

     A great lunch and roaming among vendors and exhibitors will be followed by workshops that will give you the opportunity to learn the latest concepts and best practices.

    Hopefully this abbreviated description of the conference will wet your appetite for a professionally useful and enjoyable day and will prompt you to register for our 2017 annual conference

   In conclusion, please know that the decision to make the investments necessary to host this year's conference reflect both the value of social work, the chapter leadership's commitment to providing members with quality professional development opportunities that can be used to effectively address the needs of individuals, families, communities, groups and organizations.

Grace and Peace,

Norwood J Coleman, Jr., LCSW, ACSW
National Association of Social Workers Delaware Chapter Board President

Debra O'Neal, MSW, ACSW
National Association of Social Workers Delaware Chapter Interim Executive Director

Dr. Marlene A. Saunders
National Association of Social Workers Delaware Chapter Conference Planning Committee

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Social Workers in the News

A Delaware Social Worker is named as one of the 10 Dedicated & Deserving Social Workers by Social Work Today!

By Lindsey Getz
January/February 2017 Issue Social Work Today
Vol. 17 No. 1 P. 14

Each year, Social Work Today asks its readers to nominate colleagues, coworkers, and mentors for the wonderful things they are doing in the field day in and day out. Every year the essays pour in and we are humbled and amazed by the stories that we read of efforts that have long gone unrecognized. It is our hope that with this annual feature we can recognize a sampling of some of the amazing work being done by social workers like you.  We're honored to share the stories of the 10 finalists here.

NASW Delaware would like to congratulate Sheridan Quarless Kingsberry, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work at Delaware State University, for being named and honored as one of 10 Dedicated and Deserving Social Workers by Social Work Today.


Congratulations Dr. Kingsberry!

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Delaware News & Events...

February 20th - NASW-DE Hosts Coffee Talk MeetingsThe chapter is hosting region-wide Coffee Talk sessions to give social workers, NASW-DE partners and selected guests who are also concerned about the impacts of the election on social welfare policy and related services and programs.  All sessions will be held on Monday, February 20th. We are fortunate that Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, former Delaware Secretary of Labor Harold Stafford, Dr. Anne Farley, Government Relations, have agreed to talk with attendees about the fears, concerns and questions as they pertain to attending to the basic needs of individuals and communities and the ways social workers and others can influence the way the federal and state administrations insure adequate levels of services to vulnerable individuals.

Please see attached flyer.  Please attend and circulate among colleagues. Note that registration is requested. February 21st – Action -Oriented Response Network: Inaugural Meeting, Sponsored by YWCA – To build solidarity between people of different races, cultures and faiths in order to act against hate; Where: First Unitarian Church, 730 Halstead Road, Wilmington, DE; Time: 7:00 PM. See attached flyer.

February 21st – Action -Oriented Response Network: Inaugural Meeting, Sponsored by YWCA – To build solidarity between people of different races, cultures and faiths in order to act against hate; Where: First Unitarian Church, 730 Halstead Road, Wilmington, DE; Time: 7:00 PM. See attached flyer.

Multi-Tier Licensure: On Thursday, January 26th, the Joint Sunset Committee (JSC) released the Board from sunset review, opening the way for review of the enabling regulations that include mandatory licensure for the bachelor’s and master’s categories of social work practice. As explained at the JSC meeting, the bill will be given to committee for review. NASW-DE, of course, is supporting acceptance of the draft legislation by the JSC with a vote decision to introduce the draft legislation to either the House or the Senate. Template letters to send to JSC members advocating support for multi-tier licensure are forthcoming. 

Anticipating an increase in requests for more certification exam prep workshops, the chapter is negotiating with a well-respected professional social worker who conducts licensure prep workshops in North Carolina and Maryland.  The schedule will be announced when contractual discussions have been completed. We are pleased to announce that workshops have been scheduled for New Castle and Kent/Sussex Counties


NASW-DE Board Meeting The next board meeting will be held on Thursday, March 9th at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Delaware State University, Price Building, Room 215. The meeting will end at 8:00 PM. The board meeting is a chapter meeting and open to members. Please attend.

Delaware Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners Next meeting: Monday, February 20, 2017 at 9:00 A.M.in the Cannon Building, located at 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, DE 19901.  On Thursday, January 26th, the Joint Sunset Committee (JSC) released the Board from sunset review, opening the way for review of enabling regulations that include mandatory licensure for the bachelor’s and master’s categories of social work practice.  NASW-DE will request that an overview of process for introducing of the  draft legislation be placed on the Board’s February agenda.  Please place the meeting in your calendar.

See our online calendar for the latest events and meetings.

Don't Miss this Professional Development Opportunity - Register Today!


Morning Session

Keynote Speakers:

  • Darrell Green, NFL Hall of Famer, Washington Redskins
  • Cassidy Mays, Beautician for the Stars & Dynamic Motivational Speaker
  • “A Dialogue with Young People” –Mr. Green and Ms. Mays will talk with young people about reaching their goals, overcoming hardship & disappointments and making choices that do not involve aggressive behavior.
  • Three Pillars of Social Work – “Building a Behavioral Health Workforce, Implications for Delaware”
  • Dr. Angelo McClain, CEO, National Association of Social Workers (Invited)
  • Dr. Jo Ann Regan, Vice President for Education, Council on Social Work Education
  • Mary Jo Monahan, LCSW, CEO, Association of Social Work Boards
  • Norwood Coleman, President, National Association of Social Workers, Delaware Chapter
  • David Mangler, Director, Division of Professional Regulation, State of Delaware
  • Dr. Fran Franklin, LCSW, Director, BSW Program, Delaware State University


Afternoon Workshops:

  • Responding to Youth Violence in Delaware – Department of Health & Social Services: CDC Community Advisory Council – Panelists will present the CDC Community Advisory Council’s recommendations for reducing youth violence in the City of Wilmington
  • “Human Trafficking Is A Problem in Delaware”, Yolanda Schlabach, RN, MHS, Zoë Ministries
  • “Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence”, Noel Duckworth, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Impacts on Black Families & Communities; Implications for Social Work Practice, Kristin Miller, LCSW & Michael Ajabe, LCSW

Features: Student Poster Presentations, Exhibitors, Vendors

Social Work Month 2017

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Chapter Committees


Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is responsible for developing plans to retain current members and recruit new ones.The committee also promotes and provides positive public exposure for the social work profession.  Therefore, the Committee works with other entities to develop cordial relationships.  It also encourages Social Workers to connect with their professional organization to advance their career with the adequate protection that gives full support to the social work profession. NASW Membership helps to advance the career of social workers in many ways.  For example, each member receives a two-for-one membership; they are members of their State Chapter and National organization at no additional cost.  Additional incentives include access to continuing education workshops (some online workshops are even free) and job postings, news updates through our Chapter’s newsletter, and opportunities to network with colleagues at social events.

Nadia Caprice, BSW
Chairperson, Membership Committee

Click here to view our Join Us video

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Scholarship Committee

Please consider making a scholarship donation via our website page NASW DE Scholarship .  All contributions are tax deductible and will help a deserving student. 

Brittany Dennis, MSW 
Chairperson, Scholarship Committee


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Professional Development Opportunities

Upcoming Workshops/Conferences

 NASW Delaware Chapter online calendar  of events and meetings

NASW-DE Sponsored Continuing Education Workshops: Please see Calendar of Events for extremely relevant upcoming continuing workshops sponsored by NASW-DE:

  • February 17th - Ethics is Supervision for Social Workers & Human Service Professionals; Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown Campus, Carter Partnership Center, Room 536.
  • March 22nd2017 NASW-DE Annual Conference; Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Dover, DE; “Let’s Stop the Madness: Examining Violence in Our Communities” (see “Resolve to Attend the NASW-DE 2017 Annual Conference”. Registration of NASW-DE Members has been reduced to $95.00
  • March 29th, Transforming Our Practice: A Multi-Level Approach to Trauma-Informed Services - Community Level; Community Services Building, Wilmington; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm; Instructor: Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
  • March 29th – Understanding & Supporting “LGBTQ Older Adults in Sussex County”; Camp Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth, DE 19971; 10:00 AM-12:00 PM; . Trainers: Salvatore Seeley, LCSW; Rebecca Moscoco, PhD.
  • April 3rd – Resilience Training: Community Service Building; Instructor: Dr. Anthony Hill, LCSW
  • April 24th – Resilience Training: Community Service Building; Instructor: Dr. Anthony Hill, LCSW
  • April 21st, Emotional Intelligence in the Lives of Social Workers:  Professional and Personal Applications; Lighthouse Therapy Center, Dagsboro; 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Instructor: Deborah Alioto Miller, PhD, LCSW.

February 25th – Implicit Bias Seminar – Sponsored by the Southern Delaware Alliance for Social Justice; Where: Net House, 114 E. Third Street, Lewes, DE; Time: 10:00 AM -12:00 PM. Reading attaching papers prior to attending the seminar is encouraged: Implicit Bias and This is your brain on bias… or, the neuroscience of bias


An Hour with Private Practice: Questions and Answers is a free question and answer session for NASW members which is held every third Wednesday of the month from January through December. The monthly call-in sessions focus on a specific private practice subject. There is no registration and members can join in the discussion, ask questions, and make comments.

These sessions provide members with important clinical social work updates impacting the delivery of mental health services. Sessions are limited to the first 100 callers on the day of the event. Practice is held every third Wednesday of the month from noon until 1:00 pm EST.

Meeting Title: Using Effective Coding for Psychotherapy Services in 2017: Part II – Place of Services Codes, ICD-10-CM Codes & Others

Toll Free: 800.776.0816

Participant Passcode: 220591


Apply for Scholarships and Fellowships in These Social Work Specialties

The NASW Foundation offers scholarships and fellowships to assist students pursuing a variety of social work specialties. Apply for fellowships in health care and scholarships involving work with African American communities and with American Indian and Latino populations. Applications will be accepted January 18-March 1, 2017. Questions? Email naswfoundation@naswdc.org or call 202.336.8298. READ MORE 

Application Deadline Extended: 2017 Supervisory Leaders in Aging

Supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation, Supervisory Leaders in Aging (SLA) is an innovative professional development program, designed to improve the delivery of health care and social services to older adults by strengthening the supervision of staff providing direct social services to older adults and their families. SLA participants will earn 30 NASW-approved CE credits upon completion of the program. The application deadline for the spring 2017 SLA trainings in Florida, Illinois, and Maryland has been extended to February 24 (unless available slots are filled in advance). Eligible social workers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. READ MORE 

 FREE TO NASW MEMBERS - Click here to go to naswdc.org Practice and Professional Development 

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