March 2017 Print

A Message from NASW-DE President

Greetings to the membership,

     Social workers have always been in the forefront of advocacy and change in this country and around the world.  As we approach the first 100 days of Donald Trump's Presidency, there is a need for social workers to organize in the light of social unrest.  The social unrest that I speak of pertains to multiple issues: our undocumented immigrant brothers and sisters...and YES, they are our brothers and sisters; health insurance for ALL Americans; the atmosphere of exclusion, hypernationalism, and our position in the world.  As we move into Social Work Month, we want to be mindful. That is is our actions or in actions that will let the Nation know where and what we stand for.  

     The opening statement on the United States Homeland Security Page overview states, "America is a nation of immigrants. That diversity is the backbone of our arts, industry, and culture. American citizenship speaks to our character as a welcoming country that bestows upon us all of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution."  This statement is in stark contrast to the statements of the President.  While rhetoric, bombast and fear-inspiring statements have presented undocumented immigrants as dangerous to our Nation, the greatest concern is the hyper-focus on people from Mexico and Generalized Countries where Islam is the primary religion.  They are our fellow humans, not targets for hatred.  We have been here before.  We can not allow this country to go there again.  Recently, there has been an escalation of antisemitic threats and property destruction.  This is unacceptable in the day and age.  Our LGBTQ communities are at risk, particularly our students in public schools.  When we start recording the rights of children, what will the future of this nation look like.  We should be protectors of the future, not disintegrates of it. 

    NASW-DE Chapter will continue to look at these issues.  The coffee talks, held in all three counties,  began the conversation in a small way.  Now we need your voices, thoughts and commitment to carry it further. We need social workers to STAND UP because we need  "ALL HANDS ON DECK."

Peace and Grace,

Norwood Coleman, Jr., LCSW, ACSW
Board President

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Message from the NASW-DE Executive Director

Happy Social Work Month!

This year, NASW adopted the them STAND UP Social Workers! as the theme for Social Work Month 2017. The theme represents how “…social workers stand up for millions of people each day. They stand up by comforting people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, ensuring they get the best care while on the road to recovery. They stand up and support our brave military personnel, veterans and their families. They work in communities and with national, state and local government to provide services and pass legislation to stand with and help the most vulnerable. Child, family and school social workers stand up by protecting children who have been abused or neglected, helping children find new families through adoption, and ensuring young people reach their full academic and personal potential.”  (

On February 20th, social workers in all three counties, participated in Coffee Talks. Social Workers gathered to discuss their opinions and concerns, for their clients, communities and themselves, in this post-election environment. We had leaders in the political arena as lead discussants,

  • Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long in New Castle County
  • Harold Stafford, MSW, former Secretary of Labor, State of DE in Kent County
  • Anne Farley, PhD, Government Relations in Sussex County

not speaking from a political platform, but to engage the discussion and bring insights to the political process. The momentum will continue and follow up activities are being planned from each of these discussions. Look for more information in the days and weeks ahead.

On March 1st, Governor John Carney signed a proclamation declaring March as Social Work Month in Delaware. In attendance, for the commemorative signing, was Norwood Coleman, Chapter President, Debra O’Neal, Interim Executive Director, Fran Livingston, Chapter Administrative Assistant, and members Hal Lipton, Sheridan Quarless Kingsberry and Marlene Saunders. Governor Carney welcome the opportunity to make this declaration and thanked each of us – representative of all of you in the field – for all social workers do every day for the citizens of Delaware.

What will you do to STAND UP SOCIAL WORKERS? Go to our contact us page, Facebook or Twitter and show us or tell us how you are STANDing UP during Social Work Month.

Say it loud and say it proud I AM A SOCIAL WORKER!

Debra O'Neal, MSW, ACSW
Interim Executive Director
NASW Delaware Chapter

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Delaware News & Events...


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

Delaware Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners – Next meeting: Monday, March 20, 2017 at 9:00 the Cannon Building, located at 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, DE 19901.

See our online calendar for the latest events and meetings.

Special Advocacy/Action Planning Event

Monday, March 27thSussex County Coffee Talk Follow-up Meeting; Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Location: Georgetown Public Library, 123 Pine Street, Georgetown, DE; Organizer: Yvonne Dodd, Sussex County Representative, NASW-DE; Admission: FREE

All of the “Coffee Talk” meetings were successful. The average attendance was 14 persons with Sussex County having the largest turnout, followed by New Castle County. A total of eight persons were present at the Kent County session. The total audience was diverse and included executive directors of community, faith-based and large medical and human service organizations; teenagers wanting to add their voice to discussions, as well as social workers and social worker students.

By virtue of the number of people who attended the coffee talks, and the expressions of commitment to devote the time and effort necessary to develop a social welfare action agenda, the coffee talks were an unmitigated success.

We thank everyone who attended. NASW-DE will do its part to sustain the momentum each region generated.

Issues raised that cross regions include, but are not limited to, health care, immigration and reduction in other state administered services, e.g., TANF. Other problems areas identified included, but were not limited to, racism, housing, traumatized community and gun violence.

Next Steps: The next steps include scheduling follow-up meetings; identify problems a manageable action plan will target and establish action committees by social welfare program or policy target. Look for correspondence from your county representative.

Update: Schedule for LCSW Examination Prep Workshops Established

We are extremely pleased to announce that the chapter has finalized a contract with Corey Beauford, LCSW to conduct a series of workshops designed to prepare MSW-level social workers for the certification examination for the clinical category of social work practice. Sessions have been scheduled in April, June and September for individuals who live in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties. Please see schedule in the Professional Development Opportunities and Calendar of Events sections of this newsletter.

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. We are pleased to announce that workshops have been scheduled for New Castle and Kent/Sussex Counties.


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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

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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:

March 29, 2017 – Understanding & Supporting LGBTQ Older Adults in Sussex County, DE: A Needs Assessment; Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm; Location: Camp Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE; CEUs: 2; Instructors: Salvatore Seeley, LCSW, Rebecca Moscosco, Ph.D.

March 29, 2017 – Transforming Our Practice: A Multi-Level Approach to Trauma-Informed Services; Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Location: Community Service Building, 100 W. 10th Street, Wilmington, DE; CEUs: 3; Instructor: Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence

April 3, 2017 –Project Resilience: Helping Kids Bounce Back from Adversity; Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Location: Community Service Building, 100 W. 10th Street, Wilmington, DE; CEUs: 6; Instructor: Anthony Hill, PhD, LICSW, LCSW, CFSW, ACSW

April 21,2017 –Emotional Intelligence in the Lives of Social Workers: Professional and Personal Applications; Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm; Location: Lighthouse Therapy Center, 30838 Vines Creek Road, Dagsboro, DE; CEUs: 3; Instructor: Deborah Alioto Miller, PhD, LCSW.

April 24,2017 – Project Resilience: Helping Kids Bounce Back from Adversity; Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Location: LaRed Health Care Center, 21444 Carmean Way, Georgetown, DE; Instructor: Anthony Hill, PhD, LICSW, LCSW, CFSW, ACSW.

Clinical Certification Examination Prep Workshops 
Instructor: Corey Beauford, LCSW

New Castle County – Location to be Determined

April 7th & April 8th                   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

June 16th & June 17th            9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Kent & Sussex Counties – Location to be Determined

June 23rd                                            9:00 am – 5:00 pm

June 24th                                            9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Kent & Sussex Counties – Location to be Determined

September 22nd                              9:00 am – 5:00 pm

September 23rd                              9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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 Date: March 15, 2017

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

Toll Free: 800.776.0816

Participant Passcode: 220591

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