April 2017 Print

Message from the NASW-DE Executive Director

Dear Members,

First, I want share how excited I am to see the political action and advocacy activities that have sprung up following our Coffee Talks – open forum for social workers to discuss issues and concerns post-election.  I see this as an opportunity for Delaware Social Workers to become activated in local causes that that mean the most to you and your clients or constituents. Please continue to participate in these discussions and the events associated with our advocacy efforts.

Second, I want to remind you that we have several outstanding continuing education workshops, including licensure test preparation, on schedule.  Check out our website calendar to see the details and register.  Feel free to share these opportunities with your social work and human service colleagues.

 Finally, we are seeking NASW DE Chapter Leaders!  The NASW Delaware Chapter serves a Delaware membership of 400 and seeks to have leaders that reflect the diversity of our chapter membership. Currently, we are looking for volunteers interested in leadership positions in which each role requires different responsibilities and commitments. However, the one thing all candidates should have is a desire to help carry out the NASW Delaware Chapter’s mission:  As a member organization, promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers and, through its work and advocacy, seeks to enhance the effective functioning and well-being of individuals, families and communities.  There are several leadership positions available, including:

NASW DE Board of Directors (terms begin July 1, 2017):

  • Secretary (2-year term): responsible for the Board of Directors’ and Executive Committee’s meeting minutes, as well as for other non-fiscal records of the Chapter. 

  • Member At Large (2-year term): At-large members are involved with in diverse ways, their membership on the board does not represent any individual group or interest, but rather serves the entire chapter membership.

  • New Castle County Rep (2-year term): Represents the members of New Castle County and is involved in diverse ways to represent member interest from this county.

  • BSW Student Rep (1-year term): An undergraduate matriculating student in a social work degree program. members are involved with in diverse ways, their membership on the board does not represent any individual group or interest, but rather serves the entire chapter membership.

  • MSW Student Rep (1-year term): A matriculating graduate student in a master’s degree program in social work.  members are involved with in diverse ways, their membership on the board does not represent any individual group or interest, but rather serves the entire chapter membership.

  • Alternate Delegate (term ending June 2018): The NASW Delegate Assembly, made up in part by chapter delegates, is the means through which the members of the NASW shall exercise their ultimate responsibility for the broad professional and social policy and priority determination of the NASW.  The DE Chapter President shall serve as the Chapter’s first delegate to Delegate Assembly.  In the event the President is unable to participate as a delegate, the Alternate Delegate as the chapter representative. The 2017 Delegate Assembly activities will once again be conducted using online resources, including a virtual meeting on August 4, 2017

There are several additional opportunities to serve and support the chapter.  The following committees have openings for volunteer leadership:

  • Continuing Education Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Social Media Committee 

If you have additional questions or require more detail, please send a message via CONTACT US and a chapter representative will get back in touch.

If you are interested in one or more positions, please submit the CCNLI form by Friday, May 8, 2017. 

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

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Delaware News & Events...


NASW-DE Board Meeting – The April chapter meeting will be held on Thursday, April 13th at 6:00 PM and will take place at Delaware State University, Price Building, Room 215. The meeting will end at 8:00 PM.  The meeting is open to all members. 

Delaware Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners – Next meeting: Monday, April 17th at 9:00 A.M.in the Cannon Building, located at 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, DE 19901.  Online continuing education credits is on this meeting’s agenda. This is an important topic about which the chapter has been asked many questions.  Accordingly, NASW-DE asked the board to put the issue on an upcoming agenda.  They agreed to do so.  The board will discuss guidelines for online continuing education credits.  Input will be accepted from agencies and individuals in attendance.   Please regard this announcement as a high priority invitation to attend this meeting.  Please be present to express your point of view.  

See our online calendar for the latest events and meetings.


Online voting for the NASW 2017 Election is now available until 8:00 PM PDT, May 26th. If you have not received your ballot, please contact the membership office at 800-742-4089

Special Advocacy/Action Planning Event

Monday, March 17th – Advocacy for Social Justice for All; Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Location: Delaware Technical & Community College, 21179 College Drive, Georgetown, DE; Organizer: Yvonne Dodd, Sussex County Representative, NASW-DE; Admission: FREE

This is the third in a series of robust meetings the purpose of which is to plan and implement advocacy campaigns that will lead to policies and programs that to insure the well-being of individuals and families.  Areas of focus include:  Healthcare, Immigration/Civil Rights, Racism, Inequality, Poverty and related topics (, e.g., inequality in education). 

To give you a clearer view of the way subgroups think and plan, this link opens the March 27th discussion notes of the Immigration and Civil Right group (they decided to merge).

During the course of three meetings that began on February 20th, a group of 35 people, representing social workers, law enforcement, counselors, school counselors, social work students, has emerged and has etched out the core problem areas (above) on which the group will concentrate and collaborate with other groups in order to avoid duplication of effort.

The unique issues related to immigration cannot be ignored.  School social workers who work with children who are U.S. citizens but whose parents are illegal immigrants brought home the pain and stress associated with the threat of deportation.  As professionals astutely aware of the significance of trust and separation in the human growth and development process, we are well aware impact of deportation for one’s functioning as an adult for any child.  Much is going on to bring attention to this politicized issue. We have attached resources that describe efforts to combat deportation, effective advocacy efforts related to immigration, as well as other literature that is informative about effective ways to advocated for change.

Please contact Yvonne at ydodd@laredhealthcenter.org to indicate you desire to get involved.  Also, please contact her with essential information regarding advocacy efforts of other groups who are also addressing the areas listed above.  

The success to date of the chapter’s Sussex County Coffee Talk effort must be given to Yvonne Dodd, LCSW, NASW-DE Sussex County Representative. Her work to notify her network, and others; obtaining guest speakers, obtaining meeting space, as well as her efforts to sustain the process via follow-up meetings must be attributed to Yvonne.  Yvonne, thanks so much. 

We also acknowledge Bianca Ranger, MSW, First Vice President, for the support she has given Yvonne and her work to assist the New Castle and Kent County Reps in organizing chapter activities that aim to keep members connected, raise revenue for chapter activities and to organized regional professional development activities. 

Other Important Advocacy Events, Resources and Information

Delaware PTA – Know Your Rights: Immigration Law Training – This will be a 90 minute training for people (immigrants or their families, friends or service providers) to learn more about immigration rights and laws; DATE: April 19th; TIME: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM; LOCATION: Holy Angels Catholic Church, 82 Possum Park Road, Newark, DE 19711; Cost: FREE. (click to see flyer for details).

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services – Quarterly Meeting: DATE: April 26th; LOCATION: USCIS Philadelphia District Office, 30 N. 41st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM; COST: Free (click to see flyer for details).

Resources-Information ( click the links to open the resource)

  •   National Council of LaRaza Press Release Calling for Defunding of Programs to Deport Parents of American Children and Establish Detention Centers (see link to press release).
  •   The Resistance School; Practice Skills for Taking Back America (Harvard University) – Is “..a free four session practical training program to sharpen tools we need to fight for our values at the federal, state, and local levels. Our goal is to keep the embers of resistance alive through concrete learning, community engagement, and forward-looking action.” Go to www.resistanceschool.com for more information, syllabi and readings. Sessions:
    • April 5th, 7:00 PM – How to Communicate Values in Political Advocacy, Timothy McCarthy
    • April 12th, 6:30 PM – How to Mobilize and Organize Our Communities, Sara El-Amine
    • April 20th, 7:00 PM – How to Structure and Build Capacity Action, Marshall Ganz
    • April 27th, 7:00 PM – How to Sustain Resistance Long-Term, Michael Blake 

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Chapter Committees

Continuing Education Committee

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.

Dr. Marlene Saunders
Chairperson, Continuing Education Committee

NASW DE PACE Committee

As you can see by Coffee Talks, the subsequent advocacy activities as well as our ongoing activities for multilevel licensure, the NASW DE PACE is in action.  Advocacy and action required your involvement.  Please attend and support one or more of our activities.

Thank you,

Hal Lipton, NASW DE PACE Chair
Dr. Marlene Saunders, NASW DE PACE Treasurer

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:

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.  Sppace is still available. REGISTER NOW!!

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. This session is a go.  Space is still available. REGISTER NOW!!

June 27 and 28, 2017 - Department of Substance Abuse & Mental Health – Ethics and Treatment Strategies; Location – Embassy Suites Hotel (click to see attached flyer for details).

Clinical Certification Examination Prep Workshops 
Instructor: Corey Beauford, LCSW

Kent County

April 21st & April 22nd              9:00 am – 5:00 pm

DSU/Capitol Park Community Center

Capitol Avenue & President Drive

Dover, DE 19901


New Castle County

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

Delaware State Police, Troop 2

Community Room

100 Lagrange Ave

Newark, DE 19702


Kent & Sussex Counties

June 23rd   & June 24th                       9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Delaware Technical & Community College

Jack Owens Campus, Room 556

21179 College Drive

Georgetown, DE 19947


Kent & Sussex Counties – Location to be Determined

September 22nd & September 23rd      9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Delaware Technical & Community College

Jack Owens Campus, Room 556

21179 College Drive

Georgetown, DE 19947

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: April 19, 2017

Meeting Title:Transitioning to a Cash Practice: Will It Work for You?

Toll Free: 800.776.0816

Participant Passcode: 220591

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

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