October 2017 Print

A Message from NASW-DE President

Dear members,

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer! I am excited to be stepping into the role as President for the next two years. I hope this will be a chance to grow with the Chapter and develop long lasting relationships.

I am eager to take the opportunity to welcome our new Board Members and Committee Chairs. At the end of July, the Board and Committees met to kick off our new year. We had a fantastic and energizing retreat that focused around refocusing our goals and commitments to you, our members. I am also thrilled to welcome our new Executive Director, Michael Francum, who joins the Delaware Chapter with years of experience with NASW.

We are looking forward to a busy year of events and activities. Sussex County will continue to host its extremely effective and electric Coffee Talks centered around social action needs within Delaware. Our County and Student Representatives are getting warmed up to plan multiple events for membership throughout the state. Also, our Continuing Education Committee is continuing to develop interactive and pertinent trainings, including licensure prep training. These trainings will become even more important as the Chapter continues to drive the effort to gain multi-tier licensure within Delaware.

I encourage all members to remain united with the Chapter through attending our exciting membership events, continuing education trainings, joining a social action movement, or even taking a role on a committee or chair. Please look to our calendar of events or contact a Board Member if you are interested in any of these activities or roles.

Together, we are ushering in a new year where we will get back to our foundations and strengthen the fantastic efforts that were initiated by our previous Executive Directors and Board Members. We are only as strong as our membership.


Shannon Fisch, LCSW
NASW Delaware Chapter

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Message from the NASW-DE Executive Director

Greetings NASW DE Members:

I am thrilled to start my new role as the executive director of NASW-DE. I believe social work is one of the most important professions in the country and as members of the largest association for social workers, you are helping to strengthen the fabric of our profession. I join the Delaware Chapter with over 7 years’ experience working with NASW, both at the Chapter and National levels. My hope is that my background with the association will help our chapter leadership and members continue to ensure NASW DE is a Chapter on the Move!

I want to thank our Chapter President Shannon Fisch, our members, the chapter board, and my predecessors, Debra O’Neil and Marlene Saunders for their confidence in me and for their assistance during the transition. I know together we will be able to continue to build on all the great work the Chapter has accomplished over the years! It’s an honor to represent our members and I look forward to getting to know you as we work to organize more for the profession of social work and the clients we serve.  

I was fortunate to participate in the Board’s August retreat, and I’m excited to continue working with our leadership to implement the vision for the chapter. We have a wonderful board of directors, who have a lot of wonderful, innovative ideas for our members. As we move forward, make sure to stay tuned for upcoming workshop, professional development events, and activities around multi-tier licensing.  In addition to this newsletter, you can find up-to-date information on our chapter website at www.naswde.org and on our Facebook page located here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at exec.naswde@socialworkers.org, or 302-288-0931. NASW DE is YOUR professional association, so please let me know how I can assist you in engaging with the chapter.

In solidarity,

Michael Francum, MSW, ACSW
Executive Director

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Delaware News & Events...

Important Update Regarding Multi-Tier Licensure

Led by the Chapter Subcommittee on Multi-Tier Licensure, the chapter continues to advocate for multi-tier licensure in Delaware.  Chapter leadership were present at both the August and September Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners meetings to offer feedback and suggestions from community stake-holders on changes to the draft legislation.  The draft legislation continues to be met positively as we prepare for introduction to the Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee (JLOSC) (formerly Joint Sunset Committee) in January 2018. 

Currently, the draft legislation is undergoing final edits before introduction, and will be reviewed by the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners at the October or November 2017 meetings.  NASW DE will provide regular updates to our membership in the upcoming months.

If you have any questions about multi-tier licensure, please do not hesitate to contact the Chapter offices at 302-288-0931, or by emailing the chapter subcommittee chair, Marlene Saunders, at msaunders145@gmail.com


NASW-DE Chapter Board Meeting – The next chapter meeting will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 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.  Please feel free to join us and meet your NASW elected leadership. 


Delaware Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners – The June board meeting will be held on Monday, October 23rd, 2017 at 9:00 A.M.in the Cannon Building, located at 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, DE 19901.  

See our online calendar for the latest events and meetings.


Chapter Survey - Response Requested by October 31

To make the most of NASW-DE’s ability to offer relevant and useful learning opportunities, we need to know the topics that match your training needs. Please, take a few minutes to respond to our Chapter Survey by October 31, 2017. 

Your input is also needed on another matter. The Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners has requested NASW-DE’s assistance in obtaining members’ opinions regarding categories of continuing education credits and numerical requirements for each.

To view and complete the survey, please visit: http://naswde.org/survey.php?id=27


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Chapter Committees

NASW Committees - Open Positions Available

The Delaware Chapter currently has several positions open for committees, as well as an open position on the Board of Directors.  We encourage you to get involved with YOUR association and help shape the profession in our state.

Kent County Representative

A voting Board Member position.  Represents the social workers in the Kent County area.  Plans activities and events that interest members and non-members to either further professional development, provide networking, or increase membership.  Works in a team with the other county and student representatives.  Participates as a member of the Events Committee.  Attends board meetings and completes monthly reports on activities.

Committee on Chapter Nominations and Leadership Identification (CCNLI)

Chair Position and Member Positions open

Manages the yearly election process.  Actively seeks new members for leadership positions.  Chair Person attends board meetings and completes monthly reports on activities.

Continuing Education (CE) Committee

Chair Position temporarily being filled but is looking for new leadership.  Member Positions open.

Plans, organizes, and hosts continuing education events for membership.  Maintains a network of trainers.  Actively seeks to provide appropriate professional development opportunities to membership.

PACE and Social Action Committee

Member Positions open

As part of the PACE committee, members seek to support Delaware political candidates that further the social work profession or populations we serve.  The Social Action Committee engages in advocacy work for the Delaware social work profession and the populations we serve.

Ethics Committee

Member Positions open

Provides guidance to Delaware social workers on ethics in conjunction with the National Office of Ethics and Professional Review.

Membership Committee

Chair and Member Positions open

Actively seeks and recruits new members.  Actively seeks the continued membership of current members.  Contacts members who are ready for renewal or have lapsed in membership.  May suggest or plan events that interest the membership.

Events Committee

Chair and Member Positions open

Plans and coordinates events for membership, including seminars, conferences, networking activities, etc.  Works with other committees for events as needed.  Continually seeks new ideas for events and input from membership to ensure the Chapter meets the membership needs and interests.


Scholarship Committee Update

Now accepting applications for the 2017 Scholarship

About the Scholarship:

  • Two $500.00 scholarships will be awarded during the Spring Semester of the 2017- 2018 academic year
  • The scholarship recipient must be a Senior BSW or an MSW student, who is enrolled in a CSWE accredited program
  • The check will be written to the award recipient’s college/university

Scholarship Guidelines:

  • Applicants must be a NASW member in good standing
  • Required cumulative grade point average: 3.0 for BSW student; 3.5 for MSW student
  • All application materials must be submitted electronically to the NASW-DE scholarship email naswde.scholarship@gmail.com by November 30, 2017

Required Scholarship Documents:

  • Application and Release Form
  • Two letters of support from professional references
  • Two page essay (typed and double-spaced)
  • Current unofficial copy of transcript
  • A copy of your NASW membership card

Candidates will receive confirmation of all completed application and supporting documents submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions? Call Scholarship Committee Chair, Brittney Santiago at (302) 383-5894

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:


Campaign School for Social Workers - October 5 & 6, 2017
DC Conference Center
441, 4th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20001

Humphreys Institute Director Tanya Rhodes Smith will bring the iconic political training seminar—in its 21st year of operation—to the nation’s capital. Hosted by George Mason University, Howard University, University of Maryland, CRISP, and NASW Maryland, Virginia and DC Chapters, the training will be led by Kate Coyne-McCoy. A social worker, she has trained more than 8,000 political candidates, directly assisted with hundreds of successful campaigns, and has designed and implemented candidate support programs for the nation’s largest political action network, and for the Oval Office program at Harvard University.

CE: 6 contact hours, each day
Cost: $50 for students, $175 for all others

For more information and to register, please visit the Campaign School Registration Page.



An Hour with Private Practice: Questions and Answers is a free question and answer session for NASW members.  It 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.

Toll Free: 800.776.0816

Participant Passcode: 220591




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