Welcome to the web page of the Westchester Chapter of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work.
The Westchester Chapter convenes in White Plains on the first Saturday of every month, except July and August. Chapter practice committees meet from 9 to 10am. Networking, refreshments and a business meeting follow. At each meeting there is then an educational workshop with a speaker. At 12:00 the Interim Committee convenes. The groups and educational workshops are free to members.
We invite you to attend our monthly meetings, educational programs, educational conference and other activities. These events give you the opportunity to learn about the Westchester Chapter of the Society and participate in our activities. The Westchester Chapter Calendar has information about these meetings and educational programs.
The Westchester Chapter has two types of groups:
Committees for Chapter Functions:
Clinical Interest Groups:
The 2-for 1 New Member Special for Agency-Based Social Workers in All Institutional Settings! Special offer: Available only during March 2013
In honor of March Social Work Month the Westchester chapter of NYS Society of Clinical Social Work is offering all agency-based social workers (MSW,LMSW and LCSW's) an opportunity to join the society at a two-for -one rate of $85. This reduced rate is instead of the regular membership price of $170.
We know that agency-based social workers in all institutional settings have found our chapters' monthly peer consultation groups and educational presentations to be a rich source of clinical information, professional connections and support.
If you have any questions please call Rita C. Smith Ph.D. LCSW, Membership chair at 914-993-0837 E mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLICK HERE for the special rate application
Contact the Chapter
Leadership Council Liaison: Jody Porter, MSW, LCSW-R
Past President: Martin J. Lowery, MSW, LCSW
Paula Gilbert, LCSW
Member-At-Large: Marcia Leeds, MSW, LCSW
Member-At-Large: Jacqueline Mann, MSW, LCSW
Member-At-Large: Roberta Rachel Omin, MSW, LCSW
Committees and Chairpersons for Chapter Functions
The Education Committee plans, coordinates and implements the Chapter’s monthly education workshops which are held after each monthly Chapter business meeting, for which continuing education credits are offered. You may check the Westchester Chapter Calendar for information about these programs. For further information about the Education Committee, to volunteer to serve on this committee or to offer to provide an educational workshop you may contact the committee chairperson.
The Leadership Committee carries on the business of the Chapter . It is composed mainly of past presidents and committee heads. It will meet each month after the main Chapter meeting.
The Legislative Committee discusses legislative issues and works closely with the Society’s Legislative Committee to help implement the Society’s legislative agenda. The chairperson of the Legislative Committee is a member of the Society’s Legislative Committee, which organizes all of the Society’s legislative activities. For further information about the Legislative Committee or to volunteer to serve on this committee, you may contact the committee chairperson.
Ruth Greer, MSW, LCSW, BCD
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The Membership Committee works to attract new members to the Society and to provide opportunities for networking among members of the Chapter. For further information about the Membership Committee or to volunteer to serve on this committee, you may contact the committee chairperson.
Rita Smith, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW (Chairperson)
The Newsletter Committee gathers and edits material, produces, and is responsible for the mailing of the Chapter’s monthly newsletter (except during July and August). For further information about the Newsletter Committee, to volunteer to serve on this committee or to write an article for the newsletter you may contact the committee chairperson.
Terry Nathanson, MSW, LCSW
Vendorship and Managed Care Committee
The Vendorship Committee provides information and consultation to assist members of the Chapter in dealing with managed care and other vendorship issues. The chairperson of the Vendorship Committee is a member of the Society's Vendorship Committee, which organizes the Society vendorship related activities. For further information about the Vendorship Committee or to volunteer to serve on this committee, you may contact the committee chairperson.
The Website Monitor makes sure that the Society’s website remains current and responsive to the needs of the Society. Each chapter has a chapter website coordinator who is a member of the Society’s Website Committee and is responsible to enter their chapter’s news and events onto their chapter’s web page on the Society website. If you have any chapter news to be placed on the Westchester Chapter web page or any chapter events to be placed on the Westchester Chapter Calendar on the Society website you may contact the chapter website coordinator.
Child and Adolescent: Informal Case Consultations
The Child and Adolescent Peer-led Clinical Interest Group brings together clinical social workers who are interested in clinical social work with children and adolescents to discuss and explore issues relating to the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents and to hold periodic educational activities about clinical social work with children and adolescents. You may check the Westchester Chapter Calendar for information about this group's meetings and programs. For further information about the Child and Adolescent Practice or to participate in the group you may contact the chairperson.
Angela LaManna, MSW, LCSW
Group Therapy: Experientially Based Exploration of Group Practice
The Group Therapy Peer-led Clinical Interest Group brings together clinical social workers who are interested in group therapy to discuss and explore issues in group therapy and to hold periodic educational workshops about group therapy. You may check the Westchester Chapter Calendar for information about this group’s meetings and programs. For further information about the Group Therapy Practice or to participate in the group you may contact the chairperson.
Michael Altshuler, MSW, LCSW
Integrating Neuroscience and Psychotherapy
Terry Nathanson, LCSW-R
The Relational Brain: Neuroscience and Psychotherapy
Participants study how psychotherapy impacts the architecture of the brain through multimedia presentations, lecture, group discussion and experiential exercises. These exercises maximize group members learning of applied neuro-affective approaches. We explore the most recent brain findings, from explaining the “ah ha” moment, to the “uh-oh” experience, the neurobiology of shame, anxiety, curiosity and silence, the neural patterning of OCD, empathy as “brain sync” and how to use “limbic language” to facilitate safety, self-attachment, stability and open heartedness.
The group provides an opportunity for MSW graduates and social workers returning to the field to discuss employment – and for seasoned clinicians to begin or enhance their private practice. Members in agency practice come to discuss issues relevant to their work.
The advice, sharing and support of the group’s members make the experience meaningful. Differences and similarities in each person’s background, work history and life experiences enhance the exchange.
For further information about the committee or to participate in the committee you may contact the committee chairperson.
Nan Miller, Ph.D,.LCSW
The Peer Consultation Committee provides opportunities for more advanced clinical social work practitioners to come together in a supportive, sharing and collaborative environment to network, discuss clinical practice issues and obtain consultation from their peers. For further information about the Peer Consultation Committee, to join a peer consultation group, or to volunteer to serve on this committee, you may contact the committee chairperson.
Marilyn Krantz, LCSW