Greetings NASW DE Members:

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable summer!  Summer is a great time to regroup, recalibrate, and focus on goals for the remainder of the year.  At NASW, July marks a time of transition – the beginning of a new fiscal and program year, welcoming our new board of directors, and planning for the year ahead.  With all the excitement for the year ahead, I would like to take a moment and thank our outgoing board of directors.  Without the leadership of our board of directors, NASW DE wouldn’t be able to plan and execute our programmatic priorities.  Thank you to Bianca Ranger, Jennifer Daniels, Yvonne Dodd, Jannia Santiago, and Michelle Adams for your work on behalf of the Chapter. 

Looking forward – the chapter board of directors will be coming together this July to set the goals for the year ahead.  We still have a vacancy for our New Castle County Representative if any members are interested in this role.  It is also a great time for our members to jump onboard by joining one of our chapter committees.  In particular, the chapter is looking for volunteers to lead our committee on social action, social justice, and candidate elections.  If you have ideas and energy about how to mobilize Delaware social workers or are interested in developing your macro social work skills, WE NEED YOU!  If interested, please contact

You’ll also be seeing some updates and changes as we strive to better meet the needs of our members.  One update of note is regarding our newsletter.  We’ve heard feedback that the monthly newsletters haven’t been an ideal way to communicate with our membership.  As such, we will be changing to a quarterly newsletter to the membership, with more frequent email and social media communications.  If you aren’t already following us on Facebook, take a moment to do so at:

As always, please do not hesitate to contact myself or our chapter president Shannon Fisch if we can be of assistance.

Michael Francum
Executive Director


Welcome to our 2018-2019 Board of Directors

Shannon Fisch

Elise Mora

Emily Coggin Vera

Chavon Dottin

Member at Large
Kathy Spencer

New Castle County Representative

Kent County Representative
Brooke Sharlow

Sussex County Representative
Rosemary Baughman

MSW Student Representative
Javonne Rich

BSW Representative
Danielle Perry


NASW DE Attends Governor Signing of HB 311

NASW DE executive director Michael Francum, president Shannon Fisch, and Multi-Tier Licensure Sub-committee Chair Marlene Saunders joined with represenatives from Delaware State University and the Board of Clinical Social Workers partipated in the Governor's signing of HB 311 on June 11th.  This momentous occasion was the culmination of many years of work from the social work community to bring Delaware's licensing laws in line with most other states. NASW DE will continue our work with the Delware Board of Clinical Social Work as they develop the regulations around this new law, and we look forward to sharing updates with our membership.


NASW Participates in Candidate Forum

On June 7th, NASW DE partnered with NAACP Greater Newark Branch, Delware Concerned Residents for Environmental Justice, and the Coalition for Black Trade Unionists-DE Chapter to host a Candidate Forum in Wilminton.  Our very own Marlene Saunders moderated a discussion of candidates for State Senate as well as the office of Attorney General.  We also heard from Senate Candidate Kerri Evelyn Harris. As we prepare for the 2018 elections, we encourage our members to become engaged with the election process.  NASW DE Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) will be monitoring the races as we determine which races and candidates to endorse.


DE Board of Clinical Social Workers Updates

Following the signing of HB 311 by Governor Carney, The Delaware Board of Clinical Social Workers has been working to update the regulations around professional social work at their monthly sub-committee meetings which follow directly after the monthly board meeting.  NASW DE executive director, Michael Francum, has been participating in these subcommittee meetings to represent the interest of our membership.  However, you are invited to attend these monthly meetings to offer your input and participate in the decision-making process.  The next scheduled meeting is on Monday, September 17th, 2018.  The board meeting will take place from 9:00am to 9:30am, followed by the meeting of the subcommittee.  Unable to attend?  You can also submit your feedback directly to the board at

Once the board has reviewed and drafted the new regulations, there will be an opportunity for the public to comment on the completed document.


NASW Member Published in The Field Educator

NASW DE Chapter member and Chapter Secretary Dr. Chavon Dottin was recently published in The Field Educator for her article titled Admission of Master's Degree Students with Criminal Backgrounds: Implications for Field Directors.  Dr. Dottin is the Director of Field Instruction at Delaware State University Department of Social Work.  You can view the article at:



Member Resources


Financial Social Work: A Growing Specialty for Clinical Social Workers

Financial social work (FSW) is a growing social work specialty that uses financial therapy as an intervention to address the emotional and behavioral components of handling finances. Clinical social workers use financial therapy to address the psychosocial challenges patients experience because of their financial circumstances.

NASW Resources for Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice

This flyer outlines NASW resources for clinical social workers in private practice including: billing and practice related topics, advocacy, NASW Press,  specialty practice sections and more.


An Hour With Private Practice: Documentation Tips for Successful Reimbursement

When:  Aug 15, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (ET)
Dial-in Instructions:
Members can join An Hour With Private Practice by dialing the teleconference line at least 5 -10 minutes prior to the start time: U.S./Canada toll-free number: 877.913.0088 Participant passcode: 314895



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