January 2018


Happy New Year!  I hope everyone is staying warm as we jump into winter with such a snowstorm.  Don't let the cold weather keep you inside though.  We continue to be busy with events and activities throughout winter and into the spring.  This month will be a critical time with our multi tier licensure efforts.  We invite everyone to write to the board and representatives in support of tiered licensure.  We also have several events this winter and are working on events for Social Work Month in March.  Please look to the calendar of events on our website or further below in the newsletter for more information.  I also invite all of our members to consider volunteering in positions on the Board or in one of our many committees.  We are beginning to get ready for our annual elections.  I hope to see everyone at one of our many events this year!  Stay warm!



Shannon Fisch, LCSW
NASW Delaware Chapter


Greetings NASW DE Members:

Happy New Year!  As you'll see from this newsletter, the Delaware Chapter has been busy planning activities for our members for 2018.  If your resolution for the new year was to focus on professional development, I think you'll be happy to see ways your professional association can help with that.  From our 2018 Social Work Work Symposium, to partnerships with community agencies for continuing education trainings, to our Sussex County Coffee Talks, we are working to provide Delaware social workers opportunities to continue their growth professionally.  The Chapter's work on Multi-Tier Licensure is another way we are working to strengthening the profession.  If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to write a letter to a member of the Joint Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee expressing your support for this legislation.  You'll find a template letter and contact information in this newsletter.

In addition to developing ourselves professionally, it is important for us to take time to express gratitude and acknowledgement to our colleagues.  You'll find the nomination form for the 2018 Chapter Awards in this newsletter.  I encourage you to nominate a colleague or agency (or yourself) for one of our awards.  Awardees will be honored at our 2018 Social Work Month Symposium, which I hope you can attend. 

And finally, another opportunity to continue your professional growth is serving in a leadership position for the Chapter.  The Board of Directors will be beginning the process of identifying candidates for positions on the board.  Serving as a chapter leader is a wonderful opportunity for networking with other Delaware social work leaders and fine-tuning additional skills to make yourself marketable in your career.  Stay tuned for more information about open positions.  Feel free to reach out to myself or chapter president, Shannon Fisch with any questions and to learn more.



Michael Francum, MSW, ACSW
Executive Director, NASW DE


Updates on Multi-Tier Licensure in DE

We are asking our members and social work community to write to the JLOSC to encourage the passage of this draft legislation once it is introduced in January 2018. A list of the full Committee can be found HERE. We have also drafted a sample letter that you can copy and edit in email format to your representative on the Committee or to the chair.   We encourage you to the JLOSC website for updates about meetings pertaining to multi-tier licensure. 


  • Licensing regulations that cover all social workers is the best way to protect the public from unsafe, incompetent and unethical practice by social workers.
  • Multi-tier licensure regulations assure the public that individuals who carry the title social worker have obtained required training and continuing education necessary to provide services safely, competently and ethically.
  • Multi-level licensing is governmental recognition that social work is a profession that has equal status with the other professions regulated by the State of Delaware Division of Professional Regulation.
  • Licensing is governmental recognition that the profession of social work has a direct impact on the public health, safety and protection.
  • Licensing standards for all social workers conveys the value of every person and thus the requirement that every person irrespective of ethnicity, class, religion, sexual identity, sexual orientation will receive safe, competent and ethical practice.
  • Multi-tier licensure will put Delaware in line with 33 states that license BSW’s, MSW, and LCSW’s.[1] 

[1] At present, only 5 states do not license social workers at the BSW category: California, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Rhode Island

Nominate A Colleague or Yourself For 2018 Chapter Awards

The Delaware Chapter of NASW is currently seeking nominations for Social Worker of the Year and Agency of the Year to be honored at our 2018 Social Work Month Symposium in March 2018.  Please nominate a colleague, agency, or yourself for this prestigious chapter honor.  The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2018.  

To access the nomination form, please CLICK HERE

Social Workers Now Available at Seven Libraries Statewide

 Delaware state social workers have begun providing assistance at libraries in all three counties under a pilot program launched by the Delaware Division of Libraries and the Department of Health and Social Services.

Two social workers from the Division of Social Services’ Community Partner Support Unit are now available once per week for three hours at seven libraries across the state.

Social workers can guide patrons through the state’s online benefits application process, assist individuals in applying for food benefits, help applicants gather necessary documents, connect eligible families and individuals with employment and training resources, and connect with other DHSS agencies to answer questions as needed. This onsite assistance is in addition to the help available at the 15 State Service Centers located statewide.

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NASW-DE Chapter Board Meeting – The next chapter meeting will be held on Thursday, January 11th, 2018 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 - Next meeting: Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at 9:00 the Cannon Building, located at 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Dover, DE 19901.




Upcoming Workshops/Conferences

 NASW Delaware Chapter online calendar of events and meetings




A 2018 Social Work Month Symposium
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Delaware State University
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Symposium Topic:
Micro, Mezzo and Macro Level Approaches to Close the Gap on Social Determinants of Health

Symposium Leaders:
Rita M. Landgraf, Director,
Partnership for Healthy Communities, University of Delaware

Linda Brittingham, LCSW, Director,
Corporate Social Work, Christiana Health Care System

Greg Williams, Training Educator Administration,
Division of Public Health, Department of Health & Social Services

Time: 8:00 A. M. – 2:30 P.M.

Fee (includes lunch): $25 includes 3 CEU’s; $20 (No CEU’s); $5 Students

To register, visit:

For additional information, contact

Michael Francum, Executive Director
NASW Delaware



January Coffee Talk: Cultivating Connectedness and Equity: The Road to Healthy, Thriving Communities

This discussion will explore how efforts to achieve lasting impact on physical, mental and social health and well-being require a focus not just on individuals, but on community wide-approaches aimed at improving population health. Strategies that address the conditions in the places where we live work, learn, pray, and play have the greatest potential impact on our health.  By focusing on these “social determinants of health”, we can help improve the health and well-being of everyone living in a community. Implications of current healthcare transformation efforts on these strategies and social work practice will also be discussed.

Discussion Facilitator: Noël Sincere Duckworth.  Noël is one of Delaware’s most highly respected experts in the area of healthcare as well as healthcare programs and policies as core foci for achieving social justice for everyone. She is currently Coordinator for Partnership for Healthy Communities | Community Engagement Initiative, University of Delaware. 

Georgetown Library, 121 W. Pine Street, Georgetown, DE 19947

To register, free of charge, email with your name and subject line "January Coffee Talk".  


Delaware Clinical and Translational Research (DE-CTR) ACCEL
Community Research Exchange
Community Research Exchange Conference - 2018
Monday, March 12, 2018
University of Delaware, Clayton Hall Conference Center


Guest Speaker:



Georgia M. Dunston, PhD

President & CEO, Whole Genome Science Foundation, Inc.Professor Emeritus, Department of Microbiology, Howard University College of MedicineFounding Director, National Human Genome Center, Howard University


Dr. Dunston’s research on human genome variation in disease susceptibility and health disparities has been the vanguard of efforts at Howard University to build national and international research collaborations focusing on the genetics of diseases common in African Americans and other African Diaspora populations. Her passion is building community?academic partnerships that connect the African Diaspora to the global genome revolution in knowledge on human identity in precision medicine and population health.

Afternoon Workshops:


  • Incorporating an Evaluation Framework into Your Work
  • Community-Engaged Research 101
  • Investing in the Future: Connecting New Investigators with Community Partners
  • Translational Research in Practice: Using Participatory Action Research (PAR)
  • Health Disparities


Registration NOW OPEN!


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The Department of Social Work is seeking human service agencies and institutions, as well as other settings that can prepare baccalaureate and/or graduate students for professional social work practice with, and on behalf of individuals, families, communities, groups and organizations. If you are interested in developing an affiliation with Delaware State University’s Department of Social Work please contact Dr. Chavon Dottin at 302-857-6778 or for more information. Thank you.