Metropolitan Chapter

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Welcome to the web page of the Metropolitan Chapter of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work. The Metropolitan Chapter covers New York, Brooklyn and Bronx Counties.

The Metropolitan Chapter Board convenes in Manhattan on Friday evenings of alternate months from September through May to review and plan Chapter events as well as to stimulate interest among members in volunteering to work on one of the Chapter’s committees.  In December the chapter hosts a holiday party that is open to all chapter members. In addition to educational opportunities sponsored by a number of committees, the Membership Committee sponsors three intervening smaller social/networking events for prospective, new and current members. 

The Chapter has a number of committees which are the bulwark of the structure of the Chapter.  Some of the committees help carry out Chapter functions (Conference Committee, Education Committee, Membership Committee, Mentorship/Peer Consultation Committee and Nominating Committee) or liaise with larger Society committees which address statewide issues (Legislative Committee).  Other committees are practice committees which bring together members who are interested in particular areas of clinical social work practice Addictions, Group Practice, Trauma Studies and Treatment Committee (TST), The Committee on the Aging Client and the Aging Clinician,  Family Practice Committee, and Psychoanalysis Committee and the  LGBTQ Committee.

If you have any questions about a committee or wish to join a committee, you may contact the committee’s chairperson listed below.  You may check the Metropolitan Chapter Calendar for information about committee meetings and programs.

Since 2006, the Chapter has had a listserv. Our listserv enables Metropolitan Chapter members to learn about various educational activities sponsored by the Chapter and the Society, as well as having an interactive function that allows chapter members to interact and network directly with one another regarding referrals, office space rentals, managed care and insurance concerns, practice issues, educational activities sponsored by other organizations, and other issues of interest to our members. This members-only listserv has proven to be an invaluable resource to our chapter, creating a supportive, networked professional community. All new members are added to the listserv upon joining the Met Chapter. 

We welcome you to attend our Board meetings, educational programs and other activities, to learn about the Society and the Metropolitan Chapter, to join with us and to participate actively in Metropolitan Chapter activities. Please contact the Chapter President to explore issues of concern, current or future goals, and suggestions for new committees. With respect to an interest in or suggestions to fill vacant board positions, please contact the Met Chapter President.

 

Contact the Chapter

President: Karen Kaufman, Ph.D., LCSW
(212) 639-9614
karenkaufman17@gmail.com

 

Chapter Leadership

President:  Karen Kaufman, Ph.D., LCSW
(212) 639-9614
karenkaufman17@gmail.com

Vice-President, Amy Meyers, PhD,  LCSW-R
(917) 817-7044 
amymeyers2002@yahoo.com

Secretary: Nina Sandy, MSW, LCSW 
(212) 420-1620 
nsandy@nyc.rr.com

Treasurer: Elizabeth Ojakian, LCSW, CASAC, CEAP
(212) 924-4349
eo8@nyu.edu

Member-at-Large

Jane Gold, MSW, LCSW
(718) 601-9892
janegoldlcsw@gmail.com

Betsy Robin Spiegel, LCSW
(646) 831-0734
betspie@aol.com 

Lois Akner, MSW, LCSW
(212) 570-1198

lois.akner@gmail.com

Don Appel, LMSW
don.appell.lmsw@gmail

(917) 572-3282 

Chapter Committees

Conference Committee
Karen Kaufman, Ph.D., LCSW (Co-Chair)
(212) 639-9614
karenkaufman17@gmail.com

Nina Sandy, MSW, LCSW (Co-Chair)
(212) 420-1620 
nsandy@nyc.rr.com

Elizabeth Ojakian, LCSW, CASAC, CEAP
(212) 924-4349
eo8@nyu.edu

Betsy Robin Spiegel, LCSW
(646) 831-0734
betspie@aol.com

Education Committee
The Education Committee plans, coordinates and implements periodic educational brunches where a speaker discusses a particular topic of interest to the Metropolitan Chapter membership, followed by a Q & A session.  These programs are free to members.  You may check the Metropolitan Chapter Calendar for information about these programs.  For further information about the Education Committee or to volunteer to serve on this committee, you may contact the committee chairperson.

Susan Appelman, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, CASAC
(718) 531-7689
(718) 738-6800
ShrinkSGA8@aol.com

Legislative Committee
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.

Bobba Jean Moody, MSW, LCSW
(212) 529-1973
bobbaj@verizon.net

Membership Committee
The Membership Committee welcomes new members to the Society and acts as a conduit for sharing interests and needs of members with the board and other committees of the Chapter. The Committee plans, coordinates and implements various activities which provide opportunities for networking among Chapter members. You may check the Metropolitan Chapter Calendar for information about these programs. For further information about the Membership Committee or to volunteer to serve on this committee, you may contact the committee chair.

Richard B. Joelson, DSW, M.S., LCSW (Chair)
(212) 369-1239
rbjoelson@aol.com

Hafina Allen, MSW, LMSW
(718) 788-8447
ha610@nyu.edu

Chris Ann Farhood, MSW, LCSW
(212) 582-7326
chrisfarhood@yahoo.com

Amy Meyers, PhD,  LCSW-R
(917) 817-7044 
amymeyers2002@yahoo.com

Johanna Tappen
(845) 264-1590
jtappen2@fordham.edu

Lauren Shah
(917) 725-1826



Mentorship/Peer Consultation Committee
The Mentorship/Peer Consultation Committee provides opportunities for MSW students, recent MSW graduates and MSW members who are early in their clinical social work careers, to partake in mentorship groups where they can network, discuss topics pertinent to their development as clinical social workers and can receive guidance, support, nurturance and advice to further their professional development as clinical social workers.  The Committee also 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 to obtain consultation from their peers.  For further information about the Mentorship/Peer Consultation Committee, to join a mentorship or peer consultation group, or to volunteer to serve on this committee, lead a mentorship group or to form a peer consultation group, you may contact the committee chair.

Helen Hinckley Krackow, MSW, LCSW
Chapter & State Chair
(212) 683-1780
hhkrackow@aol.com

Nominating Committee
The nominating committee solicits the membership both for open Board positions and other posts as needed by the Chapter. The Committee interviews candidates who have expressed an interest in serving the Chapter in one of these positions and then recommends candidates to the Met Chapter Board for further discussion and approval. If you are interested in chairing,developing or serving on a committee or if you wish to recommend a member to fill any of these functions, please contact the chair.

Richard B. Joelson, DSW, M.S., LCSW (Chair)
(212) 369-1239
rbjoelson@aol.com

 


Chapter Practice Committees

 

Group Practice Committee
The Group Practice Committee covers formation and development of therapy groups and provides programs and consultation on the subject of group practice.

Greg MacColl, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
(718) 805-1660
gregmaccoll@aol.com

  

Committee on Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Addictions
The scope of the Committee was expanded to include the spectrum of substance use disorders as well as process addictions. Our name reflects the traditional and evolving language of this field. We meet every other month and divide our time between clinical discussion and event planning; a primary focus is to create and implement continuing education programs under the auspices of the ACE foundation. Our meetings serve to build a community of clinicians and provide ongoing peer support. We encourage members with an interest to get in touch with either Eve or Harvey.

Harvey Weissman, LMSW, CSAT Co-Chair

917-406-7254
harvey.weissman@gmail.com 

Eve Blatt, MS, LCSW-R-Co-Chair
347-762-5288
eblattlcsw@gmail.com

 

Trauma Studies and Treatment Committee (TST)
This Committee will focus on current issues pertinent to treating traumatized individuals/populations, as well as offer a discussion group with evolving themes relevant to treatment issues, countertransference, and special concerns pertinent to doing trauma work, i.e. secondary traumatization and the therapist’s self-care.We will also be following case vignettes including working with veterans having PTSD and addiction problems as well as the impact of witnessing a traumatic event on the individual.  In addition, we will be geared to respond to acute situations (like Hurricane Sandy), by hosting meetings related to disaster and shared trauma for our membership.  An eclectic approach (different theoretical orientations) in attending to traumatized clients will be encouraged.

This committee is temporarily inactive. For more information please contact: Karen Kaufman karenkaufman17@gmail.com


The Committee on the Aging Client and the Aging Clinician
The Committee will address transference and  countertransference issues as they relate to work with older patients as well as the impact of the aging clinician’s health or retirement on the treatment  Other topics will include stereotypes, and helping patients face multiple losses including physical health, family, friends and other support networks. In addition,  the possibility of accomplishing unfinished goals will be explored. Starting in the fall of 2012 programs will include study groups and Sunday brunch presentations with speakers discussing work on topics relevant to aging.

Helen Hinckley Krackow, LCSW (Co-Chair)
(212) 683-1780
hhkrackow@aol.com

Henni Fisher, LCSW (Co-Chair)
(718) 646-7001
info@hennifisher.com

 

Family Practice Committee
The Family Practice Committee brings together clinical social workers who are interested in learning more about family and couples therapy to discuss and explore issues, theories, literature and case presentations, and attend lectures and workshops by various experts. The agenda for the year is planned at our June meeting for the following year. These periodic education programs are free. You may check the Metropolitan Chapter Calendar for information about committee meetings and educational programs. For further information about the Family Practice Committee or to participate in that committee you may contact the committee chairperson.

Dana Greco, MSW, LCSW-R (Chair)
917-662-7913
Dgrecolcsw@gmail.com
 

Committee on Psychoanalysis
The Committee on Psychoanalysis brings together clinical social workers interested in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.  In the past few years, a major activity of the committee has been holding Movie Night.  We screen and discuss a film with psychoanalytic themes, led by a discussant with expertise in the film's themes (e.g., loss, sibling issues, etc.).  We have recently begun a series of psychoanalytic salons, which are held in members' apartments, discussing vignettes of psychoanalytic interest in an informal, relaxed setting. This year we are initiating psychoanalytic presentations with case presentations, concentrating on concepts such as Transference/Countertransference. Our efforts are to provide offerings that benefit both our newer and our most experienced colleagues. We are also considering reading groups on the psychoanalytic literature of the day. 

For further information about the Committee on Psychoanalysis or to participate as a committee member (we are actively seeking new members), please contact the committee chairpersons.

 
Barbara Lidsky, LCSW, BCD (Co-Chair)
(212) 675-3845
barbaralid@aol.com 
www.barbaralidsky.com
 
Janice Michaelson, MSW, LCSW-R (Co-Chair)
(212) 581- 6640
janicem4@gmail.com

 

LGBTQ Committee
The LGBTQ committee provides a forum for clinicians to meet for the purpose of advancing knowledge and practice within the LGBTQ community.  We seek to share, communicate and educate each other in a manner that is both specific and didactic.  We explore issues pertaining to the LGBTQ community that are clinical in nature and also include broader sociological and cultural discussions. We meet once a month and our meetings are roundtable discussions, as well as presentations from within and outside of our group.  Our goal is to strengthen clinical expertise and to be abreast of a variety of current issues affecting the LGBTQ community.

For further information about this LGBTQ committee, or to volunteer to serve on the committee contact the Chairperson:

Michael Crocker, DSW, MA
646-644-4280
mmcrockercsw@gmail.com


Met Chapter Committee Reports June 2016

Met Chapter Committee Reports March 2016