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Please Join Us at the Essex Virtual Private Practice Meeting


Co-Chaired by Amy Sadeghi, LCSW, and Barbara Feldmann, LCSW, CASAC ( and

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, meeting topic requests or feedback, or would like to say hello!


Future Meeting Dates:

        Jan 14, 2021 10:00 AM

        Feb 11, 2021 10:00 AM 

This meeting is open to NASW-NJ members who are private practitioners in Essex County. The Essex PPSIG meets on the second Thursday of each month from 10AM - 11AM.


Ethics in the Age of COVID

January 14th from 10-11am


Presented by David C. Barry, J.D., MSW, LSW

The Law Firm of Bowne, Barry, & Barry

David C. Barry, J.D., M.S.W., L.S.W. is a New Jersey licensed attorney, mediator, and licensed social worker.  Mr. Barry’s Juris Doctorate was obtained at the Georgetown University Law Center.  His M.S.W. degree was obtained at Rutgers. 


Mr. Barry is a recent past President of NASW-New Jersey, and the past Chair of NASW’s National Ethics Committee.  He served on the National Working Group that drafted the recently adopted technology revisions to NASW’s Code of Ethics.


Mr. Barry’s legal practice includes advising and representing social workers and other mental health professionals regarding a broad range of legal, ethical, and practice-related issues, including representing them before their licensing boards.  Mr. Barry’s law partner and wife Laura Bowne Barry brings her expertise in business formation and business-related issues to the service of the Firm’s mental health clients.


David has also served the social work community as an adjunct instructor at Rutgers since 2008 teaching Law and Social Work among other courses. He also teaches Social Work Ethics at Seton Hall University and Advanced Policy at Fordham University. He is an article reviewer for the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work and has reviewed drafts of social work texts for major publishers.  David is a frequent presenter of workshops at the local and national level addressing the intersection of social work law, ethics, and technology.



David may be reached at his email, or at his law office: 732.238.8686.


We look forward to seeing you on January 14. As always, if you’d like to 

propose a theme for discussion, please reach out to Amy or Barbara.





Previous Meeting Topics:

September 8, 2020:

Fall kick off meeting: Meet the Essex’s PPSIG Co-Chairs Amy Sadeghi, LCSW and Barbara Feldmann, LCSW, CASAC


October 8, 2020: 

Clay Cockrell, LCSW, (Founder of on The Ins and Outs of Virtual Therapy


Clay Cockrell, LCSW is a therapist based in New York City and is the founder of several counseling oriented endeavors.  He will be presenting on the ins and outs of virtual therapy:


Covering topics: Logistics – equipment, set up, technical aspects; Clinical approach – connecting through a screen; Marketing and Practice building; HIPAA / state licensure; International opportunities. 


Most recently Clay Cockrell is the founder of – a listing directory with the mission of helping clients all over the world to find the therapist that will best meet their needs.  The site also works through their educational resources and podcasts to help counselors work online in an ethical, responsible and legal manner.  He is currently the host of two podcasts: The Online Counseling podcast and Finding Therapy. 


Clay started his career as the creator of Walk and Talk Therapy (  Instead of meeting in a traditional office, he conducts counseling sessions while walking through Central Park in NY.  He has found that movement when associated with therapy is incredibly effective in allowing the healing and growth process that is so critical to the therapeutic journey.  He consults with therapists all over the world to bring this innovative approach to their own practices.  


Originally from Kentucky, Clay moved to New York City with his wife in 1997.  He has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN and National Public Radio as well as in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, and The Times of London.  Most recently he was featured on CBS’s “The Doctor’s”.


November 12, 2020: 

Marissa Pick on The Importance of Personal Branding & Social Media Channels within the Era of COVID-19.


Personal branding is the process of how we market ourselves to others. Marketing guru Tom Peters first coined the phrase in a Fast Company article in 1997: “Big companies understand the importance of brands. Today, in the age of the individual, you have to be your own brand… We are all CEOs of our own companies: Me, Inc.”


Join New Jersey-based digital marketing strategist Marissa Pick for a webinar that will cover what constitutes a personal brand and why leveraging LinkedIn has proven to be the key platform for personal branding. Attendees will learn about the do’s and don’ts of managing social media channels, personal appearance and communication skills in the pursuit of building a brand for the most important asset we have, ourselves.


About Marissa Pick


Marissa Pick is the founder of Marissa Pick Consulting LLC. where she provides strategic consulting focused around Digital Transformation, Content Marketing, Social Media Strategy, Personal Branding and more.Prior to founding her own business, she was the global director of social media and digital marketing at the CFA Institute where she oversaw efforts to reach journalists, legislators, policymakers, and investment professionals who play essential roles in shaping the direction of the financial services industry. Marissa holds a Master of Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she graduated with Pi Alpha Alpha Honors. She received her B.A. in American Studies from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two young sons.   To learn more about Marissa please visit her website  or connect with her on LinkedIn.


December 10, 2020: 

Join Essex PPSIG to Connect & Take a Breath as we bid Farewell to 2020! 

 It has been a heck-of-a-year, and we’d like to (virtually) gather and connect  as we take stock of the changes we’ve all seen in practicing therapy in 2020, and discuss what developments 2021 might bring! 






For more information, contact Amy Sadeghi at or Barbara Feldmann at

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