Supporting Clients Coping with Grief & Loss (Essex Private Practice Meeting)

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

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Wednesday, 13 April 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

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!


This meeting is open to NASW-NJ members who are private practitioners, though most in this group work in Essex County. The Essex PPSIG meets on the second Thursday of each month from 10AM - 11AM. If you would like to be added to our Private Practice Shared Interest Group listservs, please fill out this form.



April Meeting: Supporting Clients Coping with Grief and Loss

Presented by Connie Palmer, LCSW and Veronica Ortiz, LPC from Imagine


Learning Objectives:

1. What to say and what not to say to grieving clients,

2. Identify between healthy and unhealthy grief beliefs and

3.  Learn about the Companioning Model of Grief Support 

4.  Discern when to offer therapeutic support and when to treat someone for depression and anxiety after a loss. 





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. 


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.


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! 


January 14, 2021

Ethics in the Age of COVID 

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

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.


February Meeting Cancelled


March 11, 2021

Let's Talk About Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism from A  Social Justice Work Perspective


 Presented by Dr. Tawada Hubbard, MSW, DSW, LCSW

Dr. Tawanda Hubbard is a social work educator and practitioner. She teaches at her alma mater, Rutgers SSW as a part-time lecturer and former faculty at Monmouth University SSW. She was honored as RUSSW Outstanding Doctoral Student Instructor in 2016.  Dr. Hubbard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience in child welfare, behavioral health, adolescent and family therapy, and clinical practice. Dr. Hubbard is a clinical supervisor, consultant, and trainer with NJ Victims Assistance Academy and NJ Child Welfare Partnership. She conducts webinars, workshops and presentations based on her scholarship interests (anti-racism, oppositionality in adolescence, relational neglect in adolescents, social justice in clinical practice, etc.). She serves on Rutgers School of Social Work Alumni Advisory Council and CSWE Minority Fellowship Doctoral Advisory Council.  Dr. Hubbard is the immediate past president of NASW-NJ Chapter and CSWE Minority Fellowship Doctoral Alumna.


April Meeting: The Impact of Recreational Marijuana on Clinical Practice

Presentation by Katherine Coleman, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ICCS, ACS

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state of New Jersey, it is important as clinicians to begin to discuss the potential impacts that this will have on the field of mental health and substance use treatment.  This training will evaluate how this transition will impact different facets of treatment engagement such as how we diagnosis, how we discuss marijuana usage, what are risk factors, and how we can mitigate the potential negative effects.  This discussion will also evaluate cultural and community changes which may be influenced due to this law.



We will meet for a networking, meet and greet, in-person (COVID protocols followed) event on Friday 10/8. 

This date will replace our regular second Thursday of the month meeting for Oct.  


January Meeting: Creating Your 2022 Business Plan with Danna Markson, LCSW


Friday, January 7, 2022 from 10-11am


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

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