Board Retreat 2016

This year, the board and committee members came together for a day of retreat, reflection, and renewal.  We used this time to relax, get to know each other in an informal setting, and plan for the upcoming year. The focus of this year’s retreat was on the pillars of the organization which are Mentorship, Advocacy, and Education. These three pillars were weaved throughout the day’s activities. We enjoyed team building exercises, time to socialize, strategic planning and brainstorming sessions. We have a very exciting year ahead!

September 2016 Thursday Night Lecture Series - "Mindful Parenting"

On September 1, 2016, we hosted our monthly continuing education lecture series on the first Thursday night of the month; Jessi Heneghan, LCSW, RPT-S, presented Mindful Parenting”. 

The workshop series always begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Monroe Building at Hillside Hospital located at 690 Courtney Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. The Thursday night lecture series includes social networking between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., with complimentary treats and mingling with colleagues. As always, free CEU‘s are provided to GSCSW members.

GSCSW and NASW’s 2016 Town Hall Meeting

This year’s annual Town Hall was held at at Hudson Grille in Midtown.  Our NASW-GA / GSCSW Legislative lobbyist, Wendi Clifton, Esq., discussed our very busy agenda this year. We are excited to have everyone learn more about the upcoming issues we’ll be advocating for this session as well as about the legislative process.


Join us on Thursday, April 5th  – Meredith de Saint-Albin, M.A., LCSW, Alissa Lee Fortune Tertichny, LMSW, RYT-200, and Yamille Morales, M.P.H, will be presenting, From Vulnerability to Resilience: Working With Survivors of Human Trafficking.  

Below are the workshop objectives:

  1. Define different types of Human Trafficking
  2. Present local and national statistics on Human Trafficking
  3. Outline the legal process for survivors and how they are protected by the U.S. Government
  4. Describe the diversity that exists among survivors of Human Trafficking in order build cultural competence
  5. Discuss effective treatment modalities for working with survivors and helping them build resilience
  6. Analyze and discuss 1-2 case studies and devise a mini-treatment plan for each
  7. Provide attendees with a list of community resources for survivors.

Click here for more information and to read the bio’s of the presenters.

April 23rd – Spring Salon – 7pm – 8:30pm –

The LMSW committees welcomes you to our spring salon: An Introduction to Therapeutic Interventions. Social workers with different therapeutic approaches will give an overview of each modality. Among the approaches represented will be: psychodynamic, brief solution focused, dual diagnosis, and dialectical behavioral therapy. Location: 6100 Lake Forrest Drive, Suite 450, Atlanta, GA 30328. Dinner will start at 6:30. Please RSVP to Kristin Smith at

May 11th – Spring Symposium – GSCSW and Kennesaw State University Counseling & Psychological Services are pleased to offer:

The Ethics of Sex, Lies, & TeleMental Health: Presented By Dr. Becky Beaton, PhD

Dr. Beaton has been on the Georgia Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee for seven years and Ethics Chair since July 2014.  You may have seen her on one of the 60 episodes that she filmed as the featured psychologist on TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” She has also made recent appearances on The Anderson Cooper Show, Good Morning America, and CNN Headline News.  Additionally, Dr. Beaton is the Founder and Clinical Director of The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute in Atlanta, and she has served as Adjunct Faculty for both Emory and Georgia State Universities. She is also the Co-Founder of OCD Georgia.

As far as ethics are concerned, Dr. Beaton was the Ethics Chair for the Licensed Professional Counselor’s Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) for two years, and she has been on the Georgia Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee for the past seven years and serving as Ethics Chair for the past four of those years. In 2005, Dr. Beaton is most well known for her down-to-earth, humorous presentation style that is practical, well-researched, and fun at the same time.

For more information and how to register for this workshop click here.

 The Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work

Established in 1980, the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Workers is a state-wide organization of professional social workers dedicated to the advancement of clinical social work practice. The GSCSW Promotes Professional Standards Through:

  • Legislative lobbying and advocacy on a state level.
  • Presenting symposia, lectures, panels and workshops that enhance the clinical skills of its members.
  • Providing an Ethics Committee, which has defined a code of professional ethics and procedures for administering the code.

GSCSW Membership benefits include:

  • Use of GSCSW group email to promote exchange of professional information. This includes advertisement of hospital, agency programs as well as private practice workshops.
  • Networking and opportunities to meet fellow colleagues.
  • CEU’s for GSCSW events at no cost to members.
  • Opportunity to join professional study groups.

Interested in joining or renewing your membership online? You can now join, renew or edit your membership online and make sure all your information is up-to-date. Just login to the site and then click on Membership Renewal, or to join click here.