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February 28, 2019 • Port St. Lucie, FL
*NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents "Laws & Rules" and “Prevention of Medical Errors”  with Linda Kartell, LCSW, and Jim Akin, ACSW, NASW-FL Executive Director,
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Brennity at Tradition in Port St. Lucie.  Registration is for Laws & Rules ONLY is $30 for NASW members and $45 for non-members, Medical Errors ONLY is $20 for NASW members and $35 for non-members.  Registration for BOTH workshop is $45 for NASW Members and $60 for non-members.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Guests can enter through Independent Living (Main Entrance).    The meeting venue and meals are sponsored by The Brennity at Tradition Senior Living.



Hello Members and Visitors,  

We want to first wish you a Wonderful and Happy Holiday’s! We thank you for all that you do to help our communities thrive!

I want to take the opportunity to share with you some updates and unit news!  We are at the halfway mark of our program year and have accomplished all we have set out to do! We have offered monthly Continuing Education workshops, a total of 8 hours of continuing education were made available to our participants with 2 hours of CE’s meeting requirements. The attendance at our meetings continues to grow, so let’s keep the momentum going! We are stronger together! Meetings are an opportunity to learn from presenters, colleagues and gain valuable tools and resources! Please be sure to invite a friend to our next meeting!

We are excited to celebrate with you at our Holiday Party being held at Watercrest Senior Living in St. Lucie West, on Wednesday, December 5th! During the month of December, we will not be following our regular schedule of providing a Continuing Education presentation instead we would love for you to come out to network and socialize. Let us get in the holiday spirit! So bring your plus one and let’s have some fun!  

Steering Committee Update and Reminders!

  • A great big thank you to John Tallarido, LCSW for serving as Unit Vice Chair. We appreciate your support throughout this year and know that you will continue to do amazing work in our community. 

  • We want to give a special welcome to Brett Hall, LCSW who will be joining our Unit’s Steering Committee as Indian River County/Sub Unit Chair. Brett Hall, LCSW is the Executive Director of the Mental Health Collaborative in Indian River County.  Meetings in Indian River County will begin in January 2019. Please stay tuned for more details.

  • Nominations are being accepted now for Social Work Month Award Ceremony. Please take a moment to nominate a well deserving person you know! For more information follow this link

Upcoming CE’s and Events: We are excited to share the following workshops are currently being planned. Please check back here regularly for updates on the schedule including workshop times and locations – to be posted as they are available.

  • Ethics of Touch and Boundaries in the Therapeutic Setting (Meets required CEs) (Jan 2018)
  • Community Crisis Response (Feb)
  • Social Work Month Celebration and Awards Ceremony (March)
  • Hypnotherapy (TBD)
  • Teletherapy (TBD)

Are you a presenter? Are you specializing in an area and wish to share it with social work colleagues and mental health practitioners, then please contact us to be placed on our program schedule for 2019! You can email us at

We hope to see everyone soon!

The committee is planning regular monthly Continuing Education Meetings/Workshops as follows:

Our Unit CE Meetings will be held every 3rd Monday of the Month at 6:00pm-8:00pm. Times are subject to change. Meetings will be alternating between two locations. Light meal and refreshments will be provided at every meeting and made possible through our sponsors.  

Thank you to our meeting venue sponsors Coral Shores and New Horizons. ​

South Meetings - Stuart

Coral Shores Behavioral Health
5995 SE Community Drive
Stuart, FL 34997

Central Meetings - Ft. Pierce

New Horizons of the Treasure Coast 

    and Okeechobee
4500 West Midway Road
Fort Pierce FL 34981

North Meetings – Vero Beach 

Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River County
2345 14th Avenue, Suite 5
Vero Beach, Florida 32960

​​Unit General Meetings will be held on a quarterly basis. Date and locations to be announced. Open forum to provide ideas and discuss important issues with the steering committee. Guest speakers may be invited to create awareness, education and resources to our members and guests.

Unit Steering Committee Meetings will be held on a quarterly basis. Date and locations to be announced. Open forum to provide ideas and discuss important issues with the steering committee. Guest speakers may be invited to create awareness, education and resources to our members and guests.

Hope to see everyone soon!

Susana Lopez-Sierra, MSW, RCSWI



Susana Lopez-Sierra, MSW, - Unit Chair
​Brett Hall, LCSW - North Sub Unit Chair

Candice Rasa, LCSW, IET – Committee Member
Oralea Marquardt, MSW - Committee Member
Laura Zel Kremer, LCSW - Committee Member

Susana Lopez-Sierra, MSW, currently works for Oasis Senior Advisors of the Treasure Coast a local, community-based referral senior living placement service. Susana earned her Bachelors of Social Work degree at Kean University (NJ) in 1997 and her Master Degree of Social Work at Barry University (FL) in 2010. Susana has more than 16 years of professional social work experience. During the past seven years, she has concentrated her clinical practice in the area of Geriatric Care & Case Management. Most recently she worked as a Case Manager with Martin Health Systems in Stuart, Florida. She has also served as a Hospice Social Worker and a Long-Term Care Coordinator for a managed care insurance company. Susana lives in St. Lucie County with her husband and son.