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​​​​​​​​December 12, 2019 • Stuart, FL
*NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents "Breakfast Club Peer Support Group for Private Practitioners" with Candice Rasa, LCSW, IET,
from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Addington Place of Stuart. We will meet the 2nd Thursday of every month. We welcome all professionals in the behavioral health field to join us. Registration is free. Our thanks to Addington Place of Stuart for sponsoring our meeting and providing a continental breakfast. 


Hello Members and Visitors! 

                                                  They say a picture is worth a                                                                     thousand words but memories are                                                       priceless. So for this newsletter it is                                                       my pleasure to share wonderful                                                             photos of our Fall meetings and                                                             events. As we move forward and                                                           nearing the upcoming New Year 2020, we are both excited to finish the year strong and yet anticipating what the future holds for the Treasure Coast Unit and its members; coming together in support of one another and its community one memorable event at a time. 

The VA Medical Foster Home Program CE Meeting Sept. 28, 2019, held at Harbor Place at Port St. Lucie. Susana Lopez-Sierra, Chair, (L)  with guest presenter Emily Flowers Yahn, LCSW, Program Manager for the Veterans Medical Foster Home Program

On Sept. 18 our unit welcomed Lauren Young, LCSW, Palm Beach Fire Rescue, Medical Social Work Coordinator who shared an innovative CE presentation, on "Partnering Social Workers with Paramedics: Mobile Integrated Health-Managing Chronic Disease through Social Work & Paramedicine" bringing crisis intervention, emotional support and resources to emergency services.  Nancy Polites, LCSW, Linda Scheible, LCSW, Chrichton McCutcheon, LCSW, Brittany Jones, LCSW, Susana Lopez-Sierra, MSW,RCSWI, Laura Kremer, LCSW, Lauren Young, LCSW, Christopher Kammel, Fire Rescue Chief and Nina Pannell, Paramedic, Donna True, LCSW.

September - Breakfast Club Peer Support Group

On Sept 12,, 2019, we held our first Breakfast Club Peer Support Group at the Addington Place of Stuart.

(L-R): Susana Lopez-Sierra, MSW, RCSWI, Candice Rasa, LCSW, Elisa Horton,LMFT,LMHC, Janet Garcia, LCSW, Chasity Chandler,LMHC, Raymond Stephens, LCSW, Lori Lauridsen, LMHC

Breakfast Club Peer Support Group

On October 10,2019 we held our second Breakfast Club Peer Support Group. Our group is a diverse group of mental health practitioners welcoming all specialties including licensed clinical social workers, psychologist, marriage and family therapists, mental health clinicians, counselors, interns, students and more.

(Top Row-Left to Right)  Dr. Leticia Lopes, PsyD., Dr. Christina McGrath Fair, PhD, LMHC, Tamara Gilarski, LCSW, Janet Bayramyan, LCSW, Janet Garcia, LCSW, Leigh Hayden, LCSW, Diane McAdams, LCSW, Lori Lauridsen,LMHC. (Bottom Row- Left to Right) Elisa Horton, LMFT,LMHC, Donna True, LCSW, Susana Lopez-Sierra, MSW, RCSWI, Laura Kremer, LCSW

Breakfast Club - Peer Support Group for Private Practitioners is meeting monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at a new time 8:30am at Addington Place of Stuart (Formerly known as Allegro)  located at 3400 SE Aster Lane, Stuart FL 34994. A continental breakfast will be provided.  Candice Rasa, LCSW facilitates the group and we welcome all professionals in the behavioral health field to join us. If you have any questions about the meeting please email us at

Three New Committees

Membership Committee - this committee will work on engaging and supporting our current members and recruiting new members. They will also be promoting the National Membership Referral Campaign. We invite you to learn more about this campaign by visiting nationals website link here:

Social Work Month Planning Committee will begin to work together to plan our annual social work month celebration! We welcome you to join the committee if you want to contribute to an exciting 2020 Social Work Appreciation and Awards Celebration!

CCNLI – Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification –  this committee will help identify new leadership in the unit and conducts nominations and election activities annually for Unit Awards and recognition.  The chair of this committee is elected.

Unit Steering Committee

We have three open position on the Unit Steering Committee. If you would like to volunteer as a steering committee member please email us today at for more details.

Open Positions include:

  • Legislative Chair
  • CCNLI Chair (Elected by unit membership)
  • MSW/BSW Student Representative

Unit CE Meetings

The committee plans regular monthly Continuing Education Meetings/Workshops:

Our Unit CE Meetings will be held monthly at a designated location date and time. A light meal and refreshments will be provided at every meeting and made possible through our sponsors.  

Locations will be on a “Rotating Schedule” at a designated location in either Martin County, St. Lucie County and/or Indian River County. ​ We are steadily filling up our schedule roster and kicking off our meetings in August (See Events) and will continue planning through June 2020.

If you are interested in being a presenter, we ask that you send us a note via email with your request at

Mark your calendars and visit this page regularly for upcoming CE & Networking meeting news.

Let’s keep making memories, join our steering committee today! Feel free to send us your thoughts, concerns and questions, we are here for you! Email us

We hope to see you all soon!


Susana Lopez-Sierra, MSW and Steering Committee Members



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


Lesley Frederick, MSW - Committee Member

Katie McCormic, LCSW - Committee Member

Nancy Polites, LCSW - Committee Member

Candice Rasa, LCSW, IET – 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.