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Treasure Coast Unit CE and Networking Events

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​​​February 20, 2020 • Port St. Lucie, FL
*NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents "Let's Talk About SEX(ual) Health in Clinical Practice" with Janet Bayramyan, LCSW,
from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Brennity at Tradition Senior Living. A light dinner and beverages will be provided. Registration is free. This event is sponsored by Brennity at Tradition Senior Living. 


Hello Members and Visitors! 

"In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day--or to celebrate each special day." Rasheed Ogunlaru

We want to wish you and your family and friends a very Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year! Our unit had an amazing fall program season that included monthly continuing education presentations, social and networking events, the launch of a successful the Breakfast Club Peer Support Group for private practitioners and a community service event.

We encourage you to look at our 2020 Schedule of Events and be sure to mark your calendars and join us!   My hope in this new year is that we bring in the new year with clarity and a renewed perspective both in our lives and in our social work careers and that we strive to make each day a special day!

2020 Program Schedule of Events:

January 21st (Martin County) “Metta Meditation for Loving-Kindness in Social Work Practice” at Discovery Village at Stuart (formerly Inspired Living) Candice Rasa, LCSW Tuesday, January 21st, Meeting room 5:30pm – 830pm
February 20th – (St. Lucie County) “Let’s Talk About SEXual (Health) in Clinical Practice” as Presented by Janet Bayramayan, LCSW at The Brennity at Tradition, Port St. Lucie Florida.

March 5th – (St. Lucie County) SAVE THE DATE! Social Work Month Appreciation Celebration at Treasure Coast Hospice, Fort Pierce, FL 34981

April 20th (St. Lucie County) “Introduction to Medical Cannabis: History, Pharmacodynamics, and Treatment” presented by Dr. Jessica McCain at The Brennity at Tradition, Port St. Lucie Fl.

May – Martin County - “Macro Practice: A Look at Community Organization, Collaboration and Initiatives” presented by Brett Hall, LCSW. Date and Location to be announced. 

June – Annual Conference 

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

Social Work Month Planning Committee is planning 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 –  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
  • MSW/BSW Student Representative

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

A special Thank You to all who attended our events and to our presenters and sponsors for supporting NASW and the social work profession!

We appreciate you!​​​


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.