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Treasure Coast Unit CE and Networking Events

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​​August 5 & 6, 2020 • Virtual
*NASW-FL Treasure Coast Unit presents "An Open Forum".  Let's talk about it... COVID, RACISM, COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH & OTHER CURRENT ISSUES".
Choose either day:   Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m. or Thursday, July 6th at 9:00 a.m.  This is a Zoom meeting.  You will receive the Zoom Login prior to the Forum. 




Hello Social Workers !

Thank you for visiting us and Happy Social Work Month!

It has been a very busy 2019-2020 program year. We hope that the CE program offered to date, has been relevant and informative for your practice. We always welcome feedback on topics of interest and/or presenters wishing to facilitate a workshop in your area of practice or specialty. Your feedback and suggestions can be sent to us by email or contact the chapter office for assistance.  Thank you to all who have been able to attend CE Meetings, Networking events and most recently our Social Work Month Celebration and Award Ceremony.   

On March 5th, 2020, social workers, mentors, colleagues’ friends and families came together to recognize the social work profession and professionals.

We also recognized some of the most compassionate and dedicated heroes both in our field and in our community of the Treasure Coast.  Social Work: Generations Strong was the theme that marked our event - A slideshow marking significant events and how social work played a role in movements and advocacy across generations. We had a diverse panel discussion with social workers from five generations - The Silent Generation to Generation Z, moderated by Laura Zel Kremer, LCSW. We had special guests from our NASW Board, President Elect Susan Mankita, LCSW and from the Census Bureau, Robin Cryer, MSW.

Treasure Coast Unit was honored to present five distinguishing awards to the following recipients:

Social Worker of the Year, Crichton McCutcheon, LCSW a US Army Veteran and longstanding NASW Member for 56 years- a dedicated social worker for generations -from his service as Program Director US Cuban Refugee Program , Clinical Director US Army Alcohol and Drug Programs to work with the Miami VA and now in retirement still advocating for change supporting holistic health by combining - mental health and fitness as President of the Crosstown Runners Club - it is simply inspiring and admirable.

Public Educator of the Year, Kathryn Mc Cormic, LCSW who has been instrumental in supporting the next generation of social workers.

Student of the Year - Susana Coxaj, BSW, MSW Student, whose energy, innovative ideas and desire to be the change will impact many lives.

Agency of the Year - The Inner Truth Project presented to Mindi Fetterman - Founder and Exec. Director, ITP gives a voice to the voiceless offering therapeutic services to survivors of sexual trauma and provide education on prevention strategies and trauma to the larger community.

Public Citizen of the Year, Rozanne Roxy Brown, a researcher turned advocate and philanthropist- used her skills and her compassion to form Care Bag Inc. assisting the homeless, veterans and at risk families with basic necessities – Food, Mobile Showers and Mobile Hygiene Pantry to meet the needs of the homeless and the vulnerable.

We appreciate the hard work of our amazing steering committee members and Volunteers: Brett Hall, Laura Zel Kremer, Candice Rasa, Kate Mccormic, Betty Acierno, Lesley Frederick, Nancy Polites, Emily Flowers Yahn.

We also appreciate the support of our Sponsors: Children Services Council, Allegiance Home Health, Oasis Senior Advisors, Better Life Home Health, Active Home Health, Wellmed and Southern Comfort Marijuana Clinic. Event Venue Sponsor: Treasure Health - Thank you! 

To all you amazing Social Workers, we wish you a Happy Social Work month and encourage you to keep changing and healing the world one life, one movement, one day at a time! 

We have two more CE workshop events and Peer Support Groups scheduled in April and May.  I invite you to mark your calendar and register under events section of this page! Lastly, in June we gather for our
Annual Conference – and look forward to seeing you there! 

Breakfast Club - Peer Support Group for Private Practitioners is meeting monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at a new time 8:30 am 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

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. ​

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

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

We hope to see you all soon!

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.