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All Hands on DeckDr. Marlene Saunders


A member organization, NASW-DE promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers and, through its work and advocacy, seeks to enhance the effective functioning and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

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Our deep sorrow and condolences 

The Delaware Chapter of the National Association for Social Workers (NASW-DE) expresses its deep sorrow and condolences in response to the fatal shooting of Lara Sobel, MSW, by a client. She was employed by the state of Vermont, Department for Children and Families.

Child welfare is a field of practice that presents some of the most challenging and dangerous situations social workers face. Frequently working in environments that include insufficient staff and inadequate training, social workers like Lara, nevertheless, sensitively engage parents in order to maintain children in the home.  

Although we are aware of previous situations where social workers have been killed on the job, no amount of passion or commitment to helping relieves the pain Lara’s family is experiencing. Our hearts and prayers go out to her husband and their children. I know we are also concerned about the safety and mental health of the corps of Vermont’s child welfare staff.

I am attaching a list of agencies the family has identified for charitable donations.

Marlene A. Saunders, Executive Director, NASW-DE

A National Moment of Silence on August 14th

Social Workers from around the country are remembering  Lara Sobel, the Vermont DCF social worker who was murdered last Friday. The memorial service was held August 11, 2015.  NASW's National CEO Angelo McClain attended the service.  However, we can still remember Lara this Friday one week after she was murdered.

Social Workers around the country are encouraged to observe a minute of silence or light a candle to remember Lara and the brave work that all social workers do in jobs that sometimes bring danger this Friday, August 14, 2015.  Click here to read the NASW VT statement.


NASW National Executive Director to Visit Delaware Chapter!

Dr. McClain"ALL HANDS ON DECK" has been our mantra for the past 15 months.  I'm glad the collective work of the NASW-DE has attracted the eye of the CEO of NASW National, Dr. Angelo McClain. He accepted our invitation from our Executive Director Dr. Marlene Saunders and is visiting Delaware on September 17, 2015.  We will be planning a few events around this landmark visit.  Please SAVE THE DATE in you calendars. Please look for information about this visit from the Chapter ED and myself over the next few weeks. 

Norwood J. Coleman, Jr., ACSW, LCSW
NASW Delaware Chapter President


Trauma Art Narrative Therapy (TANT) is a non-interpretive creative narrative cognitive exposure technique that provides trauma resolution and is beneficial for:

  • reducing intrusive symptoms, depression and anger from a traumatic stress exposure
  • integrating verbal and nonverbal aspects of traumatic stress exposure
  • providing resolution to traumatic experiences.

TANT is designed to help resolve trauma-based symptoms and behaviors in order for traumatized individuals to move on to the next step in their healing.

Location: Delaware State University, Bank of America Business Building, Room 309, Dover, DE

SPEAKER: Lyndra J. Bills, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist. She completed specialized PTSD training following an internal medicine/psychiatry residency at West Virginia University. She has years of mental health care experience in many inpatient and outpatient settings.  Dr. Bills helped develop the Sanctuary model of trauma informed care.  Dr. Bills began developing and using Trauma Art Narrative Therapy in 1993 as a way to help individual’s process traumatic events. She is currently a regional medical director for Community Care Behavioral Health in Pennsylvania.  She enjoys the outdoors, especially horses and dogs. 

To register for the 6 CEU workshop, Click here for pricing and to register.  Seating is limited.
For additional information, contact Marlene A. Saunders, Executive Director, NASW Delaware, 100 W. 10th Street, Suite 608, Wilmington, DE 19801-6604, 302-288-0931


Why does NASW need to increase dues now?

NASW has held dues rates steady for the past 10 years. This was a deliberate decision taking into consideration the tough economic climate of recent years and its impact on members. The increase is needed now to meet the expectations of social work professionals for enhanced products, services and advocacy, including expanded offerings in professional development, legal and ethics consultations, and a renewed national public policy campaign. NASW is committed to being on the forefront of protecting social workers, advancing the profession of social work, and helping the clients that social workers serve. Recent advocacy activities include work on the Social Work Reinvestment Act, support for loan forgiveness for social work students and graduates, and improving Medicare beneficiaries’ access to clinical social work services. Membership dues make this work possible.


Student Scholarship Funds

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The Scholarship Committee urges members to consider making a contribution to the Scholarship Fund. To donate, please send a check made out to NASW Foundation and put Delaware Scholarship in the Memo Section. Mail check to the Chapter Office.

Vicki Root, Ph.D., LCSW Chairperson, Scholarship Committee


Find a Clinician 

Click here to find a listing of Clinical Social Workers with specific expertise to meet the needs of both the profession  and the client population.