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Addictions Committee 

Sharon K. Davis Co- Chair
Susan Palmer Co-Chair

Starting at 9:15 am, a business meeting is followed by a presentation on such topics as HIV/AIDS, Family Systems Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavior therapy.  Meetings generally end around 11:15 am.  RSVPs are not necessary.


Addiction permeates all areas of practice, so whether we are specialists or generalist practitioners, clinicians, activists or researchers, a knowledge of addiction related issues is essential for all social workers to effectively work with our clients. Addiction affects people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and socioeconomic status, and the Addictions Committee is available to all social workers wishing to learn how to recognize and respond to addiction of all types.

The Addictions Committee provides various social work opportunities, including clinical skills development, networking and mutual support, gaining free CASAC credits, involvement in policy initiatives, and conference organizing. There are three subcommittees: Addictions Institute Planning, Peer Consultation, and Policy. The Institute Planning Subcommittee organizes the Annual Addictions Institute, known for over 40 years as a resource on addiction research, treatment, and governmental policies. 





10-23-13 Addictions Committee Meeting - The Use of Role Play & Action Techniques in Treatment, Supervision...

11-20-13 Addictions Committee Meeting-Recent & Reoccurring Challenges in Substance Abuse & NYC LGBT Community

12-18-13 Addictions Committee Meeting - Positive Psychology in Addiction Focused Counseling

02-26-14 Addictions Committee Meeting - Fostering Change for Children

03-26-14 Addictions Committee Meeting-Victim, Offender or Addict? A New Perspective on Women in Prostitution           

04-23-14 Addictions Committee Mtg-Overview of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

05-28-14: Addictions Committee Meeting

06-11-14: NASW NYC Addictions Institute Conference Register Now!

06-25-14:  End of year wrap up

09/10/14: An Anti-racism perspective on Addiction and Treatment

10/08/14: Examining Drug Policy and Mass Incarceration in NY: Where to go from here

11/12/14: What's New in DSM 5?

12/10/14: The Psychosocial Effects on Mothers and their Children When Fathers Go to Prison

Presenter:  Sheridan Quarless Kingsberry, MSW, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Delaware State University; Visiting Scholar, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research; Silver School of Social Work, New York University

1/14/15: Examining Drug Policy and Mass Incarceration in NY: "Where to go from here"

Presenter: Gabriel Sayegh, Managing Director of Policy and Campaigns, Drug Policy Alliance;
Kassandra Frederique, MSW, Policy Manager, Drug Policy Alliance


2/11/15: Redefining the Addiction Landscape Within the Contexts of Historical Trauma Theory, Recovery Oriented Systems of Care and Human Rights Movements: Case Study Reality House Inc.

Presenter: Onaje J. Muid, LMHC, MSW, CASAC; Associate Director, Reality House Inc.; Adjunct Lecturer, NYU Silver School of Social Work; Advisor, Columbia University School of Social Work


3-11-15: Reversing Opioid Overdose Using Intranasal Naloxone

Presenter: Amu Ptah-Riojas, MA, Harm Reduction Coordinator, Bureau of Alcohol & Drug Use Prevention, Care & TreatmentNew York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

4-15-15: Topic: Parts Work and Harm Reduction: Using the Internal Family Systems Therapy approach in substance abuse treatment 

Presenter: Brian Murphy LCSW, M.Ed, heads up the Holistic Health program at New York Harm Reduction Educators; Private practice where he uses several holistic modalities, including meditation, EMDR, EFT and IFS.



5-13-15: Topic: Treating Orthodox Jewish Clients for Substance Use Disorders;

Presenter: Debbie Akerman, LMSW, Ohel Children's and Family Services; Candidate PhD in Social Welfare- Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York

June 3, 2015: 47th Annual Addictions Institute

6-24-15: Wrap Up -9:15am (final meeting before summer break)

Alternative Treatment for Children in Families with a History of Addiction

Name  and Credentials: Jackie DeCarlo, MA,  LCSW

Position : VP and Special Assistant to  the CEO, I also have a private practice.

10-14-15:The Impact of Domestic Violence

Presenter: C. Danette Wilson Gonzalez, LCSW-R



The Threefold mission of the New York City Chapter Addictions Committee:

1.  Professional Development

Monthly in-service and networking workshops as part of committee meetings for students, professionals, and all interested in the latest innovative clinical topics, good for CASAC and CEU credits.
Annual Addictions Institute where professional from all areas of the field come together for a day of education, discussion, and networking. This event, since 1968 has been attended by up to 750 people with over 35 Workshops and exhibitors with internationally renowned educators, with all workshops providing CEU, CASAC, and CEAP continuing education credit. Recent themes have included: Gender & Addictions, Addictions Through the Life Cycle, and Evolving Treatments in the New Millennium.

2. Peer Support

Social workers seeking information on referral to treatment resources for alcohol or drug abuse problems or problem gambling can contact the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services screening, assessment and referral service at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or

For MSWs, BSWs or social work students wishing to network with other social workers for support for their own alcohol or drug abuse issues, eating disorders, codependency or adult children of alcoholic issues, sexual compulsion, debt or gambling issues, Social Worker Helping Social Workers, a non-affiliated, independent group provides an online national peer network.   Information about the group and joining can be accessed at


3. Political Action and Public Policy

Through revenue produced by the Annual Addictions Institute, the committee has been able to contribute to the hiring of the Chapter Lobbyist ensuring that issues concerning addiction treatment are represented in legislation. Many committee members are on national panels and very involved in policy development and legislation.  The Policy Subcommittee is working on two main goals. To promote the first one, reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. The second goal, expanded training and education of social workers about addiction, will involve partnering with other organizations.

Learn more about NASW's Specialty Certification recognizing highly trained social workers in the substance abuse field. Certified Clinical Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Social Worker (C-CATODSW).



NASW-NYC would like to thank our exhibitors and sponsors
for their participation and contributions
at the 48th Annual NASW-NYC Addictions Institute








 We Would like to Thank Our 2016 Sponsors & Exhibitors







 Advanced Clinical Laboratory Solutions Diagnostics, Inc.

Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches

Bridge Back to Life Center, Inc

Employee Assistance Professionals Association, NYC-Chapter

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service

High Watch Recovery Center Inc

Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy

Inter-Care Ltd

The LGBT Community Services Center - Center Recovery Program 

Marworth Treatment Center

New Directions Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Realization Center Inc

Seafield Center, Inc

Walden University



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