BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK EXAMINERS
PUBLIC SESSION MINUTES
August 17, 2005
Call to Order
The Meeting was initially opened in Public Session at 10:10 A.M. in compliance with the Open Public Meetings. The meeting was held in the Sussex room on the 6th floor of the State offices at 124 Halsey Street. Immediately thereafter a motion was made by Dr. Murray and seconded by Mr. Acosta to go into Executive Session of the Board of Social Work Examiners. The following attendance was recorded for these minutes:
Henry Acosta, MSW, LSW Professional Member Present
Leonard Altamura, DSW, LCSW Professional Member Absent
Doreen J. Bobby, Board Chair, MSW, LCSW Professional Member Present
Kathleen Ellis Public Member Present
Louise A. Murray, Board Vice-Chair, DSW, LSW Professional Member Present
Paul St. Onge, Esq. Public Member Absent
Wanetta V. Williams, BSW, CSW Professional Member Present
Terri Wilson, MSW, LCSW Government Member Absent
Also present were Executive Director Kay K. McCormack, D.A.G. Jodi Krugman, and Board staff member, Cathalina Serrano.
At 1:30 P.M. the Board re-entered Public Session by unanimous consent. There was no change reflected in the original roll recorded
The Public Session minutes of June 15, 2005 and July 20, 2005 were reviewed and unanimously approved with revisions, pending review by DAG Krugman.
Members of the public in attendance included Walter X. Kalman, MSW, LSW–Executive Director of NASW, NJ, Dawn Hall Apgar, Ph.D., LSW- the Association’s chapter, Liason to the Board, Latesha Jenkins-MSW student and summer intern at the DCA. At the request of Dr. Apgar and Mr. Kalman, DAG Jodi Krugman summarized the current interpretations of the scopes of social work practice, including the requirements and prohibitions, at each of the three regulated levels. The Board will provide the Association with a written clarification.
Executive Director’s Report
Kay K. McCormack provided the following updates:
The rescheduling of Board meetings to the 4th Wednesday of each month will begin in January 2006.
A 2006 schedule of new Board member training seminars, offered at no cost to member Boards by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), will be available by December 2005. The Association can accommodate 3 new members, possibly a fourth, according to the established criteria. New Jersey hopes to provide this opportunity to new members.
In response to a question posed by this Board, the ASWB advises that its policy permits the retaking of either the masters or the clinical level licensing exams for the purpose of reinstatement/reactivation of a license pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:1-7.1d as there are currently no specialized exams for these particular situations.
An expression of “thanks” to the Board was shared from former Board member Suzanne Herrmann, MSW, LCSW for Board’s parting gift given to commemorate her term as a professional Board member.
Review of Supervisors’ Credentials
Dr. Murray reviewed the credentials of individuals seeking approval as clinical supervisors. The Board unanimously agreed to find the following individuals acceptable as clinical supervisors based on a review of their curricula vita. A motion was made by Ms. Bobby and seconded by Dr. Murray to request that Jennifer Jones’ supervisor submit evidence of additional clinical experience.
Joshau B. Lamm, MD, Licensed Psychiatrist - NY
Margaret Jarvis, MD Licensed Psychiatrist -NY
Timothy Doyle, LCSWC-MD
Regina Ritenour, LCSWC-MD
Roger Chassagne, Jr., LCSW-FL and CSW-NY
Rejendra K. Nigam, MD- Licensed Psychiatrist-PA
Apolina Sinu, MD- Licensed Psychiatrist – PA
Kathie Lang, LPC- PA
Karen M. Soyka- LPC-OH
Geraldine Chase, LICSW-MA
Jack Golden, LICSW-MA and CSW-NY
Linda M. Valentini, Psy.D- Licensed Psychologist –PA
Beatrice A. Maloney, LCSW-NY
Carole Sher, LCSW-NY
Frank A. Cammarata, LCSW – NY
Audrey Freshman, ACSW, CASAC- NY
Anna L. Johnson, LCSW-CT
Review of Related BA Degree(s) in compliance with N.J.A.C. 13:44G-4.3(a)3.ii A motion was made by Dr. Murray and seconded by Ms. Bobby to approve Marilyn Rosado for CSW based on the review of her coursework from her BA degree in Communications – the University of Turabo, PR.
IX. Vote on the Candidates Proposed for Licensure and Certification
A motion was made by Dr. Murray and seconded by Ms. Ellis to approve those candidates who have been evaluated as eligible for licensure or certification based on a review of their applications and supporting documentation accordance the requirements noted in the Statute and Regulations. The vote was unanimous.
Vote on Recommendations
A motion was made by Dr. Murray and seconded by Ms. Bobby to approve CE programs according to Board members’ recommendations based on a review of the program content, the presenters’ credentials and the credit hours, in compliance with N.J.A.C. 13:44G-Subchapter 6. The approved courses will be reflected on the Board’s monthly update of CE offerings for July 2005.
Discussion of Problematic CEs
The discussion of problematic CEs is postponed to September 21, 2005
Deborah Fox, MSW, LCSW submitted coursework in clinical supervision for the Board to review in compliance with N.J.A.C. 13:44G-8.1(a)4. Ms. Fox is required to provide detailed course content description and the presenters’ vitae for future Board review.
The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
The Board reviewed as informational an article carried in the Association’s FOCUS newsletter describing actions taken by an accredited university to deny entrance to its MSW program to a convicted murderer who, while released from prison, is still on parole until 2014. The Board discussed a resolution proposed by the New York State Social Work Board to amend the Association’s current policy of not releasing the pass/fail exam rates by schools. New York proposes that this information be shared with member boards for the purpose of re-examining accredited programs in social work. The Board members fail to see the purpose in disseminating this information to each member board since, the New Jersey Board plays no role in accrediting the State’s social work programs.
National Association of Social Work Boards (NASW), New Jersey Chapter
The State Chapter submitted a request in writing to be provided with an interpretation of N.J.A.C. 13:44G-8.1 specifically with the intent to clarify both (a) and (a)4 in conjunction with N.J.S.A. 45:15BB-5.b. - this matter was discussed in Section V. of the Public Session minutes.
Regulations – Danielle Swenson, Division Regulatory Analyst
The Board reviewed a draft regulation for Subchapter 13 prepared by Danielle Swenson. The draft regulation, titled Custody/Parenting Time Evaluations is proposed in conjunction with revisions to Subchapter 3- Authorized Practice, Scopes of the LCSW-3.1 and the LSW-3.2. A motion was made by Ms. Bobby and seconded by Ms. Ellis to propose the regulation, Custody/Parenting Time Evaluations for publication in the New Jersey Registrer. The vote was unanimous. Ms. Swenson reviewed the regulatory process for Board members’ benefit.
Provisional Orders of Discipline (POD)
I/M/O Efthimia Gray-Homerides, CSW – POD issued for practice beyond the scope of her CSW. While Ms. Homerides submitted a volume of documents apparently in response to the Board’s POD the Board decided to forestall the issuance of an FOD (Final Order of Discipline) and moved the matter to executive sessionf or legal advis and to discuss possible violations of the law I/M/O Michaelle R. Neal-Aleman (CSW expired August 31, 2004) – It appears that Ms. Neal-Aleman failed to respond to the POD issued to her by the Board in relation to the 2002-2004 cycle CE audit. Proof of service was obtained. Ms. Neal –Aleman also failed to respond to the initial audit notice to provide the Board with proof that she had obtained theses credits as she indicated she had on her 2002 renewal application. Based on proof that the POD had been served, a motion was made by Dr. Murray and Ms. Williams to issue a Final Order of Discipline (FOD) to Ms. Neal-Aleman stipulating that the Board will take no action against her in this matter unless/until she seeks the future reinstatement of her certification. The vote was unanimous.
Kelly Sullivan Ruta, MSW, LCSW – Filed August 5, 2005 for unlicensed clinical practice while lapsed
Harriet Diamond, MSW, LCSW - Filed August 5, 2005 for unlicensed clinical practice while lapsed
E. Bronwyn Duffy, MSW, LCSW- Filed August 5, 2005 for unlicensed clinical practice while lapsed
Jill Jones Soderman (New Jersey LCSW suspended for 5 years by Consent Order Filed with the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners on July 10, 2003; subsequent Order Filed on January 7, 2005 with New Jersey Superior Court, Sussex County, Chancery Division – for failing to adhere to the terms stipulated in the original Order)– notice of Summary (clinical license) Suspension Filed on April 14, 2005 with the Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health Examiners for Ms. Soderman’s use of fraud or deceit in connection with establishing her qualifications for certification as an (Arizona) behavioral health professional. Ms. Soderman evidently failed to inform the Arizona Board that she had held a New Jersey social work license and that she had a record of disciplinary action taken by New Jersey against that license.
Tara Gilette – Civil Action in Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division – Bergen County filed July 7, 2005 for unlicensed practice.
& B. The Board considered requests from the two exam candidates identified below to be granted accommodations for ESL (English as a Second Language) for the national licensing exam. A motion was made by Dr. Murray and seconded by Ms. Ellis approving both candidates for ESL accommodations as administered by the ASWB. The vote was unanimous.
Corina Harten, MSW, LSW – Clinical exam candidate
Andrew Kolisz, MSW – Masters exam candidate
C. The Board continued its discussion of the requirements which will be imposed on Diana Van Pelt, MSW in order for Ms. Van Pelt to reinstate her New Jersey LSW after a period of 5+ years of “suspended” status pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:1-7.1.d. The criteria for license reinstatement in this situation include the requirement to retake the national ASWB licensing examination; a complete, initial application process, including the Criminal History Background Check; the cycle passed CE credit hours; the passed cycle license renewal fees and documentation of the individual’s New Jersey employment history throughtout the period the license was lapsed. Ms. Van Pelt will be advised of the process.
Topics for Board Discussion
The Board discussed whether a clinical social worker in private practice is entitled to provide psychotherapy to a “fragile” client while the social worker reinstates a “lapsed” license. Following discussion the Board has agreed that the social worker in this situation should take no new clients during this period, and terminate all current clients, making the necessary arrangements for their appropriate continuation of care. The unlicensed social worker may petition the Board for permission to continue with therapy for a specific “fragile” client in which case they would have to support this identification to the Board. The Board discussed whether the acquisition of the 1,920 hours of direct clinical service experience, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:44G-4.1, is required again for individuals who are reinstating a clinical level license. Following a lengthy discussion, the Board has agreed to examine the interim employment experience of each reinstatement/reactivation applicant in order to determine if they had remained current in their field.
Public Session concluded at 4:00 P.M. and the meeting was adjourned by unanimous consent.
Kay K. McCormack