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(1.5 Clinical CEUs)
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM



Meg Kallman has been a member of NASW for over 25 years. In 2002 she was named Social Worker of the Year for her efforts in the response to the events of September 11th. Her work at Ground Zero was also recognized when she was awarded the American Legion Medal of Honor that same year.

Meg keeps her ties to NASW strong by sharing her expertise on panels and through her contributions to disaster response guidelines. She raises awareness for assisting families coping with sudden, traumatic loss through workshops, presentations, and especially an eight-page pamphlet entitled "What Now?" The pamphlet is intended for distribution by EMS, hospitals, funeral homes, and medical examiners to families of recently deceased individuals when a sudden or traumatic death has occurred.

Meg is a private practitioner and a trained family therapist with an office in Morristown. She graduated from Rutgers University with her MSW, completed the Advanced Certificate in Clinical Social Work at New York University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Medical Humanities. She is a member of the New Jersey State Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services- Disaster and Terrorism Branch, and she is the Mental Health Lead on the NJ-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (NJ1-DMAT). In addition to her role at Ground Zero with NJ1, she responded to Mississippi and New Orleans following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and worked for an extended period in Haiti following the devastating earthquake.

She has worked with Morristown Medical Center since 1988. She continues her work there and at other hospital Emergency Room Trauma Departments through her coordination of the Family Assistance and Support Team (FAST) training program. In addition to the "What Now?" pamphlet, she has written or co-authored articles including "Preparing for Patient Surge in Emergency Departments During a Disaster (co-author, KJ Feury, RN, APN, Journal of Emergency Nursing); "Evaluation of the Family Assistance Support Team [FAST] in Community Hospital Emergency Departments' (co-authors KJ Feury, RN, APN, and C. Louis DiFazio, MD) and contributed book reviews to The International Journal of Emergency Mental Health.


(1.5 Clinical and Ethics CEUs)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM



Sandra A. Lopez has more than thirty two years of practice experience as a Clinical Social Worker and twenty two years as a social work educator. Her clinical practice in loss, grief, and trauma and personal experience with vicarious trauma have contributed to her profound interest and dedicated explorations of conditions such as burnout, compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, and vicarious trauma. Sandra has become a nationall recognized expert and staunch advocate in educating the social work profession about the negative impact of these conditions and the importance of promoting professional self-care. She is a recognized pioneer in introducing the topic of professional self-care to the social work profession through presentations at NASW state and national conferences. She authored a policy statement titled "Professional Social Work & Self-Care" which was introduced to the 2008 NASW Delegate Assembly and adopted for inclusion in the NASW publications called Social Work Speaks.

In her role as Clinical Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, she has been instrumental in creating national awareness and advocacy for inclusion and integration of self-care as a vital ingredient in social work education. In the spring of 2009, she advocated, developed, and launched the first social work course titled Professional Self-Care & Social Work whcih has served as a model course for other social work programs.


(1 Non-Clinical CEU)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Sheryl Brissett-Chapman, Ed.D, ACSW, has managed and provided organizational and individual consultation to numerous agencies and professionals serving diverse populations in a variety of settings.  She has published and presented internationally on topics relating to substance abusing mothers, substance exposed infants, children in poverty, homeless women and depression, juvenile delinquency, child victimization, cross-cultural responsiveness, organizational development and systems reform in child and family welfare and juvenile justice.  She co-edited the special edition of the Child Welfare Journal focused on African American families and children in the child welfare system and spearheaded the first national African-American Child Welfare Summit held in St. Louis in 1995.

Currently, Dr. Brissett-Chapman serves as the Executive Director of the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) in Bethesda, Maryland. NCCF (formerly known as the Baptist Home for Children) provides residential and community-based services for abused and neglected adolescents, for victims of domestic violence, and for homeless and impoverished families and their children in the Washington-Baltimore, National Capital region.

Educated at Brown University, receiving a B.A. in 1971, Brissett-Chapman co-founded the national award-winning Rites and Reasons Black Arts Society, under the membership of George Houston Bass, a protégé of Langston Hughes.  Later, she obtained her Masters of Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, graduating in 1974.  In 1980, she completed her Masters of Education, Administration, Planning and Social Policy, and continued on to complete her Doctorate in Education in 1986 at Harvard University.

Dr. Brissett-Chapman received the 2005 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Lifetime Achievement Award, for consistent advocacy for change in policy and practice affecting vulnerable children and families. She was elected by Region V to the NASW’s National Board of Directors in 2010, and serves on its National Awards Committee. She also received the prestigious John Hope Award for Public Service from Brown University’s Alumni Association, and served as a Judge for the Miss Black USA’s National Scholarship pageant.



(1 Clinical CEU)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Dr. MacKenzie, Assistant Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, first became interested in developmental pathways involving child maltreatment through his time with children in his family’s residential group homes in Canada. This work with children whose early childhood experiences had profoundly shaped the course of their lives sparked his passion for improving our understanding of how children deal with change and instability in relationships. Dr. MacKenzie’s focus is on the accumulation of stress in early parenting and the bidirectional relationship processes between caregivers and children, including the etiology of harsh parenting and the pathways of children into and through the child welfare system.

Professor MacKenzie’s program of research has been recognized with early career awards from both the International Society on Infant Studies (ISIS) and Zero-To-Three (ZTT) the national infancy center. His widely cited Development & Psychopathology article revisiting the Transactional Model of Development with colleague Arnold Sameroff was recently selected to be reprinted in the four volume Social and Emotional Development, a selection of 99 seminal articles chosen as “the most influential and fundamental research” from the early 1960s to date in this area of child development.

Dr. MacKenzie received his B.S. and M.S. in biology from the University of Western Ontario, and his M.S.W. and PhD in Social Work and Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan. He is currently Co-Principal Investigator on a multi-year UNICEF funded randomized trial of foster care and community diversion alternatives to institutions for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The project represents one of the first formal implementations of community-based alternatives to institutional care in the region.


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