Dear NESTTD Members:
I am sincerely grateful for the expressions of appreciation for my work as President of NESTTD this past year. I am also touched by the endorsement by the Board to allow me to continue with a 2ndterm of office, following the resignation of our former Board member who had previously held the position of President Elect. I have a strong wish to continue to work towards the goals that I have set in motion. To date, 2 installments have been created for the “Mining the Treasures of our Membership” series this term: The first video (04/13) features an interview with NESTTD member Lana Epstein, M.A., LICSW; the second video (06/13) features Natalie Robinson, LICSW.
[To view the video please log in to the website above, then go to: Members Area – Video Library. The password to view the video is in red typeface above the video.]
In addition, a proposal I submitted to NASW Symposium 2014 with the hope to create greater visibility for NESTTD was accepted. Three Therapists, Three Approaches, One Trauma Case features a discussion by a panel of NESTTD members on the application of a selection of clinical approaches to the treatment of trauma.
Looking back on my term of President, I feel that one year in the role of President is what it takes “to get one’s feet wet.” Looking ahead to my 2nd term, I am honored by the opportunity to gather speed and “swim the distance.”
I want to extend a warm welcome to our new Board members. Formerly Member-at-Large, Roberta Fortgang, President Elect, comes to us with many years of experience. With roots originating in community mental health, her subsequent experience includes her longstanding private practice and having served as a Field Advisor at Simmons College School for Social Work. Roberta is personable, witty, and smart. I like to say Roberta thinks outside - as well as inside- the proverbial box.
You may have already made the acquaintance of Spencer Nineberg, our new Member-at-Large. Spencer is the person who, in her former role of Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, had organized and facilitated - with utmost grace and efficiency- the process of registration at our events. We are grateful for her willingness to assume the role of Chair of the Nomination Committee.
Teina Lucas holds a position of Member-at-Large, as well. In addition to tackling the enormous task of dissertation-writing while concurrently on Certification track for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Teina brings a wide range of life experience to NESTTD. Formerly a veterinarian assistant, she also studied drumming in Western Africa. Most recently, Teina is an adjunct faculty at Endicott College, in addition to Rowing Coach on the Charles River.
In closing, I want to take the opportunity to invite your active participation in this - your organization. Please consider joining a committee. In particular, the Outreach and Publicity (OP!) committee needs you! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding volunteering.
Together we can!
With gratitude and appreciation,
Barbara Phillips, PhD, LICSW