Mid-Hudson Chapter

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Welcome to the web page of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work.  The Mid-Hudson Chapter includes NYSSCSW members living and/or practicing in five counties: Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan Counties in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region.

The Mid-Hudson Chapter Board offers its members the services of its Membership Committee, Education Committee, its Peer Consultation Group and its Mentorship Group, among other benefits.

The Mid-Hudson Chapter Board meets four to five times annually. Members are welcome

to attend Board meetings and to participate in Mid-Hudson Chapter activities. We encourage eligible members to consider taking on leadership positions on our Chapter Board. The Mid-Hudson Chapter offers quarterly clinical training workshops. Its Peer Consultation Group for licensed social workers and other licensed community mental health professionals meets monthly online. Its Mentorship Group for current MSWs and recent graduates also holds meetings monthly online.

For more information about NYSSCSW and its Chapters, please write or call the NYSSCSW office at: [email protected] or, call: 1-800-288-4279.


Chapter Leadership   


Barbara Solomon, LCSW-R     
[email protected]

Past President:
Linda Hill, LCSW-R

Vice President:      
Susan Deane-Miller, LCSW

Recording Secretary:   
Rachel Cea, LCSW

Treasurer: (open position)

Community/School Liaison
Carolyn Bersak, DSW, LCSW, BCD

Technology/Internet Advisers:  
Susan Deane-Miller, LCSW
Crystal Marr, LCSW-R, ACSW, CASAC-M

Web Page Coordinator:  (open position)

Linda Hill, LCSW-R, Past President
Rosemary Cohen, LCSW-R. Past President


Please note that meetings and webinars are mostly via Zoom at this time.


Chapter Committees:

Membership Committee:
Judith L.Elkin, LMSW
Barbara Solomon, LCSW-R
Eileen Duffy Traslavina, LCSW-R
Crystal Marr, LCSW-R, ACSW, CASAC-M

Our Membership Committee seeks out and welcomes new members to our Chapter, our Board of Directors and our committees. We support the Chapter membership by informing prospective members of potential benefits and providing opportunities for networking and socializing among existing members of the Chapter.

Education Committee:
Cynthia Muenz, LCSW-R
Eileen Duffy Traslavina, LCSW-R
Rachel Cea, LCSW

Our Education Committee plans, coordinates and implements the Chapter’s quarterly clinical training workshops which offer attendees the NY State Education Department Approved continuing education credits (CEU’s), You may check the NYSSCSW ACE (Advanced Clinical Education Foundation) website for information about the Mid-Hudson Chapter scheduled workshops, and to register online for a workshop.

See the NYSSCSW web site page for lists of confirmed and pending Legislation in the New York State Legislature, pertaining to social work, promoted and initiated by the Society, or by the Society in collaboration with local and national social work organizations.

Chapter Groups:

Peer Consultation Group:

The Peer Consultation Group provides a setting where licensed clinical social workers and other licensed mental health professionals, who practice independently according to NY State Education Department regulations, meet in a supportive environment to share, discuss and explore cases and issues which they encounter in clinical practice. Meetings are held during the second Friday morning of each month year round. 

Linda Hill, LCSW-R, Facilitator


Mentorship Group:

The Mentorship Group is open to current MSWs and recent graduates who are interested in learning about job searches, obtaining social work licensure, resume writing, advanced training options, and other issues relevant to those who are figuring out their career pathways. Meetings typically take place in the early evening on the third or fourth Friday of each month.

Carolyn Bersak, DSW, LCSW, BCD, Facilitator