Nuts & Bolts Event on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

“Nuts and Bolts”
What you need to know before entering the field of
Clinical Social Work

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When: Tuesday March 19, 2019, 10:30am-12:30pm

Where: Wake County Emergency Services Training Center, 221 S. Rogers Lane,
Room 101, Raleigh 27610 (see directions below). Park in the gravel lot on the side of the building.

Who Should Attend: MSW students and LCSWA’s

Cost: Free

Provided by: NC Society for Clinical Social Work

 What do I need to do to get my license?

 Where and how do I begin looking for a job?

Preparing to start a career in Clinical Social Work can be overwhelming. This is just the beginning of navigating through the many practical realities of transitioning from school to the work force.

During this free training, four selected panelists (see bios on next page) will
provide information on topics such as:

• How to go about acquiring jobs in private and public agencies
• When the best time is to take the licensure exam
• How to seek out mentoring and networking opportunities
• How current mental health policy impacts getting a job as an LCSWA
• What it takes to create a private practice

Each panelist will have an allotted time to answer questions during the workshop.

****Please register for this FREE event at:

Questions: Email Ron Begley, NCSCSW President, at

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Nuts and Bolts Panelists

Tim Brooks, LCSW. Co-Director/CEO of Carolina Outreach
Tim received his BA in Sociology from NC State University. After five years of work as a
research analyst for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he returned to school and earned his MSW
from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1996. Tim has spent his social work career primarily in the area of
child and family services. His work history includes the providing intensive family preservation services, working on a study of adolescent psychosis at UNC Chapel Hill, running a shelter for women and children, and evaluation and policy development in community based services for NC DSS. While at DSS, Tim created a small private practice providing in-home therapy to children and families. He co-founded Carolina Outreach in 2003 and works as one of its co-directors. Since the founding of Carolina Outreach, Tim has overseen the growth of the agency from 2 employees (the owners) to 300 employees in 10 locations. Tim’s primary leadership interest is the implementation of core values to manage the clinical, managerial, and financial challenges of running a mental health services agency.

Valerie Arendt, MSW, MPP. Executive Director of the NC Chapter of N.A.S.W
Valerie obtained her Master of Social Work and Public Policy degrees from the University of Minnesota. Valerie’s social work experience includes a focus on refugee and immigrant families, early childhood education, women and youth education, affordable housing, and nonprofit management.

Christine Gerhard Dicks, LCSW, CEAP. Aspire Counseling Group, PLLC
Christine has been practicing as a social worker for over 20 years in a variety of settings, including child welfare, mental health, and employee assistance counseling. Christine received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. She is also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and is skilled at assessing and treating a wide range of emotional issues. Christine’s social work career started in program management and development and has evolved into a full-time clinical practice. Christine is co-owner of Aspire Counseling Group in Raleigh where she manages a full-time clinical caseload and many administrative aspects of the practice.

Crystal O’Briant, MSW, LCSW. MHSUD Care Coordination Supervisor (Wake site) for Alliance Behavioral Healthcare
Crystal received her BA in Psychology in 2002 from Christopher Newport University. After five years of work as a program manager at a public MH agency on the Outer Banks of NC, she returned to school and earned her MSW from North Carolina State University in 2011. She has 13 years of mental health experience working with children and adults in the public MH sector and with local governmental agencies. About half of her post graduate work has been working in direct care, within outpatient and community settings, whereas the latter half in a local government agency with focus on coordination of health, behavioral health, and social services for high risk individuals. She currently leads a team of MHSUD care coordinators, is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and chairs their organization’s Wellness committee.

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DIRECTIONS: 221 S. Rogers Lane is off New Hope Road, across from the Honeywell sign. At one end of the building is “Cosentino” in big letters. Turn in front of the building, drive to the far end, and you will see the sign for Wake Co Emergency Training Center.