Nuts and Bolts of Entering the Social Work Field

The North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work 


The “Nuts and Bolts” of Entering the Clinical Social Work Field –  Hopefully, Everything You Wanted and Needed to Know Before Your MSW Graduation

Tuesday April 4, 2017   10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 NC State University. Caldwell Hall Lounge,

2221 Hillsborough St. Ground Floor

Register HERE

Who Should Attend?   MSW students and LCSWAs


Kathy Boyd, ACSW, CMSW, Executive Director of NC Chapter of NASW

Miki Jaeger, MSW, LCSW, Supervisor of the Wake Site MHSA Care Coordination Team, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare

Tim Brooks, MSW, LCSW, Co-Owner / Clinical Director of Carolina Outreach

Christine Gerhard Dicks, LCSW, CEAP

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 two-hour training, four selected panelists (see bios on next page) will

provide information on topics such as:

  • How to go about acquiring jobs through 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.


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.


Miki Jaeger, MSW, LCSW.  Alliance Behavioral Healthcare

Miki supervises the Wake Site MHSA Care Coordination team for Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, the LME-MCO serving Wake, Durham Johnston and Cumberland counties and maintains a private practice in Cary, NC. After 20 years in New York City serving on multiple volunteer boards and starting several parent support groups for the parents of children with asthma, she moved to North Carolina in the mid-1980’s, returning to school to earn her MSW.  She has almost 30 years of mental health experience working with children and adults in the private sector and with local governmental agencies. So far, she can’t decide if she likes the public or private sector best.


Kathy Boyd, ACSW, CMSW.  Executive Director of the NC Chapter of N.A.S.W

Kathy has an MSW from West Virginia University and a certificate in Non Profit Management from Duke University. Kathy was selected as the NASW Chapter Director of the Year in 2000. Kathy has extensive experience in nonprofit management, advocacy, fiscal sustainability, and marketing for and of the social work profession.


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.