Welcome to our NJAWT website.  Our web site is designed for both women mental health professionals and the community at large.



A message from Debra Haverson and Meryl Nadell, Co-presidents


Dear Members and prospective members, 


   We are looking forward to serving you as leaders of NJAWT for the next two years.  This is the first time the presidency has been shared by two people and we are excited to see how that will work.  We are grateful to have a wonderful board of volunteer officers and committee chairs.  All of us will work collaboratively to bring you programs offering continuing education credits as well as less-formal programming, communicate about these events, and manage the other activities that continue to support our members.


    Being a therapist demands much more than the hours we spend with clients or managing our paperwork and billing.  It requires us to keep up with current findings and treatments related to mental health and to keep ourselves enthusiastic, engaged and supported by peers. It requires us to build our reputation or that of our agencies so we can attract the clients we best serve.  NJAWT hopes to continue to provide opportunities for this to happen.  We are always thrilled to see both long-time colleagues and newcomers to our group, the area, and even the field of mental health connecting and sharing information.  Before each general meeting, the conversation and exchange of information is so lively that it takes a few minutes for all of us to settle in to our seats for the program.  Then very quickly, the quality of the presentation and natural curiosity of our members turn into focused attention and insightful questions and answers.  We leave with our enthusiasm for our work deeply engaged and renewed.


  The conversation hours, although not providing CE credits, also begin with food and much networking in a more intimate home setting. Here also, we are continually impressed by our members' wishes to do the best work they can with clients and to learn about new approaches and ideas.  Of course, these are also pleasant socially - like having a special group lunch with a group of colleagues.  We also support newly forming and existing peer groups, as well as our movie group, which provide additional opportunities for support from and connection to our colleagues. 

      We invite you to immerse yourself in all this organization has to offer - both professionally and in terms of creating new business and social contacts.  Perhaps as you become more involved, you may also consider joining our board in the future.  This too, continues to be an enriching experience for us. 



        Debra Haverson, MSW, LCSW

(973) 845-2361, dhaverson@aim.com

Meryl Nadell, MSW, LCSW

(908) 654-9615, meryl.nadell@gmail.com


NJAWT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6227.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NJAWT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

1.5 CE Hours are awarded for attending a General Meeting Program.

Programs and Meetings

NJAWT is centered on our General Meetings and Conversation Hours. Please click on the Programs tab for detailed information.


Mission Statement


The New Jersey Association of Women Therapists is organized to provide women therapists with an opportunity to meet for fellowship, for the exchange of ideas with colleagues, and for continuing education and professional growth.



In May 2016 NJAWT Celebrated 40 Years of Education and Support to its Members!


Next Conversation Hour

May, 5, 2017

 Coping with a Loved One's Terminal Illness As a Sole Private Practitioner

Presented by Christine Valentin, MSW, LCSW


Next General Meeting

May 21, 2017

Mindfulness-Based CBT for Weight Management & Binge Eating

Presented by Debra Gill, Ph.D


In this workshop Dr. Debra Gill will teach a mindful, responsive and self-nurturing approach to eating and weight management.  She will shed light on why it is unhelpful to diet and why weight-loss maintenance is so difficult.  Skills for improving metabolism and coping healthfully with non-hunger urges to eat will be reviewed.

Note: Parking is available nearby; closest is the lot in the corner of  DeForest & Woodland Ave. Enter church via the driveway on DeForest Ave.



We're getting an early start on planning programs for 2017-2018 so that we can be mot responsive to your interests and needs.  Please let us know what program topics you are most excited about.


Is this the year you want to share your area of expertise with other members by presenting at a General Meeting or Conversation Hour?


Please contact Janice Della Badia, Program Chair at jandel2@optimum.net or give her a call at: 973-895-7666.


Thanks for your energy and involvement!

 A new benefit of NJAWT membership has just been added!

It is a closed Facebook group, exclusively for the use of members, called NJAWT Members Connect.  The purpose of the group is to enable members to network and share information.  Members can ask questions about professional practice, and look for referral recommendations.  They can also share information about their practices, up-coming presentations and conferences, interesting articles and any other relevant information to professional practice.

Any members who already have a Facebook account and would like to join the group can click on  NJAWT Members Connect and ask to join the group.