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, 


   Welcome.  We hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about the many benefits that NJAWT membership offers.  Members can enter the Members Only area by using the sign in name and password you will receive with your directory. 


    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 events, connecting and sharing information and networking.  This past year, we have held quality programs: three offering continuing education credits and our less-formal but still clinically relevant conversation hours.  We have more excellent programs planned or 2017-2018.  


  Our meetings continue to provide an opportunity not only to meet other therapists, but also to gain a sense of who they are and their treatment approaches.  Of course, there is also a social aspect to our programs - especially important for those of us who work on our own.  We even have a group that meets several times a year to go to the movies on a Sunday.  


      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 or a committee.  This too, continues to be an enriching experience. 



        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 General Meeting

Friday, February 2, 2018

(Snow Date: Friday, February 9, 2018)

11am-12:45pm. Light Brunch at 10am

The Clinical Use of Hypnosis

Presenter: Maria G. Masciandaro, Psy.D

Regardless of your therapeutic orientation, being attuned to hypnotic phenomena such as spontaneous trance can assist the alert therapist.  As a tool, hypnosis can be used in a variety of ways, limited only by the individual's own capacity for trance.  Some examples of clinical applications are: to increase motivation for change, to sculpt habit control, to aid in the preparation for medical procedures, and to enhance living with acute or chronic medical conditions.


Note: General Meetings are held at The United Methodist Church of Summit, 17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit.  Parking is available nearby; closest is the lot in the corner of  DeForest & Woodland Ave. Enter church via the driveway on DeForest Ave.

Next Conversation Hour

Friday, December 8, 2017, 10am-12pm

Boundaries In The Therapeutic Relationship: Is There Room For Flexibility?

Presenter: Leslie Tsukroff, MSW, LCSW

As mental health professionals, we are aware of our obligation to adhere to the values, principals and standards in our respective Codes of Ethics, all of which address the concepts of conflict of interest, dual/multiple relationships and boundaries.

The leading ethics experts agree that: some dual relationships are avoidable, while others are not; some dual relationships are a conflict of interest, while others are not; some dual relationships are potentially harmful to clients, while others are not; some boundary crossings can be therapeutically valuable, while others are not.

Join us for a lively discussion of this thought-provoking and often debated topic.  Please review your discipline's Ethical Standards on Conflicts of Interest, Boundaries and Dual/Multiple Relationships prior to the Conversation Hour.


 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.