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Telehealth Webinar Full Program

Join the Department of Social Work & Child Advocacy for a half-day webinar on telehealth on Friday, March 19, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. We will address, research, practice, legislative reform, tools, and the training of students.

Program Schedule

Welcome: 9:30 a.m.

Session 1: 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Break: 11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Session 2: 11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Session 3: 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Closing: 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 pm.

Session 1: 9:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Beyond Brick and Mortar: Research, Clinical, and Consumer Perspectives on Telemental Health

While numerous evidence-based mental health treatments exist, many individuals in need of services do not receive treatment. Barriers faced by individuals from marginalized populations result in poor access to evidence-based mental health treatment due to a number of factors (e.g., limited availability of services; lack of transportation). Telemental health, the use of videoconferencing to deliver mental health care, offers an innovative way to address significant gaps in access to care and is being used to deliver a variety of treatments. This presentation will feature (1) research on the process and outcomes of telemental health programs for children and adolescents, and (2) clinical perspectives of implementing telemental health with youth, including practical resources. (1 CE Available)

A consumer will also provide her perspective on being a recipient of telehealth mental health services.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn about equity and telehealth.
  2. Attendees will learn about telehealth and child populations.
  3. Attendees will learn about a consumer’s perspective regarding telehealth.


headshot photo of Aubrey Dueweke

Aubrey Dueweke, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Her primary line of work centers on evaluating the use of nontraditional service delivery models to reduce mental health care disparities among underserved, trauma-exposed populations. Specifically, her work focuses on evaluating (1) the integration of mental health care providers into primary care, (2) the use of community-based service delivery models, and (3) the use of telehealth technology as approaches to minimize barriers that limit access to evidence-based treatments.

headshot photo of Megan Wallace

Meg Wallace, LISW-CP is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-CP) and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is the Associate Director for Clinical Operations for the Telehealth Outreach Program and the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at MUSC. Ms. Wallace has expertise in traumatic loss, evidence based trauma treatment, telehealth service delivery, and community based mental health approaches.

photo of Marianne Squire-Maszer with baby

Marianne Squire-Maszer was born in 1959 in Central New Jersey. She is one of five children and attended St. Pius X Regional High School and Middlesex County College School of Nursing, where she was unable to finish the program due to a back injury with one semester to go. She attended Kean College, pre-Occupational Therapy program and was unable to complete the program due to depression. Marianne worked as a nurses aide, bookkeeper, and travel agent. When her sister and sister-in-law were both expecting at the same time, she quit her job and took up child care, eventually caring for her nephews when her sister went back to work. Marianne nursed her parents through over twenty serious illnesses and was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She was mislabeled for years. By attending therapy, NAMI support groups, practicing self-care and regularly taking meds led to her stability and a lack of hospitalizations for nearly two decades. Marianne was happily married to William A. Maszer, Jr in 1984, and remained so for nearly 28 years until his passing. She is most proud of being an Aunt and Great Aunt. Marianne enjoys needlework, crochet, reading, and cardmaking, which are among many hobbies which relieve stress for her. Marianne is a member of the Friends of the Library and a NAMI In Our Own Voice Volunteer Presenter.

Session 2: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Legal Reforms and Legislative Advocacy

In this session, the speakers will provide a historical view of telehealth in New Jersey, clinical challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the proposal of the “Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) which has been created to facilitate telehealth and temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology across jurisdictional boundaries. PSYPACT is an interstate compact, which is an agreement between states to enact legislation and enter into a contract for a specific, limited purpose or address a particular policy issue” (ASPPB website, para. 1) legislation in NJ, and a review of recent governmental changes that enabled providers to be reimbursed for telehealth services. The speakers will provide perspectives from the fields of psychology and social work and will especially discuss advocacy efforts needed during COVID19 and moving forward. (1 CE Available)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn about telehealth and health insurance reimbursement.
  2. Attendees will learn about changes in state legislation regarding reimbursement.
  3. Attendees will learn about legislative advocacy.


Headshot of Prof. Lucy Takagi.

Dr. Lucy Takagi, Clinical Specialist, Montclair State University; 2020 President New Jersey Psychological Association

Dr. Lucy Takagi earned her Master’s in Educational Psychology with a concentration on Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology from Montclair State University in 1999. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University in May, ,2006.She has worked clinically with inner-city, ethnically, financially and culturally diverse populations and with adult and child victims of sexual abuse. Dr. Takagi is a trained forensic evaluator and has done assessments and treatments of victims impacted by abuse and neglect. She has testified as an expert and fact witness in New Jersey’s civil courts. Dr. Takagi has also worked forensically, evaluating undocumented immigrants applying for documentation. Currently, she paused her forensic work, and is only doing clinical adult work because of her other work commitments. Dr. Takagi is a licensed psychologist in NJ and in NYS. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA); a member of the APA Division 39 (Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology); a member of the APA Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women); a member of the APA Division 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs); a member of the APA Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race); a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA); a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and a member of the Latino Mental Health Association of NJ (LMHANJ). Dr. Takagi is the 2021 Past President of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA); 2019-2021 elected Member at Large (MAL) of the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee of State Leaders (CSL); 2019 Past-President of the Essex County Association of Psychologists (EUCAP), and a Past-President of the GSAPP Alumni Association at Rutgers University. In 2019, Dr. Takagi testified in the NJ Regulated Professions Committee In Trenton for Bill # 5307, revising psychologists training requirement for licensure. She again testified on the same Bill in 2020 for the NJ Assembly. The Bill was unanimously passed both times. Additionally, in December 2017, Dr. Takagi and five other psychologists from NJPA, crafted a letter protesting the exclusion of psychodynamic and other psychological treatments from the list of effective treatments in the APA Clinical Practice Guidelines for PTSD. Her letter, co-authored by a group affectionately known as the “NJ6”, eventually led to the development of the Alliance for the Inclusive Integration of Science and Practice in Psychology, a group that authored and supported the PTSD Petition (( The petition has gathered over 57,000 signatures. Dr. Takagi has been teaching at MSU Center for Child Advocacy and Policy in the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy since 2011.

Headshot of Prof. Lesley Dixon.

Ms. Lesley Dixon, Director of Field Education, Montclair State University

Lesley Dixon, clinical specialist and MSW Field Director, received an MSW from Boston University. Her areas of interest include children, youth and families, youth transitioning from foster care, and grit/resiliency. She teaches courses including professional seminar in social work and helping and engagement skills. She also directs field education for the Master of Social Work program. Ms. Dixon is a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years experience including direct practice, supervisory and management experience. She holds certifications in clinical supervision, complex trauma and seminar in field instruction.

Session 3: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Telehealth: Tools, Tips, & Training

In this session the speakers will provide information about specific online tools that can be used during telehealth sessions. MSW field instructors will also discuss their transition to and approach in using telehealth in their practice, how telehealth has had an impact on their practice, the benefits and challenges of telehealth services, and students will discuss learning how to use clinical skills remotely.
Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn about different online tools for telehealth.
  2. Attendees will learn about the benefits and challenges of telehealth services.
  3. Attendees will learn about how to train students to use telehealth.


  • Deborah Mann, LCSW – Turn the Page, LLC
  • Dr. Jesselly De La Cruz, MSU Field Instructor – Carepoint Health, Project Safe
  • Janae Lane, 2nd Year MSU MSW Student
  • Cara Harmon, MSW, LSW, MSU Field Instructor – Jewish Family Service and Children’s Center of Clifton-Passaic
  • Natividad Padierna – 2nd Year MSW Student