Private Practice Action Work Group (PPAWG)

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice in NYS, there are many challenges that are encountered as psychotherapists and business owners.

  • What do you like and dislike about being in private practice?
  • Do you like helping your clients and watching them grow?
  • How do you deal with the isolation?
  • Are you frustrated and/or confused with changing laws and guidelines?


Look no further.

NASW-NYS is now offering a Private Practice Action Work Group. The mission of this Action Workgroup is to work collaboratively as one to discuss, advocate and problem solve professional concerns related to treating clients/patients in a private practice setting through professional support and as a unified group in order to promote change.

Whether you have a desire to learn about concerns related to private practice, or work as a private practitioner, you are welcome to join us!


PPAWG is seeking volunteers on a rotating monthly basis to facilitate monthly meetings. What better way to experience the group than to volunteer? Volunteers will receive a 30-60 minute brief training for an overview of backend preparation if needed. For the day of meeting, this includes 15 minutes before meeting to review Zoom host set-up as well as a 1-hour meeting, and you will always have a co-host available to assist. Any questions, please contact us via PPAWG contact form.

Total volunteer time: 2-2.5 hours

Upcoming Work Group - Mark your calendars!

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

  • June 18th
  • July 16th
  • September 17th
  • October 15th
  • November 19th


All meeting take place from 10:00am - 11:00am EST.

Click here now to register for any meeting!

First Action Work Group | September 18th

Introduction and overview of group; Current status of pending NYS bills in Senate and Assembly

Meeting minutes

Second Action Work Group | October 16th

Open discussion on various topics; Focused on licensing and clinical supervision

Meeting minutes coming soon.

Third Action Work Group | November 20th

Meeting minutes coming soon.

Fourth Action Work Group | December 11th

Meeting minutes coming soon.

Fifth Action Work Group | January 22nd at 10:00 AM EST

Topics of Focus (Discussion, Concerns, Questions) is as follows:

  1.  Governor Cuomo’s Telehealth Expansion  Proposal
  2.  COVID-19 Vaccine Discussion, Concerns, Questions



Group Facilitator

Kalli Kontos is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R), a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), is Board Certified in Clinical Social Work (BCD) and a Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS-II). She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and a “Become a Love and Logic Parent” Independent Facilitator instructor. Kalli has over 25 years’ experience as a Therapist, Administrator, Trainer, Field Instructor, and Business owner/Consultant. She has treated clients with Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), and Addictions. Kalli also specializes in Anger Management Treatment and conducts Impaired Driving Evaluations for NYS. Kalli has also worked in the capacity of a Human Resource Manager/Office Manager. She has a certificate in Human Resource Management and was a member of the Long Island Society of Human Resources Management. Kalli speaks fluent Greek. She understands the culture and is available to service the Greek-American Community of Long Island NY.

For more info about the services Kalli offers she can be reached at

Questions? Feedback? We'd love to hear from you!