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Owner, Justin Tobin and Associates
“I joined NASW while I was in graduate school as a way to get introduced to the social work profession. The access to much needed educational resources and a network of peers was a great support as I started my career in clinical social work in Chicago. As I was establishing my own practice, I noticed disconnect between NASW and resources available to private practitioners. Earlier this year, I was approached by NASW to help foster a connection between the organization and its members in clinical social work private practice settings. We began by creating and distributing a needs assessment survey to members in private practice with the goal of determining how NASW can support their work. The responses from this survey led to the creation of the NASW Illinois Chapter’s first Private Practice Shared Interest Group (SIG), an online group comprised of private practitioners from all over the state of Illinois. As part of this group, members share resources, refer clients to each other, and ask questions about all aspects of running a business (taxes, incorporating, etc.) and succeeding in private practice (marketing, advertising, etc.). Since the creation of this SIG, many of its members have asked for the opportunity to meet in person. NASW is currently exploring the possibilities of sponsoring networking events as well as learning sessions targeted towards the growth of clinicians in private practice (marketing, joining insurance panels, etc.). I am hopeful that the gap between clinicians in private practice and NASW can be bridged through the growth of the SIG, while also providing the NASW an opportunity to better connect with a population of its membership that is in need of both direct and indirect support from its parent organization. The possibilities are endless for this relationship, and I look forward to these new opportunities.”
Justin Tobin, LCSW, is owner of Justin Tobin and Associates, a group psychotherapy practice in downtown Chicago. As a therapist, he helps individuals, couples, and families manage depression, anxiety, stress, and work through trauma. He has helped couples improve their communication and build trust and honesty in their relationship. Prior to working in private practice, he provided individual and group therapy in residential care facilities, drug treatment centers, and community mental health agencies. His therapeutic style is blended with empathy, sincerity, and genuineness. He truly enjoys working with clients and helping them find the answers they seek.