For Immediate Release - July 05, 2012

Board of Registration of Social Workers Announces Enforcement Action

BOSTON - July 5, 2012 - The Board of Registration of Social Workers today announced enforcement action against the following individuals:

Sharyn Rose, Somerville

Rose, a licensed social worker, surrendered her license to the Board. In a voluntary surrender agreement, Rose admitted she provided to a patient treatment sessions that were not properly documented. Rose also admitted she gave the patient gifts, including two pieces of furniture, and received gifts from the patient.

Chrissa F. Daniels, Worcester

Daniels, a licensed social worker, surrendered her license to the Board. In a voluntary surrender agreement, Daniels admitted she failed to complete and provide to the Board documentation of continuing education for the licensing period Oct. 1, 2008, to Sept. 30, 2010.

Edward J. Keohan, Bedford

Keohan, a licensed clinical independent social worker, entered into a consent agreement with the Board agreeing to a two-year period of supervised probation and to make up deficient continuing education units. The agreement resolved allegations that Keohan did not complete the continuing education requirements for the 2008-2010 licensing cycle, that he authorized and supervised an unlicensed individual to perform services that constitute the practice of social work, and that he oversaw treatment records that contained insufficient information.

Ellen Nicholson, Centerville

Nicholson, a licensed clinical independent social worker, entered into a consent agreement with the Board agreeing to a reprimand of her license. The agreement resolved allegations of disclosure of protected information.

Albert Shigo, Deerfield

Albert Shigo, a licensed independent clinical social worker, surrendered his right to renew his license to the Board. In a voluntary surrender agreement, Shigo admitted that in 2008 and 2009 he billed or caused to be billed mental health services that were not provided by him to patients or that did not occur as he described in his clinical records.

Adam Quinn, Belchertown

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Quinn’s license to practice as a social worker in Massachusetts. The Board found Quinn, after he resigned from his position at The Children’s Clinic in Northampton, failed to notify clients that he would no longer be providing services to them and failed to terminate client relationships properly.

Nancy Goldberg Seigal, Newton Center

The Board issued a Final Decision and Order whereby Goldberg Seigal was ordered to complete 12 hours of continuing education. Goldberg Seigal also must pay a $200 fine. This Board decision resolved allegations Goldberg Seigal did not complete required continuing education needed for renewal of her license.

Sara Elinoff Acker, Wendell

Acker, a licensed independent clinical social worker, entered into a consent agreement with the Board whereby she paid a $200 fine and agreed to complete six additional credits of continuing education within six months. The agreement resolved allegations regarding a communication Acker authored that could be a violation of Board regulations.

The Board of Registration of Social Work protects the public through regulation of the practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It determines eligibility for admission to examinations for social work, conducts examinations and licenses qualified individuals at one of four levels of licensure (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW; Licensed Certified Social Worker, LCSW; Licensed Social Worker, LSW; Licensed Social Work Associate, LSWA).

The Board holds meetings, hears complaints, and takes action as required with the assistance of the Division's legal counsel and investigators. The Board currently licenses approximately 22,510 individuals in the social worker profession.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure’s web site at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the “Check a Professional’s License” link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 365,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration.