Our History

The New Jersey Association of Women Therapists (NJAWT) is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary association of mental health professionals that draws its members from throughout the state.  We were founded in 1976 by a  group of 12 women therapists who felt isolated in their work and desired a way to come together to find support and opportunities for professional collaboration.  The group gained momentum and over the years evolved into what is now a stimulating and well established collegial organization that offers opportunities for continuing education.  Our membership serves the New Jersey community by offering mental health services via their work in private practice, mental health facilities, universities, hospitals and other settings.


NJAWT is an organization for professional women who meet the New Jersey state and/or national licensure standards or hold a temporary permit in any of the various mental health fields and have a minimum of a Master's Degree in a mental health discipline.  Our stated purpose is to provide members with an opportunity to meet for fellowship, exchange of ideas, continuing education and professional growth and support.


We achieve this purpose through General Meetings, Conversation Hours, Satellite Groups, our E-Bulletin, and our Web Site. Please browse the web pages on our site to learn more about our meetings, committees, and groups.


Founding Members E. Betty Levin, President, 1982-1984 
and Sheila E. Dancz, President, 1986-1988

We were saddened to learn of the passing of E. Betty Levin, one of our founding members, who died on May 16, 2018 at the age of 92.  Betty continued to attend meetings until weeks before her death and was an inspiration to us all.