NASW-NJ newSWire
September 14, 2017
NASW National will be launching a newly designed mobile-friendly site on Wednesday morning, Sept. 20. 
In preparation for this event, the NASW National website - - will be
offline beginning 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18 through close of business on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.
Sunday, 9/24, 9:00am-4:30pm
Monday, 9/25, 6pm-9pm
Tuesday, 9/26, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday, 9/28, 5:30-7:30pm
Somerset/Hunterdon Unit Meet & Greet  
Thursday, 9/28, 6pm-8pm
Tuesday, 10/3, 11am-1pm 
Friday, 10/6, 9am-4:30pm
Thursday, 10/12, 7pm-9pm
Monday, 10/16, 12pm-2pm
Did You Know_ You can find registered clinical supervisors  right on our site.
Join Us for the NASW-NJ
Membership and Awards Dinner!
 Diane Leach-Thompson - Social Worker of the Year
Marilyn Baron - Lifetime Achievement Award
Ronald Quincy - President's Award 
Board Members will be Installed
Dr. Tawanda Hubbard, President
Monday, September 25, 2017
Wilson Hall at Monmouth University

Social Work Regulations are Changing: Review and Comment

The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE) has proposed changes to the NJ Social Work Regulations. The public is invited to review these proposed changes and send their comments to the Board. 
Comments are due to the Board by October 20th. 
Click here to read proposed changes to the Regulations.

You may submit written comments by October 20, 2017, to:
J. Michael Walker, Executive Director
State Board of Social Work Examiners
PO Box 45033
Newark, New Jersey 07101

No changes will occur until the new Regulations are adopted by the BSWE. Watch here for updates.
Revised Code of Ethics

On August 4th, the Delegate Assembly approved a substantive revision to the NASW Code of Ethics .   Most of the changes are related to the use of technology in social work practice; however, there are other changes that will have significant implications for the profession
  The new Code will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

In the meantime, training and technical assistance opportunities will be made available through the Office of Ethics and Professional Review and the NASW website.
For more information and a list of FAQs, please click here.  
Serve as a Practice-Area Expert on an NASW Policy Statement Review Panel  

Respond by September 22

You can help shape NASW policy by actively serving as an expert on a review panel revising upcoming NASW policy statements. NASW policy statements set the parameters for NASW's positions on a broad range of public policy and professional issues and are featured in Social Work Speaks, a comprehensive collection of policies. If you are interested and have expertise in any of the practice areas below, please send an email with your area(s) of expertise, a short biography (50-100 words), and a resume to by September 22, 2017. You must be a current NASW member to serve on a policy review panel.
Not an NASW Member Yet?

What are you waiting for?! Click here to read the Top 10 Reasons to Join NASW-NJ. Then join us here!
To view ad postings on our Web site click here.
NASW-NJ Now Renting
Meeting Space!
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Training Room: Weekday starting  at $100 /  Weekend $300
Conference Room: Weekday starting at $70 / Weekend $250 

Please click here for more details.
Get Exposure!  

Showcase your organization
to over 10,000 visitors each month.
Your LOGO can be displayed on the NASW-NJ  
website for 30 days.

It will appear as a clickable link
right to your website.  
Just send us your Logo and
Web site URL!

For more information contact
Click to see photos from recent NASW-NJ events.

30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Main: 732-296-8070
Fax: 732-296-8074

Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW

Mary Jean Weston, MSW, LCSW
Interim Executive Director          

NASW National New Website Launch

NASW is pleased to announce the launch of a revised National website at on September 20, 2017. The new site is well organized, and is easy to navigate and search- whether from a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone.

In order to launch the new site, NASW will take offline from 9 p.m. Monday, September 18, throughout the day on Tuesday, September 19. During this maintenance, NASW's website will be unavailable. You will not be able to access any resources and tools on the website, such as your member profile, continuing education, NASW's Career Center, NASW News, or practice information.

While NASW's website is offline, NASW Member Services representatives will be available to answer questions, but will not have access to member records. NASW Member Services is available from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm ET Monday through Friday at 800.742.4089 or
PACE Committee Votes on Endorsements
NASW-NJ's Political Action For Candidate Election Committee (PACE) has been evaluating candidates for political endorsements and campaign contributions. We're excited to report that final decisions have been made and will be publicized shortly. 
PACE is entirely funded through voluntary contributions. We need your help to support our industry by filling public offices with social workers. Members can donate by following this link.
Residential Health Care Facility Bill Becomes Law

Thanks to the hard work of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey and our other partners, the RHCF bill ( sponsored by Weinberg, T. Kean / Vainieri Huttle, Lampitt, O'Scanlon, McKnight)  was signed into law on September 13, 2017.
The law clarifies DCA rule making authority over free-standing residential health care facilities, and prohibits eviction of residents from such facilities, except for good cause. This solves the problem of residents enduring unsanitary and/or unsafe conditions out of fear of being evicted for complaining.
Actions Social Workers Can Take to Stand with Dreamers

As social workers, we know that anything that threatens the well-being and livelihood of our communities becomes an issue that impacts our profession and our country. As our NASW Code of Ethics indicates, the primary mission of our profession is to enhance the human well-being of all people, help meet basic needs and empower individuals. When we entered this profession, we did so under an obligation to uphold a core set of values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, and integrity which are the foundation our code of ethics is built on.

Protecting dreamers and providing them with the opportunities they have earned is more than an immigration issue. It's a human issue, a health and mental health issue. Since the election, direct care providers have seen a rise in anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Together, there is much we can do to fight this important battle.

For the full article from Social Work Helper, click here.
Health Care Conference njahcsw
(6 Clinical, Ethics CEUs)

Social Work Issues in End of Life and Palliative Care Across the Health Care Continuum
(Given by the NJ Association of Health Care Social Workers)
October 16, 2017  from 8:00am - 4:00pm
Pines Manor in Edison
Note: CEUs valid for NJ licensed social workers, not for NY.
Full schedule and cost available on the conference homepage here.
An Hour with Private Practice: Q&A

Opting Out of Medicare and Other Insurance Companies

FREE Q&A Session for NASW Members (no CEUs)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Teleconference (12-1pm)

This session is offered by our NASW National Office.
For more information on how to join the call, click here.
DMHAS Transfer: Town Hall Meetings

The DMHAS transfer from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Health officially took  effect last Monday, August 28th. The transition will take place gradually and is  expected to be completed by the end of October.

The DOH and DMHAS have announced a schedule of stakeholder town-hall meetings to be conducted across NJ. These meetings present some of our first opportunities to provide comments and seek more information about the transfer. We urge you to learn more about this transfer and register to attend one of these meetings. This transfer introduces increased market insecurity and potentially jeopardizes services in NJ. We need to collectively show our concerns and work together towards a secure transition.

Learn more by reading this article or reviewing NASW's testimony

Register to attend a meeting  here.
Mercer-Burlington Unit Members held a
Private Practice Discussion in Bordentown
Join Us for Hill Day 2017

On October 2 - 3, join the  National Association of Social Workers  and the  National Council for Behavioral Health  for Hill Day 2017 in Washington, D.C.  
Hill Day is an opportunity for hundreds of behavioral health providers, consumers, family members, board members, administrators and community stakeholders to advocate for better resources for mental health and addiction treatment across the country.
Registration for Hill Day is free and includes access to policy sessions, workshops and keynote speakers on Monday, October 2. Visits to elected officials on Capitol Hill will take place on Tuesday, October 3.

With 20 national partners, Hill Day is the largest behavioral health advocacy event of the year. 

Learn more by clicking here. Click here to register.

Upcoming CE Courses
Military Culture for Social Workers: Understanding their Strengths, Structure and Battles 
(5 Clinical, Social/Cultural CEUs) 
Presenter: Patricia Spencer, LCSW 
Friday, September 15 from 9:30am - 3:30pm in North Brunswick 

When Addiction and Motherhood Collide- LIVE WEBINAR 
(2 Clinical CEUs)
Presenter: Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW
Tuesday, September 26 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm via webinar
Info & Registration

How to be a Sex Positive Therapist: This is Not Your Gym Teacher's Presentation
(3 Clinical CEUs)
Presenter: Melissa Donahue, LCSW, CST
Tuesday, October 24 from 10:00am - 1:00pm in Wayne
Info & Registration

NASW-NJ Leadership Development Program:
Leading Through a New Lens
(20 General CEUs, including 4 Ethics & 4 Soc/Cultural)
October 27, 28, and 29 in North Brunswick
Info & Registration

Looking for more courses?
View the full list of scheduled NASW-NJ CE Courses (and keep an eye out as we add more!) on our Web site here.
Test Prep Courses
test prep book (includes ASWB Masters or Clinical study manual - $85 value!)

LSW Test Prep
September 24 - Register 
LCSW Test Prep
October 6 - Register
Earn 1.5 Ethics CEUs  
On Your Own Time! 

**Pre-recorded Webinar**
Social Work Licensure:
How to Keep Yourself Out of Trouble  
(1.5 General, Ethics CEUs)

Want to avoid fines and keep your license? Sure you do! Learn what gets NJ social workers in trouble with the Licensing Board (NJBSWE), and how to prevent these problems in your social work practice.

Participants will purchase the course to access the recorded video (at your leisure), take a post-test and your CE certificate will be e-mailed to you within 1 week after successfully completing the post-test.

NASW Member - $15
Non-Member- $25

Purchase now
Private Practice Shared Interest Group (PPSIG) Meetings   

If you are in Private Practice or are interested in Private Practice related issues and would like to be added to one of the 10 locally-based PPSIGs, send an email to Christina Mina at with the name of the group you would like to join.

Click on the PPSIG names for information & to register:

October 3 - Bergen PPSIG (meets in Teaneck) 
October 12 - Monmouth/Ocean PPSIG (meets in Eatontown)
October 16 - North/Central PPSIG (meets in Bridgewater)

For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.

Did you know that there is no limit to the number of online CEUs you can take for your NJ license?

Choose from over 150 courses available on the
Social Work Online CE Institute.

The New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is a diverse membership organization that promotes, develops, and strengthens the professional practice of social work and social workers. Through advocacy and public policy,
NASW-NJ affects progressive social change and social justice for
individuals, families, and communities.
Please consider joining today!
For more about NASW, click here.             To join NASW, click here.