NASW-NJ newSWire
October 12, 2018
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Upcoming Events

To see all our events, visit our Calendar.

Monday, 10/15, 12pm-2pm

Monday, 10/15, 6pm-8pm

Monday, 10/15, 6pm-7:30pm

Wednesday, 10/17, 12pm-1pm

Wednesday, 10/24, 6pm-8pm

Thursday, 10/25, 6pm-8pm

Friday, 10/26, 12pm-1:30pm

Friday-Sunday, 10/26-20/28

Tuesday, 10/30, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Monday, 11/5, 6pm-8pm

Friday, 11/9, 9:30am-11am

You can help with disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Florence victims. Read information from the North Carolina Chapter here

We are currently seeking candidates to fill the following seats 
on the NASW-NJ Board of Directors:

- First Vice President

- Northwest Regional Representative

- Northeast Regional Representative

- Undergraduate Student Representative (BSW only)

- Graduate Student Representative (MSW only)

In addition, we are seeking candidates for the following leadership positions: 
- Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification: Four (4) positions open

Click here for more details or to submit a nomination.
Ethics CE Webinar Next Monday!

This is What Democracy Looks Like: A Civics Refresher for Social Workers
(2 Ethics CEUs)
10/15 from 6:00pm-8:00pm via webinar
Presenter: Terri Klemm, DSW, LCSW

Civic engagement has long been recognized as a fundamental responsibility in the social work profession. As we near the upcoming - and very consequential -- midterm elections, this is a good time to make sure we are well informed about basic civics, the rules about voter registration and voting in NJ, and the ethical and legal mandates that guide social workers' political activities.

Cost: $35 for NASW members, $55 for non-members

NASW-NJ Leadership Development Certificate 
(20 CEUs)
October 26, 27, and 28 in North Brunswick

We are offering the entire NASW-NJ Leadership Development Certificate Course again this fall! You can choose to take 1-day, 2-days or all 3-days at this time. 

We know that you're inspiring to your clients and colleagues, and we want to give you some extra tools to be a super qualified leader. Add this Certificate to your already impressive resume, hone your skills and prepare for your next leadership role. 

Hour with Private Practice Q&A: Do's and Don'ts of Technology in Private Practice
FREE Q&A Session for NASW Members (no CEUs)
Wednesday, October 17
Teleconference (12-1pm)

This session is offered by our NASW National Office.
For more information on how to join the call, click here.

NASW-NJ Online CE Courses

Looking to take some of your courses from home? NASW-NJ is making it affordable!

Our current offering of pre-recorded webinars can be found here.
MORRISTOWN,NJ-Ayre Counseling is seeking an individual with a social work/behavioral health background to function as a Community Representative. Functions include managing practice, advertising and marketing, providing administrative support and assisting with the launch of new service lines. There is also the opportunity for some direct clinical practice, if interested. This is a unique opportunity for a motivated, energetic individual. This is a full-time opportunity that includes salary, health insurance, benefits and incentive plan. Please send letters of interest and CV to Executive Director, Ayre Counseling, LLC via email:
Beautifully furnished office space in Hackettstown. Excellent location with plenty of parking. Handicapped accessible. The monthly rent is shared and costs approximately 225.00 per month. The rate can be less but is never more than 225.00. The full amount depends on the cost of utilities that month. All social workers and counselors renting here keep the four consulting rooms and waiting area clean and share the costs of office supplies (e.g., tissues, cleaning supplies, toilet paper).
 If interested please call Laurene Clossey, Ph.D, LCSW @ 908 455-1117. 

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It will appear as a clickable link
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Just send us your Logo and
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Our weekly round-up of state and national news relevant to the social work profession in New Jersey
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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
Jennifer Thompson, MSW
Executive Director          

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
(September 15 - October 15)

Mexican-American Lizzie Velasquez is a global motivational speaker, anti-bullying activist, social media personality, and author. Velasquez was born with a rare syndrome called Marfanoid-progeroid-lipodystrophy syndrome that, among other symptoms, prevents her from accumulating body fat and gaining weight. Her condition resulted in bullying during her childhood and ultimately inspired her to take up motivational speaking.
Velasquez began her public advocacy pursuits in 2013 with her breakthrough   TEDx Talk titled "How Do You Define Yourself?" Her talk attracted millions of viewers and lead to various appearances on The View, in the Huffington Post, Associated Press, and many other national and international media outlets. Velasquez is an Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary based on her life, "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story" which follows her personal journey from a cyber bullying victim to a global anti-bullying activist.
Respond by October 19

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, tell us your area(s) of expertise by October 19, 2018. You must be a current NASW member to serve on a policy review panel.
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Sovereignty, Rights, and the Well-Being of Indigenous Peoples
Board of Social Work Examiners New Regulations
New Regulations Went to Effect 9/17/18
Major changes include:
  • Coursework that is accepted in LCSW application
  • Hours required and timeline for LCSW application
  • How CEUs (Ethics, Clinical, Social/Cultural Competence) are counted
  • Expectations for Professional Conduct/Appropriate Behavior
  • Clinical Supervision by Videoconference
  • Requirement for Client Waiver of Confidentiality
NASW-NJ plans to distribute a Tip Sheet outlining changes in the Regulations to all NASW-NJ Members. Watch for it in your email! 

Questions about the new Regulations will be addressed once the Tip Sheet is distributed and posted on our website. Stay tuned!
License/Certification for NJ Social Workers!
The renewal period has ended. If your job requires you to have a NJ Social Work license or certification and you did not renew it, you'll need to have it reinstated before you can practice social work in NJ. 
Click here to check the status of your license/certification. 

If you want to reinstate, write to the Board and request a reinstatement packet:  Board of Social Work Examiners, P.O. Box 45033, Newark, New Jersey 07101.
This process can take 2-3 months.

If you have questions, click here for information about our Licensing Consultation.
Social Work Jobs Available Through HRSA

The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be hosting a virtual job fair for mental health and substance abuse practitioners.

Health care professionals hired by organizations in Health Professional Shortage Areas who provide opioid and substance use disorder treatment may qualify for a new Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program which will open this Fall.

Click for more details and registration information.
Wear Your Social Work Pride

Show your support for the issues that matter most to you and support your professional organization. Click  HERE to visit our store!

With gender related issues dominating the news cycle--from #metoo, #timesup, threats to women's healthcare funding, and challenges to a women's right to choose--now is the time to stand against policies, practices, and attitudes that are harmful to women and to our society as a whole.

That's why NASW-NJ's Advocacy Coordinator, Jeff Feldman, is modeling our new " Men of Quality Do Not Fear Equality" t-shirt. Join him in letting people know that you believe equality matters (suit jacket not required).

New! "Impact Your Outcome" Series

Maybe you are looking for a promotion or maybe you're just ready for a job change!  We created this  Impact Your Outcome Series
to help you invest in yourself.

These are all f ree for members, $25 for non-members.

Successful Salary Negotiation Strategies
Tuesday, 10/30 from 6:30-7:30pm via webinar

Let's Get You Hired: Resume Tips For Students

Tuesday, 11/13 from 12-1pm via webinar

Public Speaking & Communication Skills for Social Workers
Tuesday, 12/4 from 6-7pm via webinar

More webinars in this series coming soon!

The NASW 2018 Virtual Forum will be held Wednesday and Thursday, November 14 & 15. This two-day program will address the opioid crisis from a social work perspective, feature both plenary and breakout sessions, and offer CE credits (valid for NJ social workers). Live streamed from the NASW National Office, you will be able to view it from anywhere!
Topics covered include: Ethics, Self-Care, Policy, Use in the LGBTQ Community, Integrated Health, Best Practices, Child Welfare and more!

Learn more and register at

Clinical Supervision webinar
Seeking More Presenters!

We're creating a new series of webinars and are looking for experts like you.

Currently seeking in the following areas:
  • CE workshop related to Aging
  • CE workshop related to Dating Violence in Teens
  • CE workshop related to Stress & Anxiety in Students
  • Social Media Strategies for Your Business
  • Interview Prep Tips & Tricks
  • Social Workers who can teach how to become: a school social worker, an LCADC, an Executive Director, EAP social worker, etc (we're open to ideas!)
  • Strategic Planning for Agencies
  • How to Run for Political Office
If you have expertise in one of those areas or wish to suggestion a different topic area, share your info with us here, so we can reach out to you. 
LSW & LCSW Test Prep Courses
This course includes:
  • your own copy of the Revised ASWB Masters or Clinical Exam Guide ($90 value!) 
  • a personal code to download the app version of the book 
  • access to the interactive practice test and supplemental materials
Cost: $120 for members, $160 for non-members

LSW - Masters Prep Course
November 16 - Register
December 14 - Register

LCSW- Clinical Prep Course
December 7 - Register
All courses on the Social Work Online CE Institute are valid for NJ social workers.
3-Day Clinical Supervision Course 
(20 CEUs)

This course is for those who have held their LCSW for at least 3 years and who wish to supervise LSWs seeking their clinical hours. The course meets the NJ BSWE requirement for 20 continuing education credits related to supervision, and also includes 5 Ethics and 3 Social/Cultural Competence CEUs. This course is held at our NASW office in North Brunswick.

Cost: $350 for NASW members, $425 for non-members

Friday November 30 through Sunday December 2
Presented by Patricia Spencer, LCSW
Info & Registration
NASW Webinar: The Family Separation Crisis and the Importance of Legal Representation
Monday, October 15, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

Cost: Free (no CEUs are provided with this webinar)

Attorneys providing legal services to detained immigrant children separated from their parents have played a critical role in ensuring that these children are safe, provided with information about their legal rights, and reunited with their parents when possible. However, many unaccompanied children, including some with histories of abuse, trafficking, and other harms, have faced complicated legal proceedings without lawyers to represent them. This webinar will provide an overview of the intersection of family separation and legal services for unaccompanied children, from the perspective of a practitioner on the ground; the national picture; and the federal policy changes under consideration.

Support Expanded Family Leave Insurance

As women's rights and worker protections are under assault in Washington, here in NJ we have the opportunity expand rights for women and anyone who cares for family members while juggling work responsibilities. A precious newborn or a dying parent need our devoted care - but sadly not everyone can afford to take time off from work to provide that care.

A bill that would overhaul the New Jersey Family Leave Insurance program and move us closer to a paid leave program that works for everyone will be up for an important vote in the NJ Senate Budget Committee this coming Monday, October 15. The bill makes many important improvements, but contains one major flaw. It fails to extend job protection for all who use the program, making more than 750,000 New Jerseyans vulnerable to losing their jobs if they dare to use the program.

Learn How to Overcome Voting Barriers and Motivate to Vote
Training for Social Workers: Social Workers as Social & Political Activists

NASW is repeating webinars on how to overcome voting challenges and barriers faced by low-income people, ethnic minorities, senior citizens, currently and formerly incarcerated people, and college students, and on how to motivate millennials to vote. 

Each presentation includes a live introduction with guest speakers and live Q&A discussion.

October 31, 2018 @ 3:00pm ET
Get guidance on how to motivate young eligible voters to vote in local, state, and federal elections. Understand current barriers that impede and limit voter participation among this group.
Register now
Become a National Leader for NASW
Respond by October 31

NASW is seeking individuals who are visionaries and creative thinkers for the NASW Board of Directors and the National Committee on Nominations & Leadership Identification (NCNLI). If that's you and you have a commitment to serving the association and the profession and would be willing to be considered for an elected position, please submit your nomination by October 31, 2018. The NCNLI will meet on November 30, 2018 to develop the slate of candidates for the 2019 national election. For inquiries, contact . For a list of open positions, click here .

NASW Legal Defense Fund (LDF) Has Your Back

LDF has been promoting social justice for more than 45 years. Established in 1972 to provide financial legal assistance and to support cases and issues of concern to NASW members and the social work profession, LDF also offers educational programs to improve the legal status and knowledge of social workers, including these: 

* Legal Issue of the Month. These articles present an overview of legal topics important to social work practice, focusing on a recent court decision or emerging legal issue. This archive of articles for NASW members addresses commonly asked questions as well as hot-button emerging issues. 

* "Friend of the Court" Briefs. LDF's Amicus Brief Database, an online reference tool exclusively for NASW members, houses legal briefs filed by NASW in significant cases across the country and in the Supreme Court. Friend of the court briefs are accepted by courts to help understand aspects of issues that may not be fully addressed by the parties to the litigation, or where specialized knowledge may be helpful in reaching a conclusion in high profile cases. 

* HIPAA Toolkit.  LDF developed the "Help with HIPAA" online toolkit for members and has analyzed HIPAA's medical privacy regulations in relation to NASW's Code of Ethics. NASW provides members with information and resources related to clinical practice, and this toolkit contains a comprehensive compilation of online HIPAA forms, office policies, and sample documents easily adapted to an individual social worker's practice.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards for social workers, and to advance sound social policies.
Please consider joining today!
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