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February 1, 2019
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Upcoming Events

To see all our events, visit our Calendar.

Tuesday, 2/5, 11am-1pm

Friday 2/8, 9am-4:30pm

Monday, 2/11, 12pm-2pm

Monday, 2/11, 6pm-7:30pm

Monday, 2/11, 6pm-8pm

Tuesday, 2/12, 6pm-8pm

T hursday, 2/14, 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, 2/20, 12pm-1pm

Saturday, 2/23, 9am-4:30pm

Tuesday, 2/26, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesday, 2/27, 12pm-2pm

Wednesday, 2/27, 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, 2/27, 6pm-8pm

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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.
NASW-NJ honors the pioneers and civil rights leaders who have sacrificed--and continue to sacrifice--so much to make this world more equal for all people. We kick off our month long celebration of black history with a look at the origins of Black History Month. Wikipedia notes

Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, from January 2, 1970 - February 28, 1970.

Six years later, Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.

Throughout the month of February, newSWire  will take you on a Journey of African-Americans, past and present, whose efforts have brought empowerment and change to today's society. Be sure to see our feature articles in the February issue of FOCUS, as well.
NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition

Early Bird Registration Ends February 18 - Don't Miss Out on these Discounted Rates
Social Work: Our Stories, Our Strengths
April 28 - April 30, 2019
Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
Atlantic City, NJ 
  • Earn up to 23.5 CEUs in one incredible weekend.
  • Learn about telemedicine best practices at our pre-conference program.
  • Fulfill your new 1-CEU prescription opioid addiction requirement at our early morning session on Opioid Dependence.
  • Choose from 65+ workshops.
  • Join us for a special cocktail reception at the Water Club Pool!
Legislature Passes Minimum Wage and Family Leave Bills

Yesterday was a historic day in Trenton, as the Senate and Assembly passed bills raising the state's minimum wage and strengthening our state's family leave insurance program. New Jersey becomes just the 4th state in our country to pass legislation increasing the minimum wage, over time, to $15 an hour. The Governor is expected to sign both bills in the near future.

The passage of these bills is a tremendous victory for working families and advocates. New Jersey Policy Perspective estimates that 1 million workers will benefit from the minimum wage increase.

Thank you for all you did to help these bills become law!
Tools for Social Workers to Prevent Gun Violence
NASW Social Justice Brief

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in conjunction with NASW created a new social justice brief that offers social workers concrete ways to reduce gun violence. These steps including asking clients whether the guns they owned are stored securely so  children cannot get them.

Read the full brief here.

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Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Jennifer Thompson, MSW
Executive Director          

Social Work Month: NASW/Rutgers Diversity & Inclusion Series

JOINING AGAINST HATE  is a three event  series hosted by  NASW-NJ and  Rutgers University  School of Social Work  in honor of Social Work Month. 
E vents are free and open to all students & NASW members! 
Wednesday, February 27, 12-2pm
Developing Effective Community Partnerships
Wednesday, March 6, 4-5:30pm
Advocacy Efforts in NJ to Join Against Hate
Wednesday, March 13, 11:30am-1pm
Invisible Wounds of Racial Trauma
Free Podcast Series Helps Social Workers Avoid Lawsuits

NASW Assurance Services Introduces "Social Work: Risky Business" Podcast
This new podcast program is a series of short, informative tips on how to manage malpractice risks. Topics cover social work malpractice issues, best practices, and liability strategies to reduce exposure to malpractice lawsuits. Tune in to learn how to manage and protect your career better.

Episode 1: Documentation Pointers to Avoid Liability and Malpractice
"Medical records requests" and "breach of confidentiality" are the leading claims issues for social workers. These claims trigger lawsuits, licensing board inquiries, and HIPAA information breach liability. A malpractice judgment can hurt you personally and professionally. While malpractice insurance claims cases are adjudicated, your file documentation may be the only case evidence that protects you from a lawsuit filed against you.

Episode 2: Avoiding Insurance Coverage Gaps
Keeping on top of your insurance coverages is vital to ensure your assets are protected. In this episode, we provide some tips for healthcare workers to manage risk.
Redistricting Reform - Best Practices for a Fairer NJ

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey - together with the Fair Districts New Jersey Coalition and the Network for Responsible Public Policy - has announced the first set in a series of ten public forums taking place across the state to educate voters on gerrymandering and the legislative redistricting process, and to present
ideas for reforms. 

Additional forums will be announced soon in Montclair, Union County, and Atlantic City. A full schedule can be found online at and .
Become A Court Appointed Special Advocate

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of New Jersey is seeking volunteers to help children caught in New Jersey's foster care system. Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA volunteers as they are known, work with children who have been removed from their homes as a result of abuse or neglect; these children desperately need caring adults to be by their side. 

You can serve as a "voice in court" for children by volunteering to be a CASA advocate. CASA programs are located in all 21 counties of NJ, so volunteering in your home county will impact the life of a local child. By becoming a CASA advocate, you can make a significant difference in the life of a child TODAY!

For more information about volunteering as a CASA advocate in your home county, see the flyer or visit
stack_bills.jpg Moving From Insurance to Cash Practice

If you're changing from being an insurance provider to a private pay fee-for-service practice, you'll need to provide written notice to your insurance company that you are terminating your contract.  Read this NASW Practice Perspective for more steps to take to facilitate the transition. 
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
  • your questions answered by expert instructors
Cost: $120 for members, $160 for non-members

LSW - Masters Prep Course
February 23 - Register
March 11 - Register

LCSW - Clinical Prep Course
February 8 - Register
March 5 - Register
3-Day Clinical Supervision Course 
(20 CEUs)

These courses are 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 March 22 through Sunday March 24
Presented by Manda Gatto, LCSW
Info & Registration

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Clinical Supervision webinar

All courses on the Social Work Online CE Institute are valid for NJ social workers.

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.
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