NASW-NJ newSWire
June 28, 2019
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Upcoming Events
To see all our events, visit our Calendar.

Saturday, 6/29, 5pm-7pm

Wednesday, 7/10, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Tuesday, 7/16, 9am-4:30pm

Friday-Sunday, 7/26-28, 9am-4:30pm

Friday, 8/16, 9am-4:30pm

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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.
2nd Annual Social Work Survey: Your Voice Matters

In order to gain a better understanding of the needs of social workers in our state and your experiences with our organization, we would like you to provide candid feedback to us. You do not need to be an NASW member to complete the survey--we want to hear from ALL social workers, regardless of affiliation. 

Click HERE to take the anonymous survey (and pass it along to your friends and colleagues!)

Update on the Border Crisis: How You Can Help

The humanitarian crisis at our southern border continues unabated. Earlier this week 250 children of the children being held at a sub-standard facility in Clint, TX were moved to other facilities; however, barely a day later 100 of those children were reportedly  moved back to the Clint location. At the time of this writing the Senate and the House had just agreed to and approved a $4.6 billion aid package; however, it remains to be seen how these resources will be brought to bear in border states. 

NASW-NJ is in the process of developing a continuing education course that will help social workers learn how to apply their skills and training to assist individuals and families facing deportation hearings in court and to address other concerns and needs of migrant families. We'll be sharing more information about this opportunity in future issues of newSWire.

In the meantime, you can help by speaking up for immigrant families, continuing to hold Congress accountable for lack of satisfactory action, and by making financial contributions to those agencies providing social services, legal assistance, and more. The below articles offer several suggestions and contact information to help you target your efforts.

20 Ways You Can Help Immigrants Now ( 

Children Shouldn't Be Dying at the Border. Here's How You Can Help (NYTimes)

Board of Social Work Examiners Updates Timeline for Taking LCSW Exam 

LSWs must now complete 2 years of clinical practice prior to applying to take the LCSW Clinical Exam

A recent change by the National ASWB & NJ BSWE will impact LSWs who are working towards LCSW licensure. Previously in NJ, the LCSW Clinical Exam could be taken 90 days after a social worker had passed the LSW Masters Exam. The revised timeline now requires an LSW to take the clinical exam after having completed at least two years of clinical experience.
NASW-NJ has reached out to the BSWE for further clarification as to how this change will impact LSWs who have not yet completed their two years of clinical practice, but who currently have a pending application to take the Clinical Exam. We will share more information as it becomes available.
Office Space Available in North Brunswick

Located off Rt 1 South, convenient access to Rt 18 and NJ Turnpike

Looking for a great centrally located space to set up your small business? Consider leasing space at NASW-NJ's headquarters.

Private 12' x 13' office space and 6' x 6' cubicle space available. Includes free wireless internet, kitchen, waiting area, and conference rooms. 24/7 access. Printer and phone/fax access available for additional fee. Shopping and dining nearby. 

For more information call 732-296-8070 x 110 or email.
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or call 973-713-2328.

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

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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          

New Schedule Released for "An Hour with Private Practice: Questions and Answers" 

The July - December 2019 schedule for  An Hour with Private Practice programs has just been released. 

Review the schedule and plan to participate in these important discussions.
Space Still Available in July LSW Masters Exam Prep Course

Take your career to the next level!
These courses 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
July 16 -  Register
Instructor: Dawn Apgar, PhD, author of the ASWB Masters Exam Guide

LCSW - Clinical Prep Course
August 16 - Register
Instructor: Dawn Apgar, PhD, author of the ASWB Clinical Exam Guide
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, July 26th through Sunday, July 28th
9am-4:30pm each day
Presented by Dr. Tawanda Hubbard
Info & Registration
Webinar: Social Work in An Era of School Shootings and Lockdown Drills

2 Clinical CEUs

In this workshop, social workers will gain a greater knowledge of what the various types of lockdown drills are and what actually occurs during lockdown drills in schools. In addition, we will discuss the role social workers, teachers and school administrators play in the emotional and mental health of children.

Learn more about the presenter.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Presented by Nancy Kislin, LCSW, MFT, author of the book Lockdown: Talking to Your Kids about School Violence

Info & Registration
Lead the Conversation, Be a Thought Leader. Call for Papers Now Open.

Apply to Be a Presenter at the 2020 NASW-NJ Annual Conference

NASW-NJ is soliciting proposals for presentation at our next statewide continuing education conference, to be held  A pril 26-28,2020 in Atlantic City.

Each year the conference attracts over 1,200 attendees and hundreds of exhibitors from across the country for three days of intensive learning and dialogue. Our presenters play a critical role in this conference, sharing knowledge and expertise across a variety of different topics.

Proposals are Due September 2, 2019. More information.

Volunteer Unit Leadership Opportunities !

NASW-NJ is primarily supported by volunteers, and you can enhance the value of your membership by sharing your time and talents. NASW-NJ has 12 units across New Jersey to provide members regionally based activities. 

Each unit has a volunteer Chair and Co-Chair to plan and coordinate educational, networking, social and volunteer events that bring value to our members.
Open Unit Volunteer Roles:
  • Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland - Chair
  • Bergen/Passaic - Chair & Co-Chair
  • Camden/Gloucester/Salem - Co-Chair  
  • Mercer/Burlington - Co-Chair
  • Monmouth/Ocean - Chair
  • Union- Chair & Co-Chair

  • Somerset/Hunterdon - Co-Chair 
We are still accepting applications. Submit yours today!
Questions? contact Christina Mina at or 732-296-8070, ext. 117.
Share Your Passion. Rock Your Profession. Live the Brand. 

Celebrate Pride Month with our exclusive branded rainbow design t-shirt and let the world know: Love Wins! 

Urge Congress to Fund and Protect the Older Americans Act and Other Aging Services Programs.

The Older Americans Act (OAA) and other federally funded aging services programs help older adults to maximize dignity, health, and independence. Services funded through the OAA include case management, elder abuse prevention, family caregiver supports, nutrition programs, and transportation. Social workers are involved in the provision and administration of many of these programs, which are a cost-effective way of enabling older adults to age in their homes and communities.
In partnership with the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, and other groups, NASW has advocated consistently to fund the OAA and other aging services programs. Thanks to this persistence, funding for some programs was increased or held steady in fiscal years (FYs) 2018 and 2019. However, funding for the OAA and other aging services programs falls far short of the need, and the President's budget proposal for FY 2020 will exacerbate the problem. Your help is needed to ensure Congress passes a budget that enables the OAA and other aging services programs--and, consequently, older adults and entire communities--to thrive. 

Health care and social service workers are nearly five times more likely to be assaulted than other workers, and the rate of violent injuries is growing rapidly. The 
Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act  seeks to keep social workers, health care professionals, and social service professionals safe at work. This much-needed legislation would require hospitals, residential treatment facilities, substance use disorder treatment centers, clinics at correctional or detention facilities, and other service facilities to develop and implement comprehensive violence prevention plans and provide whistle-blower protections for workers.

Clinical social workers are one of three mental health professions that provide psychotherapy services for Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare reimburses clinical social workers at only 75% of the rate reimbursed to psychiatrists and psychologists. This rate is even lower than the 85% other non-physician practitioners (such as physical therapists, physician assistants, and occupational therapists) are reimbursed. This discrepancy deters clinical social workers from becoming Medicare providers and makes it difficult to retain clinical social workers as Medicare providers, thereby decreasing Medicare beneficiaries' access to mental health services. A key provision of the bipartisan legislation is to increase the reimbursement rate for clinical social workers to 85% of the physician fee schedule, which would ensure beneficiaries' access to clinical social workers.

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