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July 27, 2018
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You can be sued if one of your clients is injured at your office, or if sensitive client data and records are lost! General liability  and   cyber liability protection are now available exclusively to NASW members!

Celebration of Social Work Excellence

Join us for the 2018
NASW-NJ Membership and Awards Dinner

Monday, September 24, 2018
The Estate at Farrington Lake
East Brunswick, NJ

NASW-NJ Awards Nominations
Celebrating Excellence and Service in Social Work

We are accepting nominations for the following awards:
-Social Worker of the Year
-Lifetime Achievement 
-Public Citizen of the Year
-Elected Public Official of the Year
-Outstanding Service

Deadline for Nominations is August 15, 2018.

For more information, refer to the Chapter Awards page on our website.

Student Interns: Clinical Practice & Medicaid Billing

NASW-NJ is in receipt of the recent newsletter, Volume 28, No. 9, dated July 2018, issued by the NJ Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services (DMAHS). In this guidance, the Division states that the Social Work Licensing Regulations promulgated by the Board of Social Work Examiners (N.J.A.C. 13:44G) prohibit social work interns from performing clinical social work activities in mental health and drug/alcohol clinics. 

NASW-NJ believes this determination to be an inadvertent misinterpretation by DMAHS of the Social Work Regulations. NASW-NJ, along with other concerned organizations, has issued a letter to DMAHS outlining our concerns and seeking resolution. 
Take the Clinical Social Work Survey
NASW-NJ is working with the NJ Department of Human Services to explore the possibility of LCSWs becoming approved as independent behavioral health care providers under Medicaid/NJ Family Care. This recognition of LCSWs' skills and training as mental health professionals is long overdue.

In order to move forward with this process, we will need to provide information about the number of LCSWs in NJ who would choose to become Medicaid providers and the estimated number of Medicaid clients who would be served by these providers.

If you are an LCSW in NJ or are working towards your LCSW, please take a moment to complete this important survey to assist us in gathering the required information. You can access the survey here.
Renew Social Work License/Certification
Do not upload CE documentation!
The Division of Consumer Affairs has mailed all license and certification renewal notices for NJ social workers.
If you are a NJ LCSW, LSW or CSW you should have received your renewal notice. If you have not yet received a renewal notice, click here for instructions on how to renew without your notice.

Do NOT send or upload CE documents when you renew. Although there is a place to upload documents on the renewal page, the Board does not want them at this time. 

The renewal deadline is August 31, 2018.
For information on renewal, CE requirements and where to find additional CEU programs, click here.

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NASW-NJ Online CE Courses

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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          

Upcoming NASW-NJ CE Courses
(Live Webinar) Understanding Body Image Issues
2 Social/Cultural CEUs on July 30 via webinar

Sensory Processing: What is It? Why Should a Social Worker Care?
3 Clinical CEUs on August 3 in Wayne

(Live Webinar) Storiez: Trauma Narratives with Inner City Youth
2 Clinical, Social/Cultural CEUs on August 23 via webinar
CE Webinar on Upcoming Licensing Changes (2 Ethics CEUs)
Now available for self-study! If you missed our live webinar, we have it ready for you to purchase. Learn about changes that may affect you and earn 2 Ethics CEUs!

Seeking Presenters for 2019 Conference
We are starting to plan our 2019 NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition, to be held April 28 - April 30, 2019 at the beautiful Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.

Interested in Presenting a Workshop?
Click HERE for information on submitting your proposal.

Want to Exhibit Your Agency/Services to 1,000+ Social Workers?
Click HERE to provide us with your contact information.

Deadline for submissions is August 29. 
LSW & LCSW Test Prep Courses
Clinical Exam Guide *NEW!* This course includes your own copy of the Revised ASWB Masters or Clinical Exam Guide (written by Dawn Apgar, printed by Springer Publishing) AND a personal code to download the app version of the book and its supplemental materials.

Cost: $120 for members, $160 for non-members

Upcoming LCSW - Clinical Prep Course
Friday, August 10 - Register

Upcoming LSW - Masters Prep Course
Friday, September 21 - Register
3-Day Clinical Supervision Course 
(20 CEUs)

This course if 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 August 17 through Sunday August 19
Presented by NASW-NJ President, Dr. Tawanda Hubbard
Info & Registration

Friday September 14 through Sunday September 16
Presented by Patricia Spencer, LCSW
Info & Registration

Working with Adults with Autism in Healthcare Situations
Thursday, August 2
3 Clinical CEUs

Immigration and the Law
Tuesday, August 21
3 Social & Cultural Competence CEUs

*While these are not NASW-NJ courses, as a service to our members we will run ads for programs that have documented approval by entities authorized by the NJ Board of SW Examiners. 
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Support Improvements to NJ's Family Leave Insurance Program

NASW-NJ continues to work with the NJ Time to Care Coalition to bring needed improvements to our state's Family Leave Insurance program that will allow more workers to access the program.

Have you needed time to care for family or will you need it soon? The Coalition is looking for people who can share their stories about the need for family leave. Email Dena at Time to Care to discuss how you can add your story to the Time to Care Coalition StoryBank. Your personal story can provide a powerful reason for legislators to act on this bill and ensure everyone who needs paid time to care for family can access it! 

You can also sign this letter urging the Legislature to act to improve NJ's paid family leave program.  
Take Action to Stop the 2020 Census Citizenship Question

NASW opposes the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Such a question will depress response rates, particularly among immigrant communities and communities of color. That, in turn, will diminish political representation, from city councils and school boards to state legislatures and all the way up to Congress. It will mean less funding for communities that need it most for education, nutrition, housing and health care, because the resources these programs get depends on an accurate count.

You can leave a public comment urging that the Citizenship question not be included and that the 2020 Census be conducted in a fair, professional, and nonpartisan manner. The comment deadline is August 7.
Guidance on New Duty to Warn and Protect Requirements

Governor Murphy signed into law legislation that will require health care professionals, including social workers, to help keep firearms away from clients who may harm themselves or others. The new law strengthens existing Duty to Warn or Protect law and requires clinicians to notify local police if a client makes a credible threat of violence, or is deemed to be a threat of violence, against themselves or others.   

We've prepared a Tip Sheet to help social workers understand the new reporting requirements. The information is also available under the "Clinical SW" drop-down on our Website.

The Monmouth/Ocean Unit Event on 7.24.18 featured presenter, DonnaMarie Simon, MSW, LSW, BCBA speaking about Foundations of Positive Support. Thank you Unit Chair, Megan Sherman for organizing this great event!
Looking to gain leadership experience?  Volunteer as a NASW-NJ Unit Leader!
NASW-NJ has 12 branches, called Units, across the state of New Jersey to provide members regionally based networking and educational opportunities. This is a great opportunity for members to build new skills while gaining leadership experience, influence the Unit and Chapter's efforts, impact your local social work community, boost your visibility/grow your network, and have fun!

The following Units need new leadership:
  • Camden/Gloucester/Salem
  • Hudson
  • Monmouth/Ocean

If you would like information on how to become a Unit Leader, please contact Ashley Rifkin at or 732-296-8070, ext. 119.


The New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
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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.
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