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September 7, 2018
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Upcoming Events

To see all our events, visit our Calendar.

Wednesday, 9/12, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Friday-Sunday, 9/14-9/16, 9am-4:30pm

Monday, 9/17, 12pm-2pm

Monday, 9/17, 6:30pm-8pm

Monday, 9/17, 6pm-8pm

Tuesday, 9/18, 11am-1pm
Wednesday, 9/19, 12pm-1pm
Friday, 9/21, 9am-4:30pm

Monday, 9/24, 6:30pm-9pm

Friday, 9/28, 12pm-1:30pm

Monday, 10/1, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Friday, 10/5, 9am-4:30pm
LCSW Test Prep Course- Clinical

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Celebration of Social Work Excellence

Monday, September 24, 2018
The Estate at Farrington Lake
East Brunswick, NJ
6:30-9:00 PM

Join us a celebrate our 2018 Annual Awards winners and recognize the contributions of our 2017 committee members. 

Annual NASW-NJ Awards will be presented to: 
Presidential Award- Dr. Golam Mathor
Public Citizen of the Year- Maureen Kale
Social Worker of the Year- Elsa Candelario
Outstanding Service Award- Brian McGovern
Lifetime Achievement Award- Drewsilla Thorne
Elected Public Official- Assemblywoman Joann Downey

Want to recognize and congratulate our awardees? You can purchase space in our ad journal here.
Seeking Presenters for 2019 Conference 
We are beginning to plan our 2019 NASW-NJ A nnual 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.

Deadline for submissions has been extended
September 12! 

Want to Exhibit Your Agency/Services to 1,000+ Social Workers? Click here to provide us with your contact information.
License/Certification Renewal for all NJ Social Workers
The initial renewal period ended August 31st. However, you can renew your license or certification during the month of September and pay a $100 late fee.

Renewals must now be completed online. Follow the instructions on the renewal notice at your earliest convenience to renew your License/Certification. If you have not yet received a renewal notice, click here for instructions on how to renew without your notice. 
New Out-of-Networking Billing 

On June 1, 2018, Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2018, c. 32 ("The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act") which requires transparency in out-of-network billing and will go into effect on September 1, 2018. Click here for a summary of the law as it applies to health care professionals. This summary was provided by the Division of Consumer Affairs. NASW-NJ will be releasing a tip sheet in the near future about this law as it applies to social workers in private practice. 
Hour with Private Practice Q&A: An Overview of Ethical Dilemmas in Private Practice

FREE Q&A Session for NASW Members (no CEUs)
Wednesday, September 19
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.

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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          

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

We're now featuring our custom designed STAY WOKE tees. Whether you're fighting for equal rights, furthering redistributive justice, or ensuring a candidate for the Supreme Court represents our social work values, let people know you're woke.

Social Worker and DACA Recipient Turns Adversity into Advocacy  

Cinthia Osorio is a recent BSW graduate, member of NASW, a DACA recipient, and a fierce advocate for immigrant rights. She is also a cancer survivor. Recently she shared her story with the North Jersey Record. 

As reported by the Record: "Osorio, 23, of Dover, is now in remission and recently started a job as a social worker - one that offers health insurance. But the diagnosis of a serious illness - days after the administration had hoped to begin phasing out the DACA program - underscored the peril that DACA recipients would face if they were to lose their two-year renewable work permits and the access to employer-sponsored health insurance that comes with them. For Osorio, it was a wake-up call that she expects will have lasting influence on her activism."

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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 leadership:
  • Camden/Gloucester/Salem
  • Hudson
If you would like information on how to become a Unit Leader, please contact Ashley Rifkin at or 732-296-8070, ext. 119.

Come and Learn
The Comprehensive Resource Model
A New Memory Reconsolidation Model for Advanced Clinical Practice
4-day Training at a Retreat Center in Whiting, NJ (near Toms River)
December 6-9, 2018 (Thurs-Sun)
28 CEUs available

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Upcoming Live Webinars

Social Work Practice with Suicidal Clients
(2 Clinical CEUs)
Wednesday 9/26 from 6-8pm
Info & Registration

Clinical Supervision: New Regulations, Best Practices
(no CEUs)
Wednesday 10/3 from 6-7:30pm
Info & Registration

Looking to take self-study online courses? Check out our list of pre-recorded courses here.
LSW & LCSW Test Prep Courses
Clinical Exam Guide 
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
Cost: $120 for members, $160 for non-members

LSW - Masters Prep Course
September 21 - Register
October 12 - Register

LCSW- Clinical Prep Course
October 5 - Register
December 7 - Register

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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 September 14 through Sunday September 16
Presented by Patricia Spencer, LCSW
Info & Registration
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The August 2018 Washington Update is now available. Click here.
U.S. Senate Candidate Forum on Disability
Friday, September 14, 6-8pm, Edison, NJ

A non-partisan event for candidates and voters to come together to discuss important issues facing the disability community. Open to the public. Click here for more information.

Hosted by Alliance Center for Independence and REV-UP NJ.
RSVP required to or 732-738-4388.
Political Campaign Careers for Women
Saturday, October 20, 9am - 3pm

Our partners at The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) will be hosting an  all day workshop to provide an introduction to political careers many people don't even know exist. Learn about campaigns, campaign committees, and independent consulting, as well as working for political action committees, associations and think tanks, just to name a few.  Find out how jobs in politics can provide exciting opportunities to enact positive change.

More information and registration can be found here.
Support Increased Medicare Reimbursement for Clinical Social Workers

The  Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S. 2613 / H.R. 1290) contains many provisions to ensure Medicare beneficiaries have access to a full array of mental health and addictions treatment services. Among those are several positions that stand to benefit clinical social workers, including:
  • Increased Access to Adequate Reimbursement Rates for Clinical Social Workers (CSWs): S.2613 / H.R. 1290 would align Medicare payment for clinical social workers with that of other non-physician providers by increasing the reimbursement rate from 75% to 85% of the physician fee schedule.
  • Increase Access to Mental Health Services for Residents of Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF): Currently, CSWs who are not employed by the SNF to provide medically related social work services are unable to seek independent reimbursement under Medicare Part B for psychotherapy services provided to SNF residents. S. 2613 would rectify this problem by excluding CSW services from SNF consolidated billing.
  • Provide Access to the Complete set of CSWs Services that Help Medicare Beneficiaries Cope with Medical Conditions: Although HBAI services are within the scope of practice for CSWs, Medicare currently only reimburses CSWs for the "diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses."
Click here to urge your elected officials to co-sponsor or support this important legislation.
Apply for Financial Assistance with Legal Expenses

If you're engaged in litigation related to the NASW Code of Ethics, social work principles, and/or standards of social work practice advocated by NASW, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the NASW Legal Defense Fund.
Learn the Latest Advances in Social Work and Human Services

Access "Most Cited" Articles from NASW Journals for Free

For a limited time, NASW members can access top articles published in NASW's scholarly journals: Social Work, Social Work Research, Health & Social Work, and Children & Schools. Explore innovations in practice, interdisciplinary efforts, research, policy, planning, and more. NASW members receive an online subscription to Social Work with NASW membership and discounted rates on subscriptions to Social Work Research, Health & Social Work, and Children & Schools.

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