NASW-NJ newSWire
December 21, 2017

Please Note:
The Chapter office will be closed starting on December 25th and will re-open at 9:00am on January 2nd.

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.
Saturday, 1/6, 9am-4:30pm
Monday, 1/8, 9:30am-11:30am
Monday, 1/8, 12pm-2pm
Monday, 1/8, 6pm-7:30pm
Monday, 1/8, 6:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, 1/9, 11am-1pm
Wednesday, 1/10, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday, 1/11, 7pm-9pm 
NASW members have access to Social Work journal - the premier journal of the social work profession; widely read by practitioners, faculty and students. it is the official journal of NASW and is provided to all members as a membership benefit.
Sends Holiday Greetings

As we come to the end of 2018, I want to take a moment to thank all of our NASW-NJ Members, and all of the Social Workers of New Jersey, for the work you do all year long on behalf of the people of our State and for the communities we call "home."

It has been a tumultuous year ~ in so many ways. There is so much left to do! Click here or here for examples of the issues facing us in January.
But now is the time for reflection and for planning, for rest and for inspiration, for hope and for recommitment to the work ahead.
I encourage you to take a couple of minutes to watch the annual NASW Holiday message from CEO Angelo McClain (
The message covers NASW accomplishments over the past year and what the association plans to do in the coming year.

The Board and Staff of NASW-NJ join me in wishing you a joyous holiday season as well as a happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful new year.

We look forward to seeing you in 2018.
Mary Jean Weston
Interim Executive Director
Registration Now Open!
NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition

Today's Social Workers: United by Values, Working for Justice
April 29 - May 1, 2018
Borgata Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City, NJ

Earn up to 23 CEUs!

Earn 2 extra Ethics CEUs at a Sunday morning Plenary, presented by NASW Code of Ethics Review Task Force Chair, Allan Barsky.

Attend a Private Practice Lunch & Learn to get tips on starting or expanding your practice, new technology standards, and billing.

Search for job openings in the conference mobile app.

And....due to it's popularity last year... Trivia Night is back and the competition is going to be fierce!

Early bird discount rates end February 14th! 
Executive Director  
Job Announcement

The National Association of Social Workers is seeking an experienced executive director for the New Jersey Chapter located in North Brunswick, NJ. Candidates will possess strong leadership and association management skills, and substantial knowledge of the social work profession and values.

For a complete position description and application instructions go to the homepage link on

Morganville, NJ- Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is seeking an Intensive In-Home Therapist A Full-time /Contract position. Requirements/Preferences: Masters' Degree in social work, psychology, counseling, marriage and family therapy or other related clinical discipline required. 
Must have a Valid New Jersey LCSW or LPC license and a driver's license required; One year of clinical work in a behavioral health setting required. 
If interested in applying, please send resume to Naomi Poole - or  
call 856-628-0333. 

To view more classifieds on our Web site, click 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

Mary Jean Weston, MSW, LCSW
Interim Executive Director          

Join Before You Register for the NASW-NJ 2018 Annual Conference!

up to $140

Enjoy Membership benefits all year: 

- Discounted CE & Test Prep Courses
- Reduced rate for Private Practice Manual
- Free HIPAA toolkit 
- Legal & Ethical Consultations
- Private Practice Shared Interest Groups
- Free listing as a Clinical Supervisor
- 3 free CEUs during March
- Professional Liability Insurance
- Newsletters & Legislative Alerts
- Staff dedicated to member support
- And much more!

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Upcoming CE Programs
Teen Media Communication in a Multi-Cultural World: A Crisis of Communication 
(2 Clinical CEUs) 
January 8 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in Whippany 
Hypnotherapy in Clinical Practice: Getting to the Unconscious through Deep Relaxation 
(2 Clinical CEUs) 
January 10 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in Wayne 
Clinical Supervision Course- 3 Days 
(20 Clinical CEUs, including 3 Social/Cultural & 5 Ethics) 
February 2, 3 and 4 from 9:00am - 4:30pm in North Brunswick 

Looking for more courses?
View the full list of scheduled NASW-NJ CE Courses (and keep an eye out as we add more!) on our Web site here.
NASW-NJ Unit Events

Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland Unit members participated in a Toasty Toes Service Project for the Holiday Season. They collected 150 pairs of socks (with a commitment of 12 more). The socks will be donated to the Turning Point Day Center located in Atlantic City, NJ!

Members of the Somerset/Hunterdon Unit gathered for their Holiday Gathering at TGI Fridays in Bridgewater on 12/7 and collected toy donations for the Salvation Army for needy kids this Holiday Season.
On December 11, Essex Unit Members enjoyed a presentation on DACA: The History, Proposed Legislation, and Understanding/Knowing Your Rights at Seton Hall University with a personal testimony from a DACA recipient. For upcoming Essex meetings and other Unit events, check out our NASW-NJ Event Calendar here.
New Code of Ethics Effective January 1

In August 2017, the NASW Delegate Assembly approved the most substantive revision to the NASW Code of Ethics since 1996. The 2017 revisions to the Code focus largely on the use of technology and the implications of technology for ethical practice. Nineteen sections of the Code were affected. The new Code goes into effect on January 1, 2018. NASW hosted a live training on the revisions in October 2017.

You can view the recording of the training free. You also can earn 2 Ethics CE credits for the training for a nominal fee.
Cyber and General Liability Protection Now Available

Did you know you can be sued if one of your clients is injured at your office, or if sensitive client data and records are lost!

NASW Assurance Services, Inc. (ASI) is launching its new General Liability and Cyber Liability Insurance Programs. NASW members can add either or both of these optional coverages to their existing NASW-Endorsed Professional Liability Insurance Policy. New general liability and cyber liability protection are now available exclusively to NASW members!
NASW 2017 Advocacy Efforts Address Top Clinical Concerns

One of the most frequently asked questions from NASW members is, "What are you doing to advocate for clinical social workers?"

In 2017, for example, NASW advocated for clinical social workers who received 2017 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) negative payment adjustments from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), requesting that CMS review clinical social work feedback reports from members for errors. CMS honored the request and discovered errors had been made on feedback reports submitted to NASW.

In addition to quality measures, NASW also advocated for clinical social workers in the areas of mental health parity, Social Security Disability eligibility determinations, ICD-11, CPT codes, work and practice expense values, skilled nursing facilities, reimbursement rates, and Health and Behavioral Assessment and Intervention (HBAI) codes.

To read more about NASW Advocacy Efforts for Cliinical Social Workers, click here.
HUD Provides Information to NASW-NJ Members

Periodically, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publishes articles that might be of interest to Social Workers. Below are links to several of these.
To explore additional research, data sets, and publications, please visit:

Legal Defense Fund Grants

The NASW Legal Defense Fund (LDF) was established in 1972 by the NASW Board of Directors to advance the legal interests of the social work profession.

One of the major ways in which this is done is through grants of financial assistance to defray the legal expenses of NASW members engaged in litigation related to the NASW Code of Ethics, social work principles, and/or standards of social work practice advocated by the association.

See more information here.
Test Prep Courses - App Now Included!
LSWGuide *NEW!* This course includes your own copy of the Revised ASWB Masters 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.
LCSW- Clinical Test Prep
February 9 - Register

LSW Test Prep
January 6- Register
Private Practice Shared Interest Group (PPSIG) Meetings   

If you are in Private Practice or are interested in Private Practice related issues and would like to be added to one of the 10 locally-based PPSIGs, send an email to Christina Mina at with the name of the group you would like to join.

Click on the PPSIG names for information & to register:
January 8 - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)   
January 8 - North/Central (meets in Bridgewater) 
January 9 - Bergen (Holiday Party in Bogota)
January 11 - Monmouth/Ocean (meets in Eatontown) 
For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.

Did you know that there is no limit to the number of online CEUs you can take for your NJ license?

Choose from over 150 courses available on the
Social Work Online CE Institute.

The New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is a diverse membership organization that promotes, develops, and strengthens 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.
Please consider joining today!
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