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March 30, 2018

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.

Wednesday, 4/11, 7pm-9pm

Thursday, 4/12, 6pm-8pm
Monmouth/Ocean Private Practice Meeting 

Monday, 4/16, 9am-4:30pm

Wednesday, 4/18, 12pm-1pm

Wednesday, 4/18, 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, 4/18, 6pm-8pm

Thursday, 4/19, 10am-4pm

Sunday-Tuesday, 4/29-5/1

The NASW Research Library is a member benefit that allows you to quickly search more than 25 different social science, health care and public policy databases for resources that support social work practice.
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!

Online Registration Closes April 10.

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.

And.... Trivia Night is back and the competition is going to be fierce!

Sponsors, Exhibitors, & Advertisers!

View and download a copy of the exhibitor prospectus  HERE

Call 732-296-8070 or email  for more information.
Joint Resolution Makes Every March Social Work Month in New Jersey

The New Jersey State Senate and Assembly passed, and Governor Murphy has signed, a Joint Resolution declaring every March to be Professional Social Work Month in our state.

The Joint Resolution was introduced by Assemblywoman Joann Downey, who is herself a social worker, and Senator Vin Gopal, both of Legislative District 11.

NASW-NJ Interim Executive Director, Mary Jean Weston, was on the Assembly floor for the vote. You can see video here
Harriet Bloomfield Scholarship Application Deadline Extended

NASW-NJ is now accepting applications for the 2018 Harriet Bloomfield Scholarship.

The application deadline is Monday, April 16, 2018.
To apply you must be an NASW Member in good standing and be enrolled as a social work student (BSW or MSW) for the 2018-2019 academic year.

For more information and scholarship application guidelines, click here.
To join NASW, 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, including a 3-credit course (social/cultural competence) that's just $15 for NASW members through the end of this month!


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Looking to Earn CEUs?

View the full list of scheduled NASW-NJ in-person and webinar CE Courses (and keep an eye out as we add more!) on our Web site 
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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          

Social Work Day at the United Nations

Celebrating the 35th Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations, at the UN headquarters in New York City - (l to r): NASW-NJ President Tawanda Hubbard; Graduate Student Rep. Hina Rehman; Undergraduate Student Rep. Sarah Miller; and Director of Member Services, Christina Mina.
LAST DAY to Access "Mental Health" Article Collection Free

NASW members can access a diverse collection of mental health articles published in NASW's scholarly journals: Social Work, Social Work Research, Health & Social Work, and Children & Schools. Members receive an online subscription to Social Work and discounted rates on subscriptions to Social Work Research, Health & Social Work, and Children & Schools.

Offer ends tomorrow, March 31. Learn more here.
New Medicare Cards Coming Soon

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers
from Medicare cards. Between April 2018 and April 2019, CMS will issue new Medicare cards to all beneficiaries. Each card will include a new unique, randomly assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI).

Beginning April 2018, clinical social workers who are Medicare providers in private practice will need to update their patient files to include the new MBI number and use it on the CMS-1500 form when submitting a claim. In addition, other systems may need to be updated to accept the new MBI format.
To read more information, read NASW's Practice Alert here.
NASW Applauds Senators for Introducing Improving Access to Mental Health Act
Legislation would boost public access to social worker mental heath services, offer clinical social workers more adequate reimbursement.  
NASW Highlights the Growing Need for School Social Workers to Prevent School Violence

NASW standards call for at least one social worker per 250 students in schools.

Social Workers Must Fight for Social Justice

Mit Joyner
In an article for The New Social Worker,  NASW National Vice President, Mit Joyner,  writes on the importance of social workers banding together across the profession to advocate for equality and justice. 

"Social work cannot sit idly by and only react to injustice. We must be the activists, be the leaders."  
Sample Social Media Policy for Private Practitioners

NASW has a new Practice Perspectives, 
Sample Social Media Policy for Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice , created to address the need for private practitioners to develop a Social Media Policy when using technology in private practice.  

You can access the document here.
Equal Pay, Earned Sick Days Move Forward in State Legislature

The legislation, which NASW-NJ has been actively advocating for, was voted on earlier this week.

Equal pay legislation has been passed by both chambers and now awaits the Governor's signature.

Earned sick day legislation next moves to the Senate for a hearing.

Thank you to all of you who supported, and will continue to support, these important measures.

A monthly roundup of NASW national advocacy. Stay informed about NASW legislative activity, electoral work, and more. 

View the  March 2018 Washington Update.

Faculty and Students: Free Q&A on Revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics

NASW is excited to present its latest offering in the rollout of the Revised NASW Code of Ethics. 

April 12 at 2 p.m. attend an interactive question and answer teleconference specially designed for social work faculty and students and learn all you need to know about the important changes to the NASW Code of Ethics that went into effective on January 1, 2018. 

Space is limited. Register here .
Earn Your Ethics CEUs with NASW-NJ!

Ethics of Social Justice Advocacy: From the Micro to the Macro
(5 Ethics CEUs)
April 19, 10am - 4pm in North Brunswick
Presenter: Christine Heer, Esq, LCSW

Now, more than ever perhaps, the call for social workers to engage in social justice activities is front and center. Whether the focus on international atrocities, or local causes such combating racism, sexism, xenophobia, homo- and transphobia, or religious bigotry, or poverty and environmental issues, social justice is a fundamental component of who we are and what we do. This workshop will explore social justice as a function of social work and will engage the participants in discussions of the ethical concerns that may arise out of this work. Topics will include engaging clients in social justice work, disconnects between social justice efforts and employer limitations, how far should a social worker go in standing up for social justice, and guidelines for addressing ethical decision making and dilemmas in social justice work.

What's New in Social Work: Ethical and Legal Updates
(5 Clinical, Ethics CEUs)
May 12, 10:30am - 4:30pm in Cherry Hill
Presenter: Leslie Tsukroff, LCSW

2017 was a momentous year for New Jersey Social Workers. NASW published long-awaited revisions to The NASW Code of Ethics and The Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice and New Jersey passed its first Telemedicine and Telehealth Law. This workshop will review how these critical changes impact Social Workers' use of Technology in their day to day work.

HUD Provides Information to NASW-NJ Members
Periodically, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publishes articles related to housing policy and programs that might be of interest to Social Workers. Below are links to several of these. To explore additional research, data sets, and publications which may be of interest to you, please visit
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The Uncomfortable Truth: Children and Youth Stakeholders' Forum

April 21, join representatives from the Anti-Poverty Network to discuss the report that  examines the ways structural racism perpetuates poverty in New Jersey and offers recommendations for how our state can move toward the end of structural racism. 

RSVP for the forum here.

Download the APN report here.
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:

April 9 - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)
April 9 - North/Central (meets in Bridgewater)
April 10 - Bergen (meets in Teaneck)
April 12 - Monmouth/Ocean (meets in Eatontown) 
For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.

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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