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May 11, 2018

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.
Saturday, 5/12, 10:30am-4:30pm

Thursday, 5/17, 6pm-7:30pm *NEW DATE*
Essex Unit Event & Presentation

Friday-Sunday, 5/18-5/20, 9am-4:30pm
(20 CEUs) Clinical Supervision

Wednesday, 5/23, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Thursday, 6/7, 9am-4:30pm
LSW Test Prep Course- Masters

Friday, 6/8, 9am-4:30pm
Perfect Gift Idea for Graduation

With graduation approaching, here's a perfect gift idea- NASW Membership!  

Graduating students - ask for your NASW membership as the most useful gift for a new professional!

Click here for more information.
Students can join NASW for only $57!
 And  BSW and MSW student members who maintain continuous membership after graduation qualify for several years of  discounted membership dues. 
Earn Ethics CEUs in Cherry Hill
This Weekend!

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.

Cost for this course:
NASW Member- $100.00
Non-Member- $125.00

Vote in NASW-NJ Election 

An email with the subject "NASW-NJ 2018 Election" was sent out on April 29th to all members from the email address Please check your spam folder if you have not received it or click here for candidate information and a printable ballot. 

Voting for your leaders makes a difference! Make sure to click on the email you received and vote by 5:00pm on May 29th. This is how YOU can make a difference in NASW-NJ. Thank you!

The Poor People's Campaign is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation's distorted morality. Learn more here.

On Monday, May 14, the Campaign will launch its first nation-wide event of the season with nonviolent moral direct actions in over 30 state capitals. RSVP for the May 14 rally in Trenton.The Campaign will hold a rally focusing on a specific social and economic justice issue every Monday for the next six weeks, beginning with the May 14 event.

Read an article about the Poor People's Campaign.

Read a recent article regarding the disparity in life expectancy between the rich and poor in NJ.
NASW-NJ Provides Testimony in Support of Expanded Family Leave Insurance

Jennifer Thompson testifies at Senate Hearing
NASW-NJ Executive Director, Jennifer Thompson, provided testimony yesterday before the State Senate Labor Committee in support of S-2528, which would expand and improve upon NJ's Family Leave Insurance and Temporary Disability Insurance programs.

As a partner in the Time to Care Coalition, NASW-NJ has been working diligently to pass this legislation. In her testimony, Jennifer applauded the inclusion of several major amendments to this bill, including the expansion of who is considered a family member under this law; she also urged the Committee to consider the needs of private practitioners and other self-employed individuals, as well as employees at smaller non-profits and social service agencies. 

Read the full  testimony


BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -Bilingual in Spanish and English Psychiatric Social Workers - Graduate from an accredited a college/university- licensed in NJ - recent experience with adult chronically mentally ill patients in patient/partial hospital or intensive outpatient setting - knowledge of community aftercare programs - ability to formulate comprehensive discharge planning. Provide resume to  


OCEAN TOWNSHIP - NJ -Part time furnished office space available in Monmouth County/Ocean township. Handicapped Accessible Building. Available by Hour/ Day. Shared Reception Area 
Stacey -732-517-1177 or for more information. Will send pictures.
Students with special needs at a New Jersey high school are learning social skills by spending time each week playing board games with senior-citizen volunteers. The program exposes students to adults of different ages and teaches them "soft skills," such as not interrupting and active listening, special-education teacher Jeffrey Shanfield said.

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North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Main: 732-296-8070
Fax: 732-296-8074

Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Jennifer Thompson, MSW
Executive Director          

Dr. Reamer
Ethics Institute with
Dr. Frederic Reamer
in Montclair

Cutting-edge Ethical Issues for Social Workers: Practical Implications of Evolving Standards

(5 Clinical, Ethics CEUs)
June 19 from 9:30am - 3:30pm

Recently the social work profession adopted updated ethics standards, regulatory guidelines, and practice standards, especially related to practitioners' use of technology. Dr. Reamer will explain these and explore high-risk ethical issues and practical strategies designed to protect clients and practitioners.

Key topics will include novel forms of service delivery and ways to communicate with clients, management and storage of electronic information, boundary issues, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, clients' rights, documentation, and termination of services. 

Cost: $125 for NASW members, $160 for non-members
(includes 5 CEUs, coffee/tea and lunch)

Sample policy addresses use and risks of email, texts, mobile phones, social media
Clinical social workers who use social media in their private practices should develop a social media policy to inform patients how social media will be used in the therapeutic relationship.
For example, if you have a blog, what is your policy about clients posting on your blog? Use this sample to develop a policy for your practice.
Congratulations NASW-NJ Annual Conference Raffle Winners

Left: Grand Prize Winner, Frank Gonzalez, an NASW member, receives his prize - a free registration to our 2019 Annual Conference - from NASW-NJ President Dr. Tawanda Hubbard and Jeff Feldman, NASW-NJ Advocacy Coordinator.

Right: Margaret Licchio, also an NASW member, won an Amzaon Echo courtesy of NASW-NJ. She was Runner-Up in our Conference Raffle.
Take Action to Increase
LCSW Reimbursement Rates!

Clinical social workers are one of three mental health professions that provide psychotherapy services for Medicare beneficiaries. Yet, Medicare reimburses clinical social workers at only 75% of the rate reimbursed to psychiatrists and psychologists. This discrepancy deters clinical social workers from becoming Medicare providers and also makes it difficult to retain clinical social workers as Medicare providers, thereby decreasing Medicare beneficiaries' access to mental health services. 

The Improving Access to Mental Health Act contains provisions to address this discrepancy and ensure clinical social workers are paid under Medicare at the same rate as other non-physician professionals. Learn more.

Send a prewritten email to your members of Congress urging them to sponsor this legislation.  
NJ Telemedicine/Telehealth Tip Sheet Now Available

NASW-NJ has released a telemedicine tip sheet to help clinicians understand the recently enacted NJ Telemedicine Law. Clinicians who wish to use distance-technology to provide services to clients should reference this tip sheet to ensure your practices are in compliance with state requirements.

Click here to read the April 2018 Washington Update.
Relational Life Therapy: Overcoming Divorce One Successful Marriage at a Time
(5 Clinical CEUs)

June 11 from 10:00am - 4:00pm
Presenter: Eric Kispert, LCSW, LCADC

Created by the renowned marital therapist Terry Real, Relational Life Therapy (RLT) goes right to the core of the problem that is posing a threat to a marriage. RLT empowers couples to quickly make radical change. Participants will receive an overview of the model and be taught five major skills they can use in their next session.

Cost for this course:
NASW Member - $80
Non-Member- $110

Life Coaching and the Evolution of Psychotherapeutic Practice
(5 Clinical CEUs)

June 15 from 9:30am - 3:30pm
Presenter: Bailey Frumen, LCSW

Social workers inherently have the knowledge to help clients cope with challenges and achievement, and the practice of life coaching can be a logical career move. Life Coaching focuses on helping others achieve their personal best. The goal is to create ease, enhance power and take action. This workshop will focus on the tools that empower clients to transform their lives, situations, and outcomes.

Cost for this course:
NASW Member - $80
Non-Member- $110

3-Day Clinical Supervision Courses
(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. Courses are held at our NASW office in North Brunswick.

Cost: $350 for NASW members, $425 for non-members

Upcoming dates:

Sunday July 29 through Tuesday July 31

Friday August 17 through Sunday August 19
Info & Registration

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Volunteer as a NASW-NJ Unit Leader and Receive Great Benefits!

The following Units (NASW-NJ regional branches) need a Leader/Co-Leader:
Sussex/Warren Unit

One benefit of becoming a Unit Leader: you can earn vouchers for free CEUs through our Incentive Program.

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

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:

May 14 -  North/Central (meets in Bridgewater)

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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