February 25, 2016    

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.

Monday, 3/7, 1pm-4pm
(3 CEUs) 21st Century Drugs: A Quick, Complete, Crash Course

Thursday, 3/10, 7pm-9pm
Monmouth/Ocean PPSIG Meeting

Monday, 3/14, 9:30-11am
Mercer/Burlington PPSIG Meeting

Monday, 3/14, 9:30am-4:30pm
(6 CEUs) Legal and Ethical Considerations in Drug and Alcohol Counseling

Monday, 3/14, 12pm-2pm
North/Central PPSIG Meeting

Monday, 3/14, 6pm-8pm
Morris Unit Event & Presentation

Tuesday, 3/15, 10am-3:30pm
(5 CEUs) Palliative Care for Social Workers

Wednesday, 3/16, 6pm-8pm
Middlesex Unit Meet & Greet Networking Event

Friday, 3/18, 10am-1pm
(3 CEUs) Structured Therapeutic Games to Enhance Treatment for Youth

Saturday, 3/19, 9am-4:30pm
LSW Test Prep Course- Masters

Saturday, 3/19, 11am-1pm
Mercer/Burlington Unit Service Project Rescue Mission of Trenton

Monday, 3/21, 10am-1pm
(3 CEUs) Cultivating Psychological Flexibility: An Introduction to Acceptance

Tuesday, 3/22, 12pm-2pm
Bergen PPSIG Meeting

Thursday, 3/24, 6pm-7:30pm
Hudson Unit Meet & Greet Networking Event

Monday, 2/28, 10am-1pm
(3 CEUs) Power Imbalance, Knowledge Deficits and Underutilization of Hospice

Tuesday, 3/29, 12pm-2pm
South NJ PPSIG Networking Meeting

Message from Executive Director Walter Kalman

This year's Presidential primary season has brought us to a new place in American politics - to a place where it's become acceptable to denigrate women, immigrants, and opponents, and sometimes use profanity.

It has brought us to a place where the selection of our next President is treated like a reality TV show. Where it's more about entertainment than about selecting a leader. Where skill in governing, talking about policy and providing solutions, has taken a back seat to celebrity. And all of this is magnified by the constant repetition of the media's 24-hour news cycle.

Throughout our nation's history, many groups have been oppressed - from African Americans to the Irish to Latinos - characterized as lazy and uneducated, an unworthy underclass. People who are different, whether by disability, or religion, or sexual orientation, have been discriminated against and marginalized. The current rhetoric by an assumed national leader has taken these oppressive attitudes to new heights. We, as a profession and as individual social workers, believe in and uphold the ideal that all human beings have dignity and worth, have the right to self-determination and opportunity.

We have become too accustomed and too accepting of politicians - from the local to the national level - who point fingers at one another and play the blame game for the challenges Americans face while providing no real solutions. This has led many Americans to do the same, even to the point where they cannot have an honest dialogue about issues with friends, neighbors, co-workers when it comes to political issues. We have lost the art of healthy debate, of hearing one another's viewpoints in order to understand and come to real solutions. We have seen this here in New Jersey, but it has a new and more frightening face on the national stage. The art of compromise and consensus-building has given way to bullying and oppression.

As Social Workers, we cannot shrug our shoulders, turn away in disgust, or wring our hands in disbelief. We must speak out, loudly and forcefully, against these negative forces that oppose the values of our profession and our nation. We must actively engage in the process of selecting a President who will be a leader for all Americans.

For an excellent review by Ezra Klein of just how dangerous this has become for our nation, watch this video:

CE Workshop - Monday Night in Camden Co.
To Sext or Not to Sext: Sexuality, Technology, and How it Affects Us All
(2 Clinical CE credits)

February 29, 2016 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm in Westmont (Camden County)
Info & Registration
March is Social Work Month!
Members Choose 1 Free CE Program in March
As a "thank you" to our NASW-NJ Members during Social Work Month,
you can select one of the following 3-CEU programs in March to attend
for FREE! Registration and seating is limited.

21st Century Drugs: A Quick, Complete, Crash Crash Course
March 7 from 1:00PM - 4:00PM in Westampton (Burlington County)

Structured Therapeutic Games to Enhance Treatment for Youth: Social-Emotional Skills
March 18 from 10:00AM - 1:00PM in Tenafly (Bergen County)

Cultivating Psychological Flexibility: An Introduction to Acceptance
March 21 from 10:00AM - 1:00PM in Toms River (Ocean County)

Power Imbalance, Knowledge Deficits and the Underutilization of Hospice
March 28 from 10:00AM - 1:00PM in Whippany (Morris County)


March 15, 2016, 8am - 4pm. Keynote presenter Gwen Orlowski, Esq. and panel discussion on aging out of the system. More information and registration at:

** While these courses are not offered by NASW-NJ, as a service to our members we will run ads for programs that can document approval by entities accepted by the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE).

*For information on what programs the BSWE approves:
*Click here to review Subchapter 13:44G - 6.4 of the NJ Social Work Regulations or
*Click here
to review Tips for Understanding the NJ Regulations for Continuing Education

To view more ad postings on our Web site click here.
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We have a NEW advertising feature, where your LOGO can be displayed on the NASW-NJ Web site for
30 days.

It will appear as a clickable link
right to your Web site.
Just send us your Logo and
Web site URL!

For more information contact
Janine Hendryx at jhendryx@naswnj.org.


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North Brunswick, NJ 08902


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

David Barry, JD, MSW, LSW

Walter X. Kalman, MSW, LSW
Executive Director   




Harriet Bloomfield Scholarship Application Deadline Extended to March 11, 2016
The $1,000 Harriet Bloomfield Scholarship will be awarded to a BSW or MSW student for the 2016-2017 academic year. The student applicant must be an NASW-NJ member and have applied to, or have been accepted into, an accredited BSW or MSW program.
For more information about the Harriet Bloomfield Scholarship and/or to apply, click here. For questions, please contact the Chapter Office at 732.296.8070. 
Flint Water Crisis in Michigan:
NASW Call to Action

As early as October of 2014,  General Motors announced that it would no longer use water from the Flint River because it had a corrosive effect on its auto parts. However, at the same time, thousands of Flint, Michigan residents were allowed to continue to use tap water from the Flint River in their daily lives for drinking, cooking, bathing, and other daily activities.

To learn more about this issue and how NASW is responding, click here.

Click here to volunteer.
Annual Conference & Exhibition
May 1 - 3, 2016
Borgata Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City, NJ

Come hear ethics expert  Frederic Reamer, PhD speak on  Social Work in the Digital Age: Novel Ethical Challenges and Risk-Management Issues.

Earn 20+ CE Credits in 3 days.
Choose from 60+ workshops and complete your credits for the licensing cycle! 
NY social workersContact hours at the Conference are valid for your license. 

Attendees: Click here to register now.

Exhibitors and Agencies: If you are interested in purchasing a sponsorship or exhibit booth, click  here to request an Exhibitor Prospectus.    
Union Unit Event in Elizabeth, NJ


Thanks to the Elizabeth Public Library for hosting the NASW-NJ Union Unit Event on February 23rd. The group enjoyed an interactive presentation learning about managing a successful practice by NASW-NJ member,

Vashonna Etienne.

Check out our  Event Calendar for other upcoming Unit events!

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Please tell us your best idea(s)
for a t-shirt slogan - one that YOU would want to wear!

Winner will be no tified by e- mail, receive recognition in our FOCU S newsletter, and a t-shirt!

Fill out your contact information and  submit your t-shirt slogan here.
Deadline March 25, 2016
Upcoming CE Courses  
To Sext or Not to Sext: Sexuality, Technology, and How it Affects Us All
(2 Clinical CE credits)
February 29, 2016 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm in Westmont (Camden County)
Info & Registration

ASAM Criteria: Addiction Assessment and Client Placement for Social Workers
(2 Clinical CE credits)
March 1, 2016 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in Margate City (Atlantic County)
Info & Registration

Palliative Care for Social Workers
(5 Clinical, Ethics CE credits from NJAHCSW) 
March 15, 2016 from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm in North Brunswick
Note: this course is not valid for New York licenses, since this course is being given by the NJ Association of Health Care SWers.   
Info & Registration

Legal and Ethical Considerations in Drug and Alcohol Counseling
(6 Clinical, Ethics CE credits)
March 14, 2016 from 9:30pm - 4:30pm in North Brunswick
Info & Registration
Looking for more courses?
View the full list of scheduled NASW-NJ CE Courses on our Web site here.
Behavioral Health Denials of Care

NASW-NJ has been participating in a new NJ Mental Health Parity Coalition. In addition to advocates, families have share their denials of care for mental health and addictions treatment.
They have set up a meeting to share their stories with a former NJ Deputy Attorney General on Saturday, M arch 19th at 10:30 a.m. 
at 1540 Kuser Road, Suite A-2 in Hamilton.
If you or a client has a story to share, please reach out to Valerie Furlong at denied.treatment@gmail.com to RSVP for the meeting.
Legislative Education and Advocacy Day
April 21 in Trenton
NASW-NJ works every day to influence policy and legislation that affects our state's most vulnerable citizens as well as our own profession. 
To learn more about how you can influence decision makers on issues you care about - join NASW-NJ, fellow social workers, and social students from across New Jersey for Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) at the Statehouse in Trenton. The day will include expert speakers on lobbying for legislative and policy change, advocating for the social work profession, and information about legislation important to social workers.  
LEAD will be held on Thursday, April 21
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Trenton
For more information and to register click here.
Why Give an Hour? 
Give an Hour is a national nonprofit that harnesses the expertise of mental health professionals throughout the nation in a wide scale effort to provide no-cost mental health support to our nation's military and their families. Our work in communities enhances the comprehensive system of care for military, veterans and families who live and work locally.
We are partnered with nearly all national level mental health associations, including NASW.  To see a full list of partners, click  here .

We need YOU to help us advance the mission of Give an Hour by simply committing to share one post, article, or information session online or in person each month this year!
For more information about how to Give an Hour of your professional time, click here.   
LSW & LCSW Test Prep Courses
SWtestprep (includes ASWB Masters or Clinical study manual - $75 value!)

LSW- Masters Test Prep Courses
March 19 - Register
April 3- Register

LCSW- Clinical Test Prep Course
April 15 - Register
June 17- Register
Clinical Supervision Course
(20 Clinical CEUs, including 5 Ethics and 3 Social/Cultural)
Presenter: Patricia O'Dell, LCSW
April 8, 9, 10 - Three day course 
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day

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.

NASW Member - $325
Non-Member - $400

Private Practice Special Interest Groups  

Click on the PPSIG names for information & to register:

March 10 - Monmouth/Ocean (meets in Tinton Falls)
March 14 - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)
March 14 - North/Central (meets in Bridgewater)
March 29 - South (meets in Cherry Hill) 

If you are in Private Practice or are interested in Private Practice related issues and would like to be added to one of the 9 locally-based PPSIGs, send an email to Christina Mina at cmina@naswnj.org with the name of the group you would like to join. 

For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.
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Volunteer as a Unit Leader and Receive Great Benefits!

Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland Unit
Camden/Gloucester/Salem Unit
Middlesex Unit
Sussex/Warren Unit
Union 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 Christina Mina at cmina@naswnj.org. or 732-296-8070, ext. 15.

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