May 12 , 2016    


Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.

Monday, 5/23, 5pm-7pm
Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland Unit Meet & Greet Networking Event

Tuesday, 5/24, 7pm-pm
Mercer/Burlington Unit Event

Friday, 5/27, 9:30am-11am
Hudson PPSIG (Private Practice) Meeting

Friday, 6/3, 12pm-1:30pm
Middlesex PPSIG (Private Practice) Meeting

Monday, 6/13, 9:30am-11am

Monday, 6/13, 12pm-2pm

Monday, 6/13, 6pm-7:30pm
"Elite Continuing Education" programs are 
NOT APPROVED for NJ social workers!
Elite Continuing Education has recently sent a book filled with Continuing Education (CE) programs to many New Jersey Social workers. However, these courses will not be accepted by the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE) for CEUs toward your NJ license requirement.

The reasons for this are outlined in "Tips for Understanding the New Jersey Social Work Regulations for Continuing Education" (at
Review sub-section a) under the information entitled " Where can I take CE courses? What courses are accepted by the Licensing Board?"

You will note that courses offered by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW National) or any NASW State Chapter, including NASW-NJ, will be accepted. However, courses offered by a third party but only approved by NASW National are not currently accepted by the BSWE.

All Social Work Licenses and Certifications must be renewed by August 31, 2016 and your CEUs for this licensing cycle must be completed by that date. Please review the entire "Tips" document for full details on what courses are accepted for NJ Social Workers by the NJ BSWE.
Clinical Supervision Course
(20 Clinical CEUs, including 5 Ethics and 3 Social/Cultural)
Presenter: Patricia O'Dell, LCSW
May 20, 21, 22 - 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

NASW-NJ Member Pays it Forward

NASW-NJ was proud to participate in the recent Career Days at all three campuses of the Rutgers School of Social Work. During last week's Career Day at the Camden campus, Rutgers raffled off a student membership for one of the attendees. To our surprise and delight, when current member Maura Rafferty won, she immediately gave the free membership to a fellow student who could not afford to join NASW. Kudos to Maura for her generosity and social work spirit!
NASW Members get Discounts on HIPAA Compliance Training    


LCSW - Full-time wanted for multi-discipline private group practice in Hudson County: 2 years post licensure experience with adults required. Congenial work environment with psychiatrists and clinicians. Excellent salary and benefits. Fax resume to M. Ercolano at 201-656-9044.

LCSWs - Project H.O.P.E., Inc. is a FQHC in Camden, NJ looking for LCSWs to work on a team with primary care providers to provide behavioral health counseling services. LCSWs are responsible for delivering counseling and case management services, assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the delivery of care for integrated treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Must have current NJ LCSW license. Send resumes to


WEST ORANGE - Office space available at 50 Northfield Ave. Can share space or separate office space available with psychiatrist as well as therapists. Call Marion Ercolano at 973-731-7505.

PARSIPPANY - 1 or 2 days available in-suite, well-established practice, newly decorated, windows, parking, great location, pictures available, rent negotiable, call or text Barbara Lynch at (973) 715-5430.


Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Department of Psychiatry presents the CE Certified Conference on Transgender Health 2016 on June 10, 2016.
* 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

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Click to see photos from recent NASW-NJ events. 

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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          


Improving Access to Mental Health Act
By now you may have seen alerts from NASW about the federal legislation, Improving Access to Mental Health Care Act . Social Workers provide more than 60% of behavioral health care in the U.S. Action needs to be taken to make sure our most vulnerable have access to needed care. The  Improving Access to Mental Health Care Act  would do this in three (3) ways:
  • Ensures beneficiaries' access to Clinical Social Workers (CSWs) by increasing Medicare reimbursement rate for CSWs to 85% of the physician fee schedule rate
  • Ensures Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) residents' access to CSWs by excluding CSW services from SNF consolidated billing
  • Ensures beneficiaries' access to Health and Behavior Assessment and Intervention (HBAI) services provided by CSWs.

Also, look for details on an upcoming NASW webinar about this legislation for July 25th.

Avoiding Claim Denials When Using the CMS-1500 Form: Hour With Private Practice Q&A 

FREE Q&A Session for NASW-NJ Members
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Teleconference (12 - 1pm)

This session is offered by our NASW National Office.
For more information, click here.
Morris Unit Event

Members of the Unit gathered at Morris Public Library on May 9th to learn about family structured therapy. The speaker, Paula Ochs, LCSW demonstrated therapy techniques by using psychodrama and role playing. 
For upcoming Morris and other Unit events, go to the NASW-NJ Calendar here.

Private Practice Manual Now
Available for Purchase!

Do you have questions about starting your own Clinical Private Practice?
Do you want to establish a high-quality, professional and ethical Private Practice?

Do you wonder about:
  • Fee-setting
  • Ethics
  • HIPAA compliance
  • Supervision
  • Licensing
  • Third-party reimbursement
  • Legal issues
  • Liability
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Sample forms
Then look no further and let the NASW-NJ Private Practice Manual be your guide.
Order your copy today! Cost: $80; NASW Member Cost: $50.
To place your order, click here.
Upcoming CE Courses   

Poverty and Health (In)Equity: What Social Workers Need to Know About Social Determination  

Note: this counts for NJ social workers only, not NY
Social/Cultural CE credits)
May 18, 2016 from 10:00am - 1:00pm in North Brunswick
Info & Registration

Incorporating Cultural Competence into Ethical Decision Making
(5 Ethics or Social/Cultural CE credits)
June 20, 2016 from 10:00am - 4:00pm in Edison
Info & Registration  
Looking for more courses?
View the full list of scheduled NASW-NJ CE Courses on our Web site here.
LSW & LCSW Test Prep Courses

SWtestprep (includes ASWB Masters or Clinical study manual - $75 value!)

LSW- Masters Test Prep Courses
May 14- Register 
June 26- Register

LCSW- Clinical Test Prep Course
May 19- Register
June 17- Register
Private Practice Special Interest Groups (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 9 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:

Tonight (May 12)- Monmouth/Ocean  (meets in Tinton Falls) 
May 20 - South (meets in Voorhees)
May 27 - Hudson (meets in Jersey City) 
June 3 - Middlesex (meets in North Brunswick) 
June 13 - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)
June 13 - North/Central (meets in Bridgewater)

For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.
Get Exposure!  

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


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NASW-NJ affects progressive social change and social justice for
individuals, families, and communities.
Please consider joining today!
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