March 31, 2016    

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.

Sunday, 4/3, 9am-4:30pm
COURSE FULL LSW Test Prep Course- Masters

Friday-Sunday, 4/8-4/10, 9am-5pm
COURSE FULL (20 CEUs) Clinical Supervision

Monday, 4/11, 9:30am-11am
Mercer/Burlington PPSIG Meeting

Monday, 4/11, 12pm-2pm
North/Central PPSIG Meeting

Monday, 4/11, 6pm-9pm
"Mothers of Bedford" Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Monday, 4/11, 7pm-9pm
(2 CEUs) Reunification: Conflict, Estrangement & Alienation

Monday, 4/11, 6pm-8pm
Morris Unit Event

Wednesday, 4/13, 2:30pm-5pm
(2 CEUs) "Dream On" Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Thursday, 4/14, 10am-1pm
(3 CEUs) Innovative Health Care Programs: The New Social Work Roles

Thursday, 4/14, 7pm-8:30pm
Addictions Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting

Friday, 4/15, 9am-4:30pm
COURSE FULL LCSW Test Prep Course- Clinical

Tuesday, 4/19, 5pm-7pm
Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland Meet & Greet Networking Event

Tuesday, 4/19, 7pm-9pm
(2 CEUs) Porn Addiction: Impact on Health, Intimacy and Trauma Recovery

Wednesday, 4/20, 6pm-8pm
Camden/Gloucester/Salem Unit Event

Thursday, 4/21, 9:30am-1:30pm
LEAD - Legislative Education and Advocacy Day

Thursday, 4/21, 7pm-9pm
Monmouth/Ocean PPSIG Meeting

Friday, 4/22, 9:30am-3:30pm
(5 CEUs) Through a Trauma-informed Lens: Rethinking Addiction Treatment
Message from Executive Director Walter Kalman  
Stand Strong Against Big Business
Today an announcement came from a federal judge, based on a lawsuit from the giant MetLife insurance company, stating that it and other large companies like it can reject new federal regulations which put tighter controls on the companies that are "too big to fail."
As you may recall, the collapse of the AIG company almost drowned the American economy. And those who suffered the most were at the lower rungs of the ladder. This is reflected by the reality that in the Star Ledger, New Jersey's largest paper, there are almost more pages devoted to home foreclosures than there are news.

A cornerstone of our profession is to speak for the poorest members of our society. In this latest situation, the entire middle class is affected which impacts most of us in the Social Work profession. We must continue to speak against the outrageous behavior of the giant corporations and their control of our entire nation.

Therefore, as Social Workers we must take an active part in the upcoming election, since the leading candidates will most assuredly accelerate this potential for catastrophe, for ourselves and the people we serve.


Legislative Education and Advocacy Day 

NASW-NJ works every day to influence policy and legislation that affects our state's most vulnerable citizens as well as our own profession...BUT we need more social workers who are knowledgeable and can help educate our legislators and other decision-makers on the issues that are important to our profession.
So don't miss this opportunity on April 21st 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.  
Thursday, April 21, 2016
9:30 am - 2:00 pm in Trenton
For more information and to register click here.

LSW & LCSW Test Prep Courses
SWtestprep (includes ASWB Masters or Clinical study manual - $75 value!)

LSW- Masters Test Prep Courses
May 14- Register

LCSW- Clinical Test Prep Course
April 15 - COURSE FULL
May 19- Register
June 17- Register
Members receive reduced rate for Licensing Test Prep courses ! 

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and reach an expanding list of NJ social workers, offices, and agencies.
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


Click to see photos from recent NASW-NJ events. 


30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ 08902 

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

David Barry, JD, MSW, LSW

Walter X. Kalman, MSW, LSW
Executive Director          


"Dream On" Film Screening & Discussion

Do you struggle to engage people outside of the social work community in conversations about policy?

Join NASW-NJ and our advocacy partner, the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, for an interactive film clip screening and discussion on Wednesday, April 13th from 2:30-5:00 pm.

CEU Information: This program offers 2 General CEUs.

Info and Registration


Note: CEUs for this course are for NJ social workers only. They are not valid in NY state.
The War on Drugs - How it Impacts Social Workers and Our Clients
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the world despite concerted efforts to prohibit and discourage its use. Communities that are disproportionately marginalized through institutionalized racism and poverty also bear the brunt of immediate and collateral consequences of those punitive policies.
By thinking critically about marijuana prohibition and the role individuals play in both perpetuating and dismantling the War on Drugs, social workers can consider how the values underscoring professional social work conflict with punitive drug policies both philosophically and in practice.
Join the NASW-NJ Addictions SIG and the Drug Policy Alliance for a conversation on marijuana reform in New Jersey.
Thursday, April 14th
7:00-8:30 p.m.
NASW-NJ Chapter Office
Info and Register

Annual Conference & Exhibition
This year's conference may sell out in advance, so don't delay!

May 1 - 3, 2016
Borgata Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City, NJ

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 before more workshops sell out.

Exhibitor Opportunities Selling Out!  If you are interested in purchasing a sponsorship or exhibit booth, click  here to request an Exhibitor Prospectus.  
Somerset/Hunterdon Unit Celebrates Social Work Month

Some of the Unit members at a self-care workshop on 3/29 for Social Work Month. Marge Havlov and Doreen Laperdon-Addison from Mind Body Energetics presented self-care exercises that all social workers can incorporate into their daily lives using music, art, simple movements and breathing exercises!
"Mothers of Bedford" Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Join NASW-NJ and the Rutgers School of Social Work Graduate Student Association in Camden for a compelling screening about imprisoned mothers in New York, who attempt to keep a family connection, especially with their children. This is a follow-up to last year's screening of a film about race and mass incarceration in the Philadelphia area.
When: April 11, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
For more information contact: Quincy Bloxom
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.  
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. For details on provider benefits, click here.
Upcoming CE Courses   
Reunification: Conflict, Estrangement & Alienation 
(2 Clinical CE credits)
April 11, 2016 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in South Orange 
Porn Addiction: Impact on Health, Intimacy and Trauma Recovery 
(2 Clinical CE credits)
April 19, 2016 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in Bordentown 
Through a Trauma-informed Lens: Rethinking Addiction Treatment  
(5 Clinical CE credits) 
April 22, 2016 from 9:30pm - 3:30pm in North Brunswick 
Looking for more courses?
View the full list of scheduled NASW-NJ CE Courses on our Web site here.
Private Practice Special Interest Groups  

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:

April 11 - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)
April 11 - North/Central (meets in Bridgewater)
April 21 - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Tinton Falls) 

For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.
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

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 or 732-296-8070, ext. 15.


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!
For more about NASW, click here.             To join NASW, click here.