March 3, 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, 9:30am-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

Monday, 3/14, 7pm-8:30pm
Social Work in Sports Webinar

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

Wednesday, 3/16, 10am- 2pm
Essex Unit Service Project: Project Homeless Connect Day

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

Friday, 3/18, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Union Unit Meet & Greet Networking Event

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

Monday, 3/28, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Monmouth/Ocean Unit Event

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

Tuesday, 3/29, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Somerset/Hunterdon Unit Event

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Message from Executive Director Walter Kalman

National NASW Membership Meeting:
Register Now to Ask Your Questions and
Share Your Concerns 
There are many challenges involved with leading a large professional membership organization, whether at the State or National level. Significant among those challenges is making sure that leadership is accurately hearing the voice and the concerns of the membership.
This challenge is even greater when the organization involves social work and the members are social workers. As social workers, we are duty bound by the values, traditions and ethical standards of our profession. The very nature of our profession obligates us to advocate for ourselves and others, and attempt to bring about change through engagement and constructive dialogue.
While there has been a lot of discussion about NASW's "Modernization & Revitalization" initiative, relatively little of that discussion has taken place directly with the membership. On April 8, 2016, members will have an opportunity to engage with NASW National about this initiative. It is an opportunity for members to gain a first-hand understanding of the initiative, to have their questions answered, their concerns heard and their suggestions considered. This may be the final opportunity for members to have their voices heard before changes go into effect on July 1, 2016.
To participate, you must register by March 11, 2016 by sending an e-mail to . State that you want to participate in the April 8th meeting. You will be sent additional instructions once you register.
Then on April 8th, there will be a virtual (online by video and phone) NASW Membership meeting from 3 to 5 PM EST. This is unprecedented in the history of NASW and was brought about through a petition of 500 members led by a coalition of over 2 dozen chapter Presidents including our New Jersey President, David Barry. This link will take you to National's Web site where you can read more about these issues.
We urge you to register for this call, even if you are unsure of your schedule at this time, since the National office needs to estimate the number of participants and plan for capacity. Please join the conversation to hear about this process and share your views about the future of your organization. Remember - as they say in a line from the play, Hamilton - "History has its eyes on you."              

We do not begrudge the Governor continuing his national fantasy, but not at the expense of the citizens of New Jersey. The many citizens of NJ who are in need of those dollars, in need of his attention to deal with the problems of NJ, see that he can - in fact - be the Governor he was elected to be (click here to see my op-ed that followed his budget message).
But if he chooses instead to pursue his next political position, he needs to step aside and let us get on with the business of governing our state and serving our citizens. His support is the lowest it has been in his entire tenure, the members of his own party are abandoning him, the calls for his resignation come from those who supported his campaign and now abhor his hypocrisy in supporting the candidate he himself called "unfit for the presidency." ( Read editorial here )
As this editorial concludes, "The best answer for New Jersey would be for the governor to quit on his own. It's time for fresh leadership in this state. Christie has done enough damage." The time is now.

HappySocialWorkMonthHappy 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)

NASW-NJ Members can register for FREE CEUs during Social Work Month in March!


Voices of September 11th
NJ Symposium: PROMOTING RESILIENCE IN COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY TRAUMA. Wednesday, April 6, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Rutgers Livingston Campus Student Center. $75; 6 CEU Credits: $50. Subject matter experts discuss treatment for mental health conditions following traumatic events, promoting resiliency and mindfulness. Register at  

2016 CONFERENCE ON GUARDIANSHIP. 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

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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. 
Upcoming CE Courses  
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
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

Looking for more courses?
View the full list of scheduled NASW-NJ CE Courses on our Web site here.
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 with the name of the group you would like to join. 

For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.
Unit CE Programs in South New Jersey
Members of the Camden/Gloucester/Salem Unit enjoy a CE presentation on Teen Sexting by Kristine Seitz, M.Ed., LSW, PhD student at William G. Rohrer Memorial Library in Haddon Township.
Atlantic/ Cape May/ Cumberland Unit CE Presentation on Addiction Assessment in Margate on 3/1. Thanks to Jewish Family Services for hosting this event!
Social Work in Sports Webinar

March 14th, 7:00-8:30 pm.

Join the NASW-NJ Social Work in Sports Special Interest Group as we hear from Natalie Graves, LCSW, CADC. Natalie is a mental health expert in sports, and she will discuss this new, growing area of social work practice.

To register, click here.
Social Work Day at the United Nations

The 33rd Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations is scheduled for Monday, April 4, 2016 from 10:00 pm - 12:00 pm. The theme for the program is "Refugees and Displaced Persons: Ensuring Dignity and Worth."
There is no registration fee to attend Social Work Day at the UN but registration is required and seating is limited.
Check-in will begin at 9:00 am outside of the UN. All attendees must be registered. No walk-ins can be accommodated. CE hours will be available for licensed social workers in New York State or New Jersey.
In addition, a student event will be held in the afternoon from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.  

Registration for The Social Work Day at the UN will begin on Tuesday, March 8
th at 1:00 pm. 

Registration for the Student Event will begin on Wednesday, March 9th at 1:00 pm. 
There is a $10 registration fee for this event.

For more information, click here. To register, click here
PQRS 2016 for Clinical Social Workers
A new Practice Perspective is now available free for NASW members:

Because PQRS varies each calendar year, clinical social workers must become familiar with the reporting criteria of this program annually. NASW encourages its members who are Medicare providers to use PQRS 2016 as one of the indicators for the provision of quality services and to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2018 of two percent.   
"An Hour With Private Practice" held a training on PQRS 2016 free for NASW members on February 17 and will repeat it on March 16. For dial-in information, please click here.
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 Opportunities Selling Out! If you are interested in purchasing a sponsorship or exhibit booth, click  here to request an Exhibitor Prospectus.    
Help us design a n ew T-shirt for NASW- NJ!

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
Behavioral Health Denials of Care
NASW-NJ has been participating in a new NJ Mental Health Parity Coalition. In addition to advocates, families 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 to RSVP for the meeting.
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


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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