November 17 , 2016    

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.

Thursday, 11/17, 6pm-8pm *TONIGHT*
Sussex/Warren Unit Meet & Greet Networking Event

Friday, 11/18, 9:30am-11am
Hudson PPSIG Meeting

Friday, 11/18, 9:30am-11am
South PPSIG Meeting

Friday, 11/18, 9am-4:30pm
LSW Test Prep Course- Masters

Monday, 11/28, 6pm-8pm
Camden/Gloucester/Salem Unit Event

Tuesday, 11/29, 6:30pm-8:30pm
(2 CEUs) Cultivating a Sense of Purpose through the Plague of Dementia

Thursday, 12/1, 9am-4:30pm
LCSW Test Prep Course- Clinical

Friday, 12/2-12/4, 9am-5pm each day
(20 CEUs) Clinical Supervision

Tuesday, 12/6, 11am-1pm
Bergen PPSIG Holiday Gathering

Wednesday, 12/7, 6:30pm-8:30pm
(2 CEUs) Introduction to Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment for Substance Users

Thursday, 12/8, 7pm-9pm
Monmouth/Ocean PPSIG Meeting

Monday, 12/12, 9:30am-11am
Mercer/Burlington PPSIG Meeting

Monday, 12/12, 12pm-2pm
North/Central PPSIG Holiday Gathering

Tuesday, 12/13, 7pm-9pm
Mercer/Burlington Unit Event

Thursday, 12/15, 10am-11:30am
Essex PPSIG Networking Meeting

Friday, 12/16, 9:30am-11am
South PPSIG Meeting

Saturday, 12/17, 9am-4:30am
LSW Test Prep Course- Masters

Thursday, 12/22, 6pm-8pm
Hudson Unit Holiday Event  
Volunteer as a Unit Leader and Receive Great Benefits!

When you join NASW, you are automatically a member at the national and state levels.  NASW-NJ has 12 volunteer-led Units throughout New Jersey. They meet for social events, advocacy, service projects, networking, CEU workshops, and more!  For more information  on upcoming Unit events, check out our Calendar at

NASW-NJ needs YOU!  The following Units are in need of YOUR leadership:


One benefit of becoming a Unit Leader: you can earn vouchers for free CEUs through our Incentive Program.
 For information on how to become a Unit Leader, please contact Christina Mina at or 732-296-8070, ext. 15. 
Message from
Executive Director
Walter X. Kalman 
It's been a week since the Election
results were announced.
Since then... so many feelings, so much uncertainty. Many of our members have shared with us their hopes and fears. And depending on who you voted for you may be elated or depressed, frustrated or hopeful, resigned or despondent, charged up and ready for action or stuck in the emotions of shock and disappointment.
However... it's time to consider the next steps for Social Workers and the Social Work profession - as there is much work to be done. We are already seeing an increase in bullying, racial and gender violence and intimidation, and as Social Workers we must act  immediately. We are agents of social change and we have an ethical obligation to address the larger policy issues as well. We cannot sit and wallow in our sorrow or remain on the sidelines in the public sphere. It is time to roll up our sleeves and remind America as Bill Maher said as he closed his show last Friday, "We are still here."
I am borrowing on a message from Mark Lamar, Executive Director of Field Education at Rutgers, to Rutgers Field Instructors and Liaisons this week. He reminded them that students (and I would add, all of us) need to be fully familiar with, and abide by, the NASW Code of Ethics during these unpredictable and turbulent times. In the weeks to come we may all be wrestling with reactions to this election. Our job will be to get involved in our communities and advocacy organizations as a way to empower the vulnerable; include the marginalized; safeguard and reassure the fearful; instill hope in those who feel hopeless; and promote social, economic, and environmental justice for all. These are the ways we can ensure that the core values and ethical principles we hold so dear continue to be woven into the fabric of our work, our communities and our nation.
NASW National also addressed these issues in a Statement on the election of Donald Trump. One line summarizes our commitment as a profession: "NASW firmly supports our nation's efforts to move forward in a positive way that acknowledges the inherent dignity and worth of all people."
Here are some ideas for what you can do to support this important obligation of all Social Workers: 
- Join an organization that is already involved in the work of community building, environmental protection, immigration reform, LGBTQ rights, women's health and reproductive rights, etc.
- Volunteer time with an organization that is working toward a progressive agenda
  - Give money and/or time to organizations that will protect those who are vulnerable or disenfranchised
  - Join the Women's March on Washington  to demand rights for all people. This is an inclusive march, and everyone who supports women's rights is welcome.  
Please check our newsletters (newSWire™ and FOCUS) and our Web site ( ) for more information, ideas and resources as we continue our work and journey together.
Save the Date! Giving Tuesday- November 29th

You can improve the lives of New Jersey social workers by taking part in GIVING TUESDAY, the national day of giving, on November 29. It's a day when people around the country celebrate generosity and support great causes.

Go to to learn more about how you can show your support. Please join NASW and the NJSWERS community by supporting social workers in New Jersey.  

Make an impact today!


NASW-NJ members are entitled to receive a free  Brief Legal Consultation



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Walter X. Kalman, MSW, LSW
Executive Director           

Upcoming CE Courses   

Cultivating a Sense of Purpose through the Plague of Dementia
(2 General CE credits) 
November 29, 2016 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in Bridgewater
Info & Registration

Introduction to Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment for Substance Users  

(2 Clinical CE c
December 7, 2016 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in Mahwah
Looking for more courses?
View the full list of scheduled NASW-NJ CE Courses (and keep an eye out as we add more!) on our Web site   here.
Negative PQRS Payment Adjustment for 2017

CMS has sent letters to clinical social workers and others regarding the 2017 PQRS negative payment adjustment. NASW urges its members to pay prompt attention to this. Learn more.

Clinical social workers who believe they received a 2017 PQRS negative payment adjustment in error, should submit an informal review request by 11/30. For more information, click here.
Space filling up!
Clinical Supervision Course
(20 CEUs)

(20) Clinical CE credits total, including 5-hour Ethics & 3-hour Social/Cultural Competence credits

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.

December 2 - 4, 2016, 9am - 5pm each day

Info & Registration here.
LSW & LCSW Test Prep Courses
LCSW test prep (includes ASWB Masters or Clinical study manual - $85 value!)

LSW- Masters Test Prep Courses
December 17 - Register

LCSW- Clinical Test Prep Courses
December 1 - Register
Immigrants Rights Summit in December
Join the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice  for a day of learning and empowering discussions about the state of immigrant rights in New Jersey. A l ist of workshops and panels will be available soon at

The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ
December 10, 2016
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Tickets are available until November 22, 2016. Purchase tickets here
Fatherhood Initiative Project: Resources for Social Workers 

This project was initiated and implemented by Rufus Sylvester Lynch who is currently serving as a Regional Representative to the NASW National Board of Directors representing the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Chapters.


NASW's role has included offering workshops, publishing articles, and distributing information. One goal of NASW's involvement was to make resources available online to its members and other community social workers to use. 

Take this survey, to help in establishing what resources would be most helpful to you and other social workers in the field. 

Open Enrollment for Affordable Healthcare

Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act begins November 1 and lasts until January 31, 2017. If you want your coverage to begin on the first of the year, you will have to enroll by December 15. Now is the time to compare healthcare plans so that you can find the best one for you. You and your clients can learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace and how to apply for benefits at
A Campaign to Achieve Social Work Practice Mobility, License Portability

The Association of Social Work Boards is working on a social work practice mobility and license portability initiative. NASW and other social work organizations are supporting the campaign. Learn how you can get involved.
NASW Comments on Proposed Social Security Rule Change

NASW recently forwarded a letter in response to the Social Security Administration's proposed rules on approved medical sources. Read the full response.
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 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:

November 18 - Hudson (meets in Jersey City)
November 18 - South (meets in Cherry Hill)
December 6 - Bergen (meets in Teaneck)
December 8 - Monmouth/Ocean (meets in Tinton Falls)
December 12 - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)
December 12 - North/Central (meets in Somerville)
December 15 - Essex (meets in West Orange)

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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