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January 5, 2017

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DSM-5 Updates

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Message from
Executive Director
Walter X. Kalman

It's a new year. Happy New Year, we all say. But is it? With the huge challenges that lie ahead, the trepidation and fear that has emerged from what was for many, a terribly difficult, in many cases, deadly, 2016, the brief respite of a holiday season may be quickly forgotten. But wallowing in the fears generated by the frightening rhetoric and the distressing appointees of a new national administration will leave us helpless to resist the winds of change that could sweep away the many great accomplishments of the past years.

Remember the motto of several years ago, "Social Workers Stand Up for Others." It's time for us to act out the history of our profession. Stand Up. Join in social action. The Women's Rally on January 21 in Washington, a day after the inauguration, will send the message, "We Are Still Here." And we will be heard.

For those who can't make it to Washington, there will be a concurrent rally in Trenton and in state capitols across the country. There is also a rally planned for NYC at Trump Tower. We will be continuing to post information on how to participate, so stay tuned to the NASW-NJ website and these newSWire updates.

Also -
Read this message - "Take a bad year. And make it better" - from The NY Times on New Year's Eve, and keep this message in mind in every day of this new year.
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Annual Conference & Exhibition
(2 0+ CEUs)
April 30 - May 2, 2017  
Borgata Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City, NJ
Choose from 60+ workshops, meet with 80+ exhibitors, network with your colleagues and enjoy the beautiful hotel amenities!  

- Info & registration at
- If your school or company is paying by PO, please contact for further instructions
- Early bird rates end February 22nd!   
NY social workers: Contact hours at the Conference are valid for your license now too.
Exhibitors and Agencies: click here for more information.
Did You Know_
NASW-NJ members can find jobs and office rentals on our website

SHREWSBURY - PT/FT Beautiful office space. Conveniently located. First floor, handicapped accessible, free parking. Peaceful waiting room, kitchenette, and bathroom in suite. Utilities included.
Contact Cathy 732-380-0012.

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

For more information contact
Janine Hendryx at


Did you know that there is no limit to the number of online CEUs you can take for your NJ license?

Choose from over 150 courses available on the
Social Work Online CE Institute.
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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           

Psychotherapy Scam Warning
We've learned of a scam circulating in Connecticut involving a couple seeking marital therapy while vacationing there. There have also been reports of a teen visiting who wants individual therapy during her stay. The payment arrangements are always complicated and therapists who responded lost money in the bank transactions.
NASW-CT has put out this message: "We caution our members to ask lots of questions and be very cautious if contacted by someone seeking temporary therapy while in Connecticut."
Our advice is not to engage these requests whether they come by email or phone.
In addition, always be careful about providing social work services to clients who are from another state. In addition to risking money, you may be violating licensing laws of another jurisdiction. Consider ethics courses from our Continuing Education Online Institute ( including a presentation by Dr. Frederic Reamer on Practicing Social Work in an Electronic World: Ethical and Risk-Management Issues.
LSW & LCSW Test Prep Courses
(includes ASWB Masters or Clinical study manual - $85 value!)

LSW- Masters Test Prep Courses
January 13 - Register
February 27- Register

LCSW- Clinical Test Prep Courses
February 10 - Register
April 6- Register
Volunteer as a Unit Leader and Receive Great Benefits!


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 Janine Hendryx at or 732-296-8070, ext. 18.

Mental Health Parity Update

Legislation affecting insurance for mental health and addiction will be introduced in the coming weeks in the New Jersey Legislature. Two Democratic Senators, Joseph Vitale and Robert Gordon, are being joined as co-prime sponsors of the bill by Republican Thomas Kean, the Senate Minority Leader. The bill will apply the standards of a federal law that requires insurers to provide coverage for behavioral health at the same level they do for physical illnesses.

To learn more, go to
Women's March on Washington

Women's Rights are Human Rights

NASW stands behind the mission and vision of the Women's
March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, we will unite for the Women's March on Washington.  For organized transportation down to DC, check out the NJ Citizen Action website for more information. If there are no more seats available, you can also check out Rally Bus.
Open Enrollment for Affordable Healthcare

Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began November 1 and lasts until January 31, 2017. 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 . 
Upcoming CE Courses   
Working with Stepfamilies: Understanding the Dynamics of a Family Forest 
(2 Clinical CE credits) 
January 9, 2017 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in Whippany
Info & Registration

Social Media and Relationships; Opportunity for Connection or Disconnection? 
(5 General, including 1 Ethics CE credit) 
January 21, 2017 from 10:00am - 4:00pm in North Brunswick 

Talk & Beyond Talk: Emotional Smarts & The Emotional Freedom Techniques  

5 Clinical CE credits)   
February 3, 2017 from 10:30am - 4:30pm in Cherry Hill
Info & Registration  

Ethics and the Private Practitioner: Exploring Common Ethical Pitfalls  
(5 Clinical & Ethics CE credits) 
April 1, 2017 from 10:00am - 4:00pm in North Brunswick 
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.
Job Hunting? Let NASW Help!

Take your career to the next level in 2017!

The NASW Virtual Career Fair will connect you directly with top employers with open social work career opportunities from the comfort of your own home, office, smartphone or tablet.
Register here today and take the next couple months to perfect your professional profile, prepare for the event, and explore the available positions as new employers sign up.
HUD Provides Information to NASW-NJ Members

Periodically, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publishes articles that might be of interest to Social Workers. Below are links to several of these.

To explore additional research, data sets, and publications, please visit HUD User's new address:

Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to Neighborhoods and Schools of Opportunity: The Edge, November 2016

Neighborhoods and Violent Crime: Evidence Matters, Summer 2016

Reducing Offender Recidivism and Reconnecting Opportunity Youth: Evidence Matters, Summer 2016
Ready to Run™ Campaign Training for Women
NASW-NJ is pleased to be among the co-sponsors of Ready to Run™ New Jersey on March 10-11, 2017.

Ready to Run™ was created by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) to train women as candidates. Ready to Run™ is a non-partisan campaign training program to encourage women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointed office, work on a campaign, or get involved in public life in other ways.

NASW-NJ will cover the cost of NASW-NJ members who want to attend the 2017 Ready to Run™ program. Register online and select the "pay by check" option. For the "how did you hear?" question, write NASW-NJ.

Ready to Run™ programs will be held at Douglass Campus Center, 100 George Street, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

For more information and to register, click here.
Social Work Month 2017 - Social Workers Stand Up!

NASW will launch a "Social Workers Stand Up" campaign during Social Work Month in March 2017. The campaign will focus on educating the public about how social workers stand up for others, including some of the most vulnerable people in our society, and make positive contributions to society. The campaign will also highlight the importance of the social work title, and why getting the assistance of an educated and licensed social worker is so important. Look for more details about the campaign to be posted here.
Private Practice Shared 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 Janine Hendryx at with the name of the group you would like to join.

Click on the PPSIG names for information & to register:

January 9 -   Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)
January 9 - North/Central (meets in Bridgewater)
January 10 - Bergen (meets in Teaneck)
January 12 - Monmouth/Ocean (meets in Tinton Falls)
January 19 - Essex  (meets in West Orange)
January 20 - South (meets in Cherry Hill)

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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