January 29, 2016    

Upcoming Events  

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Sunday, 1/31, 9:00am-4:30pm

Thursday, 2/11, 7pm-9pm
Message from Executive Director Walter Kalman  
In the realm of the ridiculous...
One of our Board members passed this on to me today:
(from the American Counseling Association, which represents 'professional counselors')
In an item where they attempt to describe differences in the 'profession' of "counseling" from the profession of Social Work:
".... If you are familiar with Maslow's hierarchy, social workers are trained to focus on the lower levels of the hierarchy, and counselors are trained to focus on the higher end of the hierarchy. However, in practice, many social workers do counseling and help individuals with personal issues even though counselors get much more training in this area."
I have been informed that my colleague, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts chapter, reached out to the American Counseling Association (ACA). She was informed that the information was from an online fact sheet, that there was no insult intended, that the posting was in error and would be revised before reposting with more accurate information. (It has since been removed from the ACA website, and the NASW National CEO has communicated with ACA on this matter. We will provide more information on that when available.)
For those of you who have been around as long as I have, you know how the profession of psychology used to (and sometimes individual practioners still do) dismiss Social Work as a less qualified profession. While we certainly don't intend to start a war among the 'professions' I think many of you would take strong issue with that concept, as I do.
It is true that Social Workers work on the lower levels of Maslow's hierarchy. Unlike other professions, the difference is that, in fact, we are trained to look at ALL LEVELS of the hierarchy - to see the whole person - and their environment - and recognize and help them realize their full potential. That is what makes Social Work a unique profession and is a far better approach than slicing them up and addressing a part of the person. For those of you who work with colleagues in the other mental health and social service professions - help them understand that we all have a role to play in the arena of social and behavioral services and that they should help their professional associations understand how Social Workers bring people together, not drive them apart.


- The Institute for Personal Growth, PC is looking to hire NJ licensed therapists to work 12-20 hours a week, including Saturdays, in our Jersey City and Highland Park offices. LSWs are welcome to apply - we provide supervision. A big plus for therapists with experience working with transgender and gender non-conforming youth. MUST work Saturdays. Fee for service. Please send cover letter and resume to info@ipgcounseling.com 

To view more ad postings on our Web site click here.
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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   




Harriet Bloomfield Scholarship
Application Deadline: February 29, 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 click here.
For questions, contact the Chapter Office at 732.296.8070.
Click here for Application and Release of Information forms.
Mail all application materials to:
NASW-NJ (HB Scholarship)
30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ 08902    
Annual Conference & Exhibition
(20+ CE Credits)

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.

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 and Agencies: If you are interested in purchasing a sponsorship or exhibit booth, click  here to request an Exhibitor Prospectus.    
  2016-2017 NASW Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship Awards

Applications for the 2016-2017 NASW Foundation Fellowships & Scholarships will be accepted until March 1, 2016. Recipients will be announced in June 2016.

Click here to begin an online application.
Private Practice Special Interest Groups  

Click on the PPSIG names for information & to register:

February 8th - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)
February 8th - North/Central (meets in Bridgewater)
February 11th- Monmouth/Ocean (meets in Tinton Falls) 

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 cmina@naswnj.org with the name of the group you would like to join. 

For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.
Job Hunting? Let NASW Help!

Take your career to the next level in 2016!
NASW wants to connect you with employers looking for candidates with your skill sets. Take a look into 2016 and envision maximum advancement in your social work career.
Register here today and take the next month to perfect your professional profile, prepare for the event, and explore the available positions as new employers sign up.  
Upcoming CE Courses  

Mediation and Collaborative Divorce:
Empowering and Restructuring Families
(2 Clinical, Ethics CE credits)
February 4, 2016 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in Whippany (Morris County)
Presenters: Susan Horowitz, LCSW & Renee Rubino, BA, JD
Info & Registration

To Sext or Not to Sext: Sexuality, Technology, and How it Affects Us All
(2 Clinical CE credits)
February 29, 2016 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm in Westmont (Camden County)
Presenters: Judyann McCarthy, LCSW & Kristine Seitz, M.Ed., LSW, PhD student
Info & Registration

Looking for more courses?
View the full list of scheduled NASW-NJ CE Courses on our Web site here.
Enter NASW's National Social Work Month Media Contest

March is National Social Work Month. This year's theme is "Forging Solutions Out of Challenges." Submit a brief video, spoken word performance, poster or photo showing how social workers have helped individuals, communities or our society create solutions and positive change out of challenging situations.
The winners in each category will receive a trophy and sample kit of Social Work Month merchandise. Submit entries to  gwright@naswdc.org by March 1st. Winners will be announced at the end of Social Work Month.
Clinical Supervision Course
(20 Clinical CEUs, including 5 Ethics and 3 Social/Cultural)
Presenter: Patricia O'Dell, LCSW
February 5, 6, 7 - 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

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

LSW- Masters Test Prep Courses
January 31 - COURSE FULL
February 20 - Register
March 19 - Register

LCSW- Clinical Test Prep Course
February 11 - Register
April 15 - Register
Why Give an Hour? 
Give an Hour is a national nonprofit that harnesses the expertise of mental health professionals across the nation in a wide scale effort to provide no-cost mental health support to our nation's military and their families.
Our work in communities enhances the comprehensive system of care for military, veterans and families who live and work locally.

We are partnered with nearly all national level mental health associations, including NASW.  To see a full list of partners, click  here .
  • Give an Hour GIVES to the military community through the gracious donations of our mental health professionals HOURS.
  • Give an Hour GIVES back to mental health professionals through various no-cost continuing education opportunities. We provide opportunities for students, mid-level and senior professionals to enhance their skills and network with other like minded professionals.
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.    
Looking for a perfect gift to give a Social Worker? Look no further!

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Networking Opportunities
at NASW-NJ Events 

Are you looking for ways to network with other social workers in your area? When you join NASW on the national level, you are automatically a member at the state level. 
NASW-NJ has 12 volunteer-led Units throughout the state. The Units meet regularly for social events, advocacy, service projects, networking, CEU workshops, and more! Your Unit assignment is based on the mailing address listed on your membership.
For Unit events in the near future, go to Upcoming Events located on the top left hand side of this newsletter. Or for more upcoming Unit activities for the next several months, visit www.naswnj.org and click on Calendar.
The Value of NASW Membership
NASW is the largest professional social work organization in the United States. Like the more than 130,000 members who call NASW their professional home, you can access resources that will enhance your professional growth in every phase of your career. From training and CE credits to ethical and legal guidance, NASW provides the information you need.

Click here to learn more about the Value of NASW Membership.
It's worth over $1000!
Be sure to tell your friends and colleagues:
NASW Membership pays for itself!
codeofethics NASW Celebrates 55 Years of the Code of Ethics

Today, the NASW Code of Ethics continues to be the standard bearer in defining and advancing professional social work values and principles.

Click here to order your Commemorative Issue.

The Chapter Office Needs Volunteers to:
  • Contact members regarding membership renewal
  • Assist with mailings to recruit new members
  • Administrative tasks

If interested, contact Janine Hendryx at jhendryx@naswnj.org.

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-  Access to scholarships 
-  Ethics consultations 
-  Free networking opportunities
For a list of ALL of your NASW Benefits, click HERE.

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