NASW-NJ newSWire
January 19 , 2017

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.
Friday through Sunday 2/3 - 2/5
9:00am - 5:00pm each day

Friday, 2/3, 10:30am-4:30pm

Tuesday, 2/7, 11:00am-1:00pm

Thursday, 2/9, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Monday, 2/13, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Monday 2/13, 9:30am-11:00am
Did You Know_
NASW-NJ has a new and improved online store for apparel and literature
Social Work Month is March 2017 Social Workers Stand Up!
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.
Message from
Executive Director
Walter X. Kalman

March on Trenton
Saturday, January 21st

Still looking to get involved in the Women's March? Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey is looking for volunteers for the day of the March who can show up and step into any number of roles: greeters, traffic directors, and rally marshals.

Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8am. Please write to if you can help out.

For more information on the Women's March on Trenton, including the list of dynamic speakers, click here.
Open Enrollment for Affordable Healthcare
Ends January 31st

Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began 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 . 

Walter Signature
CE & The Arts:
American Son   
American Son

(3 General & Social/Cultural CEUs)
February 16, 2017
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick

Join us for a performance of
American Son, starring John Bolger, Suzzanne Douglas, Mark Junek and Mark Kenneth Smaltz. A facilitated CE discussion by V. DuWayne Battle, PhD, will immediately follow the show.

NASW Member- $60
Non-Member- $70
NASW Student Member- $40
Guest (no CEUs) - $40 

For information on the play and to register, click here.
Job Hunting? Let NASW Help!

2017 Virtual Career Fair
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.

LCSW/LPC - Hillsborough NJ - Somerset County. Seeking Licensed Therapists to join busy, established practice. Child, Family and Marriage therapy experience a plus. Late afternoon/ Evenings and weekends. Send Resume to 
or fax 908-642-0258.

To view more ad postings on our Web site click here

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.
Buy 2, Get 1 FREE

Submit any two ads and
get one ad free.
(e.g. buy one newSWire™ + one FOCUS, get one FREE
Web site ad.
Submit two newSWire™ ads; receive one FREE ad for either the Web site or newSWire™)
For more details 
 send your questions to
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           

Upcoming CE Courses   

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 

Maintaining Boundaries in 21st Century Social Work Practice 
(6 Clinical & Ethics CE credits) 
January 27, 2017 from 10:00am - 5:00pm in North Brunswick 

Clinical Supervision
(20 Clinical CE credits)
February 3, 2017 through February 5, 2017 in North Brunswick
9:00AM-5:00PM each day

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 

Schema Therapy Basics 
(5 Clinical CE credits)
February 17, 2017 from 9:30am - 3:30pm in North Brunswick
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.
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.

Register Now!

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 to register.
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 20 - South (meets in Cherry Hill)
February 7  - Bergen PPSIG Networking Meeting
February 9  - Monmouth/Ocean PPSIG Meeting
February 13 - North/Central PPSIG Meeting
February 13 - Mercer/Burlington PPSIG Meeting
February 16 - Essex PPSIG Networking Meeting

For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.

PQRS is being replaced with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as a result of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

It is not scheduled to include LCSWs until 2019.

NASW National has informed us that as of the 2017 Final Regulations, Medicare providers do have an opt-out option if their practice meets one of  2 criteria:

- They receive less than or equal to $30,000 in Medicare reimbursements per year, or
- They see 100 or fewer Medicare clients per year.

Of course, with a new Administration, these criteria may change.

Please watch NASW-NJ's newsletters - newSWire™ and FOCUS - for more details as we learn new information.
This will include how to sign up for the new Medicare program as well as how to opt out.
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
Clinical Exam Guide (includes ASWB Masters or Clinical study manual - $85 value!)

LSW- Masters Test Prep Courses
February 27- Register 
March 17 - Register

LCSW- Clinical Test Prep Courses
February 10 - COURSE FULL
April 6- Register
DSM-5 Updates

For the comprehensive guide of the DSM-5 updates effective September 2016, click here.
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
Ready to Run™ Campaign Training for Women
Ready to Run 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.

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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