NASW-NJ newSWire
August 24, 2018
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Upcoming Events

To see all our events, visit our Calendar.
Friday, 8/24, 6:30pm-8:30pm *TONIGHT*
Friday-Sunday, 9/14-9/16, 9am-4:30pm

Wednesday, 9/12, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Monday, 9/17, 12pm-2pm

Monday 9/17, 8pm-9pm

Tuesday, 9/18, 11am-1pm
Wednesday, 9/19, 12pm-1pm
Friday, 9/21, 9am-4:30pm

Monday, 9/24, 6:30pm-9pm
NASW-NJ Online CE Courses

Looking to take some of your courses from home? NASW-NJ is making it affordable!

Our current offering of pre-recorded webinars can be found here.
The CE Approval Collaborative is administered by NASW-NJ and recognized by the New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE) as an approving entity for social work continuing education credits in the state and offers a comprehensive review process for the approval of quality social work continuing education courses. 

Want more info? Go HERE!

Renew Your License & Get CEUs!

Don't wait! The renewal website gets very busy.
If you can't get in, try late at night or early in the morning. Weekends are better, too.

Do NOT send or upload CE documents when you renew. There's a place to upload documents but the Board doesn't need them now.
If you have not received a renewal notice, click here for instructions on how to renew without it.
For more information on renewal, CE requirements and where to find additional CEU programs, click click here.
The renewal deadline is August 31, 2018.
Don't wait. Renew now!
Celebration of Social Work Excellence

Join us for the 2018
NASW-NJ Membership and Awards Dinner

Social Worker of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
Public Citizen of the Year
Elected Public Official

Monday, September 24, 2018
The Estate at Farrington Lake
East Brunswick, NJ

Volunteer at our Celebration of Social Work Excellence!

We are looking for (5) social work students to volunteer before and during our event assisting with greeting attendees, working at the merchandise table and more! 

Click  HERE for more information!
New Out-of-Networking Billing 

On June 1, 2018, Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2018, c. 32 ("The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act") which requires transparency in out-of-network billing and will go into effect on September 1, 2018. Click here for a summary of the law as it applies to health care professionals. This summary was provided by the Division of Consumer Affairs. NASW-NJ will be releasing a tip sheet in the near future about this law as it applies to social workers in private practice. 

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Our weekly round-up of state and national news relevant to the social work profession in New Jersey
(subscription may be required to access some articles)
- Courier Post
- Asbury Park Press
- Insider NJ
- NJ Anti-Hunger Coalition
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

Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Jennifer Thompson, MSW
Executive Director          

New Merchandise in Our O nline Store 

Show your support of the issues that matter most to you and support your professional organization. Click HERE to visit our store!

We choose to launch our store with custom designed EQUALITY merchandise to highlight how social workers have a rich history of fighting for equality. On August 26th, we will celebrate Women's Equality Day which commemorates the 1920 decision to give women the constitutional right to vote.

Seeking Presenters for 2019 Conference 
We are starting to plan our 2019 NASW-NJ A nnual Conference & Exhibition, to be held April 28 - April 30, 2019 at the beautiful Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.

Interested in Presenting a Workshop?
Click HERE for information on submitting your proposal.

Deadline for submissions has been extended to September 12! 

Want to Exhibit Your Agency/Services to 1,000+ Social Workers? Click HERE to provide us with your contact information.
Self-Study CE Courses

Looking to earn some CEUs right now?
We have several pre-recorded webinars available for self-study, so you can complete your credit requirements at home!

Just added!
- Understanding Body Image Issues
- When Addiction and Motherhood Collide 

LSW & LCSW Test Prep Courses
Clinical Exam Guide 
This course includes:
  • your own copy of the Revised ASWB Masters or Clinical Exam Guide ($90 value!) 
  • a personal code to download the app version of the book 
  • access to the interactive practice test and supplemental
Cost: $120 for members, $160 for non-members

LSW - Masters Prep Course
Friday, September 21 - Register

LCSW- Clinical Prep Course
Friday, October 5 - Register

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3-Day Clinical Supervision Course 
(20 CEUs)

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. The course meets the NJ BSWE requirement for 20 continuing education credits related to supervision, and also includes 5 Ethics and 3 Social/Cultural Competence CEUs. This course is held at our NASW office in North Brunswick.

Cost: $350 for NASW members, $425 for non-members

Friday September 14 through Sunday September 16
Presented by Patricia Spencer, LCSW
Info & Registration
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Political Campaign Careers for Women
Saturday, October 20, 9am - 3pm

Our partners at The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) will be hosting an  all day workshop to provide an introduction to political careers many people don't even know exist. Learn about campaigns, campaign committees, and independent consulting, as well as working for political action committees, associations and think tanks, just to name a few.  Find out how jobs in politics can provide exciting opportunities to enact positive change.

More information and registration can be found here.
Support Increased Medicare Reimbursement for Clinical Social Workers

The  Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S. 2613 / H.R. 1290) contains many provisions to ensure Medicare beneficiaries have access to a full array of mental health and addictions treatment services. Among those are several positions that stand to benefit clinical social workers, including:
  • Increased Access to Adequate Reimbursement Rates for Clinical Social Workers (CSWs): S.2613 / H.R. 1290 would align Medicare payment for clinical social workers with that of other non-physician providers by increasing the reimbursement rate from 75% to 85% of the physician fee schedule.
  • Increase Access to Mental Health Services for Residents of Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF): Currently, CSWs who are not employed by the SNF to provide medically related social work services are unable to seek independent reimbursement under Medicare Part B for psychotherapy services provided to SNF residents. S. 2613 would rectify this problem by excluding CSW services from SNF consolidated billing.
  • Provide Access to the Complete set of CSWs Services that Help Medicare Beneficiaries Cope with Medical Conditions: Although HBAI services are within the scope of practice for CSWs, Medicare currently only reimburses CSWs for the "diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses."
Click here to urge your elected officials to co-sponsor or support this important legislation.
Comment Period on NASW Bylaws

Proposed amendments due by September 1, 2018 

NASW members in good standing may submit proposed amendments to the bylaws for consideration by the NASW Board of Directors. Proposed amendments related to Delegate Assembly and the NASW national/chapter dues allocation must follow the Delegate Assembly process and timeline. To submit a proposed amendment, click here. For more information, email
Practice Alert: Out-of-Network Billing

On June 1, 2018, Governor Murphy signed P.L. 2018, c. 32 ("The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act") which requires transparency in out-of-network billing and will go into effect on September 1, 2018. Click here for a summary of the law as it applies to health care professionals. This summary was provided by the Division of Consumer Affairs. NASW-NJ will be issuing a tip sheet in the near future providing guidance on the implementation of this law as it applies to social workers in private practice 
Learn the Latest Advances in Social Work and Human Services

Access "Most Cited" Articles from NASW Journals for Free

For a limited time, NASW members can access top articles published in NASW's scholarly journals: Social Work, Social Work Research, Health & Social Work, and Children & Schools. Explore innovations in practice, interdisciplinary efforts, research, policy, planning, and more. NASW members receive an online subscription to   Social Work with NASW membership and discounted rates on subscriptions to Social Work Research, Health & Social Work, and Children & Schools.
Apply for Financial Assistance with Legal Expenses

If you're engaged in litigation related to the NASW Code of Ethics, social work principles, and/or standards of social work practice advocated by NASW, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the NASW Legal Defense Fund.
Looking to gain leadership experience? Volunteer as a NASW-NJ Unit Leader!

NASW-NJ has 12 branches, called Units, across the state of New Jersey to provide members regionally based networking and educational opportunities. This is a great opportunity for members to build new skills while gaining leadership experience, influence the Unit and Chapter's efforts, impact your local social work community, boost your visibility/grow your network, and have fun!

The following Units need leadership:
  • Camden/Gloucester/Salem
  • Hudson
If you would like information on how to become a Unit Leader, please contact Ashley Rifkin at or 732-296-8070, ext. 119.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards for social workers, and to advance sound social policies.
Please consider joining today!
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