NASW-NJ newSWire
September 8, 2017

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.
Monday, 9/11, 12pm-2pm
North/Central PPSIG Meeting

Sunday, 9/24, 9:00am-4:30pm
Monday, 9/25, 6pm-9pm
Tuesday, 9/26, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday, 9/28, 5:30-7:30pm
Somerset/Hunterdon Unit Meet & Greet  
Thursday, 9/28, 6pm-8pm
Friday, 10/6, 9am-4:30pm
Did You Know_
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Join Us for the NASW-NJ Board Installation and Membership Dinner!

Monday, September 25, 2017
Wilson Hall at Monmouth University
Harvey/Irma, DACA and the Code of Ethics
In the last two weeks, we have seen devastating pictures, read horrific stories, and heard frightening reports of what may happen. Whether we are in the eye of the storm (think Sandy) or far from harm's way (think Harvey), whether we are involved in the furor (think Dreamers) or unaffected by policy decisions (think U.S. Citizen), WE ARE SOCIAL WORKERS.
"The NASW Code of Ethics is intended to serve as a guide to the everyday professional conduct of social workers."* It is our road map. It is our rock. It is our light in the darkness.
During hard times, confusing and difficult times, during devastating and horrific and frightening times ~ THIS is when the Code is most important to us.

I encourage you to take a few minutes and look through the Code. Consider the six Core Values of our profession: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence.
How do these values guide us during the tumult of the last two weeks and the next few? What can you do to implement these values so that people in trouble, people in distress are better off because of you?
Here are some ideas:  
And I'm sure you can think of others.
Thanks for all you do ~ during crisis times and when things are calmer. We are all social workers, and we are all in this work together.
*Editor's note:
This is the opening line of the 2008 revision of the Code Overview.
Mary Jean Weston Interim Executive Director
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Family Intervention Services
20-Hour Certificate in
Clinical Supervision.

October 11th, 18th and 25th, 2017 in Denville, New Jersey.
Early Bird Discount of $325 if registered before September 20th!
ASWB - NJ CE CAP Provider #25, Course #979.
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** While these courses are not offered by NASW-NJ, as a service to our members we will run ads for programs that can document approval by entities accepted by the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE).

*For information on what programs the BSWE approves:
*Click here to review Subchapter 13:44G - 6.4 of the NJ Social Work Regulations or
*Click here to review Tips for Understanding the NJ Regulations for Continuing Education

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Conference Room: Weekday starting at $70 / Weekend $250 

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30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Main: 732-296-8070
Fax: 732-296-8074

Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW

Mary Jean Weston, MSW, LCSW
Interim Executive Director          

DMHAS Transfer: Town Hall Meetings

The DMHAS transfer from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Health officially took  effect last Monday, August 28th. The transition will take place gradually and is  expected to be completed by the end of October.

The DOH and DMHAS have announced a schedule of stakeholder town-hall meetings to be conducted across NJ. These meetings present some of our first opportunities to provide comments and seek more information about the transfer. We urge you to learn more about this transfer and register to attend one of these meetings. This transfer introduces increased market insecurity and potentially jeopardizes services in NJ. We need to collectively show our concerns and work together towards a secure transition.

Learn more by reading this article or reviewing NASW's testimony

Register to attend a meeting  here.
Serve as a Practice-Area Expert on an NASW Policy Statement Review Panel  

Respond by September 22

You can help shape NASW policy by actively serving as an expert on a review panel revising upcoming NASW policy statements. NASW policy statements set the parameters for NASW's positions on a broad range of public policy and professional issues and are featured in Social Work Speaks, a comprehensive collection of policies. If you are interested and have expertise in any of the practice areas below, please send an email with your area(s) of expertise, a short biography (50-100 words), and a resume to by September 22, 2017. You must be a current NASW member to serve on a policy review panel.
NASW-NJ at School of Social Work Orientations
NASW-NJ sends best wishes to all social work students for the 2017-2018 academic year!
Mary Jean Weston, LCSW, NASW-NJ Interim Executive Director, presenting on ethics to 2nd year students at Kean University.

Monmouth University BSW and MSW students participate in a fun ice breaker game at the 19th Annual Student Retreat.
BSW students at Seton Hall University attend their senior year orientation.  A great group of dedicated social work students who are already NASW members- Go Seton Hall!
Health Care Conference njahcsw
(6 Clinical, Ethics CEUs)

Social Work Issues in End of Life and Palliative Care Across the Health Care Continuum
(Given by the NJ Association of Health Care Social Workers)
October 16, 2017  from 8:00am - 4:00pm
Pines Manor in Edison
Note: CEUs valid for NJ licensed social workers, not for NY.
Full schedule and cost available on the conference homepage here.
Join Us for Hill Day 2017

On October 2 - 3, join the  National Association of Social Workers  and the  National Council for Behavioral Health  for Hill Day 2017 in Washington, D.C.  
Hill Day is an opportunity for hundreds of behavioral health providers, consumers, family members, board members, administrators and community stakeholders to advocate for better resources for mental health and addiction treatment across the country.
Registration for Hill Day is free and includes access to policy sessions, workshops and keynote speakers on Monday, October 2. Visits to elected officials on Capitol Hill will take place on Tuesday, October 3.

With 20 national partners, Hill Day is the largest behavioral health advocacy event of the year. 

Learn more by clicking here. Click here to register.

With the NJSCSW, IPS Presents:
Open House and Conversation:

When Trauma is Contagious:
What Happens When Therapists are Affected by
the Trauma in the Room

September 17th 11:00am - 1:00pm
655 Pomander Walk, Teaneck
$25 for non-members of IPS
2CEs from NJSCSW

Register at
or call 201-457-0809

Open House following the Conversation
Light refreshments offered

NASW-NJ Unit Event

Mercer/Burlington Unit Members gather in Mount Laurel for a Meet and Greet
(click here for more photos)

Upcoming CE Courses
Military Culture for Social Workers: Understanding their Strengths, Structure and Battles 
(5 Clinical, Social/Cultural CEUs) 
Presenter: Patricia Spencer, LCSW 
Friday, September 15 from 9:30am - 3:30pm in North Brunswick 

When Addiction and Motherhood Collide- LIVE WEBINAR 
(2 Clinical CEUs)
Presenter: Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW
Tuesday, September 26 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm via webinar
Info & Registration

How to be a Sex Positive Therapist: This is Not Your Gym Teacher's Presentation
(3 Clinical CEUs)
Presenter: Melissa Donahue, LCSW, CST
Tuesday, October 24 from 10:00am - 1:00pm in Wayne
Info & Registration

NASW-NJ Leadership Development Program:
Leading Through a New Lens
(20 General CEUs, including 4 Ethics & 4 Soc/Cultural)
October 27, 28, and 29 in North Brunswick
Info & Registration

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.
Test Prep Courses
test prep book (includes ASWB Masters or Clinical study manual - $85 value!)

LSW Test Prep
September 24 - Register 
LCSW Test Prep
October 6 - Register
Earn 1.5 Ethics CEUs  
On Your Own Time! 

**Pre-recorded Webinar**
Social Work Licensure:
How to Keep Yourself Out of Trouble  
(1.5 General, Ethics CEUs)

Want to avoid fines and keep your license? Sure you do! Learn what gets NJ social workers in trouble with the Licensing Board (NJBSWE), and how to prevent these problems in your social work practice.

Participants will purchase the course to access the recorded video (at your leisure), take a post-test and your CE certificate will be e-mailed to you within 1 week after successfully completing the post-test.

NASW Member - $15
Non-Member- $25

Purchase now
Private Practice Shared Interest Group (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:

September 11 - North/Central (meets in Bridgewater)
September 12 - Bergen (meets in Teaneck) 

For a full list of PPSIGs, 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.

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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