NASW-NJ newSWire
April 6, 2018

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.

Tuesday, 4/10, 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, 4/11, 6pm-8pm
Union Unit Event & Presentation

Wednesday, 4/11, 7pm-9pm

Thursday, 4/12, 6pm-8pm
Monmouth/Ocean Private Practice Meeting 

Monday, 4/16, 9am-4:30pm

Wednesday, 4/18, 12pm-1pm

Wednesday, 4/18, 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, 4/18, 6pm-8pm

Thursday, 4/19, 10am-4pm

Wednesday, 4/25, 6pm-8pm

Thursday, 4/26, 5pm-6pm and 6pm-8pm

Sunday-Tuesday, 4/29-5/1

Monday, 5/7, 5:30pm-7:30pm
NASW Members save up to $125 off the NASW NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition rate! Have fun and learn while connecting with social workers from all over the state. Register before we are sold out! We look forward to seeing you there!

NASW-NJ Announces New Executive Director, Jennifer Thompson

The New Jer sey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NJ) has announced the appointment of longtime advocate for social work and social change, Jennifer Thompson, to serve as its new Executive Director. 

"We're excited to welcome Jennifer Thompson as our new Executive Director," said NASW-NJ Board and Chapter President, Dr. Tawanda Hubbard. "The NASW-NJ Board and National leadership set out to find someone with the right vision and experience to bring NASW-NJ to its next level of evolution. We are delighted that we found that leader, Jennifer Thompson. She brings a unique perspective, wealth of experience and leadership, and lots of energy to the job."

Thompson took the helm on April 3rd.  Read more here.
NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition

Registration closes April 10th!

April 29 - May 1, 2018
Borgata Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City, NJ

Earn up to 23 CEUs in 3 days!
Choose from 70+ workshops and complete your credits for the licensing cycle.

Sponsors, Exhibitors, & Advertisers!

View and download a copy of the exhibitor prospectus  HERE

Call 732-296-8070 or email  for information.
Dr. Reamer
Registration Now Open for Ethics Institute with
Dr. Frederic Reamer

Cutting-edge Ethical Issues for Social Workers: Practical Implications of Evolving Standards

(5 Clinical, Ethics CEUs)
June 19 from 9:30am - 3:30pm in  Montclair

Recently the social work profession adopted updated ethics standards, regulatory guidelines, and practice standards, especially related to practitioners' use of technology. Dr. Reamer will explain these and explore high-risk ethical issues and practical strategies designed to protect clients and practitioners. Key topics will include novel forms of service delivery and ways to communicate with clients, management and storage of electronic information, boundary issues, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, clients' rights, documentation, and termination of services. 

Cost: $125 for NASW members, $160 for non-members
(includes 5 CEUs and lunch)

Harriet Bloomfield Scholarship Application Deadline Extended

NASW-NJ is now accepting applications for the 2018 Harriet Bloomfield Scholarship.

The application deadline is Monday, April 16, 2018.
To apply you must be an NASW Member in good standing and be enrolled as a social work student (BSW or MSW) for the 2018-2019 academic year.

For more information and scholarship application guidelines, click here.
To join NASW, click here.
NASW New York City Chapter Seeks Executive Director

The New York City Chapter of NASW, with a membership of 6400, is seeking an Executive Director with strong leadership and management skills. Applicants should have a substantial knowledge of and a strong commitment to the social work profession and social work values, with an awareness of the diversity of social work practice. 

See the full job announcement
(Not NASW Sponsored** )

Healthcare Issues Faced by Immigrant Populations
(3 Social & Cultural CEUs for NJ Social Workers)

Monday, April 23
10:00 AM -1:00 PM 
Details and Registration


Questions?  Contact Mary Ellen:
** While this course is 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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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.

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NASW Recommends Ratios for School Social Workers

NASW advocates for ratios in its latest revision (2012) of the NASW Standards for School Social Work Services that reflect the need for an increase in social work positions across the nation in all schools.

NASW National is in partnerships with coalitions that are working to support school social work positions and urges members and the larger social work community to contact their elected officials to advocate for school social work positions in schools.

See this article for more information.
Use of Telemental Health Services Increasing

An article in Social Work Today discusses the growing prevalence of telemedicine in the provision of mental health services and highlights an innovative program at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), called Essex HUB, to connect primary care physicians with mental health professionals.

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          

Assemblywoman Downey Presents Resolution at NASW-NJ LEAD

Assemblywoman Joann Downey formally presented NASW-NJ Leadership and a group of social work students from across the state with a Senate and Assembly Joint Resolution proclaiming every March as Professional Social Work Month in New Jersey. Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling joined the presentation.

See the full press release.   
 The Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland Unit withThe Turning Point Center. In honor of Social Work month the Unit choose a Service Project to support the Campus Kitchen of Atlantic City - 102 PBJ Sandwiches were prepared and delivered!
Legislators Seek Testimony from School Social Workers

Social workers have another opportunity to testify before NJ Lawmakers on gun violence and school safety issues. It is critically important that social workers' voices are heard in this discussion . Legislators have specifically asked to hear from school social workers.
Lawmakers are scheduled to host the second of three hearings on school security beginning 3 p.m. Monday, April 9 in the William G. Rohrer Center at Camden County College.
The third and final hearing is set for 3 p.m. on April 23 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, part of Rutgers University-Newark.
Both events will be open for public comment.
If you are able to attend one of these events and would like to speak, please email Jeff Feldman. We will give the legislative committee aides a heads up that you will be there. 
Earn More Ethics CEUs with Us!

Ethics of Social Justice Advocacy: From the Micro to the Macro
(5 Ethics CEUs)
April 19, 10am - 4pm in North Brunswick
Presenter: Christine Heer, Esq, LCSW

Now, more than ever perhaps, the call for social workers to engage in social justice activities is front and center. Whether the focus on international atrocities, or local causes such combating racism, sexism, xenophobia, homo- and transphobia, or religious bigotry, or poverty and environmental issues, social justice is a fundamental component of who we are and what we do. This workshop will explore social justice as a function of social work and will engage the participants in discussions of the ethical concerns that may arise out of this work. Topics will include engaging clients in social justice work, disconnects between social justice efforts and employer limitations, how far should a social worker go in standing up for social justice, and guidelines for addressing ethical decision making and dilemmas in social justice work.

What's New in Social Work: Ethical and Legal Updates
(5 Clinical, Ethics CEUs)
May 12, 10:30am - 4:30pm in Cherry Hill
Presenter: Leslie Tsukroff, LCSW

2017 was a momentous year for New Jersey Social Workers. NASW published long-awaited revisions to The NASW Code of Ethics and The Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice and New Jersey passed its first Telemedicine and Telehealth Law. This workshop will review how these critical changes impact Social Workers' use of Technology in their day to day work.

NASW Seeks Resolution with CMS Regarding PQRS Negative Payments for LCSWs

In a letter to the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), NASW CEO, Angelo McClain, requested a review the 2018 negative payment penalties to clinical social workers to determine if they were inappropriately penalized for using measures beyond their scope of practice.

NASW also submitted comment to CMS on the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) which will replace PQRS in 2019, requesting that the standard MIPS formula be reconsidered as the evaluation tool for clinical social workers.
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Faculty and Students: Free Q&A on Revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics

NASW is excited to present its latest offering in the rollout of the Revised NASW Code of Ethics. 

April 12 at 2 p.m. attend an interactive question and answer teleconference specially designed for social work faculty and students and learn all you need to know about the important changes to the NASW Code of Ethics that went into effective on January 1, 2018. 

Space is limited. Register here .
Stockton University to Hold Community Discussion on Opioid Crisis

Stockton University will hold an expert panel event April 11 on how the community can address the opioid crisis. The event, open to the public, will run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the university's Alton Auditorium, 101 Vera King Farris Drive.

Read more about the opioid crisis and response in South Jersey.
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:

April 9 - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)
April 9 - North/Central (meets in Bridgewater)
April 10 - Bergen (meets in Teaneck)
April 12 - Monmouth/Ocean (meets in Eatontown) 
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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