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September 28, 2018
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Upcoming Events

To see all our events, visit our Calendar.

Monday, 10/1, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Tuesday, 10/2, 11am-1pm
Bergen Private Practice Meeting

Friday, 10/5, 9am-4:30pm
LCSW Test Prep Course- Clinical

Friday, 10/12, 9am-4:30pm

Friday, 10/12, 9:30am-11am

Monday, 10/15, 12pm-2pm

Monday, 10/15, 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, 10/17, 12pm-1pm

Friday, 10/26, 12pm-1:30pm

Friday-Sunday, 10/26-20/28

NASW-NJ members are entitled to receive a free Ethics Consultations!

Celebration of Social Work Excellence

Thank you to all our attendees for joining us for a wonderful evening celebrating all the amazing social workers in our state! It was our honor to celebrate our volunteers, new Board members and 2018 Awardees.  

Annual NASW-NJ Awards were presented to:
Dr. Golam Mathbor - Presidential Award
Maureen Kale - Public Citizen of the Year
Elsa Candelario - Social Worker of the Year
Brian McGovern - Outstanding Service Award
  Drewsilla Thorne - Lifetime Achievement Award
  Assemblywoman Joann Downey - Elected Public Official

Pictures will be available soon on!
Board of Social Work Examiners has new Regulations.
Tip Sheet coming soon! 
New Social Work Regulations went into effect on Monday. Major changes include:
  • Coursework that is accepted in LCSW application
  • Hours required and timeline for LCSW application
  • How CEUs (Ethics, Clinical, Social/Cultural Competence) are counted
  • Expectations for Professional Conduct/Appropriate Behavior
  • Clinical Supervision by Videoconference
  • Requirement for Client Waiver of Confidentiality
NASW-NJ plans to distribute a Tip Sheet outlining changes in the Regulations to all NASW-NJ Members next week. Questions about the new Regulations will be addressed only after the Tip Sheet is distributed and posted on our website. Stay tuned!
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
(September 15 - October 15)

Photo:Todd Franson
One of the most vocal advocates for the LGBTQ community, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has a history of powerful activism, especially for transgender people of color. Freedman-Gurspan, who is an Indigenous transgender woman originally from Honduras, currently serves as Director of External Relations at the  National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) , based in Washington, DC. She previously served as the primary liaison for LGBTQ issues for the Obama White House - the first openly trans member of staff at the White House. 

Prior to her work at the White House, she served as a policy adviser for the NCTE.  There her work focused on issues facing transgender people of color and those living in poverty. Her work included criminal justice and incarceration reform, immigration detention conditions, housing and homeless shelter policies, and sustainable economic development opportunities for transgender people in the United States.

License/Certification Renewal - Last Call!!
You can still renew your license or certification during the month of September and pay a $100 late fee.  After October 1st, you cannot practice social work in NJ if your license/certification is not renewed!

Click here to see if your license/certification has been renewed (Expiration Date 8/31/2020). 
Renewals must be completed online. Follow the instructions on your renewal notice to renew your License/Certification. If you don't have a renewal notice, click  here for instructions on how to renew without your notice. 
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.
Employment Opportunity
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -Are you a Youth Therapist looking to extend your expertise to a new program? We are looking for a Full Time Youth Therapist to join our team and provide great services! Requirements are: LCSW, LMFT, LPC, PhD, 1-year experience working with youth and/or families, and 1 year of clinical work in a behavioral setting. If interested, please contact H. Naomi Poole for immediate consideration at
 856-599-6438 or

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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)

(Mel Wilson is NASW Social Justice and Human Rights Manager)
- Philadelphia Tribune

(Kimberly Agresta is an NASW Member)

(Nina Rifkind is an NASW Member)
(Renee Koubiadis is an NASW Member)
- NJ Spotlight


-North Jersey Record

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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
Jennifer Thompson, MSW
Executive Director          

Attention Clinical Social Workers:
New ICD-10 Code Changes and the Use of 90837

New ICD-10-CM Code Changes for Clinical Social Workers - This document informs clinical social workers of new diagnostic codes that will become effective October 1, 2018. 


Using 90837 in Private Practice - This document discusses the use of 90837 and how one may avoid an over payment request when using this code.

NASW-NJ Leadership Development Certificate 
(20 CEUs)

October 26, 27, and 28 in North Brunswick

We are offering the entire NASW-NJ Leadership Development Certificate Course again this fall! 

We know that all of you are inspirations to your clients, supervisees and colleagues, and we want to give you the extra tools you need to be a solid leader. This program is relevant for seasoned social workers who are looking to hone their skills and for emerging social work professionals who are preparing for leadership roles.

Save the Date: October 17 Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair 
More than 100 health care organizations across the country will participate

The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be hosting a virtual job fair for mental health and substance abuse practitioners.

Health care professionals hired by organizations in Health Professional Shortage Areas who provide opioid and substance use disorder treatment may qualify for a new Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program which will open this Fall.

Click for more details and registration information.
Wear Your Social Work Pride

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

This week we're featuring our custom designed BE THE CHANGE sweatshirts and hoodies. They're perfect for letting people know you're an agent of change, while keeping you warm and toasty throughout the fall and winter. We've also got our new MEN OF QUALITY t-shirt that's sure to appeal to woke men everywhere.
Clinical Supervisors - A Webinar Just for You!

Wednesday, October 3
6:00 - 7:30pm v ia live webinar

For Clinical Supervisors and those who want to be Clinical Supervisors, this info session will answer your questions about:
  • Changes in the NJ Social Work Regulations
  • Best practices for Supervisors
  • Requirements for LSWs to apply for LCSW
  • Liability issues and insurance
  • Supervision by videoconferencing
  • "Outside" supervision procedures 
  • And more!
$15 for NASW members, $25 for non-members. 

New! "Impact Your Outcome" Series

Maybe you are looking for a promotion or maybe you're just ready for a job change!  We created this  Impact Your Outcome Series
to help you invest in yourself.

Successful Salary Negotiation Strategies
Tuesday, 10/9 from 12-1pm via webinar
Free for members, $25 for non-members

Let's Get You Hired: Resume Tips For Students
Tuesday, 11/13 from 12-1pm via webinar
Free for members, $25 for non-members

Public Speaking & Communication Skills for Social Workers
Tuesday, 12/4 from 6-7pm via webinar
Free for members, $25 for non-members

More webinars in this series coming soon!
Seeking More Presenters!

We're creating a new series of webinars and are looking for experts like you.

Currently seeking in the following areas:
  • CE workshop related to Aging
  • CE workshop related to Dating Violence in Teens
  • CE workshop related to Stress & Anxiety in Students
  • Social Media Strategies for Your Business
  • Interview Prep Tips & Tricks
  • Social Workers who can teach how to become: a school social worker, an LCADC, an Executive Director, EAP social worker, etc (we're open to ideas!)
  • Strategic Planning for Agencies
  • How to Run for Political Office
If you have expertise in one of those areas or wish to suggestion a different topic area, share your info with us here, so we can reach out to you. 
NASW 2018 Virtual Forum on the Opioid Crisis

Mark your calendars for the NASW 2018 Virtual Forum, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14 and 15, from noon to 5:30 p.m. EST. This two-day program will address the opioid crisis from a social work perspective, feature both plenary and breakout sessions, and offer CE credits. Livestreamed from the NASW National Office, you will be able to view it from your home, your office, or even on a mobile device. More information coming soon!

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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 materials
Cost: $120 for members, $160 for non-members

LSW - Masters Prep Course
October 12 - Register

LCSW- Clinical Prep Course
October 5 - Register
December 7 - Register
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 November 30 through Sunday December 2
Presented by Patricia Spencer, LCSW
Info & Registration
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Learn How to Overcome Voting Barriers and Motivate to Vote
Training for Social Workers: Social Workers as Social & Political Activists

NASW is repeating webinars on how to overcome voting challenges and barriers faced by low-income people, ethnic minorities, senior citizens, currently and formerly incarcerated people, and college students, and on how to motivate millennials to vote. 

Each presentation includes a live introduction with guest speakers and live Q&A discussion.

Recognizing and Eliminating Barriers to Voter Registration and Participation
October 10, 2018 @ 3:00pm ET
Review historic and current barriers to exercising the right to vote and efforts to eliminate these barriers through legal actions, mobilization of concerned voter rights advocates, and lobbying.
Register now

Voter Participation and Voter Engagement - Millennials
October 31, 2018 @ 3:00pm ET
Get guidance on how to motivate young eligible voters to vote in local, state, and federal elections. Understand current barriers that impede and limit voter participation among this group.
Register now
Respond by October 19

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, tell us your area(s) of expertise by October 19, 2018. You must be a current NASW member to serve on a policy review panel.
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Sovereignty, Rights, and the Well-Being of Indigenous Peoples
Become a National Leader for NASW
Respond by October 31

NASW is seeking individuals who are visionaries and creative thinkers for the NASW Board of Directors and the National Committee on Nominations & Leadership Identification (NCNLI). If that's you and you have a commitment to serving the association and the profession and would be willing to be considered for an elected position, please submit your nomination by October 31, 2018. The NCNLI will meet on November 30, 2018 to develop the slate of candidates for the 2019 national election. For inquiries, contact . For a list of open positions, click here .


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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