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April 20, 2018

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.
Wednesday, 4/25, 6pm-8pm *NEW DATE*
Thursday, 4/26, 5pm-6pm and 6pm-8pm
Sunday-Tuesday, 4/29-5/1
Monday, 5/7, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Tuesday, 5/8, 11am-1pm

Thursday, 5/10, 6pm-8pm
Friday, 5/11, 9:30am-11am *NEW DATE*
Saturday, 5/12, 10:30am-4:30pm

Friday-Sunday, 5/18-5/20, 9am-4:30pm
(20 CEUs) Clinical Supervision
NASW-NJ has 12 units that hold regional events around the state. Unit events are a fun, informative way to grow your network near your home or workplace. Members can attend events for free!

For a full list of unit events, check our calendar  HERE.
On-Site Registration Info for
NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition

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

Pre-registration has ended, but registration at the door will be available this year.

NOTE: On-site registration is based on available courses.

Registration desk opens:
- Sunday, April 29 at 9am
- Monday, April 30 at 6:45am
- Tuesday, May 1 at 6:45am

For information on what courses are still available and how/when to register on-site at the Conference, click HERE.
Dr. Reamer
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, coffee/tea and lunch)

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.
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 .
The event is 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. 

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
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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.

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North Brunswick, NJ 08902

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Fax: 732-296-8074

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

April is National Minority Health Month 

In recognition of National Minority Health Month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), is partnering with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's (SAMHSA) Office of Behavioral Health Equity to host the  Forum on Opioids: Strategies and Solutions for Minority Communities on Wednesday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET to discuss how the opioid epidemic is impacting minority communities and how organizations are partnering to combat the epidemic and address behavioral health. 

Click  here to register for the forum.  Read CMS's new  report Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Disparities in Health Care in Medicare Advantage,  detailing the quality of care received by people enrolled in Medicare Advantage.
Perfect Gift Idea for Graduation

With graduation approaching, here's a perfect gift idea- NASW Membership!  

Graduating students - ask for your NASW membership as the most useful gift for a new professional!

Click here for more information.
Somerset/Hunterdon Unit Event

Somerset/Hunderon Unit Leaders Krystal and Ron organized a wonderful event at IHOP where they socialized and provided members information about the NASW-NJ  LSW/LCSW prep course.
Earn More Ethics CEUs with Us!

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.

For Patient Follow-Up: Face-to-Face vs. Facebook

A physician and health technology investor notes flaws in Facebook's offer to help hospitals track patients' needs after departure by mining their social media profiles. There's no substitute for personal interaction with social workers and medical staff, who "already play a vitally important role, which has been historically under-appreciated and under-recognized in both the health and tech industries," Dan Gebremedhin writes.

Read the full article written  here titled "We Need Social Workers - Not Facebook - To Better Understand Our Patients' Health."
35th Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations Survey

If you attended the Social Work Day at the UN on March 26, fill out this O nline Evaluation:
Responses are accepted until April 22. For any additional questions, contact Dr. Carol Cohen at
The Archived Video of the 35th Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations is available here.   
New Journal Article Reviews The Costs of Child Poverty

A recent journal  article in the journal Social Work Research discusses the overall economic costs associated with child poverty in our country. A summary of the research can be found hereAccording to the study's author, "impoverished children grow up having fewer skills and are thus less able to contribute to the productivity of the economy [...]  It is estimated that for every dollar spent on reducing childhood poverty, the country would save at least $7 with respect to the economic costs of poverty."

Read the NY Times Op-ed
NASW 2018 National Election

Voting for the NASW 2018 National Election began 
on Wednesday, April 4th and will end on Friday, May 25th.

  Candidates' information including bios and platform
 statements can be accessed  here.

To be eligible to vote, members must be in good standing (current membership and no pending sanctions).  Questions may be sent to or 202-336-8270.
NASW Issues Social Justice Brief on Intimate Partner Violence

In anticipation of the introduction of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), NASW has disseminated a social justice brief on  Social Work's Role in Responding to Intimate Partner Violence

NASW will be joining with national coalitions to mobilize support for passage of VAWA as soon as the reauthorization is formally introduced and hearings are scheduled.
Hudson County Launches  "Homeless Services Navigator"

The Homeless Services Navigator offers a number of services, including an explanation of how to connect with homeless shelters and an explanation of eligibility for services.

Read more.
Efforts Underway to Increase End-of-Life Planning in New Jersey

Social workers are often instrumental in helping clients with end-of-life planning. The Goals of Care Coalition of NJ (GOCCNJ), an "interdisciplinary partnership of leaders representing healthcare providers and systems, government agencies, and community organizations," is  dedicated to encouraging patients, providers, and family members to talk about what type of care they want when facing a serious illness and to document their preferences in a care plan.  Read more

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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 not 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.
Former Secretary of NASW National Board to be Featured on CUTV

CUTV news will feature Jacqueline Durham, LCSW, in an interview with Jim Masters, Monday April 23rd at 1 p.m. EST. Ms.  Durham is a former Unit Leader of the NASW-NJ Middlesex Unit and former Secretary of the NASW National Board. Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio.

Read more here.

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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:

May 8 - Bergen (meets in Teaneck)
May 10 - Monmouth/Ocean (meets in Eatontown) 
May 11 - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)
May 14 -  North/Central (meets in Bridgewater)

For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.

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