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August 2, 2019
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Upcoming Events
To see all our events, visit our Calendar.

Thursday, 8/8, 12pm-2pm

Thursday, 8/15, 7pm-9pm

Friday, 8/16, 9am-4:30pm

Wednesday, 8/21, 12pm-1pm

Tues day, 9/10, 9am-4:30pm

Thursday, 9/12, 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, 9/18, 12pm-1pm

Thursday, 9/19, 6pm-8pm

Friday-Sunday, 9/20-22, 9am-4:30pm

Friday, 9/27, 10am-5pm

NASW members have access to Social Work journal - the premier journal of the social work profession; widely read by practitioners, faculty and students. it is the official journal of NASW and is provided to all members as a membership benefit.
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.
Invite Your Friends and Colleagues to Join NASW!

There's no better time to join than right now.

From now through October, we invite our members to participate in the Membership Referral Campaign. Refer your social work friends and colleagues to join or rejoin NASW and help us strengthen the profession!
Who can you refer?
Eligible prospective members are those social workers  who have never been an NASW member or who have a membership that has been inactive since 2017 or prior. The individual must join or reinstate at the regular member level (DSW/PhD, MSW, or BSW) to qualify for the referral program. 
Incentives:  For every regular member you refer that joins NASW, you can receive your choice of a Free Specialty Practice Section membership, a CE course discount, an NASW Press publication, or a gift box of social work swag. Additionally, current New Jersey members who recruit a new or inactive New Jersey member will also receive FREE access to our 1-hour CEU prescription opioid webinar! 

The referred member will receive a Free Specialty Practice Section membership if they join between now and October, as well as all the other amazing  perks  of being an NASW member.
How to refer: More information about the campaign and referrals--including pre-written referral letters, emails, and texts--can be found at  
Thank you for helping us grow our Association and  make our collective voice even s tronger!

Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of our colleagues and installment of our 2019-20 Board of Directors!
September 17, 2019
6:30 - 9:00 pm
The Estate at Farrington Lake
16 Patrick Street
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
$55 per person for Members/Guests
$35 Students
$750 Table Sponsorship
Purchase online  or via phone: 732-296-8070
Seeking Instructors: Clinical Supervision Course

NASW-NJ is currently looking for energetic, knowledgeable instructors to teach our three-day Clinical Supervision Course, one of our most popular professional development offerings. Requirements to be an instructor for the course include:
  • Current NASW Membership
  • LCSW for at least three (3) years
  • Has previously taken an approved Clinical Supervision Course
  • Three (3) references that can speak to applicant's training and supervision abilities.
If you are interested, please complete this interest form.

For more information please email Helen French or call 732-296-8070 ext 122.
Apply to Be a Presenter at the 2020 NASW-NJ Annual Conference

Lead the Conversation, Be a Thought Leader. Call for Papers Now Open.

NASW-NJ is soliciting proposals for presentation at our next statewide continuing education conference, to be held  A pril 26-28,2020 in Atlantic City.

Each year the conference attracts over 1,200 attendees and hundreds of exhibitors from across the country for three days of intensive learning and dialogue. Our presenters play a critical role in this conference, sharing knowledge and expertise across a variety of different topics.

Proposals are Due September 2, 2019. More information.
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All courses on the Social Work Online CE Institute  are valid for NJ social workers.

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North Brunswick, NJ 08902

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

Nkechi Ugoji-Okoli, MSW, LSW
Jennifer Thompson, MSW
Executive Director          

Are You Ready for Implementation of NJ's New Medical Aid In Dying for the Terminally Ill Act?

Webinar: 2 Ethics or General CEUs

The New Jersey Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act goes into effect August 1stThe law will allow mentally capable, terminally ill adults with 6 months or fewer left to live the option to get a doctor's prescription for medication they can decide to take if their suffering becomes unbearable. This webinar gives an overview of the law and will also explore how Social Workers can work with their clients around this sensitive issue.  

Thursday, August 8, 2019
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Presented by Jena Johnson, LCSW; Sal Anderton, JD; Matt Whitaker

Info & Registration

Learn more about our partners at Compassion & Choices.
Private Practice Symposium: A Business Bootcamp

September 27, 10am - 5pm

Whether you are considering starting a private practice or have had one for 5 months, 5 years or forever, this Business Bootcamp will help you develop best practices to get the most from your Solo or Small Group Practice!  

Each participant will receive a digital copy of the NASW-NJ Private Practice Manual and 1.5 CEUs.

Learn more at  
LSW & LCSW Clinical Exam Prep Course

Take your career to the next level!
These courses 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
  • your questions answered by expert instructors
Cost: $120 for members, $160 for non-members

LCSW - Clinical Prep Course
August 16 - Register
Instructor: Dawn Apgar, PhD, author of the ASWB Clinical Exam Guide

LSW - Masters Prep Course
September 10 -  Register
Instructor: Dawn Apgar, PhD, author of the ASWB Masters Exam Guide
Webinar: Social Work in An Era of School Shootings and Lockdown Drills

2 Clinical CEUs

In this workshop, social workers will gain a greater knowledge of what the various types of lockdown drills are and what actually occurs during lockdown drills in schools. In addition, we will discuss the role social workers, teachers and school administrators play in the emotional and mental health of children.

Learn more about the presenter.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Presented by Nancy Kislin, LCSW, MFT, author of the book Lockdown: Talking to Your Kids about School Violence

Info & Registration

Volunteer Unit Leadership Opportunities !

NASW-NJ is primarily supported by volunteers, and you can enhance the value of your membership by sharing your time and talents. NASW-NJ has 12 units across New Jersey to provide members regionally based activities. 

Each unit has a volunteer Chair and Co-Chair to plan and coordinate educational, networking, social and volunteer events that bring value to our members.
Open Unit Volunteer Roles:
  • Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland - Chair
  • Bergen/Passaic - Chair & Co-Chair
  • Camden/Gloucester/Salem - Co-Chair  
  • Mercer/Burlington - Co-Chair
  • Monmouth/Ocean - Chair
  • Union- Chair & Co-Chair

  • Somerset/Hunterdon - Co-Chair 
We are still accepting applications. Submit yours today!
Questions? contact Christina Mina at or 732-296-8070, ext. 117.
Share Your Passion. Rock Your Profession. Live the Brand. 

Promote your values in style with NASW-NJ's branded clothing and merchandise available at our online store.

Urge Congress to Fund and Protect the Older Americans Act and Other Aging Services Programs.

The Older Americans Act (OAA) and other federally funded aging services programs help older adults to maximize dignity, health, and independence. Services funded through the OAA include case management, elder abuse prevention, family caregiver supports, nutrition programs, and transportation. Social workers are involved in the provision and administration of many of these programs, which are a cost-effective way of enabling older adults to age in their homes and communities.
In partnership with the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, and other groups, NASW has advocated consistently to fund the OAA and other aging services programs. Thanks to this persistence, funding for some programs was increased or held steady in fiscal years (FYs) 2018 and 2019. However, funding for the OAA and other aging services programs falls far short of the need, and the President's budget proposal for FY 2020 will exacerbate the problem. Your help is needed to ensure Congress passes a budget that enables the OAA and other aging services programs--and, consequently, older adults and entire communities--to thrive. 

Health care and social service workers are nearly five times more likely to be assaulted than other workers, and the rate of violent injuries is growing rapidly. The 
Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act  seeks to keep social workers, health care professionals, and social service professionals safe at work. This much-needed legislation would require hospitals, residential treatment facilities, substance use disorder treatment centers, clinics at correctional or detention facilities, and other service facilities to develop and implement comprehensive violence prevention plans and provide whistle-blower protections for workers.

Clinical social workers are one of three mental health professions that provide psychotherapy services for Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare reimburses clinical social workers at only 75% of the rate reimbursed to psychiatrists and psychologists. This rate is even lower than the 85% other non-physician practitioners (such as physical therapists, physician assistants, and occupational therapists) are reimbursed. This discrepancy deters clinical social workers from becoming Medicare providers and makes it difficult to retain clinical social workers as Medicare providers, thereby decreasing Medicare beneficiaries' access to mental health services. A key provision of the bipartisan legislation is to increase the reimbursement rate for clinical social workers to 85% of the physician fee schedule, which would ensure beneficiaries' access to clinical social workers.

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