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February 15, 2019
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Upcoming Events

To see all our events, visit our Calendar.

Wednesday, 2/20, 12pm-1pm

Saturday, 2/23, 9am-4:30pm

Monday, 2/25, 6pm-7:30pm *NEW DATE*

Tuesday, 2/26, 6pm-7:30pm

Tuesday, 2/26, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesday, 2/27, 12pm-2pm

Wednesday, 2/27, 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, 2/27, 6pm-8pm

Tuesday, 3/5, 9am-4:30pm

Tuesday, 3/5, 11am-1pm

Wednesday, 3/6, 4pm-5:30pm

Monday, 3/11, 6pm-7:30pm

Monday, 3/11, 9am-4:30pm

Monday, 3/11, 12pm-2pm

Tuesday, 3/12, 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, 3/13, 11:30am-1pm

Wednesday, 3/13, 6pm-8:30pm

Thursday, 3/14, 6pm-8pm

NASW-NJ's Private Practice Experts developed an  essential tool for private practitioners (or those hoping to become private practitioners). 

The carefully compiled Private Practice Manual includes essential information on:  Starting and maintaining a practice,  Record keeping,  Confidential communications a nd so much more!!

For more information or to purchase yours, click HERE!
Did You See Our Facebook Livestream?

On February 13th at noon, NASW-NJ staff Montese Anderson and Ashley Rifkin went live on Facebook to share exciting information about our Annual Conference and Social Media efforts. Watch the video on our page.
A Message From the Executive Director

Earlier today, President Trump declared a National Emergency in order to secure $8 billion in funding for the proposed border wall at our southern boundaries. NASW-NJ does not believe this situation warrants a declaration of National Emergency and was rather designed to focus attention on an imagined enemy. The true emergency is not in the number of individuals and families seeking asylum at our southern border, or their desire to flee to the United States. It is the humanitarian crisis experienced by these people that includes harmful policies such as child-parent separations, mass detentions, and immigration raids. These actions are antithetical to social work values. 

As social workers, we do not turn our backs on those suffering and in need; we extend a hand in aid. As social workers, we do not erect barriers to separate ourselves from those who need our aid; we topple barriers to ensure interconnectedness, because therein lies the solution to our struggles. As social workers, we recognize the labeling of asylum-seekers as "an invasion" and the conflation of all Latin-American migrants with criminality, gang violence, and the illicit drug trade to be shameful; we know it is a tactic designed to breed fear and create an "us vs. them" attitude.   
There is much work that needs to be done to alleviate the situation at our border. We need smart, humanitarian policies to meet the needs of asylees, refugees, and other immigrants. We need resources to provide for all families in need.
Imagine the good that could be done with $8 billion dollars in dedicated aid not only for asylum seekers, but for American families experiencing poverty, unemployment, disability, chronic illness and other challenges. In light of the needs of so many, the use of billions upon billions of dollars to construct a border wall represents a misappropriation of resources and will lead to further human rights abuse.
Tell Congress to intervene to stop this resolution and prevent the misappropriation of funds. 

Fannie Barrier Williams
"I dare not cease to hope and aspire and believe in human love and justice ..."
- Fannie Barrier Williams

This week's Black History Month profile remembers Frances (Fannie) Barrier Williams .  Ms. Williams was an educator, political activist, and women's rights advocate who worked for advancement opportunities of African Americans. She called especially for social and educational reforms to improve the plight of black women in the Southern States of the U.S.  

As a social activist and orator, Williams spoke out on the discrimination towards both black men and women. She wrote extensively on the current position and potential progression of African Americans in education, religion, and employment. Many of her writings were published in The New Woman of Color: The Collected Writings of Fannie Barrier Williams, 1893-1918.  

Read a brief bio of Ms. Williams here.
NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition

April 28 - April 30, 2019
Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
Atlantic City, NJ 
  • Earn up to 22.5 CEUs in one incredible weekend.
  • CEUs also valid for NY and PA
  • Learn about telemedicine best practices at our pre-conference program.
  • Fulfill your new 1-CEU prescription opioid addiction requirement at our early morning session on Prescription Opioid Dependence.
  • Choose from 65+ workshops.
  • Join us for a special cocktail reception at the Water Club Pool!

Thank you to our newest Conference Sponsor, 
Star Ruby Sponsor - 
The Institute for Personal Growth. 

Your logo could be here! A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available for the NASW-NJ Annual Conference. Contact for more info or call 732-296-8070.
New CE Requirement on Prescription Opioids

We know that there have been a lot of questions about the new 1-hour prescription opioid CE requirement for social workers. Though it is not yet posted on the Board of Social Work Examiners site, it is part of a state law (that's why you won't see it in the Regulations themselves) that was adopted by the BSWE. This will be required for you to complete each licensing cycle, so you have time!

The law can be found here, See the section titled C.45:15BB-11.1 Continuing education for social workers.  
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.
Office Space
BERGEN COUNTY, NJ - Bergen County beautiful office. Close to Routes 4 and 17. Available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Days and Evenings, Large Waiting Room. Call 201-647-9191 to see the offices.
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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          

Happy Social Work Month - Choose 1 Free CE Course in March!
As a "thank you" to our members during Social Work Month, you will be able to select from 1 of 5 particular 3-CEU courses in March to attend for FREE! 

Seating is limited, you will need to log in to register for your free pricing. Course information and registration will open on February 19, so check our Calendar on that date.

Can't make it to an in-person or just want more credits?
We will also be offering a highly discounted 3-CEU webinar  for just $20 in March! Info on when and how to register will be released soon - keep an eye out for an email from us!

What if you're not a member yet?
We encourage you to join! But if you're not ready yet, you can still attend any of our courses in March at the regular CE rates.
Harriet Bloomfield Scholarship: Apply Now
Application Deadline April 13

The Harriet Bloomfield Scholarship Fund is dedicated to the memory of pioneer Social Worker and charter member of NASW, Harriet Bloomfield. Ms. Bloomfield served her community in New Jersey in a variety of roles including work in the Department of Youth and Family Services, Bonnie Brae, and the Elizabeth Board of Education. She was deeply committed to educating the next generation of social workers and taught at Kean College and Rutgers University.

Student members of NASW who have been accepted into or are enrolled in an accredited BSW or MSW program for the 2019-2020 Academic Year are encouraged to apply. For more information and application instructions click here
NASW-NJ Health Care Shared Interest Group Relaunches
First Meeting Will be Held on March 19

After years of operating as an independent entity, our sister organization, the NJ Association for Health Care Social Workers (NJAHCSW), has decided to close its doors. Rest assured, though, this is not the end of their efforts. We're happy to share that the members of NJAHCSW will be reconvening as the NASW-NJ Health Care Shared Interest Group (SIG). 

The new NASW-NJ Health Care SIG will hold its first meeting on March 19, from 6:00 - 7:30pm at the NASW-NJ Chapter Office. If you're a social worker in the health care field or are interested in health care related issues, consider joining the inaugural meeting, network with other health care social work professionals, and learn about the SIG's future plans. Attendance is free and new members are welcome!!!

Get Your Social Work Swag!
Ethical Dilemmas in Private Practice: Hour with Private Practice Q&A
FREE Q&A Session for NASW Members
(no CEUs)
Wednesday, February 20
Teleconference (12-1pm)
*Please note: New Dial-In Info for 2019
This session is offered by our NASW National Office.
Fore more information on how to join the call, click here.
New Medicare Cards Have Been Mailed

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS) has  removed Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards to prevent fraud and fight identity theft. The new Medicare cards include a new unique, randomly assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). They have  finished  mailing the new Medicare cards to beneficiaries.  If your clients haven't received theirs, it's time to follow up.

For more information, click here
Social Work Month: NASW/Rutgers Diversity & Inclusion Series

JOINING AGAINST HATE  is a three event  series hosted by  NASW-NJ and  Rutgers University  School of Social Work  in honor of Social Work Month. 
E vents are free and open to all students & NASW members! 
Wednesday, February 27, 12-2pm
Developing Effective Community Partnerships
Wednesday, March 6, 4-5:30pm
Advocacy Efforts in NJ to Join Against Hate
Wednesday, March 13, 11:30am-1pm
Invisible Wounds of Racial Trauma

Internal Family Systems
(2 Clinical CEUs)

Date: February 26, from 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Brandywine Living in Watchung

Connie Seligman, LCSW, will introduce Internal Family Systems therapy and discuss and elaborate the major concepts of this model. A guided meditation will be used to demonstrate one of the concepts. She will then show how the key points are used in a story illustrated with a playful power point. An optional experiential exercise will follow the talk.

Cost: $40 for NASW members, $55 for non-members
3-Day Clinical Supervision Course 
(20 CEUs)

These courses are 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 March 22 through Sunday March 24
Presented by Manda Gatto, LCSW
Info & Registration
LSW & LCSW Test Prep Courses
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
  • your questions answered by expert instructors
Cost: $120 for members, $160 for non-members

LSW - Masters Prep Course
February 23 - Register
March 11 - Register

LCSW - Clinical Prep Course
March 5 - Register
Redistricting Reform - Best Practices for a Fairer NJ

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey - together with the Fair Districts New Jersey Coalition and the Network for Responsible Public Policy - has announced the first set in a series of ten public forums taking place across the state to educate voters on gerrymandering and the legislative redistricting process, and to present
ideas for reforms. 

Additional forums will be announced soon in Montclair, Union County, and Atlantic City. A full schedule can be found online at and .


Ginny Green (4th from left) Outreach Coordinator for Autism Speaks gave a wonderful overview of Autism to our Morris Unit, including information on support for families, resources and new research. 
Looking to gain leadership experience?
Volunteer as a NASW-NJ Unit Leader!

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 branches, called Units, across the state of New Jersey to provide members regionally based networking and educational opportunities.

The following Units need a Chair and/or Co-Chair:
  • Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland
  • Mercer/Burlington
What's in it for you:
  • Build new skills while gaining leadership experience
  • Influence the Unit and Chapter's efforts
  • Impact your local social work community
  • Boost your visibility and grow your network
  • Have fun
  • And earn vouchers for free CEUs through our Incentive Program!
If you would like information on how to become a Unit Leader, please contact Ashley Rifkin at or 732-296-8070, ext. 119.

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Clinical Supervision webinar

All courses on the Social Work Online CE Institute are valid for NJ social workers.

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