NASW-NJ newSWire
September 21, 2017

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.
Sunday, 9/24, 9:00am-4:30pm
Monday, 9/25, 6pm-9pm
Tuesday, 9/26, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday, 9/28, 5:30-7:30pm
Somerset/Hunterdon Unit Meet & Greet  
Thursday, 9/28, 6pm-8pm
Tuesday, 10/3, 11am-1pm 
Friday, 10/6, 9am-4:30pm
Wednesday, 10/11, 5pm-6pm
Wednesday, 10/11, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday, 10/12, 7pm-9pm
Sunday, 10/15, 3pm-5pm
Monday, 10/16, 12pm-2pm

Monday, 10/16, 8am-4pm 
Wednesday, 10/18, 12pm-1pm  
Wednesday, 10/18, 7:30pm-9pm
Fridays, 10/20 to 11/3, 9am-2:30pm 
Friday, 10/20, 12pm-1:30pm
Did You Know_
NASW's political action committee makes our voices heard in the political sector?

Did you know that there is no limit to the number of online CEUs you can take for your NJ license?

Choose from over 150 courses available on the
Social Work Online CE Institute.
Call Republican Senators: Save the ACA
Republican Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham have proposed  a new healthcare bill that is even worse than the bill that failed to pass this summer.  Republicans are trying to force this bill through by September 30th, without even waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to calculate how many Americans would lose health care. We don't know the exact numbers, but the prior healthcare bill was expected to strip one million NJ residents of their healthcare and saddle NJ with upwards of $4 billion in additional expenses.  If passed, this bill would:
  • Remove the employer mandate
  • Eliminate tax subsidies that make premiums affordable
  • Eliminate Medicaid expansion
  • Drop federal protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions
  • No longer require essential services be automatically covered
Unfortunately, there's a real possibility that this bill will pass.
We must band together and let Senators know that we will NOT tolerate the dismantling of the vital healthcare protections afforded by the ACA. You can make a difference by calling and writing  Senators Susan Collins, John McCain, and Lisa Murkowski and asking them to VOTE NO again! Rand Paul (KY), is also on the fence for more conservative reasons. Let him know that this is not the answer to his perceived shortcomings of Obamacare.
Find contact information for these Senators here.
Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners: Harvey Relief Update

The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners has received authorization from the Governor to create a temporary registration process for social workers with active licenses in good standing from other U.S. states to provide services in connection to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. 

For more information please visit the board's webpage at:
Social Work Regulations are Changing: Review and Comment

The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE) has proposed changes to the NJ Social Work Regulations. The public is invited to review these proposed changes and send their comments to the Board. 
Comments are due to the Board by October 20th. 
Click here to read proposed changes to the Regulations.

You may submit written comments by October 20, 2017, to:
J. Michael Walker, Executive Director
State Board of Social Work Examiners
PO Box 45033
Newark, New Jersey 07101

No changes will occur until the new Regulations are adopted by the BSWE. Watch here for updates.
NASW-NJ Membership and Awards Dinner Registration is Sold Out!

Diane Leach-Thompson - Social Worker of the Year
Marilyn Baron - Lifetime Achievement Award event.jpg
Ronald Quincy - President's Award
Donald Roden- Public Citizen
Valerie Huttle- Elected Public Official

Board Members will be installed.
Dr. Tawanda Hubbard, President

For those of you have registered- thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Monday, September 25th at Monmouth University!
Serve as a Practice-Area Expert on an NASW Policy Statement Review Panel  

Respond by September 22

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, please send an email with your area(s) of expertise, a short biography (50-100 words), and a resume to by September 22, 2017. You must be a current NASW member to serve on a policy review panel.
Not an NASW Member Yet?

What are you waiting for?! Click here to read the Top 10 Reasons to Join NASW-NJ. Then join us here!


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SHREWSBURY - New rental offices available! Great location, next to Bagel Masters and The Grove. Will rent full-time or part-time. Bright and sunny ground floor office (3 available), large windows. Brand new carpet, new paint, new bathrooms, and new furniture! Busy Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner practice. Lots of referrals. Call Val 732-444-8802.

To view more classifieds on our Web site click here.
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Meeting Space!
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Training Room: Weekday starting  at $100 /  Weekend $300
Conference Room: Weekday starting at $70 / Weekend $250 

Please click here for more details.
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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

Mary Jean Weston, MSW, LCSW
Interim Executive Director          

NASW-NJ Endorses Candidates:
Phil Murphy & Sheila Oliver 
We are proud to announce the full list of NASW PACE endorsed candidates for public office in New Jersey.  Phil Murphy, the Democratic front-runner is an ally that will usher in much needed reforms. His Running Mate,  Sheila Oliver, is a social worker and ally of NASW-NJ! The campaign promises reforms to drug policy, promoting fair economic policies for all, supporting women's rights, and more. We are confident that Murphy and  Oliver will usher in a new era of politics friendly to social workers, the clients we serve, and the state we love.
With less than 50 days to the election, we need to mobilize volunteers to show that SOCIAL WORKERS SUPPORT PHIL MURPHY! The Asian American and Pacific Islanders Leadership Council in Woodbridge and the Muslim Leaders Summit in Edison are showing their support this weekend, starting at 9 and 9:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday.

Contact our Advocacy Associate, Anthony Gallo if you're interested in volunteering at these events at  
Actions Social Workers Can Take to Stand with Dreamers

As social workers, we know that anything that threatens the well-being and livelihood of our communities becomes an issue that impacts our profession and our country. As our NASW Code of Ethics indicates, the primary mission of our profession is to enhance the human well-being of all people, help meet basic needs and empower individuals. When we entered this profession, we did so under an obligation to uphold a core set of values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, and integrity which are the foundation our code of ethics is built on.

Protecting dreamers and providing them with the opportunities they have earned is more than an immigration issue. It's a human issue, a health and mental health issue. Since the election, direct care providers have seen a rise in anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Together, there is much we can do to fight this important battle.

For the full article from Social Work Helper, click here.
Upcoming CE Courses
When Addiction and Motherhood Collide- LIVE WEBINAR 
(2 Clinical CEUs)
Presenter: Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW
Tuesday, September 26 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm via webinar
Info & Registration

How to be a Sex Positive Therapist: This is Not Your Gym Teacher's Presentation
(3 Clinical CEUs)
Presenter: Melissa Donahue, LCSW, CST
Tuesday, October 24 from 10:00am - 1:00pm in Wayne
Info & Registration

NASW-NJ Leadership Development Program:
Leading Through a New Lens
(20 General CEUs, including 4 Ethics & 4 Soc/Cultural)
October 27, 28, and 29 in North Brunswick
Info & Registration

Health and Healthcare for LGBT+ Populations - LIVE WEBINAR 
(2 General, Social/Cultural CEUs) 
December 11 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm via webinar
Info & Registration 

Looking for more courses?
View the full list of scheduled NASW-NJ CE Courses (and keep an eye out as we add more!) on our Web site here.
NASW-NJ Member Recognized for Work in Pet Bereavement

Susan Stone, a licensed clinical social worker in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, who has worked to implement animal assisted therapy in hospitals, also facilitates an Animal Hospital Pet Bereavement Group. She runs a website,, and blog about pet bereavement. Her most recent dog, Seanny, 11, died in May. "I do not want to see an animal suffer," Stone said. "But that is a very subjective position. There are some very good tools to help injured and sick humans when they can no longer do the things they enjoy. For animals, there is only now. And sometimes we project our quality of life on them, and it may not be quality of life for them."
Health Care Conference njahcsw
(6 Clinical, Ethics CEUs)

Social Work Issues in End of Life and Palliative Care Across the Health Care Continuum
(Given by the NJ Association of Health Care Social Workers)
October 16, 2017  from 8:00am - 4:00pm
Pines Manor in Edison
Note: CEUs valid for NJ licensed social workers, not for NY.
Full schedule and cost available on the conference homepage here.
Join Us for Hill Day 2017

On October 2 - 3, join the  National Association of Social Workers  and the  National Council for Behavioral Health  for Hill Day 2017 in Washington, D.C.  
Hill Day is an opportunity for hundreds of behavioral health providers, consumers, family members, board members, administrators and community stakeholders to advocate for better resources for mental health and addiction treatment across the country.
Registration for Hill Day is free and includes access to policy sessions, workshops and keynote speakers on Monday, October 2. Visits to elected officials on Capitol Hill will take place on Tuesday, October 3.

With 20 national partners, Hill Day is the largest behavioral health advocacy event of the year. 

Learn more by clicking here. Click here to register.

Test Prep Courses
test prep book (includes ASWB Masters or Clinical study manual - $85 value!)

LSW Test Prep
September 24 - Register 
LCSW Test Prep
October 6 - Register
Revised Code of Ethics

On August 4th, the Delegate Assembly approved a substantive revision to the NASW Code of Ethics .   Most of the changes are related to the use of technology in social work practice; however, there are other changes that will have significant implications for the profession
  The new Code will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

In the meantime, training and technical assistance opportunities will be made available through the Office of Ethics and Professional Review and the NASW website.
For more information and a list of FAQs, please click here.  
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:

October 3 - Bergen PPSIG (meets in Teaneck) 
October 12 - Monmouth/Ocean PPSIG (meets in Eatontown)
October 16 - North/Central PPSIG (meets in Bridgewater)
October 20 - Middlesex PPSIG (meets in North Brunswick) 

For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.


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NASW-NJ affects progressive social change and social justice for
individuals, families, and communities.
Please consider joining today!
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