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February 8, 2019
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Upcoming Events

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Monday, 2/11, 12pm-2pm

Monday, 2/11, 6pm-8pm

Tuesday, 2/12, 6pm-8pm

T hursday, 2/14, 6pm-8pm

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

Members can get 
discounted insurance rates for malpractice, home, auto, and more!
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.
This week, NASW-NJ's Office Manager, Willis Williams, reflects on the importance of Gospel music throughout African-American history and her own life.
Gospel music is an integral part of black history and tradition. Growing up Black, my family made sure my values were deeply rooted in the church, which meant every Friday night & Sunday morning you were in church. As such, Gospel music was a staple in my home. It has always been a source of calm, quiet strength for me. 

I grew up listening to gospel spirituals every day. Most days you could hear the music no matter where you were--in the house, the yard, or the garage. The lyrics told a story of encouragement, empowerment, and faith, relating the story of what we, as African-Americans, needed to make it through the tough times. Dating back to times of slavery, enslaved Blacks would sing songs to pass the time or to relay messages. One such song was "I'll Overcome Someday," which may have morphed into the spiritual "We Shall Overcome" sung during the Civil Rights Movement. 

Gospel and the church are a fundamental foundation of who I am and who we are as African-Americans. Any time I need a spiritual or emotional lift, or just a feel-good moment, I use today's technology to listen to the songs of my childhood. If you ever need a pick me up, I encourage you to put down the caffeine and do a web search for some Gospel music instead. See how fast your spirit lifts. Here's one of my personal favorites, "I'm Still Here" by the Williams Brothers. Click to see the video.
NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition

1 week left of early bird pricing- ends Feb 18!
April 28 - April 30, 2019
Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
Atlantic City, NJ 
  • Earn up to 22.5 CEUs in one incredible weekend.
  • 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!
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

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Our weekly round-up of state and national news relevant to the social work profession in New Jersey
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Stacie Goldstein is the Bergen/Passaic Unit Leader

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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          

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.
NASW Remembers Long-Time Member, Ann Tedeschi

It is with deep regret and sadness that we share
the news of the passing of one of our active members, Ann Tedeschi, LCSW. Ann was an active member and participant of the NASW-NJ Hudson Unit and Hudson Private Practice group. We recognize and remember her dedication to the association and to the profession which she loved dearly.

To read her obituary, click  here.
To read a blog written by her friend and fellow social worker, Dr. Barbara Milton, LCSW, 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

Free Podcast Series Helps Social Workers Avoid Lawsuits

NASW Assurance Services Introduces "Social Work: Risky Business" Podcast
This new podcast program is a series of short, informative tips on how to manage malpractice risks. Topics cover social work malpractice issues, best practices, and liability strategies to reduce exposure to malpractice lawsuits. Tune in to learn how to manage and protect your career better.

Episode 1: Documentation Pointers to Avoid Liability and Malpractice
"Medical records requests" and "breach of confidentiality" are the leading claims issues for social workers. These claims trigger lawsuits, licensing board inquiries, and HIPAA information breach liability. A malpractice judgment can hurt you personally and professionally. While malpractice insurance claims cases are adjudicated, your file documentation may be the only case evidence that protects you from a lawsuit filed against you.

Episode 2: Avoiding Insurance Coverage Gaps
Keeping on top of your insurance coverages is vital to ensure your assets are protected. In this episode, we provide some tips for healthcare workers to manage risk.
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
The February Washington Update is now available. Read it here
Call on Congress to Prevent Another Government Shutdown

On January 25, President Trump struck a short-term deal with the Democratic Leadership to reopen the federal government for three weeks, until February 15, during which time both sides could continue to work on a long-term agreement on securing the country's southwestern border. 

With February 15 fast approaching, Congress and the President do not appear to be close to an agreement that would prevent another federal government shutdown. It is unacceptable that the issue of border security is so politicized that the health and well-being of millions has become a footnote in the debate. 

NASW strongly urges you to immediately call or email your member of Congress--regardless of political affiliation- and ask that they take all necessary steps to avert another government shutdown. More information is available at the below links.

The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act, which had been supported by NASW during the 115th Congress, passed Congress and was signed into law (P.L. 115-406) in late December. The law establishes Alzheimer's centers of excellence to enhance practice; funds tribes and public health departments to promote cognitive health, address cognitive impairment, and support family caregivers; and increases collection, analysis, and timely reporting of data on cognitive decline, family caregiving, and health disparities. Learn more about how this law will enhance prevention of dementia and services for people living with or affected by dementia by  visiting this link .
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 .
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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All courses on the Social Work Online CE Institute are valid for NJ social workers.

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