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January 25, 2019
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Upcoming Events

To see all our events, visit our Calendar.

Tuesday, 2/5, 11am-1pm

Friday 2/8, 9am-4:30pm

Monday, 2/11, 12pm-2pm

Monday, 2/11, 6pm-7:30pm

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

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

Wednesday, 2/27, 12pm-2pm

Wednesday, 2/27, 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, 2/27, 6pm-8pm

The CE Approval Collaborative is administered by NASW-NJ and recognized by the New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE) as an approving entity for social work continuing education credits in the state and offers a comprehensive review process for the approval of quality social work continuing education courses. 

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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.
The Shutdown Has Ended... For Now

As of this afternoon, the federal government shutdown has come to an end. However, the agreement reached by the White House and Congress is merely a stopgap measure that will fund the federal government for 3 weeks.  Congress and the White House now have until February 15 to negotiate a budget deal, with or without border wall funding.

The president said the 800,000 federal workers who have gone without pay will receive their back-pay quickly but did not specify exactly when that money would arrive. As such, the impact of the shutdown on furloughed workers and others impacted by the shutdown could last some time.

If you're looking to help those still feeling the impact of the shutdown, consider the following:
  • Check-in with your clients who may have been impacted by the shutdown, particularly those you have infrequent contact with
  • Reach out to your local food pantry, shelter, or other social service agency to see if they have clients looking for services due to the shut down
  • Consider waiving, reducing, or delaying fees for clients who are still in need
We also urge you to continue to contact your Representatives and let them know you oppose funding for the border wall. Moreover, let them know the situation must be resolved in the next three weeks. Another shutdown is simply not acceptable.
Registration Now Open!
NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition
Social Work: Our Stories, Our Strengths
April 28 - April 30, 2019
Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
Atlantic City, NJ 
  • Earn up to 23.5 CEUs in one incredible weekend.
  • Learn about telemedicine best practices at our pre-conference program.
  • Fulfill your new 1-CEU prescription opioid addiction course requirement at our early morning session on Opioid Dependence.
  • Choose from 65+ workshops.
  • Join us for a special cocktail reception at the Water Club Pool!
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.
stack_bills.jpg Moving From Insurance to Cash Practice

If you're changing from being an insurance provider to a private pay fee-for-service practice, you'll need to provide written notice to your insurance company that you are terminating your contract.  Read this NASW Practice Perspective for more steps to take to facilitate the transition. 

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

$15 Minimum Wage Passes First Hurdle

Earlier this week, legislation to raise NJ's minimum wage to $15 per hour for most workers by the year 2024 (A15) passed the Assembly  Labor Committee by a 6-3 vote. While this legislation still contains carve outs for certain workers that we would like to see removed, NASW-NJ considers movement on this legislation to be a step in the right direction.

The legislation is next scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on January 28.

For an excellent overview on the provisions of A15, see this analysis from New Jersey Policy Perspective.
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 .
Know Your Rights: Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

As many of you know, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (i.e. methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone) has been proven to be safe and effective. Evidence demonstrates that MAT increases treatment retention while reducing morbidity and mortality, opioid use, overdoses, and risk behaviors that transmit HIV and hepatitis C.  

Despite decades of research and evidence, some drug treatment providers still discriminate against people on MAT which can be deadly and it is against the law. In January 2018, NJ enacted legislation to protect individuals who are using MAT from discrimination by drug treatment providers. Please see this new factsheet for more information.
If you have or someone you know has been denied other drug treatment services because they are using MAT, please contact the State of NJ at the numbers below:
  • Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services Hotline: 1-800-382-6717
  • Department of Banking and Insurance Consumer Hotline: 1-800-446-7467
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
Cost: $120 for members, $160 for non-members

LSW - Masters Prep Course
February 23 (new date!) - Register
March 11 - Register

LCSW - Clinical Prep Course
February 8 - Register
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

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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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