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May 18, 2018

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.

NASW membership dues can be paid in installments!


You may pay your membership renewal in two or three installments by your membership renewal date. Call Member Services at 800.742.4089 (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. M-F) or click here for more information.  

Vote in NASW-NJ Election 

An email with the subject "NASW-NJ 2018 Election" was sent out on April 29th to all members and again this week to those who haven't voted.

It comes from the email address Please check your spam folder if you have not received it or click here for candidate information and a printable ballot. 

Voting for your leaders makes a difference! Make sure to click on the email you received and vote by 5:00pm on May 29th. This is how YOU can make a difference in NASW-NJ. Thank you!
Dr. Reamer
Ethics Institute with
Dr. Frederic Reamer
in Montclair

Cutting-edge Ethical Issues for Social Workers: Practical Implications of Evolving Standards

(5 Clinical, Ethics CEUs)
June 19 from 9:30am - 3:30pm

Recently the social work profession adopted updated ethics standards, regulatory guidelines, and practice standards, especially related to practitioners' use of technology. Dr. Reamer will explain these and explore high-risk ethical issues and practical strategies designed to protect clients and practitioners.

Key topics will include novel forms of service delivery and ways to communicate with clients, management and storage of electronic information, boundary issues, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, clients' rights, documentation, and termination of services. 

Cost: $125 for NASW members, $160 for non-members
(includes 5 CEUs, coffee/tea and lunch)

The Poor People's Campaign is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation's distorted morality. Learn more here.

Read an article about the Poor People's Campaign.

The Campaign will hold a rally focusing on a specific social and economic justice issue every Monday for the next six weeks, beginning with the May 14 event. You can RSVP for each of the remaining Poor People's Campaign Rallies by clicking on the date below:

May 21st,    May 29th,    June 4th,    June 11th,    June 18th
Perfect Gift Idea for Graduation

With graduation approaching, here's a perfect gift idea- NASW Membership!  

Graduating students -

Ask for your NASW membership as the most useful gift for a new professional!


Click here for more information. 


MONTCLAIR, NJ - Skilled Clinician (LCSW, LPC, LMFT) sought to join evidenced-based practice to conduct individual, group, family therapy, in a Multi-Cultural Framework. Strong skills & interest in DBT, Mindfulness, and the Treatment of Eating Disorders required. Send Letter of Interest and CV to

WALDWICK, NJ- 3 large sun filled offices plus waiting room, ample on sight parking, will rent individually. $780/ month. Opportunity for referrals. Please contact Steve at 201-819-3344 or email
Get Exposure!  

Showcase your organization
to over 20,000 visitors each month.
Your LOGO can be displayed on the NASW-NJ  
website for 30 days.

It will appear as a clickable link
right to your website.  
Just send us your Logo and
Web site URL!

For more information, contact
Click to see photos from recent NASW-NJ events.
NJ Telemedicine/ Telehealth Tip Sheet Now Available

NASW-NJ has released a telemedicine tip sheet to help clinicians understand the recently enacted NJ Telemedicine Law. Clinicians who with to use distance-technology to provide services to clients should reference this tip sheet to ensure your practices are in compliance with the state requirements.

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          

Upcoming NASW-NJ CE Courses

*Live Webinar*
Children Raised in Extremist Groups: Culture Shock
2 Social/Cultural CEUs on May 23 - via live webinar

Relational Life Therapy: Overcoming Divorce One Successful Marriage at a Time
5 Clinical CEUs on  June 11 in North Brunswick

Life Coaching and the Evolution of Psychotherapeutic Practice
5 Clinical CEUs on June 15 in North Brunswick

Ethics Institute with Dr. Reamer
5 Clinical, Ethics CEUs on June 19 in Montclair

Deconstructing/Reconstructing Stories: Spiritual Direction as an Intervention for Addiction
3 Social/Cultural CEUs on July 16 in North Brunswick

Can Men be Discriminated Against? The Ethical Treatment of Men
5 Clinical, Ethics CEUs on July 23 in North Brunswick

Sensory Processing: What is It? Why Should a Social Worker Care?
3 Clinical CEUs on August 3 in Wayne
Unit Event Happenings

To see even more pictures from our recent Unit Events, visit Click on About Us then Photo Gallery!

On May 14th, the Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland Unit hosted  Scott Gras, AtlantiCare Opioid Recovery Specialist & Joanne T. Arnold Vekcheck, LCSW, AtlantiCare Director of Addictions.

Connie Seligman presented at the Morris Unit on May 14th about  Internal Family Systems Therapy through fun experiential e xercises.

Our Essex Unit hosted a Mix & Mingle at TGI Fridays to network and talk about the year in review, along with planning for next year.

On May 17th, Bergen/Passaic hosted  a fun and casual Meet & Greet at the Ironhorse Restaurant in Westwood, NJ.

The Mercer/Burlington Unit hosted a relaxing Meet & Greet on May 16th at Jersey Girls Cafe in Hamilton, NJ.
Take Action to Increase
LCSW Reimbursement Rates!

Clinical social workers are one of three mental health professions that provide psychotherapy services for Medicare beneficiaries. Yet, Medicare reimburses clinical social workers at only 75% of the rate reimbursed to psychiatrists and psychologists. This discrepancy deters clinical social workers from becoming Medicare providers and also makes it difficult to retain clinical social workers as Medicare providers, thereby decreasing Medicare beneficiaries' access to mental health services. 

The Improving Access to Mental Health Act contains provisions to address this discrepancy and ensure clinical social workers are paid under Medicare at the same rate as other non-physician professionals. Learn more.

Send a prewritten email to your members of Congress urging them to sponsor this legislation.  
3-Day Clinical Supervision Courses
(20 CEUs)

This course if 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. Courses are held at our NASW office in North Brunswick.

Cost: $350 for NASW members, $425 for non-members

Upcoming dates:

Sunday July 29 through Tuesday July 31

Friday August 17 through Sunday August 19
Info & Registration
Social Workers Help Address Addiction Resource Gaps in Municipal Courts

A growing public advocate program in Cape May County places social work and drug counseling experts at municipal courts to serve as resources for families, friends and individuals going through the justice system who may need help finding addiction treatment and other services. Read more here.
Nutrition Affects Teens' Mental Health

What we eat and how we eat it are closely associated with our emotions and mental health. A growing body of research is revealing not only the power of particular nutrients to increase well-being, but also the multifaceted ways in which our attitude and choices regarding food impact our state of mind. Read more.
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NASW Releases New Practice Perspectives

NASW has released two new Practice Perspectives addressing key issue areas in clinical social work. Applied Behavior Analysis and Certification for Clinical Social Workers outlines the requirements of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) to obtain the BCBA credential and its impact on clinical social workers who are providing applied behavior analysis, and The Role of Animals as Therapeutic Aids in Private Practice describes clinical social workers' roles and responsibilities across four categories of animals used in a helping capacity: service animals, emotional support animals (ESAs), comfort dogs, and animal-assisted therapy.
Volunteer as a NASW-NJ Unit Leader and Receive Great Benefits!

The following Units (NASW-NJ regional branches) need a Leader/Co-Leader:
Sussex/Warren Unit

One benefit of becoming a Unit Leader: you can 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.
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.

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. For a full list of PPSIGs, click here.

Upcoming Meeting:
June 11 - North/Central (meets in Bridgewater)
43rd National Institute on Social Work 
and Human Services in Rural Areas
July 18 - 20, 2018, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky
The National Institute on Social Work and Human Services is an annual event  focusing broadly on social service provision to rural areas as well as on the  strengths and resilience of rural people.  This year's conference theme is  Rural Social Work: Collegial, Cooperative, and Collaborative .

Register to attend here.  

The New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers
is a diverse membership organization that promotes, develops, and strengthens
the professional practice of social work and social workers.
Through advocacy and public policy,
NASW-NJ affects progressive social change and social justice
for  individuals, families, and communities.
Please consider joining today!
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