NASW-NJ newSWire
May 25, 2018

Upcoming Events  

To see all events, visit our Calendar.
Tuesday, 6/5, 11am-1pm

Tuesday, 6/5, 6pm-8pm *NEW DATE*

Thursday, 6/7, 9am-4:30pm

Friday, 6/8, 9am-4:30pm

Friday, 6/8, 9:30am-11am

Monday, 6/11, 10am-4pm

Monday, 6/11, 12pm-2pm

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

Monday, 6/11, 6pm-8pm

Friday, 6/15, 9:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, 6/19, 9:30am-3:30pm

Wednesday, 6/20, 12pm-1pm

Friday, 6/22, 6:30pm-8:30pm

NASW-NJ members can find jobs and office rentals on our website!

Vote in NASW-NJ Election 

An email with the subject "NASW-NJ 2018 Election" has been sent out to all members.

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!
NASW PACE Endorses Harris and Jacob
A recent  article  by the president of the  Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy  reminds us that social workers can have an immense impact on the lives of our clients and on society as a whole through civic engagement and political action. In New Jersey, two social workers have taken that charge to the next level by running in their Congressional primaries.
Tamara Harris  is running in the Democratic primary in the 11th Congressional District. She received her MSW/EMPA dual masters from New York University and works as a family advocate and divorce coach. She has also taught at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Click here to read an Op Ed Tamara authored about running for Congress as a Social Worker. 
To volunteer for Tamara's campaign, click here.   

Peter Jacob  is running in the Democratic primary in the 7th Congressional District. He earned an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and has championed such issues as health care reform, environmental sustainability, and immigrant integration. 
To volunteer for Peter's campaign, click here.
NASW-NJ salutes Tamara and Peter and will keep you updated on the status of their campaigns.  
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)

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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          

Unit Event Happenings

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

Sarah Dubinsky, ESQ gave a dynamic presentation to the Somerset/Hunterdon Unit on helping social workers improve their Social Security Disability documentation skills and learning how to write letters of support for clients on disability. A big thank you to Unit Chairs, Krystal Gold and Ron Zulli for organizing the event!
Advocate for a Fairer Budget
Come to Better Choices for New Jersey Lobby Day
June 7th - 10 AM - Trenton

NJ legislators are currently debating the FY 2019 Budget, in effect determining whether our state will be able to meet its goals and obligations while reinvesting in the areas that make our state great.  Regardless of priority, without adequate funding, our state will NOT be able to meet any of our expectations.

With your help, we can help ensure a Fairer State Budget that reinvests in New Jersey and its Residents. Join us at Better Choice for New Jersey Lobby Day.

  Registration is available here. 
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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.


The Campaign will hold a rally focusing on a specific social and economic justice issue every Monday for the next month (Tuesday, May 29th due to the Memorial Day holiday). You can RSVP for each of the remaining Poor People's Campaign Rallies by clicking on the date below:

May 29th,    June 4th,    June 11th,    June 18th
Upcoming NASW-NJ CE Courses

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
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.  
NASW Releases New Practice Perspectives on Mental Health Parity

NASW has released a new Practice Perspectives addressing current federal Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity laws and new parity legislation introduced in Congress. Learn about how you can help clients advocate for their rights and how you can take action to increase clinical social work reimbursement rates.

Want to contribute to advancing parity efforts in NJ and across the nation? Take the Parity@10 Campaign's  provider survey
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

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Race May Play Role in Kids' Suicide Risk

Researchers have discovered an age-related racial disparity in suicide rates for U.S. youth between the ages of 5 and 17. The findings suggest a need for more research into contributing factors and targeted interventions for children.  Learn  more .
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 Meetings:
June 5 - Bergen (meets in Teaneck)
June 8 - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)
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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