January 22, 2015 Continuing Ed. Events Licensing Students Classified

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Fax: 732-296-8074

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Walter X. Kalman, MSW, LSW
Executive Director

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2nd Annual NASW-NJ Faculty Appreciation Reception

We are very pleased to host our 2nd Annual NASW-NJ Faculty Appreciation Reception - "How NASW-NJ Can Assist You in the Classroom" on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

We invite all full-time and part-time faculty who are NASW-NJ Members to join us for this reception to honor their commitment to the profession and the future of our Chapter.

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When & Where
Saturday, March 28, 2015
3:00-6:00 PM at the
NASW-NJ Chapter Office
30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3,
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Hors D’oeuvres Reception
Program at 5:00 PM

Go to
or call Janine Hendryx at 732.296.8070 x18

Eldercaring Coordination

NASW has announced the release of guidelines for a new practice modality, Eldercaring Coordination, developed by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Task Force on Eldercaring Coordination. NASW was one of 20 national organizations from the U.S. and Canada to participate in the task force. The ACR now seeks pilot sites and professionals of various disciplines, including social work, to launch and refine this new practice modality.

For more information about Eldercaring Coordination and to learn how you can get involved, please review the ACR’s Guidelines for Eldercaring Coordination and then contact ACR Task Force co-chairs:
Sue Bronson,
Linda Fieldstone,

An Hour with Private Practice

In last week’s newSWire™  I let you know about the NASW An Hour with Private Practice monthly call topics for 2015. NASW hosts these calls on important topics for members who are in private practice, whether part-time or full-time. In addition, NASW National posts helpful resources on topics that LCSWs have questions about. Some links to these resources are listed below.

Place of Service Codes for Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice

Practice Perspectives: New CMS 1500 Form Effective April 1, 2014

Practice Perspectives: New Psychotherapy Codes for Clinical Social Workers

NASW Tools & Techniques: Frequently Asked Questions About the New Psychotherapy Codes

NASW-NJ 45th Anniversary

To kick off our 45th Anniversary this year, we invite you to share a brief example of how you, as a Social Worker, have advocated for your clients over the years.

Due to issues of confidentiality, we ask you not to use names and identifying information about your client(s) in your story. We will be sharing these stories via our website and social media. Some may be selected to enhance upcoming events over the next few months.

NASW-NJ looks forward to learning about how our members are advocating for clients throughout New Jersey!

Click here to share a story or example.

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2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition - Early Bird Registration Prices End on 2/16/15!

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2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference and Exhibition
The Meeting of the Profession
Creating a Culture of Collaboration
The Borgata Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City – May 3-5, 2015

Join us at the beautiful Borgata Hotel for 3 days of learning and networking where you can:

- Earn up to 20 CEUs
- Learn about Medicare reimbursement changes
- Participate in a Community Service Project
- Obtain your Leadership Development Certificate
- Meet with 80 exhibitors and much more!

Take advantage of discounted Early Bird rates until February 16th.

NASW-NJ Members:
Make sure you log in to the NASW-NJ website to see your discounted member pricing.

NASW Members out-of-state:
Fax or mail in the paper registration to register at the discounted member price.

Click HERE for Information and Registration.

Upcoming CE Workshop by NJ Association of Health Care Social Workers

Managed Medicaid in New Jersey:
The Program, Questions and Answers from State Representatives
(3 Non-Clinical CEUs)

Thursday, January 29th from 9:30am – 1:00pm
Pines Manor
2085 Lincoln Highway (Rt. 27)
Edison, NJ

Cost for this course:
NJAHCSW (NJ Association of Health Care SWers) Member- $15
Non-Member- $40

Information/Registration HERE


Please contact Linda Kwiatek, Coordinator, NJ Association of Health Care Social Workers/NASW-NJ at

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Join Us for a Screening of the Award-Winning Film Short Term 12

Film & CE: Screening of Short Term 12
(3 Clinical & Ethics CEUs)
Presenter: Deborah Wolff, LCSW

Join us for a screening of the award-winning film Short Term 12, about a 20-something supervising staff memShort Term film imageber of a residential treatment facility who navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. The film and CE workshop will be facilitated by Deborah Wolff, LCSW, who will examine the clinical and ethical decisions that take place in the film.

NASW Member- $60.00
Non-Member- $75.00
NASW Gold Card Member- $50.00
NASW Student Member- $25.00


Friday, January 23, 2015 from 9:30am - 1:30pm in Cherry Hill, NJ
Registration for January 23rd:

Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9:00am - 1:00pm in North Brunswick, NJ
Registration for January 31st: 

Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 9:30am – 1:30pm in Whippany, NJ
Registration for February 26th:

Upcoming CE Courses

Note: we are still adding courses to our schedule, so please check our Calendar at for new additions.

Legal and Ethical Standards in Drug and Alcohol Counseling
(6 Clinical, Ethics CEUs)
Instructors: Joel Levine, LCSW, LPC, LCADC and Robert Johnson, LPC, LCADC, CCS

February 3, 2015
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

NASW-NJ Chapter Office
30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ

This workshop will focus on the legal and ethical standards for social workers, NJ CADCs and LCADCs. This course is a mandatory course for drug and alcohol counselors for biennial renewal of licenses and certifications. Ethical and legal terminology will be discussed to help guide attendees towards ethical practice and avoid costly malpractice judgments.

NASW Member- $100.00
NASW Student Member- $50.00
NASW Gold Card Member- $50.00
Non-Member- $100.00

Info & Registration HERE

Show Me the Money – Grant Writing for Social Workers
(3 Non-Clinical CEUs)
Instructor: Mary Ellen Colangelo, LSW

February 16, 2015
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

NASW-NJ Chapter Office
30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ

Social workers are great at giving—but ASKING? The word is often not in our vocabulary, particularly when it comes to asking for program funding. This interactive workshop provides novice grant writers with the necessary tools and resources to competitively apply for grants.

NASW Member- $50.00
NASW Student Member- $25.00
NASW Gold Card Member- $25.00
Non-Member- $65.00

Info & Registration HERE

Understanding and Working with the DSM-5:
Diagnostic Changes and Clinical Implications
(5 Clinical CEUs)

Back by popular demand!

Presenter: Amanda Mathisen Stylianou, LCSW

The ability to assess and diagnose is a core competency for mental health providers. Upcoming changes in the new DSM manual will require practitioners to modify their current understanding of diagnostic symptoms and categories. This one-day workshop will describe the development of the DSM-5, the changes to the organizational structure, and major revisions to the existing diagnoses.

NASW Member- $80.00
Non-Member- $125.00
NASW Gold Card Member- $50.00
NASW Student Member- $50.00


Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 10:00am - 4:00pm in Jersey City
Registration for February 8th:

Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 10:30am - 4:30pm in Cherry Hill
Registration for April 4th:

Upcoming Test Prep Courses

LSW – Masters
Test Preparation Course

February 13, 2015
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Rutgers Labor Education Center
50 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, NJ

Cost for this course:
NASW Member- $110.00
Non-Member Price- $150.00

Info & Registration HERE

LCSW Clinical
Test Preparation Course

February 19, 2015
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

NASW-NJ Chapter Office
30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Cost for this course:
NASW Member- $110.00
Non-Member Price- $150.00

Info & Registration HERE

Clinical Supervision Course

Clinical Supervision - 3-day Course
(20 Clinical CEUs, including 5 Ethics and 3 Social and Cultural Competence CEUs)
Instructor: Patricia O’Dell, LCSW

February 6-8, 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

NASW-NJ Chapter Office
30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Cost for this course:
NASW Member - $275.00
Non-Member - $350.00
NASW Gold Card Member - $250.00

Info, Cost and Registration HERE

Presenters & Agencies! Apply to the CE Approval Collaborative

Do you offer a quality, cutting-edge course for social work professionals in New Jersey?
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Would you like your course to be more attractive to social work professionals by offering continuing education credits?

If you answered YES to these questions, we invite you to apply to The New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative (CE Approval Collaborative).

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

Application and materials are available on the NASW-NJ Website through the Continuing Education drop-down menu. The CE Approval Collaborative must receive your application at least 90 days before your course will occur.

Eligibility & Application HERE

Volunteers Needed!

Become an NASW-NJ Unit Leader in the New Year!

NASW-NJ needs Unit Chairpersons and Co-Chairs for the following Units:Unit Leader image

Atlantic/Cape May/ Cumberland

Unit Chairpersons and Co-Chairs are responsible for having regular meetings that are open to the members in their Units. These meetings should be held at least four times a year. Unit Chairpersons should also keep the overall membership informed of their Unit activities and concerns through written/oral reports to the Board and articles in FOCUS. They are responsible for recruiting social workers who are not members of NASW; identifying candidates for Chapter offices and soliciting nominations for Chapter awards; promoting NASW and the social work profession.

If you would like additional information on the benefits offered to Unit Chairs or would like to be on a Steering Committee, please contact Janine Hendryx at or by phone 732-296-8070, ext. 18.

Networking Opportunities at NASW-NJ Events

Are you looking for ways to network with other social workers in your area? When you join NASW on the national level, you are automatically a member at the state level.  networking

NASW-NJ has 12 volunteer-led Units throughout the state. The Units meet regularly for social events, advocacy, service projects, networking, FREE CEU workshops, and more! Your Unit assignment is based on the mailing address listed on your membership.

For upcoming Unit events, go to the Unit Side bar located on the left hand side of this article. Or for more upcoming Unit activities for the next several months, visit and click on Calendar.

Middlesex Unit Film Screening: BelleBelle movie image

February 11, 2015
6:00PM - 8:30PM

NASW-NJ Chapter Office
30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3,
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Join us to watch "Belle", where a mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.

Tawanda Hubbard, MSW, LCSW, will lead a thought-provoking discussion following the movie.

Speaker: Tawanda Hubbard, NASW-NJ Vice President

A light dinner will be served.

Click HERE to Register

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Private Practice Special Interest Group (PPSIG) Meetings
(No CEUs)

Hudson PPSIG

Friday, January 23, 2015
9:30 - 11:00 am

Office of Kimberlee VanBurch, LCSW
121 Newark Ave, 2nd Floor
Suite 511
Jersey City NJ  07302

We are collecting Winter hats/scarves/gloves for needy children for the Holidays. We continue to support the programs and clients of Women Rising, Inc., Hudson County's domestic violence full service center.

Click HERE to Register

North/Central PPSIG

February 9, 2015
12:00-2:00 pm

The People Care Center
120 Finderne Avenue
Conference Room
Bridgewater NJ  08807

Please bring your business cards to pass among your colleagues

Brown Bag Lunch

Click HERE to Register

Monmouth/Ocean PPSIG

February, 12, 2015
7:00-9:00 pm

Tinton Falls EMS
46 Old Mills Road
Tinton Falls NJ  07724

Rachel Anderson, LCSW will be presenting on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

A light refreshment will be served

Click HERE to Register

Middlesex PPSIG

February 20, 2015
12:00 – 2:00 pm

NASW Chapter Office
30 Silverline Drive
Suite 3
North Brunswick NJ  08902

Topic:  Issues in Therapy Specific to Adopted Individuals

Speaker: Dr. Paula Kaplan Reiss

Please bring your business cards to pass among your colleagues.

Brown Bag Lunch

Click HERE to Register

Technological Advances Have Pros, Cons

By Rena Malai, NASW News staff

If someone wakes up at 2 a.m. and can’t sleep because they’re upset about something, help may not be too far away, says Frederic Reamer, an expert in social work ethics. Technology has made this possible, he says.techo image

“It’s pretty much a guarantee that someone can reach out, 24/7, 365 days a week, and there will be a social worker somewhere who can help,” says Reamer, a professor at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work.

Reamer says there is a long list of digital and online services social workers are using, like online social networking sites, Web-based avatars, smartphone apps and text messaging. At the top are video counseling and email counseling, which he says social workers may use synchronously and asynchronously.

 “Synchronous means that the client and social worker will schedule an appointment to be online at the same time, chatting online or emailing back and forth,” he says. “Asynchronous means a client can send an email to a social worker about an issue that’s troubling him or her — even at 2 a.m. — and expect a response within 24 hours.”

With more and more social workers using technology to deliver services, it’s important for them to be aware of the advantages and challenges, Reamer says.

“Social workers really need to look at individual forms of technology, how it’s being used, and the potential benefits and risks associated with it,” he says.


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Note: All of the courses listed in the Social Work Online CE Institute are valid for New Jersey licensed social workers.

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HRC to Honor Pioneering Social Worker Caitlin Ryan at Time to THRIVE
HRC Blog
NOTE: Dr. Ryan will be the keynote speaker at the NASW-NJ Annual Conference in May.

Dr. Caitlin Ryan has spent the past 40 years
working to build happier and healthier futures for LGBTQ youth and adults and to prevent major health risks for LGBT youth. In recognition of her lifetime of work, the HRC Foundation will present her with its Upstander Award for Promoting Safety, Inclusion and Well-Being for LGBTQ Youth at the second annual Time to THRIVE conference in Portland, 13-15 February 2015.

“It’s an honor to receive this award from HRC,” said Ryan. “It’s been a privilege to work with so many diverse LGBT young people and their families over the years and to know that I’ve been able to make a difference. Helping families learn to support their LGBT children – especially socially and religiously conservative families – is the most hopeful work I’ve ever done.”

Miss Black N.J. Focuses on Social Work
NOTE: Fatmata Savage was an NASW-NJ intern and Harriet Bloomfield Scholarship recipient

A township resident who aims to serve as a positive role model for children has been named Miss Black New Jersey USA.

Fatmata Savage will represent New Jersey in the Miss Black USA 2015 pageant to be held in Washington, D.C.

Savage, 26, is originally from Sierra Leone and moved to North Brunswick at age 9. She is a graduate of North Brunswick Township High School.

She received her master’s degree in social work from Kean University in May. She worked part-time as an assistant in the office of Dr. Jeffrey P. Beck, dean of Kean’s Nathan Weiss Graduate College.

Savage is a recipient of the Harriet Bloomfield Scholarship from the National Association of Social Workers and the Kean University Harwood Endowed Scholarship. She has served as an intern with NASW and multiple organizations, including JFK Medical Center, Haven Hospice, the Milton School in Maplewood and Adult Protective Services of Bergen County.

Meet the Author: Eating Disorders Expert Abigail Natenshon

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Social worker Abigail Natenshon, MA LCSW, GCFP, has been treating eating disorders among families and individuals for more than 40 years. Treating anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders is extremely difficult, she found. And social workers and other mental health experts get little specialized training on eating disorders.
That is why Natenshon decided to write “Doing What Works: an Integrative System for the Treatment of Eating Disorders from Diagnosis to Recovery” (NASW Press, 2009). talked to Natenshon about the prevalence of eating disorders and her book. Click here for interview.

From Tension and Hostility to an Era of More Interracial Peace
The Boston Globe
By and large, these black advocates in the decades since the racial polarization following school desegregation in 1974 did not merely engage in interest group politics. They worked to bring the left-out into our shared commonwealth and thereby transform Boston into a more equitable, inclusive, and just city. To express their larger purpose, they used different phrases; not all made it into the book’s tight “life sketches.” Hubie Jones tapped the language of his profession as a former dean of the BU School of Social Work, calling the goal “a wholesome society.”

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