February 5, 2015 Continuing Ed. Events Licensing Students Classified

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North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Main: 732-296-8070
Fax: 732-296-8074

Christine James, MSW

Walter X. Kalman, MSW, LSW
Executive Director

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Message from NASW-NJ Executive Director Walter Kalman

Denial of Claims for Reimbursement We Need Your Help!

We have heard from members repeatedly about the issue of claims being denied by managed care organizations due to varying definitions of  "medically necessary" treatment. Over the past couple of months we have let you know about critical legislation that NASW-NJ is working on along with a coalition of partners, including other therapy professionals. NOW we need you to help support this legislative effort.
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NJ Senate bill S2180, sponsored by Senator Bob Gordon, will be heard by the NJ Senate Commerce Committee soon. This legislation is critical because it would put the definition of "medically necessary" treatment into the hands of the treating provider, not the insurance utilization review teams. This would allow more people in New Jersey to get the behavioral health care they need. True mental health parity does not exist in New Jersey without this legislation.

While our members have stories to share, compelling testimony from clients is most helpful. Such testimony helps the Senate Commerce Committee members understand the full extent of the issue.

If you have a client, family member, friend, or neighbor whose life has been affected when treatment is deemed not to be medically necessary, or if you have been directly affected by an insurance denial of care, please contact Renee Koubiadis, Advocacy Coordinator at or 732-296-8070 x 14 to share your story. If you would like more information about the proposed law, contact Renee.

Member Spotlight

NASW-NJ is always proud to learn about the great work its members are doing. We congratulate Dr. James McCreath, PhD, LCSW on his new position as Vice President for Behavioral Health and Psychiatry at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.  Read more.

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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.

Annual Conference Exhibitor Prospectus Now Available!

Meet face-to-face with over 1,000 potential future customers, employees, and referral sources from the greater New Jersey social work community.
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The 2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference will be held on May 3-5, 2015 at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City.

Download the Prospectus at and see pages 6-7 for registration details.

If you're interested in serving as one of our premier conference sponsors at the $3,000 and up level, please contact Suzanne Levy at as soon as possible to discuss available opportunities.

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March is Social Work Month! Choose 1 FREE Workshop to Celebrate!

NASW-NJ members can choose 1 FREE 3-CEU workshop in March, in celebration of Social Work Month! SW Month logo

You can attend any of the workshops offered during March, but only 1 is FREE! Seating is limited.

March 2, 2015, 10am-1pm
In-home Counseling: Leave Your Baggage at the Door
(3) Clinical CEUs
Whippany, NJ (Morris County)
Presenter: Veronica Sanders, LCSW

March 6, 2015, 1pm-4pm
ADD and ADHD: What Do We Really Know About Them?
(3) Clinical CEUs
Westampton, NJ (Burlington County)
Presenter: Eric Johnson, PhD, LCSW, LMFT

March 13, 2015, 1pm-4pm
Ethics in Action: When Core Values Clash
(3) Clinical, Ethics CEUs
Brick, NJ (Ocean County)
Presenters: L. Scott Urmey, LCSW, CP, PAT and Ronald Collier, LCSW, TEP

March 27, 2015, 10am-1pm
21st Century Drugs: A Quick, Yet Complete, Crash Course
(3) Clinical CEUs
Tenafly, NJ (Bergen County)
Presenter: Frank Greenagel, LCSW, LCADC, ACSW, CJC

Registration opens on February 7th and is online only at:

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45th Anniversary: Social Workers as Advocates

To kick off our 45th Anniversary celebration, we invite you to share a brief story of how you, as a social worker, have advocated for your clients over the years. 45th Anniversary logo

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 tell us your story.

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NEW! Tips for Understanding the New Jersey Social Work Regulations for Continuing Education

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NASW-NJ has developed a Tip Sheet to help you become familiar with the CE portion of the NJ Social Work Regulations. Make sure you read it here before you choose your CE courses:

Join Us for Our Final 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

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

SAVE THE DATE! 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 your commitment to the profession and the future of our Chapter.

When & Where
Saturday, March 28, 2015
3:00-6:00 pm
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

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Upcoming CE Courses

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

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

Test Preparation Course

March 22, 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

Test Preparation Course

April 17, 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

April 10 - 12, 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

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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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.

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

NEW! Mercer/Burlington PPSIG

Please join us for the FIRST MEETING of this group.
February 9, 2015
9:30 – 11:30 am

1530 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

We will plan activities and a schedule for future meetings. Bring your business cards and plan to network with your colleagues.

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

Looking for Online CEUs ?

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Click on the ad above to access the Social Work Online CE Institute and browse the catalog. If you see something that interests you, create a user account, purchase your workshop, then sit back and relax while you earn CE credits from your home or office. It's that simple.
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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[Video] Library social worker helps homeless seeking quiet refuge
PBS NewsHour
Meet the nation's first full-time library social worker. Instead of trying to keep homeless residents from taking shelter in the urban haven of public libraries, San Francisco has adopted a new approach: employing a trained professional to address the needs of these visitors. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports.

Does sex trafficking increase around the Super Bowl?
For the past few years, campaigns against human sex trafficking have swelled in the days before the Super Bowl, largely because of the persistence of a claim that it’s the largest sex trafficking event in the country.… We spoke with Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, a social work professor at Arizona State University who is leading the latest academic research on sex trafficking around the Super Bowl. Her research intends to discover whether or not there is an increase in sex-trafficking events surrounding the Super Bowl and to further understand sex trafficking trends.

Doulas Usher in New Life, Find Mission in Support for the Dying
The New York Times
Amy Levine, a social worker who runs the program Ms. Altman volunteered for, said she received about 100 applications and accepted up to 15 people for training annually, because not everyone is looking to volunteer for the right reasons. People who had a recent loss, for example, are probably not the best fit, she said. And someone expecting profound philosophical insights by visiting with the dying — a sort of “Tuesdays with Morrie” situation — will probably be disappointed, she said, referring to a best-selling memoir and television movie about the death of a 78-year-old man.

Santa Monica School Counseling Program Celebrates 20th Year
Santa Monica Mirror
Despite some dismal statistics, the Youth Development Project (YDP), Santa Monica’s own school-based mental health program at the Child and Family Development Center, has been serving the “at-risk” and “high-risk” youth in the community for the past 20 years. Program coordinator and licensed clinical social worker Noa Saadi weighed in on the mission and philosophy of  YDP. “We are targeting youth who are at-risk and at high-risk,” Saadi said. “When you hear about therapists in schools, it’s usually in context of some type of crisis that has occurred. However, there is so much more to this work, and at the heart of it are the relationships that are formed and the work done toward helping children, youth, and their families live healthier lives.”

We Know Why You’re Always Late
The Wall Street Journal
Lisa Bernstein is a Rockville, Md.-based clinical social worker with several ADHD patients. One of the strategies she uses with them is breaking a weekly calendar down into 30-minute increments. Another strategy is setting up a rewards system. That could mean no Facebook or email until a certain amount of work is done.

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CLINICAL SUPERVISION – Private practice building, every other Wed
1:40 - 3pm, Livingston location. Call 973-629-7808. 

Continuing Education (NON-NASW SPONSORED)*

TREATMENT OF IMPULSE AND OBSESSIVE DISORDERS, a six week course, ACAP, Livingston, NJ, SW CEU approved for 10 clinical, 3/11, 18, 25, 4/1, 15, 29 Call 973-629-1001 for registration. 

* While these courses are not offered by NASW-NJ, as a service to our members we will run ads for programs that can document approval by entities accepted by the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE).

Advertise in NW and reach an
expanding list of NJ social workers,
offices, and agencies.

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or send your questions to