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Christine James, MSW

Walter X. Kalman, MSW, LSW
Executive Director

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Message from NASW-NJ Executive Director Walter Kalman

NASW-NJ Is Pleased to Report that Medical Necessity Legislation Was Successfully Voted Out of Committee

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This past Monday, February 9, 2015, NASW-NJ supported and testified on NJ Senate Bill S2180 in a NJ Senate Commerce Committee hearing. The bill would put the decision-making on what constitutes medically necessary behavioral health care treatment back in the hands of the treating provider. While this is a first step, we were heartened to see so many supporters at the hearing, many of whom provided compelling testimony on why the insurers should no longer be making determinations of medically necessary treatment.

NASW-NJ, and our partners in the Managed Care Coalition, which includes groups such as the NJ Society of Clinical Social Workers and the NJ Psychological Association, have been working with sponsor Senator Bob Gordon to pass this legislation. We will continue to work to get this bill adopted into law here in New Jersey so that people are not denied care or offered only reduced care when they need it most.

We are still in the early stages, but will need your support as we move to the next stages of adoption for this bill. Look for more alerts in upcoming issues of newSWire™, or in your email, about how you can help support this important legislation.

Hard Talks on Diversity

In December 2014, the Camden Courier-Post hosted a group of community leaders to discuss diversity in South Jersey. During the discussion there was an open back and forth about race and law enforcement.

M.J. Fine, the Courier-Post's Community Conversations Editor, wrote:

Several of the participants showed up early, and any worries we had about having 90 minutes of awkward silence were quickly put to rest. The conversation remained civil, but not without tension and flare-ups. That's a good thing: Honesty is not always polite, but as long as we listen to one another's concerns, we can dig deeper, establish trust and move forward.

You can find the full article on this discussion, with video clips, here. We are very pleased that Dr. V. DuWayne Battle, NASW-NJ's immediate past president, was present for this event (see below). Dr. Battle, director of Rutgers' baccalaureate social work program, pointed out the lack of diversity in the Camden Courier Post's newsroom.

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 Dr. V. DuWayne Battle (center)

Center for American Women and Politics - Michel Martin is 2015 Senator Wynona Lipman Lecturer in Women’s Political Leadership

Once again, NASW-NJ is proud to co-sponsor the Senator Wynona Lipman Lecturer in Women’s Political Leadership.Michel Martin

This year, NPR Host and Commentator Michel Martin will speak on: "Why I Want You to Tell Me More: On Bringing Outsiders In." You can hear her on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Trayes Hall - Douglass Campus Center. The address is 100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ.

General admission is free, but an RSVP is required. Call 848 932-8018 or go to:

Ready To Run™

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NASW-NJ is pleased to be among the co-sponsors of Ready to Run™ New Jersey on March 13-14, 2015. Special pre-conference programs for women of color will be held on Friday, March 13.

Ready to Run™ was created by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) to train women as candidates. Ready to Run™ is a non-partisan campaign training program to encourage women to run for elective office, position themselves for appointed office, work on a campaign, or get involved in public life in other ways.

NASW-NJ will cover the cost of Members who want to attend the 2015 Ready to Run™ program.

Ready to Run™ programs will be held at Douglass Campus Center, 100 George Street, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. For more information and to register, click here.

NAHIPSW Campaign School

You may also be interested to know that the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut will hold its 19th Annual Campaign School on Friday, April 10 and Saturday April 11, 2015 from 9am to 5pm. The Campaign School is a two-day workshop that teaches social workers, advocates, service providers and community members about the inner workings of political campaigns. Click here for more information.

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2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference
& Exhibition - Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended To 2/23/15!

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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 23rd.

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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Nominate Someone Special!

Here’s your chance to tell everyone about the extraordinary social worker or the amazing social activist you know. The deadline for Nominations is Saturday, February 28, 2015.

All current members of NASW-NJ are invited to nominate individuals for these prestigious awards:

Social Worker of the Year
Lifetime Achievement
Public Citizen of the Year
Elected Public Official of the Year  

The NASW-NJ Executive Committee will review nominations and determine recipients of these Awards, which will be presented at the NASW-NJ Annual Conference Awards Reception on Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.

Please go to for information about the Nomination Procedures for all Awards.

Email the nomination form and all materials to Mary Jean Weston at

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Sign Up for the 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

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February is Black History Month

45th imageClick here to learn about William Ashby, the first Black Social Work in New Jersey.

Click here to read “We Must Never Forget the Progress and Struggle of African-Americans!” by Tawanda Hubbard, NASW-NJ Vice President.

Click here to read about Edith Savage-Jennings, a civil rights and social justice activist who was a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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

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 is online only at:

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Join or Renew for FREE CEUs

Join NASW or renew your NASW membership by February 28, 2015 to be able to receive 3 free CEUs at one of our workshops during Social Work Month in March. See workshops below.

Members also save up to 27% when they register for the 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition in May!

Click here to join or renew:

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A Chance to Win $25!

Complete our survey by February 28th for a chance to win $25. or use your smart phone to scan this QR code below:

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School of Social Work Faculty ~
You Are Invited!

"How NASW-NJ Can Assist You in the Classroom" is the theme of our 2nd Annual NASW-NJ Faculty Appreciation Reception.

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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45th Anniversary: Social Workers are Advocates. Share Your Story!45th Anniversary logo

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.

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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Need CEUs? Review “Tip Sheet” to Understand the CE Regulationstips logo

NASW-NJ has developed a “Tip Sheet” to help you understand what CE courses are accepted in NJ.

Make sure you read it before you choose your CE courses:

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Upcoming CE Course

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

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

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

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

LCSW - Clinical
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

LSW - Masters
Test Preparation Course

April 18, 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

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Specialty Practice Section Webinars

These webinars are ONLY available to members of NASW National's  Specialty Practice Sections.

Not a Sections member? SPS webinars are a free benefit of Sections membership. Webinars are also available on demand. If you would like to learn more about Sections, visit


March 3, 2015–Using Practical Approaches: Stress Management for Professionals
1.5 CE Credits Offered
Presenter: Jessica Holton, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Stress can be defined as a response to a perceived threat, challenge, or change. We live in a high-paced society that focuses on productivity and monetary gain. Our profession can be very fulfilling for many; however, there are often intense components to navigate. Discover self-care interventions to manage signs and symptoms of stress.

March 10, 2015–Ethical Challenges Working with Children, Families and Schools
3 CE Credits Offered
Presenter: Frederic G. Reamer, PhD

Presented by Frederic G. Reamer, PhD, this webinar provides an overview of complex ethical issues pertaining to social work with children, families, and schools. Learn how to identify ethical dilemmas, protect clients, prevent professional malpractice, and avoid liability.

Click here to register for these Webinars.

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

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

North/Central PPSIG

Monday, March 9, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 pm

People Care Center
120 Finderne Ave.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Click HERE to Register


Tuesday, March 10, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm

Office of Colleen Fitzpatrick, LCSW
10 Mount Vernon Ave
Haddonfield, NJ  08033

Click HERE to Register

Monmouth/Ocean PPSIG

Thursday, March 12, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Tinton Falls EMS
46 Old Mills Road
Tinton Falls NJ  07724

Virginia Downey, LCSW will be presenting on Distance Therapy.

Click HERE to Register

Mercer/Burlington PPSIG *NEW*

March 23, 2015
9:30 - 11:30 am

1530 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Join us to plan activities and  schedule for future meetings of the Mercer/Burlington PPSIG.

Click HERE to Register

Hudson PPSIG

March 27, 2015
9:30 - 11:00 am

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

Please bring your business cards to pass among your colleagues.

Click HERE to Register

Social Workers in the News

Drug Testing for Welfare Benefits Back on the Table
WFAA (Dallas, TX)
But opponents of the bill argue that there’s little evidence to prove that
recipients of welfare use their cash assistance to purchase drugs, and thatSocial Workers in the News image drug testing will do little to help families already in need. If a parent tests positive for drugs, the state would be required to report that individual to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. “Our concerns are that the legislation doesn’t so much address the issue as punish families that are already going through a crisis of their own,” said Will Francis, director of government relations for the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Bill Would Mandate Safety Protocols for Mental Health and Social Workers
WCAX (Burlington, VT)
Rep. Ann Pugh, D-South Burlington, says her bill would require state agencies, and organizations with state contracts, to create safety protocols. “Social workers do home visits and social workers, and other mental health professionals and nurses often find themselves in situations that could be risky or where there might be safety concerns,” Pugh said. Rep. Pugh teaches at UVM’s Department of Social Work. She says surprisingly few organizations have safety protocols in place for workers in the field.

Defense Department Names New Suicide Prevention Office Director
eNews Park Forest (IL)
The Department of Defense announced that Dr. Keita M. Franklin is the new director of the DoD Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) effective today. This marks elevation of DSPO leadership to a career Senior Executive Service (SES) position, reinforcing the department’s commitment to decreasing the incidence of suicide and increasing resiliency across the armed forces. Franklin, a licensed clinical social worker, has a PhD in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her post-doctoral research explored the impact of deployment and psychological well-being on family relationships.

[Video] Lawmakers Want To Stop The ‘Foster Care To Prostitution’ Pipeline
CBS Denver
“Just having that lack of steady parenting and being exposed to abuse, neglect (and) domestic violence; they already have, usually, very low social boundaries. They can be more trusting to strangers because they’ve had to be able to survive and go to different foster homes,” Becky Zal-Sanchez with the National Association of Social Workers said. Zal-Sanchez says many of the children have run away so often case workers write them off. They can go missing for weeks without anyone looking.

The Big Game Could Cause Big Problems For Gamblers
WKBW (Buffalo, NY)
So how do you spot a problem gambler? Matt Jost, a local licensed clinical social worker who works with people who are addicted to gambling says a problem gambler would be thinking about it constantly. “At work you might see them very preoccupied with sports…they lie to family members or their therapist to conceal their gambling activity,” said Jost.

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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.

Spring Advertisement Special

FREE “Office Space” ad for NASW-NJ Members
in April issue of FOCUS.

Deadline for submission is March 11, 2015
(30 words or less).

Click here for a classified submission form.

Email Janine Hendryx at
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FREE Advertisement Space!

Details: If you buy one FOCUS ad and one website ad, you will receive one FREE newSWire™ ad!

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