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Christine James, MSW

Walter X. Kalman, MSW, LSW
Executive Director

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A Message from NASW-NJ Executive Director Walter Kalman

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Who is in? Who is being left out?

I came across an interesting article last week. It was entitled: "Who Is Getting ACA Insurance – And Who Isn't."  The writer is Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News.

Rovner asks who is being left out by the health law? And who is getting coverage? As she points out: "Official government statistics won’t be out until next year, but several other surveys, including one out just this week from the Urban Institute, all agree that between Sept. 2013 and Sept. 2014, the uninsured rate dropped about five percentage points, which is around a third. That translates into about 10 million more people getting health insurance during the year." You can read the full article HERE.

Obamacare Fails to Fail

In a related article that appeared in the New York Times in July, Paul Krugman wrote: "You might ask why, if health reform is going so well, it continues to poll badly. It’s crucial, I’d argue, to realize that Obamacare, by design, by and large doesn’t affect Americans who already have good insurance. As a result, many peoples’ views are shaped by the mainly negative coverage in the news media." You can read the full article HERE

Both of these articles make one thing clear: the Affordable Care Act is working, to the tune of 10 million more insured Americans. And the relentless attacks on the law, including a possible negative Supreme Court ruling in 2015, continue unabated.

What can we do as social workers to make the record clear? Most important, we can stay informed on what's really happening with coverage. We can also take any opportunity to spread the word that the ACA is doing what it was intended to do: cover millions who otherwise would not have health coverage. Many of those newly covered people may be among those we serve. And that's the good news we can shout from the rooftops.

Ebola: A Social Work Guide

While I'm on the subject of health care...

NASW National has issued a  guide to provide social workers with information on Ebola and how it is transmitted, behavioral health resources on the Ebola virus, and accounts and advice from social workers who have worked with people battling Ebola or helping allay concerns about Ebola in the United States. Click HERE.

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Save the Dates! 2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition

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

The 2015 Conference schedule and registration will be available at starting in late December.

Make sure to register early to secure your seat in the workshops you want!

Presenters & Agencies! Apply to the CE Approval Collaborative

Do you offer a quality, cutting-edge course for social work professionals in New Jersey?

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

Upcoming CE Courses

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

Engaging, Connecting, and Bringing about Change with Adolescents through Music
(3 Clinical, Social/Cultural CEUs)
Instructor: Tawanda Hubbard, LCSW

January 23, 2015
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

This workshop will focus on learning about Hip Hop as a cultural force and intervention with adolescents in the 21st century. Participants will review some key concepts essential to cultural proficiency, which will equip them to utilize music as a tool. They will engage and explore their personal constructs about Hip Hop and its viability as an effective intervention.

Cost for this course:
NASW Member- $50.00
NASW Student Member- $25.00
NASW Gold Card Member- $25.00
Non-Member- $65.00

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.

Cost for this course:
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 July 26th: 

CE & The Arts- screening of the film Short Term 12

We will be pairing this award-winning film with a CEU workshop in
3 different locations across the state in January and February. Dates and locations will be posted on our Calendar soon. Don’t miss out on this unique CE experience!

Upcoming Test Prep Courses

LSW – Masters
Test Preparation Course

December 13,  2014
(Course FULL)

LSW – Masters
Test Preparation Course

January 18, 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

Invite to Release, Reentry and Redemption Panel Discussion

Release, Reentry and Redemption

A panel discussion with:Release photo
Former Gov. James McGreevey
Director of Jersey City Employment and Training Program

Robert J. Fredericks, Ph.D.
Chair of the Prison Ministry Committee, Order of Malta, American Association

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Crowne Plaza
2349 Marlton Pike (Route 70)
Cherry Hill, New Jersey  08002

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Click Here for program flyer

Robin Williams’ Legacy Overshadows SAMHSA Voice Awards

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Voice Awards go to individuals who help people living with mental illness and addiction and movies and TV shows that help educate and raise awareness about mental illness and addiction. Kristen

The National Association of Social Workers is one of 18 organizations that is a partner in the Voice Awards. NASW Associate Counsel Elizabeth Felton, JD, MSW, was one of this year’s Voice Award judges.

At this year's awards, when “3rd Rock from the Sun” actress Kristen Johnston mounted the stage to accept a SAMHSA Special Recognition Voice Award she burst into tears. However, Johnston said they were tears of anger and frustration — not happiness.

“I’m furious it takes a celebrity’s death to make people concerned about addiction and depression,” said Johnston,  referring to renowned comedian and actor Robin Williams, who had committed suicide just two days before the awards at his home near Tiburon, Calif. “We need to stop focusing on the entertainment (industry) like it’s only a problem that we have.” MORE

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. 

NASW-NJ has 12 volunteer-led Units throughout the state. The Units meetnetworking image 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)

North/Central PPSIG Holiday Party

December 15, 2014
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Casa Luna Mexican Grill
30 South Doughty Avenue
Somerville, NJ  08876

Please join the North/Central PPSIG for their Annual Holiday Party!

The party will be a buffet luncheon. The cost per person is $15 to be paid upon arrival.

Click HERE to Register

Middlesex PPSIG

Friday, January 16, 2015
12pm - 1:30 pm

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

Topic: Web Development

Speaker: Mary Ellen Colangelo

Brown Bag Lunch

Click HERE to Register

Hudson PPSIG

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

Social Workers in the News

10 Tips for Dealing with Holiday Depression
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The six weeks encompassing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s—collectively called “the holidays”—are for most a magically unique time of year. But for many, the holidays bring hurt. Caused by factors including the weather, separation, death, stress, unrealistic expectations, hyper-sentimentality, guilt, or overspending, holiday depression—also called the “holiday blues”—can zap the merriment out of even the most wonderful time of the year. Holiday depression affects one million people every year. Men and women, young and old, all fall victim to feelings of sadness, loneliness, anxiety, guilt, and fatigue during this emotionally charged season. Men’s Health Network offers the following 10 suggestions to help you identify and ward off—or at least better cope with—potential sources of holiday depression.

Confessions of a Hoarder: How to Let Go of Stuff
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)
Nip it now, because research shows that left unchecked a saving problem becomes a clutter problem which turns into a hoarding habit, which requires professional help to unpack, said hoarding expert Gail Steketee, professor of social work at Boston University and co-author of two books on hoarding.

Burning Bridges Alter Relationships, Take Work to Rebuild

The Daily Times
“Don’t burn a bridge with me and then expect me to send a boat!” — Unknown. Bridges are connections. They are those things that bond us. Bridges are usually constructed of strong materials — steel, concrete, stone or wood. Their strength may be compromised over time by forces of nature. The bridges between us are the common interests that we share. Our words and actions can be as damaging, and ultimately destructive, to our relationships as forces of nature can be to a physical structure.

Mindfulness Reverses Effects Of Opioid Drug Dependence, Patients Find Happiness In Healthy Pleasures
Medical Daily
“These findings are scientifically important because one of the major theories about how and why addiction occurs asserts that over time drug abusers become dulled to the experience of joy in everyday life, and this pushes them to use higher and higher doses of drugs to feel happiness,” said Eric Garland, an associate professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work, in a press release.

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.


Case Management/Resource Counselor  – Morris County, NJ based interfaith Food Pantry and Resource Center seeks Social Worker (MSW preferred) for full-time position to assist low-income adults in the areas of basic needs, financial resources, health, education, and housing. Visit for full details.  

Princeton HealthCare System is searching for talented BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS to join its growing team in NJ.
1. Director of Inpatient Clinical Services (Behavioral Health); Plainsboro
2. Director of Inpatient Addiction Services & Co-Occurring Disorders; Plainsboro
3. Manager of NuView Academy (Adolescents); Piscataway
4. Clinical Manager, Outpatient Admissions; Hamilton.

To learn more, please email your CV to: Bonnie White

Continuing Education (Non- NASW Sponsored)*

Family Intervention Services is offering 2015 Clinical Supervision Courses in Denville and East Orange.
Group Clinical Supervision: January 6th
Developmental Clinical Supervision: January 27th
20-Hour Certificate in Clinical Supervision: February 4th, 11th & 25th
Approved by ASWB’s NJ CE CAP: Provider #25; Courses #92, #100 and #58. To register go to: or call (973) 324-7879.

* These courses are not offered by NASW-NJ. For information on what programs the BSWE approves, click here to review Subchapter 13:44G - 6.4 of the NJ Social Work Regulations.

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