December 18, 2014 Continuing Ed. Events Licensing Students Classified

30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3

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

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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!

FREE Ethics Consultation from
NASW National

In an effort to improve the members’ ethics consultation experience, the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR)Ethics has announced the extension of its ethics consultation days and hours. Beginning Monday, January 5, 2015, ethics consultations will be provided as follows:

Hours & Contact Info: (800) 638-8799

Mondays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET) ext. 223
Tuesdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET) ext. 231
Wednesdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET)  ext. 223
Thursdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET)  ext. 231

There are lots of additional exciting plans for the OEPR in 2015, including:
- Ethics 8 Monthly Tips
- Ethical Standard of the Month
- Code of Ethics app
- National Professional Review Process
…and much more!  Please stay tuned!

Middlesex Unit Sponsor-A-Student Project: Student Winners

As a result of the tremendous generosity of Middlesex Unit members, the Sponsor-A-Student Project was a success!

The total amount raised supported three full student memberships that were awarded at the Middlesex Unit Holiday Exchange on December 5, 2014. With help from staff at Rutgers School of Social Work, all undergraduate and graduate students on the New Brunswick campus were invited to attend. The winners (below) were MSW students (L-R) Diane Alphe, Jessica Grollman, and Shadae McDaniel. 

For information on how to run a fundraiser for Student memberships in your Unit, please contact Janine Hendryx ( or 732.296.8070 x18).

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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. 

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.

Volunteers Wanted

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

NASW-NJ needs Unit Chairpersons and Co-Chairs for the following Units:Unit chairs 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.

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

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

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

Monmouth/Ocean PPSIG

Thursday, January 8, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Tinton Falls EMS
46 Old Mills Road
Tinton Falls 07724

Click HERE to Register

North/Central PPSIG

Monday, January 12, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 pm

The People Care Center
Conference Room
120 Findern Ave.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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

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