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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

 “je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”)
Free speech is a right we too often take for granted in America. As Americans we strive to be respectful of religious differences. The right to free speech means we may disagree respectfully, and those views may take the form of satire.

Nothing justifies the extreme response that we saw yesterday in Paris to a perceived religious insult. Equally egregious would be retaliation against Muslims throughout France (and worldwide) for the heinous acts of the few who committed these atrocities
Our hearts go out to the families of those who suffered at the hands of these extremists. Let us stand in solidarity with all who defend the right of free speech including those of the Muslim faith who adhere to the principles of peace and brotherhood in their own lives.

An Hour With Private Practice

While you are planning your activities for the new year, keep this monthly offering from NASW in mind. 

An Hour With Private Practice: Questions and Answers is a FREE question and answer session for NASW members that is held every third Wednesday of the month, January through November, from noon until 1:00 pm EST. No session is held in December.

The monthly call-in sessions focus on a specific private practice subject. There is no registration and members can join in the discussion, ask questions, and make comments.

These sessions provide members with important clinical social work updates impacting the delivery of mental health services. Sessions are limited to the first 100 callers on the day of the event.

The teleconference lines are:
Toll Free: 866.575.6535
Participant Passcode: 61122

Click HERE for the 2015 meeting dates.

2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition

While you're setting up your 2015 calendar, don't forget the 2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition - The Meeting of the Profession, from May 3-5, 2015. You'll find all the details below and on our NASW-NJ website at:
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2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition- Registration is OPEN!

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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.

Click HERE for Information and Registration.

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 Berlin, 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:

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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.

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.

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

Info & Registration HERE

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

January 18, 2015

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

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

Members Receive Risk Management Discount on NASW Endorsed Liability Insurance!

Have you taken an NASW Risk Management or Ethics course in the past 24 month? Do you plan to take one in the next 12 months? If so, you are eligible for a 10% Risk Management discount on your NASW-Endorsed Liability Insurance policy. This includes courses given at National or Chapter conferences, workshops, or online.

The 10% discount is applied when you complete the application for the NASW-Endorsed Liability policy. You will need to choose "Yes" when asked if you have taken an NASW Sponsored Risk Management or Ethics course.

To learn about this Insurance policy, go to

If you have questions about this great member benefit, please contact Jodi McDaniel at 1877.668.4274 or

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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.

Invite to Release, Reentry and Redemption Panel Discussion

Release, Reentry and Redemption

A panel discussion with:Release, Reentry, and Redemption 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

Social Worker’s Play Looks at Bullying from the Viewpoint of the Bully

National Association of Social Workers member Santo D. Marabella, DSW, MBA, is an educator and playwright.Santo Marabella

His play “Getting COMPLETE!” takes the unusual slant of looking at the issue of bullying from the perspective of the bully, not the victim.

In the play Jo-Jo, who has bullied his classmates for years, grows to adulthood, regrets his youthful actions, and tries to make amends. Will his classmates accept his apologies and embrace the new Jo?

Click Here for an interview with Santo Marabella.

Millions Have Already Enrolled In 2015 Health Policies, Deadline Still 7 Weeks Off

What a difference a year makes. logoWith its technical troubles largely behind it, enrolled 1.9 million new customers for health insurance between Nov. 15 and Dec. 18. At the same time, another 4.5 million existing policyholders either re-enrolled or were automatically renewed into their existing policy or a similar one beginning Jan. 1.

“We still have a ways to go and a lot of work before Feb. 15,” the deadline for open enrollment, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters Tuesday. “But we do have an encouraging start.” MORE

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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.

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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)

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 - 11:00 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

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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Trafficking Issue Hits Close to Home
Democrat & Chronicle
Community members, social workers, mental health providers, substance abuse treatment providers and educators can play an integral role in identifying human trafficking and assisting survivors in accessing services. According to Tara Hughes, a licensed clinical social worker with a psychotherapy privilege at the International Institute of Buffalo, common indicators of human trafficking in minors are: coming home late; going missing for a period of time; unaccounted-for monies or belongings such as clothing, shoes or cellphones; associating with adults who aren’t known; and psychological grooming that may take place over the Internet.

Tourism Boss’ Switch to CYFD Secretary Divides Lawmakers
KRQE (Albuquerque, NM)
Child advocates described leading the agency as an incredible challenge, further complicated by New Mexico’s consistent ranking near the bottom when it comes to child well-being and poverty. Patrick Tyrrell, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers’ New Mexico chapter, said it’s important for the next leader to have a grasp of the issues that face struggling families. “Given the gravity of the task and the complexity of working with families, one really needs to have that understanding,” he said.

Professional Education – Social Work Educators Address Emerging Issues
New York Nonprofit Press
As the need for social workers in New York State continues to rise, higher education programs are trying to prepare their students with the proper tools and practices to meet the changing demand. A holistic response to racial disparities, the growth of the aging population and social workers pay top the agenda for the coming semester in New York social worker education. In the wake of the Ferguson and Staten Island indictment decisions, Dr. Katharine Briar-Lawson, Dean of the SUNY-Albany School of Social Welfare, said it was an opportunity for the state to address racial disparities at their core. “Our state could be a leader in the nation in how to address racial disparities and disproportionalities throughout the curriculum, policy and innovations in our nonprofit sector and government,” she said. Briar-Lawson said the “tragedies are the tip of the iceberg” when it comes to dealing with disparities.

Addressing the Impact of Violence
The Baltimore Sun
Andrea McDaniels’ excellent series on the trauma associated with violence and The Sun’s editorial both mention Promise Heights, the cradle to college effort to help children, parents, schools and communities address the aftermath of early trauma (“Advocates aim to save Baltimore children from impact of violence,”Dec. 13). This effort is now focused in Upton/Druid Heights and led by the University of Maryland School of Social Work. But the work must be everyone’s. A federal Promise Neighborhood planning grant awarded in 2012 ends in one week, and although we have used those funds to make significant progress and start many services, the support has been much broader.

Can Alzheimer’s Be Treated with the Arts? Researchers Aim to Determine the Answer
The Washington Post
Holly C. Matto, a professor of social work at GMU who is conducting the experiment at Birmingham Green, said people with cognitive impairment often feel overwhelmed by their inability to process and integrate information from their surroundings. Using the arts, particularly nonverbal arts such as painting and music, can help restore a sense of organizing their world. “Those nonverbal ways of communicating are not impaired,” she said. Her 18-month study, supported in part by a $25,000 grant from the NEA, involves taking groups of 10 randomly assigned people and engaging them in twice-weekly sessions using music, imagery and movement. (There is also a control group.)

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