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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 KalmanNJ Social Work Month Proclamation

Social Work Month Proclamation

We are very pleased that Governor Chris Christie signed a proclamation proclaiming March 2015 as Social Work Month in New Jersey. The proclamation calls upon all NJ citizens to join with NASW-NJ in celebrating and supporting social workers and the social work profession.

Click here to read the signed proclamation.

2015 Paul Shane Annual Policy Symposium

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On February 27, 2015, NASW-NJ, the Baccalaureate Social Work Educators Association, and host Georgian Court University welcomed 200 social workers and social work students to the 2015 Paul Shane Annual Policy Symposium. This year's theme was Policy and Diversity.

I was pleased to moderate a panel of experts who discussed such topics as the aging LGBT community, loan forgiveness, immigration, and elder justice in our prisons. Students at the symposium presented posters on diversity and policy, connected with other social workers and students around common interests, and learned how they can be effective advocates on critical policy issues for social workers and the people we serve. Here are two photos from the symposium. You can see that we had a full house. 

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We look forward to the 2016 Paul Shane Annual Policy Symposium, to be hosted by Monmouth University.

And remember: NASW-NJ continually advocates for policy changes that are important to social workers. We welcome any input on issues you have identified. You can reach out to Renee Koubiadis, Advocacy Coordinator, at or 732-296-8070 x 14.

Also, please join us for Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm in Trenton. You can register for LEAD here.

NASW-NJ Joins in Warning of Dire Consequences of Loss of Affordable Care Coverage

On Monday, March 2, 2015, NASW-NJ's Advocacy Coordinator, Renee Koubiadis, joined a group of health care advocates, patients and other community leaders at the NJ Statehouse to discuss the repercussions for New Jersey if the U.S. Supreme Court denies cash assistance to 9.3 million Americans nationwide in the King v. Burwell case. A decision is expected in June.

At the event Renee stated: “Without insurance and access to needed behavioral health care, people with mental illness or addictions may be at serious risk. The Affordable Care Act requires most health insurance plans to offer mental health and substance abuse services, and a host of services to support people with behavioral health challenges. Because of the financial assistance available, more consumers than ever before have coverage for these and other preventive services, like depression screening for adults and behavioral assessments for children, at no additional cost.”

You may be interested in the following links from the press event:

Thousands of New Jerseyans in Every Congressional District Would Lose Insurance if Federal Exchange Tax Credits are Overturned

Fact Sheet: King v. Burwell Poses Huge Threat to New Jersey

Obamacare Court Challenge Threatens Coverage for 200,000 in N.J., Groups Say


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.

With so many Social Work activities happening in March, I trust you will find a way to celebrate your work and your profession. Happy Social Work Month!

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2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference
& Exhibition

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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

More than 450 people are registered so far, so make sure to secure your seat!

Have friends and colleagues who aren't NASW Members yet? NASW Members get up to a $130 discount on their registration fees. Tell them to join NASW before registering for Conference so they can get their discount!

Please note that the following courses are already CLOSED OUT:

S01 (LEAD-Mod1) Leadership Skills for Social Workers
T07 Collaboratively Developing Spiritual Competence Based On Social Work Values and Ethics
T17 Brain Research on Memory and Recall: Collaborating with Neuroscience

Click HERE for Cost, Information and Registration

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Meet face-to-face with more than 1,000 potential future customers, employees, and referral sources from the greater New Jersey social work community.

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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Grand Opening of the NASW-New Jersey Chapter Online Store!

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In honor of Social Work Month, we are opening our NASW-NJ Chapter Store. Purchase social work merchandise merchandise through the online store this week and get FREE Shipping!

Click here to visit the NASW-NJ Online Store.

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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?

Would you like your course to be more attractive to social work professionals by offering continuing education credits?

Presenter image 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 Workshop by NJ Association of Health Care Social Workers

Psychosocial and Cultural Issues of the Latino Population
(3 Social/Cultural Competence CEUs)
Presenter: Jennie L. Rodriguez, M.Div, MSW

March 25, 2015
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
North Brunswick, NJ

COST: $15 for members of NJAHCSW, $40 for non-members

Information & Registration HERE

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Film Screeing & Discussion: "Broken on All Sides" Broken On All Sides image

NASW-NJ is co-hosting, with Rutgers School of Social Work: Film Screening and Discussion: "Broken On All Sides." 

"Broken On All Sides is a compelling documentary addressing racial inequities within our criminal justice system and its devastating collateral consequences.” James E. Williams, Jr., Public Defender & Chair of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Criminal Justice System.

When:    3/23/2015 -- 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Where: Rutgers University - Camden Campus
326 Penn Street
Campus Center
Camden, New Jersey  08102

Click Here to Register.

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2015 Social Work Day at the United Nations

The 32nd Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations is scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2015 from 9:00AM-12:30PM. The theme for the program is “Advocating for the Dignity and Worth of All People"United Nations photo

Social Work Day at the UN is a gathering place for people around the world who are working to make a difference. For 32 years students, practitioners, and educators have been convening at the UN to learn more about the UN, innovative projects and issues related to International Social Work and the critical role Social Work plays in the international arena.

For more information, click here.

Registration for The Social Work Day at the United Nations will be available on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. To register, click here.

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Assist DSW Student with Research on Mental Health Practices (Olmstead Act)

Aaliyah Dent, LSW is an NASW-NJ member enrolled in the DSW program at Capella University. She is currently working on a doctoral dissertation, entitled, “Perspectives of Social Workers Regarding the Olmstead Law: An Action Research Study.”

The purpose of Aaliyah’s research is to examine the perspectives of social workers, regarding the Olmstead Law and current state of mental health practices. The Olmstead Law is a federal law enacted by Congress to prevent extended hospital stays for patients who have been deemed as ready for discharge. The study is designed to determine whether the Olmstead Law and/or current mental health practices are causing gaps in service delivery for undocumented immigrants.

In order to participate in the study you must be a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s level social worker with a degree in social work and at least 3 years of work experience as a social worker.

Click here for more information.

Click here to participate in this important study.

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An Hour with Private Practice: Getting Started With Medicare PQRS in 2015Clock image

NASW has scheduled two trainings on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

Presenter: Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT, NASW Senior Practice Associate

Who: Clinical social workers who are Medicare providers

Why: Familiarize yourself with PQRS to avoid future reimbursement penalties

When: March 18, 2015 and April 15, 2015 - 12:00 to 1:00 pm EDT

Where: NASW Teleconference - Toll Free: 866-575-6535, Participant Passcode: 611223

How: Registration not required. Free to NASW Members

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Avoid Reimbursement Penalties in 2017!

Reporting Requirements for PQRS 2015: Individual Measures Used by Clinical Social Workers

PQRS measures are standards of care based on evidence-based practices. Because PQRS varies each calendar year, clinical social workers must become familiar with the rules and regulations of this program annually.

Click here to see the new issue of Practice Perspectives that outlines the PQRS process for 2015.

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

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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:

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 DSM-5 imagepractitioners 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

LCSW - Clinical
Test Preparation Course
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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

Specialty Practice Section Webinar

This webinar is 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 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)

North/Central PPSIG

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

People Care Center
120 Finderne Ave.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Topic: “An Introduction to Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)”
Presenter: Marie Gonzalez, MSW, LCSW

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

Middlesex PPSIG

March 20, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm

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

Topic: Senate Bill S2180/Medical Necessity: How It Affects Your Practice
Speakers: Walter Kalman, NASW-NJ Executive Director; Renee Koubiadis, Advocacy Coordinator

Join this discussion about critical legislation for social workers in Private Practice!

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

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.

Social Workers in the News

Emotional Support Animals Can Live in Dorms, Help Students Reduce Stress
Colorado State University Collegian
Walking through the Colorado State University campus, students are likely to run into a dog in a vest. While many people are familiar with trained service dogs, another kind of support animal gets less recognition. Emotional support animals can provide companionship, relieve loneliness and help with depression, anxiety and phobias, according to a publication from theSocial Workers in the News image Americans with Disabilities Act National Network. “Regardless of what kind of day you’ve had, dogs are always forgiving and always want to give you love and attention and affection,” said Jasmine Marie, trainer and Denver coordinator for Human Animal Bond in Colorado. HABIC is a program in the CSU School of Social Work that provides animal assisted activities as well as therapies using volunteers and their dogs. Some of their activities take place in schools, nursing homes and hospitals, according to Marie.

Youth Caregivers Need More of Our Support
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Some years ago, as a clinical social worker at the Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence at Washington University in St. Louis, I started a support group for kids who had a parent with Huntington’s disease, including youth caregivers. While we bowled and played putt-putt golf, they told me about learning to tube-feed their parent, long nights watching parents and then falling asleep in school. I heard the extent to which we neither recognize nor understand their daily lives and challenges. From that practice and my ongoing research on youth caregivers, I learned of the things we can do to change that. Here are just three, for school personnel, friends and family members and professionals.

PTSD: Not Just a Combat Problem
WIFR (Rockford, IL)
At least 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, anything from a car crash to the loss of a loved one. Twenty percent of women and eight percent of men will actually develop PTSD, according to the National Center for PTSD. Clinical social worker and owner of KP Counseling, Kevin Polky says, he sees clients who suffer from the anxiety disorder. “The natural tendency is to try to suppress those feelings and suppress those memories, and the memories come back later with some type of triggering event.”

Transgender Iowan Seeks Public’s Understanding
Des Moines Register
The confusion may be part of the reason that acceptance for transgender people has lagged gays and lesbians, experts say. “It can be a very isolating experience. A lot of people feel like they are the only person going through this,” said Myke Selha, a West Des Moines social worker who specializes in work with the transgender population. “The people you expect to be there are rejecting you, and you feel like you have nobody to turn to.” [Leelah] Alcorn wrote that she wasn’t accepted by her parents, who have been lambasted in online comments. “But there’s been a lot of progress in the last five years,” Selha said. “I’m now seeing people coming in to me in their 20s or later in life, and, in the last year, even parents who say my child is saying this, and I want to understand it better.”

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VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITY – Are you 55+? RSVP of Essex and Hudson Counties provide one location to review local volunteer opportunities. We will find a match for your skills and interests. Contact

Continuing Education - Non NASW-Sponsored*

Voices of September 11th NJ Symposium: Promoting Resiliency in Communities Impacted by Trauma: Identification and Treatment of Long-Term Needs. Friday, April 3, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Rutgers Livingston Campus Student Center. Fee: $75; 5 CEU Credits: $25. Subject matter experts discuss promoting resiliency, treatment for mental health/medical conditions, and healing families and communities after traumatic events. Register at

* 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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