March 12, 2015 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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What Courses Can I Take for CEU Credit in NJ?

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NASW-NJ Develops “Tip Sheet” to Help You Understand CE Regulations

New parts of the Regulations governing Continuing Education (CEUs) for Social Workers went into effect September 1, 2014. NASW-NJ has developed a “Tip Sheet” to help you understand what CE courses are now accepted in NJ.

There are expanded ways for many Social Workers to get CEUs. However, there are also specific limitations on which courses will be accepted by the Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE/Licensing Board). 

Make sure you read the NASW-NJ Tips before you choose your CE courses! NOTE: ALL courses offered by the NJ Chapter of NASW (NASW-NJ) are accepted by the BSWE. 

Click here or go to to see the NASW-NJ Tips Sheet.

You can also go to our Web site (, hover over Licensing or Continuing Ed and click on “Tips on CE Regulations.”

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How NASW-NJ Can Assist You in the Classroom

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

We invite all NASW-NJ Members who are full- or part-time faculty at Schools of Social Work to join us for this reception. We look forward to honoring 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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NASW-NJ Online Store Open!

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Visit the Chapter’s online store. One of our best-selling items is the "Social Worker for Social Justice" hooded sweatshirt modeled by our student intern, Theresa Sharin.

FREE Shipping this week too!

Click here to visit the NASW-NJ Online Store. 

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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 500 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

Annual Conference Exhibitor Prospectus Now Available!Exhibitor Prospectus image

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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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 imageIf 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 Screening & 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:   Monday, March 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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Social Workers in Action: Nominate a Special Social Worker Now!

We encourage you to nominate a social worker to be highlighted for his or her contribution to the field.

We will spotlight special social workers every month, so please feel free to nominate more than one person.

Click here to read about the latest exceptional social worker. To complete the nomination form click here

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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 Christina Mina at or by phone 732-296-8070, ext. 15.

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Chapter Office Needs Volunteers

The Chapter office needs volunteers to:

•    Contact members regarding membership renewal
•    Assist with mailings to recruit new members

If interested, contact Janine Hendryx at or
732-296-8070 ext. 18.

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Help Us Design a New T-Shirt for NASW-NJ!

t-shirt imageTwo years ago we used: "Social Workers Change Lives."

The winning slogan last year was: "I am a Social Worker…How does that make you feel?"

Please tell us your best idea(s) for a t-shirt slogan - one that YOU would want to wear! Winner will be notified by e-mail and will receive a shirt as soon as we print them!

Submit your t-shirt slogan 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

This is a free benefit to NASW members and there is no pre-registration. However, sessions are limited to the first 100 callers on the day of the event. For more information, click here.

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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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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. COST FOR THIS COURSE: NASW Member- $80.00 Non-Member- $125.00 NASW Gold Card Member- $50.00 NASW Student Member- $50.00

DATE/LOCATION: 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

Private Practice Special Interest Group (PPSIG) Meetings

Middlesex PPSIG

Friday, 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*

Monday, 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

Friday, 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

Monmouth/Ocean PPSIG

Thursday, April 9, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Tinton Falls EMS
46 Old Mills Road
Tinton Falls NJ  07724

Topic: Steps to Getting an Online Presence
Presenter: Mary Ellen Colangelo, MSW, LSW

Click HERE to Register

North/Central PPSIG

Monday, April 13, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 pm

The People Care Center
120 Finderne Avenue
Conference Room
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Topic: Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders
Presenter: Michael Chenkin, MSW, LCSW, LCADC

Click HERE to Register

Mercer/Burlington Unit Community Event

In recognition of Social Work Month the Mercer/Burlington Unit will be going to the Rescue Mission of Trenton on March 21, 2015 to serve a hot meal and hand out warm weather clothing and hygiene items.

Date: Saturday March 21, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: 98 Ewing Street, Trenton, NJ

Click here for more details and 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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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).

*For information on what programs the BSWE approves:
•    click here to review Subchapter 13:44G - 6.4 of the NJ Social Work Regulations or
•    click here to review Tips for Understanding the NJ Regulations for Continuing Education

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