April 2, 2015 Continuing Ed. Events Licensing Students Classified

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Fax: 732-296-8074

Christine James, MSW

Walter X. Kalman, MSW, LSW
Executive Director

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Happy Easter

Happy Passover

A Message from NASW-NJ Executive Director Walter KalmanWalter Kalman photo

To our members celebrating Passover, I wish you happiness, prosperity, peace, and good health on Pesach and always - Happy Passover! To our members celebrating Easter, I send best wishes for a joyous and blessed Easter.

Easter and Passover arrive with the spring, and after the long, cold winter of 2014 - 2015 we welcome the spring thaw and the arrival of warmer weather. Of course, with the change in seasons, we also look forward to our Annual Conference next month. I hope that many of you will be able to take a well-deserved spring break and join us in Atlantic City on May 3rd to 5th. We have a wonderful program this year, so please take a look at our NASW-NJ website for all the conference events. 

Online Registration ends April 15th. After that, you can register on-site at the Borgata. I look forward to seeing you there!

NASW Elections

It is time for NASW elections once again. This is the opportunity to provide guidance to your professional association -- the time for you to make your voice heard in selecting your Chapter’s leadership.
You will find the slate of candidates for the NJ chapter election in your latest copy of FOCUS and the ballot will be available shortly. The election information for the NASW National Board is in NASW News that you should have received recently and in e-mails to your address. And soon you will receive an e-mail from us with information on the Region IV (New Jersey & Pennsylvania) candidates.
You may also receive campaign information from various sources. NASW and NASW-NJ do not endorse individual candidates. Any information listing NASW or NASW-NJ does not constitute an endorsement, but is merely identifying information. It is YOUR responsibility to review and select the candidates who will become your leaders.

Campaign to Change Direction

NASW National has announced its involvement with "The Campaign to Change Direction," a national initiative to create a new story in America about mental health, mental illness and mental wellness.

As part of the collective effort led by Give an Hour, NASW has joined 50 other campaign partners in this new effort. Each partner has pledged to share the five signs that a person may be living with a mental illness with more than 100,000 members of the social work profession and the general public. NASW will share this information through its various social media channels, on its main website, and its consumer website

Have You Been Involved in a Court Case?

Legal systems bring clients across the social work practice areas through a single point of entry – the court. Whether you are a social worker evaluating a client involved in the court system, or providing counseling for a divorcing couple, you may find yourself with a host of questions about court involvement.

NASW-NJ would like to begin a new Social Work and the Courts Special Interest Group. If you would like information from our experts, or if you are already involved in the court system and would like support from other social workers, contact Renee Koubiadis, Advocacy Coordinator, at or 732-296-8070 x 14.

Domestic Violence: The NASW Comprehensive Overview

Social workers are at the forefront in preventing domestic violence and treating victims of domestic violence. "Domestic Violence: The National Association of Social Workers Comprehensive Overview," is a "members-only" publication prepared by Rita A. Webb, NASW Senior Policy Associate. The publication provides an aggregate of NASW's work that reflects its commitment to helping social workers address domestic violence. Click here to learn more.

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2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference and Exhibition


The Borgata Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City – May 3 - 5, 2015Creating a Culture of Collaboration image

More than 600 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
S12 Realizing a Mindful Life: Cultivating Mindfulness in Your
        Personal and Clinical Practices
M01 (LEAD-Mod3) Institutionalizing Diversity and Social Justice
T07 Collaboratively Developing Spiritual Competence Based On
        Social Work Values and Ethics
T17 Brain Research on Memory and Recall: Collaborating with  

Click HERE for Cost, Information and Registration

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Annual Conference Exhibitor Space Almost Sold Out!

     Exhibitor Registration ends on April 3rd, so register your agency now!

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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What Courses Can I Take for CE Credit in NJ?

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

New parts of the Regulations governing Continuing Education (CE) 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 Continuing Education Units (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. 

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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Film & CE: Spirit Children

Utilizing and Expanding Cultural Competence in International Social Work: Working with Ghana’s Children with Special Needs

(3 Social/Cultural CEUs)

Instructor: Lorna Hines-Cunningham, LCSW, PR/LCSW, ACSW

April 24, 2015

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

NASW-NJ Chapter Office

30 Silverline Drive
Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ

Spirit Children is a film that depicts the daily lives and experiences of children in Ghana who have been abandoned due to being disabled. Their families and communities have identified them as a “bad omen” due to their disabilities.  These children may risk death without shelter, support and family. Some of these children are brought to an orphanage in Ghana called the Nazareth Home for Children, where they are cared for and educated.

Filmmakers Ralph and Zelda Patterson, who designed, produced and directed Spirit Children, will be present to briefly discuss their experiences.

Lorna Hines-Cunningham, who was so moved by the film that she went to Ghana to volunteer, will be facilitating the workshop. To learn more about the content of the course, click HERE.

Cost for this special film discussion:
NASW Member- $25.00
NASW Gold Card Member- $15.00
NASW Student Member- $15.00
Non-Member- $50.00

Description/Registration HERE

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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 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:

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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

MSW Students: Steps to Obtain Your Social Work License!

As graduation approaches, many students want to know the quickest way to get their Social Work Licenses (LSW).

NASW-NJ has developed a detailed checklist of the steps you must take to get an LSW in New Jersey. The checklist has been reviewed and approved by the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE/Licensing Board). We provide this checklist so that you will not need to contact the BSWE to complete your application.
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CLICK HERE or go to our website ( under Licensing for a link to the checklist. Please follow these steps, in order, for the smoothest path to licensure.

Remember: You can now take the exam (ASWB Master’s exam) any time after you have registered for the final semester of your MSW program. You will need to provide documentation to the BSWE from the institution where you are enrolled for the last semester of your MSW program.

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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

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Upcoming Test Prep Courses

LSW - Masters

Test Preparation Course

May 16, 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

LCSW - Clinical
Test Preparation Course

May 21, 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

LCSW - Clinical

Test Preparation Course

June 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

Private Practice Special Interest Group (PPSIG) Meetings

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 PPSIG

Monday, April 13, 2015
9:30 - 11:30 am

1530 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

Click HERE to Register

Middlesex PPSIG

Friday, April 17, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm

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

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

Click HERE to Register

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We Have a Winner in the "Design a T-Shirt for NASW-NJ!" Contest

t-shirt imageWe have the winner of the T-shirt Slogan Contest
It's Olivia Marinelli!

Thank you for participating. We look forward to having another contest in 2016!

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Middlesex and Somerset/Hunterdon Host Joint Event

The Hunterdon/Somerset and Middlesex Units teamed up to host an event on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Brandywine Senior Living in Bridgewater. 

Adnan Munshi, MSW Student at Monmouth University and Student-Liaison to the Middlesex Unit, led an insightful presentation on Suicide Awareness and Prevention. He raised a number of important red flags to recognize suicidal behavior or thoughts as well as some intervention and prevention techniques.

In honor of social work month, three lucky social workers walked away as winners of raffle prizes. The Unit Chairs would like to thank everyone who attended, especially the staff of Brandywine Senior Living for being incredible hosts and providing a delicious sit-down dinner!

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(l to r) Krystal Gold (Student Undergrad Rep/Middlesex Co-Chair), Tessa Farah (Somerset/Hunterdon Chair), Lorin Mordecai (Middlesex Chair), Adnan Munshi (Event Speaker/Middlesex Student Liaison).

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Union Meet & Greet Networking
Night Out

In celebration of Social Work Month, the Union Unit gathered for a night of food, fun, networking, and raffle giveaways at The Station Bar and Grill in Garwood. Members and guests gathered to meet and share information about their social work endeavors and the benefits of NASW membership. The night was dedicated to all the members and student members who work, every day, to help others.

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Union Co-Chairs Ijeoma Opara (left) and Kenyetta Jackson (right) standing with raffle prize winners.

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*New* Environmental Justice
Special Interest Group

Thursday, April 16, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 pm

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

Please join us for the initial meeting to discuss ways in which social workers and NASW-NJ can get involved in the issues of Environmental Justice.

Click HERE to Register

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Addictions Special Interest Group Meeting

Thursday, April 23, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm

Where: Conference Call

Contact: Renee Koubiadis
Phone: 732-296-8070 x 14

Click HERE to Register

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NASW-NJ Co-Sponsors Social Work Day at the UN

The 32nd Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations took place on March 23, 2015. It’s 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 United Nations to learn more about the work of the UN, innovative projects and issues related to International Social Work, and the critical role Social Work plays in the international arena.

The theme for this year’s program was “Advocating for the Dignity and Worth Of All People."  NASW-NJ was pleased to co-sponsor and attend this great event.

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Brandon Green, NASW-NJ Student Intern, and Christina Mina, Field Coordinator, prepare to attend Social Work Day at the UN.

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Social Work students and faculty learn about social work activities around the world during Social Work Day at the UN.

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Social Workers in the News

Social Workers in the News imageSchool of Social Work Devotes Daylong Event to Race Relations
USC News
With incidents of unarmed black men being killed by police officers refueling the “race conversation,” the USC School of Social Work focused its annual All School Day event on the theme “Race Relations in the 21st Century: Is It Just a Black and White Issue?”… All School Day began in 1992 after racial tensions sparked the Los Angeles riots. Each year since, the School of Social Work has brought people together to discuss how society can better communicate across differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, social class and disability.

A Home with Heart
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
“If I can make it, anyone can,” says Ruby Corado as she walks around an empty three-story house in Columbia Heights. The building is in the initial stages of renovation. It will open later this spring as transitional housing for homeless and vulnerable LGBT youth...The house will be staffed by nine employees, most of whom will serve as housing monitors. But the house will also have a clinical social worker and other unpaid volunteers who will donate their time to help house residents get into contact with schools or potential employers.

Dealing With the Dreaded Bereavement Trip
The New York Times
Traveling for funerals and memorial services, or for health emergencies, can become a major concern as people live longer and, in turn, watch friends and family members die. “I see so many seniors trying to cope with bereavement travel,” said social worker Sherry Saturno, executive director of the Hudson Valley Care Coalition in Tarrytown, N.Y. “Making a last-minute trip can be enormously stressful for an older person.” But not being able to attend a funeral or memorial, whether for financial, health, emotional or other reasons, can also be agonizing.

Museum Helps Residents with Memory Loss
Ithaca Journal
Alzheimer’s disease is the best known and most common cause of dementia, affecting more than 5 million Americans — most over the age of 65 — a number that is expected to grow as the population ages, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. “It’s going to be bigger and bigger,” said Kim Evanoski of Ithaca, co-founder of The Memory Maker Project and a licensed social worker who specializes in working with people with dementia. As a community “we need to help and support people, to teach them how to do that.”

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TREATING COMPLEX TRAUMA by Christine Courtois, PhD. Dr. Courtois, a leading national expert on complex trauma, is coming to Rutgers on April 13th. 5 CEUs, $129. Search keyword: 5797

Voices of September 11th Symposium "Promoting Resiliency in Communities Impacted by Trauma" Friday, April 3, 9 am-3 pm. Rutgers Livingston Campus Student Center. 5 CEUs available. Register online 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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