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North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Main: 732-296-8070
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Christine James, MSW

Walter X. Kalman, MSW, LSW
Executive Director

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See You in AC!
This Sunday begins the NASW-NJ 2015 Annual Conference - The Meeting of the Profession. While the pre-registration period has ended, you can still come to the conference and register onsite.

So if you haven't registered, and you still want to join your friends and colleagues in this once-a-year Social Work conference, come on down to the Borgata Hotel and Casino. Enjoy three days of learning, recharging, and relaxation.

Click here for details.

NASW Media Awards

NASW's Media Awards recognize media professionals and outlets that help raise awareness about social work and social work issues.

This year about 1,000 social workers and others voted on 46 nominees.

Here's a listing of the 2015 winners in TV News, blog, column, documentary film, stories, magazine, print, radio, trade press, and TV entertainment. 

NASW Sent Letter to “Two and a Half Men” Over Social Work Role

Sometimes old news is worth knowing - for future reference.

The CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men” ended after 12 seasons. But in the last season episodes featured an adoption social worker named Ms. McMartin (actress Maggie Lawson) who helped Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) adopt a foster child.

NASW was concerned over how Lawson's character portrayed the social work profession and sent this letter to “Two and Half Men” Production Coordinator Katie Jones. The NASW letter speaks to the Association's concern with how the character portrayed the social work profession and her violations of the NASW Code of Ethics. Walter Kalman signature

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2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference Pre-Registration Has Ended, but Onsite Registration Will Be Available

Join us for the Meeting of the Profession -
The 2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition
Creating a Culture of Collaboration

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May 3-5, 2015

Borgata Hotel & Casino

Atlantic City, NJ

Registration desk opens:
- Sunday, May 3rd at 9:00am
- Monday May 4th at 6:45am
- Tuesday May 5th at 6:45am

On-site registration is based on available courses.

For information on how/when to register on-site at the Borgata, click HERE.

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Celebrate 2015 Pride Festival

Join NASW-NJ on Sunday June 7, 2015 to celebrate the 24th Annual Pride Festival in Asbury Park.Pride Festival symbol

The festival will have music and live entertainment all day. NASW-NJ will have a table so stop by and say hello!

June 7, 2015
Noon to 7pm – Rain or Shine!
Asbury Park, NJ

Please visit for more information.

Hope to see you there!

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Save the Date!
PQRS 2015 Webinar and Q&A NASW-NJ Exclusive for Members Only

Friday, June 12, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm

Topic: PQRS 2015 for Clinical Social Workers
Presenter: Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT

Mirean Coleman, Senior Practice Associate from NASW National will be presenting on PQRS in 2015 for NASW-NJ Members only. It is a FREE question and answer session for NASW members. You are invited to join the discussion, ask questions, and make comments. This webinar will provide information on reporting requirements for Medicare providers.

NOTE: Please review the following documents before the webinar.  We recommend printing them and using them as a reference. Mirean Coleman will be referring to these documents during the call. (You will need your Member ID and password to access them).

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

What’s New in PQRS 2015 for Clinical Social Workers

PQRS 2015 Frequently Asked Questions by Clinical Social Workers

Contact: Christina Mina

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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

LSW - Masters
Test Preparation Course

Sunday, June 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

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

June 5-7, 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

Mercer/Burlington PPSIG

Monday, May 11, 2015
9:30 - 11:00 am

1530 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

Topic: Family Success Center of Mercer County
Speaker: Arlene Jacoby

Click HERE to Register

North/Central PPSIG

Monday, May 11, 2015
12:00 – 2:00 pm

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

Brown Bag Lunch

Topic: Understanding and Utilizing PQRS for Medicare
Presenter: Marilyn Baron, MSW, LCSW, LCADC

Click HERE to Register

Bergen PPSIG

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Offices of Lisa D'Acierno, LCSW, LLC
1182 Teaneck Road
Suite 206
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Topic: Fusion Academy
Speaker: Stephanie Torossian

Click HERE to Register


Thursday, May 21, 2015
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Camden County Library
Room 3
203 Laurel Road
Voorhees, NJ  08043

Topic: Resources in Private Practice
Speakers: Katharine Napoli, COS Billing Services and Emily Lamboy of Kronos Technology

This meeting will discuss  crucial components in owning your own successful private practice. The speakers will discuss how to create your own website and how to handle the billing process. 

Click HERE to Register

Hudson PPSIG

Friday, May 22, 2015
9:30 - 11:00 am

Office of Kimberlee Van Burch, LCSW
121 Newark Ave, 2nd Floor
Suite 511
Jersey City, NJ  07302

Click HERE to Register

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Thursday, May 14, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 pm

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

Renee Koubiadis at or 732.296.8070 x14.

Click Here to Register

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Saturday, May 23, 2015
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sierra House
11 S. Maple Ave
East Orange, NJ  07018

Project: Sierra House Spring Gardening Event

We will be joining the Sierra House for their Annual Gardening Event.
Volunteers will assist with mulching, planting, and a host of other exciting gardening activities. Volunteers will also enjoy a BBQ lunch.

This activity is designed to enrich lives through the joys of gardening. No specific skills or knowledge is required. Training and support will be provided. You can volunteer for a couple of hours or the whole day. 

Click Here to Register

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Social Workers in the News

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Banning Conversion and Reparative Therapies for Youth: One Step Forward
The Conversation
President Barack Obama took a significant step on April 9 when he approved a statement supporting state-level bans on “conversion or reparative” therapies for LGBT youth. One part of the statement merits special attention: “The overwhelming
scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.”

More than 20 years ago, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) condemned such “treatments,” first in a statement issued in 1992 and updated in 2000. The question now is how Obama’s condemnation can be transformed into policy decisions that effectively end such treatments.

How Christians Turned Against Gay Conversion Therapy
The Atlantic
... the foundations of this effort began crumbling at the turn of the
21st century. While peer-reviewed evidence for the efficacy of aversive therapies was lacking, a growing body of scientific studies indicated that it was not effective in altering subjects’ sexual orientations and was potentially harmful. (The main study cited in support of conversion therapy was conducted by Robert L. Spitzer, who later apologized and admitted his data was tainted, unreliable, and misinterpreted.) After reviewing such studies, major medical organizations—the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Organization, National Association of Social Workers, World Health Organization, and others—systematically repudiated these practices as harmful.

Should Alzheimer’s Patients Be Allowed to Have Sex?
New York Magazine
As a result of all this messiness, there’s “mass confusion” about what should and shouldn’t be seen as acceptable behavior among facility administrators, said Daniel Kuhn, a licensed clinical social worker who has conducted trainings on dementia and sex for nursing homes. “Very, very few nursing homes have delved into this topic because it is so darn complicated,” he said. “It touches on the ethical and moral and legal areas, and there’s no hard and fast tools available to make a determination.”

8-year-old Abuse Survivor’s Heart-Wrenching, Inspirational ‘Thank You’ Letter to Social Workers
Eight-year-old Marie Surprenant was abused as an infant. She can’t walk as a result of the injuries she sustained. And yet, she is grateful. In an open letter to “social workers and detectives,” the little girl writes that she was taken to the hospital as a baby where, “he lied and said I fell out of the bed. So that’s when you got involved and solved my case and not letting the bad guys hurting me or anyone else.” Now, because of their help, she writes she is “happy” and in a “warm and safe environment.”

Social Work Students Rally in the State Capitol
The State (Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania)
Numbering in the hundreds, members and supporters of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) rallied in the rotunda of the state capitol building on April 14, to advocate for new laws to license and protect social workers. More than 60 Shippensburg University students and professors from the social work department attended the event. They joined students from other schools, including Clarion and Kutztown universities, in order to exercise their First Amendment rights.

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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)**
May 18, 2015 
9:00am - 5:00pm (Registration begins at 8:00am) 
Prospectives on Hoarding: Community Response to Those Struggling with Finding/Keeping and/or Clutter 
Stockton University 
101Vera King Farris Drive 
Galloway, NJ 08205 
Cost: 85.00 (includes continental breakfast and lunch) Continuing Education Credits Available! 
More information: 609-652-4227

** 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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