May 7, 2015 Continuing Ed. Events Licensing Students Classified

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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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2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference -  A Great Success!

The 2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition - Creating  A Culture of Collaboration - ended on Tuesday, May 5. More than 1000 people participated in the 2015 Meeting of the Profession. Below are some photos from the conference. Look for more in next week's newSWire™ and in the June 2015 issue of FOCUS. 

Conference Awardees
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2105 NASW-NJ Award Winners: (l to r) - Laura Rodgers, Social Worker of the Year; William Waldman, Lifetime Achievement Awardee; Tawanda Hubbard, NASW-NJ Vice President; NJ Senator Robert Gordon, Elected Public Official of the Year; David Barry, NASW-NJ President-Elect; Edith Savage-Jennings, Public Citizen of the Year; Christine James, NASW-NJ President; Adnan Munshi and Tammy Smith, Harriet Bloomfield Award Winners.

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Conference Presenters on Monday, May 4, 2015. (l to r) - Robert M. Ortega, PhD, LMSW; NASW-NJ President Christine James; Kim Strom-Gottfried, PhD, LISW. 

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Conference Presenter on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (l to r) - Mary Jean Weston, NASW-NJ Associate Executive Director, and Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW.

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A Special Message from NASW-NJ Executive Director Walter Kalman

NASW Responds to Death of Freddie Gray, Police Reforms

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) chapters and officials are reacting to the death of Freddie Gray while in custody of Baltimore City police, the resulting civil unrest, and the charges filed against six police officers in connection with Gray’s death.

NASW-NYC has written “Statement in Response to the Baltimore Uprising and the Need to Unite the Social Work Profession in Addressing the Tragedies Occurring Throughout the Country” which is particularly powerful message. It begins:

“The leadership of the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter, including its Committee on Race, Diversity and Intersectionality, its Committee of Social Workers Against Criminalization, and its Task Force of Social Workers of African Descent stand in solidarity with the people of Baltimore and protesters nationally who are demanding structural change within the culture of policing.”

Please click here to read the full statements by NASW-NYC, NASW-MD, NASW Past President Gary Bailey and others. NASW-NJ strongly supports these messages and encourages professional Social Workers to work together, as agents of change, toward our ultimate goal of social and economic justice.

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SPS Webinars: Registration Now Open

May 11, 2015–Transgender Aging:
What Service Providers Need (and Don't Need!) to Know
1 CE Credit Offered

Learn best practices for providing transgender affirming care, and discuss the unique needs of transgender older adults.

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Sections Members: Register now. SPS webinars are a free benefit of Sections membership. Webinars are also available on demand. Not a Sections member? If you would like to learn more about Sections, visit

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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.

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Save the Date! Help Us Celebrate Our 45th Anniversary!Galloping Hill

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Join us for our Annual Membership Celebration and Installation of 2015-2016 Board Members.

Students are encouraged to attend and learn about the benefits of NASW Membership!

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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
Exclusive for NASW-NJ Members 

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

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

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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

Watch for more details and information in next week’s newSWire. To sign up, click here.

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Do You Practice Self-Care?

Many social workers enter the profession because they have a desire to help others in need and contribute to the betterment of society. As Social Workers we must remember that no matter what, we must stop and take time for ourselves.

Click here to share how YOU practice self-care.

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Share your appreciation for NASW and its benefits with your family, friends, students and colleagues.

Give the Gift of Membership for Graduation, Birthdays, Christmas, or Hanukkah. For information or to Give a Membership, contact Janine Hendryx, Membership Coordinator ( or 732.296.8070 x18).

It may be the best gift you’ll ever give.

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Volunteer as a Unit Leader and Receive Great Benefits!

Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland

Unit Leader imageOne benefit of becoming a Unit leader: you can earn vouchers for free CEUs through our Incentive Program.

We are always looking for additional Steering Committee Members for all of the Units. As a member of the Steering Committee you would assist your Unit in planning and hosting meetings, participate in service projects for your community, and welcome new members to the Unit.

If you would like information on how to become a Unit Leader 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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Discounts for Members

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As a member of NASW, you’re entitled to exclusive discounts not available to the general public. You can now save money on every day products for your practice or personal use. Save hundreds on office supplies, email marketing tools, travel and more!

At NASW, your membership means more. To take advantage of the members-only discounts click here: or copy and paste this URL in your address bar:

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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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Upcoming Test Prep Courses

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

Monmouth/Ocean PPSIG

Thursday, May 14, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Tinton Falls EMS
46 Old Mills Road
Tinton Falls  07724

Yoga with Lauren Piserchia, LCSW, LCADC, SAC.  This will follow with a Yoga Nidra meditation. Please bring a beach towel or something to cover yourself during the meditation. If you have a yoga mat, please bring it.  Please wear loose, non-restricting clothing.

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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

Monmouth/Ocean "Meet & Greet"

Wednesday May 13, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Carrabba's Italian Grill
1864 NJ-35
Middletown, NJ  07748

Please join us for the Monmouth/Ocean Meet & Greet Networking Event!

Come out and enjoy yourself!  Appetizers are on us!

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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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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MERCER COUNTY - Established Psychotherapy practice has sublet office available. Attractive space with calming atmosphere. Furnished or unfurnished. Great location in Quakerbridge Professional Center. Referrals available, if desired. Contact Amy Kasternakis, LCSW @ 609 586-2880.

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