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Walter X. Kalman, MSW, LSW
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A Message from NASW-NJ Executive Director Walter Kalman

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Thanks to everyone for making the 2015 Annual Conference a success! We had more than 1,000 people in attendance at this year's Meeting of the Profession. I have included a link to photos below. Look for more in the June 2015 issue of FOCUS.

Click Here for Conference Photos

Call for Papers

Also, click here for the Call for Papers for the Conference which will be held in May at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. The 2016 theme will be A World of New Challenges for Social Work.

Presenting at the NASW-NJ Annual Conference is a great opportunity to educate your peers on your area of expertise and build your resume. Workshops are paid presentations; payment information will be released to presenters whose workshops are approved for 2016.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Wednesday, August 26, 2015.
To be considered, all proposals must be received on or before this date. Online submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on August 26, 2015. The selection process is a blind peer review process.


Among the challenges that Social Work faces is its own internal challenges. You have received messages from me as well as from our National President, Darrell Wheeler, and our National CEO, Angelo McClain, describing recent efforts in modernizing and revitalizing NASW.
It is essential that you VOTE in the Chapter election now underway. It is important that you participate in meetings of our Units and Special Interest Groups. And it is crucial that you watch newSWire™, FOCUS, the NASW-NJ Web site and NASW News so you can see and react to the changes that are coming.
Some of the changes will be effective improvements and will be readily embraced. Others may not. NASW Leadership needs your input on these changes as they are proposed and announced.
REMEMBER: You are all part of NASW and the Social Work community. Our strength is in our collective effort!

Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, an opportunity to highlight, educate and raise awareness about mental health issues.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 50 percent of Americans will experience some mental health issues over their lifetimes. In any given year, about 25 percent of adults experience a mental health issue.

Social workers provide most of the country’s mental health services. According to government sources, 60% of mental health professionals are clinically trained social workers. We provide services in a variety of settings, including community mental health programs; disaster relief programs; employee assistance programs; military and veteran services; private practice; hospitals and skilled nursing facilities; schools; and rehabilitation programs.

So let's use Mental Health Month to remind others that social workers make a big difference in people's lives. We have special skills in assessing, treating, and preventing psychological, behavioral, emotional, social and environmental problems affecting individuals negatively.

In the May 2015 issue of NASW News, NASW CEO Angelo McClain, Ph.D., LICSW spoke about the social worker's role in calling for comprehensive mental health care nationwide. He said:

"As we commemorate the 63rd anniversary of Mental Health Month, now is the time for social work to reaffirm our support for a national response to mental health that addresses stigma, reduces minority health disparities, and narrows the gap between those needing and those receiving services."

"Time to Improve Mental Health Care," by Angelo McClain, Ph.D., LICSW

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Are You Ready to Advance to the Next Level in Social Work?

 NASW Virtual Career Fair
*Only a Few Spots Left*

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
1:00 - 4:00 pm

Register Here

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Join Us for a Special PQRS 2015 Webinar - 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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An Hour with Private Practice: Becoming a Provider for Insurance Companies

Free Q&A Sessions on Private Practice

Teleconference - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (12 - 1 pm)

“An Hour With Private Practice: Questions and Answers” is held every third Wednesday of the month through November 2015 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET. This discussion will be led by NASW clinical practice expert Mirean Coleman, LICSW, CT. Each session focuses on a current private practice issue and provides private practitioners with an opportunity to call in and have their questions answered.

Sessions are limited to the first 100 callers of the day of the event. This is a free benefit to NASW members and there is no pre-registration. You will need to log in with your NASW username and password to receive the phone number and access code. For more information, click here.

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Independent Peer Review Applications Due May 15th

The Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) has announced the availability of funds for credentialed substance abuse professionals to provide Independent Peer Review (IPR) for quality and appropriateness of treatment services of substance use treatment facilities funded by DMHAS.
Synopsis:  DMHAS seeks up to three (3) qualified individuals to complete separate Individual Peer Reviews of substance use treatment facilities chosen by DMHAS in the North, South and Central regions of the State.  Applicants must have a master’s degree or doctoral degree and be an active Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) with three (3) years of experience in a clinical supervisory role in the modality of care to be reviewed that will include Long-Term Residential and Short-Term Residential  Programs.  Applicants must be willing to travel to assigned facilities for one (1) to three (3) days of peer review of clinical services.  At the end of each review, a full report must be submitted to DMHAS within ten (10) working days.
Amount of Funding Available is a flat fee:  Up to three (3) reviewers will be selected, each qualifying for $700 per day with a $2,100 maximum per review.  The maximum expense for this professional services contract across all reviewers will be no more than $6,300 combined.
Application Package Deadline:  Application packages must be received at DMHAS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 15, 2015. 

Notification Date:  June 12, 2015

Click Here for details on where to submit an application, and other details.

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NASW Launches Twitter Chat Series

From May 2015 NASW News

NASW launched a Twitter chat series in April to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2015 and introduce some of the leading minds in social work who are members of the association.

Twitter chats are conversations Twitter users can have by following a unique hashtag (#). NASW has about 27,000 followers on Twitter, so the chats are a good way to reach NASW members as well as the wider social work community.

The first Twitter chat was held April 6 with forensic social worker [and NASW-NJ Member] Kathryn Dixon and used the hashtag #forensicSW. Forensic social workers are those who work in the legal system.

Dixon is founder and executive director of Interstate FACTS LLC, a Hackensack, N.J., forensic social work specialty practice company that provides services to court-involved individuals and families.

She also sits on the steering committee of NASW Social Work and the Courts Specialty Practice Section. Kathy will also be chairing the new NASW-NJ Social Workers and the Law SIG.

Dixon answered a variety of questions, including what training is needed to be a forensic social worker and the challenges of the profession.

“A good way to get involved is to get front-line experience by working with clients in the court,” Dixon tweeted... MORE

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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!

Watch for more information and registration details in newSWire™ this summer.

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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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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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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

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.

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

Mercer/Burlington PPSIG

Monday, June 8, 2015
9:30 - 11:00 am

1530 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

Click HERE to Register

North/Central PPSIG

Monday, June 8, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 pm

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

Topic: Sex and Music
Presenter: Ruth Goldsmith, MSW, LCSW

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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Michael LaSala is an NASW-NJ member:

How to Talk to Your Kids About Bruce Jenner
Michael LaSala, associate professor of social work at Rutgers University and a family therapist, says before you talk to your kids about this, you need to think about it yourself. “Parents need to do a self-inventory as to how they feel about the topic and to get straight in their minds what their feelings and thoughts and ideas are about transgender issues in general,” he says. “It behooves parents to become as educated as possible on the topic before talking to their children about it.”

[Video] The Tip of the Iceberg: Social Work, Social Justice and Social Action
The 4th Annual Dorothy Pearson Lecture in Equity and Social Justice was presented on April 20, 2015 by Darrell Wheeler, Dean of Loyola University School of Social Work and NASW President.

Commentary: Nurturing Careers of Purpose in the Desert Southwest
East Valley Tribune
One of Arizona’s finest practitioners and leaders in social work, Timothy Schmaltz, is co-instructing the Compassion class with me at MCC. He’s president of the board of directors of the Arizona chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Skatepark of Plymouth Attracts All Ages to Its Street
There is a saying that if your community does not have a skate park in it, then it probably is one. Skatepark of Plymouth is a pretty nice alternative to the sidewalks, stairways, railings and main streets of downtown which used to be crawling with skateboarders. Now, they have a place to call their own and they use it.… The facility is the brainchild of Plymouth Regional High School social worker Michael Currier, who can often be found there after school on weekends, or downtown drumming up donations. He is known to all in the park.

Challenges at School for Migrants: Overcoming Trauma, Learning English
Los Angeles Times
When we last talked, you had a counselor and a new social worker at the school. How has that worked out? That social worker was a godsend from heaven. Most of our kids have faced some kind of trauma. Of the 316, about 65 of them are getting some kind of treatment right now, and if we can get more help, we’ll add more.

[Video] Teen Dating Violence on the Rise
WMAZ (Macon, GA)
“The issue of teen violence and dating is silent, because the parents don’t have that connection to their kids,” says clinical social worker, Monica Swayne. She says there are a few red flags that parents should look for in their kids: Isolating themselves from friends and family; Changing the way they dress or behave; Constantly communicating with their partner on the phone; Marks and bruises they can’t explain. Demanding they stop seeing their partner, she notes, is counterproductive. “It’s my way or the highway” is definitely not a good way to start the conversation,” explains Swayne.

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Looking for Online CEUs?

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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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