June 25, 2015 Continuing Ed. Events Licensing Students Classified

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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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A Message from NASW-NJ Executive Director Walter Kalman

South Carolina Shooting
Once again, we have seen a senseless tragedy ravage a community and nation. Once again, we shine a spotlight on the divisive issues of race relations and gun crime in America.

On June 17, nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, including the senior pastor and state senator, Clementa C. Pinckney, were gunned down in a racist attack by a 21-year-old white man. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is one of the United States' oldest black churches and has long been a site for community organization around civil rights.

NASW National has offered its condolences to the families and friends of the nine people who lost their lives. NASW-NJ joins in this message. This senseless tragedy has shaken the nation and is an example of the deadly consequences of racial hatred and unfettered access to guns.

Results of 2015 NASW-NJ Election

Here are the winners of the 2015 NASW-NJ Election. We deeply appreciate the willingness of all of the candidates in the 2015 Election to step forward and run for Chapter leadership positions. All of the positions below are 2-year terms, except as noted.

Tawanda Hubbard – Vice President
Sam Young – Treasurer-Elect
Candice Daly – NW Regional Rep
Kimberlee Van Burch – NE Regional Rep
Gina Pearson – Graduate Student Rep (1 year)
Anthony Gallo – Undergraduate Student Rep (1 year)
Continuing BOD members:
David Barry – Incoming President
Elsa Candelario – Secretary
Darcy Dobens – Treasurer
Nelida Arancibia – Central Regional Rep
Jacquelyn Warr-Williams – Southern Regional Rep (appointed to fill unexpired term)

Jackie Zavaglia
Richard Greene
Susan Solomon
Amanda Stylianou
Continuing CCNLI members:
Kathryn Dixon
Kenyetta Jackson
Juan Rios

Delegate Assembly (all 3 year terms)

Keva White
Chris James
Jessica Bashshar
Tawanda Hubbard
David Barry 
Elsa Candelario
Katie Findley
Laura Rodgers
Angela Maceda
Sam Young

Kevin J. Williams | 1952-2015
We were saddened to learn of the death of NASW-NJ member Kevin J. Williams on Monday, June 22nd.

A longstanding NASW-NJ member, Kevin had been involved with the NASW-NJ LGBT Special Interest Group (SIG) and was a presenter at many NASW-NJ Annual Conferences over the years.

Kevin was a self-employed psychotherapist for more than 35 years. He was an honorary member of the Maywood Rotary, and founder and director of the Maywood Rotary Kenya Project. Kevin was the husband of Assemblyman Timothy J. Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic), our 2014 Elected Public Official of the Year. In addition to being the beloved husband of Assemblyman Eustace, he was the father of Kyle Eustace-Williams, Cory Eustace-Williams, and the late Lee Eustace- Williams.

In his obituary, family members wrote: "We like to think he changed the world." 

Click HERE for Kevin's obituary.

Grassroots Advocacy
In my last NW message I spoke about NASW-NJ's distinguished history of promoting grassroots advocacy. It's clear that grassroots advocacy can be extremely effective in expanding our role as social workers and enabling us to shape public policy, regulations, and the public perception of our profession.

So if you are involved politically in your town or county as an elected or appointed public official, or involved in other local advisory committees, please contact Renee Koubiadis, Advocacy Coordinator
( or 732-296-8070 x 14). We would love to know how we can help you in the work you're doing at the grassroots level.

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Are you a Provider for AETNA?

Aetna is updating their database. If you are a provider for Aetna, you can expect a call from them asking for information in your Personal Profile.

We have spoken with Aetna staff and they confirm these are legitimate calls. However, you can always ask for more information and a call-back number if you want to explore this inquiry further.

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Children and Adolescents Special Interest Group (SIG) is Looking for You

The Children and Adolescents Special Interest Group (SIG) is looking for a co-chair and new members. Are you working with children and adolescents? You can be part of the conversation on:

•    Research, resources, current topics and issues of diversity that pertain to children and adolescents,

•    Advocating for and supporting social action initiatives that promote the well-being of children and adolescents on the local and state level,

•    Planning and implementing education in the field of children and adolescents.

To express your interest in the Children and Adolescents SIG, contact Renee Koubiadis, NASW-NJ Advocacy Coordinator, at or 732-296-8070 x 14.

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Join Us for an Environmental Justice Special Interest Group (SIG) Conference Call


Join NASW-NJ for an Environmental Justice Special Interest Group (SIG) Conference Call on July 8, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. If you have questions, you can contact Renee Koubiadis at or 732-296-8070 x 14.

The Environmental Justice SIG discusses ways in which social workers and NASW-NJ can get involved in the issues of Environmental Justice around the state.

You can register HERE.

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Presenters Wanted for 2016 NASW-NJ Annual Conference

Get paid to attend the Annual Conference by sharing your expertise with your peers!

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Join us as a presenter for the 2016 NASW-NJ Annual Conference in May in Atlantic City. Submit your workshop proposal by August 26, 2015 to be reviewed by the NASW-NJ Continuing Education Committee. Applicants will be notified in November whether their workshop has been accepted.

Step 1: Read through Call for Proposals Guidelines & check presenter criteria here:

Step 2: Create your proposal.

Step 3: Submit your workshop proposal here by August 26, 2015.

Questions? Call Kendra Hayes at 732-296-8070 x16.

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Get Exposure!

We have a new advertising feature on our website.

Your ad will be on the NASW-NJ website for 30 days. It will appear as a live (clickable) link to your website.

Just send us your Logo and URL (link to your website)!

For more information contact Janine Hendryx at

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Learn More about the DSM-5 From Home and Earn CEUs!

Understanding and Working with the DSM-5: Diagnostic Changes andDSM-5 Clinical Implications
(4 Clinical CEUs)
Presenter: Amanda Mathisen Stylianou, LCSW

The ability to assess and diagnose is a core competency for mental health providers. The changes in the new DSM manual requires practitioners to modify their current understanding of diagnostic symptoms and categories. This online workshop will describe the development of the DSM-5, the changes to the organizational structure, and major revisions to the existing diagnoses.

Watch it and earn CEUs online HERE.

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Upcoming CE Courses

Click on the title for information & to register for these courses:

July 1st (1/2 price for 2 Clinical CEUs)
Applying Attachment Theory in Your Clinical Work (Haworth, NJ)

 July 10th (5 Clinical CEUs)
Realizing a Mindful Life: Cultivating Mindfulness in Your Personal and Clinical Practices (North Brunswick, NJ)

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Upcoming Test Prep Courses

The courses below are being held in North Brunswick.Test image

Cost for all test prep courses:
NASW Member- $110.00
Non-Member Price- $150.00

Click on the title for more information & to register:

LSW – Masters Test Prep on July 18

LSW – Masters Test Prep on August 15

LCSW – Clinical Test Prep on August 28

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Clinical Supervision Courses

Clinical Supervision - 3-day Courses (North Brunswick)
(20 Clinical CEUs, including 5 Ethics and 3 Social and
Cultural Competence CEUs)
Instructor: Patricia O’Dell, LCSW

Cost for this course:
NASW Member - $275.00
Non-Member - $350.00
NASW Gold Card Member - $250.00

August 21-23, 2015 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm each day
Info, Cost and Registration HERE

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.

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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?

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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Private Practice Special Interest Group (PPSIG) Meetings in July
(no CEUs)

Click on the PPSIG names for information & to register:

July 13th  - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)
Topic: Managing Your Practice: Roundtable Discussion

July 20th - North/Central PPSIG Summer Celebration (meets in Somerville)

July 24th - Hudson (meets in Jersey City)

If you are in Private Practice or are interested in Private Practice related issues and would like to be added to one of the 9 locally based PPSIGs that meet around the state, send an email to with the name of the group you would like to join.  For a list of PPSIGs, click HERE.

Upcoming Unit Events

Hudson Meet & Greet - TONIGHT!

Thursday, June 25, 2015
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Surf City of Jersey City
1 Marin Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Light refreshments will be served.

Click HERE to Register

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Social Workers in the News

Social Workers in the News image]Vermont's New Law Makes Child Safety Priority
ABC News

Social Worker Obtained State Licenses Despite Criminal Past
Milwaukee Journal

Keeping Mental Health Patients Stable and Out of Jail

Clinton's Campaign Will Make Substance Abuse, Mental Health Key Issues
The Washington Post

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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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