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NASW Policy Statement Available

Reparative or “Conversion Therapy” has been in the news quite a bit recently. NASW's updated position statement, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) and Conversion Therapy with Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender Persons, is now available via the NASW website

Here is a blog about the publication.

The House We Live In: Film Screening and Discussion

You are invited to attend a film screening - the third installment of the documentary series Race: The Power of an Illusion. The House We Live In screening will be held on July 22, 2015 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701.

You can click HERE to register.

Click HERE for the program flyer.

Note: There are no CEUs being offered for this program.

If you have questions, please contact Renee Koubiadis, NASW-NJ Advocacy Coordinator, at or 732-296-8070 x 14.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015

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One in 10 older adults living in the United States experiences abuse, neglect, or exploitation every year. For every reported case of elder mistreatment, an estimated 23 cases go unreported. Elder abuse can manifest as neglect or self-neglect; emotional, psychological, physical, or sexual abuse; financial abuse and exploitation; and abandonment.

Social workers play essential roles in preventing, identifying, and addressing elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

NASW supports World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) and encourages social workers to raise awareness of elder mistreatment in their own workplaces and communities—whether on the June 15 WEAAD observance, before the July 13 White House Conference on Aging, or throughout the year.

Click HERE for NASW's listing of resources to address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. 

Social Work Tips for Creating Grassroots Advocacy

"Grassroots advocacy often begins with a single individual who is passionate about a cause and feels compelled to act."

The June 2015 issue of NASW News offers an excellent article on grassroots advocacy. It's well worth the read. You can find it HERE

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Changes to Dues Rates &
Payment Options

After holding dues steady for 10 years, NASW is increasing membership dues effective October 1, 2015. New dues rates apply to those with membership expiration dates of 9/30/2015 and later.

Dues FAQsTo provide more flexibility in paying dues, NASW is offering two payment options: (1) prepay at the current rate for up to two years by September 30, 2015 or (2) prepay your full dues in two or three installments by your membership expiration date. Both payment options are available by phone or by mail (but not online).

To prepay by phone at the current dues rates, before the increase on October 1, call NASW Member Services at 800.742.4089 M-F, 9 am-9 pm.

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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.

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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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Highlights of Good Documentation
An Hour With Private Practice: Questions and Answers

Free Q&A Session on Private Practice
Teleconference - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 (12 - 1 pm)
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“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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Presenters Wanted for 2016 NASW-NJ Annual Conference

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

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

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

DSM-5The ability to assess and diagnose is a core competency for mental health providers. The changes in the new DSM manual require 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 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 Course

Clinical Supervision - 3-day Course (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

Presenters & Agencies! Apply to the CE Approval Collaborative

presenterDo 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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Morris Unit Meet & Greet
Networking Event 

Monday, July 27, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Black Barn River Restaurant
1178 Rte 10W
Randolph, NJ  07869

Join your colleagues for an evening of networking and interesting conversation. We will provide the appetizers at this award-winning local restaurant.

Click HERE to Register

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Private Practice Special Interest Group (PPSIG) Meetings
(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)

August 10th - Mercer/Burlington (meets in Lawrenceville)

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.

Social Workers in the News

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Personalizing Medicine With Tailored Social Services

Pregnant Border Crossers Being Detained More, Longer
Arizona Daily Star

How Do Good Social Work Managers Promote Staff Wellbeing?

What you Should Know About Mental Illness (Maine)

Battle Buddies Volunteers Ready To Just Listen
Southern Maryland News

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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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