December 24, 2014 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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Holiday Wishes from NASWNJ

A Message from NASW-NJ Executive Director Walter Kalman

Social Work Month - March 2015

SW Month 2015"

2015 is a special year for the social work profession. It marks NASW's 60th anniversary! 

The theme for Social Work Month - 2015 will be "Social Work Paves the Way for Change.

NASW’s goal during Social Work Month and throughout 2015 will be to educate the public about how social workers and the association have brought about major positive social changes, improved the lives of
individuals and families, and will continue to do so in the future.

Click HERE to see some of the activities being planned.

Become an NASW-NJ Unit Leader in the New Year!

NASW-NJ needs Unit Chairpersons and Co-Chairs for the following Units:

Atlantic/Cape May/ Cumberland

Unit Chairpersons and Co-Chairs are responsible for having regular meetings that are open to the members in their Units. These meetings should be held at least four times a year. Unit Chairpersons should also keep the overall membership informed of their Unit activities and concerns through written/oral reports to the Board and articles in FOCUS. They are responsible for recruiting social workers who are not members of NASW; identifying candidates for Chapter offices and soliciting nominations for Chapter awards; promoting NASW and the social work profession.

If you would like additional information on the benefits offered to Unit Chairs or would like to be on a Steering Committee, please contact Janine Hendryx at or by phone 732-296-8070, ext. 18.

I send best wishes to each of our more than 7,000 members and wish for you a happy and safe holiday season.

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2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition- Registration is OPEN!

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2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference and Exhibition
The Meeting of the Profession
Creating a Culture of Collaboration
The Borgata Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City – May 3-5, 2015

Attendee registration is now OPEN- take advantage of discounted Early Bird rates until February 16th!

Click HERE for Information and Registration.

FREE Ethics Consultation from
NASW National

The NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR)Ethics has announced the extension of its ethics consultation days and hours. Ethics Consultation is a FREE benefit of NASW membership. Beginning Monday, January 5, 2015, ethics consultations will be provided as follows:

Hours & Contact Info: (800) 638-8799

Mondays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET) ext. 223
Tuesdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET) ext. 231
Wednesdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET)  ext. 223
Thursdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET)  ext. 231

There are lots of additional exciting plans for the OEPR in 2015, including:
- Ethics 8 Monthly Tips
- Ethical Standard of the Month
- Code of Ethics app
- National Professional Review Process
…and much more!  Please stay tuned!

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10 Key Changes in DSM-5 Help Clinical Social Workers TransitionDSM image 

There are changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) clinical social workers should familiarize themselves with as the mental health industry transitions from the DSM-IV to the DSM-5. NASW has prepared the following list of 10 key changes to help clinical social workers transition. Click HERE.

SAMHSA Announces: New In Brief on Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Use Disorders

This In Brief introduces health and human services professionals (e.g., social workers, vocIn Brief imageational counselors, case managers, healthcare providers, probation officers) to borderline personality disorder (BPD)—a condition with high rates of suicide and self-harm that often co-occurs with substance use disorders. This publication presents the signs and symptoms of BPD, with or without a co-occurring substance use disorder. It also alerts professionals to the importance of monitoring clients with BPD for self-harm and suicidal behavior, and encourages professionals to refer such clients for appropriate treatment.

The In Brief is available at or through the link below:

An Introduction to Co-Occurring Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Use Disorders (SMA) 14-4879

Networking Opportunities at NASW-NJ Events

Are you looking for ways to network with other social workers in your area? When you join NASW on the national level, you are automatically a member at the state level. 

NASW-NJ has 12 volunteer-led Units throughout the state. The Units meetnetworking image regularly for social events, advocacy, service projects, networking, FREE CEU workshops, and more! Your Unit assignment is based on the mailing address listed on your membership.

For upcoming Unit events, go to the Unit Side bar located on the left hand side of this article. Or for more upcoming Unit activities for the next several months, visit and click on Calendar.

Upcoming CE Courses

Note: we are still adding courses to our schedule, so please check our Calendar at for new additions.

Engaging, Connecting, and Bringing about Change with Adolescents through Music
(3 Clinical, Social/Cultural CEUs)
Instructor: Tawanda Hubbard, LCSW

January 23, 2015
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

This workshop will focus on learning about Hip Hop as a cultural force and intervention with adolescents in the 21st century. Participants will review some key concepts essential to cultural proficiency, which will equip them to utilize music as a tool. They will engage and explore their personal constructs about Hip Hop and its viability as an effective intervention.

NASW Member- $50.00
NASW Student Member- $25.00
NASW Gold Card Member- $25.00
Non-Member- $65.00

Info & Registration HERE

Film & CE: Screening of Short Term 12
(3 Clinical & Ethics CEUs)
Presenter: Deborah Wolff, LCSW

Join us for a screening of the award-winning film Short Term 12, about a 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility who navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. The film and CE workshop will be facilitated by Deborah Wolff, LCSW, who will examine the clinical and ethical decisions that take place in the film.

NASW Member- $60.00
Non-Member- $75.00
NASW Gold Card Member- $50.00
NASW Student Member- $25.00


Friday, January 23, 2015 from 9:30am - 1:30pm in Berlin, NJ
Registration for January 23rd:

Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9:00am - 1:00pm in North Brunswick, NJ
Registration for January 31st: 

Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 9:30am – 1:30pm in Whippany, NJ
Registration for February 26th:

Show Me the Money – Grant Writing for Social Workers
(3 Non-Clinical CEUs)
Instructor: Mary Ellen Colangelo, LSW

February 16, 2015
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

Social workers are great at giving—but ASKING? The word is often not in our vocabulary, particularly when it comes to asking for program funding. This interactive workshop provides novice grant writers with the necessary tools and resources to competitively apply for grants.

NASW Member- $50.00
NASW Student Member- $25.00
NASW Gold Card Member- $25.00
Non-Member- $65.00

Info & Registration HERE

Understanding and Working with the DSM-5:
Diagnostic Changes and Clinical Implications
(5 Clinical CEUs)

Back by popular demand!

Presenter: Amanda Mathisen Stylianou, LCSW

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

NASW Member- $80.00
Non-Member- $125.00
NASW Gold Card Member- $50.00
NASW Student Member- $50.00


Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 10:00am - 4:00pm in Jersey City
Registration for February 8th:

Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 10:30am - 4:30pm in Cherry Hill
Registration for July 26th:

Upcoming Test Prep Courses

LSW – Masters
Test Preparation Course

January 18, 2015
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Rutgers Labor Education Center
50 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, NJ

Cost for this course:
NASW Member- $110.00
Non-Member Price- $150.00

Info & Registration HERE

LCSW Clinical
Test Preparation Course

February 19, 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

February 6-8, 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
(No CEUs)

Monmouth/Ocean PPSIG

Thursday, January 8, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Tinton Falls EMS
46 Old Mills Road
Tinton Falls 07724

Click HERE to Register

North/Central PPSIG

Monday, January 12, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 pm

The People Care Center
Conference Room
120 Findern Ave.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Click HERE to Register

Middlesex PPSIG

Friday, January 16, 2015
12pm - 1:30 pm

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

Topic: Web Development

Speaker: Mary Ellen Colangelo

Brown Bag Lunch

Click HERE to Register

Hudson PPSIG

Friday, January 23, 2015
9:30 - 11:00 am

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

We are collecting Winter hats/scarves/gloves for needy children for the Holidays. We continue to support the programs and clients of Women Rising, Inc., Hudson County's domestic violence full service center.

Click HERE to Register

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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