The social work profession was founded in social change. Throughout the profession’s history, social workers have sought to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources and opportunities that allow them to meet their basic needs. We uphold this challenge by advocating for the profession and the clients and communities we serve to members of Congress and to the NJ State legislature and regulatory agencies that so often hold the authority to influence policy.
We have policy statements, which assert the Association’s broad advocacy priorities. Our policy agenda is consistent with the national policies in Social Work Speaks, which is developed by members of the Association at the national Delegate Assembly.
To learn more about the NASW Advocacy efforts, go here.
LICENSURE EXAM PREPARATION COURSE
An Introduction to the ASWB Exam: What New Social Workers Should Know
Monday, May 16, 2022. 6 - 7:30 pm EST
Free for all social work students to attend!
NASW invites all new social workers to our May Student Series webinar on the ASWB exam. Educator, author, and licensure expert Dawn Apgar, PhD, LSW, ASCW will provide an overview of the national social work exam, answer commonly asked questions, and provide some best practices as social workers begin studying across the country.*
Presenter: Dawn Apgar, PhD, LSW, ACSW, has helped thousands of social workers across the country pass the ASWB examinations associated with all levels of licensure. In recent years, she has consulted in numerous states to assist with establishing licensure test preparation programs. Dr. Apgar has done research on licensure funded by the American Foundation for Research and Consumer Education in Social Work Regulation and was chairperson of her state’s social work licensing board. She is a past President of the New Jersey Chapter of NASW and has been on its National Board of Directors. In 2014, the Chapter presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Apgar has taught in both undergraduate and graduate social work programs and has extensive direct practice, policy, and management experience in the social work field.
*Please note that this webinar is not intended as a licensure exam preparation course.
To register go here
WE NEED YOU - JOIN THE CE COMMITTEE
NASW-Utah is in need of CE committee members! The committee directs NASW-Utah on committee initiatives and approves submitted courses. The time commitment is minimal - about 2 hours a month.
At the present time, all of the committee members are LCSWs. We would really like to expand the committee membership to include SSW and CSW licensed social work professionals to help review those workshops that are geared toward Social Service Workers and Certified Social Workers. Social work students and those who are not yet licensed are also welcome to participate. Committee members must be NASW members in good standing.
For more information, go here.
THE GREAT RESIGNATION
Social Workers Seek Better Work Experiences, But Most Stay Within Profession
By Alison Laurio
"The number of Americans quitting their jobs was regularly reported as it began and mushroomed throughout 2021.
The Great Resignation term came into wide use last year and now is common in everyday language and news reports. This year on Jan. 4, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported November’s resignations were the highest to date, increasing the 2021 total “separations” to 6.3 million, a “quits rate” of 3%. That included more than 52,000 nationwide who left jobs in “health care and social assistance,” the category that includes social work.
An October 13 story from Catalyst, a nonprofit that promotes progress and inclusion for women, covered a survey it took with CNBC that found “more than seven of 10 employees (76%) say they want their company to make work permanently…”
FEDERAL RULE TO PREVENT SURPRISE HEALTH CARE BILLING
Under a new federal rule to protect consumers from surprise health care bills, clinical social workers (CSW) must, effective January 1, 2022, provide a good faith estimate (GFE) of expected charges that may be billed for items and services to individuals who are uninsured (e.g., not enrolled in any health plan or coverage) or who are self-pay (e.g., not seeking to file a claim with their plan or coverage). The GFE must be provided both orally and in writing, upon request or at the time of scheduling health care items and services, and within specific timeframes.
The rule applies to both current and future patients who are uninsured or self-pay. However, GFEs do not need to be provided to patients who are enrolled in federal health insurance plans (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, Indian Health Service or the Veterans Affairs health system).
Providing a GFE to patients is not new to CSWs who, as part of best clinical practice, routinely discuss services and fees before or during the initial interview with new patients.
NASW’s favorite interview tips:
Arrive five minutes early.
Dress professionally with hair styled conservatively
Bring a copy of your resume and references
Bring a writing utensil and paper to take notes
Answer questions positively
Know your desired salary
Do not discuss political beliefs, religious affiliation, or other personal information (also keep this off of your resume!!). Be careful about wearing items that reveal personal information (e.g. symbols of religious or sexual orientation).
Know why you are the best candidate for the position (e.g. discuss how your specific education and previous positions can benefit the employer).
Know about the organization PRIOR to the interview and be prepared to ask questions and show your related knowledge in other ways.
Use action words when describing your experience (e.g. achieved, developed, led, designed, or published).
Be a good listener and watch your body language
Make sure that you have a professional message on your answering machine or voice mail system if the employer calls to set up an interview or a follow-up meeting.
Smile and shake hands upon arrival and departure.
Send a thank you note or email within 24 hours of the interview.
For more Member resources visit our Resources page.