New Jersey - Staff Information

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Linda R. Blank, LSW
New Jersey Coordinator

Linda Blank received her MSW from Rutgers University in 2002 and her B.A. degree in English/Communications from Yeshiva University while also studying at New York's Center for the Media Arts. Professionally, she has worked with At-Risk Children, Inpatient Psychiatric Clients and was the Social Service Director for a Long Term Care/ Subacute Setting. Other populations she has worked with include Developmentally Disabled , LGBT and Abused Children. Linda has been the New Jersey Coordinator since 2005.

To discuss employment opportunities or staffing needs, Linda can be reached at 201-488-4025 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Of Interest

Support the Social Work Interstate Licensure Compact

Earlier this year, Assembly Majority Leader Greenwald introduced legislation (A5349) that would enter New Jersey into the proposed Social Work Interstate Licensure Compact. In order to officially create the Compact, 7 states must approve legislation to enter the Compact. We're aiming for New Jersey to be one of the initial 7 states to launch the Compact. This is a perfect time for NJ social workers to echo our message by letting their Assemblymembers know that you need your elected officials to support this legislation and how important it is to you and your clients. Please click this link to reach out to your Assemblymembers now.

Social Worker Licensure Compact

As of July 14, 2022 draft legislation for the Social Worker Licensure Compact has become available. To view, please click here

The Lifeline and 988 - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022. 

Learn more about this resource here

Social Work p.r.n. Announces Partnership with CEU Creations
We are so glad to be a featured sponsor with CEU Creations which will allow us to offer discounted CEUs to our staff. CEU Creations offers a wide-range of CEs that are informative, engaging and affordable. Click here to view the latest offerings and be sure to check back frequently as events are always being added. 
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Weekly Training to Bring Your Clinical Skills to the Next Level

Trainer, L. Scott Urmey, LCSW, TEP, will lead these Psychodrama Intervention weekly sessions (choose either Wednesday mornings, 10a-1p, or Thursday evenings, 645-945p). Participants earn up to 99 approved social work CE credits. 

Pyschodrama interventions are creative, engaging and effective for group and individual treatment. These trainings will provide those eager to learn and bring clinical skills to the next level an ideal experience. Learn more here

New Textbook Helps Students Understand the Link Between Social Work Theory and Human Behaviors

Recently, two University of Kansas social welfare professors published “Human Behavior Theory for Social Work Practice”. This textbook helps students understand the link between social work practice and theory. The authors felt there was a need for this type of book that exposed students to new ideas and discussed how theory plays out in human relationships. Learn more about this new book from this article written by the University of Kansas.

Searching For Jobs Outside the Traditional Social Work Setting

Our founder, Joan Upshaw, was a strong believer that social workers could bring value to any position or organization. All of us at Social Work p.r.n. support that belief. This insightful article from USC's online Doctor of Social Work program details the challenges and benefits of moving from the nonprofit world into a corporate setting.

Recognizing the Need For School Social Workers

We encourage you to read this interview with Samantha Boatwright, a licensed clinical social worker who works with public school kids in Georgia. Those in these roles are stretched thin providing much needed mental health services to kids around the country.

In this article, Boatwright shares how she’s hoping to help families struggling to understand mental illness in children and why working with children on their mental health is crucial for development.

Why Companies Need Social Workers

Social workers can fill a variety of roles for companies, but as researchers are finding employing social workers for employees’ mental health can increase overall performance. Having social workers on staff can also help keep management’s decisions in check with ethical guidelines and evolve HR departments. Read this great article to learn more about why companies need social workers.

Social Workers as Super-Heroes TEDx Talk by Dr. Anna Scheyett 

Dr. Anna Scheyett describes the ways that social workers serve their communities in this TEDx Talk. Dr. Scheyett serves as dean of the College of Social Work at USC. Her research examines community integration of vulnerable populations, especially those with serious mental illnesses, those with HIV, and those involved in the criminal justice system.