Full Conference Agenda

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Day One

10:45 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Welcome & Introduction to the National Conference & Opening Plenary: COVID19 and Systemic Racism: A Life Course Model for Reexamining the Role of Social Work

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1.5 Macro Social Work Credits

Welcome & Introduction

Mildred “Mit” Joyner, DPS, MSW, LCSW
President
National Association of Social Workers
Professor Emerita
West Chester University

PARTICIPANT ENGAGEMENT
Raffaele Vitelli, CAE

Vice President, Professional Education and Product Development
National Association of Social Workers

Opening Plenary: COVID19 and Systemic Racism: A Life Course Model for Reexamining the Role of Social Work

Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW
Professor, Department Chair
Department of Social Work
North Carolina State University

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of individuals, families and communities, globally. However, some have been more adversely impacted than others due to legal, social and economic inequities woven into the fabric of our society. In the United States, specifically, the intergenerational trauma, poverty, environmental toxins, and the lack of access to healthcare, affordable housing, education and jobs, which Black and Brown people experience have fomented conditions that left entire communities vulnerable to a deadly virus called racism. There was no prescription for treating these preexisting conditions. Moreover, the combination of COVID19 and racism has become a catalyst in contemporary reactions to an age-old problem. The direct and indirect consequences must be addressed throughout social work practice, education, research and scholarship. As the largest discipline of mental health providers in the U.S., we have an ethical duty and obligation to take up this social justice charge. 

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm EDT
Break

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
Breakout Session - Beyond Solo Practice: Behavioral Health Integration the Future of Healthcare Delivery

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1.5 Social Work Credits

Presenter:

Troy Brindle, MSW, LCSW, DCH
Senior Vice-President/Chief Operating Officer
ACCESS Services

The healthcare delivery system is rapidly changing and with it brings opportunities to improve overall population health, coordinate care between physical health and behavioral health providers, and decrease total medical spend by improving whole person health. A key tenet of health-care reform is integrating behavioral health services within primary care settings.  This session will look at unfolding trends based on a leading national provider. 

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm EDT
Breakout Session - The Challenges of Practicing During COVID; Avoiding Claims and Lawsuits

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1.5 Ethics Credits

Presenters:

Yvonne Chase, PhD., LCSW, ACSW
Elizabeth Cauble, PhD., MSW
Dina Larsen, CHPRM
Richard Jones, PhD

Through these 90 minutes, we will discuss the Social Work practice in three eras; the old normal, the COVID era, and the new normal. After this session, social workers can identify the differences in providing services during each period and what they should modify to comply with Social Work Ethics, State Licensure Board Regulations, local mandates, and HIPAA regulations.

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Break

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Keynote Address: A Conversation with Wade Davis

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1.5 Continuing Education Credits

Wade Davis
Vice President
Inclusion Strategy for Product
Netflix

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm EDT
Break

4:15 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
Breakout Session - Affirming Healthcare for Transgender and Gender Diverse Clients - Social Workers Make a Difference

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1.5 Cross Cultural Credits

Presenter:

Brandy Brown, MSW, LCSW
Program Manager, Gender Clinic Program
Maine Medical Partners/The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital

Social workers have the ability to lead change efforts for transgender people at all practice levels.  This presentation will review assessment of healthcare needs that transgender people face, specific disparities that youth experience, change models used in effecting systemic change, and a call to action for social workers to increase their education and competency and to engage their systems of care in order to ensure transgender people, as a vulnerable population, receive equitable care.

4:15 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
Breakout Session - Inhale Courage, Exhale Fear: Courage Groups for Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma

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1.5 Clinical Credits

Presenters:

Nicole A. Klein, LISW-S
Clinical Social Worker
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Anne Eason, LCSW, LISW-S
Clinical Social Worker
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans who experience Military Sexual Trauma begin a lifetime of isolation and secrecy immediately after the trauma.  With no one to tell and nowhere to turn for help, these Veterans have lived alone with their trauma, often for decades.  Learn how Courage Groups promote healing through shared suffering as men and women tell their trauma stories to one another and experience the support of a safe and caring group.  The most important thing they learn:  They are not alone!

4:15 pm - 5:45 pm EDT
Breakout Session - Risk and Resilience Theory: Practice with Older Adults and their Families

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1.5 Clinical Credits

Presenters:

Roberta Greene, PhD, MSW
Professor Emerita
University of Texas, Austin

Nancy A. Greene, DSW, MA, MSW
Assistant Professor, Social Work
Norfolk State University

Nicole M. Dubus, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor, Social Work
San José State University

This symposium calls for a shift in paradigm, exploring the rational for augmenting geriatric social work with a resilience-enhancing stress model (RESM) for practice with older adults and their families. The panelists will discuss the RESM theory base founded on traditional ecological-systems frameworks and supplemented by the concepts of risk and resilience and a narrative methodological base. Practice examples are provided.

5:45 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Closing Remarks - Day One

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Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Social Workers

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Day Two

10:45 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Welcome & Plenary: Social Policy: Priorities for Social Work Action

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1.0 Macro Social Work Credits

Welcome

Mildred “Mit” Joyner, DPS, MSW, LCSW
President
National Association of Social Workers
Professor Emerita
West Chester University

PARTICIPANT ENGAGEMENT
Raffaele Vitelli, CAE

Vice President, Professional Education and Product Development
National Association of Social Workers

Plenary: Social Policy: Priorities for Social Work Action 

Presenter:
Sarah Butts, MSW
Director of Public Policy
National Association of Social Workers

NASW is your voice with Congress, the administration, and regulators – and we want to share with you our priorities for action! Join us for this interactive session where you will learn about our 2021 Blueprint of Federal Social Policy Priorities which outlines an actionable advocacy agenda focused on the social work workforce and social justice goals of the profession. We will also discuss the interstate licensure compact for social work, a multi-year initiative to promote license portability and access to mental health services. We will share opportunities and strategies to strengthen the workforce and support our clients and society over the next four years, and how you can play a role in advancing these efforts!

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm EDT
Break

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
Breakout Session - Back2SchoolSocialWork: An NASW/SSWAA Joint National Communication

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1.5 Social Work Credits

Presenters:

Michelle Alvarez, EdD, MSW
Director, Academic Strategy
Southern New Hampshire University

Greg Wright
Communications Director
National Association of Social Workers

Rebecca Oliver, MSSW
Executive Director
School Social Work Association of America

School Social Workers possess specialized skills and training, yet the vital role School Social Workers play goes unnoticed and is misunderstood.  It is more important now than ever that School Social Workers are able to articulate their role, are intentional in spreading the word, and participate in a plan to educate others.  In this session, NASW and SSWAA will describe the strategies they used to raise awareness about School Social Work through a joint national communication campaign.

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
Breakout Session - Repairing a Fractured Rainbow: How Formal Caregivers Resolve Conflicts for LGBT Residents & Staff

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1.5 Cross Cultural Credits

Presenter:

Angela Perone, PhD, JD, MSW, MA
Executive Director, SAGE Metro Detroit

Numerous conflicts emerge for formal caregiving staff serving LGBT residents in nursing facilities (e.g. discrimination by residents, staff, and family; ensuring culturally responsive services). Recent cases and policies carving out religious exemptions for care create additional conflicts for staff serving LGBT residents. This presentation presents findings from a multi-method qualitative study of long-term care facility staff, including semi-structured interviews (n = 90) and eight months of participant and non-participant observation. Attendees will learn how formal caregivers understand and navigate conflicting rights for LGBT residents and staff in long-term care facilities and how to apply this to their social work practice.

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
Breakout Session - Helping the Huddled Masses: Mental Health Expert Witnesses in the Asylum Process

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1.5 Social Work Credits

Presenter:

Roy Laird, PhD, LCSW-R
Clinical Social Worker

In the past 15 years, asylum adjudicators have come to rely more and more on expert testimony. Licensed clinical social workers with appropriate expertise and training can provide psychosocial summaries that help the Court to better understand the applicant, and can mean the difference between life and death. Dr. Laird will explain the adjudication process; clarify the role of the mental health affidavit; and how to get the proper training and support to participate in this critical process.

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Break

2:00 pm - 3:00 pmEDT
Plenary: Ethics Are Essential: And it Just Got Real!

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1.0 Ethics Credits

Presenter:

Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW
Vice President
Ethics, Diversity, & Inclusion
National Association of Social Workers

2020 presented ethical challenges that many, in the social work profession, had not experienced nor imagined.  Between the pandemic and social unrest, we were forced to do some reflecting, learning some hard truths about our past, acknowledging who we are today and deciding what it will mean to practice with high ethical values and principles moving forward.  During this session, we will discuss why ethics got real in 2020 and why excellence in ethics is essential right now!

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT
Break

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm EDT
Breakout Session - Police Social Work: The Profession’s Contributions to Community Policing

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1.5 Social Work Credits

Presenter:

George T. Patterson, PhD, ACSW, LCSW-R
Associate Professor
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College 

Each year millions of individuals have law enforcement contact involving social problems such victimization, mental illness and interpersonal violence. Increasingly, law enforcement agencies divert individuals from justice system involvement, hire social workers, and collaborate with social service agencies. This session will define police social work roles and tasks, and explore the contributions of police social workers to community policing. Numerous collaboration models will be examined.

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm EDT
Breakout Session - Burnout, Vicarious Trauma, and Moral Injury: Prevention and Recovery

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Presenter:

Heather Peck Dziewulski, DCSW, LCSW
Co-Founder & Director of Development
The Resilience Network, LLC.

This workshop is designed to go beyond a brief overview of Compassion Fatigue and focus on Prevention and Recovery that supports Social Workers in the development of “real life” strategies that are practical, hands on and proven to be effective in a variety of clinical settings.  This workshop will present cutting edge research that promotes emotional wellness and a clear roadmap to address trauma exposure.

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm EDT
Breakout Session - How Do Learning Disabilities & ASD Go Undetected and How Can Social Workers Effectively Intervene?

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1.5 Clinical Credits

Presenters:

Jennifer Agostino, DSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker

Sherri Wilson, DSW, LSW
Research Associate
Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey 

When children have undetected neurodevelopmental disorders, their struggles often manifest as emotional and behavioral disturbances, with the underlying issue being overshadowed by their behavior. This presentation will address the overlooked signs of a child silently struggling with a learning disability or ASD, along with the challenges minority families face in receiving the appropriate services and support for which their child is legally eligible.

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Break

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm EDT
Plenary: Supporting LGBTQAI+ Youth and Closing Remarks

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1.0 Cross Cultural Credits

Presenters:

Jenny Andersen, LCSW
Prevention and Wellness Coordinator

Shavon Fulcher, MSW, LICSW
Private Practice

Have you ever wished you had a better grasp on the issues affecting LGBTQAI+ youth? This interactive presentation addresses cultural relevancy in working with LGBTQ youth, the specific presenting concerns affecting the LGBTQAI+ community, and inclusive interventions that can be implemented in your practice, whether micro, mezzo, or macro.  You will leave with ideas to inform your work and expand your knowledge.

Closing Remarks

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Social Workers

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Day Three

10:45 am - 11:00 am EDT
Welcome

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Welcome

Mildred “Mit” Joyner, DPS, MSW, LCSW
President
National Association of Social Workers
Professor Emerita
West Chester University

PARTICIPANT ENGAGEMENT
Raffaele Vitelli, CAE
Vice President, Professional Education and Product Development
National Association of Social Workers

11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Breakout Session - Improving Health Disparities in the NICU: A Focus on Cultural Competent Practices

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1.5 Cross Cultural Credits

Presenter:

JaNeen Cross, DSW, MSW, MBA
Assistant Professor, Social Work
Howard University

The presentation will reveal findings from a qualitative study examining the bonding and attachment experience of NICU mothers.   Participants will learn about the factors that contribute to disrupted attachment and bonding for NICU mothers.  There are significant health disparities in maternal child health for women and infants of color.  This presentation will identify the health disparities experienced by mothers and the cultural competent practices that improve biopsychosocial outcomes.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Breakout Session - Unwanted Consensual Sex: Addressing the Hidden and Unspoken Education of Submission in Practice

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1.5 Social Work Credits

Presenters:

Karie McGuire, DSW, LCSW, CHES
Research Scholar Member/Scholar
Global Association of Human Trafficking Scholars

Jamie Wasserman DSW, LCSW
Executive Director
The Consent Project

Consenting to sex is a complicated psychological, social, and political issue that transcends gender, sexuality, and privilege. The current research on consent has revealed that, many women, agree to have sex that they do not want. This program will educate the participants on the psychological and emotional impacts of non-consensual sex and provide tools for clinicians to use in dialogue with clients around uncomfortable sexual content.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Breakout Session - Social Work’s Role in Hate Crime and Domestic Terrorism Intervention and Prevention

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1.5 Clinical Credits

Presenter:

James Marley, PhD, ACSW, LCSW
Associate Professor
Loyola University Chicago

Diverse communities confront hate crimes and domestic terrorism. Whether targeting ethnic/cultural groups, religious/spiritual groups, LGBTQI groups, or others, the violence can be difficult to comprehend. However, there is a developing focus on utilizing community-based and family-based interventions to help build resources and resilience to prevent such crimes from occurring. The profession of social work is uniquely positioned to play a key role in these prevention and intervention efforts.

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm EDT
Break

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm EDT
Plenary: Fostering Hope and Resilience During Challenging Times: Social Workers are Essential

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Presenters:

Maria Baratta, PhD, LCSW
Private Practice

Anthony Estreet, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor
Morgan State University

Social workers have historically played a crucial role in fostering hope and healing during challenging times. Now more than ever the profession is essential to the mental health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Despite these challenging times, the profession has risen to the occasion to promote meaningful change.  This session will address these factors and also preview the role of social workers in a post-COVID-19 world. 

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Break

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Breakout Session - Whitney M. Young School of Social Work: A Century of Making a Difference in Race Conscious Practice

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Presenter:

Dr. Alma J. Carten
Associate Professor (ret)
New York University
Silver School of Social Work

A historical overview of the first school of social work founded in a HBCU when blacks were banned from enrollment in predominately white schools of social work. The presentation is of interest to practitioners, educators and students who are committed to learning more about the contributions of black scholars, educators and activists who pioneered anti-racist approaches and the use of research to advance evidence-based models of race conscious theory and practice.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Breakout Session - The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health

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Presenter:

Michelle LeVere, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Director of Social Work & Director, Field Education
University of the District of Columbia

Climate change is triggering impacts across the US. Extreme weather events, changes in temperature and precipitation, floods, droughts and fires contribute to ecological disruptions. Physical, mental and community health are also impacted. The impacts on  health are occurring now and will increase as conditions worsen.  The impacts on human health will be discussed, with a focus on vulnerable populations, and social work’s role in addressing this critically urgent issue.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Breakout Session - The Complex Care Core Competencies: Drawing from and Advancing Social Work Practice Within Interprofessional Teams Serving Individuals with Complex Health and Social Needs

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Presenter:

Rebecca Koppel, MSW, MPH
Program Manager, Field Building & Resources
National Center for Complex & Social Needs

Robyn Golden, MA, LCSW, ACSW
AVP, Social Work and Community Health
Rush University Medical Center

Meghan Golden, DSW, LCSW
Director-SIU Survivor Recovery Center

Complex care is a growing field that seeks to improve health and well-being for people with complex health and social needs — those who have multiple chronic physical and behavioral health conditions combined with social barriers such as homelessness and unstable housing, food insecurity, lack of transportation, and more that are exacerbated by systemic problems such as racism and poverty. Social workers fill an essential role in complex care teams; they often bridge health and social goals by understanding the whole person in their environment. This presentation will describe the complex care core competencies, which capture the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes for frontline complex care providers across discipline, profession, and context. The competencies reflect an extensive research process and the diverse input of key stakeholders and experts, the broader complex care field, and a year-long iterative developmental process informed by 16 working group members, including several social workers and individuals with lived experience. The presentation will highlight how the complex care core competencies apply many of the values, ethics, and competencies of social workers to interprofessional complex care teams. This presentation will also discuss and provide examples of social workers applying the complex care competencies in a variety of practice settings.

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm EDT
Break

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Closing Keynote & Closing Remarks/Adjournment

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Keynote Presentation

Maria Hinojosa
Journalist
NPR
President and CEO
Futuro Media Group

CLOSING REMARKS/ADJOURNMENT

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Social Workers