National Association of Social Workers

2019 NASW Virtual Forum | October 16-17, 2019

Conference Overview

All events will take place in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

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Wednesday — October 16

Introduction to the 2019 NASW Virtual Forum12:00pm - 12:30pm     

Welcome to the 2019 NASW Virtual Forum

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW
CEO, National Association of Social Workers

Participant Engagement

Raffaele Vitelli, CAE

Opening Plenary Presentation 12:30pm - 1:30pm     1 CE credit Hour

An Overview of Domestic Violence - Myths and Realities

Ruth Genn, MPA, President & CEO
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Denver, CO

Domestic violence is still a mystery and a rarely discussed issue. Though it is a public health and social crisis, the awareness of the prevalence and dynamics of domestic violence is still not present in our social lexicon, and when it is present, there are still many misconceptions about who is impacted and how we make change. This session will give insight to the overall issue of domestic violence and those common misconceptions that are associated with it. 

Break 1:30pm - 1:45pm     

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 1:45pm - 2:45pm     1 CE credit Hour

Ethical Considerations in Working with Individuals who have Experienced Domestic Violence

This session will provide a better understanding of ethical considerations for social workers responding to various domestic violence issues. It will address key topics including competence, interdisciplinary collaboration, client’s right to self-determination, privacy and confidentiality and informed consent. It will also offer effective ethical decision-making tools to ensure high standards of care.


Domestic Violence and Suicide Prevention

Keita Franklin, PhD, LCSW, Chief Clinical Officer
Psych Hub, Nashville, TN

Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence and Suicide are closely-linked, complex public health concerns with multiple shared risk and protective factors. This presentation will explore the association between these behaviors across populations as well as discuss screening, assessment, and interventions that mitigate risk and promote recovery for both DV/IPV and suicidality.


Break 2:45pm - 3:00pm     

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 3:00pm - 4:00m     1 CE credit Hour

Intimate Partner Violence and Older Adults

Bonnie Brandl, MSW, Founder & Director
National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, Boulder, CO

A United Nations study indicates that a significant portion of elder abuse is intimate partner violence. As 10,000 baby boomers every day turn 65 years old, cases of abuse in later life are on the rise. During this session, we will hear from older survivors describing their experience. We will explore key dynamics of abuse in later life and effective strategies to respond, as well as identify community partners and promote a collaborative response to these complex cases.


Public Policy/Advocacy Considerations

Kiersten Stewart, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy
Futures Without Violence Washington, DC

Legislative activity at local, state, and federal level can be play a significant role in addressing domestic violence. Whether it is The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 or support for shelters at the local level, organized advocacy efforts are an important part of the process in working to end domestic violence. This session will highlight current legislative initiatives relating to domestic violence and the action that needs to be taken to address them.

Break 4:00pm - 4:15pm     

Plenary Session 4:15pm - 5:15pm     1 CE credit Hour

A Perspective from the Veterans Health Administration

Lisa Pape, MSW, Deputy Chief Officer, Patient Care Services
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC

The VA is committed to addressing the needs of Veterans, their intimate partners, and caregivers as well as VA staff who are affected by intimate partner violence and addressing domestic violence, neglect and abuse. In this presentation, the Deputy Chief Patient Care Service Officer for Care Management and Social Work will share information about the array of innovative and integrated programs and services available in the VA Healthcare System to serve Veterans and families.

Closing Remarks 5:15pm - 5:30pm

Closing Remarks

Laura Taylor, MSW, LSCSW
National Director, Social Work
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW

Thursday — October 17

Welcome – Day Two 12:15pm - 12:30pm    

Welcome – Day Two

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW
Laura Taylor, MSW, LCSW

Participant Engagement

Raffaele Vitelli, CAE

Plenary Session 12:30pm - 1:30pm     1 CE credit Hour

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence & Safety Planning

Safety planning with individuals who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing intimate partner violence is a complex yet vital skill for all clinicians. Effective and trauma-informed safety planning recognizes that each individual’s safety plan should be unique to their needs, strengths and resources and should be developed in an empowering and partnering relationship between the clinician and client. In this presentation, effective and trauma-informed safety planning best practices and resources will be presented and discussed.

Break 1:30pm - 1:45pm     

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 1:45pm - 2:45pm     1 CE credit Hour

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Families

Ijeoma Ogbannaya, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor
Arizona State University School of Social Work, Tempe, AZ

Domestic violence, defined as battering or abusive acts between adults in the context of an intimate relationship, includes physical violence, emotional (psychological) abuse, sexual violence, and controlling behavior and exists along a range of severity. Millions of people in the United States experience domestic violence each year. The presentation will focus on how domestic violence poses both physical and emotional risks for children and their families, including its impact on parenting. The presentation concludes with a discussion on evidence-based interventions for victims of domestic violence and their children.


Trauma-Informed Interpersonal Personal Violence Intervention

Casey Taft, PhD, Strength at Home Program, National Center for PTSD
VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA

Although there has been a significant amount of research and writing about women abused by their intimate partners, this has not necessarily been the case for men. Yet, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence. However, incidences of men who have experienced IPV often go unreported - some of which is attributable to the “stigmas that hinder men from speaking out.” This session will discuss the unique issues of working with men who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence and offer specific strategies to address them.  

Break 2:45pm - 3:00pm     

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 3:00pm - 4:00m     1 CE credit Hour

Intimate Partner Violence and the LGBTQ Community

Jeff Zacharias, ASCW, LCSW, CADDC, President & Clinical Director
New Hope Recovery Center, Chicago, IL

Because the majority of domestic violence (DV)/intimate partner violence (IPV) is viewed through a heterosexual framework, LGBTQQIA+ individuals are left out of the discussion on DV/IPV. Same-sex partners experiencing DV/IPV often are afraid of reporting the incidents due to distrust of systems, such as the police and the legal system, and biases/stereotypes that it doesn't occur in same-sex partnerships. However, research and statistics are beginning to show that DV/IPV occurs at the same rate as their heterosexual counterparts and in some cases even higher numbers. This workshop will look at DV/IPV with same-sex partners, the ways in which it occurs whether physically, verbally, emotionally or through power/control as well as interventions and tools which clinicians can use to address those who are impacted by these behaviors.


Moral Injury and Domestic Violence

LeAnn Bruce, PhD, ACSW, MVF-CSV, National Program Manager, DVIPV
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Hardinsburg, KY

Moral injury is a conceptual framework of challenges often faced by those who have endured prolonged trauma which is known to affect the individual’s ability to connect with and trust others. This presentation will explore the impact of moral injury on intimate relationships and potential connection to increased risk for intimate partner violence.

Break 4:00pm - 4:15pm     

Plenary Session 4:15pm - 5:15pm     1 CE credit Hour

The Importance of Self-Care in Addressing Domestic Violence

Laurie Graham, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore MD

The social work profession, like all helping professions, requires individuals to be conscious of how listening to the trauma of our clients can impact us both professionally and personally. The retelling of difficult memories and the focus on survival skills impacts all helping professionals, as being exposed to this on a regular basis can lead to burn-out and compassion fatigue. Learn how even the simplest of self-care regimes can make a huge difference in your professional and personal life, as well as the effectiveness towards your clients' interventions.

Closing Remarks/Adjournment5:15pm - 5:30pm     

Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Laura Taylor, MSW, LSCSW
National Director, Social Work
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW