National Association of Social Workers

2018 NASW Virtual Forum | November 14-15, 2018

Conference Overview

Plenary Session

Shaping Tomorrow Together: Maximizing Opportunities to Create a Just Society (1.5 CEUs)


Edwin Walker, JD, BA, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living, Washington, DC

Nora Super, MPA, Chief, Program and Services, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Washington, DC

The aging network has undergone significant changes over the past decade. This session will provide an overview of those changes and an update on current policy developments.

Breakout Sessions

Ethical Considerations in Social Workers’ Use of Technology with and on Behalf of Older Adults (1.0 Self-Study Ethics CEU)  


Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW, Director, NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review, Washington, DC

Technology plays an increasingly significant role in social work practice, administration, policy, advocacy, and education. This session will provide guidance on the ethical use of technology in social work practice with, and on behalf of, older adults.

Ethical Issues Related to Self-Neglect Among Older Adults (1.0 Self-Study Ethics CEU)


Georgia Anetzberger, PhD, ACSW, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University; Consultant in Private Practice, Cleveland, OH

Self-neglect among older adults is a complex issue that is addressed differently across states and other jurisdictions. This session will address ethical considerations, such as the conflict between autonomy and safety, in assessing and addressing elder self-neglect.

Breakout Sessions

Social Work with Older Adults Living with HIV/AIDS (1.0 Self-Study HIV CEU)


Sandra Edmonds Crewe, PhD, ACSW, MSW, Dean, Howard University School of Social Work, Washington, DC

A growing number of people are aging with HIV/AIDS or are being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS later in life. This session will address demographic changes in HIV/AIDS prevalence and incidence, resources available to older adults living with HIV/AIDS, and tips for culturally competent practice with older adults living with HIV/AIDS.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration on Behalf of Older Adults (1.0 Self-Study Social Work CEU)


Deirdre Downes, PhD-c, MSW, Corporate Director of Social Work and Supportive Care Programs, Isabella Geriatric Center, New York, NY 

Sherry A. Greenberg, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, Program Director, Advanced Certificate in Gerontology Program, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York, NY 

Michael L. Malone, MD, Medical Director, Aurora Senior Services and Aurora at Home, and Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI

Interprofessional education and interdisciplinary teamwork are increasingly central to effective social work practice with older adults. This session will address strategies to enhance interdisciplinary teamwork on behalf of older adults and examples of effective interdisciplinary models in aging.

Plenary Session

Reframing Aging and Elder Abuse (1.0 Self-Study Social Work CEU)


Moira O’Neil, PhD, Director of Research Interpretation and Application, FrameWorks Institute, Washington, DC

Practical research by the FrameWorks Institute has found wide gaps between public and expert understandings of aging and of elder abuse. This session will provide an overview of the research and will introduce useful frames for discussing aging and elder abuse.

Plenary Session

The Evolving Role of Social Work in Improving Older Adults’ Health (1.0 Self-Study Social Work CEU)


Robyn L. Golden, MA, ACSW, LCSW, Director of Population Health and Aging, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

As health care for older adults garners increasing attention both locally and nationally, social workers are challenged to make the business case for the services they provide. This session will address building the evidence base for social work in aging, connecting gerontological social work research and practice, and integrating health care and social services.

Breakout Sessions

Palliative Care 101 for Social Workers in Aging (1.0 Self-Study Social Work CEU)


Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW, Department Head, Department of Social Work, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

The Institute of Medicine’s 2014 “Dying in America” report cited the need for both specialty and basic palliative care across service settings. This session will provide an overview of palliative care trends and will introduce social workers to basic palliative care concepts, which can be applied in work with older adults and families. Content will include culturally competent service delivery and how to identify when referrals to hospice and specialty palliative care are warranted.

Enhancing Mental and Behavioral Health in Later Life (1.0 Self-Study Social Work CEU) 


Daniel B. Kaplan, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, Adelphi University School of Social Work, New York, NY

Mental health and substance use concerns among older adults are often unrecognized and underaddressed. This session will address trends in mental health and substance use among older adults and will provide tips for effective practice with older adults experiencing mental or behavioral health concerns.

Breakout Sessions

Enhancing Competency in Gerontological Social Work Assessment (1.0 Self-Study Clinical Social Work CEU)


Barbara Silverstone, PhD, ACSW, Social Work Consultant, SBW Partners, PLLC, New York, NY

An effective assessment is integral to effective social work practice with older adults and families. This session will enhance participants’ knowledge of and skills in gerontological social work assessment.

The Landscape of LGBTQ Aging (1.0 Self-Study Cross Cultural CEU)


Lisa Krinsky, MSW, LICSW, Director, LGBT Aging Project, Fenway Health, Boston, MA

Aaron Tax, JD, Director of Federal Government Relations, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), Washington, DC

Over the past 20 years, LGBTQ concerns have gained prominence in aging, and aging issues have risen to the fore of LGBTQ communities. This session will address trends, national resources, and various service models in LGBTQ aging, as well as tips for effective practice with LGBTQ older adults.

Plenary Session

Trauma-Informed Practice with Older Adults (1.0 Self-Study Social Work CEU)


Sandra Lopez, ACSW, LCSW, DCSW, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, Houston, TX

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

Both the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) recognize the value of trauma-informed care and services for a variety of populations. This session will address the philosophy and features of trauma-informed care and services for older adults, highlighting social work practice with older veterans.