National Association of Social Workers

2019 NASW Virtual Forum | June 19-20, 2019

Conference Overview

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

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Wednesday — June 19

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

Introduction to the 2019 NASW Virtual Forum

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW

Participant Engagement

Raffaele Vitelli, CAE

Keynote Presentation 12:30pm - 1:30pm     1 CE credit Hour

An Overview of Trauma

Leticia Villarreal Sosa, PhD, LCSW, CADC
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Work Dominican University River Forest, IL

It is recognized that trauma is a widespread and costly public health issue. This all-encompassing term has been used to frame everything from individual service delivery to large-scale program design. Through recent research and observations, there is an increasing awareness of the impact of trauma on clients, and the risk of re-traumatization, if not treated properly. This session will provide an overview of how to recognize and treat clients with trauma in a variety of different settings and through the lens of micro, mezzo, and macro service delivery.

Break 1:30pm - 1:45pm     

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

The Role of Trauma and Intimate Partner Violence

Tricia Bent-Goodley, PhD, MSW
Professor of Social Work, Howard University School of Social Work

According to the CDC, 20 people are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner every minute in the United States. Be it physical violence, sexual violence, threats of violence, emotional abuse, or other forms, intimate partner violence (also known as domestic violence) has been shown to have both immediate, short-term, and long-term health, social, and economic consequences. Social workers play a pivotal role in providing support and resources to these victims. This session will focus on the impact of intimate partner violence and best practices to working with clients who have been subjected to this form of trauma.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) - A New Chapter

Mary C. Ray, LCSW, ACSW, SEP
Private Practice, Alexandria, VA

PTSD has often been referred to as the new public health crisis. As social workers, we are likely to encounter clients with PTSD in all areas of practice. This course provides a practical overview of the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, risk factors, and evidence-based treatments for PTSD, as well as the importance of screening for PTSD and monitoring of symptom change and treatment outcomes.

Break 2:45pm - 3:00pm     

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

Child Welfare/ACES

Jennifer Jones, MSW, Director, Change in Mind Institute, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
Gabriel McGaughey, MSW, Co-Founding Director, The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsi

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events that occur in childhood, including abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), neglect, witnessing IPV, and/or household mental illness. Nearly two-thirds of adults have experienced at least one type of childhood adversity. Research shows repeated exposure to these events can lead to toxic stress and poor outcomes later in life. Social workers must learn to recognize the impacts of trauma and how to work with children and adolescents who have been traumatized without re-traumatizing them. This session explores how to use ACEs scores to guide treatment and improve the lives of children and families

Tele-Health and Trauma

Elizabeth (Beth) Counselman-Carpenter, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Professor of Clinical Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work

Advances in technology continue to shape the way we work with clients in the social work profession. While it allows us to meet the needs of clients, particularly those in rural locations where providers are limited, social workers need to stay abreast to any ethical considerations that potentially could arise, as well as have an awareness of the challenges that telehealth may present to victims of trauma. This session will provide an overview of effective ways to treat clients struggling with a traumatic experience, in the past or present, using telehealth as a means of communication.

Break 4:00pm - 4:15pm     

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

Trauma and Addictions

Maurice Fisher, PhD
Mental Health Therapist, Maurice S. Fisher, Sr., Ph.D. Outpatient Services, Roanoake, VA

As social workers, we have witnessed numerous clients who have turned to drugs and alcohol in attempt to cope with the overwhelming feelings that are experienced by victims of trauma. Knowing that these behaviors are destructive is not reason enough for individuals to stop using. We need to look at treating the root of the pain. This session will provide an overview of methods to use when working with clients who have addictions resulting from experiences from traumatic events.

Closing Remarks 5:15pm - 5:30pm     

Closing Remarks

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW

Thursday — June 20

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

Welcome – Day Two

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW

Participant Engagement

Raffaele Vitelli, CAE

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

Human Trafficking 

Susan Munsey, LCSW
Founder & Director of Programs Generate Hope San Diego, CA

The United Nations defines human trafficking as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation.” In 2017, 8,759 cases of human trafficking were reported - this is a 13% increase from 2016. In the United States, California and Texas have the highest number of reported cases, due, in part, to their larger populations and border proximity. The increasing awareness of human trafficking and the susceptibility of immigrants has created a heightened awareness that social workers need to be informed on how to identify, support and work with victims of such devastating circumstances. This session focuses on how to identify possible signs of human trafficking, and the next steps towards stabilization, support, and paths for recovery.

Break 1:30pm - 1:45pm     

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

Trauma, Coping, Resources, and Well Being Among Older Adults

Nancy Kusmaul, PhD, LMSW
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

Traumatic events are widely acknowledged to have long-term impacts on younger individuals, yet we have only recently begun to assess for and gain an understanding of trauma in the lives of older adults. For many older adults, trauma is often overlooked as being either a distant past event (e.g. child abuse) or a normal part of aging (e.g. widowhood). This session will discuss trauma-informed care – looking at how past and recent events can be traumatic for older adults and how to assess and plan for the prevention of re-traumatization.

Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach for LGBTQ Youth

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

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth experience trauma at higher rates than their straight peers. Common traumas experienced by these youth include bullying, harassment, traumatic loss, intimate partner violence, physical and sexual abuse, and traumatic forms of societal stigma, bias, and rejection. Further, research detailed in a Harvard University study showed that LGBTQ youth are a high risk for incurring PTSD in particular when compared with cisgender and heteronormative populations. This session will focus on the challenges and traumatic events unique to the LGBTQ community and current best practices in addressing them.

Break 2:45pm - 3:00pm     

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

Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care

Carol Tosone, PhD, MS, LCSW
Professor of Social Work, Silver School of Social Work, New York University, NY

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 even the most trauma-skilled professionals - 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.

Creating Trauma Informed Schools

Eileen Dombo, PhD, LICSW
Assistant Professor, Chair, Undergraduate Social Work Program, National Catholic School of Social Service, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Research shows that upward of 70% of children in schools report experiencing at least one traumatic event before age 16. Today, students are exposed to direct and indirect forms of trauma, creating the need for the school community to address the mental health needs of children and adolescents to promote successful school experiences. This session will provide an overview of the impact of trauma on children and adolescents, as well as interventions for direct practice and collaboration with teachers, families, and communities.

Break 4:00pm - 4:15pm     

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

Best Practices in Addressing Trauma in the Community

Marleen Wong, PhD, LCSW, PPSC
Senior Vice Dean, David Lawrence Stein/Violet Goldberg Sachs Professor of Mental Health, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Natural disasters. School violence. Domestic terrorism. Racial disparities. Domestic violence. These events, and many more, can have a tremendous impact on people’s daily lives. Due to skills and their presence in various settings (hospitals, schools, mental health centers, government agencies, etc), social workers are increasingly accepting the challenge to address these issues. This session will address several key points in addressing trauma and discussing best practices in the community including, the SAMHSA Framework for Trauma Informed Systems, identify sources of trauma in the lives of children, and identify sills and interventions for caretakers, educators, and mental health service providers.

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

Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW