National Association of Social Workers

2020 NASW Virtual Forum Series September 29 - October 29, 2020

Conference Overview

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Monday, June 15

Welcome 10:45 am - 11:00 am (EDT)

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Agenda and Speakers

Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW
President
National Association of Social Workers
Associate Professor Emerita
Illinois State University
Normal, IL

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

Plenary Session 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Social Workers Make a Difference: Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Social Work CE)

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Agenda and Speakers

Moderator:

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

Anna Mangum, MSW, MPH,
Deputy Director, Programs
National Association of Social Workers

Sarah Butts, LMSW
Director, Public Policy
National Association of Social Workers

Break 12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Breakout Session 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Social Work Ethics: Making a Difference in Interdisciplinary Leadership

(Ethics CE)

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Overview

The knowledge, skills, and values of social workers are conducive to interdisciplinary leadership in any setting, yet too often social workers do not sit at the table as leaders. The impact of leadership styles in health care and the role the NASW Code of Ethics plays in social work leadership activities will be incorporated in this symposium. A focus will be on collaboration to develop strategies to make a difference as the empowered leaders social workers are meant to be.
Agenda and Speakers

Christina Gigler, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Marywood University School of Social Work

Michelle Brandt, MSW, LSW
Widener University

Kim Giamportone, PhD, LSW
Widener University

Breakout Session 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

A Preview of the New NASW Private Practice Guidelines

(Social Work CE)

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Overview

This session is presented by the members of the Task Force for Private Practice Guidelines, an NASW member group of six private practice experts from various parts of the United States. The preview provides private practitioners with a summary of guidelines that may help them establish and maintain an efficient private practice. Areas discussed include emergency/disaster planning, risk management, business planning, contracting, professional wills and much more. The guidelines serve as a helpful guide to new and experienced private practitioners who are seeking tools to run a successful business.
Agenda and Speakers

Laura Groshong, LICSW
Private Practitioner, Seattle, WA

Katie Malinski, LCSW-S
Private Practitioner, Austin, TX

Daniel Renstrom, LMSW
Private Practitioner, Kalamazoo, MI

Carol Seacord, LMSW, ACSW, BCD
Private Practitioner, Ada, MI

Leslie Tsukroff, MSW, LCSW
Private Practitioner, Somerville, NJ

Lynn Zakeri, LCSW
Private Practitioner, Skokie, IL

Breakout Session 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

A Healthcare System's Response to the National Behavioral Health Crisis

(Social Work CE)

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Overview

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for young people in Tennessee. Mental health issues are very common in children and adolescents. As many as one in every five teens experience depression at some point during adolescence; however many never receive treatment. This presentation will explore how a social work led behavioral health integration program has allowed for prevention, early intervention, and tiered treatment for behavioral health needs through a collaborative care approach.
Agenda and Speakers

Terri Brady, BSN, MBA
Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network/Vanderbilt Behavioral Health

Anne O’Halloran, LCSW
Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network/Vanderbilt Behavioral Health

Vanessa Howe, LCSW
Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network/Vanderbilt Behavioral Health

Break 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Keynote Presentation 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Addressing Systemic Racism

(Social Work CE)

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Agenda and Speakers

Wes Moore
CEO of Robin Hood Foundation
Army Combat Veteran
Best-Selling Author

Break 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Plenary Session 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Social Workers Make a Difference Through Advocacy

(Macro Social Work CE)

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Overview

This plenary session will address three of the nation's most pressing and immediate social policy issues - each of which impact many millions of America's citizens. Immigration reform; the national crisis related to the lack of availability of affordable housing; and the continued widespread implementation of voter suppression laws during the period leading up to the 2020 elections collectively demand urgent attention. Our panel of experts will discuss the implications of the three social justice issues to the nation and explore avenues and recommendations that could possibly lead to viable solutions to these problems.  
Agenda and Speakers

Moderator:
Algeria Wilson, MSW, LCSW
Director
Public Policy
NASW, Michigan Chapter

Diane Yentel, MSW
President & CEO
National Low-Income Housing Coalition
Washington, DC

Monica Barrera, MSW
Director of Strategic Partnerships
The Immigration Hub
Washington, DC

Leigh Chapman, JD
Director, Voting Rights Program
Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights
Washington, DC

Closing Remarks
Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner, MSW, LCSW
President-Elect
National Association of Social Workers
Professor Emerita
West Chester University

Tuesday, June 16

Welcome - Day Two 10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Agenda and Speakers

Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW
President
National Association of Social Workers
Associate Professor Emerita
Illinois State University
Normal, IL

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

Plenary Session 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Decision 2020: An Election Forecast

(Macro Social Work CE)

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Overview

Social workers of all persuasions are looking at the 2020 Election to see the direction of the country. The 2020 election will affect issues critical to social work. This session will offer an overview on electoral prospects, vital issues, and general viewpoints on House, Senate and presidential races.

Agenda and Speakers

Julie E. Shroyer, MSW
Senior Policy Advisor, Polsinelli, PC
Washington, DC

The Hon. Alan Wheat (D-MO) 
Chair, Polsinelli Public Policy Practice
Washington, DC

The Hon. John Shadegg (R-AZ)
Vice Chair, Polsinelli Public Policy Practice
Washington, DC

Break12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Breakout Session 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Hot Topics in Social Work Ethics: An Exploration of Common Ethical Dilemmas and Opportunities

(Ethics CE)

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Each year, NASW hears from thousands of social workers and consumers about ethics questions and concerns. NASW's Office of Ethics and Professional Review and National Ethics Committee, (NEC) promote ethical practice by way of training, resources, consultation and the administration of the association's peer review process. This presentation will explore common ethical issues, identifying trends, pitfalls, and opportunities to be proactive in advancing high standards of ethical practice.
Agenda and Speakers

Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW
Vice President, Ethics, Diversity, & Inclusion
NASW

Andrea Murray, MSW, LISCW
Senior Ethics Associate
NASW

Breakout Session 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

The Transformation of Trauma's Consequences for LGBTQA+, Foster and Adoptive Youth, and Veterans

(Clinical CE)

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As a first line of defense for some of the most vulnerable populations, social workers rely as much on grit and perseverance as they do on innovations that help clients move toward lives well-lived. LGBTQA+, foster and adoptive youth, and veterans are among social workers’ most challenged clients, and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) provides an effective resolution to these communities’ unique trauma symptoms and associated physical, mental, physiological and emotional side-effects.
Agenda and Speakers

Amy Shuman, LICSW, DCSW
ART International

Kelly Breeding, MSW
ART International

Estafana Johnson, LCSW
ART International

Jennifer Street, MSW, LCSW
Life Renewing Counseling

Breakout Session 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Social Work Triage: Identifying and Treating Eating Disorders in a Medical Hospital Setting

(Clinical CE)

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In this presentation we will summarize DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Eating Disorders, discuss common associated medical complications and explain appropriate treatment and discharge interventions. This will include providing guidelines on how to identify an eating disorder, reviewing the levels of care available for patients with eating disorder, the role of social work with these patients.
Agenda and Speakers

Tammie Williams, LCSW
ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders by Denver Health

The Complexities of Treating Eating Disorders

(Clinical CE)

Overview

Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that affect people of every gender, age and ethnicity. As Founder and Director of the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center, Dr. Ebrahimi will discuss DSM-V diagnoses and their risk factors and symptoms. In addition, she will address common comorbidities, medical complications, effective therapeutic modalities, and a collaborative treatment approach. Finally, she will detail the levels of care that are available for eating disordered patients.
Agenda and Speakers

Seda Ebrahimi, PhD
Cambridge Eating Disorder Center

Break1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Plenary Session 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Making a Difference in Suicide Prevention

(Social Work CE)

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In 2018, 48,344 Americans died by suicide.  The rates of completed suicide has increased every year for the past 13 years.  Suicide remains the 10th leading cause of death across all ages and the second leading cause of death for those in the 15-24-year-old age range.  Structural changes are needed to implement suicide prevention and intervention strategies, including a reduction in access to lethal means and an increase in access to affordable, culturally appropriate mental health services.  Join this pre-conference session on suicide prevention strategies from prominent members in the field. 

Agenda and Speakers

Jonathan B. Singer, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
President, American Association of Suicidology, Washington, DC

Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH
Executive Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York University
Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies, NYU Silver School of Social Work

Break3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Breakout Session 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

How Can I Protect My Practice, Clients, and My Career in Times of Crisis?

(Ethics CE)

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During times of crisis, the role of the social worker is more important than ever before. Local communities face serious challenges when their populations experience fear, anxiety, and stress. After a crisis, things are never the same. Social workers are vital before, during and after an emergency, and they are always ready to help and give hope. This panel discussion will empower social workers with the tools needed to protect their careers and their practices while staying healthy, strong, and safeguarded to serve others. Sponsored by NASW Assurance Services, NASW Insurance Company, and the NASW Risk Retention Group, this 90 minute panel brings together four exceptional and engaging social work experts from around the county to discuss how social workers can protect their practice, clients and their career in times of crisis.
Agenda and Speakers

Yvonne Chase, PhD, LCSW, ACSW
University of Alaska/Anchorage

Gary Bailey, DHL, MSW, ACSW
Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work

Joseph Monahan, JD, MSW, ACSW
Monahan Law Group, LLC

Paul D’Agostino, LCSW, ACSW
Champions for Children (ret.)

Breakout Session 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Trauma-Informed Principles in Practice: The VHA Model for Intimate Partner Violence Services

(Domestic Violence CE)

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The Veterans Health Administration, the largest healthcare system in the country, offers Trauma-Informed Care to serve those impacted by Intimate Partner Violence. This session illustrates the comprehensive, sequential path taken from initial engagement in a trauma-informed environment; to trauma-informed screening, assessment and safety planning; to trauma-informed services - all fit to an individual’s unique needs within a framework consistently implemented at facilities nationwide.
Agenda and Speakers

LeAnn Bruce, PhD, LCSW
US Department of Veterans Affairs

Michelle Lee Sing, LCSW
US Department of Veterans Affairs

Kelly Buckholdt, PhD
US Department of Veterans Affairs

Breakout Session 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Health and Medical Dimensions of Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults

(Social Work CE)

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This presentation discusses the findings from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s report on the health and medical dimensions of social isolation and loneliness in older adults. Content covered will include opportunities and strategies for translating research into practice in health care settings. Education and training strategies for clinical practice will be presented along with discussions of improved public awareness and policy development.
Agenda and Speakers

Tracy Lustig, DPM, MPH
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Colleen Galambos, PhD, ACSW, FGSA
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

Robert Espinoza, MPA, BS, BA
PHI

Break4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Plenary Session 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Helping Social Workers to Manage our own Grief and Loss During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Social Work CE)

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Our entire world is in a state of grief and we are uniquely experiencing collective sorrow and complicated grief during this pandemic of COVID-19.   Currently we face fear for our health and the health of our loved ones, the physical distancing, the upheaval of our routines, our financial security, and changes in every aspect of our lives. For many there is the added burden of the physical loss of loved ones in the midst of this isolation. We are challenged in attending to our clients’ grief and as social workers we too are experiencing grief and loss of friends, family, colleagues, clients, and our world as we knew it.  NASW is committed to supporting our members and the social work profession during this challenging period in our history. This webinar is intended to support social workers to address our own grief and loss, to strengthen our self-care practices, and to promote our resilience in these complex times.
Agenda and Speakers

Sandra A. López, LCSW-S, ACSW, DCSW
Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
Houston, TX

Closing Remarks
Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner, MSW, LCSW
President-Elect
National Association of Social Workers
Professor Emerita
West Chester University

Wednesday, June 17

Welcome - Day Three 10:45 am - 11:00 am

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Agenda and Speakers

Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW
President
National Association of Social Workers
Associate Professor Emerita
Illinois State University
Normal, IL

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

Breakout Session 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Licensing 2020- Everything a Professional Social Worker Needs to Know About Licensure

(Macro Social Work CE)

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Licensing 2020 will explore social work regulation then and now. Presenters will explore how social work licensing came to be and further discuss current licensing regulation. Participants will be able to understand US licensing including becoming licensed and maintaining a license. Current issues such as licensing mobility and electronic practice will also be discussed.
Agenda and Speakers

Janice Fitts, MSW, LCSW
Association of Social Work Boards

Jennifer Henkel, LCSW, CAE
Association of Social Work Boards

Lavina G. Harless, LCSW
Association of Social Work Boards

Breakout Session 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Providing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Clinical Services to Transgender Service Seekers

(Cross Cultural CE)

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Do you work with transgender clients? Would you like to incorporate transgender people into your practice? The ability to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate clinical services is an essential first step in the process of learning to meet the needs of this population. Come and learn about current trends in transgender health, the multimodal aspects of a gender transition and the plethora of resources and information available for further education.
Agenda and Speakers

Zander Keig, MSW, LCSW, BCD
Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic

Breakout Session 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

What Works in Therapy? Understanding the Common Factors of Psychotherapy & “You’ll Never Get Better”: Reducing Stigma and Shame in Axis ll Diagnoses

(Clinical CE)

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What Works in Therapy? Understanding the Common Factors of Psychotherapy As a profession, we want social workers to be supported in providing effective and culturally competent psychotherapy. Research has proven that psychotherapy is effective. Despite hundreds of theoretical models, no model has proven superior. Why? This workshop will provide an overview of the psychotherapy research literature and explore the common factors found in all effective psychotherapies. Understanding these factors will make your work more effective, client-centered, and inclusive.
Agenda and Speakers

Douglas Behan, DSW, LCSW
Rutgers University School of Social Work

"You'll Never Get Better" : Reducing Stigma and Shame in Axis II Diagnoses

Overview

Evidence-based therapeutic modalities support and manage behaviors related to Axis II diagnoses. Axis II disorders, however, come with a lifetime diagnosis. As a result, clinicians can inadvertently reinforce this fact, thereby increasing feelings of shame, disconnection, decreased motivation for therapy, and feelings of unworthiness. This presentation will explore how to integrate Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Shame Resilience Theory to most effectively support Axis II diagnoses.
Agenda and Speakers

Erin Iwanusa, LCSW
Private Practice

Break12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Plenary Session 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Social Work: The Way Forward

(Social Work CE)

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Agenda and Speakers

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

Darla Coffey, PhD, MSW
President & CEO, Council on Social Work Education

Dwight Hymans, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer, Association of Social Work Boards

Break1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Breakout Session 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Best Practices at the Intersection of Pain Management, Opioid Use and Mental Health

(Social Work CE)

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Key to stemming the nation’s opioid challenges is advancing evidence-based, opioid-sparing Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management for people with pain. Decades of data demonstrate the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary, comprehensive approach to pain. Pain is complex and requires patient-centered care; to make a difference, policy, assessment, and intervention changes are necessary. Understanding the social worker role is essential to advocating and caring for people with pain.
Agenda and Speakers

Amy Goldstein, MSW
Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management

Adam Seidner, MD, MPH
The Hartford

Yvette Colon, PhD, ACSW, MPH
Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work

Breakout Session 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Mothering, Courage, and Resiliency in Women with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse & Changing the Outcome of ACE's

(Clinical CE)

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Mothering, Courage, and Resiliency in Women with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse The workshop will examine the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and the risk factors that mothers who have experienced child sexual abuse had to overcome to protect their children from the abuse they experienced. The workshop will examine the challenges faced by this group of mothers. The workshop will focus on the protective factors in their lives of these mothers that help them to “defy the odds” and give their children something significantly different from what they experienced.
Agenda and Speakers

Teresa Gil, PhD
Hudson Valley Community College

Changing the Outcome of ACE's: How Interpersonal Relationships, Play, and the Arts Support Posttraumatic Growth

Overview

This presentation addresses the expansion of the adverse childhood experiences questionnaire to include social determinants of health. The presenter will discuss the importance of relationships embedded within play and art. The implications extend to public health policy and social reform as institutions evaluate the systemic health consequences of childhood trauma and search for solutions for building protective factors into the framework of systems to enhance child health and development.
Agenda and Speakers

Michelle Pliske, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S
Firefly Institute

Breakout Session 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Financial Social Work in a COVID Era

(Social Work CE)

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The financial trauma accompanying COVID-19 will forever shape the lives of everyone struggling with money stress, anxiety, and problems they never anticipated and have no idea what to do about. This session offers long and short-term coping strategies through a psychosocial, behavioral model. It provides a framework that goes beyond dollars, cents, debt, and budgets to address the relationship between money and mental health. Includes Social Work Financial Self-Care, handouts + an e-book).
Agenda and Speakers

Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW
President, Center for Financial Social Work
Asheville, NC

Break3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Closing Keynote - Global Social Work in Difficult Times 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

(Macro Social Work CE)

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Agenda and Speakers

Closing Keynote Presentation
Josephine (Jody) Olsen, PhD, MSW
Director, U.S. Peace Corps
Washington, DC

Closing Remarks/Adjournment
Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner, MSW, LCSW
President-Elect
National Association of Social Workers
Professor Emerita
West Chester University