National Association of Social Workers

2019 NASW Virtual Forum | June 19-20, 2019

Day 1 - June 19, 2019

All times EDT. Schedule subject to change.

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Introduction to the 2019 NASW Virtual Forum

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

Raffaele Vitelli, CAE
Director, Professional and Workforce Development, National Association of Social Workers

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation (1 CE) - An Overview of Trauma

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.

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions (attend only 1 to receive credit)

The Role of Trauma and Intimate Partner Violence (1 CE)

Tricia Bent-Goodley, PhD, MSW
Professor of Social Work/Director of the Doctoral Program, 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.


Understanding PTSD (1 CE)

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.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Break Sessions (attend only 1 to receive credit)

Child Welfare/ACES (1 CE)

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 (1 CE)

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.

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Plenary Session

Trauma and Addictions (1 CE)

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 course will provide an overview of methods to use when working with clients who have addictions resulting from experiences from traumatic events.

5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW