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Virtual Symposium 2023 (April 27 & 28)

Social Workers Persist: Global Problems Demand Local Solutions


The NASW-RI Chapter, in partnership with the Massachusetts Chapter, will be hosting a Virtual Symposium 2023 event for two days on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28, with the theme “Social Workers Persist: Global Problems Demand Local Solutions”. All conference participants will have the opportunity to connect with experts in the field, be inspired by highly regarded speakers, and gain new skills at innovative workshops. 

Join keynote speaker Mojdeh Rohani, LICSW in her presentation “After The Cameras Are Gone: The Global Refugee Crisis And Social Work’s Critical Role”. Today, there are over 100 million refugees in the world, and sadly the number continues to grow at an alarming rate. With the core values of social justice, service, dignity and worth of the person, social work plays a critical role in addressing the current refugee crisis on micro, mezzo and macro levels. The keynote session will be followed by a 90 minute Panel Discussion on Social Work's Critical Role. Scroll to view our full list of workshops, on-demand webinars, and speakers.

    • Your registration ticket includes access to both conference days (live and on-demand workshops). Attendance to all sessions are not mandatory.
    • NEW: This year we are introducing on-demand workshops (pre-recorded webinars) that you can watch at any time, and still attend your scheduled live workshops. On-demand workshops will be available for up to two weeks on the conference website.
    • With over 20 CEs available for social workers - Get your general, professional ethics, and cross-cultural practice CEs at Symposium! 
    • Opportunities available for sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers! Scroll to learn more about our package levels (including free registrations to Symposium 2023).

Day of event: All workshops will be hosted in Zoom Meeting rooms, offering a more open interaction between our speakers and participants. Days prior to the conference, registrants will receive instructions on how to set up a participant portal on our conference website to access your workshops links, breakfast and lunch Q&A sessions, Virtual Exhibit Hall, and more! 

Take advantage of your early bird rates and click here to register for Symposium 2023 today! 

Early Bird registration rates (closing on March 24):  

      • NASW Member: $125
      • Not yet a member: $250 
      • Agency Group (4+): $125 (must submit mail-form)

Standard registration rates:  

      • NASW Member: $150 
      • Not yet a member: $300 
      • Agency Group (4+): $150 (must submit  mail-form)

To register online:

      • Click here to register today
      • Create or login to your account through our registration site.
      • Confirm your registration type (i.e., member or non-member), and choose your workshop selections (one per session). Please note the keynote session, panel discussion, and evening workshop are automatically included in your registration ticket.
      • Complete and submit your registration.

You can also register by mail. Click here to download Symposium's Mail-FormIf paying with debit/credit info, fax the mail-form to 401-274-4941. If paying with a check, mail the form to: National Association of Social Workers - Rhode Island Chapter, 260 West Exchange Street, Suite 005, Providence, RI 02903

Online registrations for attendees are closing on Thursday, April 20. For changes to your registration, email us at assoc.naswri@socialworkers.org

Sponsor, Exhibitor, and Advertiser Opportunities:

Register for Symposium 2023 and receive recognition through our websites, email, social media ads, Virtual Exhibit Hall, and more! Your package level also includes up to three free registrations, with 20+ social work continuing credits available for staff members. 

Packages available: 

      • Silver sponsor: $3500  
      • Premier exhibitor: $1750
      • Standard exhibitor: $750
      • Advertiser (ads in Symposium’s program book): 
        • Full-page ad $775
        • Half-page ad $425
        • ¼ page ad $225 
        • ⅛ page ad $150

during symposium: sponsors and exhibitors will have the opportunity to chat live with participants in zoom rooms, through their profile at the virtual exhibit hall. these profiles include information about your organization (logo, ads, videos, websites links, and more). our virtual exhibit hall will be gamified with prizes to incentivize participants to visit your booth throughout both days of the conference.

online registrations for sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers are closing on monday, april 10. for questions, email us at assoc.naswri@socialworkers.org

silver sponsor: $3500

      • special acknowledgement in the nasw-ri’s spring 2023 biannual membership newsletter. this newsletter is mailed to all chapter members (800+ readers). highlight includes: back half-page ad (7.5”w x 5”h inches, png), and logo (png). please note the ad is a first come first, serve opportunity; only one ad space available. the submission deadline for this item is friday, february 10.
      • advertising initiative of sponsor’s choice in an email blast to the chapter’s membership. submit a banner ad (600px by 300px, png) or text (up to 200 words). 
      • acknowledgement in the conference’s bimonthly e-news (reaches 1500+ readers). highlight includes your website link and clickable logo (png).
      • three (3) complimentary registrations for both conference days, with access to live and on-demand webinars (up to 20+ ces available). submit contact information (names and emails) and our team will finalize these registrations. 
      • priority listing on the conference’s registration website. includes: 50-word description, website link, clickable logo (png), and contact information of your choice (staff name and email). 
      • visibility on symposium’s 2023 program book. includes a half-page ad (7.5”w x 4.75”h inches, png), website link, clickable logo, and 50-word description. 
      • recognition during the conference’s welcome remarks. 
      • profile (sponsor booth) on the conference’s virtual exhibit hall. includes: chat live and zoom meeting features, 50-word description, logo, and contact information of your choice (staff email), two (2) links to documents (pdfs) or websites of your choice, and up to three (3) links to your social media accounts.

premier exhibitor: $1750

      • two (2) complimentary registrations for both conference days, with access to live and on-demand webinars (up to 20+ ces available). submit contact information (names and emails) and our team will finalize these registrations.
      • logo visibility in the conference’s bimonthly e-news (reaches 1500+ readers). 
      • priority listing on the conference’s registration website. includes: 25-word description, website link, clickable logo (png), and contact information of your choice (staff name and email). 
      • visibility on symposium’s 2023 program book. includes a half-page ad (7.5”w x 4.75”h inches, png), website link, clickable logo, and 25-word description.
      • profile (exhibitor booth) on the conference’s virtual exhibit hall. includes: chat live and zoom meeting features, 25-word description, logo, and contact information of your choice (staff email).

standard exhibitor: $750

      • a complimentary registration for both conference days, with access to live and on-demand webinars (up to 20+ ces available). submit contact information (name and email) and our team will finalize these registrations.
      • priority listing on the conference’s registration website. includes: 25-word description, website link, clickable logo (png), and contact information of your choice (staff name and email). 
      • visibility on symposium’s 2023 program book. includes a 1/8-page ad (3.65"w x 2.3125"h inches, png), website link, clickable logo, and 25-word description. 
      • profile (exhibitor booth) on the conference’s virtual exhibit hall. includes: chat live and zoom meeting features, 25-word description, logo, and contact information of your choice (staff email). 

advertiser (ads in symposium’s program book):  

      • full-page ad $775 (7.5"w x 9.75”h inches)
      • Half-page ad $425 (7.5"W x 4.75”H inches)
      • ¼ page ad $225 (3.65"W x 4.875"H inches)
      • ⅛ page ad $150 (3.65"W x 2.3125"H inches)

Please submit your materials 2-3 weeks after your registration. Final deadline to submit materials is Monday, April 17. For questions and material submissions, email assoc.naswri@socialworkers.org.  

Workshops and Speakers:

CEs Categories:  General (Gen), Cross-Cultural Practice (CD), and Professional Ethics (PE)*

First Conference Day: Thursday, April 27

Contact hours - means hours acquired through attendance or participation at programs that provide for direct interaction between faculty and participants and may include lectures, symposia, live teleconferences, or workshops.

9:00 - 11:00am: Keynote Session (1.5 CEs)

After The Cameras Are Gone: The Global Refugee Crisis And Social Work’s Critical Role, with Mojdeh Rohani, LICSWWhen the number of individuals fleeing persecution, war, and conflict surpassed the 70-million mark in 2018, it was referred to as “unprecedented” and “the largest refugee crisis since World War II.” Today, there are over 100 million refugees in the world, and sadly the number continues to grow at an alarming rate. With the core values of social justice, service, dignity and worth of the person, social work plays a critical role in addressing the current refugee crisis on micro, mezzo and macro levels. (CD CEs)

Mojdeh Rohani, MSW, LICSW, is the Executive Director at De Novo Center for Justice and Healing in Cambridge, MA. Previously, she served as De Novo’s Associate Clinical Director for eight years. Mojdeh has worked extensively with survivors of torture, war trauma, gender based violence, human trafficking, and other types of human rights violations since 2000. She was a Lecturer at Boston University School of Social Work for twelve years and served as the Co-Director of the BRIDGE (Building Refugee and Immigrant Degrees for Graduate Education) Program for 8 years. Mojdeh has been a consultant to various nonprofit organizations on formation of new programs and capacity building. She has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to refugee mental health, treatment of torture, vicarious trauma, culturally relevant clinical practice and intersection of mental health and social development in post conflict societies. Currently, she is a member of Attorney General, Maura Healey, Advisory Council on New Americans. Mojdeh is a board member for Mityana Teenage Center in Mityana, Uganda and an advisory board member for Grace Community Health and Wellness Organization in Masaka, Uganda.

11:30 - 1:00pm: Panel Discussion (1.5 CEs)

The keynote session will be followed by a 90 minute Panel Discussion on Social Work's Critical Role, moderated by Dr. Hugo Kamya and speakers Gladys Vega, Jason Giannetti, and Nicole Dubus. (CD CEs)

2:00 - 3:30pm: Session 1 (1.5 CEs)

001: Trauma Recovery: Intuitively Informed, with Bette J. Freedson, LICSW, LCSW, CGP. In this informative, experiential and entertaining workshop participants will be introduced to the ACE Model for accessing, cultivating, and developing intuition, in the context of treating trauma. Using didactics, case examples and exercises, we will examine four key aspects of an intuitive approach relative to treatment of trauma. (Gen CEs)

006: You Can't Be A Great Parent And A Lousy Co-Parent: Successful Co-Parenting Across Two Homes, with Beth L. Aarons, MSW, JD, and Ben Stich, LICSW, M.Ed. Support parents in their navigation of coparenting issues for separated, divorced, and never-married parents. We will explore emotional, logistical, and legal aspects of coparenting, including options and resources for high-conflict coparenting. (Gen CEs) 

022: What Is Forensic Social Work?, with Julia Nepini, MSW, LICSW, ACSW. Mental health practitioners are qualified to mediate divorces, serve as parenting coordinators, and complete child custody evaluations and bring a unique set of skills to the process to assist families. (Gen CEs)

025: Addressing Race In The Clinical Encounter, with Beth Craft, LICSW. This presetation seeks: challenge the silence; offer strategies for therapists, particularly white therapists, to hear experiences of discrimination; and methods for engaging clients utilizing a social justice framework. (Gen CEs)

029: Promoting Ethical Practice In The Certainty Of Uncertain Times, with Phyllis Black, MSW, PhD. Guidelines to promote ethical competence will be presented to address the moral turbulence surrounding the confluence of current and emerging psychosocial crises in these troubling times of the certainty of uncertainty. (PE CEs)

038: Trauma Informed Care For Refugee And Immigrant Communities, with Sagitta Woodman, LICSW. Explore providing mental health services to immigrant and refugee clients through trauma informed care and culturally sensitive practices. (CD CEs)

053: Suicide Loss and Traumatic Grief in Schools, with Rebecca G. Mirick, PhD, LICSW, and Joanna Bridger, LICSW. This workshop focuses on ways schools can support students following a suicide death, highlighting trauma-informed strategies with an emphasis on responding to traumatic grief. (Gen CEs)

056: Two Spirit Health and Wellbeing: Identity, Connectedness and Cultural Resilience, with Jack Bruno. Participants will be acquainted with Indigenous contexts of Two Spiritedness and the historical and present-day realities of Two Spirit communities, including joy and vibrancy as practices of resistance, resilience and survivance. (CD CEs)

058: Walking a Sacred Path: The Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice, with Hope Haslam Straughan, PhD, ACSW, MSW. This interactive session considers the critical role of spirituality within social work practice through exploration of definitions of spirituality, and application to the use of labyrinths in the helping process. (CD CEs)

4:00 - 5:30pm: Session 2 (1.5 CEs)

002: Knowing Without Knowing: Social Work And Pain, with Johnna Marcus, LICSW. We will explore Social Work interventions for patients with chronic illness and pain, with emphasis on coordination with interdisciplinary teams in medical settings. (Gen CEs)

004: Flu Vaccination Among Children Of Immigrants: Implication For Children's Immunity During The Pandemic, with Henry Katzman, BSW (c) and Jina Chang, PhD, MSW. The study investigates the flu vaccination among children of immigrants by immigrant generation. Based on the nationally representative sample, the findings indicate that the probability of getting the flu vaccine is significantly higher among children of immigrants, particularly among second-generation children, irrespective of family poverty status. (CD CEs)

008: PANS/PANDAS: Understanding Inflammation In The Brain, with Sheilah M Gauch, LICSW, M.Ed. How to diagnose, treat, and support children with these illnesses in their educational, community and family settings. (Gen CEs)

012: The Long-term Impact Of Parental Divorce On Children, with Terry Gaspard, LICSW. This workshop will provide clinicians with research about the long-term impact of parental divorce, the risk and protective factors for children of divorce, and provide research-based tools for clinical practice. (Gen CEs)

016: How To Build An Accessible Social Work Practice Through A Disability Justice Lens, with Ben Chase, BSW, MSW (c), Elspeth Slayter, Ph.D, and Jamie Partridge, MSW, LCSW. Drawing on the established disability justice theoretical framework, this presentation will help social workers to plan for developing a more accessible and equitable organization/practice approach for the disability community - both disabled social workers and disabled clients. (CD CEs)

028: Improving Outcomes: Listening To "War On Drugs" Survivors, with Danielle L. Owen, LICSW, LADCI. Stigma, influenced by "War on Drugs" rhetoric, harms therapeutic relationships. Gender Responsive & trauma informed care allows Social Workers to support all who identify as women, while improving outcomes and reducing burnout.  (Gen CEs)

039: Trauma In Boys And Men Who Have Been Trafficked, with Steven L Procopio, ACSW, LICSW. This presentation will discuss the commercial sexual exploitation of males, the effects of complex trauma and the psycho/social implications on victims/survivors. (CD CEs)

044: Being A Leader, Means Modeling For Others, with Danielle Seale, MSW, LCSW, and Caroline Petty, MSW, LMSW. During this workshop, participants will explore further the revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics, their obligations to the profession to address self-care for themselves, employees, and co-workers. We will explore the impact of vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and burnout on the work of Social Workers, and participants will identify personal stressors, triggers, and a plan for self-care. (Gen CEs)

050: Change The Narrative: Creating And Sustaining An Antiracist Culture, with Kathy Lopes, LICSW. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of how to identify and disrupt historically racist practices and policies within their organizations and engage community members in a cultural shift that centers inclusion and equity. (CD CEs)

6:00 - 7:30pm: Evening Workshop (1.5 CEs)

What’s Wrong With Our Democracy? And How You Can Help Fix It, with Reed Schimmelfing, MSW, State Senator Jo Comerford, MSW, and Alex Neary, Chapter Lead, RepresentUs Massachusetts. This presentation will give an overview of structural problems in our government today, and how these impact marginalized people including minorities, women, people with disabilities and others under represented in government and other spheres of power. (CD CEs)

Second Conference Day: Friday, April 28

8:30 - 10:00am: Session 3 (1.5 CEs)

009: Stigma For Social Workers In Sweden And U.S., with Ivy Krull, PhD, MSW, MPH, and Camilla Carpholt, Björn Blom. Our cross-cultural research shows that Swedish and American social workers experience stigma very differently in their jobs. Why and what can we do about it? We have several research-based suggestions! (CD CEs)

013: Navigating The Dignity Of Risk: Substance Use And People With Intellectual Developmental Disorder, with Elspeth Slayter, MSW, MA, PhD. Participants will learn about nascent evidence-based practices for work with people with intellectual developmental disorder while honoring central disability rights concepts such as dignity of risk and self-determination. (CD CEs)

020: Shifting From Trauma-Informed To Healing Centered Engagement, with Kenneth Bourne Founder/CEO, LSW. As service providers we need to shift from a treatment-based model to a salutogenic approach that supports collective well-being.  This expands how we think about trauma in restoring well-being. (Gen CEs)

024: Running On Empty:  Examining The Wellness Needs Of The New Generation, with Pam Szczygiel, DSW, LICSW, and Taylor Hall, PhD. How will we, as practitioners, educators, administrators, and policy makers respond to the problem of compassion stress within our profession? Let's explore unsettling data and respond with innovation and compassion. (Gen CEs)

034: Treating Perinatal Distress And Supporting The Motherhood Journey, with Danielle Kenney, LICSW, PMH-C. The birth of a child is supposed to be a joyous, blissful event. In this presentation we will learn how to differentiate between the baby blues, normal postpartum adjustment, and a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. We will review factors that can protect a parent from emotional distress, and those that put parents at risk. (Gen CEs)

042: Every Child Deserves A Forever Home: Dismantling Systemic Barriers And Getting To Family Permanency, with Carly Sebastian, LICSW, and Carrie Noseworthy, MPA, Stephanie Hannum, LICSW. This presentation will outline meaningful and specific ways to improve outcomes for adoptive youth and their families while also addressing diversity and social justice through the lens of intersectionality. (CD CEs)

049: An Affirming Approach To Neurodiversity Affirming Care In Clinical Practice, with Sara Rodrigues, MSW, LICSW. Neurodivergent profiles are the subject of an increasing body of research. Understanding and embracing neurodiversity can lead to significantly more positive outcomes in terms of interpersonal relationships, understanding family dynamics, school performance, and employment. (Gen CEs)

051: Building And Supporting Anti-Oppressive Work In Clinical Settings, with Jennifer Erbe Leggett, MSW, and Cindy M. Gordon, LICSW. This session will be highly interactive, and will include skills practice, breakout groups, and open discussions. The co-presenters will also model having different and difficult conversations together as racially different people. (CD CEs)

054: Social Work Research For Social Work Practitioners, with Ashley Davis, PhD, MSW, and Faith Little, MSW. Do you want to brush up on research skills? This workshop reviews research knowledge, with a focus on what is relevant and engaging for social work practice. (Gen CEs)

060: Sharing Our Clinical Notes Directly, with Steve O'Neill, LICSW, BCD, JD. As an architect for OpenNotes/Cures Act, Steve will present his research findings and experience in transparently sharing clinical notes directly with our patients. (Gen CEs)

10:30 - 12:00pm: Session 4 (1.5 CEs)

017: Intentional Masculinity: A New Group Approach, with Elliott Kronenfeld, Ph.D., LICSW, CSTS. Challenging the patriarchy means we have to challenge the ways we think about masculinity! Learn how one men's group, grounded in toxic masculinity/script/social exchange theories has turned men's groups on their head! Come learn how the men began to heal themselves by learning from each other. (CD CEs)

021: Children and Families of Divorce: Best Practices and Ethical Conundrums, with Premela G. Deck, JD, PhD, LICSW. Therapists working with family-court-involved clients may face several ethical and practical concerns including navigating professional collaboration, therapeutic privilege, subpoenas, and court-ordered treatment. (PE CEs)

026: When Talking Isn't Enough: Exposures In ED Treatment, with Samantha DeCaro, PsyD. This workshop will confront the common barriers providers and clients face in exposure work while equipping providers with the tools needed to effectively execute a Coached Meal. (Gen CEs)

033: Dementia Friends: Building Public Awareness For All Communities, with Beth Soltzberg, LICSW, MBA. Experience Dementia Friends, the global public awareness workshop. Learn about disparities and how Dementia Friends Massachusetts engages community partners to serve all cultural/linguistic communities. (CD CEs)

037: Are We Listening To Women? Power & Control Issues Impacting Survivors Of The War On Drugs, with Danielle L. Owen, LICSW, LADCI. As social workers in the US, we are keenly aware of this country's poor history of listening to women; resulting in exceedingly poor outcomes in all areas of health & society. When supporting women living with a substance use disorder, the outcomes are even more dire. We must understand how power & control issues impact our therapeutic role, before we can address this imbalance & effect change. (Gen CEs)

041: Researching Caregivers Of Children With Complex Medical Needs, with Lenore Rust, MSW, LICSW, Shannon Cousineau, DSW, LICSW, and June Ganley, MSW, LICSW, APHSW-C Medical Social Worker. Come learn of a recent Anna Maria College study of caregivers at a local pediatric palliative care program that has practice implications for providers working with children with complex needs. (Gen CEs)

043: Identifying The Ripple Effects Of Social Work, with Nora Padykula, Ph.D., LICSW, Alisa Ainbinder, Ph.D., and Terri O'Toole, MSW-C. How do you identify the impact of your work with clients? Learn about Ripple Effect Mapping and implications for building health equity in your social work practice. (Gen CEs)

045: Developmental Trauma: Body/Mind Roots of Presenting Problems, with Laurie Ure, LICSW, Certified Bioenergetic Therapist. Understanding the link between developmental trauma and presenting problems improves a clinician's ability to help their clients. Bioenergetic analysis integrates work with body and mind addressing developmental trauma and improving quality of life. (Gen CEs)

057: Antiracism and the Varieties of Racism Denial, with Phillipe Copeland, PhD. Racism Denial involves obscuring or minimizing the reality of racism. This workshop will detail the forms Racism Denial takes and how to counter them. (CD CEs)

1:00 - 2:30pm: Session 5 (1.5 CEs)

007: Working With Erotic Transference And Countertransference In Psychotherapy & Supervisory Practice, with Joseph Winn LICSW, CST-S. This presentation will move social workers from avoiding issues of erotic transference and countertransference into awareness of the existential and political import of these phenomena in supervisory and psychotherapy practice. (Gen CEs)

011: Vagal Nerve Stimulation Treatment For Depression, with Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT. In this workshop, participants will gain a working knowledge of the function of the vagus nerve, learn why stimulating it can reduce symptoms of depression, and experience simple techniques for stimulating it, from the yoga tradition. (Gen CEs)

015: Mediation 101: Conflict Resolution For Families And Communities, with Ben Stich, LICSW, M.Ed. Conflict abounds. Mediation helps resolve disputes involving divorce, family, discrimination, community, workplace, adoption, juvenile justice, schools, and more. Social workers are ideally suited to practice mediation! This work workshop will provide an introduction to the dynamic mediation profession. (Gen CEs)

019: Women Growing Older: Our Bodies Ourselves, with Joan Ditzion, MSW. With increased longevity diverse aging women are facing new opportunities/challenges. Together we need to embrace women’s growth, development and potential and change the aging paradigm. (CD CEs)

027: Beyond The Self-Care Ideal, with Cristina Pachano M.A , LMHC -Clinical Director at Parenting Journey, and Lydia Carbone, MSW. Do you think you don’t have time for self-care? Learn about self-care as an embodied mindset, and customize coping strategies to honor who you are. (Gen CEs)

035: Social Workers For Abolition: A Call To Action, Deborah Goldfarb, LICSW, and Joli Sparkman Bayron, MSW, LCSW, and Carrie Burke, LICSW. Social-justice oriented social work aligns deeply with the abolitionist movement. We will explore those themes and provide concrete ways to incorporate abolitionist values and actions into practice at all levels. (Gen CEs)

046: Neurodiversity Affirming Practice, Dawn Capelli, LICSW, and Ginger McGill, Certificate in Human Services. Learn about the neurodiversity movement and DIR Floortime® through the story of an amazing autistic boy told by his mother/advocate and the social worker privileged to work with them. (CD CEs)

059: NASW Code Of Ethics: How To Navigate Ethical Binds, with Steve O'Neill, LICSW, BCD, JD. Utilizing live ethical dilemmas and the NASW Code of Ethics, including social media and self-care, Steve will provide a pragmatic clinical framework for addressing. (PE CEs)

3:00 - 4:30pm: Session 6 (1.5 CEs)

003: Self-Managed Abortion – What Is The Social Worker’s Role?, with Susan Yanow, MSW, and Lauren Paulk, JD. Abortion is increasingly restricted and contested. This presentation will use reproductive justice and harm reduction frameworks to explore social workers’ role and practice around self-managed abortion. (Gen CEs)

005: Sexual Consent Potential Model As An Innovative View On The Determinants Of Sexual Consent In Older Adults With Dementia, with Nathalie Huitema, PhD, MS. This presentation demonstrates the development of universal guidelines to determine sexual consent in long-term care residents with dementia is possible, with the development of a core list of determinants to assess the sexual consent potential in people with dementia. (Gen CEs)

014: Providing Reasonable Accommodations To Disabled Parents In Child Welfare Cases: How To Implement The Law, with Samantha Erle, MSW, LCSW, and Elspeth Slayter, MSW, MA, PhD. Disabled parents are over-represented in the child welfare system by a factor of two. Despite this documented reality, child welfare workers rarely receive training on disability cultural competence, how to navigate disability service systems or the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act & other laws. (CD CEs)

023: Complete Manual For Leading A Divorce  Recovery Group, with Janet Winocour, LICSW. Between the presentation, the manual you will receive, and my willingness to offer continued support, you will have all you need to lead a 15 week divorce group. (Gen CEs)

036: Optimism And Substance Use: Implications For Social Work, with Scott E. Provost, MSW, MM. Optimism is associated with psychological well-being with relevance to social work practice. Attendees will learn about an exploratory research study of optimism among patients in substance use disorder inpatient treatment. (Gen CEs)

040: Working Together: Lessons From A Collaborative Research Project, with Lenore Rust, MSW, LICSW, Shannon Cousineau, DSW, LICSW, and June Ganley, MSW, LICSW, APHSW-C Medical Social Worker. Learn more about the experiences of caregivers of children with complex medical needs from. The presenters will discuss the processes utilized, challenges faced, and lessons learned. (Gen CEs)

047: Treating Children With High Conflict Coparent/s, with Brian Hart, M.S. MHC, Kathrine Walbam, PhD, LICSW, and Diana Kierein, LICSW. Helping children achieve healthy life trajectories despite high conflict coparent/s. Integrating family systems diagnostic and treatment techniques for difficult personalities, while addressing professional risk. (Gen CEs)

048: New Frontiers In Practice: Social Work In The Veterinary Setting, with Emily Carveth, LMSW, and Julie Berrett-Abebe, PhD, LICSW. Veterinary Social Work is an emerging specialty with implications for innovative practice in the field. This presentation explores tenets of VSW, including a day in the life of a VSW. (Gen CEs)

On-Demand Workshops (Pre-recorded Webinars) Available: 

Non-contact hours means Internet courses, correspondence courses, tapes, or other continuing education programs that do not provide for direct interaction between faculty and the participant.

(1.5 CEs) Exploring the Multiple Roles of the School Social Worker: How School Social Workers Can Leverage Evidence-Based Practices & Social Work Values to Transform the Environment of their School, with Fran Kuehn, LICSW. School Social Workers play a unique role in the system of a school, often intervening at multiple points of entry in a complex web of macro, mezzo and micro practice interventions grounded in social work values and ethics. Though daunting, School Social Workers have unique opportunities to leverage Social Work practice skills across these systems to effect positive change in schools. This talk will highlight the various entry points School Social Workers have available to them, as well as particular ways in which School Social Work practice demands a high level of expertise and involvement as we transition from the COVID crisis to a "new normal" in our schools. (Gen CEs)

(1.5 CEs) Becoming an Intuitive Wizard: An Intuitive and Integrative Approach to Social Work Practice, with Bette J. Freedson, MSW, LICSW, (MA) LCSW (ME), CGP (certified group psychotherapist). In this didactic and experiential workshop we will examine both linear and non-linear concepts and approaches that integrate the therapeutic use of intuition from three key perspectives: 1) therapists' receptivity and readiness to use their intuitive ideas, sensations, images and thoughts along with intuitive strengths emerging from the client's story, 2) intuitive utilization of metaphors, re-imagined stories, and re-framed perspectives that can be utilized for intuitive dissociation from painful memories, in the service of re-association of reframed meaning and integrative reference experiences, and 3) utilization of an innovative 3-step model, the ACE Schema, that will guide the development of the counselor’s intuitive skills and the client's intuitive resources within a linear model. (Gen CEs)

(1.5 CEs) Political Social Work, Political Justice, & Voting, with Shannon Lane, LMSW, PhD. Learn about practical ways that social workers can engage with the political system to increase political justice and support their clients and communities, including both partisan and non-partisan activities. We will talk specifically about the role that social workers can play in voting as we get closer to the 2022 elections. The presentation will highlight the ways in which our current political systems disadvantage individuals based on race, ethnicity, physical and mental health/ability, and economic status. (Gen CEs)

(2 CEs) Starting a Private Practice, with Julia Nepini, LICSW. We will be identifying the factors to consider before starting a private practice, discussing pros and cons, and reviewing the steps to prepare. Information and resources will be provided regarding being a business owner, setting rates, identifying ideal clients, networking, insurance billing, and outsourcing. (Gen CEs)

(1.5 CEs) An Introduction to Clinical Social Work in Pediatric Oncology, with Laura Moynihan, LICSW, OSW-C, APHSW-C. This presentation will introduce social workers and other behavioral health clinicians to the role of social work within a medical setting and in pediatric oncology in particular. Opportunities and strategies for clinical intervention will be reviewed, as well as how clinical social workers can utilize skills from other disciplines such as palliative care in order to provide support to patients and families. (Gen CEs)

(3 CEs) Ethical and Risk Management Challenges, with speaker Frederic Reamer, Ph.D. This program will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of ethical, malpractice, and risk-management issues pertaining to school social work and the delivery of services to minors and their families. Using extensive case material, participants will learn how to handle complex practice-based ethical dilemmas, prevent professional malpractice, and avoid licensing board complaints. Key topics will include confidentiality, privacy, and privileged communication; disclosures to parents and guardians; responding to subpoenas in child custody disputes, divorce proceedings, and other litigation; conducting high-risk assessments; parents’ access to minors’ confidential records; documentation challenges; use of technology to serve clients remotely; protecting third parties; and relevant statutes, regulations, and court orders. (PE CEs)

(1.5 CEs) A Public Health Approach to Veteran Suicide Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention, with Kimberly Ferrante, LICSW. Suicide is a national issue affecting the Veteran and general population. This training will demonstrate the importance of approaching suicide prevention through a public health model. In addition, this training identifies strategies to utilize when speaking with Veterans who are at risk for suicide. (Gen CEs)

(1.5 CEs) Are You Ready To Become An Anti-Racist Organization?, with Susan Yi-Millette, MSW & Taylor Hall, Ph.D. Social workers have been complicit in facilitating racial injustice and are integral in both perpetuating and alleviating racial inequities. While this is fact, the Social Work Code of Ethics states that social workers should not practice, condone, facilitate, or collaborate with any form of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, political belief, religion, or mental or physical disability. It has become clear that White Supremacy Culture and Racial Injustice/Inequities have been occurring in our institutions, as well as within policies, practices, and procedures. This workshop presents a model of developing a Racial Justice Council within an organization to document evidence of racial/ethnic injustices and provide data-driven recommendations for change and racial justice. (CD CEs)

Please note: On-demand workshops will be available for up to two weeks on the conference’s website. You can earn more CEUs by watching pre-recorded webinars (at any time) and still attend your scheduled live workshops.

Virtual Symposium 2023

Online registrations are NOW OPEN! Click here to register today

    • Earn 20+ CEs on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28
    • Theme: Social Workers Persist: Global Problems Demand Local Solutions
    • Keynote Speaker Mojdeh Rohani, LICSW
    • For questions, email us at assoc.naswri@socialworkers.org

First day: April 27

    • 7:45am - Conference begins
    • 8:00 - 9:00am Sponsored Breakfast 
    • 9:00 - 11:00am Keynote Address 
    • 11 - 11:30am Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall 
    • 11:30 - 1:00pm Panel Discussion 
    • 1:00 - 2:00pm Sponsored lunch 
    • 2:00 - 3:30pm Session 1 Workshops 
    • 3:30 - 4:00pm Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall 
    • 4:00 - 5:30pm Session 2 Workshops 
    • 5:30pm Conference ends 
    • 6:00 - 7:30pm Evening Workshop

Second day: April 28

    • 7:30am Conference begins 
    • 7:30 - 8:30am Sponsored Breakfast 
    • 8:30 - 10:00am Session 3 Workshops 
    • 10: - 10:30am Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall 
    • 10:30 - 12:00pm Session 4 Workshops 
    • 12:00 - 1:00pm Sponsored lunch 
    • 1:00 - 2:30pm Session 5 Workshops 
    • 2:30 - 3:00pm Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall 
    • 3:00 - 4:30pm Session 6 Workshops 
    • 5:00pm Conference ends

Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall to chat live and get more information on our sponsors and exhibitors. This item is optional.

Online registrations for attendees are closing on Thursday, April 20.