2018 NASW National Conference Agenda

June 20-23, 2018 | Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC

The 2018 NASW National Conference offers informative and inspirational plenary sessions, breakout sessions, special events, networking opportunities, and a lively exhibit hall with vendors and related organizations. 

Participants can earn 25.5 CEUs during the four-day event. Earn three CEUs by attending one of eight Pre-Conference Workshops, which run from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on June 20.

Choose a Pre-Conference Workshop when you register for the conference, or add one to your registration later (spaces fill up on a first-come, first-served basis).

Register today!


Private Practice Consults

NASW is offering a limited number of 15-minute Private Practice Consults to members on site on June 20, 21, and 22 in room 8224. Social workers interested in a consult should email jharrison.nasw@socialworkers.org.

Break Out Sessions

Conference participants will have the opportunity to choose from almost 100 Breakout Sessions on a wide array of topics that are of interest and importance to social workers. Topics include, but are not limited to, Advocacy, Aging, Child Welfare, Criminal Justice/Juvenile Justice, Ethics and Values, Ethnicity and Race, Health Care, Immigrants/Refugees/Displaced Persons, LBGTQ, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Disorders.

Seating at the Breakout Sessions is open to conference registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. No sign-up for individual Breakout Sessions is required for registrants - they should just show up for preferred sessions. Breakout Session offerings and room locations may be subject to change.

  Download the Breakout Sessions list

Agenda


Wednesday
June 20, 2018




7:00 am – 1:00 pm

8:00 - 10:30 am (Teach-In)

Voter Engagement Teach-In on Capitol Hill 

  • Transportation will be provided between the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and Capitol Hill. Participants will meet at the 24th Street entrance of the hotel. Buses will depart at 7 am and will drop participants off at Garfield Circle on Capitol Hill. Buses will pick up at the same location for the return trip to the hotel at 11 am.
  • Teach-In will be held in Rayburn House Office Building, Rooms 2043 and 2044.
  • Continental breakfast will be available for participants.
  •  A group photo is scheduled in front of the Capitol following the event.
  • Teach-In questions should be sent to dkastner.nasw@socialworkers.org.
  • Event details and logistics are subject to change; final logistics will be available prior to the start of conference.

Panelists:

  • Panel Moderator: Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA, NASW Social Justice & Human Rights Manager.
  • Tanya Rhodes Smith, MSW, Director, Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.
  • Harper Jean Tobin, JD, MSSA, Director of Policy, National Center for Transgender Equality.
  • Shaneice Simmons, Associate Director of Civic Engagement, Rock The Vote.
  • Additional panelists may be added.

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Conference Registration Open
Marriott Ballroom Foyer – Convention Registration Counter 1 & 2

11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Pre-Conference Workshops


  • A Close Look at NASW Cultural Competence Standards and Indicators: A Deeper Dive for Contemporary Social Work Practice Contexts
  • Disasters: No Community Is Immune
  • Ethics & Risk Management in the New Era of Social Work
  • Reframing Communication About Elder Abuse To Enhance Practice, Policy, and Education
  • From Compassion Fatigue to Compassion Satisfaction: Highlighting the Development of Burnout and Self-Care Strategies to Address it in Personal, Professional, Physical, and Social Aspects of Each Self
  • Suicide Prevention Is Everyone’s Business
  • The Age of #MeToo: Working with Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Abuse
  • Thriving in Private Practice

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Marriott Ballroom

Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW
President, National Association of Social Workers
Professor & BSW Program Director
Illinois State University

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

3:15 – 3:45 pm

Special Remarks
Marriott Ballroom


The Honorable Cory Booker
U.S. Senator (D-NJ)

3:45 – 4:30 pm

Opening Presentation
Marriott Ballroom

Kane Smego
Spoken Word Poet
Los Angeles, CA

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Keynote Presentation
Marriott Ballroom

Van Jones
Author, CNN Political Analyst, President, The Dream Corps

Book signing with Van Jones will follow his presentation at 6:00 pm

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception
Exhibit Halls A & B South 

Networking
Poster Presentations
Exhibits Open

Thursday
June 21


7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Conference Registration Open
Marriott Ballroom Foyer – Convention Registration Counter 1 & 2

7:00 – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast - Exhibit Halls A & B South

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Plenary Session (1.5 CEs)
Shaping Tomorrow Together: Maximizing Opportunities to Create a Just Society
Marriott Ballroom

Gary Bailey, LHD, MSW, ACSW
Professor of Practice, School of Social Work, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Ambassador Wendy Sherman, MSW
Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group, Washington, DC

Vanita Gupta, JD
President & CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Washington, DC


Michelle Jawando, JD
Vice President, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC

10:00 – 10:30 am

Break
Exhibit Halls A & B South

10:30 am – noon

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (1.5 CEs)
Various rooms

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch (On your own)

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Career Development Workshop

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Keynote Presentation (1.5 CEs)
Improbable to Unstoppable
Marriott Ballroom


Fredi Lajvardi
Nationally Acclaimed STEM Educator

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Break 

Meet & Greet with Fred Lajvardi

3:30 – 5:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (1.5 CEs)
Various rooms

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Exhibits
Exhibit Halls A & B South


Poster Presentations
Networking Meet Ups
Refreshments 

7 :00– 9:00 pm

Social Work Film Festival (2 CEs)

  • "Almost Sunrise" - Delaware Suite
  • "The Rape of Recy Taylor" - Maryland Suite
  • "Check It!" - Virginia Suite

9:00 – 11:00 pm

Club NASW!
Marriott Ballroom, Salon A

Join Us for the Inaugural Club NASW! - Hosted By DJ Aria
Social workers dance the night away! Looking for a way to mingle and network with your fellow conference attendees? This is the event for you. We've designed a fun evening that includes great music, refreshments, and good conversation. Dancing promotes self-care, it’s fun, and you meet so many wonderful people. Pack your best dancing shoes and join in on the “Social Work Slide,” other line dances, and music that keeps everyone stepping by one of the best DJs in Washington, D.C. – DJ Aria. Learn new moves, and create lasting memories, as we celebrate the work that social workers do!

Friday
June 22


7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Registration/Conference Information Center Open
Marriott Ballroom Foyer – Convention Registration Counter 1 & 2

7:00 – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast
Exhibit Halls A & B South

8:15 – 9:45 am

Plenary Session (1.5 CEs)
Patients First: Making Holistic Health Care Accessible for All
Marriott Ballroom


Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-r, MBA
Associate Director for Clinical Innovation
The Center for Innovation in Mental Health, CUNY, New York, NY

Nick Szubiak, MSW, LCSW
Integration Consultant
The National Council on Behavioral Health, Washington, DC

Thomas McCarry, LMHC
Director, Substance Abuse Prevention
Program Director, Opioid Overdose Prevention Program
The Institute for Family Health, New York, NY

9:45 - 10:45 am

Keynote Presentation (1 CE)
Marriott Ballroom

The Honorable Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD
Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (1.5 CEs)
Various rooms

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Lunch (On your own)

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Film Screening and Discussion (1 CE)
“The Tale” with Writer/Director Jennifer Fox
Marriott Ballroom

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Career Development Workshop

2:15 – 3:15 pm

Plenary Session (1 CE)
Decision 2018: An Election Forecast
Marriott Ballroom


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

Julius W. Hobson, MA
Senior Policy Advisor, Polsinelli, Washington, DC

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (1.5 CEs)
Various Rooms

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Exhibits
Exhibit Halls A & B South

Poster Presentations
Networking Meet Ups
Refreshments 

6:30 – 9:30 pm

A Night at the Awards: A Night to Remember

2018 Awardees:

  • Flavio F. Marsiglia, PhD, MSW - Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award
  • James R. MacKay, PhD, MSW - Knee/Wittman Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Virna Little, PSYD, LCSW-R, SAP, CCM - Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman - International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award
  • Jay Berlin, PhD - Public Citizen of the Year
  • Kimber Nicoletti-Martinez, LCSW - Social Worker of the Year
  • Ruth Brandwein, PhD, MSW - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Knoxville, Tennessee Mayor Madeline Rogero - Public Elected Official of the Year

Saturday
June 23


7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Conference Information Center Open
Marriott Ballroom Foyer – Convention Registration Counter 1 & 2

7:30 – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast
Exhibit Halls A and B-South

8:30 – 10:00 am

Plenary Session (1.5 CEs)
Young Leaders Shaping Tomorrow
Marriott Ballroom


Mildred “Mit” Joyner, MSW, LCSW, BCD
Professor Emeritus, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Karina Velasco
Community Youth Organizer, CASA, Silver Spring, MD

Sixto Cancel
Founder & CEO, Think of Us, Richmond, VA

Julia Spoor
Student, Jenkintown High School, Jenkintown, PA

Gernani Yutob, Jr.
Youth Engagement Specialist, Foster Forward, East Providence, RI

10:15 - 11:45 am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions V (1.5 CEs)
Various rooms

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Keynote Presentation (1 CE)
The Four Tendencies
Marriott Ballroom


Gretchen Rubin
Author and Podcaster

Book signing with Gretchen Rubin will follow her presentation at 1:00 pm

1:00 – 1:15 pm

Closing Remarks
Marriott Ballroom


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

1:15 pm

Conference Adjournment
conference attendee speaking
breakout session
conference attendee listening to speaker