|11:30am – 2:30pm
||Optional Pre-Conference Workshops
Darby J. Morhardt, PhD, LCSW
Maria Aranda PhD, MPA, MSW
During this workshop, participants will learn about distinctions among Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, such as vascular dementia, Lewy Body dementia, and frontotemporal disorders, as well as about distinctions among dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and normal cognitive changes. Presenters will address how to help individuals and families cope with the diagnostic process and a new diagnosis. Participants will discuss best practices for working with people living with by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, including early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and for supporting family caregivers. Educational and psychosocial resources addressing various forms of dementia will be provided.
Jerry Bubrick, PhD
This session will explore the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what's really happening? The session will include a showing of the award-winning documentary film, LIKE. The presenters will discuss the addictive design behind the social media platforms and the tips and tricks we can implement to create balance.
Laura Groshong, LICSW
Katie Malinski, LCSW-S
Daniel Renstrom, LMSW
Carol Seacord, LMSW, ACSW, NCD
Leslie Tsukroff, MSW, LCSW
Lynn Zakeri, LCSW
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 across the United States. The new guidelines discuss different areas of private practice including risk management, forms, marketing and advertising, business planning, contracting, setting up a fee schedule, and much more. The guidelines serve as a helpful guide to new and experienced private practitioners who are seeking tools to run an efficient, successful business.
Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW
Vivian Jackson, PhD, LCSW
This interactive session will focus on the interrelationships between cultural competence and racial justice. Indeed, one cannot achieve culturally competent practice without challenging the “Isms” that fuel many of the social conditions that plague this nation. Indeed, all of our clients and communities suffer, regardless of their individual racial or cultural identities. This session will use the NASW Standards and Indicators of Cultural Competence in the Social Work Profession and the NASW monograph, Institutional Racism and the Social Work Profession: A Call to Action as references to explore how the social work profession can address racism at the micro, mezzo and macro levels. Join this session to engage in the work of undoing racism.
Terrie Fritz, MSW, LCSW
This session, developed especially for social workers, is sponsored by the NASW Assurance Services (ASI), and describes the most significant malpractice risks in social work today and numerous methods of mitigating and reducing one’s risk of being sued for malpractice. The presentation is intended for social workers in all settings and positions, not just the clinical, therapeutic mental health setting. The session will cover key concepts in risk management, such as confidentiality and its exceptions, duty to warn, and informed consent. The seminar will reveal the major reasons why social workers are sued and what you can do about those risks.
Jamie L. Bennett, MSW
This workshop focuses on understanding healthy adolescent brain development and will help social workers apply the concepts to practice with adolescents, especially those who have experienced trauma. Drawing from research and the NASW curriculum for training child welfare workers, supported by the Jim Casey Youth Initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, participants will recognize how brain development influences thinking and behavior; understand the link between early life trauma and the opportunity that adolescent brain development provides for healing; recognize how positive youth development principles can enhance outcomes for older youth; and recognize the value of using a strengths-based approach in authentically partnering with adolescents. Considerations will include socio-cultural assumptions, interaction of racism and trauma, and how practitioners’ implicit biases impact working with young people.
Jonathan B. Singer, PhD, LCSW
Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH
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.
Elizabeth Counselman-Carpenter, PhD, MSW, LCSW
This workshop is designed specifically for social workers interested in adding telehealth to their current practice and for those who are currently using some forms of telehealth but would like to strengthen their knowledge. Concepts covered in this workshop will include how telehealth is defined and used in 21st century social work practice, benefits and challenges of telehealth practice and how to self-assess digital literacy to strengthen use of telehealth. Other topics discussed include how to conduct an analysis of various free and fee-related platforms for HIPAA compliance, contracting with clients around the parameters of tele-health, boundaries and ethical issues in telehealth practice and the future directions of the field in regards to telehealth practice. This workshop will include lecture, discussion and case examples.