*Schedule subject to change

Sunday, June 14




9:00am – 6:00pm Conference Registration Open Terrace Foyer
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.

Scilla Andreen
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.

Various Rooms
3:00 – 3:30pm Welcome and Opening Remarks International Ballroom
3:30 – 4:30pm Opening Presentation
Kai Kight
Composer & Innovator
International Ballroom
4:30 – 6:00pm Keynote Presentation
Maria Hinojosa
Journalist, President & CEO, Futuro Media Group
International Ballroom
6:00 – 7:30pm Welcome Reception Columbia Ballroom




7:00am – 6:00pm Registration Open Terrace Foyer
7:30am – 6:00pm Exhibit Hall Open Columbia Ballroom
7:00 – 8:30am Continental Breakfast Columbia Ballroom
8:30 – 10:00am

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.

International Ballroom
10:00 – 10:30am Break Columbia Ballroom 
10:30am – 12:00pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions Various Rooms
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch On Your Own
12:30 – 1:30pm Career Development  Workshop TBD
1:30 – 3:00pm Keynote Presentation
William Barber, D.Min, M.Div
Pastor, Social Activist, Founder, Repairers of the Breach
International Ballroom
3:30 – 5:00pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions Various Rooms
5:00 – 6:00pm Exhibits, Poster Presentations, Networking Meet Ups & Refreshments Columbia Ballroom
7:00 – 9:00pm Social Work Film Festival

21 is a celebrated age for many young Americans, but if you're aging out of the Foster Care system, the countdown to homelessness can feel more like a ticking bomb. What should be an age for celebrating adulthood becomes a time of anxiety, desperation and danger for many of these young adults. Meet current and former Foster youth facing these unique challenges and the organizations outside the system that are on the front lines battling for their futures.

In the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins as the first woman on a presidential cabinet. Against overwhelming odds, she became the driving force behind Social Security, the 40-hour work week, the eight-hour day, minimum wage and unemployment compensation. Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare features compelling interviews with David Brooks, Nancy Pelosi, Amy Klobuchar, Lawrence O’Donnell and others while telling Perkin’s heroic story which explores the history of women in politics, Social Security, our attitudes toward immigration, poverty, Socialism, and the role of government. Without this context our current dialogue is ill-informed and diminished.

The Weight of Honor is the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the lives of families caring for their catastrophically wounded returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the course of five years we follow the arc of what happens when some of America's best and strongest volunteer to protect our nation but return home physically and emotionally broken and disillusioned. What happens when they return is not only a personal journey but also that of their family caregivers who have no training other than the love for their wounded.

9:00 – 11:00pm Club NASW! TBD

Tuesday, June 16




7:00am – 6:00pm Registration/ Conference Information Center Open Terrace Foyer
7:00 – 8:00am Continental Breakfast Columbia Ballroom
7:30am – 6:00pm Exhibit Hall Open Columbia Ballroom
8:15 – 9:45am

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.

International Ballroom
9:45 – 10:45am Keynote Presentation
Josephine (Jody) Olsen, PhD, MSW
Director, United States Peace Corps
International Ballroom
11:00am – 12:30pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions Various Rooms
12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch On Your Own
1:00 – 2:00pm Career Development  Workshop TBD
2:15 – 3:15pm

Leadership of the Mental Health for US coalition, a nonpartisan educational initiative focused on elevating mental health and addiction in national policy conversations will address the audience in a keynote presentation. With nearly one in five Americans living with mental illness and one in 12 living with addiction, and deaths from suicide and overdose at an all-time high, breaking down barriers to prevention strategies, treatment, and recovery supports should be a top priority for all policymakers. The coalition includes over 80 organizations from around the country dedicated to uniting the American people to advance a better mental health system using civic engagement tools and resources.

International Ballroom
3:30 – 5:00pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions Various Rooms
5:00 – 6:00pm Exhibits, Poster Presentations, Networking Meet Ups & Refreshments Columbia Ballroom
6:30 – 9:30pm

Join us on the red carpet for a memorable evening as we celebrate the recipients of the prestigious NASW National Awards and the NASW Foundation Awards. This is a ticketed event.


Wednesday, June 17




7:00am – 2:00pm Conference Information Center Open Terrace Foyer
7:30 – 8:30am Continental Breakfast Columbia Ballroom
7:30 – 10:00am Exhibit Hall Open Columbia Ballroom
8:30 – 10:00am Making a Difference Through Leadership: Collective Impact for the Profession International Ballroom
10:15 – 11:45am Concurrent Breakout Sessions Various Rooms
12:00 – 1:00pm Closing Keynote Presentation
"How Generalists Triumph in a  Specialized World"
David Epstein
NY Times Best Selling Author
International Ballroom
1:00 – 1:15pm Closing Remarks International Ballroom
1:15pm Conference Adjournment

NASW Congressional Advocacy Program

Briefing: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 3:00-5:00 pm (at the Washington Hilton) 
Hill Day: Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 8:00 am-3:00 pm (on Capitol Hill) 

As a social worker, you recognize the urgent need for action to improve compensation, address skyrocketing educational loan debt and reduce the unacceptably high level of workplace violence. Congress plays a crucial role in addressing these workforce issues. 

Join your colleagues following the conference for Hill Day, when you can meet with your congressional lawmakers and let them know the urgent need for their support. We cannot move our legislative agenda without your personal outreach, because lawmakers need to hear directly from constituents in their states and districts. 

NASW will arrange all of your appointments, provide transportation to Capitol Hill, thoroughly brief you in advance, and provide all materials. We may also accompany you on your visits. 

At your meetings with lawmakers and their staff, you will have the opportunity to tell your story about the crucial role of social workers in your community/state, and in your setting. And you will get to share with them the importance of NASW priority legislation, which may include:

  • The Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S. 782/H.R. 1533 
  • The Protecting Social Workers and Health Professionals from Workplace Violence Act (S. 2880/H.R. 5138) 
  • The Social Work Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1532)
  • The Employer Participation in Repayment Act (S. 460/H.R. 1043)

Advanced registration required. $25 registration fee.