Conference Details Announced

The conference will take place in Las Vegas, Nev., in conjunction with the Aging in America conference.

Program details have been announced for NASW's Annual Practice Conference, "The Aging Boom: Is Your Clinical Practice Ready?" The conference will include 3 tools-to-use workshops, 16 breakout sessions, 2 general sessions and a keynote address.

The conference, scheduled to take place in Las Vegas from March 15-16, will offer social work-specific educational content and unique networking opportunities. It is being held in conjunction with the American Society on Aging / National Council on Aging 2009 Aging in America Conference.

Sandra Lopez, a clinical associate professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, will present a keynote address on "Key Challenges in the Aging Boom: Honoring Diversity in Older Adults."

General sessions will include:

  • "Where the Rubber Meets the Road: The Future Supply of and the Demand for Aging Expertise," introductions by NASW Nevada Chapter President Tom Durante and presented by Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research Executive Director Joan Levy Zlotnik and NASW Center for Workforce Studies Director Tracy Whitaker;
  • "Why a Career in Aging? From Bachelor's Degree to Aging Specialist!" sponsored by the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, introduced by NASW Executive Director Elizabeth J. Clark, moderated by NASW National Board member Esther Langston and including remarks from professors and clinicians Harriet Cohen, Cecilia Thomas and Sandra D. Owens-Kane;
  • "This is Not a Test: The Critical Role of Social Workers in the Age Wave," presented by Clark.

Workshops and sessions will cover topics including aging in place; practice with older adults who have cancer; collaborative case management; disability and employment after retirement; older Holocaust survivors; gambling and other addictions; elder abuse and fraud; pharmacology mistakes; suicide; dying well; aging as sexual beings; dementia; responses to catastrophic events; reentry for geriatric ex-offenders; hoarding; LGBT community issues and others.

The conference will also include a poster session and an NASW/ASA roundtable for social workers. Clark will offer a closing presentation.

The NASW Foundation and NASW Assurance Services, Inc., are serving as presenting sponsors of the conference and NASW's Nevada Chapter is a cosponsor. Participants can earn up to 14 CEUs during the conference, which can qualify recipients for NASW's professional credentials in gerontology, health care, case management and other areas.

Early registration for the conference ends on Jan. 23. NASW is also offering other organizations the opportunity to sign on as a sponsor of the conference.