National Association of Social Workers

2018 NASW Virtual Forum | November 14-15, 2018

Day 1 - November 14, 2018

All times EDT. Schedule subject to change.

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Introduction to NASW Virtual Forum

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

Raffaele Vitelli, CAE
Director, Professional and Workforce Development, National Association of Social Workers

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Plenary Session (1 CE) - The Opioid Crisis: How We Got Here

Jessica Nickel
President & CEO, Addiction Policy Forum, Washington, DC

It is estimated more than 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2017. In the same year the opioid epidemic was declared a public health emergency. How did we get to this place? This session will provide an important overview of the evolution of substance use disorders leading up to the national opioid addiction crisis.

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions (attend only 1 to receive credit)

Opiates in Our Backyard: Implications for Drug Policy (1 CE)

Kiefer Paterson
Government Relations Manager, Harm Reduction Coalition

The opioid epidemic requires a national mobilization of resources and collaborative public health planning. This session will focus on the national and international drug policy implications in addressing this crisis and the important role that social work can play in joining other stakeholders in addressing this public health epidemic.


Implementation Strategies to Support Integrated Care in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders (1 CE)

Aimee Campbell, PhD, MSW
Association Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work Division on Substance Use Disorders, Columbia University Medical Center & NY Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY

Social workers are uniquely positioned to support implementation efforts for integrated treatment of opioid use disorders in diverse healthcare settings. This session will focus on implementation strategies currently utilized in national technical assistance initiatives that address common barriers to integrated opioid use disorder treatment.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Break Sessions (attend only 1 to receive credit)

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) (1 CE)

Walker Reed Forman, MSW
Lead Public Health Advisor, SAMHSA/CSAT/DSI, Rockville, MD

SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for person with substance use disorders. This session will provide insight to this approach in the treatment of substance use disorders.


Building Effective Collaborations to Support Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders (1 CE)

Elaine Voces Stedt, MSW
Director, Children’s Bureau Office of Child Abuse and Neglect, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC 

While much progress has taken place over the last decade to address the needs of children involved in child welfare, in general and in particular those at risk of or involved with child welfare due to parental substance use disorders, there is still much more that needs to be done in order to help families thrive. This session will highlight past and current efforts at the federal and national level to advance collaborative practice to support families experiencing substance use disorders. The speaker will provide information on research that compels us as a field to continue to try new approaches and highlight resources based on workable solutions.

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Plenary Session

Best Practices in Treatment (1 CE)

Maurice S. Fisher, PhD, ACSW, LCSW, Mental Health Therapist,
Maurice S. Fisher, Sr., Ph.D Outpatient Services, Roanoke, VA

This session will explain some of the best psychosocial clinical practices. Participants will learn how to use harm reductive methods to help reduce the addicted person's negative risk to self and society.

5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW