National Association of Social Workers

2019 NASW Virtual Forum | October 16-17, 2019

Day 1 - October 16, 2019

All times EDT. Schedule subject to change.

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

Introduction to the 2019 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.

Opening Plenary Presentation - An Overview of Domestic Violence - Myths & Realities (1 CE)

Ruth Glenn, MPA, President & CEO
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Denver, CO

Domestic violence is still a mystery and a rarely discussed issue. Though it is a public health and social crisis, the awareness of the prevalence and dynamics of domestic violence is still not present in our social lexicon, and when it is present, there are still many misconceptions about who is impacted and how we make change. This session will give insight to the overall issue of domestic violence and those common misconceptions that are associated with it.

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

Ethical Considerations in Working with Individuals who have Experienced Domestic Violence (1 CE)

This session will provide a better understanding of ethical considerations for social workers responding to various domestic violence issues. It will address key topics including competence, interdisciplinary collaboration, client’s right to self-determination, privacy and confidentiality and informed consent. It will also offer effective ethical decision-making tools to ensure high standards of care.


Domestic Violence and Suicide Prevention (1 CE)

Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence and Suicide are closely-linked, complex public health concerns with multiple shared risk and protective factors. This presentation will explore the association between these behaviors across populations as well as discuss screening, assessment, and interventions that mitigate risk and promote recovery for both DV/IPV and suicidality.

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

Intimate Partner Violence and Older Adults (1 CE)

Bonnie Brandl, MASW, Founder & Director
National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, Boulder, CO

A United Nations study indicates that a significant portion of elder abuse is intimate partner violence. As 10,000 baby boomers every day turn 65 years old, cases of abuse in later life are on the rise. During this session, we will hear from older survivors describing their experience. We will explore key dynamics of abuse in later life and effective strategies to respond, as well as identify community partners and promote a collaborative response to these complex cases.


Public Policy/Advocacy Considerations (1 CE)

Kiersten Stewart, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy
Futures Without Violence Washington, DC

Legislative activity at local, state, and federal level can be play a significant role in addressing domestic violence. Whether it is The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 or support for shelters at the local level, organized advocacy efforts are an important part of the process in working to end domestic violence. This session will highlight current legislative initiatives relating to domestic violence and the action that needs to be taken to address them.

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

A Perspective from the Veterans Health Administration (1 CE)

Lisa Pape, MSW, Deputy Chief Officer, Patient Care Services
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC

The VA is committed to addressing the needs of Veterans, their intimate partners, and caregivers as well as VA staff who are affected by intimate partner violence and addressing domestic violence, neglect and abuse. In this presentation, the Deputy Chief Patient Care Service Officer for Care Management and Social Work will share information about the array of innovative and integrated programs and services available in the VA Healthcare System to serve Veterans and families.

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

Closing Remarks

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW

Laura Taylor, MSW, LSCSW
National Director, Social Work
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs