National Association of Social Workers

2019 NASW Virtual Forum | October 16-17, 2019

Day 2 - October 17, 2019

All times EDT. Schedule subject to change.

12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Welcome - Day Two

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

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

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

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence & Safety Planning (1 CE)

Safety planning with individuals who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing intimate partner violence is a complex yet vital skill for all clinicians. Effective and trauma-informed safety planning recognizes that each individual’s safety plan should be unique to their needs, strengths and resources and should be developed in an empowering and partnering relationship between the clinician and client. In this presentation, effective and trauma-informed safety planning best practices and resources will be presented and discussed.

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

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Families (1 CE)

Ijeoma OgbannayaPhD, MSW, Assistant Professor
Arizona State University School of Social Work Tempe, AZ

Domestic violence has a substantial impact on children and families. It easily destroys any sense of family unity and leaves scars that have life-long consequences on quality of life. Children and family issues resulting from domestic violence are substantial This session will explore psychosocial needs and resources for children and families caught up in the cycle of domestic violence.


Men and Intimate Partner Violence (1 CE)

Casey Taft, PhD, Strength at Home Program, National Center for PTSD
VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA

Although there has been a significant amount of research and writing about women abused by their intimate partners, this has not necessarily been the case for men. Yet, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence. However, incidences of men who have experienced IPV often go unreported - some of which is attributable to the “stigmas that hinder men from speaking out.” This session will discuss the unique issues of working with men who have experience Intimate Partner Violence and offer specific strategies to address them.

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

Intimate Partner Violence and the LGBTQ Community (1 CE)

Jeff Zacharias, ASCW, LCSW, CAADC, President & Clinical Director
New Hope Recovery Center, Chicago, IL

Domestic violence is not limited to heterosexuality and has significant implications for individuals of all sexual orientations and genders. Intimate partner violence occurs at rates equal to or even higher than the heterosexual community. While the response to LGBTQ victims of domestic violence is improving, it is not uncommon for it to be met with ineffective responses. This session will discuss the unique circumstances found within the LGBTQ community when dealing with domestic violence and strategies for social workers to use address them.


Moral Injury and Domestic Violence (1 CE)

LeAnn Bruce, PhD, ACSW, MVF-CSV, National Program Manager, DVIPV
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Hardinsburg, KY

Moral injury is a conceptual framework of challenges often faced by those who have endured prolonged trauma which is known to affect the individual’s ability to connect with and trust others. This presentation will explore the impact of moral injury on intimate relationships and potential connection to increased risk for intimate partner violence.

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

The Importance of Self-Care in Addressing Domestic Violence (1 CE)

Laurie Graham, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore MD

The social work profession, like all helping professions, requires individuals to be conscious of how listening to the trauma of our clients can impact us both professionally and personally. The retelling of difficult memories and the focus on survival skills impacts all helping professionals, as being exposed to this on a regular basis can lead to burn-out and compassion fatigue. Learn how even the simplest of self-care regimes can make a huge difference in your professional and personal life, as well as the effectiveness towards your clients' interventions.

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

Closing Remarks/Conference Adjournment

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

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW