National Association of Social Workers

2018 NASW Virtual Forum | November 14-15, 2018

Day 2 - November 15, 2018

All times EDT. Schedule subject to change.

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Welcome and Plenary Session

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

Ethical Implications in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction (1 CE)

Dawn Hobdy, MSW, LICSW
Director, Office of Ethics & Professional Review, NASW Washington, DC

This session will provide a better understanding of ethical considerations for social workers responding to the opioid epidemic. 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.

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

A Perspective from the Veteran's Administration (1 CE)

Elizabeth M. Oliva, PhD
National Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Coordinator, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto, CA

Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD
National Program Director for Pain Management, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC

As communities battle the opioid crisis, health care settings are one important setting in which the services of social workers can help make a difference. This session will focus on ways in which the Veterans Health Administration is addressing the opioid crisis, including innovative approaches such as its Rapid Naloxone Initiative and implementing Stepped Care for Pain and Opioid Use Disorder.


Cultural Competency and Opioid Addiction Treatment (1 CE)

Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW
Professor and Head of the Department of Social Work, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Awareness of the unique needs of different populations is a critical factor when addressing opioid addiction. This session will focus on the importance of cultural competency in regards to treatment.

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

The Changing World of Addictions: Social Workers Poised to be an Integral Part of the Solution (1 CE)

Kenneth B. Stoller, M.D.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baltimore, MD

Daniel L. Buccino, LCSW-C, BCD
Clinical Manager, Johns Hopkins Broadway Center for Addiction, Baltimore, MD

This session will discuss the importance of integrated care plans and continuity of care as a practice model that brings primary care providers, behavioral health providers, social service providers together in the treatment equation.


Opioids and the LGBTQ Community (1 CE)

Jeff Zacharias, MSW, LCSW, CADDC
President and Clinical Director, New Hope Recovery Center, Chicago, IL

Substance use disorders, including opioids, disproportionately affects the LGBTQ community. Recent surveys have shown that LGB men and women were significantly more likely to have misused prescription pain relievers in the last year compared to heterosexual adults and had almost three times greater risk of opioid use disorder than heterosexual adults. This session will address the prevalence of opioids in the LGBTQ community and resources available to members of this population. 

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

Social Workers and Self Care in the Age of Opioids (1 CE)

Sandra Lopez, ACSW, LCSW, DCSW,
Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, Houston, TX

The session will feature a presentation on the importance of social workers- who provide front-line services- to be aware of the stresses associated with managing complex multi-need individuals and families. The session will look at burn-out prevention techniques and related approaches to self-care.

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

Closing Remarks/Conference Adjournment

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW