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, defined as battering or abusive acts between adults in the context of an intimate relationship, includes physical violence, emotional (psychological) abuse, sexual violence, and controlling behavior and exists along a range of severity. Millions of people in the United States experience domestic violence each year. The presentation will focus on how domestic violence poses both physical and emotional risks for children and their families, including its impact on parenting. The presentation concludes with a discussion on evidence-based interventions for victims of domestic violence and their children.


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

Because the majority of domestic violence (DV)/intimate partner violence (IPV) is viewed through a heterosexual framework, LGBTQQIA+ individuals are left out of the discussion on DV/IPV. Same-sex partners experiencing DV/IPV often are afraid of reporting the incidents due to distrust of systems, such as the police and the legal system, and biases/stereotypes that it doesn't occur in same-sex partnerships. However, research and statistics are beginning to show that DV/IPV occurs at the same rate as their heterosexual counterparts and in some cases even higher numbers. This workshop will look at DV/IPV with same-sex partners, the ways in which it occurs whether physically, verbally, emotionally or through power/control as well as interventions and tools which clinicians can use to address those who are impacted by these behaviors.


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