National Association of Social Workers

2019 NASW Virtual Forum | October 16-17, 2019

2019 Fall Virtual Forum - Full Program

October 16 - 17, 2019

View Day 1 Schedule Here
View Day 2 Schedule Here

8 CEs available

  • Welcome & Introduction: Opening Plenary - An Overview of Domestic Violence - Myths & Realities

    October 16, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Welcome & Introduction to the Virtual Forum

    Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW
    CEO, National Association of Social Workers

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

    Participant Engagement

    Raffaele Vitelli, CAE
    Vice President, Professional Education & Product Development, NASW

    Opening Plenary: An Overview of Domestic Violence - Myths & Realities

    Ruth Glenn
    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.

  • Breakout Session: Ethical Considerations in Working with Individuals who have Experienced Domestic Violence

    October 16, 2019 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EDT

    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.

  • Breakout Session: Domestic Violence and Suicide Prevention

    October 16, 2019 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EDT

    Keita Franklin, PhD, LCSW
    Chief Clinical Officer
    Psych Hub
    Nashville, TN

    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.

  • Breakout Session: Intimate Partner Violence and Older Adults

    October 16, 2019 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

    Bonnie Brandl, MSW
    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.

  • Breakout Session: Public Policy/Advocacy Considerations

    October 16, 2019 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

    Kiersten Stewart
    Director, 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.

  • Plenary Session & Closing: A Perspective from the Veterans Health Administration

    October 16, 2019 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT

    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.

  • Welcome & Introduction: Day Two - Opening Plenary - Addressing Intimate Partner Violence & Safety Planning

    October 17, 2019 - 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Welcome & Introduction to the Virtual Forum

    Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW
    CEO, National Association of Social Workers

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

    Participant Engagement

    Raffaele Vitelli, CAE
    Vice President, Professional Education & Product Development, NASW

    Plenary Session: Addressing Intimate Partner Violence & Safety Planning

    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.

  • Breakout Session: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Families

    October 17, 2019 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EDT

    Ijeoma Ogbannaya, PhD, 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.

  • Breakout Session: Trauma-Informed Interpersonal Personal Violence Intervention

    October 17, 2019 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EDT

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

    This presentation will focus on trauma-informed intimate partner violence (IPV) intervention. The speaker will discuss the etiology of IPV with a focus on the role of trauma and a “social information processing” model of violence. Several risk factors for IPV will be discussed, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and core themes underlying trauma and relationship problems such as difficulties with trust, power and control, self-esteem, and shame. An example of an evidence-based trauma-informed intervention, Strength at Home, will then be described and research evidence presented. 

  • Breakout Session: Intimate Partner Violence and the LGBTQ Community

    October 17, 2019 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

    Jeff Zacharias, ACSW, LCSW, CADDC
    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.