National Association of Social Workers

2019 NASW Virtual Forum | June 19-20, 2019

2019 Virtual Forum Day 1

June 19, 2019 - View schedule here

4 CEs available

  • Introduction and Plenary Session: An Overview of Trauma

    June 19, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Introduction to the 2019 NASW Virtual Forum


    Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW

    Raffaele Vitelli, CAE

    Keynote Presentation: An Overview of Trauma

    Leticia Villarreal Sosa, PhD, LCSW, CADC
    Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Work Dominican University River Forest, IL

    It is recognized that trauma is a widespread and costly public health issue. This all-encompassing term has been used to frame everything from individual service delivery to large-scale program design. Through recent research and observations, there is an increasing awareness of the impact of trauma on clients, and the risk of re-traumatization, if not treated properly. This session will provide an overview of how to recognize and treat clients with trauma in a variety of different settings and through the lens of micro, mezzo, and macro service delivery.

    Learning Objectives:

      • Understand the importance of trauma informed/specific care in social work practice
      • Identify the various forms of trauma (i.e. historical, developmental, type I, II, and III), their prevalence, and impact
      • Understand the principles of trauma-informed/specific interventions at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels
    • Breakout Session: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) - A New Chapter

      June 19, 2019 - 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EDT

      Mary C. Ray, LCSW, ACSW, SEP
      Private Practice, Alexandria, VA

      PTSD has often been referred to as the new public health crisis. As social workers, we are likely to encounter clients with PTSD in all areas of practice. This course provides a practical overview of the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, risk factors, and evidence-based treatments for PTSD, as well as the importance of screening for PTSD and monitoring of symptom change and treatment outcomes.

      Learning Objectives

        • Understand PTSD changes DSM IV to DSM V
        • Be able to name contributing factors to PTSD
        • Hear best practice when it comes to screening for PTSD
      • Breakout Session: Child Welfare/ACES

        June 19, 2019 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT 

        Jennifer A. Jones, MSW
        Director, Change In Mind Institute, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Milwaukee, WI

        Gabriel McGaughey, MSW
        Co-Founding Director, The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

        Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events that occur in childhood, including abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), neglect, witnessing IPV, and/or household mental illness. Nearly two-thirds of adults have experienced at least one type of childhood adversity. Research shows repeated exposure to these events can lead to toxic stress and poor outcomes later in life. Social workers must learn to recognize the impacts of trauma and how to work with children and adolescents who have been traumatized without re-traumatizing them. This session explores how to use ACEs scores to guide treatment and improve the lives of children and families

        Learning Objectives:

        • Discover what the science tell us about adversity and toxic stress.
        • Learn what the Change in Mind Initiative is and what lessons were learned from the sites.
        • Hear how the Change in Mind Initiative helped Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin develop their capacity to create innovative, evidence-based ACEs prevention programs.
      • Breakout Session: Tele-Health and Trauma

        June 19, 2019 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT   

        Elisabeth Counselman Carpenter, PhD, MSW, LCSW
        Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

        Advances in technology continue to shape the way we work with clients in the social work profession. While it allows us to meet the needs of clients, particularly those in rural locations where providers are limited, social workers need to stay abreast to any ethical considerations that potentially could arise, as well as have an awareness of the challenges that telehealth may present to victims of trauma. This session will provide an overview of effective ways to treat clients struggling with a traumatic experience, in the past or present, using telehealth as a means of communication.

        Learning Objectives

          • Define telehealth and locate resources to understand their state-related legal and ethical obligations when conducting trauma work through telehealth.
          • Identify ways to engage in telehealth when working with survivors of trauma including building treatment plans, crisis management plans and handling termination.
          • Analyze and discuss when telehealth is an option for their clients (and when it may not be) when conducting trauma work
        • Plenary Session: Trauma and Addictions / Closing Remarks

          June 19, 2019 - 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT   

          Maurice Fisher, Sr., PhD
          Outpatient Services, Roanoke, VA

          As social workers, we have witnessed numerous clients who have turned to drugs and alcohol in attempt to cope with the overwhelming feelings that are experienced by victims of trauma. Knowing that these behaviors are destructive is not reason enough for individuals to stop using. We need to look at treating the root of the pain. This session will provide an overview of methods to use when working with clients who have addictions resulting from experiences from traumatic events.

          Learning Objectives:

          • Gain an understanding of what is meant the concept of “trauma”
          • Understand the comorbid connection between “trauma” and “addictions”
          • Gain an understanding of the relevance of the “environmental context” for clients diagnosed with a traumatic stress related disorder along with a comorbid substance use disorder
          • Understand and be able to apply the concept of “behavioral outsourcing” in the treatment of those diagnosed with a traumatic stress related disorder along with a comorbid substance use disorder.
        • Breakout Session: The Role of Trauma and Intimate Partner Violence

          June 19, 2019 - 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EDT   

          Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, PhD, MSW
          Professor of Social Work Howard University, Washington, DC

          According to the CDC, 20 people are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner every minute in the United States. Be it physical violence, sexual violence, threats of violence, emotional abuse, or other forms, intimate partner violence (also known as domestic violence) has been shown to have both immediate, short-term, and long-term health, social, and economic consequences. Social workers play a pivotal role in providing support and resources to these victims. This session will focus on the impact of intimate partner violence and best practices to working with clients who have been subjected to this form of trauma.

          Learning Objectives

          • Examine the prevalence of intimate partner violence in the United States
          • Discuss social, and physical and behavioral health consequences of intimate partner violence
          • Review the connection between trauma and intimate partner violence
          • Explore a trauma informed approach of working with survivors of intimate partner violence