National Association of Social Workers

2019 NASW Virtual Forum | June 19-20, 2019

2019 Virtual Forum - Full Program

June 19 - 20, 2019

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8 CEs available

  • Introduction and Plenary Session: An Overview of Trauma

    Includes a Live Event on 06/19/2019 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    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

    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.

  • Breakout Session: Creating Trauma Informed Schools

    Includes a Live Event on 06/20/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    June 20, 2019 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT   

    Research shows that upward of 70% of children in schools report experiencing at least one traumatic event before age 16. Today, students are exposed to direct and indirect forms of trauma, creating the need for the school community to address the mental health needs of children and adolescents to promote successful school experiences. This session will provide an overview of the impact of trauma on children and adolescents, as well as interventions for direct practice and collaboration with teachers, families, and communities.

  • Breakout Session: Understanding PTSD

    Includes a Live Event on 06/19/2019 at 1:45 PM (EDT)

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

    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.

  • Breakout Session: Child Welfare/ACES

    Includes a Live Event on 06/19/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

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

    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

  • Breakout Session: Tele-Health and Trauma

    Includes a Live Event on 06/19/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

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

    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.

  • Plenary Session: Trauma and Addictions / Closing Remarks

    Includes a Live Event on 06/19/2019 at 4:15 PM (EDT)

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

    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 course will provide an overview of methods to use when working with clients who have addictions resulting from experiences from traumatic events.

  • Welcome and Plenary Session: Human Trafficking and Immigration

    Includes a Live Event on 06/20/2019 at 12:15 PM (EDT)

    June 20, 2019 - 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT   

    The United Nations defines human trafficking as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation.” In 2017, 8,759 cases of human trafficking were reported - this is a 13% increase from 2016. In the United States, California and Texas have the highest number of reported cases, due, in part, to their larger populations and border proximity. The increasing awareness of human trafficking and the susceptibility of immigrants has created a heightened awareness that social workers need to be informed on how to identify, support and work with victims of such devastating circumstances. This course focuses on how to identify possible signs of human trafficking, and the next steps towards stabilization, support, and paths for recovery.

  • Breakout Session: Trauma, Coping, Resources, and Well Being Among Older Adults

    Includes a Live Event on 06/20/2019 at 1:45 PM (EDT)

    June 20, 2019 - 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EDT   

    Traumatic events are widely acknowledged to have long-term impacts on younger individuals, yet we have only recently begun to assess for and gain an understanding of trauma in the lives of older adults. For many older adults, trauma is often overlooked as being either a distant past event (e.g. child abuse) or a normal part of aging (e.g. widowhood). This session will discuss trauma-informed care – looking at how past and recent events can be traumatic for older adults and how to assess and plan for the prevention of re-traumatization.

  • Breakout Session: Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach for LGBTQ Youth

    Includes a Live Event on 06/20/2019 at 1:45 PM (EDT)

    June 20, 2019 - 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EDT   

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth experience trauma at higher rates than their straight peers. Common traumas experienced by these youth include bullying, harassment, traumatic loss, intimate partner violence, physical and sexual abuse, and traumatic forms of societal stigma, bias, and rejection. Further, research detailed in a Harvard University study showed that LGBTQ youth are a high risk for incurring PTSD in particular when compared with cisgender and heteronormative populations. This session will focus on the challenges and traumatic events unique to the LGBTQ community and current best practices in addressing them.

  • Plenary Session: Best Practices in Addressing Trauma in the Community/Closing & Adjournment

    Includes a Live Event on 06/20/2019 at 4:15 PM (EDT)

    June 20, 2019 - 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT   

    Natural disasters. School violence. Domestic terrorism. Racial disparities. Domestic violence. These events, and many more, can have a tremendous impact on people’s daily lives. Due to our skills and the presence of social workers in various settings (hospitals, schools, mental health centers, etc), social workers are increasingly accepting the challenge to address these issues. In this session, social workers from the broader community and our NASW Chapters will share unique, effective techniques they have employed to help others deal with these life-changing events from a micro and a macro perspective. It is intended to highlight the positive ways social workers across the nation are working to elevate their communities and to provide the attendees with takeaways that they can implement in their own communities.