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

    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: Creating Trauma Informed Schools

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

      Eileen Dombo, PhD, LICSW
      Assistant Professor, Chair, Undergraduate Social Work Program, National Catholic School of Social Service, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

      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: 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.
        • Welcome and Plenary Session: Human Trafficking

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

          Susan Munsey, LCSW
          Founder & Director of Programs Generate Hope San Diego, CA

          Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit. In most cases, traffickers trick, defraud or physically force victims into providing commercial sex. In others, victims are lied to, assaulted, threatened or manipulated into working under inhumane, illegal or otherwise unacceptable conditions. It is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 24.9 million people around the world. In The U.S. the average age of entry is 15 and the average victim could be your next door neighbor. This course will focus on domestic sex trafficking, how it happens to American teens, how to identify it and how you can help a victim / survivor in your work setting.

          Learning Objectives:

          • Be able to describe what sex trafficking looks like in the United States.
          • Learn to identify typical indicators of sex trafficking.
          • Discover where to turn for resources or assistance with sex trafficking victim / survivors.
        • Breakout Session: Trauma, Coping, Resources, and Well Being Among Older Adults

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

          Nancy Kusmaul, PhD, LMSW
          Assistant Professor, Baccalaureate Social Work Program, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

          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.

          Learning Objectives

            • Provide examples of the types and timing of traumatic events that must be considered when working with older adult
            • Apply a trauma informed framework to work with older adults in different practice settings
            • Access three different resources that are available for further learning on this topic.
          • Breakout Session: Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach for LGBTQ Youth

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

            Jeff Zacharias, ACSW, LCSW, CADDC
            President & Clinical Director, New Hope Recovery Center, Chicago, IL

            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

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

            Marleen Wong, PhD, LCSW
            Senior Vice Dean, David Lawrence Stein/Violet Goldberg Sachs Professor of Mental Health, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

            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 skills and their presence in various settings (hospitals, schools, mental health centers, government agencies, etc), social workers are increasingly accepting the challenge to address these issues. This session will address several key points in addressing trauma and discussing best practices in the community including, the SAMHSA Framework for Trauma Informed Systems, identify sources of trauma in the lives of children, and identify sills and interventions for caretakers, educators, and mental health service providers.