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Annual Conference

 

Thursday, November 12 + Friday, November 13

Quest Conference Center - 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus


12 CEUs for social workers, counselors, and chemical dependency professionals (pending)

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Breakout Workshops

Awards Banquet

Hotel Information

Poster Presentations

Volunteer

 

 


Keynote Presentations

The 2015 Conference Keynote Presentations will be:


Thursday, November 12, 9:30-11:00 AM

The Future of Social Work Practice in America

Presenter: Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

 

This keynote address will outline changes in key areas that will influence the future of social work practice, including increased life expectancy, technology erasing millions of jobs in America and the role of the social worker, demographic and geographic shifts, gender shifts in wage earning and STEM jobs, the criminalization of America, the need for more trauma-informed services, the use of technology in social work, the shift toward evidence-based practices, the need for nontraditional sources of funding, staff turnover, and leadership voids. Emphasis will be placed on strategies for preparing for the future as social workers.

 

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is a lecturer at the University of Chicago, School of Social Services Administration. He is an international speaker whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. A partial list of clients includes the Wisconsin Bureau of Mental Health, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Institute of Psychiatry, the University of Utah, Texas Behavioral Health Institute, University of Arkansas, and the United States, Army, Navy, Airforce, and Marines. Mark is the author of five books He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. He has received several awards including the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to social work as an alumni of Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work, and the Professional of the Year Award by the Illinois Addiction Counselor Certification Board.

 

Friday, November 13, 9:30-11:00 AM

Harm Reductive Services and the Trans Community

Presenter: JAC Stringer, MSW

Transgender people are disproportionally impacted by homelessness, poverty, discrimination, and violence creating an international state of emergency. When seeking services, a lack of education and competency among providers causes trans people to experience overt and covert discrimination and retraumatization. As a result, trans people have developed a general lack of trust towards providers which is compounded upon by systematic oppressions, institutional disenfranchisement, pathologization, and inconsistent resources. In order to provide services that are more accessible and empowering for trans people, social workers need to make change on both macro and micro levels. This presentation will address historical and current obstacles for trans people, practical tools and language for providers, assessment strategies, and best practice when serving trans communities.

JAC Stringer, MSW, LSW is a trans-genderqueer femme, (dis)abled, Cherokee-white radical activist and performance artist from Cincinnati, OH. JAC is internationally known for his work surrounding trans community building, social justice based human service, trans artistry, and youth empowerment. In 2008, JAC founded the Midwest’s first and only regional trans health advocacy organization, Heartland Trans Wellness Group, where he served as Executive Director for seven years. JAC is an established educator on trans social justice work and his unique model for Trans Community Group programs has been implemented in five cities, and counting. A leading voice in trans accessibility, JAC continues to contribute to multiple activist initiatives, conferences, and art spaces around the country. JAC’s work received awards from national and local organizations including the National Association for Social Workers and The American Counseling Association. JAC currently serves as the founder and director of Trans Activism Hub as well as working as a free-lance educator, therapist, and artist.


Schedule

Day 1 - Thursday, November 12                   Day 2 - Friday, November 13

8:00-9:30 AM
Registration & Exhibit Viewing
8:00-9:30 AM 
Registration & Exhibit Viewing
9:30-11:00 AM
Keynote (1.5 CEUs) 
9:30-11:00 AM
Keynote (1.5 CEUs) 
11:00-11:30 AM
Exhibit Viewing
11:00-11:30 AM
Exhibit Viewing
11:30-11:45 AM
Lunch
11:30-11:45 AM
Lunch 
11:45-1:15 PM
Breakout A (1.5 CEUs)
11:45 -1:15 PM
 Breakout D (1.5 CEUs
1:30-3:00 PM
Breakout B (1.5 CEUs)
1:30-3:00 PM
Breakout E (1.5 CEUs)
3:00-3:30 PM
Exhibit Viewing
3:00-3:30 PM 
Exhibit Viewing 
3:30-5:00 PM
Breakout C (1.5 CEUs)
3:30-5:00 PM
Breakout F (1.5 CEUs) 
5:00-5:30 PM
President's Reception & Town Hall
   
5:30-8:00 PM
Awards Banquet - $30 extra
   




Cost
Both Days
 One Day
$127 for members
$185 for non-members
$46 for student NASW members
$60 for students who aren't NASW members
$80 for members
$115 for non-members
$29 for student NASW members
$40 for students who are not NASW members

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