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Annual Conference

2014 Annual Conference
Identity, Belonging, Collaborating:
Social Work’s Role in an Increasingly Diverse World


November 20 and 21, 2014
Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus

 Earn 12 CEUs – for social workers and counselors (chemical dependency CEUs pending)

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As a primary advocate and prominent leader of the social work profession, NASW Ohio Chapter invites Ohio social workers to start a dialogue on diversity both within and outside our profession and communities. The 2014 Annual Conference, Identity, Belonging, Collaborating: Social Work’s Role in an Increasingly Diverse World, will provide social workers with the tools to strengthen their skills in communicating and working effectively with clients, colleagues, other professionals, policymakers, and communities whose make-up is continually changing. The 2014 conference seeks to explore diversity on the level of personal identity (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation), on the professional level (the diversity within our profession and social workers’ roles in interdisciplinary teams and nontraditional practice settings), the community level (urban, rural, neighborhood, city, state, and national cultures and identities), and the generational level (the experience-based legacy of seasoned social workers and the vision of emerging practitioners who have grown up surrounded by technology and new possibilities).


In an ever-changing society, social workers have a professional responsibility to recognize the full range of diversity in their practice and communities, to fight oppression, and actively advocate for social justice. This can be difficult to put into practice. High caseloads can mean rushed assessments that miss important, but subtle cultural nuances. Communities often lack culturally-sensitive resources. Political and bureaucratic obstacles frequently stand in the way of policies that promote equality. Living and working in a diverse world is full of challenges. The NASW Ohio Chapter Annual Conference will prepare you to meet them head-on by honing and developing your skills and knowledge, building your professional network, and reaffirming your belief in human potential and passion for a better world.

Hotels for the 2014 Conference

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Room block will be released on October 22, 2014.
Participants should call 614-568-0770 to make reservations. The group name is “National Association of Social Workers”

Four Points by Sheraton
Room block will be released on October 19, 2014.
Participants should call 614-844-5888 to make reservations. The group name is “National Association of Social Workers”

2014 Keynote Presentations

November 20, 9:30-11:00 AM

50 Years: A look back at the effects of the War on Poverty
Presenters: Jack Hansan, PhD and Keith Kilty, PhD

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. Among these milestones are Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on August 18, 1968, President Johnson’s proposal for a War on Poverty during his January 8, 1964 State of the Union address, and President Kennedy’s 1963 call for civil rights legislation that ultimately became law on July 2, 1964 as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. These events were followed a year later by the creation of Medicare and Medicaid and the Voting Rights Act. The keynote presentation will be a look back at the time period by Dr. Jack Hansan, a charter member of the National Association of Social Workers, director of the Ohio Department of Public Welfare, and the nation’s first social worker to serve as a governor’s chief of staff when he went to work for former Ohio Gov. John Gilligan. Dr. Hansan was the first Executive Director of the Community Action Commission of the Cincinnati area. Following Dr. Hansan’s prepared remarks, he will be interviewed by Dr. Keith Kilty, 50 Years Tribute project coordinator for The Ohio State University College of Social Work, about how the profession of social work can continue to work toward the end of poverty in the next 50 years.

November 21, 9:30-11:00am

Diversity’s Next Step: Consciousness, Inclusion and Integrity
Presenter: James White

The second keynote will be presented by James A. White, Sr., a senior master trainer, management consultant and executive coach. Mr. White will discuss the advancement of diversity of thought that moves beyond the level of awareness, leading to consciousness, inclusion and integrity. In addition, he will share a concept of how one’s diversity of thought can impact quality engagement relative to creating operational excellence in a multi-generational, culturally diverse workplace. 

Professional Development Series

NASW Ohio Chapter presents the annual Professional Development Series on Thursday, November 20.

Breakout A

Getting into a MSW Program

This workshop is geared toward students and professionals who want to pursue their MSW. This is a panel discussion focused on ways to increase your chances of acceptance, preparing you for a MSW program and ways to succeed/get the most out of your MSW program.

Breakout B

Getting into a PhD Program

This workshop is for those wanting to pursue their PhD in Social Work. This panel discussion will focus on the benefits and potential drawbacks of getting your PhD, ways to increase your chances of acceptance, what to expect in the program and ways to succeed/career paths available after you receive your PhD.

Breakout C

Be Your Best Professional Self

NASW membership is your career protection. Everything we do at NASW is focused on making your professional lives better. Come hear from professionals ready to help you prepare for getting a job, earn what you deserve and succeed in your career. After graduation you have to get licensed, start earning continuing education, find a job and start your career. A panel of professionals will share with you what it means to create a professional development plan, how to get your dream job, networking tips, licensure information, managing social media, self-care and ways to always be your best professional self.

2013 Conference

Thank you to everyone who made our 2013 Conference, Building, Defining, Transforming: Social Work in the 21st Century, a success!

This is what attendees had to say
  • "I have enjoyed the entire social work conference. I feel inspired to make positive changes in my community.”
  • "An invigorating, inspiring and exceptionally well-organized conference.”
  • "As usual, wonderful work! The highlight of my year!”

Congratulations to our 2013 raffle winners!

  • University of Pittsburgh Bag: Jessica Morrow
  • Ohio University Bag: Natalie Anderson
  • Cancer Support Community Gift Basket: Janice Beaty
  • Hickory Farms Gift Box: Joseph (Joe) Henry
  • Beech Brook Gift Basket: Rebecca Hall
  • MACC Gift Bag 1: Brooke Fox
  • Movie Night Gift Basket: Angela King
  • Brethren Care Village Gift Bag: Nicole Beighle
  • MACC Gift Bag 2: Bonnie Dingess
  • MACC Gift Bag 3: Karen Gross
  • Northwoods Best Buy Gift Card: Christine Carter
  • National Church Residence Shell Gift Card: Lindsay Dunkel
  • Starbucks Gift: Stephanie Bradford
  • MasterCard Gift Card: Stephanie Fairley
  • Mom's Meals Visa Gift Card: Vicki Lamson-Williams
  • West Virginia University Applebees Gift Card: Steven Leopold

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