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Annual Conference

November 16, 17, 18, 2017

Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio


This year’s conference will feature an all-day add-on session on Saturday, November 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Tech Savvy Social Worker: Ethical, Legal, and Smart Use of Technology will provide attendees with an extra six CEUs, including supervision and ethics hours, along with a “Certificate in Ethical Use of Technology.” You can add this program on to your registration through the link above or register for just this program here.

Cost includes breakfast, boxed lunch, refreshments, and 12 CEUs

Both Days One Day
$150 for members $100 for members
$220 for non-members $140 for non-members
$75 for student members $50 for student members
$85 for student non-members $60 for student non-members

The cost of The Tech Savvy Social Worker: Ethical, Legal, and Smart Use of Technology add-on program is $100 for members, $140 for non-members and includes breakfast, boxed lunch, and 6 CEUs. This cost is in addition to the above costs for the Thursday and Friday conference.


Keynote Speakers

The 2017 conference keynote presentations are:


Diary of a Crazy Social Worker

Thursday, November 16, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, and chemical dependency (pending approval)


Helena D. Lewis is an award winning actress, poet, and playwright.  Her one-person show, “Call Me Crazy: Diary of A Mad Social Worker,” chronicles her work in the social service field portraying twenty-five characters from pimps to menopausal women. Call Me Crazy has had over fifteen sold-out performances and was profiled on the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) SocialWorkersSpeak website and Rutgers Alumni Magazine. Call Me Crazy is the winner of the AUDELCO 2014 Best Solo-Performance Award, Best Short at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival in NY, and was festival Pick at the inaugural DC Black Theater Festival. Helena has also performed Call Me Crazy at the NASW-NJ 2012 Annual Conference, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Kumble Theater at Long Island University, Rutgers University School of Social Work Field Day, and was produced by Urbintel, Inc. in conjunction with the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center in NYC. Lewis has performed at numerous universities and colleges across the country and has been featured in the  award winning series, “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.” Lewis is currently a member of the performance troupe HERStory, the host of VERSES at the Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC, and the host of the Midnight Poetry Jams at the National Black Theater Festival (NBTF) in Winston-Salem, NC. Lewis was most recently a featured performer at the 2015 Mother Tongue Monologues produced by Black Women’s Blueprint, and can be seen in, “The Cipher,;" “Golddigger Killer,” which won Best Short at the Odyssey Awards; “What Goes Around Comes Around;” "Freshman Seminar;" and is a featured artist in “Art of Love & Struggle: Women in Hip-Hop.” Her new one-person play, Shenanigans,  debuted  at the 2015 Downtown Urban Theater Festival in NY at the HERE Arts Center.


In addition to her career as a performer, Lewis obtained her Master in Social Work (MSW) from Rutgers University and is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol Drug Counselor (LCADC).  After obtaining her BA in biology Lewis became a certified HIV/AIDS health educator and developed, implemented and supervised a drop-in center for drug-addicted prostitutes for the Community At Risk Reduction (CARR) Program in Newark, New Jersey.  She also spoke at the New Jersey Woman and AIDS Network Annual HIV/AIDS Symposium and her work with prostitutes has been featured on New Jersey News Network.  She helped develop a vocational rehabilitation component for a Department of Corrections (DOC) Community Release Program for women. She also spent three years working on a CDC/HRSA Correctional Demonstration Project providing prevention case management to HIV positive male inmates. Ms. Lewis is currently the Substance Abuse Treatment Director for a 51 bed facility


State of Social Work: Keynote Panel

Friday, November 17, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

1.5 CEUs for social work, counseling, and chemical dependency (pending approval)


The “State of Social Work Address” will give an overview of issues impacting our profession. A panel of distinguished social work experts will discuss the latest policy changes and upcoming practice trends you need to know to stay current in 2018. Panelists include:

  • Matthew Capezzuto, Founder and Executive Director, Allied Behavioral Health Services Inc.
  • Kristen Godfrey, Center Programming Manager, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Inc.
  • Kathleen Gmeiner, VoiceOhio
  • Tom Gregoire, Dean, The Ohio State University College of Social Work
  • Lisa Haberbusch, Board Member, Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board
  • Angela Sausser, Executive Director, Public Children Services Association of Ohio

Where to Stay

There are many hotels in the area. Discounts are available at Four Points by Sheraton (614-844-5888) and Fairfield Inn (614-568-0770). Please call and tell the hotel that you're with NASW to receive the discounted rate.


Perks for Members

In case you need an extra nudge to attend, members will have access to complimentary professional headshots, on-site resume critiques, and the below professional development workshop, in addition to the opportunity to meet therapy dogs and learn about animal-assisted interventions:


Writing Your Overnight Success Story: How to launch (or re-launch) a career in social work

At NASW Ohio Chapter, we help social workers navigate their careers on the frontline, in the corner office, and anywhere in between. This workshop is designed to facilitate career reflection. Participants will learn how to write a personal strategic plan, communicate qualifications on paper and in-person, and negotiate a higher salary.


Macro Meet-Up

Join our informational social hour to network and learn about NASW Ohio’s new Statewide Macro Committee. Learn how to join the committee and/or volunteer for a leadership role. Light refreshments will be served.

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