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Annual Conference

Social Workers: Leaders, Advocates, Champions

November 8-10, 2018

Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio




This year we're offering an additional CEU opportunity on Saturday, November 10. The Tech Savvy Practitioner: 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. Cost is $100 for members, $140 for non-members and includes breakfast, boxed lunch, and six CEUs. This cost is in addition to the below costs for the conference on Thursday and Friday.


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


Hotel Reservations: Discounts are available at Four Points by Sheraton ($111/night, call 614-844-5888 before 10/8) and Fairfield Inn ($129/night, call 614-568-0770 before 10/7). Please call and tell the hotel that you're with NASW to receive the discounted rate.


Conference Schedule


Day 1 - Thursday, November 8

8-9:30 a.m.

Registration and exhibit viewing
9-11 a.m.
Keynote Presentation #1 - 1.5 CEUs
11-11:45 a.m.
Lunch and exhibit viewing
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Breakout A - 1.5 CEUs   
1:30-3 p.m.
Breakout B - 1.5 CEUs
3-3:30 p.m.
Exhibit viewing
3:30-5 p.m.
Breakout C - 1.5 CEUs
5-6 p.m. Networking Meet-Ups

Day 2 - Friday, November 9

8-9:30 a.m.

Registration and exhibit viewing

8-9:30 a.m.   

Political Action Planning Session
9:30-11 a.m.
Keynote Presentation #2 - 1.5 CEUs
11-11:45 a.m.  Lunch and exhibit viewing
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Breakout D - 1.5 CEUs
1:30-3 p.m. Breakout E - 1.5 CEUs
3-3:30 p.m.
Exhibit viewing
3:30-5 p.m. Breakout F - 1.5 CEUs


Day 3 - Saturday, November 10

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.           

Tech Savvy Social Worker

Keynote Presenters:

From Confident Girls to Competent Women: New research and insights for social workers

Presented by Dr. Lisa Hinkelman on Thursday, November 8

There has been a great deal of attention paid to the “confidence gap” in women – the idea that women are much more reluctant than their equivalent male counterparts to take a risk, ask for a raise, or seek a promotion. How does this lack of confidence impact women’s personal and professional development on an individual, group, as well as a systemic basis, and when do these — as well as other challenges with confidence, relationships, body image, and pressure – begin for females?

Presenting new, original research with nearly 11,000 girls across the country, Dr. Lisa Hinkelman will share revealing insights from the recent report, “The Girls’ Index”, to illuminate the challenges that face girls during middle and high school and will discuss how these early experiences impact our perceptions of our abilities and opportunities as well as our personal relationships and professional attainment. Concrete strategies for effective work with both youth and adults will be provided.

Dr. Lisa Hinkelman is an educator, counselor, researcher, and author who has spent nearly 15 years researching girls and educating counselors as both as a professor at the Ohio State University and as the founder and CEO of Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX). ROX is a national non-profit that provides evidence-based empowerment programming for girls, professional development for counselors and educators, and research on the critical issues impacting girls. Her award-winning book, Girls Without Limits: Helping Girls Achieve Healthy Relationships, Academic Success, and Interpersonal Strength, provides relevant research, case studies, and effective strategies to help adults support the girls in their lives. Dr. Hinkelman is also the principal investigator and author of the groundbreaking publication “The Girls’ Index: New Insights into the Complex World of Today’s Girls”. The Girls’ Index reveals the findings from a survey conducted with nearly 11,000 girls across the country and includes girls’ thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs on confidence, body image, relationships, school, social media, careers and leadership. Noted by USAToday, Girls Leadership, The 74 Million and Education World, The Girls’ Index provides the most nationally relevant and representative statistics currently available on girls. Lisa received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Education from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA and her master’s and doctorate degrees in Counselor Education from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She has been honored as one of Business First’s Top 40 Under 40, as a ‘Woman You Should Know’ by Women in Economic Leadership Development (WELD), as a Nominated Changemaker for the White House United State of Women, as a 2017 Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur, and Smart Business’ 2018 Non-Profit CEO of the Year.

We are the Ones: Standing in our power

Presented by Erin Upchurch, LISW-S, on Friday, November 9

Social workers have the power to change the world through our everyday acts of service and labors of love. We are the healers, the holders, and the helpers. We are with people on the worst and best days of their lives. We can hold the bigger picture without losing focus on the details presented before us. We support individuals and build communities. In each moment, and in each movement, we are the ones. Each time is the right time for us to show up, for we are truly here for such a time as this.

Erin Upchurch, MSSA, LISW-S, is a seasoned advocate, community leader, and facilitator of conversations centered on reducing harm and the experiences of oppression for marginalized and minority communities. She presently serves as the executive director for Kaleidoscope Youth Center, an organization based in Central Ohio whose mission is to create safe and empowering spaces for LGBTQ+ youth. Earning her bachelor’s in social work from Eastern Michigan University, and her Master of Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, she has experience working with youth, families, and communities in the areas of mental health, substance use, and trauma recovery. Erin has served on numerous agency boards including TransOhio, Ohio AIDS Coalition, and Central Ohio Fair Housing Association. As a social worker and advocate, Erin has dedicated her life to supporting under-served and marginalized communities. Her work has garnered her numerous awards as well as featured speaking engagements with ACLU Columbus, Equality Ohio, TEDx Columbus; and was featured in Columbus ALIVE as a 2018 Person to Watch.

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