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Annual Conference

2020 Annual Conference

November 19th & 20th, 2020

  Virtual Conference


The NASW Ohio Annual Conference is the largest social work dedicated conference in the state of Ohio - bringing together over 500 professionals from around the state! Attendees will benefit from opportunities to re-charge with like-minded social workers, receive high-quality relevant continuing education trainings, connect with potential employers, universities, and service providers through our virtual exhibit hall, and network with other professionals. 


Our virtual platform, Socio, is easy to use and will allow attendees to benefit from live trainings or watch the recordings on their own time. Connect with other attendees through virtual meet-ups, the conference live feed, and messaging capabilities, and with sponsors through their own dedicated Zoom rooms. 


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Interested in Sponsoring? Click here for more details! 

Keynote Speakers

"Grasping the Baton: Imagining The Future" with Terrance J. Roberts PhD Thursday, November 19th 

Dr. Terrance Roberts was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

 A graduate of California State University at Los Angeles (BA), and UCLA (MSW), Dr. Roberts obtained his PhD in Psycholory from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Dr. Roberts is a civil rights activist, speaker, and writer and has worked as the director of mental health services at St. Helena Hospital and Health Center and in higher education. He is the CEO of Terrence Roberts Consulting, a management consultant firm devoted to fair and equitable practices in business and industry. 


Grasping The Baton: Imagining The Future: Those who walked this terrain before us passed the baton of their accumulated knowledge and wisdom.  As we stand tall, perched on their shoulders, we see a future rife with possibilities, limited only by the paucity of our collective imaginations.  The fierce urgency of now prompts us to channel our energy in ways that allow our imaginations to soar higher and contemplate life as it can be; life devoid of troubling issues that today seem beyond our ability to resolve.


 "Unpack It!" with Jenny Stotts - Friday, November 20th

Jenny Stotts is a social worker with on-the-ground professional experience plus a personal history with the child welfare system. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Athens CASA/GAL Program, Regional Coordinator for CASA in Southeast Ohio, chair of the Southeast Ohio region’s CAPTA mandated child welfare review panel and has been elected to CASA’s National Leadership Council. She presents and trains with humor and remains committed to her 24 hour rule: Teach something that can be applied within 24 hours of the session’s close. Jenny is a mom, a wife, a friend, an advocate and a professional.


Jenny Stotts will keep you laughing while she delivers her message to Unpack It! We all bring our own “stuff” to our work as helping professionals. Take a walk with Jenny as she gets real with practical examples and ideas about how to think about everyday things differently. Join this fun, energetic session, taught through a lens of self-care and resilience.

Earn up to 30 CEUs by watching all the live and recorded conference sessions! 

Attend up to 6 hours of live workshops each day, then watch the other sessions' recordings on your own time to earn all your CEUs. Content will include 6 hours of ethics and 6 hours of supervision. 

This year we will have a dedicated Racial Justice Conference Track with content addressing racism within the social work profession and exploring anti-racist social work practice.  

The workshop schedule below is subject to change.

Thursday, November 19th 

  • Presentations by Pat Lyons, PhD, LISW-S of the National Association of Black Social Workers

  • "Social Justice & Psychiatric Emergencies in the Age of Mass Incarceration and Mass Trauma" by Jewel Woods, LISW-S

  • "Overcoming Barriers to Achieving Racial Equality by Utilizing Critical Race Theory Conjointly with Cognitive Based Strategies" by Joanne Lunceford, DSW-C, MSSA

  • "The Ethics of Self-Care" by Anne Brady, LISW - S

  • "What It Is Like To Lose Someone To Suicide: Professional Guidelines" by Rebecca Prather, LISW

  • "Disability Justice 101"

  • "Supervision through Uncertainty" by Chris Goodall, LISW-S

Friday, November 20th

  • "Abolition 101"

  • Anti-Racist Supervision

  • Older Adults and Substance use Disorder: Understanding Gerontology-Focused Assessment and Treatment Needs" by Dr. Vivian J. Miller, LSW

  • "Ethics of Being an LGBTQ+ Ally" by Angela Fry, LISW-S and Jorie Schwartz, LISW-S

  • "Faith-Based & Secular Meditation: Incorporating Personally and Into Your Practice" by Raymond M. Scurfield, DSW, LCSW

  • "Resettlement and Adaptation Program that Works for Asylum Refugees in the US" by Dr. Jonathan Trauth, Dr. Karleah Harris and Gifty D. Ashirifi

Pre-Conference Panel: Social Work during the Pandemic

Wednesday, November 18th; 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This bonus event is open to all those who register for the conference

1.5 CEUs 


Hear from experts in a wide range of social work practice areas on how they have transitioned their services during COVID-19 and gotten creative to provide their clients, staff, and co-workers with the necessary support during this time. Panelist represent the practice areas of hospice, higher education, community mental health, school social work, housing insecurity/homelessness, and medical social work. 

Attend the conference for the high-quality trainings, networking opportunities, and to connect with future employers and community agencies!

  2-days (Access to 30 CEUs - 12 live) 1-day (Access to 15 CEUs - 6 live) 
NASW Member $85 $55
Non-member $140 $95
Student Member $45 $30
Student non-member $60  $40
Hardship Rate $20  $15


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Whitney M. Young Jr. Conference Scholarship Fund

Named after social work hero and civil rights activist, Whitney M. Young Jr., this scholarship will provide free conference registration to a limited number of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) social workers and social work students. In nearly every occupation BIPOC men and women earn less than their white counterparts. Even in female dominated fields like social work Black women, for example, are paid less than white, non-Hispanic males. 


Individuals and organizations can contribute to this fund in support of our BIPOC members and colleagues during this difficult time brought on by COVID-19, which has disproportionately affected BIPOC communities. You can add on a donation with your conference registration or sponsorship or contact to contribute independently.  


To apply to receive a conference scholarship please Click Here. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come first-serve basis to BIPOC individuals as funds become available. Those who choose to donate $50 or more to the Whitney M. Young Jr. Scholarship Fund will have their name listed as a donor on the conference webpage and program and receive recognition during Thursday’s keynote welcome address.

Open Call for Research Presentations

The NASW Ohio Chapter has successfully hosted juried poster presentations at the Annual Conference for nine years. FOR THIS YEAR’S ONLINE FORMAT, we're looking for scholarly submissions to be delivered as 15 minute oral presentations with use of slides in lieu of posters. Academics, undergraduate, and graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts for review. Scholarship is broadly defined and includes work such as: original empirical research, secondary analyses, integrative literature reviews, field education learning experiences, case study research projects, and program evaluation. 


Research Presentations will occur on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am.

We ask for your help in making the 2020 Annual Conference a time when social work achievements are celebrated by submitting scholarly work for dissemination. For more information or to apply, click here. Please submit a 150-word abstract by October 5th.


Thank you 2020 Sponsors!





ACLU of Ohio

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan

Coleman Professional Services

Cincinnati Children's Hospital



Ohio End of Life Options 

Indiana University School of Social Work

The Emily Program

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