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March 12th (Pre-Recorded)

Be Independent from Drugs and Other Addictions – Hugs Not Drugs (Italy)

From an EU project to a small town in Italy. How a team of professionals from different backgrounds joined to create an essential guide for teenagers’ parents looking for info...
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Rosita Mazzi

Why Text Messaging is Critical for Effective Client Communication and How To Do It Legally (Canada)

Text messaging a cheap, simple and unintimidating technology used by almost everyone. In fact, recent data from Pew Internet shows 98% of people under the age of 50 texts regularly....
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Paul Crane

Forensic Mental Health: Mental Health Professionals’ Perspective on Primary Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse in (Greece)

This research investigates mental health professionals’ perspectives on primary prevention of child sexual abuse as implemented in Greece and studies the effectiveness of the programs. For the investigation of the...
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Triantafyllia Iliopoulou

International Perspective for Strength and Resilience for Community Disaster Recovery(Singapore)

Focus on macro and global perspective for social work response to crisis and disaster management and recovery. Using a strengths perspective explore case situations for specific learning and practical application...
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Ngoh Tiong Tan
March 19th (EDT)

Welcome Address and Honoring March 19th – World Social Work Day (India)

The 2019 world social work day highlights ‘Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships’. World Social Work Day is on the 19th March 2019. It is the key day in the...
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Dr Sanjai Bhatt

Mission (Im)Possible: One Map+Thousand Connected Schools of Social of Work Around the World. (Canada)

The Schools of Social Work Around the World Asset Map is an innovative way to connect social workers, social work educators, current and future social work students, and everyone who...
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Oleksandr Kondrashov

Gender Inclusive Documentation and Clinical Services for Transgender and Gender Expansive Individuals (United States)

In this session, we will discuss how to create more gender inclusive services for Transgender and Gender Expansive individuals you serve. Learning Objectives Learn how to create gender inclusive forms,...
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Nadia Swanson

How to Benefit from Social Media for Nonprofits and Helping Professionals (Netherlands)

Social media provides many benefits for nonprofits and helping professionals. Never before has it been easy to engage and elevate your voice as an active online professional. Discover which goals...
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Hans Versteegh

Self-Care: Knowing When and How to Step Away! (CANCELLED)

Feeling unmotived and uninspired? What coping mechanism and strategies do you incorporate to deal with burn out and stress? With work-life balance, many people leave their chosen profession or go...
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Nicole Louis

Transforming the Trajectory of Trauma through the Restoration of Personal Identity and Resilience of African – American Girls

“Contrary to the popular adage, time does not heal all wounds. Unhealed trauma is passed from generation to generation in families, communities, and nations. It is acted in through depression,...
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Melody Pannell

Primary Healthcare – What Impacts Could We Have Using a Holistic Model (New Zealand)

In New Zealand, most mental health professionals and social workers are employed by hospital boards and work within the confines of the hospital to help provide patient care. This is...
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Anne MacAulay

Where in the Social Work World are You? (South Africa)

On March 19th, we celebrate World Social Work Day 2019, and this session will focus on the growth of social work around the globe. Every ten years, the International Association...
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John Victor Rautenbach

How to Stand Out as a Highly Effective Helping Professional (CANCELLED)

In this session, Tim Nolan, Ed.D., will discuss the keys to exceptional professional performance and client care for helping professionals and human services. Learning Objectives Understand how to improve communication skills to...
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Tim Nolan
March 20th (EDT)

Working with Rainbow Families – best practices in working with sexual-minorities who are parents

In recent years the accepted conceptual framework of what is a ‘family’ has come under greater scrutiny as social values and legal rights change. Power within political and social structures...
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Marty Forth

How Trusted Influencers Improve Health Outcomes for Underserved African Americans

Disease management within underserved African American communities is impeded by lack of trust owed to historic inequities. A partnership model, that engages trusted influencers, can improve health outcomes within the...
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Patricia Green

Innovative Approaches and Tools for Effective Advocacy

This session will help you gain a greater appreciation, recognition, and understanding of funding requirements necessary for adequate planning, development, and support for the social service workforce. We must effectively and...
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Nicole Brown

Researching for Advocacy

As practitioners, we have important things to say from our experience working with vulnerable groups but this can be made so much stronger through doing basic research, listening to our...
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Glenn Miles

From Micro to Macro. Leveraging Research, Data, and Ethics for Impact at Scale

A discussion on how to leverage research, data, and ethics to address complex social and political issues at the global scale. Topics covered include making the transition from micro to macro...
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Jerrel Peterson

Immigration Detention Conditions

Immigration Attorney, Alexis Ruiz, will discuss the current state of immigration detention facilities in the U.S. and the trials detainees face while fighting their immigration cases and/or while awaiting removal....
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Alexis Ruiz
March 21st (EDT)

Sexual Trauma and its effect on African American Girls/Women Health Behaviors

Over the past few years, considerable efforts have focused on bringing awareness to various forms of sexual trauma, While we continue to bring awareness to sexual trauma, it is important...
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Felicia Bowman

In-Utero Trauma: Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol & Drugs

Many children coming into care were prenatally exposed to drugs and/or alcohol, and with the current opioid epidemic, the numbers are increasing. We will explore risk factors, look at the...
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Barb Clark

Virtual Crisis Intervention with Children and Youth

Children and youth are increasingly experiencing mental health issues, but their access to services can be limited. Telephone helplines are primarily used by adults, while youth struggle to reach out....
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Dustin MacDonald

PTSD from Domestic Violence

This session will not only cover the impact of domestic violence on the victim it will explore the impacts on the whole family, and the relation between domestic violence and PTSD for...
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Maher Sonbol

The Basics of Sex Offender Treatment

The therapeutic treatment of sex offenders has advanced rapidly as clinicians adopt a strength based approach and research studies provide more insight into the etiology of sexual deviance. As a...
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Jan Tate

Suicide: Meeting the Unique Needs of Families in the Aftermath

This presentation will focus on the role that the social worker can play in supporting families after a suicide has occurred. Risk factors and prevention will be reviewed, but the...
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Jenna Teso

Clinical Considerations for Non-Consensual Image Sharing

This session will address the growing concern of non-consensual image sharing (NCIS), also known as non-consensual pornography, and the mental health implications for victims of NCIS. The phenomenon occurs when...
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Jessica Klein

Creating Trauma Informed Global Environments

Trauma-Informed Interview Coaching is a novel and experimental approach to assist students to find success in the field placement process. Research demonstrates a significant increase in criminal behavior and arrest...
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Danielle Brown
Melissa Singh
Susan Hess

Understanding the Patient Point of View Through Storytelling and Music: A Unique Collaboration Between a Social Worker and Cancer Survivor

In the hectic lives of healthcare professionals, it is often difficult to view situations through our patients’ eyes. How does it truly feel to receive a devastating diagnosis? What is...
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Anne McSweeney
Tom Willner
March 22nd (EDT)

Tech and Movement Building – How to Hold Space in the Digital Age

This presentation is about leveraging technology to create spaces for care, listening and counseling outside of the four walls of our offices, clinics, and hospitals. In the age of #metoo...
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Avani Parekh

Creating Safe Sounding Boards

Learn the importance of creating safe sounding boards among colleagues, organizational leaders and community partners. There is value in connecting with each other to debrief, brainstorm, connect and foster a...
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Elizabeth Bishop

Healing the Healer: Designing Creative Self-Care Plans for Work-Life Balance

This experiential session uses Intentional Creativity©–which includes art, journaling and mindfulness practices—to give social work professionals personalized self-care tools to rejuvenate and heal secondary traumatic stress (STS) so they can...
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Rachel Bavis

Trauma-Informed Compassion Fatigue Resilience

Helping professionals spend their days helping vulnerable people. They do this in a system without enough resources to provide the care that is needed and they do it with compassion....
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Charlene Richard

Balance Is Bulls&^%, but You Can Get Mentally Fit

The concept of a perfect work-life balance is promoted as achievable all the time—the reality is, it doesn’t really exist! But if you’re interested in living more in alignment with...
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Liz Carlile
Kate Hendricks Thomas

Helping the Helper: Self-Care in Today’s World

When was the last time you did something to refresh and restore yourself? Did you know that those int he helping profession are at a higher risk of experiencing burnout,...
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Fabiola Paul

Why Helping Professionals Need to Talk About Money

In this thought-provoking session, we will go into the details about why helping professionals need to be open and honest in their communications about money. As one of the worst-paying...
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Kimberly Rand

Helping the Helpers Online: Self-Care Techniques for Online Courses, Webinars, and Virtual Meetings

In order to improve outcomes for the children and families that social work students and staff serve, online educators, trainers, and facilitators can encourage students, training participants, and staff to...
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Beth Counselman Carpenter
Matthea Marquart

How Supervisors and Administrators Can Protect Against Worker Burnout

Given intense job demands, it is not surprising that burnout is a consistent threat to the wellbeing and retention of the human services workforce. While self-care at the individual level...
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Jon Phillips
Sharon Kollar, LMSW