2022 NASW-LA Annual Conference

NASW-LA invites you to join us for our 2022 Annual Conference featuring three full days of education, networking and celebration of our profession. As always, the educational offerings reflect the broad range of social work practice areas and again this year participants can earn 20.75 hours of continuing education. Additionally, the program will be submitted to the Louisiana Counselors Association, Louisiana Marriage and Family Therapy Association, Association of Addictive Disorders and the Louisiana Department of Education for professional counselors, school psychologists, and educational diagnosticians. Status of approval will be posted on the NASW-LA website at www.naswla.org under Annual Conference. Come connect with your colleagues from across the state, learn about new resources and enhance your social work knowledge and skills. We promise you a premier professional event.
When
6/1/2022 7:00 AM - 6/3/2022 6:45 PM
Where
Crowne Plaza and Executive Center 4728 Constitution Avenue Baton Rouge 70808

Program

   

Wednesday, 01 June 2022

 
Opening Session and Keynote Address - Melissa Smith Haley, LMSW - President, National Association of Black Social Workers – General “Black Social Work Principles, Purpose & Solutions” Premier Ballroom (1.5 CEU)
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Wednesday Plenary Session – Michael LeBlanc, LCSW – Clinical; Intermediate; Mental-Behavioral Health; Self-Care; Health “Breath & Heart Focused Meditation: Rewire Your Brain Towards Wellness” Stress isn’t the problem. Uninterrupted-chronic stress is, and it is related to many mental and physical health issues faced by social workers and the clients they serve. Research proves individuals can make their brain stop producing stress chemicals and start creating biochemistry, similar to oxytocin, that promotes wellness and wellbeing in about three minutes. How? By shifting their focus and breath towards their heart center, a meditation process to be taught and practiced in this workshop. This meditation process is beyond a ‘relaxation technique.’   Premier Ballroom (1.5 CEU)
Time
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM

Welcome Back – We Missed You Luncheon “The Ethics & Art of Self-Care” – Carmen Spooner, LCSW-BACS; Heather Prejean, LCSW-BACS - Ethics     Let us acknowledge that the last two years have been some of the most challenging years in our personal and professional lives.  We can all use a little extra practice of managing our self-care.  This self-care presentation will be a short, fun and interactive experience to help you explore and recognize the best techniques that work for you.  While practicing and reviewing some of these skills, we will have opportunities for connectivity and laughter.  Together, let us renew and engage our commitment to self-care!  Premier Ballroom (.5 CEU)
Time
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
12:00 PM

Wednesday Afternoon Plenary Session – Sharon Marie Chester, LCSW-BACS – Ethics; Intermediate: Diversity; Cultural Competence; Social Justice/Advocacy “Racial Literacy 101: Finding Healing in a Racially Diseased Society” - With the current political climate and high racial strife, Social Workers must be well-equipped to tackle Racism at the personal, community, and policy levels. This session encompasses the most imperative foundational material that should be standard in every Social Worker's Anti-Racism toolkit. It includes the evolution of Race and Racism, places systemic Racism in a historical and institutional context, and provides alternatives to Racist narratives embedded within our society.  Premier Ballroom (3.0 CEU)
Time
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
1:45 PM

Wednesday Evening Plenary Session – Danielle Bailey, LCSW-BACS – Clinical; Intermediate; Mental-Behavioral Health; Trauma-Informed Care; Diversity “Unmasking Depression in African American Women” Unmasking Depression in African American Women is a unique training created and designed with the Black Woman in mind. This training will help attendees understand how to properly unmask symptoms of depression. During this training, we will learn how certain mannerisms can be misinterpreted and can lead to misdiagnosing. We will also learn how to be culturally sensitive and competent to provide the best treatment for our clients.  Premier Ballroom (1.5 CEU)
Time
5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
5:15 PM

Thursday, 02 June 2022

 
Remarks and Thursday Morning Plenary Session – Lisa Lipsey, LCSW-BACS, ACSW; Emily DeAngelo; Carla Moore, LMSW; Bora Sunseri, LCSW-BACS; Hyacinth McKee, DBH, LCSW-BACS, ACSW – Ethics “The Louisiana Social Work Practice Act, Violations and Ethical Considerations” - LABSWE will present the most recent changes to the Practice Act.  There will be a presentation and discussion of the most frequent types of complaints received and a description of the most frequent sanctioned violations. In each board meeting, ethical dilemmas and questions are posed to the members of the board.  In this presentation, board members will discuss how they arrived at their recommendations.  Premier Ballroom (3.0 CEU)
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Plenary and Networking Luncheon “A Snapshot of Social Work in Louisiana” – Worlita Jackson, ACSW, C-SSWS, LCSW-BACS; Shelly D. Weaver, LCSW-BACS, ACHP-SW, APHSW-C; Ronald P. McClain, JD, LCSW-BACS; Angela Wiggins Harris, LCSW-BACS, C-SSWS – General  Premier Ballroom (.75 CEU)
Time
12:00 PM - 1:45 PM
12:00 PM

Thursday Afternoon Plenary Session – Angela "Angie" Wood, Ph.D., LCSW-BACS, CCS, C-ATODSW- Ethics; Basic; Cultural Competency; Ethics; Social Justice/Advocacy “Critical Race Theory: Criticisms and Social Justice”  A multi-culturally competent social worker recognizes the intersectionality of societal forces, group memberships, and social identities. Pursuing and advocating for social justice requires us to think beyond the micro practice level and into the mezzo and macro levels. This workshop will explain Critical Race Theory (CRT), the criticisms of CRT, and a five-step decision-making process within the CRT framework to challenge dominant systems and policies.  Premier Ballroom (1.5 CEU)
Time
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
2:15 PM

Thursday Evening Plenary Session – Alvin Smith, LCSW-BACS, ACSW, DCSW; Tonya Jagneaux, MD, MSHI, FCCP- Clinical; Basic; Social Justice/Advocacy; Health; Public Health “Social Determinants of Health: Comprehensive Care for Our Patients”   Social Determinants of Health play a vital role in the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The session will describe how healthcare focuses on crises that could be avoided by addressing gaps in social determinants long before the crisis. Assessing social determinants of health and effective methods for connecting patients with appropriate resources in both patient and administrative settings will be covered.  Premier Ballroom (1.5 CEU)
Time
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
4:00 PM

Friday, 03 June 2022

 
A-1:  AMBIT: Innovative Resources for Marginalized Youth and Young Adults – Clinical; Advanced; Mental-Behavioral Health; Children, Teens & Young Adults; Corrections, Forensics, & & Juvenile Justice; Lou Irwin, LCSW-BACS. Today, adolescents and young adults marginalized by numerous adverse childhood experiences face an unprecedented combination of individual, structural, and global challenges. This presentation introduces an approach developed in Great Britain called AMBIT (Adaptive Mentalization-Based Integrative Treatment) to assist those who work with marginalized youth. AMBIT offers a detailed, integrated, open-sourced manual and uses the evidenced-based resource of mentalization to integrate and connect both micro and macro interventions.  Limited to 65.  Bayou/Levee Room
Time
8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
8:00 AM

A-2: PTSD and Evidence-Based Therapies – Clinical; Intermediate; Mental-Behavioral Health; Military/Veterans;  Laurie Guillory, LCSW-BACS; Kelley Pears, Ph.D. This workshop will help participants properly diagnose Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Participants will learn which disorders are commonly co-occurring with PTSD. Participants will learn about the evidence-based practices available for the treatment of this disorder. Emphasis will be placed on the practice of Prolonged Exposure Therapy to treat PTSD.  Limited to 65.  Mississippi Delta Room
Time
8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
8:00 AM

A-3: Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities – General; Basic; Trauma-Informed Care; Children, Teens & Young Adults; Public Health; Sheri Eastridge, B.A. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. This presentation will explain the neurobiology that explains why and how trauma and ACEs impact people's lives so powerfully. Participants will explore the ACE Study data and its implications for ways to become key players in creating sustainable change.  Limited to 95.   Cypress I Room
Time
8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
8:00 AM

1-4: Engaging Clients and Building Trust – Clinical; Intermediate; Mental-Behavioral Health; Andrew Wilson LCSW-BACS. “Client engagement and Building Trust” is essential in the successful completion of treatment goals. Research supports that client engagement is instrumental in helping with retention and is one of the most essential tools we can utilize. All too often, there is an unfortunate outcome of clients terminating treatment prematurely because there was insufficient time spent on establishing rapport and building trust. This workshop addresses this most critical skill in social work.  Limited to 38.  Creole Room
Time
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM

1-5: Addictions: Chemical and Behavioral -- Are They Really So Different? – Clinical; Basic; Mental-Behavioral Health; Addiction; Health; Kenneth Saucier, LCSW. This session provides an overview of addictions, focusing on gambling in light of sports and online gaming and their impact on individuals. The presentation will address the differences between substance addiction and gambling addiction, a behavioral addiction and the only behavioral addiction in the DSM-5. Information on screening, referral, and access to free gambling treatment will be provided.  Limited to 65.  Samuel Clemens/Natchez Room
Time
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
8:00 AM

2-6: Heeding the Ethical Imperative of Self Care – Ethics; Basic; Mental-Behavioral Health; Self-Care; Social Work Career Development; Melanie McGhee, LCSW. The risk of burnout in our profession is high. The cost of neglecting self-care for healing arts professionals affects our well-being, setting us up to leave a satisfying career prematurely and inhibiting the fullness of care we might otherwise bring to our work. We will review the ethical imperative of self-care for social workers in this session. We will also identify common obstacles to self-care and easy ways to create structures for self-care.   Limited to 38.  Creole Room.
Time
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
9:45 AM

2-7: The Clinical Role of Social Work in Hospice – Clinical; Intermediate; Aging/Gerontology; Hospice & Palliative Care; Shelly Weaver, LCSW-BACS, ACHP-SW, APHSW-C.; Edgar Guedry, LCSW-BACS, ACSW, ACHP-SW. This session will focus on the Clinical Role of Social Work in the Hospice and Palliative Care setting. Attendees will explore interventions utilized when working with someone enrolled in hospice care and their appointed caregiver; learn methods for formulating the hospice plan of care; and gain clarity on the expectations and responsibilities of the Social Worker practicing in the hospice setting. Limited to 65.  Samuel Clemens/Natchez Room.
Time
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
9:45 AM

B-8: Autistic Spectrum Disorder 1 – Clinical; Intermediate; Mental-Behavioral Health; Developmental Disabilities; Lisa Donze Jacob, LCSW. This session provides diagnostic criteria of the DSM 5 for Autistic Spectrum Disorder 1 (formerly Asperger's Syndrome). The diagnosis will be examined in terms of similarities and differences between individuals and males and females. Participants explore therapeutic supports, school interventions, self-advocacy, social support groups for adults and children "on the spectrum," and support for parents of these children. Evidence-Based treatment and appropriate assessment will be discussed as well. Limited to 38.  Riverboat Room.
Time
12:45 PM - 4:00 PM
12:45 PM

B-9: Integrating Mentalization-Informed Systemic Therapy (MIST) with Anti-Racism-Informed Cultural Somatics – Clinical; Advanced; Children, Teens & Young Adults; Corrections, Forensics & Juvenile Justice; Marriage & Family; Lou Irwin, LCSW-BACS and Lenda Faye Matthews, LPC.   In late 2021, Eia Asen, M.D. and Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., released Mentalization-Based Treatment with Families. In 2017, Resmaa Menakem, LCSW, SEP, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. This presentation will introduce these books and invite participants to experience key exercises from each. This presentation also suggests one way to synthesize the two approaches into an organic whole that is both systemic and anti-racist.  Limited to 65. Bayou/Levee Room.
Time
12:45 PM - 4:00 PM
12:45 PM

B-10: Suicide Prevention and Safety Planning – Clinical; Basic; Mental-Behavioral Health; Military/Veterans; Laurie Guillory, LCSW-BACS; Selena Cox, LCSW. Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. According to the CDC, suicide rates in the United States have increased about 33% from 1999 to 2019, and suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Personalized safety planning has been shown to help reduce suicidal thoughts and actions. This session explores risk factors and warning signs that someone may be at immediate risk for attempting suicide. It will explore safety planning and effective, evidence-based interventions available to help individuals at risk for suicide in their practice.  Limited to 65.   Mississippi Delta Room.
Time
12:45 PM - 4:00 PM
12:45 PM

3-11: Breaking the Trauma Bond: Understanding Self-Injury in Response to Trauma – Clinical; Intermediate; Trauma-Informed Care; Children, Teens & Young Adults;  Jamie Jones, M.Ed., NCC, LPC-S. This lecture will address self-Injury and its correlation with Traumatic Reenactment Syndrome. Self-injury will be defined, and the lecturer will explore the different types of self-injury. The session will also provide education on the different types of trauma a client may experience, diagnostic factors to explore, ethical guidelines, and treatment modalities for clients who engage in self-injury. Limited to 65.  Samuel Clemens/Natchez Room.
Time
12:45 PM - 2:15 PM
12:45 PM

3-12: Emerging Field in Emergency Management for Social Workers - General; Intermediate; Trauma-Informed Care; Social Work Career Development; Policy & Research; Rubby Douglas, LCSW-BACS. Emergency management is increasing in demand due to the growing number of natural disasters in Louisiana. Survivors need sufficiently trained caseworkers to ensure equity and access to recovery assistance available post-disaster. This session will cover the variety of roles for social workers in emergency management, the basics of survivor's psychology, and share post-storm recovery assistance programs.   Limited to 38.  Creole Room.
Time
12:45 PM - 2:15 PM
12:45 PM

4-13: Student Presentations – General; Basic; Social Work Career Development; Kirby S. Peddy, LCSW. This annual workshop by students from Louisiana's schools of social work features exemplary presentations on current issues in the field of social work. All social work programs are invited to submit one outstanding student paper for consideration. The top three are selected by committee review and presented at this workshop.  Limited to 38.  Creole Room.
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

4-14: LDH/OBH State of the State Address on the Opioid Epidemic: The Importance of Access to MAT– General; Intermediate; Children, Adolescents & Young Adults; School Social Work; Addiction; Substance Use; Quinetta R. Womack, LPC, LAC, CCS, CCGC. This session provides an overview of Louisiana's response to the Opioid Epidemic and strategies implemented to improve access to care to treat persons with Opioid Use Disorders. This session will identify resources available for treatment services at no cost to the individual seeking services.  Limited to 65.  Samuel Clemens/Natchez Room
Time
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM

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