A highlight of the NASW National Conference, the plenary sessions bring together all attendees to hear from some of the most inspiring and influential thought leaders in our field.
This year’s conference will feature four sessions covering a range of multidisciplinary topics.
8:30-10 a.m. – Transforming Lives through Trauma Informed Care
During the last decade, trauma informed care has been a dominant school thought in social work service delivery. This all-encompassing term has been used to frame everything from individual service delivery to large-scale program design. This moderated plenary discussion will feature speakers that will address trauma informed care through the lens of micro, mezzo and macro service delivery. This Plenary Session is worth 1.5 CE Contact Hours.
8:15-9:45 a.m. – Advocating for the Dignity and Worth of All People
The social work profession is a viable, legitimate and valuable partner in the international development arena. Social workers have the specialized skills, knowledge and training to make significant contribution in the areas of human resources, social and economic development, community development and to advocate for change. Advocating for the dignity and worth of all people is a core value of the NASW Code of Ethics and global issues and concerns are relevant to all social workers. This session will feature speakers with expertise in international social work and will link global social work to regional and local practice. This Plenary Session is worth 1.5 CE Contact Hours.
2:15-3:15 p.m. – Decision 2016 – An Election Forecast
The 2016 election will impact critical issues to the social work field. This session will offer an overview on electoral prospects, vital issues, and general viewpoints on House, Senate, and Presidential races. This session, featuring the combination of politics and policy is focused on the potential outcomes of this year’s election This Plenary Session is worth 1 CE Contact Hour.
8:30-10 a.m. – The Power of Youth Voice to Achieve Social Justice
The social work profession respects and promotes the strengths of diversity and advocates for social and racial equity and human rights for everyone. Youth voice is important in elevating many critical social justice issues. Thousands of youth activists across the country are working to create societal change though community engagement and advocacy on local, regional and national levels. This session features speakers who address the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, youth in the juvenile justice system and transgender people. This Plenary Session is worth 1.5 CE Contact Hours.