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NASW Virginia and Metro DC Chapters 2024 Annual Conference

Connecting Minds, Empowering Lives: Advancing the Practice of Social Work

For group discounts, organizations with three or more employees registering can enjoy a 10% discount on their fees. 

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View our Registration Rates HERE!


April 18-20 | via SwapCard


April 24-June 22 | via SwapCard

Capture Every Moment: Elevate Your Experience with On-Demand Access to the Entire Event


Networking and empowering each other is a core value to the 2024 NASWVA and Metro DC Annual Conference. Register now for its sister Virtual Annual Conference April 18-20 and earn 18.5 CEs or up to 78.5 CEs for live or on-demand learning and chat! 


Current Members: When registering, if you are an NASW member, you will see a pop up screen that will prompt you to create a password. Please do so and follow the instructions.


Not-Yet Members: When registering, if you are not-yet a member, you will will register directly. Please follow the instructions on your screen.



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At each year’s conference, we aim to embody NASW’s mission of enhancing the professional growth and development of our members. The social work profession is constantly evolving, and with every passing year, new issues arise that need to be addressed. To ensure that social workers are prepared to take on new challenges, our conference provides continuing education opportunities at the cutting edge of the field. This year we have selected the theme, “Connecting Minds, Empowering Lives: Advancing the Practice of Social Work.”

In keeping with our mission and this theme, our sessions this year will focus on empowerment, ethics, innovative and best-practice treatments, social and racial justice, advocacy, self-care, the legal role of social workers, emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, intersectionality and identity, youth mental health, and treatment of the whole person.


Here is a preview of some of the session titles we are excited to bring you this year.


  • An afternoon talk by new NASW CEO Dr. Anthony Estreet, PhD, MBA, LCSW-C, on the advocacy and organizational priorities of NASW at the national level and trends in the social work profession 

  • Dismantling Unconscious Bias with Muslim American Hip-Hop Artist Amirah Sackett

  • From Algorithms to Advocacy: Ethical Use of AI in Social Work Practice

  • Utilizing Virtual Reality in Youth Mental Health

  • Talking with Children about Gender

  • Comprehensive Reproductive Education for Social Workers

  • Historical Trauma of Marginalized Communities and Its Impact on Mental Health

  • Secondary Trauma in Children: The Impact of Having a Parent with PTSD

  • Symptoms vs Diagnosis: Viewing the Whole Person in Their Environment

  • Imposter Syndrome: Myth or Reality among Social Work Practitioners?


Executive Director Debra Riggs, CAE, welcomed nearly 180 social workers to the March 22nd Annual Conference on trauma-based violence prevention. The popular event was one of several keynotes and 36 sessions that will be repeated live online at the Virtual Conference running April 18-20. Register now to earn 18.5 CEs live-virtual or 78.5 CEs with on-demand access until June 22! 

How many CEs can I earn?

Choose from dozens of CE options to meet all of your continuing education and licensing needs! 

If you attend the full live-virtual conference, plus take advantage of on-demand viewing after the event, you can earn 78.5 CEs, including:

  • 4 LGBTQ+ 

  • 26 PHP 

  • 27.75 Ethics


If you attend the full live-virtual conference but do not take advantage of on-demand viewing after the event, you can earn 18.5 CEs, including:

  • 4 LGBTQ+

  • 12 PHP

  • 11 Ethics


If you attend the full live in-person conference March 21-23, plus take advantage of on-demand viewing after the event, you can earn 78.5 CEs, including:

  • 4 LGBTQ+ 

  • 26 Public Health Priorities (PHP)

  • 27.75 Ethics


Attendees at live in-person conference only could earn 18.5 CEs, including:

  • 4 LGBTQ+

  • 12 PHP

  • 11 Ethics



“This conference is such a fantastic opportunity to strengthen our knowledge base and connect with other social workers in our area.”

Sarah Sullivan, LMSW

“The NASW Virginia and Metro DC Conference is always a can’t-miss for me. Even with more than 30 years of experience, I always learn more in the sessions and keynotes, and I enjoy interacting with other social workers, whether in person or online.”

Kathy Murphy-Stephenson, MSW, LCSW

“I’m a first-time attendee, and this conference has been excellent. I highly recommend it, no matter what specialty you’re in.”



By sponsoring or exhibiting at the NASW Virginia and Metro DC Chapters Annual Conference, you can reach hundreds of social work professionals from various backgrounds before, during, and after the virtual and on-demand conference.


That's three unique opportunities for the price of one, and four months of attendee engagement, giving your organization maximum visibility with social workers from all walks of life. 


The social workers you will reach are accomplished practitioners, clinicians, educators, health care workers, researchers, and policy professionals. All are employed in a wide range of practice settings, including, but not limited to, inpatient and outpatient facilities, residential facilities, schools, social services agencies, government agencies, and foundations.


All in-person and online attendees will also have access to your virtual conference booth from the start of the in-person conference until the end of the on-demand conference June 22. 


Space is limited, so confirm your exhibit or sponsor status as soon as possible. All opportunities are on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay, last year we sold out of nearly every sponsorship level!

Ready to move forward? You can review the conference prospectus on our website or fill out an interest form. For further assistance, email the marketing department at:

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!

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