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NASW Virginia and Metro DC Chapters 2024 Annual Conference

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

The In-Person, Virtual, and On-Demand Annual Conferences have now ended. 

Thank you to all who attended and presented at the In-Person Annual Conference in March, the sister Virtual Conference in April, and the On-Demand Annual Conference through June 22. See below for some of the responses we’ve received!

The Call for Session Proposals for the 2025 Annual Conference March 13-15 (in-person) in Charlottesville, Va., and the sister Virtual Conference (dates to come) is OPEN! Please submit your session ideas via this form by Sept. 30, 2024.


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 35 sessions that were repeated live online at the Virtual Conference April 18-20, which attracted another 175 attendees. In addition, the On-Demand Conference ran April 24-June 22 and offered up to 76.5 CEs to several hundred new and upgraded registrants.


  • “Always a fun time, interesting and unique keynotes, great ways to connect with other social workers!” 

  • “Great conference--I enjoyed every minute. Because I work from home, I am isolated, but the conference is an excellent way to reengage and get updated on what's going on.”

  • “My networking exposure was great. This was important to me since I work in a suburban and minimally diverse area.”

  • “Attending a conference that is for and about social work is a great reminder for all of us about what the field is truly meant for. As social workers we often work independently for a variety of reasons, and being around our peers who are like minded can reinforce the reason we came into the field in the first place.”

  • “I participated in discussions, created art, networked with others, and rekindled friendships--what a great way to reflect on National Social Work Month. I always feel rejuvenated after attending the conference. I came back to work with more resources from the exhibitors and workshop speakers.”

  • “I’m in private practice and don’t work with other social workers, so it means a lot to gather with other social workers at the conference every year.” 

  • “I was able to learn, network, and earn CE credits in an effective manner.” 

  • “Attendees were friendly and welcoming--it was my first Virginia Chapter event!” 

  • “This was an excellent conference. The speakers were great, and topics were relevant to contemporary clinical social work practice.”

  • “This year's NASW Virginia and Metro DC Chapters Annual Conference was an absolutely amazing experience. I attended so many wonderful breakout sessions and brought home a wealth of knowledge. It was such a great experience, I paid additionally for the ‘on demand’ portion so I could obtain access to the remaining sessions I was unable to attend in-person. It was just that good! I also was able to meet and connect with some amazing people at this conference. I look forward to attending next year!”

See you in 2025!

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!

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