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NASW Virginia Encore Conference 
May 1-2, 2021



Saturday, May 1

9-10:30 a.m. Two Ethical Codes: A Dynamic Duo for Social Work Practice (1.5 CEs, including 1.5 ethics CEs)

Our interactive workshop will include discussion about how the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration’s (CCVA) 5 core values and accompanying ethical principles complement core social work values and ethical principles. An understanding of this duo enhances social workers' personal and professional growth and work on micro and/or macro levels. Through group discussion and personal reflection, social workers will be equipped with vital tools to increase self-awareness and to practice more effectively and creatively.

Presenters: Jeannine Deem Purdy, MSW, and Jodi Smith, LICSW, LCSW


10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Google Maps Can’t Help but Perhaps Maslow’s Pyramid Can! (Leadership development) (1.5 CEs, including 1.5 ethics CEs)

Stepping into a leadership role can be exciting but also overwhelming. A framework to structure your efforts can help ensure your success. In this session, you’ll learn the five areas of such a framework: safety, clinical care, staff engagement, financial stewardship, and customer service. You’ll leave with the tools and comfort level to return to your agency and use the assessment tool for strategic planning.

Presenter: Dr. David Rosen, DBH, LCSW


Sunday, May 2

10 a.m.-1:15 p.m. A Firefighter’s Life (3 CEs, including 3 ethics CEs)

Note: This is a 3-hour session (including 3.0 ethics hours and 3.0 DC Public Health Priorities hours). You must attend both parts during Breakouts #3 and #4 to receive credit for this session.


Ever wondered about the culture of first responders, including myths and beliefs around the behavioral health and mentality of being a professional in such high-pressure, crisis-focused professions such as police work, dispatching, and firefighting? This is your chance to enter the emergency world culture, learn the basic terminology of these professions, and be introduced to their emotional and physical stressors, addictions, and suicide statistics. You will be role-playing and engaging in group discussions and exercises to simulate embedding in certain elements of the field.


Among the takeaways will be an understanding of how the fire and EMS cultures have brainwashed individuals into acting in certain ways and how that effects their personal lives; what the do’s and don’ts are when working with first responders professionally; and common mental health challenges such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

Presenter: Jeff Dill, NBCC, MA


11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Doing More with Less: How COVID-19 Unexpectedly Expanded Resources in Rural Areas (1.5 CEs, including .5 ethics CE)

Focus will be on how our rural intensive outpatient program was able to rapidly transition to a telehealth platform that benefits our most vulnerable patients. You’ll explore current barriers in meeting the needs of those in rural areas who are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, look at ethical concerns, and hear how social workers can advocate for expanded services. Special emphasis will be given to examining the role of current policy in mental health service provision, a break down by age cohort of adaptability to teleservices, and a review of outcome measures and needed advocacy.

Presenter: Rachel Connell, LCSW

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