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Updated: Apr 26, 2022

2022 Annual Conference Features 14 Sessions and Keynotes on Racial Equity and Social Justice Issues—Early-bird Registration Ends Feb. 7

NASW Virginia and Metro DC chapters continue to develop education and explore clinical aspects of systemic racism, human rights infringement, and social injustice. This year’s joint conference features 11 sessions and three keynotes on such issues.

These trainings reflect our ongoing commitment to eliminate systemic racism and accelerate social justice change. Please read the statements of the NASW Virginia and NASW Metro DC chapters and the chapter’s commitment to change and self-examination moving forward after the murders of George Floyd and other Black Americans.


8:30-9 a.m. Opening Introduction: Land Prayer and Discussion of Historical Aspects of Indigenous People. Chief Lynette Allston, Nottoway Tribe.

9:10 a.m.-Noon KEYNOTE: The Bridge Project: Finding Connection in a Time of Division. Keynoters: Kane Smego and CJ Suitt.

1:25-2:55 p.m. Cultural Humility as an Antiracist Approach (1.5, .25 ethics CE). Speaker: Dr. Brandynicole Brooks.

1:25-4:55 p.m. Effects of Trauma vs. PTSD (3 CEs, including 1 ethics CE). Speaker: Dr. Kenyautia Gash.

3:25-4:55 p.m. Shattering Glass Ceilings: Bridging Gaps of Racial Inequities within the Workplace (1.5 CEs, including 1.5 ethics CEs). Speaker: Jennifer Brown.


8-11:20 a.m. KEYNOTE: US United. Keynoters: Ken Nwadike and Michigan Sheriff Chris Swanson.

2-3:30 p.m. Addressing Clinical Needs of Survivors of Sexual Exploitation (1.5 CEs). Speaker: Lydia Nicole.

2-5:30 p.m. Affirmative Social Work and Supervision for Transgender and Nonbinary Clients (3 CEs, including 1 ethics CE). Speaker: 2020 NASW Virginia Social Worker of the Year David Lewis and Catherine Casey, MD.


10:50 a.m.-2:25 p.m. The Social Determinants of Mental Health: Advancing Holistic Health Equity (3 CEs, including 3 ethics CEs). Speaker: Ellen Fink-Samnick.

LGBTQ+ and Allyship: As a Spectrum (3 CEs, including 1.5 ethics CEs). Speakers: Rebekah Lowenstein and Julie Wilcox.

10:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Preparing Social Workers to Integrate Professional Values and Antiracist Approaches in Practice. (1.5 CEs, including 1.5 ethics CEs) Speaker: Dan Freedman and Michelle Hand.

10:50 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Understanding and Preventing Sexual Violence Among Communities of Color (3 CEs). Speaker: Veronica Cruz.

12:55-2:25 p.m. Forced and Child Marriage in Virginia (1.5 CEs). Speaker: Alex Goyette.

2:45-4:15 p.m. CLOSING KEYNOTE: Cousins: Connected Through Slavery (1.5 CEs). Keynoters: Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby.


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