Updated: Apr 26

You’re invited to the virtual 2022 Joint Annual Conference of the Virginia and Metro DC chapters March 24-26! ​ From the comfort and safety of your home, you can easily meet your continuing education requirements for your license renewal—or simply learn new skills and knowledge—by choosing from a record-breaking 91.5 Category 1 contact hours (22.5 live virtual, 91.5 live-virtual-plus-60-days or on-demand-only) when you participate in this three-day smorgasbord of top-quality learning and networking. We’ve added nearly 40% more sessions than in 2021, including 14 focused on racial equity issues, 18 with ethics CEs (23.5 ethics CEs total), two LGBTQ sessions, and plenty of Public Health Priority CE-qualifying sessions. ​ The packed schedule includes four keynotes by nationally known leaders, nearly 30 interactive workshops and expert-led sessions, engaging breakout discussions for networking, annual awards, fun activities, an amazing film debut, and the ever-popular Lunch and Learn! Peruse the full schedule here. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Connections,” which jives nicely with NASW’s 2022 Social Work Month theme of “The Time is Right for Social Work.” Guided by attendee survey suggestions, emerging topics in social work, the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s racial reckoning, and feedback from membership surveys, the NASW Virginia and Metro DC Conference Committee has put together an exciting and diverse lineup with professional development for every social work specialty—all threaded together with these powerful themes. In addition, the conference offers informal networking breakouts to chat with your peers about relevant issues, as well as a mailed “conference experience” packet with items to enjoy or engage you in at-home activities synced throughout the three days. ​ We even added the option of registering for one day instead of three days this year and continued our very popular live-virtual-plus-60-days and on-demand-only opportunities. Frankly, you’ll likely want to choose one of the on-demand options simply because of the diverse content, highly ranked presenters, and convenient 24/7 access that maximizes your ability to earn CEs safely whenever it’s most convenient. But we didn’t forget everyone’s favorite traditions:

  • The Lunch and Learn is ON, thanks to Dr. Liz Lasky, who will help you “Embody a Coaching Mindset.”

  • Our tradition of exciting keynoters continues with some engaging you directly in theatrical expression during their presentations about racial equity and justice.

  • Watch on demand the adorable Pet Parade (submit your own photos by March 1) and the chapters’ Annual Awards (nominations due February 1).

  • Visit the informative Exhibitor Fair and, if interested, consider inviting your workplace to become an exhibitor itself.

Click on the Registration page today to take advantage of discounted early-bird rates before Feb. 7. You’ve never been in so much control of your budget, access, and learning experience! ​ Retirees and students, we would LOVE to have you attend and engage, and we’re offering you special discounts.