Updated: Apr 26
Meet the 2022 Strengthening Connections Speakers and Key Noters:
Thursday, March 24
Earth Prayer and Discussion of Historical Perspectives of Virginia Indigenous People
8:30-9 a.m., .5 CE.
Presenter: Nottoway Tribe Chief Lynette Allston
Earth prayers or “Land Prayers” recognize that we all walk on originally tribal lands and that environmental sustainability is critical to long-term survival of the human species. Lynette will lead us in such a prayer and then discuss the history and modern condition of her Nottoway Tribe, calling on social workers to become more aware of indigenous peoples in the state.
The Bridge Project: Finding Connection in a Time of Division
9:10 a.m.-Noon. Opening Session, 2.5 CEs.
Keynoters: CJ Suitt and Kane Smego
Life-long friends with over a decade of collaboration in the fields of youth engagement, creative arts, and community building, poets CJ Suitt and Kane Smego explore what it means to nurture cross-cultural relationships.
In this captivating performance and workshop, the duo reimagine healthy masculinity and celebrate the unique perspectives that we all carry, sharing their stories in verse, hip hop, and poetry, as well as guiding participants in telling their own through writing exercises. Beyond the poetry, this program is an invitation to dialogue, fostering social-emotional learning and leading participants in building a more connected community.
Cultivate Your Superpowers!
5:15-6:15 p.m., 1 CE.
Presenter: Salome Raheim
As findings from neuroscience and quantum physics converge with ancient wisdom, the understanding of our capacities and connections as humans is expanding. This interactive session explores some of these findings and their applications to social work. Participants will be invited to engage in practices that tap into the wisdom of the body, ways of knowing, and ways of being that go beyond the limits of intellect.
Friday, March 25
8-11:20 a.m., 3 CEs
Keynoters: Ken Nwadike and Michigan Sheriff Chris Swanson
Lunch and Learn: Embodying a Coaching Mindset for Social Workers
11:40 a.m.-1:40 p.m., 2 CE
Presenter: Liz Lasky
Film Premiere with Director Discussion: “The Last Drop”
5:45-6:30 p.m., .75 CEs
Presenter: Film producer/director Adam Joel, J. Gina Manlove, Brooks Zitzmann, Katie Moffitt
Saturday, March 26
Love and Presence: A Modern-Day Map for Living an Extraordinary Life
9-10:30 a.m., 1.5 CEs
Keynoter: Dr. Harry Pepper
Cousins: Connected Through Slavery
2:45-4:15 p.m., 1.5 CEs
Keynoter: Phoebe Kilby and Betty Kilby Baldwin
We look forward to seeing you March 24-26!
Kudos from past attendees….
“In all honesty, this year’s conference was one of the best I’ve experienced in nearly 40 years of being a clinician social worker. The quality of the presenters and range of content. You and your committee knocked it out of the park.”
“Excellent opportunity! I felt much SAFER at home. Just as educational. In fact, due to being at home, I felt more attentive to the presenters! GREAT JOB, everyone!”
“It was lovely and just wonderful…. This pandemic has been stressful on a personal and professional level, so being able to complete my CEUs as planned went a long way toward decreasing that stress.”