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NASW-NM Annual Conference

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On behalf of the NASW-NM Board of Directors and the Chapter Annual Conference Planning Committee, we welcome all of you to this year‘s conference. The conference has a proud tradition of educating social workers and students throughout New Mexico for 33 years. Whether you are coming for the first time or have attended faithfully for several years, you will find that the next few days will be an enriching experience.

Our 2013 conference feautrues Dr. Jeanne Anastas, President of NASW's Board of Directors. Her keynote will explore the critical role that women play in society and in social work. Reeta Wolfsohn the social work profession's foremost authority on financial social work will be presenting two workshops on the topic and Maria Elena Oliva will be speaking on the impact of language in psychotherapy. A host of innovative workshops on social work practice in New Mexico will also be available to conference attendees.

Please plan on visiting our Conference exhibitors while here. They have valuable information about programs and services. We extend a final thank to our sponsors whose financial support makes this conference possible. Learn and enjoy!


Wednesday, February 20

  • 7:30 -8:30 Registration
  • 8:30 Breakfast, Awards Ceremony, and Keynote Presentation- (3 CEU's)
    Welcome remarks by Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome NASW-NM Chapter President. Lynn Alexander, LMSW & Master Yoga Instructor will open up with some breathing exercises.
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Keynote Presentation: "Social Work: A Woman's Workforce (but men are social workers too)" - Dr. Jeanne Anastas
  • 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (on your own) OR Specialty Luncheon
    Alliance of Health Care Social Workers (1 CEU)
    Alliance for School Social Workers
    Section on Aging (1 CEU)
  • 1:30 - 5:00 Master Seminar Session 3 hours/CEU's
    1. A Bilingual's Healing Journey: In Search of the Language of the Heart (cultural)
    2. Creating a Vision of Hope
    3. From Youth to Adulthood: The Legacy of a School Based Gang Prevention and Intervention Program (cultural)
    4. Integrating Emotional Intelligence: Enhancing the Skills of Self-awareness, Self-direction and Self-management
    5. Historical Trauma, Racism and Sexual Violence in the Lives of Native People (cultural)

Thursday, February 21

  • 8:30 - 12:00 Breakout Session 1 3 hours/CEU's
    1. The Financial Social Work "Financial-Life Management System"
    2. The Emotional Effects of Serious Chronic Illness
    3. Cross Cultural Perspectives on Grief and Loss (cultural)
    4. DSM-V: Autism Spectrum Disorder Criteria, General Treatment Principles, and Application to Work with Individuals and Their Families (cultural)
    5. Military Sexual Trauma: The Invisible War
  • 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (on your own) OR Specialty Luncheon
    • Child Welfare Luncheon (1 CEU)
    • LGBT Task Force (1 CEU)
    • Native American Task Force (1 Cultural CEU)
    • Social Work Students
  • 1:30 - 3:00 Breakout Session 2 1.5 hours/CEU's
    1. Financial Self-Care Planning (continues in session 3)
    2. The Next Osama: Getting Well in a Culture of Fear
    3. The New Jim Crow
    4. Let Me Tell You My Way: How to Make Grown-Ups Understand
    5. What is Gender? (cultural)
  • 3:30 - 5:00 Breakout Session 3 1.5 hours/CEU's
    1. Financial Self-Care Planning (continued from session 2)
    2. Life Review, Interacting with the Elderly
    3. Human Trafficking in the Sex Industry: Issues, Interventions and Real Testimony
    4. Hope is Alive and Well (cultural)
    5. NM: Juvenile Justice Reform and Hope for the Future
  • 5:00 - 6:30 Join us for our 3rd annual reception. This event is free and everyone is invited to attend!
    • Co-sponsored by Sandia Resort.

Friday, February 22

  • 8:30 - 10:00 Breakout Session 4 1.5 hours/CEU's
    1. Engaging Youth in Self-Development and in School Through Rap and Poetry (cultural)
    2. Native Americans and the Right Brain (cultural)
    3. Ethics: The NASW Code of Ethics as a Living Document
    4. The Youth Experience of Rape Culture
    5. LISW to Jail Chaplain
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Breakout Session 5 1.5 hours/CEU's
    1. The Role of Hope, Dignity, and Spirituality in End-of-Life Care
    2. Social Work in Case Management in Traumatic Brain Injury Rehab
    3. Living in a Bind: Married to a Man, Attracted to a Woman
    4. Empowering Young Fathers: Supporting Parental Engagement in Children's Lives
    5. Mobile APP Therapy: Could This Be the Way of the Future Intervention?
  • 12:00 Pick up CEU's and conference conclusion


Pre-Conference- Tuesday

There will be two 3-hour pre-conference workshops presented by Circles® entitled, "Locked In: Systemic Barriers that Keep People in Poverty" & "Circles: A Proven Community Approach to Address the Challenges of Poverty". The pre-conference has a separate registration form.

Social Work Summit - Tuesday

The Summit was developed and implemented in 2006 to address the concerns and needs of NM social workers. Topics discussed are: licensing, education, loan forgiveness, recruitment and retention, elevating the practice of social work, and behavioral health plans. The Summit has a component of legislative action when necessary and is spearheaded by our three social worker legislators. Come to this Forum to get the latest scoop on what is going on in our State. Attendees will receive up to two (2) hours of CEU's.

Awards Ceremony- Wednesday

Breakfast will take place Wed. at 8:30am. Come and join the celebration to honor award recipients such as Social Worker of the Year, Social Work Student of the Year, Public Citizen of the Year, and the Rose Praisner Memorial Award. (Nominations for these awards must be received by January 7, 2013 to be considered. Nomination form is located on the NASW-NM website at


Come and mingle, enjoy the music, food and friendships renewed at our 3rd Annual Conference Reception Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5:00-6:30. There will be food, music, and a cash bar and don't forget to get your bids in for the silent auction; everyone is invited to attend! Co-sponsored by Sandia Resort.


For many years our very own Alejandro Moralez, artist and social worker, has donated his beautiful works of art that depict life in New Mexico. His donation this year is a 24" x 30" oil on canvas entitled, "Mogollon Majesty"; proceeds from this raffle go to the NASW student social work scholarship program. You may purchase one ticket for $5.00 or five tickets for $20. If you wish to purchase tickets prior to the conference, you may do so at the NASW office (505-247-2336). The drawing will take place during the conference; you do not need to be present to win.

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Event Date: Feb 20, 2013 08:30 AM - Feb 22, 2013 06:00 PM
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