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2020 NASW-NE Annual Conference

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For quick access, you may contact the Chapter office to receive your NASW membership number at twerner.naswne@socialworkers.org. 

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Keynote Speaker


12:30 pm -4:30 pm Intensive

4 CEU's with Three 10 Minute Breaks

Presented By : TBA

2:10 pm –3:30 am Plenary

“Serious and Life-Limiting Illnesses: Clinical Practice and Communication Considerations” 

Presented By Shelly D. Weaver, LCSW-BACS, ACHP-SW, APHSW-C And Edgar P. Guedry, LCSW-BACS, ACSW, CHPCA, ACHP-SW

Thursday, September 24, 2020

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Awards Ceremony

A-1   Technology in Social Work Practice: Standards of Practice  Presented By Yvonne M. Chase - Ethical

1:45 pm – 5:00 pm Master Session A

A-2   Grief and Anger: A Road to Recovery Presented By Kay Clemons - Clinical

A-3   Avoiding Burnout and Exhibiting Ethical Self Care Presented By Lisa Donze Jacob - Ethical

A-4   DSM-5TM and ICD-10-CM: A Dynamic Duo for Assessment and Application  Presented By Sophia Dziegielewski - Clinical

A-5   PCOMS: Cultural Competence One Client at a Time Presented By Mark S. DeBord - Clinical

1-6   Forensic Social Work: The Art of Testimony Presented By April Johnson Dumas - General

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm Concurrent Session 1

1-7   Social Work Practice With Men Who Have Co-Occurring Disorders Presented By Marvin W. Clifford - Clinical

2-8   Death Anxiety  Presented By Loretta Rivers and Jeanene Bozeman - General

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Concurrent Session 2

2-9   Assessment and Treatment of Children and Teens ExperiencinAnxiety Presented By Donna Wimberly - Clinical

Friday, September 25, 2020

7:30 am - 8:15 am Visit Exhibition Hall

Head to the virtual exhibition hall, meet exhibitors and sponsors, and enter our raffle to win amazing prizes! 

8:15 am – 10:30 am Welcome & Keynote

Welcome and Introductions followed by the Keynote Address Presented by Joanne Cacciatore, PhD

2 CE Hours

3:50 pm – 5:05 pm Session D

Presented By: TBA

1.25 CE Hours

B-20   Common Complaints and Ethical Dilemmas Addressed by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners  Lisa L. Lipsey; Emily DeAngelo; John Shalett; Brent A. Villemarette - Ethical   


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September 24-25

About the Conference

About the Conference

This keynote will illuminate current research on traumatic grief and explore ways in which social workers can cultivate compassionate presence while bearing the unbearable. Using art, poetry, and case examples, Dr. Cacciatore will journey into the intimate and sacred spaces of loss based on more than two decades of practice and research experience.

by Joanne Cacciatore, Ph.D., MSW

Joanne Cacciatore, PhD, is a tenured professor at Arizona State University in the School of Social Work where she directs the Graduate Certificate in Trauma & Bereavement. Her research and practice focus on all aspects of traumatic grief, primarily the deaths of babies and children, and homicide and suicide. With nearly 70 published papers in top tier journals like The Lancet and BMJ, Dr. Cacciatore’s work has been widely read, and she is known for her humanistic approach to traumatic grief. Her best-selling book, Bearing the Unbearable: Love, loss, and the heartbreaking path of grief, won the 2017 Indies Book of the Year Award. In 1996, she founded the MISS Foundation, an international NGO helping families facing the death of a child. In 2017, she started the first care farm in the world for families suffering traumatic grief, Selah Carefarm, that also houses 26 animals rescued from torture and abuse. To learn more about her work, visit www.SelahCarefarm.com  or www.BearingTheUnbearable.com 


Bearing the Unbearable: Helping Clients Facing Traumatic Grief

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10:40 am – 11:55 am Breakout A

Presented By: TBA

1.25 CE Hours



12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Awards Ceremony

Details TBA


1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Breakout B

Presented By: TBA

1.25 CE Hours


2:25 pm – 3:40 pm Breakout C

Presented By: TBA

1.25 CE Hours