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2020 DFW Symposium

Sponsors and Exhibitors

About the Conference

The DFW Behavioral Health Symposium (DFWBHS) organization provides support for and facilitates all aspects of the annual conference for both Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters of TAAP (Texas Association Addiction Professionals) and their members.

DFWBHS is designed to serve a variety of advocates and practitioners focusing on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment. This includes clinicians, case managers, administrators, judicial representatives, advocates, educators, researchers, students, families, planners, and others concerned with improving services, supports, and quality of life for our community.

DFWBHS promises to provide innovative mental health, trauma, and addiction/recovery-focused topics, along with networking opportunities with colleagues, sponsors, and exhibitors. Focusing on the latest practical strategies will help build upon the innovations and strengths of our communities while addressing behavioral health needs throughout the area.  


How to Register

You will need to be a TPN.Health member in order to complete the registration process. TPN is a platform built specifically for behavioral health clinicians. This membership is complimentary. 

 If you are already a member you will not need to do anything other than reserve your spot through the "TPN Member Registration" button below. After registration, your access information will be emailed to your email address associated with your TPN.Health account. Please be sure that the email you used to register for this event and the email associated with your TPN.Health profile, match. 

If you are not a current member - you will need to sign up for a TPN membership to access this event.  Please select "Non-Member Registration". Once your membership is confirmed, you will be emailed your access link. 


Keynote Speaker


8:00 am -9:00 am Session A

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

Wednesday, August 12, 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

9:15 am – 10:15 am Session B

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   

7:15 pm – 8:15 pm Session J


2020 Gold Sponsors

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August 12, 2020

About the Conference

August 12, 2020


FREE EVENT - 10+ CE Hours

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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10:30 am – 11:30 am Session C



11:45 pm – 12:45 pm Session D


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Session E


4:45 pm – 5:45 pm Session H




2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Session F

Presented By: TBA

1.25 CE Hours


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Session G

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Session I




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2020 Bronze Sponsors

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At-A-Glance Agenda