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March 24-25, 2017 at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA;
with Pre-Conference Leadership Institute on March 23, 2017



Call for Presentations


Share your expertise with your fellow professionals!

NASW Virginia is requesting proposals for 1.5 hour or 3 hour workshops to be presented at the 2017 NASW-VA Annual Conference on March 24-25 in Williamsburg, VA. The Conference Planning Committee seeks qualified experts to present intermediate (5-8 practice years) and advanced (8 or more practice years) level topics with an emphasis on new research, sophisticated interventions, and skills-based training for social workers and other mental health professionals. Please consider this opportunity to share your expertise and shine among your peers!


Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on September 20, 2016

If you are considering applying, please let jstrohhacker@naswva.com know, so that we can keep an eye out for your submission!

Please submit your application electronically by email, or on a flash drive or CD. Paper copies will not be considered.



Download the Application Here




Celebrate Social Work!

NASW Virginia is now accepting Award Nominations for the 2017 Annual Conference and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 25. The nomination process is quick and easy and you can even nominate yourself! NASW Virginia would like to recognize extraordinary Social Workers and the work they do, but we need your help.

Click Here to download the nomination criteria and form and nominate a student, a colleague, or yourself today!


Nominations will be accepted until December 16th, 2016 at Midnight.



Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities Available Now!


Click Here to Read More and Download the Prospectus





​How You Can Help Louisiana


NASW established the Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund to provide assistance to those affected by disasters, such as September 11, Hurricane Katrina, the Indonesian Tsunami, the devastating earthquakes in Haiti in 2010, Japan in 2011, the Ebola Crisis, and now the Louisiana flooding in 2016. We will be posting more information about the Fund and links to donate in the next few days. You can also donate to additional organizations like the Red Cross or those listed below:

BATON ROUGE AREA FOUNDATION: BRAF has a relief fund that assists nonprofits responding to flooding across the state. People can make donations online at braf.org. Donations to the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund are tax deductible.


CAPITAL AREA UNITED WAY: Capital Area United Way is accepting donations to help with long-term recovery. Text LAFLOOD to 313131 or http://www.cauw.org/donate.






Join NASW Virginia for the 1st Annual Ethics Symposium

When: November 18th, 2016

Where: Charlottesville, VA
(location to be determined, registrants will be emailed once confirmed)


Eligible for 6 Ethics Hours!

Breakfast and Lunch included with registration


Registration Fees:

$110 - NASW Members

$152 - Non-Members

*Includes breakfast, lunch, and CE certificate emailed following the symposium


Register Now


Morning Seminar

On the Diagnosis and ‘Treatment’ of Homosexuality: When Prejudice Masquerades As Science”: An Ethical Retrospective


Few people know the civil rights struggle of how the diagnosis of homosexuality evolved and was finally deleted from psychiatry's official nomenclature. Over the years, many people suffered severe psychological injury by the very people who were ostensibly there to help them. Some of this tragic legacy continues today. This multi-media presentation begins in the 1950’s and takes the audience through the tumultuous 60’s and 70’s up to the present to demonstrate the legacy and implications of psychiatry’s once implacable position that “homosexuality is treatable psychopathology.” Attendees will see a scholarly but compelling power point presentation, view clips of once popular movies, and hear audio interviews from gay activists and establishment psychiatrists of that era, to see how internalized prejudicial attitudes affect everyone, including those who come asking for help and those who provide treatment.

Objectives: Attendees will...

  • Learn how the diagnosis of homosexuality has evolved within psychiatry's official nomenclature.
  • Understand how social activism compelled psychiatry to examine its reasoning and its methods.
  • Appreciate how internalized prejudicial attitudes affect everyone, including those who come asking for help and those who provide treatment.


Presenter: William S. Meyer, MSW (click for bio)



Afternoon Seminar

Ethics and Multicultural Competency


As a field of study, multicultural counseling is relatively new. It has evolved through the past 30 years or so and continues to evolve today. Multicultural competency will become even more essential as we progress further into the 21st century. The triad of client/family, counselor and supervisor will likely consist of individuals with different backgrounds. Culture shapes our assumptions. It influences what we think and the way we think.

Traditional (Western) counseling methods often fail to meet the needs of many of our diverse clients in today’s society. Becoming a competent multicultural counselor begins with self-awareness and continues with ongoing knowledge and skill-building. With attention to the necessary knowledge, awareness, and skills on the counselor’s part, service recipients will then increasingly receive the kind of attention and ethical practice they need and deserve.


  • Openly and honestly address and discuss multicultural issues.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of cultural differences and ways to approach them.
  • Assess acculturation and racial identity development.
  • Generate alternative “culturally competent” solutions of ethical dilemmas.


Presenter: J. Patrick Slifka, LCSW (click for bio)




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