Welcome to the National Association of Social Workers, Virginia Chapter

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



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!


Early Bird Rate ends October 1st!

Click Here to Read More and Download the Prospectus





NASW Foundation National Programs: 

The Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund

Louisiana Flooding 2016


Statement from Carmen Weisner, NASW Louisiana Executive Director


"During the week of August 9 - 12, 2016 relentless rains fell and rivers swelled. Communities across South Louisiana flooded at historic levels. Even people living on high ground were forced to flee to makeshift shelters where they are being cared for by more fortunate neighbors. The waters have now receded and the reality of the aftermath has come into focus. Homes were destroyed and severely damaged.


The long road to recovery can be daunting. We know from our work with individuals and families that the ability to move past this level of disaster can take months and years. Local organizations employing social workers are best prepared to do the needed work. If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the NASW Foundation, we would greatly appreciate your generosity. Your donation will be leveraged at the local level with organizations that are best prepared to direct needed services and supports."


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 the Louisiana flooding in 2016.


Social workers have always been at the forefront of helping others.


Donations go directly to organizations that provide help to those who have suffered loss and are in need of assistance due to a disaster. When possible, preference is given to assisting social workers who in turn can help others. Your donation, combined with others, shows that the NASW and Social Work community cares.


Donate Now


Contributions to the NASW Foundation, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are deductible as allowed by law. Donate online or print and complete the NASW Foundation donation page, and mail or fax it to NASW Foundation, Att: Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund, 750 First Street NE Suite 800, Washington, DC 20002, Fax: (202) 336-8292, or email naswfoundation@naswdc.org.

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


University of Virginia Inn at Darden

Darden Business School

100 Darden Blvd

Charlottesville, VA 22903


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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