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IUSSWAA Annual Alumni Conference

Session Schedule

IUSSWAA 23rd Annual Virtual Alumni Continuing Education Conference #

Navigating Challenges, Creating Solutions: Social Work 2024 – From Insight to Action

Date: Friday, March 1, 2024

Welcome and Keynote #

Welcome with President Danielle Rhodes and Dean Jeffry Thigpen


Love, Loss and Longing”

Includes Ethics CEU
From 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Zoom Session will open at 8:30 a.m.)

Speaker: Christine Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW, LCAC

Breakout Session One #

From 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Choose one

“It’s Okay to Be Scared Because I’m Not – Domestic Violence 101”

Speaker: Jessica Richmond-Castello

“The Impact of Trauma Exposure on Professionals”

Speakers: Joseph Feldman, MSSW, LCSW

“Policy Analysis: A Case for Rescheduling Marijuana”

Speaker: Tyler Jean, PhD Student

“Killing Us Softly: Suicide in Black Youth”

Speaker: Shawnieka E. Pope MSW, LISW-S, LCSW

Working Lunch #

From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“Have We Really Emerged from Quarantine? A Renewed Understanding of Essential Self-Care”

Speaker: Tammi Nelson, MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Breakout Session Two #

From 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Choose one

“Fair Housing Advocacy for the Social Workers of Today”

Speaker: Erika Fotsch and Johannah Frey, MSW, LSW

“Social Work Licensure in Indiana”

Speakers: Stephan Viehweg, LCSW, ACSW, IECMH-E®, CYC-P and Andy Harner, MSW,

“Competency Restoration: The Intersection of Mental Illness and Criminal Justice”

Speaker: Katrina Norris, LCSW

“The Path to Private Practice”

Speaker: Melissa Sichting, LCSW, LCAC and Cindy McAtee, LCSW, LCAC

Breakout Session Three #

From 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Choose one

“School Social Work: Resource for Prevention and Treatment in Children’s Mental Health”

Speaker: Barb Pierce, PhD, LCSW, Kristina Ray-Bennett, LCSW, Jacob Ressler, MSW, Kyle Walke, LCSW, Isang Jacob, MSW, and Karen Blessinger, MSW

“Nine Career Opportunities Where Pet-Inclusive Social Work Can Improve Delivery of Services”

Speakers: Phil Arkow

“Legislative Climate and It’s Impact on LGBTQ+ Mental Health”

Speakers: MJ Heinz, LCSW, and Mixhi Marquis, LMT

IUSSWAA 23rd Annual Alumni Conference #

We encourage participation by all individuals. Indiana University School of Social Work will issue Continuing Education Credits. The conference is worth 7 CEU Hours.
If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us better serve you.

Registration Online

Cost is $95 for Alumni & Friends and $25 for Students. Registration deadline is February 24th, 2024.
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