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NASW-Wyoming 2021 Conference Schedule at a glace (subject to change):

Thursday, September 30:

6:00 PM Conference kickoff, Opening Remarks, technical info, etc.

6:30 PMKeynote: The Essential Social Work Self (1 CEU), presented by Kimberly Harper, LCSW

7:30 PMSocial Time – The “Zoom” shuffle!

Friday, October 1:

7:30 AMOpen Time for questions, help, etc.

8:30 – 9:30 Opening Plenary Session Ethics in the Age of Technology (1 CEU), presented by Dr. Eleanor Downey, MSW, PhD, UW Social Work Division Director

9:45 – 11:15 Breakout sessions (1.5 CEU each)

A. Social Workers: Harbingers of Hope - Kimberly Harper, LCSW

B. Difficult Conversations in Clinical Practice – Billie Chapman, LCSW

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch and Learn Sessions (1 CEU each)

A. Pending topic/speaker confirmation

B. Regional/Student Rep meetings (social time – no CEU’s) – Monica, Eddie

1:00 – 2:30 Breakout sessions (1.5 CEU each)

A. Cultural Reverence – Diane Kempson, MSW, PhD

B. PANDORA, JOSEPH, AND THE GOAT: Exploring Scapegoating, Sacrifice, and Self Sacrifice in Causation of Suicide Expanding the Scope of Suicide Prevention Jamie Egolf, LCSW

2:45 – 4:15Breakout sessions (1.5 CEU each)

A.Cultural Reverence – Diane Kempson, MSW, PhD

B. COVID-19 Experiences among Health Social Workers: Stories of Grief, Hope, and Resilience – Jen Cullen McCulloch PhD, LMSW and Shivani Kaushik, MSW, PhD candidate

4:30 – 6:15 Social Time!

6:30 – 8:00Evening Plenary session (1.5 CEU) Boundaries: The Foundation of Ethical Practice, presented by Liz Dole-Izzo, LCSW, NASW-Wyoming Exec. Director

Saturday, October 2:

8:00 AM Open Time for questions, help, etc.

9:00 – 10:30 Breakout sessions (1.5 CEU each)

A. Clinical Intervention: A Consensus-driven Approach – David Petersen, LCSW

B. Working with Veterans:  How Knowing Veteran Resources, Understanding Veteran Culture, and the Implications of Complex Trauma can Improve Treatment Outcomes - Misti Bybee, LCSW

10:45 – 12:15 Breakout sessions (1.5 CEU each)

A. The Illicit Drug Triad - David Petersen, LCSW

B. Pending topic/speaker confirmation

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch and Learn (1 CEU each)

A. The Four Agreements: Clinical and Professional Self Care applications – Liz Dole-Izzo, LCSW

B. Regional/Student Rep meetings (social time – no CEU’s) Meghan, Tania

1:45 PM Closing Remarks, Evaluations/CEU info and Farewells

2:15 PM Open time for help, questions, issues, etc


The conference will kickoff at 6 PM MST on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 with Keynote speaker,  and former NASW-WY Executive Director, Kimberly Harper, LCSW.

The Essential Social Work Self: There is no social work without YOU! The Mental Health Professions Licensing Board uses a definition of the practice of social work that includes “the professional use of self” as a key component of clinical work. We’ll revisit what makes social workers unique in their approach to helping others and touch on the essential components of bringing our social work self into our work emphasizing self-care, self-compassion, and self-awareness. 


          We also want to thank our “Diamond” level sponsor 

             University of Wyoming, Division of Social Work

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        and for sponsoring the Friday opening Plenary Session

              Ethics in the Age of Technology 

               presented by Social Work Division Director 

             Dr. Eleanor Downey, MSW, PhD