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NOTE: Please note that all workshops have limited capacity as indicated at the end of each workshop summary. NASW-LA and the hotel will adhere to these numbers in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable learning experience. Also, note that the workshops have been assigned their room location and that some of the workshops are being held outside of the Hilton Hotel at the Shaw Center in the rooms Hartley/Vey Studio and Hartley/Vey Workshop.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

7:00 am – 12:30 pm Registration/Check-In
7:00 am – 12:30 pm On-Site Office Open
7:30 am – 9:00 am Exhibit Viewing and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:30 am Opening General Session and Keynote Address Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler, Ph.D., MSW, MPH – Sponsored by NASW National – General.
Social Work Practice – The Promise, the Passion and the Challenge”

The social work profession has been an integral part of social action for over six decades. This keynote presentation will provide the participants with critical knowledge needed to identity, situate and celebrate key historical contributions of Social Work to issues of social justice, equity and health and human services in the United States. In addition, the presentation will focus on specific examples of ways in which Social Work is an added value service toward the eradication of health and social inequalities and human rights. The presentation will provide and opportunities and challenges facing the profession in competitive health and human service delivery environment. The profession of social work also needed to celebrate and reinforce the many unique contributions of Social Work to issues of human and social justice. Limited to 600. Riverview A & B (1.5 CEU)



10:30 am – 10:45 am Exhibit Viewing and Coffee Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm Wednesday Plenary Session – Dr. James Hussey, Medicaid Behavioral Health Medical Director, Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals - Clinical

Taking Control of Your Mental Health: Learning How to Practice Self-Healing Through Mindfulness and Meditation”
This interactive presentation will cover the “stress response,” including how the body reacts to stress. “Stress loading” (a.k.a. allostatic loading), causes of increased stress loads, discursive thought, and medical conditions linked to stress will be discussed. Self-care solutions will be detailed and demonstrated, including the complimentary role of mind-body techniques, which elicit the “relaxation response. Those in attendance will be able to understand causes and types of stress (internal and external); understand how the body reacts to stress, including resulting hormonal, genomic, and anatomical changes related to chronic stress; understand the medical conditions linked to stress; learn the physiologic, genomic and overall health benefits of eliciting the “relaxation response”; learn several self-care/mind-body techniques, which elicit the “relaxation response” and obtain resource listings for free and low cost meditation scripts, apps, and other web-based self-help solutions for managing stress. Limited to 600. Riverview A & B (1.5 CEU)
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Exhibit Viewing
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Awards Luncheon – Limited to 500. Riverview A & B


AWARDS LUNCHEON
Presentation of Annual Leadership Awards

Please visit our website at http://www.naswla.org for nomination forms

and criteria. The information is located under Leadership.

OR

Check with your Regional Chair for more information

Deadline for submitting nominations is January 29, 2016
The luncheon is included with the conference registration fee for Members, but members must pre-register by checking the appropriate box on the registration form .
Full Time Students and Unemployed Social Worker Members,

as well as, Non-Members may attend for an additional

$25.00 luncheon fee at time of registration.


2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Exhibit Viewing


2:00 pm – 5:30 pm On-Site Office Open


2:30 pm – 5:45 pm Master Session A (3.0 CEU)

A-1 Working With Suicidal Patients – Core Skills – Intermediate; Clinical; Mental Health; Public Practice; William M. Schmitz Jr, Psy.D.

While the most frequently encountered behavioral emergency (and most distressing outcome) encountered by therapists is suicide, the majority of social workers have insufficient, if any, training in the assessment and treatment of suicidal patients. This 3-hour workshop will not only cover how to appropriately assess suicide risk but also how to work with suicidal patients and specifically address suicidality. Specific attention will be focused on understanding fluid vulnerability theory and the interpersonal theory of suicide, which both have great bearing on suicide risk and treatment. Limited to 100. Governor Room




A-2 GRIEF: Emotionally Charged, and Multi-layered Work – Intermediate; Clinical; Mental Health; Private Practice; Darryl W. Bruno, ACSW, LCSW-BACS and F. David Southern

Grief: Normal reaction to any type of loss. Loss can be a death of a loved one. Loss can also be any type of change or perceived change in physical, emotional, social, financial, and spiritual status. This workshop will provide the clinician opportunities to explore their own grief experiences and history and to offer treatment practices/strategies for this sensitive, emotionally charged, and multi-layered work. Limited to 50. Victory Room


A-3 Self-Compassion in Therapy – Intermediate; Clinical; Mental Health; Private Practice; G. Meda Killgore, LCSW

Self-compassion can powerfully influence our client’s well-being. Teaching it to clients has lifelong benefits for them personally and in their relationships. Workshop participants learn about the many aspects of self-compassion including: understanding the need, the role of mindfulness, how self-compassion affects strong emotions, self-concept and relationships, the importance of balanced compassion and specific techniques and homework assignments to share with clients to enable them to access self-compassion when needed. Limited to 40. Louisiana Room

A-4 Three “C” and the “D” rules of Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls – Intermediate; Ethical; Pamela L. Ebel, BA, MA, JD

Whether swamped with the increased caseloads and paperwork of public sector practice or dealing with shrinking clientele and the economic roller coaster of private practice social work professionals find themselves in a world very different from the one they entered. This workshop will cast a laser beam on the daily activities that may lead practitioners into the quicksand of ethical violations. The attendees will consider their individual personal and practice management habits as they relate to an ethical work environment, using the NASW Code of Ethics. Limited to 100. Shaw Center Hartley/Vey Studio Room

A-5 Gender Matters: Ethical Considerations Improve Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations - Intermediate; Ethics; Social Justice/Advocacy; Robin Toler, ATR-BC, LAC; Bradley A. Leger, MPS, Ph.D.

Psycho-pathologizing, an over-utilized, antiquated practice is at odds with public health gains: improving, promoting and maintaining healthy families and communities. Cultural competence, as informed by the NASW Code of Ethics, impacting equity, quality, and accessibility is the antithesis of longstanding injurious health care practices, Further consistent and repeated patterns of trauma against women negatively impact public health outcomes. Pertinent terminology, current events, statistics, clinical innovations, new perspectives on domestic violence, sexual assault, and economic disparity, mental illness, and substance abuse issues will be covered. Limited to 100. Heidelberg Room


A-6 Microaggression 101: The Little Things We Don’t Talk About – Advanced; General; Child Welfare; Social Justice/Advocacy; Cassandra A. Porter, JD; Delores Kennedy-Williams, MS; Michael Fleischman

Microaggressions are brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership. The most common are racial, gender and sexual orientation microaggressions, but what does this look like for the social worker who sees this occur? Will their clients be comfortable work with social workers who unknowingly commit micoaggressions? How do we move away from being offended to learning and making change? Limited to 65. King Room




A-7 Emotional Focused Therapy: Evidence Based Success with Couples –Intermediate/Advanced; Clinical; Marriage and Family; Parker Sternbergh, MHA, LCSW; Steven K. Bordelon; Angela L. Centanni, LCSW; Debbie Wray, LCSW; Michele Louviere, LMFT

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an evidenced-based approach to work with couples has come to Louisiana! Join the state wide community of professionals who are actively using the approach and supporting one another to effectively heal the multi-stressed couples of Louisiana. Learn about the history and development of the approach, the steps and stages of implementing EFT. Learn about the cycles that couples find themselves in and how to unite the couple to work against negative patterns of interaction. Limited to 90. Capitol Room Same as C-40



2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Concurrent Session 1 (1.5 CEU)

1-8 Legal and Financial Issues When Planning for Long-Term Care – Intermediate; General; Aging/Gerontology; John E. Sirois, JD, MBA, CFP, CIMA, CIMC

With the current trends of increasing life expectancy and aging of our population, the need to plan, provide, and pay for an extended long-term care need will continue to be a key component of elder care. This workshop will provide the participants with an explanation of care options and payment for care by Medicare, Medicaid, VA benefits, private insurance and private pay. The presentation will examine the details of qualifying for Louisiana Medicaid long-term care and planning situations involving a spouse, exempt resources, transfers, penalties and other planning concepts. The workshop will also include a discussion of planning for diminishing capacity including powers of attorney, advanced directives, and interdiction. Limited to 40. Paramount Room



1-9 What You Should Know About Bleeding Disorders – Basic; Clinical; Health; Edgar Guedry, LCSW-BACS, ACSW, ACHP-SW; Erica Simpson; Donna LeBrun

This workshop will focus on understanding psychosocial needs and issues that arise out of a person/family dealing with a bleeding disorder. Education will be given on various forms of a bleeding disorder such as Hemophilia, Von Willebrand, severe, moderate, inhibitors, etc. A parent will present on what it is like to have a child/children with a bleeding disorder and how the family copes and assist the child to deal with everyday life. Limited to 100. Shaw Center Hartley/Vey Workshop Room

1-10 Pharmacogenetics: Using Personalized Medicine to Increase the Safety and Efficacy of Patient Treatment – Basic; Clinical; Health; Mental Health; Gus Bonin, LMFT

Pharmacogenetics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. Workshop participants will learn the basics of pharmacogenetics, how testing is performed, and how test results can identify appropriate medication options and dosing recommendations for patients. Participants will learn about clinical applications and economic implications in the three specialties that gain the most from pharmacogenetics testing today. Associated costs of testing and maximizing financial resources will also be explored. Limited to 30 University Room




4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Exhibit Viewing and Refreshment Break

4:15 pm – 5:45 pm Concurrent Session 2 (1.5 CEU)

2-11 Safety Planning & Suicide Prevention – Intermediate; General; Mental Health; Danita LeBlanc, LCSW-BACS

Safety planning for suicidal individuals is part of a comprehensive suicide care plan. Learn what a safety plan is and how to engage the individual at risk for suicide in the process of keeping him/herself safe. The six steps for collaboratively creating a safety plan with an individual at risk for suicide will be presented. The workshop will utilize an interactive format that involves opportunities to practice applying the steps. Limited to 40. Paramount Room


2-12 A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Informed Program for Weight Loss and Other Wellness Choices – Advanced; Clinical; Health; Mark S. DeBord, LCSW

The Beck Diet Solution and The Diet Trap are books from the Beck Institute which outline a variety of behavioral and cognitive exercises to assist people in their efforts to persist in their dieting behaviors. This seminar will focus on an adaptation of those concepts to help people focus on beliefs and attitudes that are barriers to being consistent with their wellness behaviors, whether that is dieting, exercising or other self-care behaviors. It relies on small, attainable steps consistently applied with a daily task designed to challenge faulty thinking that often prevents success in making healthier choice. Limited to 30. University Room


2-13 Improving Lives for Families and Children in Louisiana: Policy Initiatives – Basic; General; Child Welfare; Policy/Research; Robert Gorman, LCSW, ACSW and Ashley Herad

The Earned Income Tax Credit has lifted 10 million people out of poverty since its inception and has enjoyed broad biparitsan support. You will learn how the credit works on the federal level and in Louisiana and why it is important to both preserve and enhance this credit for hard working families. You will also hear about a statewide initiative, the Bread or Stones Campaign, a way for churches and individuals throughout Louisiana to act on the moral obligation to improve our children’s health, reduce their poverty, help them to stay in school and support Louisiana families.



Limited to 100. Shaw Center Hartley/Vey Workshop Room


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm NASW-LA Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, March 17, 2016

7:00 am – 12:00 pm Registration/Check-In

7:00 am – 12:00 pm On-Site Office Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am Exhibit Viewing and Continental Breakfast


8:00 am – 9:30 am Thursday Plenary Session – Sophia F. Dziegielewski, Ph.D.,

LCSW – Clinical
Change Starts with Us: Effective Communication, Making a Difference and Having Other People Notice

This workshop is designed to help social workers “take charge” by increasing their own power for successful communication. Information covered includes learning how to identify your own learning styles and that of others. Particular emphasis is placed on taking this information and using it to increase your communication skills and maximize your meaning across to all types of audience, including our clients. Communicating with Adult Learners and Understanding How We Learn Learning styles, personality types and behavior: Type A and Type B Auditory/Visual and Kinesthetic Learning what type are YOU? What Style do others have? Ways to increase your communication Effectiveness. Limited to 600. Riverview A & B (1.5 CEU)



9:30 am – 9:45 am Exhibit Viewing and Coffee Break

9:45 am – 11:15 am Concurrent Session 3 (1.5 CEU)
3-14 School Social Work Network Meeting

The School Social Work Network will facilitate a discussion related to current issues involving school social workers. Limited to 100. Shaw Center Hartley/Vey Workshop Room


3-15 Social Worker’s Self Concept and Emotional Intelligence in the Helping Relationship – Basic; General; Professional Relationships; Dr. Jeanine C. Bozeman, Ph.D., LCSW-BACS and Loretta G. Rivers, Ph.D., LCSW

The presenters of the topic believe that the worker’s self-concept and emotional intelligence affect either positively or negatively the worker/client relationship. Therefore they desire to encourage worker to examine their own present assumptions about the relationship of these two components to the worker/client relationship and to evaluate these two concepts in their own client relationships. In addition, they desire to challenge workers to improve these two concepts in their own client/worker relationships. Limited to 40. Louisiana Room

3-16 Mental Health Courts: Building a Better Justice Response to Mental Illness – Intermediate; General; Corrections/Forensic/Justice; Mental Health; Angela R. Wood, Ph.D., LCSW-BACS, CCS, C-CATODSW

The number of individuals with mental illness who come in contact with the criminal justice system is staggering. A 2006 federal study found that up to 64% of people in jail displayed symptoms or had a history of a mental disorder. Of those on probation, individuals with a mental disorder were nearly twice as likely to have their supervision revoked. Mental health courts (MHCs) are one response to address the mentally ill offender. This workshop will discuss the goals of MHCs, differences between MHCs and Drug Courts, and describe the current Behavioral Health Court program of the 22nd JDC in Covington, Louisiana. Limited to 65. King Room




3-17 Ethical, Legal, and Strategic Issues for Social Workers in Holistic Juvenile Defense Settings – Intermediate; Ethics; Corrections/Forensic/Juvenile Justice; Heather Kindschy, LCSW, MPH; Margaret Samra, LCSW; Meghan Garvey, JD

This session will focus on both the holistic defense model and legislative advocacy of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights and the challenges social workers in this setting face. The session will address some of the more difficult intersections of the legal and social work professions that can arise in interdisciplinary work and the ways in which LCCR successfully works through them. Panelists will discuss specific issues such expressed interest versus best interest, mandatory reporting, and confidentiality and privilege. We will be addressing how work on multi-disciplinary legal/social work teams brought conflicting ethics to the forefront and how social workers relied on the NASW Code of Ethics to address the situation and later to inform Louisiana legislation to alleviate the conflict. Limited to 150. Heidelberg Room

3-18 Provider Updates from the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care – Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) and the Medicare Administration Contractor (MAC) for Louisiana Basic; General; Administration/Management; Lisa Stansbury, MHSA; Glenda Thorton, Novitas Solutions

An overview of the CMS Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization Scope of Work in Louisiana which may impact your Medicare patient population’s care delivered in inpatient acute, skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation, home health and hospice levels of care. This includes a discussion of the various Medicare patient rights to discharge appeals, quality of care complaints and Immediate Advocacy. This workshop will also provide an overview of the latest Medicare coverage and billing updates and hot topics. Limited to 100. Governor Room

3-19 The Emergency Room: A Wealth of Opportunity for Social Work – Intermediate; Clinical; Health; Mental Health; Holly M. McKenney, LCSW-BACS, DSW Candidate 2017

In the fast paced environment of the Emergency Room (ER), there are many missed opportunities for social work intervention. These missed opportunities can result in increased hospital readmissions, unnecessary admissions, and result in the misuse of the ER as a primary care or social services clinic. Opportunities for psychosocial triage and “modified” outpatient social services will be discussed and explored as means of improving patient care and satisfaction, preserving hospital resources, and decompressing the ER volume. Limited to 60. Victory Room Same as 9-60


3-20 Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in Social Group Work Sessions! – Intermediate; Clinical; Aging/Gerontology; Child Welfare; Children, Adolescents & Young Adults; Corrections/Forensic/Juvenile Justice; Marriage and Family; Mental Health; Private Practice; School Social Work; Marvin Clifford, Ph.D., LCSW

This presentation will focus on DBT concepts and interventions for social group work as a method various client age children, adolescents and adults will discuss and DBT concepts applied using social group work as the context. Mindfulness, Destress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Relationships, and the Middle Path are the areas of DBT that will be focused on. Application of specific client problems using a DSM-V diagnosis will be highlighted. The context of intervention will be groups. Limited to 30. University Room

3-21 Combat Social Work in Vietnam: Lessons for Iraq/Afghanistan/Civilian Trauma –Understanding and Interventions, Both Military and Civilian; Intermediate; Clinical; Mental Health; Trauma-Related Practice, Ray Scurfield, DSW, LCSW, ACSW

This workshop describes the presenter’s experiences and perspectives as a Social Work Officer on one of the Army’s two psychiatric teams in Vietnam, salient influences pre-war/during the war/post-war, the clinical lessons learned in understanding and treating psychiatric casualties of war, the relevance to civilian trauma per the presenter’s experiences post-Katrina and in private practice and the salient role of the trauma survivor’s relationship with community/country as a legitimate focus of the healing process. Limited to 90. Capitol Room





3-22 Working with Couples is Fun!?? – EFT – A Healing Roadmap to Intimacy – Intermediate, Clinical; Marriage and Family; Private Practice; Steven K. Bordelon, MSW, LCSW; Tanya Radecker, MS, RN, LPC-S, EFT Certified; Patt Aptaker, Ph.D.

Working with couples in distress can be challenging, overwhelming, and discouraging. Even the most trained clinician can become disheartened in helping an escalated couple. Couples in distress don’t seem to be able to use skills such as “Fair Fighting” or “I messages” when their feelings are wounded. Viewing couples through an attachment lens brings chaos into focus. EFT is based on Attachment Theory. We thought that theory only applied to parent-child bonding, but we now know it is applicable to couples. When couples argue, the bond is threatened and a partner will protest. Although the bond threat for couples is not life and death, like for an infant, it feels like life and death emotionally. We need that connection in this age of isolationism. Couples argue using the same dysfunctional pattern over and over. It doesn’t matter if the fight is about jealousy, money, sex, or anything else, they employ the same circular dance they can’t escape, with brings the same terrible results. EFT provides the skills necessary to stop the destructive cycles and establish true intimacy and passion. EFT addresses what is really going on under the surface. Accessing the primary, and often unacknowledged, emotions is essential to stop the craziness of the reoccurring patterns of communication. Through a defined 3 stage process, an EFT clinician helps couples find exits from their old pattern of arguing by accessing the softer, primary emotions instead of the harder secondary emotions, like anger. Change to emotions and you change the dance Three seasoned therapists, with over 75 years of clinical experience and now all certified in EFT, will share how this therapy has transformed their couple counseling. Their panel presentation will include a discussion of how EFT is research proven to be 70-90% effective with couples. Participants will be introduced to the 3 stage, structured EFT process, as an outline of skills in working with couples in distress. Limited to 100. Shaw Center Hartley/Vey Studio Room Same as 7-49




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