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Social Work Heroes: Celebrating Courage, Hope, and Leadership

March 27 – March 29, 2019• Little Rock Marriot • Downtown Little Rock

Continuing Education and Conference Program will be available January 2019.

Schedule At A Glance *

24.5 CEUs Total

Wednesday, March 27 (9 CEUs total)

6:30 am – 7:30 pm       Registration/Information Desk/NASW Store/Exhibits Open


8:00 am – 10:00 am     Welcome & Plenary I (1.5 CEUs)

Scarlett Lewis, Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement 


10:00 am – 10:30 am    Morning Break with Exhibitors   


10:30 am – 12:00 pm    Concurrent Workshops –  Session 1 (1.5 CEUs)

Engaging Veterans in Mental Health Treatment: Evidence-Based Psychotherapy at the VA

The Seven Challenges: An Evidenced Based Approach for Adolescent Substance Abuse

Identification of Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth in Child Advocacy Centers: A Look Behind the Closed Door

Perspectives on Death and Dying for the Social Worker

Does Race Matter? Colorblindness among Rural BSW Students at PWI in Southwest AR

Mental Health Treatment on the GO


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm      Session 2 (1.5 CEUs)  – or –  Lunch on Your Own

Spiritually LGBTQ+: A Moderated Panel Discussion on Faith, Religion, & Spiritual Health in the LGBTQ+ Community


1:30 pm – 5:00 pm        Concurrent Workshops – Session 3 (3 CEUs)

Second Star to the Right and Straight on Till Morning . . . an invitation to explore yourself

Conscience Clauses and Resolving Conflict: Unique Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work (ethics)

Understanding the Major Resources for Clients with Health Issues

Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion: An experiential workshop

The Be SMART Program: Educating Clients and Communities on Safe Gun Practices

Leadership in Social Work:  We need YOU to Embrace the Challenge!

Busting the FASD Stigma

Online Counseling as Support for Foster Teens & Foster Parents


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm      Afternoon Break with Exhibitors


6:00 pm – 7:30 pm      Concurrent Workshops – Session 4 (1.5 CEUs)

Recognizing and Intervening Commercial Exploitation of Children and Adults in the Medical Professions

Embracing the Mess: Real Mistakes and Real Solutions in Social Work Ethics

Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care: A Social Workers guide to bridging the gap

Using Technology to Overcome Social Injustice: Rural American and Mental Health

Arkansas Home Visiting Network Training Institute

Accessibility and Universal Design in Maintaining Independence

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm     Reception at The Rev Room with Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow




Thursday, March 28 (10.5 CEUs total)

6:30 am – 6:00 pm     Registration/Information Desk/NASW Store/Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 12:00 pm   Concurrent Workshops – Session 5 (3 CEUs)

Working with Sexual Desire Issues in Women  

Technology in Social Work Practice: Standards of Practice (ethics)

More than Pink and Blue: Using Play Therapy to Explore a Rainbow of Therapeutic Interventions for Children & Adolescents Who Are Gender Non-Conforming

Brain, Health, and Nutrition Confirm and Contribute to the Biopsychosocial Model 

Using Letters to Rebuild Connections between Incarcerated Parents and Their Children

Disenfranchised Grief: An Introduction to Assess & Care for Those Struggling with Reproductive Loss 

10:00 am – 10:30 am     Morning Break with Exhibitors


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm       Student Poster Presentations (1 CEU)  – or –  Lunch on Your Own


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm         Plenary II (1.5 CEUs)

Be Becoming… by Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm        Afternoon Break with Exhibitors


3:30 pm – 5:00 pm        Concurrent Workshops – Session 6 (1.5 CEUs)

Couple Communication- Navigating Difficult Conversations  

Using Play Therapy with the Elderly

Overcoming the Barrier of Mental Health Stigma

Food Insecurity in Northwest Arkansas: Are We Ever Going to Move the Needle?

Learning from those who have served: A conversation between social work student veterans and social work educators

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm        Student Poster Presentation – Wine & Cheese Soiree (1 CEU)


6:30 pm – 9:30 pm        4th Annual Social Work Advocates’ Dinner (2.5 CEUs) (pre-registration required/ticketed event)

Decarceration in Arkansas by Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan

Panel Discussion Moderated by Rizelle Aaron – Dr. Lisa Corrigan, Zachary Crow, Morgan Leyenberger, Ruby Welch



Friday, March 29 (5 CEUs total)

7:30 am – 4:00 pm      Registration/Information Desk/NASW Store/Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 12:00 pm    Concurrent Workshops – Session 7 (3 CEUs)

Executive Coaching an introduction to Social Workers

Factors Affecting Formerly Homeless Women Veterans

Integration of Social Work at the Macro, Mezzo, and Micro level with Evidence Based

Sylvia & Marsha: S.T.A.R. House and the Fostering of Resource-Rich Trans* Communities

Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk in Primary Care

10:00 am – 10:30 am    Morning Break with Exhibitors


12:00 pm – 2:00 pm      Annual Awards Luncheon (pre-registration required)


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm        Concurrent Workshops – Session 8 (2 CEUs)

If it’s Easy, You Aren’t Doing it Right! Ethical Dilemmas from the Field (ethics)

Treating Women of Color: When the Cape Gets in the Way

Preparing for and Responding to the Inevitable – Death

Using Mindfulness to Fight Burnout and Compassion Fatigue


* Schedule is Subject to Change

2019 Social Work Advocates’ Dinner

Fourth Annual Social Work Advocates’ Dinner

Thursday, March 28, 2019

6:30 | DINNER 

7:00 | Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan

Decarceration in Arkansas by Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan

Panelists TBA

Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan (Ph.D. University of Maryland) is an Associate Professor of Communication, Director of the Gender Studies Program, and Affiliate Faculty in both African & African American Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of Arkansas.

She researches and teaches in the areas of social movement studies, the Black Power and civil rights movements, prison studies, feminist studies, the Cuban Revolution, and the history of the Cold War.

Her first book, Prison Power: How Prison Politics Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation (University Press of Mississippi, 2016), is the recipient of the 2017 Diamond Anniversary Book Award and the 2017 African American Communication and Culture Division Outstanding Book Award, both from the National Communication Association.

Corrigan is a contributor to the Indivisible Guide and regularly leads political trainings and workshops in Arkansas and around the country.

She also co-hosts a podcast with Laura Weiderhafi called Lean Back: Critical Feminist Conversations, which was named the top podcast in Arkansas and one of the top thirty-five podcasts in the country by Paste magazine. It can be found on iTunes, Google Play, and your preferred podcast platform.

This session involves a plated dinner and attendees will receive 2.5 CEUs. Invitations are extended not only to conference attendees, but to all members of the Arkansas State Legislature, other elected officials, community stakeholders, and other media. Seating is limited, and we encourage you to purchase your ticket with your conference registration.

Past Dinner Topics and Presenters


Reconnecting with Your Unconquerable Spirit by Shelby Rowe

Greg Adams, LCSW, ACSW, FT (panelist)

CDR Karen Hearod, LCSW (panelist)

Sarah Teeter Johnson-Hughes (panelist)

Tyler West (panelist)


Simple, Not Easy: Reflections on Community, Social Responsibility, and Tolerance by Dr. Terrence J. Roberts

Dr. Erick Messias (panelist)

Dr. John W. Miller, Jr. (panelist)

Tommy Norman (panelist)

Dr. Terrence J. Roberts (panelist)


Combatting the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Overdose Epidemic by U.S. Representative Marcia L. Fudge

Dr. Erick Messias (panelist)

Dr. William H. Robinson, Jr. (panelist)

Dr. Shane Sparks (panelist)

Margaret Robbins, LCSW (panelist)

Student Poster Presentation

Join us at the NASW Conference and participate in the Student Poster Presentations and Competition! All BSW and MSW students are welcome to participate. This is a fun way to practice your presentation and networking skills in a supportive environment and is also a great way for the social work programs around the state to highlight student accomplishments.

There will be designated times at the conference for you to present your work. The poster sessions will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019. You will be asked to stand with your poster 2 times during the day for 1.5 hours each time to discuss your poster with conference attendees as they walk through the poster session.

Poster Categories

Innovative programs or interventions from field placement (internship) experience. Innovative is defined as new ways to address old problems. Programs or interventions may include therapeutic models, funding sources, partnerships, or other cutting-edge ideas for helping social work clients or the social work profession.

Public policy that is current or relevant to social work practice. Public policy poster submissions must include the following: poster defines the social policy or issue clearly; poster states the policy as it currently is and analyzes its strengths and limitations; poster identifies vulnerable and at-risk populations and specific ways in which these groups are impacted by the current policy; poster incorporates the six core values of the social work profession identified in the NASW Code of Ethics into the overall policy analysis; poster states at least five recommendations to improve current policy. These recommendations should incorporate all levels of social work practice and may include examples of how other states have addressed this same policy issue.

Graduate research project or practice evaluation. This should be a completed project. This may be the student’s work OR something that a student worked on with a faculty member or community practitioner. (Masters students only)

Presentation Proposal Requirements

Submit a presentation proposal by February 25, 2019. Use this Student Poster Proposal Sheet when submitting your proposal. The proposal must include:

  • Your name and email address.
  • Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student.
  • Poster category (see above) and title of the presentation.
  • Three (3) learning/educational objectives for people who view your poster and hear your presentation.
  • 100 word abstract of presentation.

Size of poster: The poster should be no smaller than 2x3 and no larger than 3x4. It should be hard backed and appropriate for display on an easel. Tri-fold poster boards are acceptable as these will display on an easel but note that a tri-fold does not display as well as a flat poster.

Benefits of Presenting

Opportunity to show your work to peers and professional community.
Opportunity to network with other social workers (students and professionals).
Potential recognition of high-quality work in poster competition. One winner will be selected from each category, in addition to an overall BSW winner and an overall MSW winner. Winners will be announced at the annual awards luncheon on Friday.


An award will be given in each of the three categories. For categories one and two, there will be an award for a BSW and MSW student or team. For category three, there will be an award for an MSW student or team. There will also be an award for overall best poster. The awards will be presented at the awards luncheon on Friday.

Other Items of Note

Presentations should be creative and interesting.
Be prepared to discuss your poster.
Please put your name and the name of your school of the back of the poster.
You may submit proposals for team presentations. Please limit teams to six members or less.
Proposals should be submitted to Holly Barron, Executive Director of NASW-AR at by February 25, 2019, in Word format only.
Direct questions to Cynthia Wyman at


Save Money on Registration!

It pays to be a member of NASW Arkansas! Not only will you save $120 on your full conference registration, but you’ll have access to the free workshops and mini-conferences that we host around the state, online CEUs, free ethics consultations and much more. Join or renew your membership online today then come back and register for the conference as a member.

NASW Arkansas Annual Conference | Plenary Speakers

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

8:00 am – 10:00 am | Welcome & Plenary I

Scarlett Lewis, Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement  


Scarlett is the mother of Jesse Lewis who was killed in his first-grade classroom during the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, along with 19 classmates and 6 teachers and administrators in one of the worst school shootings in US history. She founded of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation in honor of Jesse and to spread a message he left on their kitchen chalkboard shortly before he died, Nurturing Healing Love, the formula for choosing love, and to promote social and emotional education in schools and a consistent message of compassion in our communities.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Plenary II

Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow

Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow  will perform Thursday afternoon using his skills as a veteran emcee to weave storytelling and music. Morrow, who grew up in Pine Bluff, is no stranger to using music as a tool for positive change. He is the coordinator for Global Kids-Arkansas, a nonprofit that works with urban youth, and has performed as a hip-hop ambassador in Gambia, Thailand, and Morocco, among other places.

Thank You to our 2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Keynote Sponsors

Social Work Advocates’ Dinner Sponsor

Networking Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Alzheimer’s Arkansas
Arkansas State University Social Work Department
Arkansas Therapist Connection
Bradford Health Services
Care IV Home Health
Compass Intervention Center


American Addiction Centers

Arkansas Relay Services / Sprint

Arkansas State University Social Work Department

Arkansas Trauma Rehabilitation Program – UAMS

Banyan Treatment Center

Birch Tree Communities, Inc.

DHS – Division of Aging and Adult Services

Finnegan Health Services

First Step, Inc.

ICAN of Arkansas

Lakeland Behavioral Health System

Lakeside Behavioral Health System

Life Strategies of Arkansas

Methodist Family Health

Mid-South Health Systems

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Oasis Renewal Center

Pathfinder, Inc. Behavioral Health

Preferred Family Healthcare

Quapaw House Recovery & Wellness Center

TAP/Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

The Electronic Caregiver

Trinity Home Health


University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Social Work


Youth Home, Inc

Perspectives Behavioral Health Management
Piney Ridge Treatment Center
Pinnacle Point Outpatient Services
Pinnacle Pointe
Preferred Family Healthcare
PTSD Consultation Program
Quapaw House Recovery & Wellness Center
Red River Youth Academy

The Bridgeway
UAMS Adult Sickle Cell Program
University of Arkansas
White River Medical Center Behavioral Health
Woodridge Behavioral Care
Youth Home, Inc
Youth Villages