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March 25 – March 27, 2020• Little Rock Marriot • Downtown Little Rock

Continuing Education and Conference Program will be available January 2020.

Schedule At A Glance *

Coming soon (January 2020)

Wednesday, March 25

Thursday, March 26

Friday, March 27 

* Schedule is Subject to Change

2020 Social Work Advocates’ Dinner

Fifth Annual Social Work Advocates’ Dinner

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Past Dinner Topics and Presenters


Decarceration in Arkansas: Privatization, Prisons, and Publc Education by Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan

Zachary Crow (Panelist)

Morgan Leyenberger, LMSW (Panelist)

Ruby Welch (Panelist)


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 26, 2020. You will be asked to stand with your poster 2 times during the day for 1 hour 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 26, 2020. 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 26, 2020, in Word format only.
Direct questions to Kynnedi Allen 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 25, 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Presenting Sponsor

Networking Sponsor

Platinum 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
Conway Behavioral Health



DHS – Choices in Living Resource Center
Dynamic Integrated Services
Finnegan Health Services
First Step, Inc.
Harbor House
Lakeland Behavioral Health System
Methodist Family Health




Oasis Renewal Center / Recovery Centers of Arkansas
Piney Ridge Treatment Center
Quapaw House, Inc.
Senior Placement Services / Living Solutions
Synergy HomeCare of Little Rock
Teachers College Press
Telecommunications Access Program/ARS

The Centers for Youth & Families
The Electronic Caregiver
UA Little Rock School of Social Work
Unity Behavioral Health
Visiting Angels
White River Health Systems – Behavioral Health
Youth Home Inc. / Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas
Youth Villages