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IUSSWAA Annual Alumni Conference

Session Schedule

IUSSWAA 22nd Annual Virtual Alumni Continuing Education Conference #

Social Work 2023: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Community Building

Date: Friday, March 3, 2023

Schedule #


8:15-8:45 a.m. 

Welcome IUSSWAA President Melissa Vance-Blackwell and Dean Tamara Davis

8:45-9:00 a.m. 


9:00-10:30 a.m.

Crisis Intervention in Indiana; 2020 and Beyond (includes ethics CEU)
Speaker: Kimble Richardson, M.S., LMHC, LCSW, LMFT, LCAC

Breakout Session One (Choose One)

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

Therapy and Beyond: Reactive Attachment Disorder
Speaker: LaToya Geter, PhD., HS-BCP

Hear Me Out: Cultural Sensitivity While Working with the African American Community
Speakers: Ashlyn Hopkins, LCSW, Nakeia Jones, LSW, Cortney Owens, LCSW, and Kelli Smith, LSW

Common Legal Issues Encountered in Healthcare
Speaker: Polli Pollem, JD

The Future of Student Support Means Addressing Out-of-School Factors First
Speakers: Margaret Smith, MSW, Jillian Lain, MA, and Akua Miller, MSW

Working Lunch

12:30–1:30 p.m. 

The Work-Life Balancing Act: Enhancing the Art of Self-Care through Resilience & Rejuvenation
Speaker: Christine Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW, LCAC

Breakout Session Two (Choose One)

1:45–3:15 p.m. 

Integrated Addiction Model
Speaker: Melissa Caldwell Engle, MS, LPC, ATR

The PLAY Project: Breaking Barriers in Early Autism Spectrum Disorder
Speakers: Terri Gee, MSW, CPPC, and Amanda Gibson, MA, LMHC, CPPC

The Intersection of Law and Social Work
Speaker: Katherine Meger Kelsey, JD

Overview of Psychopharmacology
Speaker: Maria P. Blaze, PharmD

Breakout Session Three (Choose One)

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 

Bipolar Disorder: Blessing or Curse
Speaker: Thaddeus Bay, LCSW

Amplifying Spirituality in Clinical Social Work Assessments
Speakers: Tayon Swafford, ThM, Ph.D. Candidate, Pious Malliar- Bellian, MSW, Ph.D. Candidate

Preparing Social Workers for Futures Thinking in Social Work Practice
Speakers: Christian Deck, MSW, LCSW, CTMH and Samantha Wolfe-Taylor, Ph.D. Candidate, MSW, LCSW, CTH

Pivoting to Private Practice: Gain the Confidence Needed to Start a Private Practice
Speakers: Melissa Sichting, LCSW, LCAC, and Cindy McAtee, LCSW, LCAC

IUSSWAA 22nd 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.

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Cost is $95 for Alumni & Friends and $25 for Students. Registration deadline is February 27, 2023.
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