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Rutgers SSW Affiliates to Present at Annual NASW-NJ Conference
April 19, 2019

A number of faculty members, part-time lecturers, and students will present at this year's NASW-NJ conference at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ from April 28-30, 2019. See the list of Rutgers School of Social Work-affiliated presentations below. The complete conference schedule can be found hereNASW graphic

Sunday, April 28th


V. DuWayne Battle, PhD & Christine James, LSW
Leadership Skills for Social Workers 
This module covers: attributes of leadership, managing diversity, emotional intelligence (EI), decision-making and problem-solving, and an interactive decision-making exercise. 

Ericka Deglau, PhD, LSW 
Social Workers and Writing in Professional Contexts 
Incorporating reflection on the social work practice of writing, the workshop offers social workers concrete guidelines and resources to enhance their writing in professional contexts, and explores writing as a tool to gain insight into the dynamics of professional interactions and the use of self in practice.

Monday, April 29th


Maureen Braun-Scalera, LCSW & Gina Sharpe, LCSW
Communications and Professional Development for Leaders
This module covers: the communication process, diversity and anti-oppressive communication, best practices in leadership styles, intentionality, negotiation, cross-cultural communication, ethics in communication, assessing and engaging your audience, business communication techniques, professional expectations and perceptions, and dealing with resistance to change. 


Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW 
Institutionalizing Diversity and Social Justice
This module covers: organizational diversity and social justice issues, race matters, historical overview in the profession, tools to institutionalize diversity, risk factors, looking at model organizations, and experiential practice.

David Rosen, DBH, LCSW, C-ASWCM
Addressing the Intersection of HIV and the Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men (MSM)/Transgender (TG) Communities 
To reduce the disproportionately higher rates of HIV infection within MSM/TG communities, social workers need to better understand the complexities of the human sexuality spectrum so we can establish HIV prevention programs that successfully affirm such variations so MSM/TG clients can view these life-saving services as actually accessible to them.

Mark Lamar, MBA, LCSW & Trinay Thomas, LCSW 
Ending Firearms Harm Using Social Work Practice
America’s firearms debate is polarized. Thirty-two thousand Americans are killed and 100,000 injured by guns annually. Social workers are needed to help those harmed by intervening preventively and therapeutically and advocating for effective regulatory policies. Micro and macro intervention strategies will be presented.

Tuesday, April 30th


William Waldman, MSW
Understanding Transparency in Management and Governance
This module covers: what constitutes a non-profit organization, advantages and constraints of non-profit status, special fiduciary responsibilities of non-profits, the roles and function of governance, board and executive relationships, legal and ethical integrity, recruiting new leadership, desired competencies of management, leadership roles and volunteer management, and ecology of social welfare organizations and challenges facing today’s leaders.


Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MSW, MBE
Questioning the Word: Adolescent Identity Development Within a Conservative Religious Community 
With an overarching goal of creating cultural awareness among social workers providing clinical services to youth from religious backgrounds, this workshop is designed to provide an education regarding the more problematic outcomes faced by adolescents raised in conservative religious societies navigating the path to adulthood.

Douglas Behan, LCSW 
What Works in Therapy? Understanding the Common Factors of Psychotherapy 
Research has proven that psychotherapy is effective. Despite hundreds of theoretical models, no model has proven superior. Why? This workshop will provide an overview of the psychotherapy research literature and explore the common factors found in all effective psychotherapies. Understanding these factors will make your work more effective and inclusive.

Patricia Findley, DrPH, LCSW with Jamie Duffy, MSW student
Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care: Social Workers Needed! 
Integrated behavioral health and primary care benefits individuals with psychiatric and other disabilities. Few New Jersey agencies deliver integrated services in medically underserved areas. Learn about an interdisciplinary program’s experience placing, training, supervising, and evaluating interdisciplinary teams of social work, nursing and rehabilitation counseling students in this innovative approach.

Karie McGuire, LCSW
Complex Trauma in Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims: The Dangers of Misidentification
Domestic minor sex trafficking victims face many barriers to getting appropriate trauma-informed treatment. This workshop will illustrate how helping professionals can effectively advocate for DMST victims at the early stages of identification and also foster a safe, accepting therapeutic space to assist these clients in trust building and identify formation.

David Rosen, DBH, C-ASWCM
Navigating Maslow's Hierarchy of Need Pyramid to Select Ethical Courses of Action
Using case studies focusing on current major controversies in the social contract in the US (e.g., undocumented immigration, LGBT rights, etc.), participants will utilize Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need as a tool for determining both how to prioritize competing policy interests and how to act when ethical values come into conflict


Natalie N. Moore-Bembry, EdD, LSW 
Are We There Yet? From Reflection to Action 
To challenge racial disparities, we need to understand the unintentional forms of oppression that we perpetrate through microaggressions. In this interactive workshop, intersectionality and cultural humility will be offered as conceptual tools with which to dismantle these individual expressions of oppression in social work practice.

Mariann Bischoff, LCSW, CCS & Christine Morales, LCSW 
Environmental Justice and Social Work: Theories to Guide Interventions 
Water crises, pipelines, disastrous hurricanes and earthquakes - when environmental issues affect society, social workers must take action. Ethical practices mandate examining the organic relationship between social work and the physical environment to positively impact the earth. We explore three theories on social work and the environment to guide interventions.

Deborah Dumont, MSS, LCSW & Christine Caporuscio, LCSW
Facing Adulthood: Helicopter Parenting as a Function of the Family Projection Process
Helicopter parenting is a well-known phenomenon that describes a specific kind of over-parenting that is focused on the well-being and success of children that can impact young adults general sense of life satisfaction, overall mood, and the development of the necessary life skills to manage adulthood. Learn how to best assist parents and families stuck in this pattern.

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