2017 NASW WI Annual Conference Sessions

Session Descriptions

REGISTER ONLINE  http://www.eply.com/2017NASWWIConference

 

MONDAY
OCTOBER 23RD

7:45 – 8:45 am
REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST & EXHIBITOR NETWORKING

8:45 – 10:15 am
1.5 Continuing Education Hours
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Addressing Racial Disparities and Promoting Restorative Justice in The Criminal Justice System
Honorable Everett Mitchell

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
1.5 Continuing Education Hours

Adoption and Guardianship in Wisconsin: Evidence-Based and Promising Practices to Improve Post-Permanency Outcomes
Dr. Nancy Rolock and Katie Sepnieski, MSW
The workshop will begin with a brief overview of adoption and guardianship, reviewing the changing landscape of child welfare and post-permanency services in the United States and Wisconsin.  Much of the workshop will be dedicated to learning about post-permanency outcomes and challenges, along with the work of the National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG).  The presenters will provide an overview of the QIC-AG’s ongoing research with an emphasis on the Wisconsin intervention, Adoption and Guardianship Enhanced Support (AGES) project, which supports post-adoptive and guardianship families in the Northeast region Wisconsin.  This workshop is designed for anyone interested in learning more about adoption and guardianship, long-term outcomes for these families, and ongoing research to support families after adoption or guardianship.

Building a Bridge Together: Working with Native American Youth
Rachel Dozer, MSW, APSW, SAC-IT
This workshop will focus on the basic understanding of historical trauma and the underlying issues seen in some Native American communities today.  This will be an interactive session with a focus on discussion, inspired by my experiences addressing difficult topics such as: stigma, behavioral health, case management, advocacy, cultural humility, identity confusion, networking and suicide prevention with the Native youth and communities. 

Frameworks for Implementing Evidence-Based Practices
Scott Caldwell, Motivational Interviewing Consultant
One of the most enduring trends in the contemporary field of social work is uptake and delivery of evidence-based practices (EBPs). Although there are many EBPs to choose, few are routinely implemented as intended. Because the benefits of EBP depends on effective implementation, this session introduces administrators, managers, supervisors, and interested practitioners to implementation frameworks. Participants will learn about a comprehensive approach to implementation and will consider possible next steps for application.

Retrieving the Lost Soul:  Treating Trauma in the Hmong Community
Alyssa Kaying Vang, PsyD, LP
This presentation will discuss how mental health concepts are generally viewed by the Hmong. Specific focus will be on trauma and on exploring treatment-seeking patterns of the Hmong for specific types of trauma. Culturally-specific phrases and terminologies will be shared to help enhance the therapeutic alliance and overall treatment outcome.  Strategies that have been effective for treating Hmong patients suffering from trauma will be provided.

Wisconsin Legislative Update
Dr. Fredi Giesler
In this interactive session Democratic and Republican legislators will discuss the major issues and bills confronting the 2017-2018 Wisconsin Legislative Session.

Take 1st-Class Care of Your Clients—and of You!
Millie Grenough, MSW, CISW, EMDR Level II
We live in tough times. Who – of our clients and of ourselves – isn’t challenged by money issues, health challenges, emotional difficulties?

Are you caught in the overwhelm – too much to do, not enough time, always pressured? Learn powerful, no-charge tools to take 1st-Class Care of YOU on all fronts — physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.

As they say on the plane, take care of you first. Then you can share these tools with your clients. They work! In 60 seconds, you really can change your life. Why wait?!

Wisconsin’s History of License and Certification Violations: Our Roles in Promoting Ethics in Social Work
1.5 Ethics CEH
Joan Groessl, MSW, PhD, LCSW
Reviewing data surrounding ethical violations can be helpful in determining areas where emphasis should be placed when working with new practitioners as well as areas for continuing education. This presentation reports a study of certification and licensure violations in Wisconsin, implications for the social work profession and supervisors in particular, and recommendations around continuing education will be presented.

What Social Workers Need to Know About Working with Veterans
Eduardo M. Garza, Jr., M.Ed, B.S. Ed
Mr. Garza will highlight the challenges that Veterans face as they transition from military to civilian life.  The session will help professionals understand the transition process when service members leave the military and the current challenges facing veterans entering civilian life.  An overview of the concerns working with the VA, educational institutions, and finding a new career will be discussed.  Additionally, a small session called “Voices of Veterans” will be a part of this session.  A group of four veterans will share their stories of how they overcame the struggles of transitioning and how they are serving their communities now to help other Veterans.  Additionally, a question and answer session will be a part of this session to allow participants to ask questions of interest to them.

The Greatness and Challenges in Providing Integrated Mental Health Services in a School: Lessons From the First Year
Tally Moses, MSW, PhD, Meghan Jenkins Morales, MSW, Kelsey Siegel, MSW, LCSW
This presentation will start with a review of the social work literature on the implementation of school-based mental health services, and end with a case presentation exemplifying some of these advantages and challenges from a clinician providing such services in an elementary school.

12:00 – 1:00 pm
LUNCH BREAK IN THE BALLROOM
or
CLINICAL NETWORK LUNCH
(Pre-registration required.)

1:15 – 5:15 pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
4 Continuing Education Hours

Social Work Ethics and Boundaries and the Law
4 Ethics CEH
Nick Smiar, PhD, ACSW, CISW and Atty. Robert “Rock” Pledl
Knowledge of relevant law and professional ethics and the ability to apply both in practice are hallmarks of the profession. In many situations, law and ethics intersect and complicate resolution of the issue. This workshop discusses the sources of authority and the expectations of both ethics and law, using MPSW 20, the NASW Code of Ethics, and the ABA Code of Ethics, and Wisconsin and federal statutes to understand how law and ethics work together, especially in regard to boundaries, duty to report, duty to evaluate, the scope of practice, and continuing education. Case scenarios will be used for group problem solving.

Ethics and Boundaries in a World of Technology
4 Ethics CEH
Jeanne Wagner, LCSW
The management of ethics, boundaries, and confidentiality in a world of constantly emerging technology and social media is especially challenging for human service professionals. This workshop will address the technology challenges encountered during the provision of human services. Strategies will be discussed utilizing the recently updated NASW Technology Standards and current best practices from the literature.

Trauma Informed Care: A Shift in Perspective
Tim Grove, MSSW
SaintA is on the verge of celebrating 10 years of Trauma Informed Practice. We have learned a lot over the past 9+ years from our work within and outside of SaintA. One of the lessons learned from this experience is that truly addressing the challenge of overwhelming stress and violence is going to require a fully engaged systemic response.

This presentation will make the argument that the need to actively address trauma is paramount at this point in time and highlight our work to solve the problem in a distinct way – by building the capacity of non-clinical people as a means of supporting existing clinical efforts.  We will also highlight SaintA’s utilization of the 7 essential ingredients (7ei) curriculum and Dr Bruce Perry’s NMT model as key tools in creating promising outcomes.  

Reducing Implicit Bias
Mike Williams, BSC, CSAC, CSW

Before we can successfully understand others – we must first understand self. Learn how your core needs and personal belief systems direct our thinking and behavior.

In recent years scholars have demonstrated the construction of social theories based on inaccurate assumptions about human behavior. Often the behavioral assumptions embedded in social theories are unstated.

In fact, because these assumptions seem self-evidently correct, even when they are wrong…..we sometimes incorporate empirically testable social science claims into our reasoning without even noticing that we are doing so.

Research in the field of implicit social cognition repeatedly demonstrates that individuals of all races have nonconscious or implicit biases that have behavioral consequences.

We tend to categorize people and objects “in order to make sense of our experiences. Too many events occur daily for us to deal successfully with each one on an individual basis; we must categorize in order to cope.”

This workshop will explore implicit bias, its development, impact on behavior, and ways it can be successfully reduced.

Restorative Justice Philosophy and Practices
Ali Trevino-Murphy, MSW
“Restorative Practices” are increasingly being implemented across the country, as schools, districts and communities seek to reduce racial disparities and interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. This collaborative and experiential workshop will ground practices in the foundations of Restorative Justice philosophy, to support beginning and continuing practitioners alike in moving the work forward with fidelity. In addition, we will explore connections between Restorative Justice and other social work frameworks.

Navigating the Winds of Change in Clinical Supervision
Jennifer Cummings, LCSW
This workshop will be split into two segments. The first segment will be a general overview of supervising individuals towards advanced licensure, including the basic requirements, best practice supervision models, and legal and ethical practicalities in supervision. The second segment will focus on the changing dynamics and make-up of the field with emphasis on supervising in non-traditional settings as well as generational differences within the supervisor/supervisee relationship. A survey will be sent electronically to registered participants prior to the conference in order to better tailor the workshop to the participants experience and goals for the workshop.

Goals of Care Conversation Training
Lindsay Secard, MSN, RN, CHPN, Kayla Lalande, MSW, CISW, Courtney Steinhafel, MSSW, LCSW, CCTSW
The Goals of Care Conversations Training workshop consists of flexible, interactive modules to standardize social worker’s role and skills in discussing goals of care and information on life-sustaining treatments with seriously ill patients and loved ones. This course is ideal for social workers who care for patients in settings such as oncology, heart failure, inpatient wards, palliative care and hospice. 

Current Drug Trends: New Dangers and Treatment Strategies
Karen Wolownik-Albert, LCSW
Vaping, Dabs, Shatter, Sizzurp, Lean, Turtles, Molly, and Carfentanil, are all newer trends in substance use. Kids may know what these things are, but do you? This presentation will educate participants with new information about deadly drugs available today, the effects and dangers of these substances, and what we can do to help persons struggling with a Substance Use Disorder. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a Substance Use Disorder, and knowing what to do next can save lives.  

7:00 – 9:00 pm
MOVIE TIME!
2 Continuing Education Hours
13th
2016 – Documentary
In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Following the film a facilitated discussion will take place.

 

TUESDAY
OCTOBER 24TH

7:30 – 8:30 am
REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST & EXHIBITOR NETWORKING

8:30 – 9:45 am
1.25 Continuing Education Hours
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World – Give Yourself an Oasis!
Millie Grenough, MSW, CISW, EMDR Level II

Looking for calm in the chaos? Find your Oasis in the Overwhelm. Learn how to care for yourself and rewire your own brain from frenzy to focus, from agita to ease.

Long-time social worker Millie Grenough draws on her trainings with body/mind pioneer Ilana Rubenfeld, mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and EMDR originator Francine Shapiro to share practical, no-charge ways to make your daily life less stressed, healthier, more enjoyable.

Don’t be as hard-headed as Millie: it took a near-death accident for her to change her frantic lifestyle. You can do it now. Come and find out how.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
2 Continuing Education Hours

Universal Trauma-Informed Family Services: Interrupting the Intergenerational Transmission of Adversity
Dimitri Topitzes, LCSW, PhD, Joshua Mersky, MSW, PhD, Jeffrey Langlieb, MPH, Fiona Weeks, MPH, Margaret Gesner, MS
The intergenerational transmission of adversity and trauma represents a primary threat to public health and social welfare in the 21st Century. One promising means to address the generational transfer of trauma is through early childhood home visiting interventions. These programs provide mothers with assessment, referral, and supportive services pre- and post-partum, but unfortunately suffer from high refusal and dropout rates and often do not address trauma directly. To overcome these shortcomings, the authors have adapted a universal brief home visiting model (Family Connects) to a local service context, and have integrated within the model an innovative trauma screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (T-SBIRT) protocol. The authors will describe both the Family Connects model and the T-SBIRT protocol, and will also elaborate on the three phases of the local pilot project: implementation, testing, and dissemination.

Empathy, Emotional Contagions and Velcro
Eric Ehrke, LCSW
This workshop includes a lecture, discussion and group interaction about Somatic Empathy Theory, which states that emotional energy moves between people and attaches to us like lint on Velcro. When we scan the environment for accurate information for safety and security considerations, ambient emotional energy is absorbed into our physical body. These automatic transfers occur with or without our awareness due to mirror neurons and universal nature related to our human empathic abilities. Everyone is born empathically connected to another’s felt experience, but some of us have heightened abilities.

Poverty in Wisconsin and the United States
Lawrence Berger, MSW, PhD
This workshop will first discuss various conceptualizations and measures of poverty in the United States and how particular approaches thereto have implications for who is considered poor and why. It will then examine the role of multiple pieces of individual and family income packages, including earnings, informal (often family) assistance, and public benefit receipt, and how each relates to poverty under particular conceptualizations and measures. Finally, it will review recent findings from the Wisconsin Poverty Report and assess the roles of the economy, family, and social policy with respect to poverty in Wisconsin.

The City of Madison Police Department’s Judgment Under the Radar Training Group presents “Safe and Sound(ly Biased)”
Officer Natalie Deibel, Officer Jared Prado, Officer Greg Rossetti, Officer Lore Vang– Madison Police Department
Have you ever felt unsafe at work or in your personal life? If so, attend “Safe and Sound(ly Biased)” and learn how early warning signs and pre-attack postures may forecast dangerous situations, and build verbal assertiveness skills. “Safe and Sound(ly Biased)” is the a condensed version of Judgment Under the Radar’s first series developed specifically for licensed social workers, created by police officers in collaboration with social workers and therapists. Attendees will learn to identify their own biases as they relate to social work, as well as understand the scientific connections between implicit bias and feelings of safety. Through interactive scenarios, facilitated discussions, and instructor presentations, you will explore how your personal and professional experiences affect your ability to assess risk, and you will develop a variety of resolution strategies.

Collaborative Documentation- Are you ready to change your view of paperwork from a necessary task to meet audit requirements to a valuable session resource?
Amy Anderson, LCSW, CSAC and Wendy Trefz, LCSW, CSAC
Collaborative documentation is a model of documenting the session with the patient during the appointment summary. Clinicians are already used to wrapping up the session with a summary of content and process. “We’re nearing the end of our time, let’s review what we accomplished.” The only difference with collaborative documentation is that the summary is documented directly into the medical record at the same time.

From Surviving to Thriving: On the Road to Empowerment
Jennifer Parker, MSSW, LCSW
This presentation will begin by acknowledging how our culture enables individual controllers to seduce victims into believing their dominance is natural, right, and inescapable. Several habitual beliefs and behaviors will be addressed that are supported by our socialization as female, non-white, and/or LGBT. Coercive controllers use these to enhance their control. Examples of self-awareness work will be given that contribute to survivors’ empowerment. 

Telling Your Story Through Theater
Brian Wild and Callen Harty, Proud Theater
Telling Your Story Through Theater is a workshop designed to walk people through the process Proud Theater uses to create theatrical works.  Following a short performance, the Proud Theater Troupe will hold a workshop with participants that explores how Proud Theater uses the theater arts as a tool for self-expression, healing, and growth.  Participants will decide on stories they wish to explore and break into like-minded discussion groups.  Each group will develop a short theatrical piece through discussion and improv, and then present to the rest of the workshop group to discuss.  Engaging and fun, this workshop really explores the importance of the arts in the development of the human spirit.

Taking the Shame Out of Self-Care: Tending to Ourselves Through Yoga
Brenda Heideman, LCSW
We all know the virtue of “putting our mask on first”, but how do we do it consistently? This is challenging given the many demands of our modern lives and enormous needs we face in our work. In this work shop you will get to practice taking care of yourself in a fun and supportive space. We will focus on three evidence based strategies: Self-Compassion, Mindfulness and Yoga practice to help you replenish and tend to yourself. You will leave feeling refreshed and have doable strategies you can integrate into your daily life. Please bring your yoga mat if you have one. You do not need to have any prior yoga experience.

Creating Equitable Organizations
Naomi Takahashi, LCSW
In “The Business Case for Racial Equity” (2013), the Kellogg Foundation states: “research has shown that businesses with a more diverse workforce have more customers, higher revenues and profits, greater market share, less absenteeism and turnover, and a higher level of commitment to their organization” (p. 5). However, retaining a diverse workforce is more than just hiring and recruiting diverse employees. Well-intended diversity initiatives often fall short of desired outcomes as they may increase awareness of diversity as an asset, but may not create significant, sustainable organizational change and thus may lack the inclusive structures needed to support a diverse workforce. As Verna Myers, diversity advocate states, “Diversity is being invited to the party; Inclusion is being asked to dance.” There are some practical steps required for changing the tide of diversity and inclusion initiatives within organizations and these must occur at both a personal AND an organizational level. In addition to exploring research about the benefits of retaining a diverse workforce, in this workshop we will explore the Multicultural Organization Developmental strategic change model to learn how businesses can facilitate inclusion by partnering with the YWCA on a journey of systemic, long-term culture change. We will introduce some practical steps the audience can take to encourage inclusion and equity in their work places.

12:00 – 1:40 pm
ANNUAL MEETING & LUNCH
.25 Continuing Education Hours

***Select either TWO 1.5 hour sessions or ONE 3 hour session below.

1:40 – 3:10 pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
1.5 Continuing Education Hours

Feedback Informed Treatment
Leslie Barfknecht, LCSW
Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) is an empirically supported, pantheoretical approach for evaluating and improving the quality and effectiveness of behavior health services.  It involves routinely and formally soliciting feedback from clients regarding the therapeutic alliance and outcome of care and using the resulting information to inform and tailor service delivery.  FIT utilizes two measurement tools at each treatment session:  Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) and Session Rating Scale (SRS). The ORS seeks information from the client’s perspective on their therapeutic progress and perceived benefit of treatment while asking about the person’s level of distress and functioning.  The SRS seeks the client’s perception of the therapeutic alliance.  This course is designed to introduce Feedback Informed Treatment to mental health practitioners with enough baseline knowledge to consider initiating into practice.

Structured Decision Making®: A Research-Based Decision Support Model in Child Welfare
Kate Beier, LMSW and Julie Davis, APSW
This 90-minute, interactive workshop will explore the complexities of decision making and introduce the idea of structuring decisions to help focus on the information necessary to make the decision at hand. The Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system for child protection services is an evidence- and research-informed decision support model that, when used with fidelity, can increase the reliability, validity, and equity of child protection decisions. The SDM® system identifies critical decision points in the life of a child protection referral—from the hotline report through the final case closure—and helps workers organize the information most important to making a good decision at that point in time.

Giving Children Roots and Wings: Clinical Response to Identifying, Understanding and Treating Racial Trauma of Black Children and Adolescents
Dawn Shelton-Williams, MSW, LCSW and Pat Parker, CSW
Racial trauma in the lives of Black children and youth is very seldom recognized by researchers, scholars and practitioners.  This workshop will highlight the physiological, emotional and psychological impact racism and discrimination has on Black children and youth’s overall functioning.  Caregivers and providers are encouraged to recognize and use strategies, assessments tools and treatment interventions that incorporate the racial realities of Black youth as essential components of engagement and service delivery. 

Coping with Stress in the Helping Professions
Dr. Sarah Hessenauer, Kathy Drechsler, LCSW, Alissa Zawacki
Stress and burnout can negatively affect those working in the field of social work on a daily basis. It is important to examine these stressors and identify coping skills used by social workers and their supervisors. This workshop will present results of a research study in which social workers and supervisors answered questions related to burnout, stress, and coping, along with organizational strategies to address these issues in social work organizations. The results will be shared along with examining differences between workers and supervisors.  The workshop will also explore generational differences in the workplace related to these concepts.

The Future of the Aging Population and Caregiving
Deborah Rosenthal Zemel, MSW, CSW
“When I get older losing my hair, many years from now…will you still need me, will you still greet me when I’m 64?” -Lennon/McCartney

What are the issues we will face as we age? What are the financial, psychological, emotional, medical, and socio-economic implications of our aging society? How can the social work profession deal with these issues?

We will address the many challenges that face our aging society through the different social work disciplines–clinical, community organizing, administrative, advocacy and group work.

Retrofitting Healthcare Innovations to Drive Quality and Safety Outcomes in Social Work Practice 
Pennie Felton, MSSW, APSW and Rhonda Ackerman, MS, CSW
Several distinctly different high risk industries are currently using what is called a “high reliability” approach to driving down the occurrence of specific types of harm inherent to each industry. This approach was first introduced by Toyota executives who recognized even the smartest and hardest working employees will inevitably make some mistakes, simply because they are human. That being the case, it’s more productive to focus on creating systems that can compensate for that eventuality.

Aviation professionals were the first to experiment with taking a similar approach to their work and they were soon followed by nuclear power and healthcare professionals. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Community Services division is, to the best of our knowledge, the first social service agency to experiment with implementing a high reliability approach to driving down the occurrence of specific types of harm inherent to our work.

Now five years into our journey, we are prepared to share what we did, what we learned, and what outcomes we accomplished. Participants will gain an understanding of high reliability concepts and methods, to include; the importance of a questioning and learning culture, processes that facilitate system learning and improvement, and how safety related tasks can be bundled to produce a more meaningful measure of quality and safety in social work practice.

3:30 – 5:00 pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
1.5 Continuing Education Hours

Adult Survivor Group Using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
Catherine Cornell, MSW, LCSW
In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experience a trauma-focused group therapy approach with input from presenter(s), group activities, and discussion. Topics will include effects of trauma and sexual abuse, coping skills, emotional regulation, cognitive coping, healthy relationships, boundaries, and personal empowerment.

Bearing Witness to Life Stories: The Alchemy of Listening
Pamela Phillips Olson, LCSW
The end of life is not a stagnant time. Developmental stages are still in progress. Memories, both positive and negative, enter the consciousness and demand attention. These memories are often about moments in life that are now pondered, reevaluated and resolved. Life review is a universal human task. As one ages, this task moves toward completion. It is a process that is inherently private, and yet, people are often moved to tell their stories.

In this workshop we will examine this end of life task.

As social workers, we often are honored in the course of our work with stories of intense and exquisite complexity and depth. If we are preoccupied or have a preconceived sense of how to direct the session, we may miss an incredible opportunity. People carry stories with them and in times of stress take them out, dust them off and rework them. We can facilitate this process. During the class each participant will have the opportunity to tell and to listen.

Moving From Social Work Practice to Higher Education
Jeanne Wagner, LCSW and Mary Weeden, RN, LCSW, PhD
Social Work Programs are interested in having instructional academic staff and faculty that have rich practice experience, which can serve as the foundation for transitioning from practice to higher education.  Experienced social work professionals can easily complement curriculum with relevant practice scenarios, which assist students in a comprehensive understanding of fundamental social work concepts.  Students benefit greatly from hearing about these practice scenarios in concert with social work theories, interventions, assessment techniques, etc. A significant number of social work faculty still maintain their clinical skills working in their community in a variety of settings, contributing to the rich culture of diversity within social work departments. This workshop will provide the participants with a better understanding of the social worker’s role in higher education and strategies for moving from practitioner to educator.

Trauma Informed Care for Youth in the Child Welfare System
Kristi Wood, MSW, APSW
Trauma informed care is becoming a common and welcomed term in the social work vocabulary. There is a multitude of research describing its positive impact, and there is an expansive number of resources available to us as practitioners. Children and youth in the child welfare system are particularly susceptible to trauma and its negative impacts on well being. This workshop provides an overview of some of the most promising research on this topic, and suggests a number of resources that child welfare workers may find useful in their work.

Although the focus of this workshop is in the area of child welfare, those who work in other areas of social work are welcome to attend and share their experiences with effective trauma informed care applications that may also be useful in the area of child welfare.

This is an interactive workshop, so that attendees can share trauma informed practices and approaches they have found useful in their own practices.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic and the Social Impact on Individuals in the Community
Lisa Bullard-Cawthorne, MS, MPH and Skye Tikkanen, MS, CSAC, LPC, CS-IT
This workshop will examine the extent of the opioid epidemic in Wisconsin and its impact on individuals and families.  It will review current efforts statewide on a multidisciplinary level to address this problem and the role of social workers with this epidemic.  The workshop will also consider how to address stigma with different professionals and how to help clients advocate against stigma.

1:40 – 5:00 pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
3 Continuing Education Hours
(3:10 – 3:30 pm break)

Challenges for Immigrants and Refugees Today
Dawn Berney, MPA, CNAP, Fabiola Hamdan, MSSW, Yang Sao Xiong, PhD
Berney: While Refugee Resettlement has a long tradition in Madison, the political climate can make the work more challenging. Beginning in December 2016 Jewish Social Services began to resettle 50 refugees in Madison. This is in addition to the 100+ refugees being resettled by Lutheran Social Services and other community based organizations. Providing core services such as housing and clothing, finding jobs and child care, coordinating support and promoting independence and safety continues to be a challenge. But the partnerships that already exist, combined with new partnerships are giving us hope that our newest families will succeed.

Hamdan: Immigrant families and families who are undocumented are currently in crisis. She will be presenting a perspective of immigrant families and families who are undocumented. Facing national and local anti-immigration sentiment, many families fear that interactions with human resources or services might lead to interaction with ICE. As these families sink into poverty, experience homelessness, are victims of micro-aggressions, stop sending children to school, or struggle with untreated health conditions, the likelihood of finding assistance decreases and many organizations and agencies are unable to provide needed services to this population.

Xiong: Hmong Americans comprise the largest Asian American group in the state of Wisconsin. I will provide a brief overview of Hmong’s immigration to the U.S. before discussing some of the old problems and issues that Hmong former refugees faced and some of the more recent challenges that they continue to experience. These challenges include poverty, residential segregation, underrepresentation, misrepresentation, hate crimes, racism, and other kinds of discrimination against Hmong. These conditions are especially harmful to the physical and emotional wellbeing of Hmong veterans, older or disabled adults, and children.

Ending Homelessness: A Solution
Emily Kenney, LCSW and Eric Collins-Dyke, MSW
Housing First is a paradigm of service delivery that has become an evidence-based practice to work toward ending homelessness. At a prior conference, Emily Kenney presented on the theory of Housing First principles. For this presentation, she is joined by Eric Collins-Dyke, who manages the Housing First Initiative, a demonstration project in Milwaukee County. The presenters will discuss the success and logistics of the Initiative and engage in a discussion for how to use these principles in a practical and achievable way.

Building Financial Capability: Tools and Tactics for Helping Professionals
Peggy Olive, MSW and Carol Bralich, MS
Financial capability requires knowledge and skills in managing cash, credit, and setting aside resources for future emergencies and goals. Designed specifically for social workers and other helping professionals, this session provides resources and strategies to address common financial challenges. We examine financial trouble-spots, such as making ends meet and overdue bills, along with tools and techniques for addressing these issues. Build a financial resource toolbox and learn practical approaches to empower your clients to move beyond financial crises and toward financial stability.

 

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