The Vibrant Tapestry of Social Work: Celebrating our Professional Diversity

Marc Herstand, MSW, CISW, Executive Director

by Marc Herstand, MSW, CISW

The theme of our 2013 annual conference is “The Vibrant Tapestry of Social Work: Celebrating our Professional Diversity” At our 2013 annual conference we have a number of programs directed towards understanding of diverse populations.   Our Friday keynote speaker, Dr. King Davis has worked extensively in Texas to promote cultural competency in the provision of health and mental health care.  On Thursday afternoon the YWCA will be presenting a four hour intensive workshop on Exploring White Privilege and we will also have a four hour presentation on the Indian Child Welfare Act. On Friday in addition to King Davis’s keynote address and workshop, we will have sessions on Immigration and social work practice, Reducing Racial Disproportionality in child welfare and a program that will consider religious diversity issues in social work entitled, “Connecting Religion and Spirituality to Social Work Practice: Utilizing Strengths and Recognizing challenges”.

Aside from the programs examining diversity, we offer our usual extensive programs for clinical social workers including programs on eating disorders, dance therapy, HIPAA, substance abuse, PTSD and Vets, clinical supervision, helping clients with chronic pain, suicide prevention, trauma informed care and more.

We also have programs on the Affordable Care Act with an expert from the national office, boundaries and ethics workshops, a Wisconsin Legislative Update with legislative leaders, and a workshop on Mindfulness. 

All in all the 2013 annual conference, which takes place on Thursday October 17th and Friday October 18th at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, will feature 34 separate break-out sessions, two keynote speakers and an annual meeting and awards ceremony. You will receive 13 continuing education hours for attending both days.   The annual conference brochures have been mailed to NASW WI members and our active customers.  The conference materials will be online by August 2 at