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2022 NASW-GA
Annual State Conference

August 19-21, 2022

2022 NASW-GA Virtual Pre & State Conferences
Ethics Pre-Conference, Thursday, August 18, 2022
Conference: Friday, August 19 to Saturday, 20, 2022
Bonus Day:  Sunday, August 21

Conference Virtual Platform: Zoom

Anticipated Continuing Education (CE) Hrs. Offered:

August 18, 2022 Pre-Conference: 6 Ethics
August 19-20, 2022 Conference: 17.5 Core

August 21, 2022: Bonus Sunday 4.5 Core
NASW-GA Reserves the Right to Adjust the Conference Schedule
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Welcome to the Conference!

Theme: "The Time is Indeed Right for Georgia Social Work" The conference theme is carried over from the 2022 Social Work Month theme and is relevant for the following reasons:
• Social Justice issues currently impacting the nation, e.g., voting rights, women's rights, racial inequality, etc.
• Ethics in Social Work practice as practitioners render Mental Health services.
• The country is experiencing a Mental Health crisis, especially in GA. GA's Political leadership has called for an increase in Mental Health workers and services.
• As indicated in the 2022 SW Month Theme Rationale: There are nearly 720,000 social workers in our nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that number is expected to grow by 12 percent by the end of the decade, making social work one of the fastest-growing professions in the nation.
• The nation needs more social workers as it continues to deal with entrenched problems that have stressed our society, including systemic racism and the Coronavirus pandemic. The United States is also experiencing one of its worst economic downturns since the Great Depression. Social workers are on the front lines, helping people overcome these crises.
• As our nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, economic inequality, global warming, and other crises, the Time is indeed Right for Georgia Social Work!

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2022 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell,


Presentation Topic:
Listening and Hope and Social Work
Date:  Friday, August 19, 2022
Time:  8:00 am - 9:00 am

Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell, Ph.D., LICSW, serves as Associate Professor, PhD Program Director and Coordinator of International Programs in the School of Social Work at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. She seeks to bring clinicians to research and research to
clinicians. Her areas of scholarship include childhood emotional trauma with a focus on sexual victimization. Trained in clinical social work at the master’s and doctoral levels, she has presented at local, regional, state, national, and international conferences and worked as a
treatment provider, supervisor, mentor, program evaluator, consultant, presenter, educator, researcher, and administrator. She gets excited about paper-crafting, learning, neuroscience for non-neuroscientists, and helping social work students and professionals engage with
international experiences for professional growth.

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