The 33rd National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS Pre-Conference $100

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Welcome to the 33rd National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS Pre-Conference! 

The National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS, founded in 1988, is an annual event that offers social workers, allied professionals, and people affected by HIV and AIDS, the connections, tools, learning opportunities, and strategies they need to understand and implement effective practices in their agencies and communities. Our goals for attendees of the 33rd National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS are to gain knowledge, be challenged, and be renewed.

The theme for the 2021 conference is Rise Up HIV & AIDS Social Work(ers)! Social workers know that HIV and AIDS is not merely a health issue but often a result of poverty, racism, homophobia, and stigma. We will not see an end to the HIV and AIDS epidemic without addressing the systems and policies that perpetuate social injustice and continue to contribute to health inequities.

The purpose of pre-conference sessions is to provide more intensive training that connects theory to practice than can be offered during a traditional conference breakout session. These sessions are designed to offer training on practical application of social work theories and best practices.

Sessions: 

  • Keep It Simple: HIV 101 Facilitator: Cicely Richard, MSW
  • Best Practice: promoting ethical decision making-Facilitators: Evelyn Tomaszewski, MSW, and Jill Sabatine, MSW, MPH
  • Trauma-Informed Supervision:Applying Principles, Concepts and Practices to Support Staff Wellbeing-Facilitators: Lladira Aguilar, LMSW, Katie McCormick, LMSW,
  • Dismantling White Supremacy Work Culture: An Interactive and Introspective Capacity Building Management for Case Manager who are nonsocial workers/allied professional-Facilitators: Marcus Stanley, BS, MPH, and Samira Ali, PhD, MSW


Collaborative Solutions, Inc. (ACE Provider Approval #1548) is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Collaborative Solutions, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/16/2018-05/16/2021. Social workers participating in Pre-Conference will receive up to 3.5 continuing education credits.



You will need to select the Pre-Conference Session you would like to attend at checkout. Upon registering, you will receive an email with login instructions for the session you choose on Monday, May 17, 2021. 

Cancellation Policy (2021):   If you must cancel your conference registration, a written refund request must be received by May 7, 2021.  If a written refund request is received by this date, your conference registration fee will be refunded. Granted refunds will be processed no later than 3 weeks after the conference.  Cancellations received after May 7, 2021, and event no-shows will not be refunded. 

Evelyn P. Tomaszewski

Evelyn P. Tomaszewski, MSW, ACSW is committed to actively engaging diverse stakeholders, across the private and public sectors, to create and sustain positive systems level change.  As Executive Director of Pearl Associates,  she provides consultative services focused on training and strategic facilitation, building capacity through business development and program management, and providing subject matter technical expertise.   Evelyn is known for leveraging networks, skills, and expertise to help build action driven collaborations and implement mission driven strategic initiatives, and her commitment to partnering with internal and external stakeholders to build and strengths-based programs and  leadership.  She is a member of the Adjunct Faculty, George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), Department of Social Work.

Evelyn previously served in a senior level position at the National Association of Social Workers, where she was responsible for a diverse portfolio that supported the association’s human rights, social justice, and international program initiatives in the US and globally; and facilitated membership engagement to forward the mission and initiatives to address LGBT equity, violence prevention, and social services systems strengthening.  Evelyn simultaneously served as NASW Project Director with the National HIV and Mental Health Training Resource Center, part of a SAMHSA funded collaborative program that trained over 40000 providers in integration of evidence-driven HIV prevention, care, and treatment into their practice setting(s).

Evelyn is currently a member of the (SAMHSA) National Workgroup to Address the Needs of Children and Youth Who Are LGBTQI2-S and Their Families, the Forum on Global Violence Prevention (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine), Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (Global Mental Health Task Force Chair), ABA Commission on Youth at Risk, and CDC Task Force for the Elimination of Perinatal HIV.   She proudly serves on the PASHWA  Board of Directors and holds an MSW degree from WVU (go ‘eers!) and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from GMU.

Jill Sabatine

Harvard University Health Services as a Case Manager.

Jill is a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Ohio University.  She earned her MSW from the University of Connecticut and also has a MPH from the University of Massachusetts.  Jill has worked extensively with young people as a school Social Worker and in a pediatric hospital emergency room. She has worked since 2008 as Adjunct Faculty in the Social Work department  at Providence College and has been a Clinical Manager at AIDS Care Ocean State since 1993.  Jill currently also works at Harvard University Health Services as a Case Manager.  Jill was the Chair of the NASW Spectrum Project which worked nationally to train Social Workers on issues impacting PLWHA. 

Marcus Stanley, MPH

Public Health Practitioner

University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Marcus Stanley, MPH (He, Him, His) is a trauma-informed community-based scholar, change agent, public health practitioner, and orator. He has dedicated over 15 years to public health, beginning his career as a peer health educator and HIV tester/counselor for Georgia Southern University’s Health Education and Promotion Department during undergrad. He has since spent most of his career working in the field of HIV locally, regionally, and nationally. He completed his Masters of Public Health (MPH) at Emory University, with a concentration in Prevention Science. Mr. Stanley currently serves as the Project Officer for the Gilead COMPASS Initiative at the University of Houston as a social work researcher who serves in a leadership capacity. Throughout his career, he has worked with various organizations conducting capacity-building activities, trainings, and consultations in areas such as trauma-informed care and dismantling white supremacy work culture to foster organizational healing.

Dr. Samira Ali

Community-Based Activist-Scholar

University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Dr. Samira Ali is a community-based activist-scholar. Her scholarship focuses on community-based participatory research (CBPR), primary and secondary HIV prevention, and the role of social determinants on the mental health and well-being of communities that are marginalized (particularly those impacted by HIV). Specifically, Dr. Ali has experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating community-led structural sexual health interventions in local and international settings. Dr. Ali has worked with community-based organizations for over 10 years around intersecting areas of HIV prevention and treatment, mental health, and trauma-informed care as well as coordinated care. Through the COMPASS Initiative, we can change the face of the HIV epidemic in the South through building organizational capacity that is community-centered, sustainable, and intersectional, paying particular attention to social and racial justice.

Cicely Richard

HIV Advocate

Cicely Richard has over 15 years of experience with community/educational programs, including serving as a coordinator for stakeholders to provide HIV testing or prevention education efforts, creating community cohesion, and developing mentoring programs. These experiences have led to increased resources for at-risk populations.  Prior to her current position as a Training and Development Specialist with the Georgia Department of Public Health with the Office of HIV/AIDS, she coordinated HIV Testing initiatives throughout the Atlanta area and organized volunteer-driven programs that provided HIV/AIDS education to students throughout Georgia. Her experience includes attending George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she received a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Management. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Social Work from The University of Georgia.

Lladira Aguilar, MSW

Trauma-Informed care and case management to foreign national survivors of human trafficking

University of Houston

Lladira is a bilingual Master Social Worker (MSW) who received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston downtown and completed a Master’s degree in Social Work with a clinical practice concentration from Baylor University. Lladira has over 10 years of experience in HIV/AIDS work including health education, HIV testing and counseling, community outreach, and case management with individuals living with HIV in both clinical and non-clinical settings in the South. More recently, her work focused on providing trauma-informed care and case management to foreign national survivors of human trafficking. Lladira continues to be an advocate for underserved populations and she hopes to use her direct practice work experience to better support communities most
impacted by HIV/AIDS. 

Katie McCormick

University of Houston

University of Houston

Katie McCormick obtained a Bachelors of Social Work from Baylor University and a Masters from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Over the course of the past several years, she has engaged in various projects, primarily engaging in community engagement and community-based research. Katie also has experience collaboratively developing, implementing, and evaluating community-driven Southern-specific organizational interventions. Applying a multi-level, intersectional, community-centered framework, Katie works with organizations to integrate harm reduction and trauma-informed care approaches through capacity-building assistance in an effort to sustainably strengthen organizations and communities.

Facilitator: Cicely Richard, MSW


In today's world, with so many things happening, it is essential to keep things simple. In HIV prevention and treatment, clients and patients must understand their diagnosis and risk factors to live a long healthy life. Medical jargon, public health acronyms, insurance lingo, and other healthcare frustrations can overwhelm a person seeking prevention services or treatment options. The client-centered approach focuses on genuine support and helping the client/patient reach a more congruent view of self. This workshop aims to keep the message simple for our patients and clients. During this 3-hour workshop, we will: 1. Focus on patient/client scenarios concerning how jargon (medical, social work, public health) can overwhelm the average client and demonstrate an empathetic understanding and remain non-judgmental to the client. 2. Provide awareness of resources concerning patient education and helpful educational tools. Overall, this workshop aims to provide real-world examples and practical tools to educate patients and clients in HIV 101. It is essential to understand the person, circumstances, all in their social or world context to provide helpful information to give a comprehensive overview of HIV 101 and treatment options. Engaging a patient/client to provide HIV/AIDS prevention/treatment education requires a multifaceted approach. We sometimes have to think outside of the box to reach those in need. This session will include videos, discussions, and interactive tools for participant input.

Learning Objectives:

  • To focus on patient/client scenarios concerning how jargon (medical, social work, public health) can overwhelm the average client.
  • Demonstrate an empathetic understanding and remain non-judgmental to the client.
  • Provide awareness of resources concerning Patient education and helpful educational tools.

Facilitators: Evelyn Tomaszewski, MSW and Jill Sabatine, MSW, MPH


HIV syndemics require our understanding of the intersectionality and impact of social, environmental, economic, and a myriad of systemic factors on clients and communities.  This is even more acute with the parallel public health pandemic of COVID19, as we find more communities, agencies, and individuals struggling for resources, clients concerned about confidentiality and equitable access to care and treatment, and the reality of stigma and discrimination.   The impact of growing health inequities, increased poverty, social isolation, xenophobia, and racism has led to decreased resources for providers and agencies and policy guidance that finds social workers faced with practice dilemmas. As professional social workers, we aspire to adhere to a practice rooted in the core values of commitment to service to others, promoting social justice, belief in the dignity and worth of the person and the importance of human relationships, and in our commitment to practice with integrity.  As professional social workers, we commit to upholding the ethical standards, as outlined in the Code of Ethics, to honor and act responsibly to clients, to communities, to our profession and as professionals, and to the broader society. The desire and commitment to translate these words into practice requires self-awareness, the ability to assess implicit and explicit biases, and to address ethical dilemmas that emerge at the individual, organizational, or systemic level. Workshop participants will use a  syndemics framework to understand the complexities of HIV/AIDS and take a holistic approach to identify and understand implicit and explicit bias and the connection to ethical dilemmas at the micro and macro levels of practice.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore our individual and institutional attitudes and bias,  the impact and role of professional values, and how the five guiding principles (of ethical decision making) and a decision-making framework can promote more mindfulness in ethical decision making.   Practitioners across all fields of practice – be it in direct services, pre-service, and/or administrative roles are welcome. Come prepared to work in small and large groups and to share resources.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, using a syndemics framework, participants will review and discuss common ethical dilemmas that arise across diverse practice modalities. 
  • Upon completion, participants will understand implicit and explicit bias, the complexities of stigma, bias, and discrimination at the individual and systems levels, and the impact on clients and providers.
  • Upon completion, participants will review guiding principles to ethical decision-making and apply a guided framework to address and promote ethical decision-making across the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice.

Trauma-Informed Supervision: Applying Principles, Concepts and Practices to Support Staff Wellbeing

Facilitators: Lladira Aguilar, LMSW, Katie McCormick, LMSW, and Samira Ali, PhD, MSW 


The current socio-political context of the US has become increasingly distressing and precarious due to recent events (i.e., the COVID-19 pandemic, police brutality, and political discourse and accompanying unrest) for both clients and staff. These recent and unprecedented events highlight intersecting systemic oppressions (i.e., anti-Black racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc.) that have contributed to and exacerbated the HIV epidemic at the individual, community, and structural levels. This oppressive context, in combination with organizational factors, such as minimal resources, under-staffed organizations and cumbersome caseloads are barriers to social workers in providing quality care to people living with HIV. In addition, many staff members belong to and represent these same communities that continue to be marginalized and oppressed. This can result in burnout, secondary trauma, high turnover, compassion fatigue, and overall dissatisfaction. These factors impact client-provider relationships, resulting in poor quality care and lack of client engagement in care, contributing to disparate outcomes among Black and brown communities already disproportionately impacted by HIV. To end the HIV epidemic, we must consider the negative impact of organizational environments on both social workers and clients, and create strategies and interventions to build equitable and trauma-informed environments. Informed by the six principles of trauma-informed care, trauma-informed supervision is a social justice-oriented solution for supervisors in creating healthy professional relationships with their staff members. In order for trauma-informed supervision to advance equity and staff wellbeing, it must be meaningfully incorporated into organizational policies and procedures, realistically operationalized, and integrated into daily practices. As such, the aims of this workshop are to a) discuss and reflect on how recent traumatic events have disproportionately burdened staff specifically black and brown staff members and communities and b) describe and explore how trauma-informed supervision can be operationalized and practiced in supervisory relationships to support staff wellbeing.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how intersectional systemic oppression and traumatic events impact individuals and their functioning in the workplace, particularly for Black and brown staff. 
  • List the six principles of trauma-informed care.
  • Apply the core components of trauma-informed supervision and their connection to the trauma-informed care principles.

Dismantling White Supremacy Work Culture: An Interactive and Introspective Capacity Building Management for Case Manager Who Are Non-Social Workers/Allied Professionals

Facilitators: Marcus Stanley, BS, MPH, and Samira Ali, PhD, MSW


There is nothing specific about Black bodies that make us more susceptible to HIV, and yet nearly half the new HIV diagnoses in the United States are among Black people. This is a result of systemic oppression often in the form of anti-Black racist policies and practices. The root of this oppression is white supremacy ideologies, policies, and practices that ultimately impact HIV service organizations’ culture and practices for Black communities. This white supremacy work culture, the norms adopted without being pro-actively named or chosen by the group, suppresses creative thinking, influences hiring practice, and creates a less effective environment for ending the HIV epidemic. We must identify and name the practices and standards that prevent forward movement, and begin to offer counternarratives and recommendations to dismantling this white supremacy work culture (WSWC). As stated by Ijeoma Oluo, “If you live in this system of white supremacy, you are either fighting the system or you are complicit. There is no neutrality to be had towards systems of injustice, it is not something you can just opt-out of.” This interactive workshop will provide capacity building on dismantling WSWC. We will support allied professional case managers to evaluate their individual ideologies and organizational cultures and structures. The overarching goal of this workshop is to support them in developing a culture of collective learning, support, and inclusion in the pursuit of their programmatic goals. The virtual space will be designed to be interactive through group discussions, reflective exercises, breakout sessions, etc. The workshop will begin with a collective establishment of ground rules in order to create a brave space for discussion and begin and end with a deep breathing exercise, which has been demonstrated by research to calm your body down and help you to clear your thoughts during heated and uncomfortable moments. We will review core concepts related to WSWC and anti-Blackness, discuss how they manifest in HIV service organizations, articulate strategies to resist them at various levels of the organization, and elicit on the ground examples from participants.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify elements of white supremacy work culture and anti-blackness that manifest in HIV/STD service organizations that impact clients/case management relationships.
  • Provide examples for dismantling white supremacy work culture within their organizations and provide personal recommendations of engagement.
  • Discuss the dismantling of white supremacy work culture and provide immediate steps and recommendations for individual and organizational growth to better serve their clients.

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The 33rd National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS Pre-Conference $100
05/19/2021 at 1:00 PM (CDT)   |  210 minutes
05/19/2021 at 1:00 PM (CDT)   |  210 minutes The purpose of pre-conference sessions is to provide more intensive training that connects theory to practice than can be offered during a traditional conference breakout session. These sessions are designed to offer training on practical application of social work theories and best practices. Sessions included: Ethics Leadership Supervision Case Management for Non-Social Workers/Allied Professionals HIV 101 for Social Workers