The 2020 National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS (NCSWH)

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JOIN PASWHA and receive a $25 conference discount for your Early Bird or Student Registration!
The National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS (NCSWH), founded in 1988, is an annual event that draws more than 600 HIV/AIDS-care social workers, service providers, researchers, and professionals throughout various disciplines from across the United States and abroad. The field of HIV/AIDS has dramatically changed from 1988 when HIV/AIDS was a death sentence to 2020 when individuals can live and thrive with HIV. There's no doubt about it...we see an end to the HIV epidemic in THIS generation!
Hosted through a partnership between the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS (PASWHA) and Collaborative Solutions, our 2020 conference will focus on the theme of, "Social Work Solutions to End the Epidemic." Come join us during our 32nd year of learning together as we glance at how far we've come, and look ahead to an AIDS-free generation...together. 
Conference Registration Costs

Early Bird Registration (ENDS MARCH 20, 2020)
     $450
Standard Registration     $500
Student (minimum of 2 volunteer hours required)     $250
Single-Day Registration for Presenters and Attendees 
(allows 1 person to purchase 1 day only)
     $150
PASWHA Member Discount 
Not a member or need to renew?

     $25 OFF

Contact Elizabeth@collaborative-solutions.net for Student and Single Day discount codes
The deadline to request a full refund is April 10, 2019
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JOIN PASWHA and receive a $25 conference discount for your Early Bird or Student Registration!

Standard PASWHA Membership, 1 Year ($100) + Early Bird Registration ($425) = $525
Individual Membership for BSW, MSW, PhDSW
Benefits:
  • Discount on NCSWH Registration
  • Opportunities for CEs through the Association of Social Work Boards
  • Discounted Online Learning Opportunities offered by PASWHA.
  • Option to Post on Job Board
  • PASWHA Newsletter
  • 50% Discount to Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services .
  • A vote to seat the National Board of Directors.  

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PASWHA Membership for Non-Social Workers and Retirees, 1 Year ($50) + Early Bird ($425) = $475
Benefits:
  • Receive association newsletter
  • Job posting announcements as well as board directed email announcements/messages
  • Vote on board; however, may not serve on the association’s board.

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Student PASWHA Membership ($25) + Early Bird ($225), 1 Year = $250
BSW, MSW Students
Benefits:
  • Job posting announcements as well as board directed email announcements/messages
  • Receive association newsletter
  • A vote to seat the National Board of Directors.  The Board will be nominated and elected by current members.

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2020 National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS 

Medical Case Management Institute

May 21-22, 2020

Registering for MCM  covers your entire cost to attend the full conference. Pre-Conference is a separate add on with additional cost.
(Space is Limited to 50 Participants!)

Back by popular demand!  This highly popular 10-hour training will be offered on May 21st (Thursday) and May 22nd (Friday). Space is limited to 50 participants and pre-registration is required.

The Medical Case Management Institute is endorsed by the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS (PASWHA) and is designed to meet this HRSA requirement: “Medical Case Management Services must be provided by trained professionals, including both medically credentialed and other health care staff." (HAB Policy Notice 10-02).

Some of the topics to be covered will be: Best Practices, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Health Literacy, Adherence and Self Care. The Medical Case Management Certificate is available upon completion of additional online training's to be offered in the post-conference period.

Note: Those who register for the MCM Institute are expected to attend the full 10-hour training.

Instructor:  -  Melinda Marash, LCSW, MSW, Aspire Training and Consulting (Denver,CO)

CE Credit Hours: 10

Collaborative Solutions, Inc. (ACE Approval #1548) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Collaborative Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period:  04/15/2018-04/15/2021). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.  

Social Workers participating in this course will received 10 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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  • 2020 NCSWH Pre-Conference Ethics: Implicit bias, ethical dilemmas, and social work policy and practice: HIV/AIDS as a case study.

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 05/20/2020 at 8:30 AM (CDT)

    As social workers engage in organizational and community work, our work also requires self-awareness and the ability to assess implicit and explicit biases. Understanding the role and impact of implicit bias and explicit bias is a critical step towards addressing ethical dilemmas and challenges that can occur at the individual, organizational, or systemic level.

    The 2020 National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS
    Pre-Conference Institute 
    Ethics: Implicit bias, ethical dilemmas, and social work policy and practice: HIV/AIDS as a case study.
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    8:30am-12:00 noon 
    Cost: $100.00 ( Pre-registration required) 




    Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

    Social workers have a key leadership role in developing policies and programs, as well as providing HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.  Our practice is challenged by clients and communities struggling for limited resources, policies and directives, questions around confidentiality and disclosure, and the impact stigma and discrimination.  Clinical concerns include aging with multiple health challenges, end of life issues, medication adherence, and equal access to prevention and treatment options, as well as the very real and growing issues of homelessness, substance use and abuse, and societal bias and discrimination.   Practitioners are met with difficult decisions, which can raise questions or interventions that can create ethical dilemmas at the individual, organizational, or systemic level.    

    As social workers engage in organizational and community work, our work also requires self-awareness and the ability to assess implicit and explicit biases.   Understanding the role and impact of implicit bias and explicit bias is a critical step towards  addressing ethical dilemmas and challenges that can occur at the individual, organizational, or systemic level.  Using case vignettes, workshop participants will approach the discussion from a holistic lens and discuss and practice a framework to identify, analyze, and address 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 how to use the power of the five guiding principles (of ethical decision making) to be more mindful 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. 

    Objectives:

    Understand implicit and explicit bias and the role and impact on our practice.

    Dialog about approaches to culturally relevant practice, and the complexities of stigma, bias, and discrimination at the individual and systems levels.  

    Review the five principles used to guide ethical decisions.

    Apply a decision-making framework to identify opportunities and solutions for addressing ethical dilemmas.

    Presenter:

    Evelyn P. Tomaszewski, MSW, ACSW

    Evelyn P. Tomaszewski MSW is Program Director and an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA).  Evelyn brings over 25 years of experience as a public health social worker practicing in in the US and globally.   Prior to Mason, she served as Senior Policy Advisor and Project Director with the National Association of Social Workers , where she directed the transdisciplinary HIV/AIDS Spectrum Mental Health Project in partnership with the  SAMSHA National HIV Mental Health Training Resource Center.  As an independent consultant, Evelyn has worked with  projects ranging from program and workforce development and  community and systems level change - to building multi-sectorial partnerships and initiatives with non-profit, public and private industry leaders in health and behavioral health, public health, and social services.   Her expertise and research interests include HIV syndemics, global mental health access, LGBTQ equity, ethics and social work practice, social and economic justice, HIV and aging, social services workforce strengthening, and global violence prevention.   Evelyn earned her MSW from WVU, and a Graduate Certificate (Public Health) form GMU.   She serves as an elected at-large member with the PASHWA Board of Directors. 

    Continuing Education Credit Hours: 3.5  hours

    Collaborative Solutions, Inc. (ACE Approval #1548) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Collaborative Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period:  04/15/2018 - 04/15/2021). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. 

    Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3.5  clinical continuing education clock hours.

    Evelyn P. Tomaszewski (Moderator)

    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.

  • 2020 Pre-Conference: Intersectionality – Housing and Health to End the HIV Epidemic

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 05/20/2020 at 8:30 AM (CDT)

    Get a jump on your housing & health efforts to end the HIV epidemic! Learn about why housing is critical in ending the epidemic. Develop an action plan for integrating your housing & health efforts – even if you’re not at the systems level; this can even be done at an internal agency level.

    The 2020 National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS
    Pre-Conference Institute: Intersectionality – Housing and Health to End the HIV Epidemic
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    8:30am-12:00 noon 
    Cost: $100.00 ( Pre-registration required) 

    Topic: Intersectionality – Housing and Health to End the HIV Epidemic

    Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

    Get a jump on your housing & health efforts to end the HIV epidemic! Learn about why housing is critical in ending the epidemic. Develop an action plan for integrating your housing & health efforts even if you’re not at the systems level; this can even be done at an internal agency level. 

    Continuing Education Credit Hours: 3.5  hours

    Collaborative Solutions, Inc. (ACE Approval #1548) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Collaborative Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period:  04/15/2018 - 04/15/2021). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. 

    Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3.5  clinical continuing education clock hours.

    Kate Briddell (Moderator)

    HIV Housing and Health Program Manager

    Ms. Kate Briddell, MPA, is the HIV Housing and Health Program Manager for Collaborative Solutions, Inc. Ms. Briddell has 18 years’ experience working with issues related to homelessness, affordable housing, and housing for persons with HIV/AIDS. She most recently held the position of Project Director for the Ryan White Part A program for the Seattle Transitional Grant area. Prior to relocating to Seattle, Ms. Briddell served as the Director of Homeless Services in Baltimore City, Maryland. Her experience in Baltimore culminated as Director, however, previous to that position she worked as the agency’s Program Manager and its Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program manager for the Baltimore Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area. Ms. Briddell earned her Master’s degree at The George Washington University.

    Christine Campbell (Moderator)

    Program Consultant

    Christine Campbell works with Collaborative Solutions providing technical assistance to HOPWA Grantees on HOPWA formula modernization implementation. As an independent consultant, her work addresses poverty, racism, health disparities, homelessness and housing, and other human rights issues.  Ms. Campbell has vast experience in assisting organizations in designing and implementing programs that integrate multiple funding streams, such as Ryan White HIV Programs with homeless, supportive housing and HOPWA dollars.

    After 30 years working in non-profits doing direct service, management, development, technical assistance, policy analysis, community organizing, and direct action, Christine is now using this knowledge and experience to develop and implement programs and advocacy campaigns in the areas where she is most passionate.

    Ms. Campbell has her Masters of Science in Organization Development from American University.

     

  • 2020 NCSWH Pre-Conference Treatment IS Prevention: Ending the Epidemic through Retention in HIV Care and Medication Adherence

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 05/20/2020 at 8:30 AM (CDT)

    This highly interactive (participation is encouraged) 3.5 hour workshop will combine didactic education and interactive exercises. Instructor will teach the concept of strengths-based work with clients, the Motivational Interviewing skills and techniques most useful for building trusting relationships between the clients and clinic, some skills-building strategies to enhance clinic retention, approaches to avoid unhelpful/negative interactions and de-escalation tips with difficult patients, and medication adherence tools.


    The 2020 National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS
    Pre-Conference Institute Treatment IS Prevention: 
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    8:30am-12:00 noon 
    Cost: $100.00 ( Pre-registration required) 


    Topic: Treatment IS Prevention: Ending the Epidemic through Retention in HIV Care and Medication Adherence 

    Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

    For many of the earlier years of the AIDS Epidemic those of us working in HIV believed that the end of the disease would come through the discovery of a cure. Now it seems clear that “The concept of U=U (undetectable equals untransmittable) is the foundation of being able to end the epidemic” (Fauci, NIAID, July 2019). According the CDC, “For persons who achieve and maintain viral suppression, there is effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their HIV-negative sexual partner. This translates to an effectiveness estimate of 100% for taking ART [antiretroviral therapy] regularly as prescribed and achieving and maintaining viral suppression. Effectiveness is lower, and there is a risk of transmitting HIV, when persons do not take ART as prescribed or stop taking ART, if viral suppression is not achieved, or if viral suppression is not maintained” (2018). 

    Retaining patients in treatment, however, can be a challenging task, due to such barriers as poverty, homelessness, discrimination, mental illness, problematic substance use, traumatic events, and stigma (Whetton, et al, 2008; Gardner et al, 2011; Kulkarni, 2012). A warm, welcoming clinic environment (particularly to MSM and people of color), the use of Motivational Interviewing spirit and techniques (Miller & Rollnick, 1981, 2005, 2012), a strengths-based attitude toward those we serve (Rapp et al., 2009), and evidence based skills-building tools for HIV patients can build motivation, increase self-efficacy, and have demonstrated effectiveness in enhancing retention of HIV-infected patients in care and promoting medication adherence (Marks, et al., 2010; Thompson et al 2012; Corwin & Bradley-Springer, 2013; CDC “Treatment Works” campaign, 2014; U=U campaign, 2016; Marks, Corwin et al., 2018)

    Continuing Education Credit Hours: 3.5  hours

    Collaborative Solutions, Inc. (ACE Approval #1548) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Collaborative Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period:  04/15/2018 - 04/15/2021). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. 


    Marla A. Corwin (Moderator)

    2019 NCSWH Pre-Conference Institute (May 22, 2019): Retention in Care and Medication Adherence: Using Motivational Interviewing, Strengths Based Messaging, and Evidence Based Tools

    Marla A. Corwin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Addictions Counselor, Senior Level. She is a retired faculty member of 25 years at the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine and College of Nursing, with 15 years as a Behavioral Health Specialist for the AIDS Education and Training Center. Marla designs behavioral health education materials and provides training on Motivational Interviewing and Strengths-Based Work with Patients, Retention in Care and Medication Adherence, Patient-Provider Communication, Risk Reduction and Disease Prevention, Sexual History Taking, Suicide Intervention, Substance Use Disorders, De-Escalation and Grief and Loss. Marla spent 11 years managing an HIV clinic for injection drug users, and a number of years as a hospice volunteer. She is now enjoying her own business providing contract consultation and training at clinics, service agencies and departments of health around the country. She is a proud founding member of the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS.

  • 2020 NCSWH Pre-Conference: Addressing HIV/AIDS Stigma In The South

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 05/20/2020 at 8:30 AM (CDT)

    Overview of the Southern AIDS Coalition and how their work through the Gilead COMPASS Initiative to address HIV/AIDS stigma in the South.

    The 2020 National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS 
     Pre-Conference Institute: Addressing HIV/AIDS Stigma In The South
     Wednesday, May 20, 2020 
     8:30am-12:00 noon 
     Cost: $100.00 ( Pre-registration required)


    Participants will understand the available resources and services through SAC and the Gilead COMPASS Initiative. Increase participants knowledge and skills related to addressing stigmatizing language in service delivery settings. Participants will learn why Meaningful Involvement of People with AIDS is necessary to effectively address HIV related stigma.

    Continuing Education Credit Hours: 3.5  hours

    Collaborative Solutions, Inc. (ACE Approval #1548) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Collaborative Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period:  04/15/2018 - 04/15/2021). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. 

    Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3.5  clinical continuing education clock hours.


    Gina Brown (Moderator)

    Community Engagement Manager

    Dafina Ward

    Interim Executive Director


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Hotel check-in time is 3:00PM, and check-out time is 12:00PM (subject to change without notice). All guest arriving before check-in time will be accommodated as rooms become available. The Hotel can arrange to check baggage for those arriving early when rooms are unavailable and for guest attending functions on departure day. In order to assign specific room types to Group's attendees, each sleeping room in the Room Block must be confirmed no later than April 28, 2020.