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Thanks for a great inaugural year!

Thursday / Friday  September 29-30, 2022

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Melissa, TX

“Specific and related to my work!"

Jason, KY


Christopher, NY

“Most inclusive seminar ever attended!”
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The Speakers



Frederic G. Reamer, PhD

Professor, Rhode Island College

Dr. Reamer has conducted extensive research on professional ethics and has published 24 books, 175 journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles. He is the author of chapters on professional ethics in the Encyclopedia of Social Work, Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development, Encyclopedia of Higher Education, Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on the subjects of professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability. Dr. Reamer also chaired the national task force sponsored jointly by the National Association of Social Workers, Association of Social Work Boards, Council on Social Work Education, and Clinical Social Work Association to develop Technology Standards in Social Work Practice. He has also served as witness and consultant in 130 court and licensing board cases addressing professional ethics. Dr. Reamer was named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers for his "commitment and dedication to the social work profession and to the improvement of social and human conditions at the local, state, national, and international levels."

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Workshop Presenter


Keynote Presenter

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Lori James-Townes, LCSW

Executive Director, National Association  of Public Defense

Lori refers to her professional career as social justice ministry. She has over 25 years of clinical, training, and organizational development experience, which includes program development, program management, collegiate instruction, as well as leadership and management training. She is the current Executive Director of the National Association of Public Defense that unites 30,000 practitioner-members from every state across the country into a cohesive and irrepressible community. A community that is capable of bringing justice to a broken system. Lori is also the President of Expand-Now, LLC and part-time Clinical Professor in the Family Studies and Community Development Department at Towson University. Prior to joining the Towson University family, she served as Director of Leadership and Program Development at Maryland Office of Public Defender. The Daily Record Newspaper named her as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women. In addition to working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she is also an author, and John Maxwell Certified Coach, Facilitator, Teacher, Trainer, and Speaker.



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Thank You!

With a heart of gratitude, sincere thanks to the 2022 inaugural organizing team for their hard work and dedication. 

Special thanks to all of our 2022 peer-reviewers! Your priceless assistance and support was much appreciated.  

Dr. Dawn H. Apgar, LSW, ACSW

Thea Posel, JD

Seton Hall University

SWLNS: Educator Taskforce & Logistics

University of Texas Austin

SWLNS: Student Mentorship & Professional Development

Elizabeth Buendia

Dr. Aaron Robb, LPC-S

University of Texas at Arlington

SWLNS: Special Projects

Forensic Counseling Services

SWLNS: Logistics

Bradley S. Craig, LMSW-IPR, CFLE

Dr. Marie Salimbeni, LCSW, CAS

Children in the Middle

SWLNS: Educator Taskforce

University of Texas at Arlington

SWLNS: Outreach & Educator Taskforce

Diane Dessources-Garcia

Dr. Ragan Schriver, LSW-AP, ACSW

University of Texas at San Antonio

SWLNS: Special Projects

University of Tennessee Knoxville

SWLNS: Logistics

Dr. Deneece Ferrales, MSW

Dawn W. Westfall, LMSW

Prosper Waco

SWLNS: Logistics & Social Media

Cattaraugus County Public Defender's Office

SWLNS: Logistics

Will Francis, LMSW

Dr. Ali Winters, LCSW

National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter

SWLNS: Outreach & Logistics

Tennessee State University

SWLSN: Outreach & Student Mentorship

Dr. Mia M. Kirby, LCSW-S

University of Texas at Arlington

SWLNS: Student Mentorship & Logistics

Special thanks to all of our 2022 Partners! Your invaluable support was critical to our success. You are appreciated!  

Between Two Homes

Mineola, TX

Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Washington, DC

Forensic Counseling Services

Lewisville, TX

National Association For Public Defense

Denver, CO

National Association of Social Workers - Texas Chapter

Austin, TX

National Organization of Forensic Social Work

Osceola, WI

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

UT Austin - Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Austin, TX

UT Austin - Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing

Austin, TX

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