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2015 Annual Conference: A Meeting of the Profession

April 8 & 9, 2015
Kalamazoo Radisson
Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Join with hundreds of social workers from around Michigan for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Profession Conference! NASW Michigan invites all social workers to the Kellogg Center in East Lansing for a chance to hear two inspirational keynote addresses, celebrate the 2014 social work award recipients, have a chance to get an inside look at social workers' role in the political process, and to choose from between almost 60 workshops. Get a first hand look at how social workers are impacting communities in Michigan while gaining one third of your CEs!


Annual Conference At A Glance

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2014 Keynote Speakers

Congressman Ronald V. Dellums retired in 1998 from a distinguished congressional career spanning nearly three decades. Universally lauded as one of the most compelling and articulate speakers to serve in the House chamber, Dellums occupied many leadership positions in the House of Representatives. From his first days in Congress, he authored bills to withhold support from the South African regime because of its support for apartheid. It was a Dellums’ bill that passed and made sanctions and divestment U.S. national policy after Congress overrode a veto by President Ronald Reagan. This divestment pressure helped the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa to win the release of Nelson Mandela and led to his election as president of democratic South Africa.

As the respected chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Dellums would take his struggle against militarism and war to the very heart of the national security establishment. During his chairmanship of the House District of Columbia Committee, he would have an opportunity to advance legislation addressing some of the most pressing national problems: mental and community health delivery, pension fund solvency, and infant mortality, to name just a few. As chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, he led the effort to redefine national priorities through the budget process. Mr. Dellums has a master’s degree in social work from the University of California at Berkeley.

Steve Hamerdinger has been the Director of the Office of Deaf Services at the Alabama Department of Mental Health since January, 2003. Before this he was the Director of the Office of Deaf and Linguistic Support Services at the Missouri Department of Mental Health, a position he held for more than 9 years. Mr. Hamerdinger has an M.A. in Counseling of the Deaf from Gallaudet University. Named "Deaf Person of the Month” in November, 2008 by Deaf Life magazine, Mr. Hamerdinger owns and operates a mental health consulting firm that provides consultation and training on mental health and deafness nationally and internationally.

Mr. Hamerdinger was appointed by SAMHSA in 2009 as one of the two United States representatives to the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) Network on Mental Health and Deaf Individuals. He was the first Reba Hill Memorial Lecturer on Pediatrics at the Baylor University Medical School and is the Past-President of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association.He has been an adjunct faculty member of several college programs and a visiting lecturer at the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas, has a frequent presenter at Psychiatric Grand Rounds at University of Missouri, University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to his expertise in deafness and mental health, Steve is a well-known motivational speaker and entertainer.

Preconference Event (Wednesday April 2nd) 

Continuing the Civil Rights and Social Justice Journey, Chapter 2: The Power of Music in Advocacy

Presented by Dr Dan Jacobson with Ellis, Michael, & Muxlow and special guest Christee McNeil

This exciting preconference event will explore the power of music in advancing the major civil rights and social justice issues of the past century in the United States.

Sometimes the longer you attempt to define a style of music the more it eludes you. And so it goes with Ellis, Michael & Muxlow. They are one of the best examples in Southern Michigan of the timeless magic created by a blend of tight harmonies, strings and wood. There is a comfortable groove among these three established by a long musical marriage. Their songwriting is fresh and straightforward. The trio dips from the waters of many genres and eras of song. An evening with EM&M will leave you remembering, smiling, thinking, and humming

Questions should be directed to Tricia McCarthy at 517.487.1548 extension 16 or

Continuing Education (CEs)

NASW-Michigan is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative, provider number MICEC-0017. Attendees will receive the following number of CEs for their attendance at the Annual Conference.

Wednesday, April 2nd: 2 CES

Thursday, April 3rd: 6 CEs

Friday, April 4th: 7 CEs

Hotel Accommodations

Registrants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. When making hotel reservations, please mention the name of the room block to receive the special room rates.

Name of Room Block: National Association of Social Workers(or use group code NAS041013 if booking online)

Rates: Standard: $99.00 [plus tax]

Deluxe: $109.00 [plus tax]

**To make reservations, please call 800.875.5090**

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Parking is free for all conference attendees!

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