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2016 Annual Conference: Forging Solutions Out of Challenges
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2016 Annual Conference: Forging Solutions Out of Challenges

Join hundreds of social workers from around state for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Profession Conference! NASW-Michigan invites all social workers to the Lansing Center and Radisson Hotel in for a chance to hear two inspirational keynote addresses, celebrate the 2016 social work award recipients, 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!

3/30/2016 to 4/1/2016
When: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
7:00 PM
Where: The Lansing Center and the Radisson Hotel
333 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, Michigan  48933
United States
Contact: Tricia McCarthy
517.487.1548 x16

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Earn up to 15 CEs (including all of your ethics and pain management!)


Registration is Closed (Please call the NASW-Michigan Office at 517-487-1548 if you are interested in registering. Walk-In registrations will also be available)



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Workshop Descriptions and Schedule


Preconference Event

Wednesday, March 30, 2016. 2.0 CEs

Growing Old in the Movies: New Theories of Aging in Cross-Cultural Film

Daniel Rydholm, LMSW, QCSW

Get ready to sit back and enjoy the show as the 2016 NASW-Michigan Annual Conference kicks off with a preconference movie night. This preconference event will provide fresh insights about aging and life-span development as represented in seven popular classic films, including Charlie Chaplin's Limelight (1952) and Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957). The titles selected for discussion are drawn from diverse cultures and eras, making this a compelling workshop in cultural competency, in addition to presenting new perspectives on aging. The session will provide social workers with positive and engaging frameworks for understanding what it means to grow old, which in turn will increase our effectiveness in working with this critical population.

For the past seven years, Daniel C. Rydholm has served adults with psychiatric disabilities in the Assertive Community Treatment program at Pathways Community Mental Health in Marquette. He holds degrees in Divinity and Sacred Theology from Union Theological Seminary as well as a law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. He is married to poet, watercolor artist, and wilderness advocate, Kathleen Heideman, and is an avid fan of classic, independent and foreign film.

Keynote Addresses:

Thursday, March 31, 2016. 1.5 CEs

The Unusual is Not Impossible:  Reflections on Disability, Community and Family Love

Janice Fialka, LMSW, ACSW

The perception of intelligence is a powerful force in the systematic segregation, maltreatment, and unfulfilled potential of hundreds of millions of individuals with disabilities in the U.S. and worldwide. This workshop will explore the impact of parenting a child born with an intellectual disability and provide mental health professionals tools when working with these marginalized children, their communities, and their families. A highlight of the keynote address will be the showing of the trailer of the forthcoming documentary, "Intelligent Lives" by award winning filmmaker, Dan Habib. This documentary explores how our narrow views of intelligence created unnecessary "ceilings" for people with intellectual disabilities and how others embody a new paradigm of what it means to be intelligent.  The film features narration and a personal perspective from Academy Award winning actor, Chris Cooper

Janice Fialka, LMSW, ACSW is a nationally-recognized lecturer, author, and advocate on issues related to disability, parent-professional partnerships, inclusion, raising a child with disabilities, sibling issues, and post-secondary education. She is the Special Projects Trainer with Michigan’s Early On® Training and Technical Assistance (Part C of IDEA). Janice is also a parent, poet, a compelling storyteller, and an award-winning advocate for families and persons with disabilities.



Friday, April 1, 2016. 1.5 CEs

Flint Water Crisis: Forging Solutions Out of Challenges

Invited Panelists: Dr. Lauren O'Connell)

How do we respond to the residents of the seventh largest city in Michigan being poisoned? How might social work being impacted long term by the Flint water crisis? What do we do now? This keynote address will walk mental health providers, policy advocates, and community organizers through the timeline of Flint’s water problems, as well as discuss short and long-term impacts on the community, how social workers were and are making a difference, and delve into future physical and mental health risks for both children and adults.


Continuing Education (CEs):

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2016: 2 CEs

Thursday, March 31, 2016: 6 CEs

Friday, April 1, 2016: 7 CEs   


Hotel Accommodations:

Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol

111 N Grand Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

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. NASW-Michigan has a block of rooms reserved for your convenience.

Name of Room Block: NASWM6

Room Rate: $129.95 plus tax



***Valet parking in the ramp connected to the hotel is free to hotel guests. The Lansing Center also has a parking garage, which is $6 per day.

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