We’re on the precipice right now–states are opening back up, vaccination rates are increasing, and people are actually discussing summer travel plans. And yet a high level of anxiety remains regarding community safety, in all its forms, and how to operate professionally in a new virtual and in-person hybrid. How do we adjust to this “new normal” and continue to grow while supporting ourselves and clients at the same time?

These questions will be addressed head-on at the "Welcome to the New Normal: Social Work Post-COVID" Virtual Symposium, presented by NASW-Texas and sponsored by PhRMA, on May 7, 2021. You’ll learn more about the rise in aggression against the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) communities, the moral implications of the pandemic, and how COVID has changed work in healthcare and hospice. At the end of the day, there will be a bonus ethics session exploring changes in clinical practice with chapter and national NASW staff. The event will offer (7) seven CE Credits, including (3) three Ethics hours.

If you want to process the past year and gain some takeaways for your life or practice, this symposium is for you!
Friday, May 7, 2021
8:00AM–5:00PM CDT

$90 NASW Member
$120 Non-Member
$30 NASW Student Member
Schedule | Friday, May 7, 2021
Breaking the "Model Minority Myth": Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Mental Health & Social Justice
Melanie (JaeHee) Chung-Sherman, LCSW-S, LCPAA, PLLC-Founder/Owner, Private Practice
In 2021, #StopAAPIHate reported an approximate 149% increase in anti-Asian racism, discrimination, bigotry, xenophobia, and murder against the Asian community. In the last year, over 3,800 hate crimes have been recorded by APIs. However, anti-Asian rhetoric and hate crimes against the API and communities of color are not new, particularly for API individuals who hold multiple marginalized identities such as LGBQ+, transgender, non-binary, adoptees/fosterees, disability, immigration status, and religious minorities. Harmful rhetoric, such as "China flu" and "Kungflu", that was strategically weaponized against API communities during the pandemic gave way to intensified scapegoating and violence. Invisibilized by the "Model Minority Myth", a harmful concept that has historically erased API individuality and experiences, as well as driving wedges between other communities of color, APIs are silent no more. The longitudinal impacts of identity-based stress and trauma are significant ranging from depression, anxiety, and more. Join us as we explore the powerful intersectionalities within the API community, identity, mental health, anti-racism, and social justice work. (2 CE Credits)
Moral Distress & Its Effects on Social Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Alma Hernández, JD, LMSW-Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at Texas A&M University-Commerce
Brenda Moore, PhD, LMSW-AP-Associate Professor at School of Social Work at Texas A&M University-Commerce
Join us for an overview of Moral Distress and how it has been frequently encountered in social work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will increase their knowledge of Moral Distress, enhance practice skills, and develop coping strategies. Moral Distress symptoms and characteristics will be detailed and the difference between Moral Distress, compassion fatigue, and burnout will be compared. The session will include scenarios that refer to practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the highly contagious nature of the virus, and the restrictions placed upon our practice, raises personal and professional challenges to social workers every day. Challenges that often lead to Moral Distress, which can in turn lead to high turnover and burnout. (2 Ethics CE Credits)
COVID-Cultivated Changes among Healthcare & Hospice Social Workers
Demetress Harrell, MA, LBSW, DAPA-Chief Executive Officer, Hospice in the Pines
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about rapid changes in healthcare and hospice. Social workers now find themselves looking for ways to balance new technologies and processes with what is best for their clients. In this session, we will examine the environmental impact COVID has placed on service delivery among healthcare social workers, analyze ethical decision-making to advance the navigation of patient services and improve patient outcomes, and discuss approaches to mitigate disparities among cross cultural sectors impacted by COVID. Participants will be introduced to principles that increase their efficiency and expand their leadership skills. (2 CE Credits)
Ethical Implication of Private Practice Post-COVID: A Discussion
Dawn M. Hobdy, MSW, LICSW-Vice President of Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion, NASW
Will Francis, LMSW-Executive Director, NASW-Texas

Charlotte B. Cooper, LCSW-Director of Clinical Reimbursement Project, NASW-Texas

Don't miss this interactive, bonus session at the conclusion of the symposium–a conversation on practical and ethical issues in private practice. Changes implemented to state and federal rules and laws during the pandemic will be discussed, as well as ethical questions around reopening and telehealth services. This will primarily be a Q&A session, so bring your questions. (1 Ethics CE Credit) 
"Welcome to the New Normal: Social Work Post-COVID"
NASW-Texas Virtual Symposium 
810 W. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701-2010
(512) 474-1454
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