AVASW 2021 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE:
VA Social Work: Sparking Change, Creating a More Inclusive VA
November 9th & 10th
8 CEUs are approved by the National Association of Social Workers
*Other disciplines will need to check with their board regarding acceptance of CEUs from the NASW
Acknowledge diversity among Veterans and recognize the challenges and opportunities this poses in health care settings.
Identify clinical social work education, practice improvement, and policy opportunities to enhance veteran health services within the VA.
Engage in genuine and meaningful conversations with colleagues about the quality of social work based health care services for Veterans at the VA across the nation.
Increase organization awareness and membership through event attendance, encouraging social worker inclusivity at the VA and allow staff an independent association to seek support and professional development.
Engage in an open speaking platform and provide resources, knowledge, and skill development for evidence-based practice across the healthcare continuum.
Day One: Nov 9th
Wendyann Wyatt, LCSW
Opening Remarks and information on the AVASW
Jennifer Koget, LCSW
VA National Director of Social Work; Fisher House & Family Hospitality; Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program
The Future of VA Social Work
Heather O'Beirne Kelly PhD
Senior Professional Staff Member, House Veterans' Affairs Committee
The House Veterans Affairs Committee: Research, Policy and Advocacy
Thor Ringler, MFA, MS
VA Program Director, My Life, My Story
The Mental Health Benefits of Storytelling: VA My Life, My Story Program
Day two: Nov 10th
Dr. Maria Llorente, MD
Deputy to the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Patient Care Services, Veterans Health Administration
Assistant Secretary, VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Creating a More Inclusive VA