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

Conference Objectives:

 

  • 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

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11:00-11:30am EST

Wendyann Wyatt, LCSW
AVASW President

Opening Remarks and information on the AVASW

Bio

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11:30am-12:30pm EST

Jennifer Koget, LCSW
VA National Director of Social Work; Fisher House & Family Hospitality; Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program

The Future of VA Social Work

Bio

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12:45pm-1:45pm EST

Krysten Sinema, MSW
Honorable Senator from Arizona
Stan Remer, LCSW
AVASW Congressional Liaison
Matt Schobert, LCSW

AVASW President Elect

AVASW Policy Priorities: Congressional Advocacy for Social Workers and Veterans

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2:30-3:30am EST

Heather O'Beirne Kelly PhD
Senior Professional Staff Member, House Veterans' Affairs Committee

The House Veterans Affairs Committee: Research, Policy and Advocacy

Bio

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3:30pm-4:30pm EST

Thor Ringler, MFA, MS
VA Program Director, My Life, My Story

The Mental Health Benefits of Storytelling: VA My Life, My Story Program

Bio

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4:30pm-4:45pm EST

Heather DeShone
Acting AVASW President Elect

Closing Statements

Bio

Day two: Nov 10th

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11:00-11:30am EST

Dr. Maria Llorente, MD
Deputy to the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Patient Care Services, Veterans Health Administration

Welcome Message

Bio

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11:30am-12:30pm EST

Kayla Williams
Assistant Secretary, VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

Creating a More Inclusive VA

Bio

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12:45pm-1:45pm EST

Jennifer Dane
Executive Director, Modern Military Association of America

The Experience of LGBTQ+ Veterans

Bio