The Graduate & Undergraduate Departments of Social Work Present the 7th Annual Social Work Conference:
"Social Workers are Essential"
The Conference Will be Held Virtually
Friday, October 8, 2021
9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET
Our nation’s 650,000 social workers deal with some of the most difficult issues impacting individuals, families and communities: schools and interpersonal family violence, natural and human made disasters, telehealth care, health care and mental health care, public health, impact of social media and technology, aging, youth, reentry and reintegration for prisoners, and trauma. It is important that we not only address these issues but more importantly identify solutions and actions to address these problems that lead to hope.
Attendees can earn up to 6 hours of CEU credit. The cost of registration and CEU is $40.
President and CEO of United Way of Pasco County
Mr. Charles Anderson assumed the role of President/CEO of United Way Pasco County in January of 2019. He has 38 years of United Way leadership experience. Mr. Anderson has served as the President/CEO at both United Way of the National Capital Region in Washington D.C. and United Way of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has also served as United Way President/CEO in Wilmington, Delaware; Flint, Michigan; York, Pennsylvania and Meriden, Connecticut.
Immediately prior to joining the Pasco community Mr. Anderson served for four years as the District Director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice for Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties where he directed programs and services related to mental health, senior support, child education, human trafficking and more.
Since joining United Way of Pasco County Mr. Anderson has been very engaged in a variety of issues affecting the people and families in Pasco County. Mr. Anderson is passionate about establishing programs and solutions to combat human trafficking, substance abuse, and mental health to name a few. As a longtime advocate for human trafficking he is determined to see more housing options, intensive case work programs, legal services, and health services offered to survivors. Currently Mr. Anderson is working with various community leaders to overcome barriers and begin to implement solutions to these complex issues.
Mr. Anderson is a member of Leadership Pasco’s Class of 2020 and the Rotary Club of New Port Richey. He also serves on several Boards and committees including Vincent Academy Adventure Coast Board of Directors, Pasco County Complete Count Committee, Pasco County Community Development Block Grant Review Committee and the Continuum of Care Leadership Council.
Mr. Anderson is a Connecticut native and father of four daughters. He holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Delaware.
MSSW, LCSW, MCAP, CAI, Supervisor, Clinical Trainers for the Consulting and Training Team at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Jim Cowser has interest in both direct clinical practice and the effective development and improvement of clinical systems. Cowser embraces a clinical framework, which allows for the flexible use of standardized and evidence-based curricula to address the complex challenges of implementation across settings and various levels of care. These implementation strategies can quickly lead to implementation practices within sustainable treatment delivery systems. Cowser has experience with implementation in diverse service settings, including corrections, community supervision, integrated primary care and inpatient and outpatient specialty care. His focus on person-centered approaches and the integration of all effective treatment methods and modalities results in flexible, realistic, effective plans. Jim is passionate about integrated care rooted in dignity and respect, multiple pathways of recovery, family systems engagement and the integration of Medication into addiction treatment settings.
Amanda Montgomery is a licensed clinical social worker who has been with our Nemours Children’s Health System family in Orlando for over 20 years. She is a therapist within our Psychology division, providing outpatient counseling services to children in our community for a variety of issues including Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and Adjustment issues related to living with chronic health conditions. She is also the Cystic Fibrosis team social worker and mental health coordinator, working with Dr Livingston here in Orlando as well as our whole multidisciplinary CF team to help improve the quality of life for children and their families affected by CF.
LMSW, MHS, DSW Candidate
Tanya is a native from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico who has dedicated her career over the last 25 years to human services and social work. She is a subject matter expert on military sexual assault victim care and advocacy . She holds a Master of Social Work Degree from Saint Leo University, Florida and is a Doctor of Social Work Candidate from Capella University, Minnesota. Ms. Rogers is also a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Maryland and a credentialed Level IV D SAACP Sexual Assault Advocate through the National Organization for Victim Assistance. She previously served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard from 1997 2005, where she notably contributed to multiple operations in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and pre-employment support for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Tanya is an expert in sexual assault response, victim care in the military, trauma informed interventions, and military culture. She currently serves as the Senior Victim Assistance Advisor for the Department of Defense, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. She is also an adjunct professor for Saint Leo University’s Master of Social Work graduate program, where the majority of her coursework focuses on military social work, trauma, and research. She also dedicates a small portion of her time as a Trauma Therapist for My Covenant Place. Her technical expertise and analysis of victim advocacy and response policy has facilitated multiple improvements and standardizations of victim advocacy, prevention, and response initiatives across the Department of Defense Tanya enjoys time with her two children and their four dogs, maximizing on every opportunity they have available given their busy schedules. “She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” ― Elizabeth Edwards
Donna Sicilian has been Licensed Clinical Social Worker for almost 30 years. She has her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida and her Educational Specialist Degree from National Louis University. She is the Executive Director of Student Services for Pinellas County Schools and as such she supports 650 psychologists, social workers, school counselors, nurses, and prevention staff. She is responsible for the social/emotional and physical well-being of over 100,000 students. Ms. Sicilian is also an adjunct instructor for the Social Work Program at Saint Leo University.
Spend the day virtually networking with other individuals in the social work community while learning about innovation in practice, policy, and research.
For more information on the conference or continuing education credits, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org