5 Social Work Conferences in 2019

5 Conferences for Social Workers in 2019

  • Society for Social Work and Research
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

The key to success in one’s field is to never stop learning. This is especially true for a field as dynamic as social work. Attending social work conferences such as these five is the ideal way to not only stay current in the field but to also enjoy travel and collaboration with peers from across the country.

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1. Society for Social Work and Research

Since one of the main purposes of attending conferences is to stay up to date on field research, the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference is the ideal event to kick off 2019. It takes place from January 16th to 20th in San Francisco, CA. The focus of the event is Ending Gender Based, Family, and Community Violence. Attendees can look forward to research presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities. All social work practitioners, teachers, researchers, and students are encouraged to attend.

2. National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

The National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference is another event for the top priority list. The NASW aims to bring together as many social work professionals and students for a wide variety of professional development activities. This is the ultimate opportunity for looking to the future by collaborating to determine what gaps need filling in the social work arena. This event typically takes place in the summer, so details for the 2019 conference have not yet been released. There are also annual state conferences to attend throughout the year.

3. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

The national drug epidemic is one of the most pressing issues that social workers currently face. Attending the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Leadership Forum is an excellent opportunity to participate in the fight to overcome it. The 2019 event will take place from February 4th to 7th in National Harbor, MD. It will coincide with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association’s 15th annual Prevention Day. There is still time to submit ideas for fair displays.

4. Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Social work is largely grounded in social psychology. It is important for social work professionals to maintain collaborative and intellectual ties to social psychology through attendance at events such as the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention. The 2019 event will take place from February 7th to 9th in Portland, OR.

5. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Social workers collaborate frequently with marriage and family therapists. It is therefore valuable for social workers to maintain a strong network and current base of knowledge within the field of marriage and family therapy. One great way to accomplish this is by attending the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference. The event typically takes place in the fall, so this year’s event is right around the corner from November 15th to 18th in Louisville, KY. Information about the 2019 conference will be posted shortly after the conclusion of this year’s conference.

Whether practicing, teaching, research, or just beginning to study social work, conferences such as these five offer a tremendous amount ofprofessional value. Attendees can look forward to expanding their knowledge, networking, and participating directly in the advancement of the field nationwide. Now is the time to start planning for 2019.

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