5 Social Work Conferences in the Pacific Northwest in 2018

Social Worker Conferences in the Pacific Northwest

• Western Forum for Migrant & Community Health
• Latino Social Workers Organization Conference
• ASA Aging in America 2018 Conference
• MGS Aging in the 21st Century Conference
• 53rd Annual SSWLHC Meeting & Conference

Whether you graduated last year or 30 years ago, social work conferences are essential to keep up with the latest practice methods to address ever-changing social demographics.

The over 14.2 million diverse people in the Pacific Northwest rely on licensed social workers who have the expertise and gumption to fight injustices. From Montana to Northern California, the Pacific Northwest is chosen as the setting for several conferences on social work. PNW practitioners from Cascadia can register anytime for conferences that survey the latest issues affecting the well-being of fellow Americans.

Make some of these exciting social worker conferences in the Pacific Northwest your highlight of 2018.

1. Western Forum for Migrant & Community Health: Seattle, WA

February 22-24, 2018

Priced at $350 total, the Western Forum for Migrant & Community Health is being organized by the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) for February in Seattle. Devoted to the theme "Resilient, Strong Communities," the three-day event is ideal for clinical social workers to build coalitions for fostering health equity in underserved populations. Chaired by Kevin Munson of Alaska's Mat-Su Health Services, this conference offers CEUs for live and online attendance.


2. Latino Social Workers Organization Conference: Seattle, WA

March 22-23, 2018

Centered on "La Familia Perspective," the Latino Social Workers Organization (LSWO) 2018 Conference will head to the Pacific Northwest in March for two days costing just $85. Partnered with the University of Washington-Seattle, the social work conference will welcome students and licensed professionals to discuss the needs of fellow Hispanics. Attendees will hear opening remarks from president Adrian L. Delgado, LCSW, visit exhibitors like Westcoast Children's Clinic, and join workshops like "TeleMental Health for Latinos."


3. ASA Aging in America 2018 Conference: San Francisco, CA

March 26-29, 2018

Predicting nearly 3,000 attendees, the American Society on Aging will present its Aging in America 2018 Conference in late-March at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Sponsored by CDW Healthcare, the four-day conference will charge member social workers $585 total for incurring CEUs during sessions on elder mistreatment, chronic disease, depression, and more. Other agenda items include the ASA Leadership Institute, Exhibit Hall, and Diversity Summit.


4. MGS Aging in the 21st Century Conference: Bozeman, MT

April 26-27, 2018

This Spring, the Montana Gerontology Society (MGS) will invite social workers to its Aging in the 21st Century Conference at the Gran Tree Inn in Bozeman. Partnered with the Rural Institute, the two-day, collaborative Pacific Northwest event will spark thoughtful discussions about the unique needs of baby boomers. Attendees earn CEUs through 60-minute sessions customized in three tracks: Medical/Clinical, Psycho/Social/Human Services, or Alzheimer's/Dementia and Caregiving Issues.


5. 53rd Annual SSWLHC Meeting & Conference: Portland, OR

October 3-6, 2018

At the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) will hold its 53rd Annual Meeting & Conference in October. Planned by president Tom Sedgwick, it's another of the Pacific Northwest social work conferences that will welcome administrators focused on the social components of medicine. The agenda will feature speakers like Jennifer L. Fitzpatrick, LCSW-C, the Joan Upshaw Award ceremony, and happy hour networking.


Social workers face tough dilemmas daily, but those who attend conferences regularly are armed with the cutting-edge ideas to confront them. Conferences virtually pay for themselves by fostering industry connections, teaching beneficial practice strategies, linking you to job resources, and magnifying your own voice. Whether you hail from Wyoming, Oregon, or elsewhere, pencil some of these social work conferences in the Pacific Northwest in your 2018 calendar.

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