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ABSW Metro DC Chapter Presents: Wakanda Forever Local Conference

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Armour J. Blackburn University Center

2397 6th Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20059

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Friday October 19, 2018

Howard University’s Blackburn Center

Washington, DC


Schedule At-A-Glance

On-Site Registration 8:00am-12:00noon


Welcome, Invocation By Rev. Erica Bernard, Reid Temple and Opening Remarks—President, Ange Anglade and Dr. Sandra Crewe, Dean of School of SocialWork

9:45am-11:45noon Morning Workshops


Luncheon Speaker Dr. Aminifu Harvey Author, “Reader: Afri-Centric Theory and Practice”

1:45pm - 3:15pm Afternoon Workshops

3:30pm- 5:00pm Conference Closing

Closing (Submission of evaluations, CEUs, and Surveys)

Registration ---$125.00/non-members



---$15.00/ 6 CEUs ---$30.00/ 3CEU with Ethics

**Please Note: The Ethics Workshop will begin at 9:00am**


Workshop Descriptions

Keynote Speaker: Aminifu Harvey

Dr. Aminifu Harvey is currently a tenured Professor of Social Work at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Dr. Aminifu R. Harvey, DSW professor of social work appeared in the September 2012 issue of International Top 100: BusinessMag. A person must be nominated and selected in their professional field to appear in the magazine.

Presenter: Claudia Thorne, Ph.D., LISW, Assistant Professor, Coppin State University, Baltimore MD

Title: It Takes A Village to Care For An Elder

Workshop Description

This workshop will explore caregiving through an African Centered cultural perspective of restoration of balance to individuals and families involved in eldercare. Historically, caregiving has been women’s work at cost to themselves. This workshop will explore the empowerment of African American women caregivers by giving voice to the benefits and burdens of caregiving and exploration of empowerment strategies.

Presenter: Dr. Kinaya Sokoya, EdD, CSWM

Title: African Centered Family Violence Service Models for African American Families

Workshop Description: The presenter will give an overview of the dynamics and types of family violence, the current responses to the problem, and how these approaches are inappropriate for African American families. Three (3) models for working with families will be presented: Council of Elders early intervention model for families, Rites of Passage model for children, and a healthy relationships educational model for African American females. The presenter will also provide ways of assessing if a model is appropriate for serving African Americans.

Presenter: Sabra Starnes, LICSW, LCSW-C, M.Ed, RPT-S

Title of Presentation: Therapeutic Power of Sand tray Therapy

Workshop Description

Sand can be a powerful tool to help process. Participants will learn through case studies how This workshop will introduce participants to the world of Sand play Therapy. Sand tray therapy is a wonderful non-directive and directive technique that can be used with children, families, adults and couples.

Presenter: Erica St. Bernard, MA, LCMFT and Ashton Morgan, MBA, MAMFT, LCMFT

Title of Presentation: Wakanda Forever: Couples Edition

Workshop Description:

This workshop will address the foundational principles of attachment and how it influences the common strengths and bonds that create and sustain healthy love relationships, particularly in the context of Black couples. Differentiation and other best practices will be explored. Exploring the Bowen Multigeneration Transmission process with the Black Panther Movie.
How do you work with client who struggle with generational behaviors that may be preventing them from reaching their full potential? Learn how to identify multigenerational issues and effectively treat these issues with systemic driven treatment tools.

Presenters: Kristen Nicholson, Ed.D., LCSW-C & Tasheka Cox, Ed.D, LCSW-C, LICSW

Title of workshop: Mindfulness, Spirituality, and Self-Care for the Busy Social Worker

Workshop Description: Self-care practices, when implemented regularly, can assist in minimizing the impact of the high levels of stress while also serving as a strategy for coping during extremely stressful times. Additionally, numerous benefits of contemplative and spiritual practices, including mindfulness meditation, when used as part of a regular self-care practice among mental health professionals is beginning to emerge. This workshop session will provide Social Workers with information regarding the use of mindfulness meditation, as well as other spiritual practices, as a tool for self-care. Social workers will learn how to integrate these practices in their daily lives to minimize the negative impact of both work-related and personal stress, as well as to refresh emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Presenter: Dr. Philip W. Lucas, LICSW, LCSW, ACSW, MAC, TCT

Title of Presentation: Professional Behavior: Maintaining Ethics and Professional Boundaries

Workshop Description: This session will provide training on codes of ethics and professional boundaries. Emphasis will be on the updated, revised 2018 NASW’s code. New and revised standards will be highlighted. The session will allow for exchange of ideas on the implications of the code and of violating professional boundaries and ethics.

(This workshop starts at 1:45 p.m. and ends at 5:00pm for 3 CEU of ethics)



ABSW Metro DC Chapter will offer CEUs for participants who register for the conference. CEUs will be provided by Association of Black Social Workers Metro DC Chapter and will be in contact hours based on actual workshops and sessions attended.

In order to be eligible for CEU credits, you must register for the conference and pay the registration fee ($15) for CEUs.

All conferees who register for CEUs must pick up their CEU Form in the registration area in the morning. Registrants must then make sure that the workshop/session monitor signs the CEU form.


All on-site registrations must be paid by personal check, certified check, company check, money order, or cash. The full conference registration fee includes morning plenary session, workshops, and conference luncheon


The ABSW Metro DC website, http://abswmetrodcchapter.org/ has been enhanced to help with your conference planning. We strongly encourage you to use online registration pre-registration for the 2018 conference.


All registration forms received after the above cut-off date for advanced registration will be considered as on-site registration.

Upon arrival at the conference site, please check in at the Presenters’ Booth, located in the registration area. Registration packets, including official conference name badge will be distributed to presenters at the time of registration. Confirmed and verified audiovisual equipment needs cannot be changed onsite. Your cooperation is greatly needed and appreciated.


Students (full-time) must submit valid documentation as proof of your status along with your conference registration form. In order for your registration to be processed at the discounted fee, you must submit proof of your status at the time of registration. See the conference registration form for pricing.


Agency checks will be accepted as a form of payment for pre-registration and onsite registration. The check MUST be signed by the authorized agency official and MUST include the agency’s telephone number.

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