1111On behalf of the NASW-NM Board of Directors and the Chapter Annual Conference Planning Committee, we welcome all of you to this year‘s conference. The conference has a proud tradition of educating social workers and students throughout New Mexico for 33 years. Whether you are coming for the first time or have attended faithfully for several years, you will find that the next few days will be an enriching experience.

Our 2013 conference feautrues Dr. Jeanne Anastas, President of NASW’s Board of Directors. Her keynote will explore the critical role that women play in society and in social work. Reeta Wolfsohn the social work profession’s foremost authority on financial social work will be presenting two workshops on the topic and Maria Elena Oliva will be speaking on the impact of language in psychotherapy. A host of innovative workshops on social work practice in New Mexico will also be available to conference attendees.

Please plan on visiting our Conference exhibitors while here. They have valuable information about programs and services. We extend a final thank to our sponsors whose financial support makes this conference possible. Learn and enjoy!


Febuary 20-22, 2013


Sandia Resort and Conference Center 
30 Rainbow Road, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Driving Directions 


Angie Wagner 


Wednesday, February 20 

7:30 –8:30         Registration

8:30       Breakfast, Awards Ceremony, and Keynote Presentation-  (3 CEU’s)
Welcome remarks by Wanda Whittlesey-Jerome NASW-NM Chapter President. Lynn Alexander, LMSW &

Master Yoga Instructor will open up with some breathing exercises.

10:30 - 12:00  Keynote Presentation: "Social Work: A Woman’s Workforce (but men are social workers too)” 
Dr. Jeanne Anastas

 12:00 - 1:00   Lunch (on your own) OR Specialty Luncheon

  • Alliance of Health Care Social Workers  (1 CEU)
  • Alliance for School Social Workers
  • Section on Aging (1 CEU)


1:30 - 5:00                    Master Seminar Session                    3 hours/CEU’s
1.   A Bilingual’s Healing Journey: In Search of the Language of the Heart   (cultural)
2.   Creating a Vision of Hope  
3.   From Youth to Adulthood:  The Legacy of a School Based Gang Prevention and Intervention
      Program   (cultural)
4.   Integrating Emotional Intelligence: Enhancing the Skills of Self-awareness, Self-direction and Self-
5.   Historical Trauma, Racism and Sexual Violence in the Lives of Native People   (cultural)


Thursday, February 21

8:30 - 12:00                           Breakout Session 1                          3 hours/CEU’s
6.   The Financial Social Work “Financial-Life Management System”   

7.   The Emotional Effects of Serious Chronic Illness  
8.   Cross Cultural Perspectives on Grief and Loss   (cultural)
9.   DSM-V: Autism Spectrum Disorder Criteria, General Treatment Principles, and Application to Work
      with Individuals and Their Families (cultural)
10.  Military Sexual Trauma: The Invisible War   

12:00 - 1:00    Lunch (on your own) OR Specialty Luncheon

  • Child Welfare Luncheon (1 CEU)
  • LGBT Task Force (1 CEU)
  • Native American Task Force (1 Cultural CEU)
  • Social Work Students      

1:30 - 3:00                       Breakout Session 2                       1.5 hours/CEU’s 
11.   Financial Self-Care Planning  (continues in session 3) 
12.   The Next Osama: Getting Well in a Culture of Fear
13.   The New Jim Crow  
14.   Let Me Tell You My Way: How to Make Grown-Ups Understand 
15.   What is Gender?   (cultural)

3:30 - 5:00                       Breakout Session 3                       1.5 hours/CEU’s
11.   Financial Self-Care Planning   (continued from session 2)
16.   Life Review, Interacting with the Elderly 
17.   Human Trafficking in the Sex Industry: Issues, Interventions and Real Testimony 
18.   Hope is Alive and Well    (cultural)
19.   NM: Juvenile Justice Reform and Hope for the Future

5:00 – 6:30     Join us for our 3rd annual reception. This event is free and everyone is invited to attend!
Co-sponsored by Sandia Resort.

Friday, February 22

8:30 - 10:00                       Breakout Session 4                       1.5 hours/CEU’s 
20.   Engaging Youth in Self-Development and in School Through Rap and Poetry  (cultural) 
21.   Native Americans and the Right Brain  (cultural) 
22.   Ethics: The NASW Code of Ethics as a Living Document
23.  The Youth Experience of Rape Culture
24.  LISW to Jail Chaplain

 10:30 - 12:00                       Breakout Session 5                       1.5 hours/CEU’s
25.  The Role of Hope, Dignity, and Spirituality in End-of-Life Care
26.   Social Work in Case Management in Traumatic Brain Injury Rehab 
27.   Living in a Bind: Married to a Man, Attracted to a Woman 
28.   Empowering Young Fathers: Supporting Parental Engagement in Children’s Lives 
29.   Mobile APP Therapy: Could This Be the Way of the Future Intervention?  

 12:00    Pick up CEU's and conference conclusion


Pre-Conference- Tuesday
There will be two 3-hour pre-conference workshops presented by CirclesŪ entitled, “Locked In: Systemic Barriers that Keep People in Poverty” & “Circles: A Proven Community Approach to Address the Challenges of Poverty”. The pre-conference has a separate registration form.

Social Work Summit - Tuesday
The Summit was developed and implemented in 2006 to address the concerns and needs of NM social workers. Topics discussed are: licensing, education, loan forgiveness, recruitment and
retention, elevating the practice of social work, and behavioral health plans. The Summit has a component of legislative action when necessary and is spearheaded by our three social worker legislators. Come to this Forum to get the latest scoop on what is going on in our State. Attendees will receive up to two (2) hours of CEU’s.

Awards Ceremony– Wednesday
Breakfast will take place Wed. at 8:30am. Come and join the
celebration to honor award recipients such as Social Worker of the Year, Social Work Student of the Year, Public Citizen of the Year, and the Rose Praisner Memorial Award. (Nominations for these awards must be received by January 7, 2013 to be considered. Nomination form is located on the NASW-NM website at www.naswnm.org.)

Come and mingle, enjoy the music, food and friendships renewed at our 3rd Annual Conference Reception Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5:00-6:30. There will be food, music, and a cash bar and don’t
forget to get your bids in for the silent auction; everyone is invited to attend! Co-sponsored by Sandia Resort.

For many years our very own Alejandro Moralez, artist and social worker, has donated his beautiful works of art that depict life in New Mexico. His donation this year is a 24” x 30” oil on canvas entitled, "Mogollon
Majesty"; proceeds from this raffle go to the NASW student social work scholarship program. You may purchase one ticket for $5.00 or five tickets for $20. If you wish to purchase tickets prior to the conference, you may do so at the NASW office (505-247-2336). The drawing will take place during the conference; you do not need to be present to win. 

2013 painting


Conference Location
Sandia Resort, 30 Rainbow Road, NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113

Hotel Accommodations
Participants must arrange their own lodging. A block of rooms has been reserved at Sandia Resort at a special rate of $139 Single/Double occupancy plus applicable state and local taxes. Check in time is 4PM. To receive this special conference rate, call the hotel by January 25, 2013 and reference the NASW conference. Space is limited and not guaranteed. 1-800-526-9366 

Registration Information

  • Registrations will not be processed if the workshop selection is not completed.
  • Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Attendance will be capped to ensure the comfort of our attendees.
  • Only one person per registration form.
  • Late/Onsite registrations are not guaranteed seating in preferred workshops. Please attend early registration on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 4:00-6:30pm at Sandia
  • You must register seperately for the pre-conference.

Cancellations & Fees
Refunds for registration less a $35 administrative fee will be made only if notice of cancellation is received in writing and postmarked no later than 2/3/13. We regret that we cannot refund
registrations after that date.



Jeane W. Anastas, PhD, LMSW

Jeane W. Anastas, is President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

Dr. Anastas has been a long-standing and active member in NASW.  As well as being President, she has served as convener for the Action Network for Social Work Education and Research (ANSWER), a coalition of social work organizations committed to increasing legislative and executive branch advocacy on behalf of social work education, training, and research.  Dr. Anastas has served as Chair of the National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (NCLGBTI), Chair of the National Committee on Women's Issues (NCOWI), and as a member of the National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (NCNLI). She is also a member of the NASW Workforce Research Advisory Workgroup and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) and the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).

Dr. Anastas is a professor at the New York University (NYU) Silver School of Social Work, and is highly regarded in the field of social work doctoral education and research.  She was named a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Visiting Scholar for academic years 2006–2007, and received CSWE's Greatest Recent Contribution to Social Work Education Award in 2007. Dr. Anastas was elected to the National Academies of Practice in Health Care in 2007. In 2011 she received NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Medal and in 2012 she was announced as the CSWE Feminist Scholarship Honoree.

Dr. Anastas has published extensively in the areas of women's issues, GLBT rights, mental health, and social work education, including the recently published Teaching in Social Work: Theory and Practice for Educators (Columbia University Press, 2010) and the Doctoral Education in Social Work (Oxford University Press, 2012).  She received her BLS in social work from Boston University, her MSW from Boston College, and her PhD from the Heller School at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Dr. Anastas will be presenting the keynote talk, “Social Work: A Woman’s Workforce (but men are social
workers too)”  on Wednesday.


Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW

Nationally known motivational speaker and expert Reeta Wolfsohn, CMSW, is the founder of the Financial Social Work discipline. She is a therapist, author and trainer on money from a psycho-social perspective and a Diamond Award winner for Outstanding Achievement for Women in Business.

Brief Financial Social Work History 1997-2012:

  • “Femonomics” – Gender of Money
  • Created first Financial Social Work position in NC-DSS.
  • Taught first Financial Social Work graduate level course at University of Maryland.
  • Brought Financial Social Work to colleges and universities.
  • Keynoted, taught and trained at national and state conferences across the U.S.
  • Featured in Martha Stewart’s Body & Soul and in Women’s Health magazine, in articles on “Financial Therapy.” 
  • Financial expert/resource for numerous websites on Financial Therapy and Money Management.
  • Bi-weekly ABC affiliate morning show financial appearances.
  • Financial Social Work is taught at the University of Kentucky as an on-line elective using the Center’s curriculum.

Ms. Wolfsohn will be presenting two workshops: “Financial Self-Care Planning” & “The Financial Social Work Financial-Life Management System” on Thursday.


Maria Elena Oliva, LCSW

Ms. Oliva received her master’s degree in social work in 1984 from Fordham
University in New York City.  She trained in the treatment of children and their families and remained working with the child and adolescent population for approximately 20 years.  Throughout this period she became more interested in children with serious behavioral problems, attachment disruptions and multiple placement histories, trauma and the challenges of work with bilingual and monolingual children and caregivers.   She currently lives in Connecticut and is a supervisor in a young adults program for 18 – 25 year-olds who have aged out of the child welfare system and who experience psychiatric and/or developmental impairments.  Ms. Oliva has a private practice and is in the process of completing the requirements of a doctoral degree in social work from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA.

Ms. Oliva will be presenting a Master Seminar: “A Bilingual’s Healing Journey: In Search of the Language of the Heart” on Wednesday.