Friday, May 4, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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Red Lion Hotel (Formerly Radisson Cromwell) 
100 Berlin Road
Cromwell, CT 06416

Driving Directions 

Directions to the Radisson Cromwell

Traveling from the North (Hartford): Take I-91 South to Exit 21. Turn left off exit. The hotel is on the left and the Parking Garage is behind the hotel.

Traveling from the South (New Haven): Take I-91 North to Exit 21. Turen left off the exit. The hotel is on the left and the Parking Garage is behind the hotel. Traveling from the East (Waterbury Area): Take I-84 to Exit 27 for Route 691E to I-91 North. Take I-91 North to Exit 21. Turen left off the exit. The hotel is on the left.

Traveling on Route 9 either North or South: Take Exit 20S onto I-91 South. Take Exit 21. Turn left off the exit. The hotel is on th eleft and the Parking Garage is behind the hotel..


Patricia Hartman, Coordinator of Professional Development, NASW/CT 
National Association of Social Workers / Connecticut Chapter 

Registration Notes:

We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. All conference registrations must be paid in full to be considered complete. For consideration of hardship, contact NASW/CT in confidence.

Hotel Accommodations:

Should you wish to stay at the Radisson Cromwell, the overnight rate is $119 plus tax. Please call the Hotel directly to make reservations at 860 635-2000 and say you are with NASW/CT.

Continuing Education Credits for:  LCSWs, LMSWs, LMFTs, LPCs and Licensed Psychologists

This program has been approved for up to 6 Continuing Education Credit hours (including the keynote address) by the National Association of Social Workers CT Chapter and meets the continuing education criteria for licensure renewal for LCSWs, LMSWs, LMFTs, LPCs and Licensed Psychologists. CEC Certificates will be emailed to those who submit a participant form within 30 days of the conference. Workshops #13, 25 and 33 qualifies for LADCs.

Special Accommodations:

If you require special accommodations to permit your attendance participation, please contact Pat Hartman or Cara Parsons at the Chapter Office (860) 257-8066. Deadline for requests is April 19, 2017 to enable us to contact resources.

Exhibitor Display Area:

Don't miss the chance to visit and talk with our exhibitors. They've brought information about their products and services that may prove helpful to you in your work and your life. Exhibitors are located in the hallways surrounding the Grand Ballroom. If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor, please contact Patricia Hartman at phartman@naswct.net


While we may be able to accommodate wlak-ins on the day of the conference, workshop choices may be limited and lunch tickets may not be available. Dont take a chance, Register today!


NASW/CT 33rd Annual Spring Conference 


  • NASW Member: $155.00 ($175.00 after Wednesday April 6, 2018)
  • Non-Member: $195.00 ($225.00 after Wednesday April 6, 2018)
  • Full-time Student: $65.00 ($85.00 after Wednesday April 6, 2018)
  • Presenters: $35.00 (lunch fee)
  • Registered Exhibitors (1/2 workshop attendee): $77.50


Conference Program Booklet

(click here)

Every day the 650,000 social workers in this country act as leaders, advocates, and champions and today, in 2018, it is more important than ever that social workers stand up to make our society a better place to live.  Trained to look at situations in a holistic way, social workers bring people together with others and with their communities to find ways to address both individual and societal problems.  We use this logo and theme, created by the National Office of NASW, for our Annual State Conference to acknowledge the profession’s role in working to meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable in our society.  Social workers are present in our government, our schools, our communities, the military, and in healthcare and mental health organizations.  Social workers are present in times of crisis; they push to protect and ensure human rights, working to solve social problems within their communities and bring about positive change.  This is not always an easy job, especially when funding for services is being cut and health care is under threat and the government seeks to weaken certain hard fought rights.  We applaud all the social workers in Connecticut who are Leaders, and Advocates, and Champions within their lives, their work, and their communities and honor the work you do.



Keynote Speaker


Charles Atkins, MD

Board-certified Psychiatrist, Author, & Trainer

Charles Akins, MD, is well known to many in Connecticut as a Speaker and a Trainer and we are fortunate to have him as our Keynote Speaker for our 33rd Annual Statewide Conference.  Dr. Atkins is the Chief Medical Officer for Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA), a multi-site non-profit agency that provides behavioral health and substance abuse services for children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Atkins received his BA from NYU and went on to Emory University to earn his Doctor of Medicine degree.  He interned at the Hospital of St. Raphael and his Psychiatric Residency was at Yale.  Dr. Atkins worked at Waterbury Hospital for a number of years and was then employed at the Western Connecticut Mental Health Network as Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer before returning to Waterbury Hospital Health Center as Attending Physician/Psychiatrist.  His work took him from geriatric psychiatry and prolonged and persistent mental illness, to oversight of WCMHN clinical initiatives and participation on state-wide committees, to substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment and medication-assisted treatment of opiate dependence to supervision of agency staff, program development, and statewide initiatives.  He has written books on Bipolar Disorder, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders as well as hundreds of articles and columns for magazines, newspapers, and journals.  In addition, Dr. Atkins writes paranormal fiction, including for Young Adults, under the pen name, Caleb James.  He is a member of the Yale University School of Medicine Adjunct Clinical Faculty and a popular trainer at the Connecticut Women’s Consortium.

Dr. Atkins’ keynote will address Humor, Healing, and the Power of the Positive.  We know that stress kills but what about the flip side?  What about love, laughter, joy, prayer, meditation, and exercise?  How might these impact all dimensions of wellness and contribute to resiliency?  The plenary session will explore the emotional, spiritual, and physiologic changes that accompany positive states.  Delve into the powerful literature on mindfulness and exercise with Dr. Atkins and explore the roles that humor and laughter can play, even, and perhaps especially, in the face of stress, sadness, and suffering.