The NASW-Oklahoma Virtual State Conference 2023

Friday, 3 March 2023 8:30 AM - Saturday, 11 March 2023 5:00 PM CST

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Friday, 3 March 2023 8:30 AM - Saturday, 11 March 2023 5:00 PM CST

The NASW-Oklahoma Annual Conference is the must-attend event of the year for Oklahoma social workers and social service professionals. The conference brings together participants from across Oklahoma and nationwide for multiple days of learning, laughter, and networking. With dynamic speakers, cutting-edge workshops, and engaging special presentations, attendees have the opportunity to earn many continuing education credits during the event with the goal to increase the professional growth and development of social workers across the state.

Each year, social work ethics is the most requested session. In response, we have interwoven multiple offerings dedicated to ethics in order to provide a more directed application of NASW's Code of Ethics. 

This year's event will be held virtually and over a wide time period in order to allow attendees additional flexibility throughout the day and the course of the week. We will be offering 2 sessions during the morning and 2 in the afternoon on each Friday and Saturday of the conference. Additional ethics sessions will be provided during the conference in order to meet Oklahoma minimum requirements for licensed social workers. 

Register soon for the NASW-Oklahoma Virtual State Conference. Attendees contribute to the future of social work as each paid registration includes a free student registration.  

Your support by attending our events directly fund NASW-Oklahoma's student outreach, legislative advocacy, social work policy, and events and programs across Oklahoma.

NASW-Oklahoma

https://naswok.com/

The NASW-Oklahoma Continuing Education Program is the longest serving Social Work CEU program in the State of Oklahoma. Since 1960, NASW-OK has provided CEUs to social workers and other allied professions with high quality and timely professional development opportunities. NASW-Oklahoma is a membership driven, professional organization that effectively balances our deep commitment to expanding professional social work, Oklahoma social work advocacy and the empowerment of our members and those they serve while maintaining the highest professional standards. Your participation in NASW-OK events directly fund social work advocacy and student initiatives throughout the state of Oklahoma.

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Crystal Rozelle-Bennett, LMSW
CEO
THRYVE, LLC.

https://crystalthryves.com/

About Crystal Rozelle-Bennett, LMSW

CEO
THRYVE, LLC.
Stacey Blaylock, MSW, LCSW
President NASW-Oklahoma
Oral Roberts University

Stacey R. Blaylock is Director of the Social Work Program & Assistant Professor of Social Work at Oral Roberts University. Stacey has practiced as a medical social worker for six years, most recently at St. John Medical Center as the Trauma Social Worker. A returning alumna, she earned her BSW from ORU, as well as her MSW from the University of Oklahoma and is an Oklahoma Board-approved and -licensed Clinical Social Worker. Regarding teaching, Professor Blaylock says, “My classroom philosophy centers on experiential learning and information retention. Experiential learning cultivates an environment of engaged learning, rather than a passive learning environment as traditionally implied in higher education. I deliver course content in a way that provides students with a personal learning experience, resulting in students retaining and recalling information more effectively. Witnessing students apply the concepts from the classroom into their practicum is rewarding.” Outside of the classroom, her accomplishments include: Winner of the 2019 Innovation in Online Teaching Award; lecturer at the 2019 Marketplace Leadership Institute (MLI) in Singapore, presenting on Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Sensitivity in the Marketplace and Ministry; annual presenter at the NASW Oklahoma State Conference with presentations focused on the ethical use of social media in social work, as well as the non-traditional role of Police Social Work; served as the NASW Tulsa Branch President from 2013 to 2014; current member of the NASW Oklahoma.

https://oru.edu/academics/cose/undergraduate/social-work.php

About Stacey Blaylock, MSW, LCSW

President NASW-Oklahoma
Oral Roberts University
Dr. Bonni Goodwin, MSW, LCSW
Associated Professor
Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work

Bonni Goodwin, Ph.D., LCSW, is an Assistant Professor at the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma. She has worked in the field of Social Work for the past 20 years with children and families, empowering them to overcome challenges toward hope and stability. Bonni has worked in various positions with at-risk children and families, including juvenile justice, victim services with the court system, child welfare prevention services, and providing clinical services to children, families, and groups through an adoption-specialized counseling center. She currently serves with the Oklahoma Human Services child welfare division as the Statewide Coordinator of Adoption Preservation Services. In this role, Bonni conducts research and trains child welfare and mental health professionals on the unique and complex needs of children in foster care and those who have been adopted from state custody. Bonni’s research focus is on permanency through adoption and post-adoption support and services. She continues to examine the needs and gaps of services for children and families in post-adoption and is committed to pursuing best practices in responding to adoptive families’ needs.

https://www.ou.edu/cas/socialwork/faculty-staff/faculty-contact/bonni-goodwin

About Dr. Bonni Goodwin, MSW, LCSW

Associated Professor
Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work
Dr. Carol Meza-Bakke
Director of Field Education
Pittsburg State University

Dr. Carol Meza-Bakke is a first-generation college graduate and Field Director and instructional professor of social work at Pittsburg State University (PSU). Carol is also an Army combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient. Carol has earned a bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in psychology from PSU, a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Kansas (KU) and she is currently a social work Ph.D. candidate at Our Lady of the Lake University expected to graduate in the spring of 2023. Moreover, Carol has 12 years of military experience in addition to experience working in the child welfare field, the Veterans Affairs Benefits Administration, and higher education. Carol enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and two children, activities around their farm, fishing, camping, and hunting. Carol’s research interests focus on social work in the military, particularly military sexual trauma, as well as mental health and behavioral health resources available for the military population. Recent research includes a mixed-method study regarding the determinant effects of depression, anxiety, and PTSD in young adults residing in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Carol also recently conducted a thematic analysis of experiences and coping mechanisms of female active-duty military sexual trauma survivors. Carol’s most recent pending publications focus on the experiences and coping mechanisms of Army active-duty women survivors of military sexual trauma who sought mental health services within the civilian sector. Carol’s second pending publication focus on the determinant effects of depression, anxiety, and PTSD in young adults residing in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Carol’s third pending publication focus on preparing social work students for gun violence.

About Dr. Carol Meza-Bakke

Director of Field Education
Pittsburg State University
Dr. Robert Rhoten Psy. D., LCP, F.A.A.E.T.S.
CEO
Arizona Trauma Institute

Dr. Robert Rhoton, CEO of Arizona Trauma Institute and President at the Trauma Institute International possesses a rich history of experience in the mental health field. Dr. Rhoton has supervised multiple outpatient clinics, juvenile justice programs, and intensive outpatient substance abuse programs for adolescents, day treatment programs for youth and children, adult offender programs and child and family therapeutic services. Dr. Rhoton served as president of the Arizona Trauma Therapy Network from 2010 through 2012. Dr. Rhoton was a Professor at Ottawa University in the Behavioral Sciences and Counseling Department whose primary interests were training counselors to work with traumagenic family dynamics, child and family trauma, and non-egoic models of treatment. Dr. Rhoton is a Fellowship of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and collaborates and consults with numerous Arizona agencies fine tuning their understanding of trauma and the impact of developmental trauma on the individual and family. Dr. Rhoton works internationally with organizations to improve the delivery of trauma treatment services. Dr. Rhoton’s most recent publications are: • (2021) Trauma Competency for the 21st Century: A Salutogenic “Active ingredients” approach to treatment • (2020) Trauma-Informed Organizational Certificate Program: The Journey to becoming an ascending organization and leader. • (2019) Transformative Care: A Trauma-Focused Approach to Caregiving • July 2017 Journal of Counseling and Development titled; Trauma Competency: An Active Ingredients Approach to Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

https://aztrauma.org/staff/robert-rhoton/

About Dr. Robert Rhoten Psy. D., LCP, F.A.A.E.T.S.

CEO
Arizona Trauma Institute
Elizabeth Pflazgraf, LMSW
President of NASW-Kansas
NASW-Kansas

About Elizabeth Pflazgraf, LMSW

President of NASW-Kansas
NASW-Kansas
Dr. Lanny Endicott, D.Min., MSSW, LCSW, LMFT
Professor Emeritus
Oral Roberts University

With a lengthy and distinguished career in higher education, Dr. Lanny Endicott has dedicated his professional life to social work. He was the Director of the Social Work Program at Oral Roberts University (ORU) for over 47 years. Dr. Endicott continues to beinvolved in social work education both at ORU and abroad (Russia). His interests besides education include: community planning and development, social services (particularly South Peoria in Tulsa, Oklahoma), workshops in compassion fatigue and burnout, community services for military veterans including soul repair, child welfare (both in Oklahoma and Russia), and family. Lanny has earned a Doctorate of Ministry from the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is affiliated with NASW, NACSW; the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa; the South Peoria Neighborhood Connection Foundation Inc; the South Tulsa Community House and social work in Russia. Recognized by those in the field for his work, Dr. Endicott was awarded Social Worker of the Year in Oklahoma by NASW-OK in 2003. As well as being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker he is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist where he lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In conjunction with his professional interests, Dr. Endicott is a keen runner, having been Head of Cross Country and Track Coach at ORU. Ever a leader, he launched the cross country program at ORU in 1976. Their best season was in 1984 when ORU finished 11th in the NCAA National Cross Country Championships.

About Dr. Lanny Endicott, D.Min., MSSW, LCSW, LMFT

Professor Emeritus
Oral Roberts University
Dr. Angela Pharris, MSW, LAPSW
Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma

About Dr. Angela Pharris, MSW, LAPSW

Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma
Phelica Glass, LSCSW, GCCAC, FAAGC, CSOTP
Clinical Social Worker
Private Practice

Phelica Glass is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker with a successful psychotherapy practice in Topeka, KS. Graduate of Washburn University with a bachelor’s in Behavioral Sciences. Graduate of Tulane University of New Orleans with a Masters in Clinical Social Work and certification of Gerontology. Through further education Phelica has attained certification in Child And Adolescent Grief Counseling, Sex Offender Treatment , Ecotherapy and Anger Management.

https://excelfullcircle.wordpress.com/

About Phelica Glass, LSCSW, GCCAC, FAAGC, CSOTP

Clinical Social Worker
Private Practice
Dr. Anthony Natale, MSW
Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma

Anthony P. Natale, MSW, PhD is an Associate Professor, joining the faculty in 2005. Dr. Natale was the Graduate Coordinator in Social Work for 6 years and Assistant Director for 3.5 years. He left that position to serve as the Graduate College Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence. In this role, he supervised programs and initiatives designed to support underrepresented graduate students in all phases of their academic experience - recruitment, admission, retention and graduation. He consulted with academic units to develop inclusive excellence plans for individual students as well infusing promising practices for inclusion and diversity in student policies, procedures and practices. In 2018, Dr. Natale took a new role as Executive Director for the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies.

About Dr. Anthony Natale, MSW

Associate Professor
University of Oklahoma
Dr. Deborah Johnson, MSW, LMSW-OK, LCSW-FL
Licensed Social Worker
NASW-Oklahoma

Dr. Deborah Johnson, MSW, LMSW-OK, LCSW-FL is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and social worker licensed in Oklahoma and Florida. Dr. Johnson is a Board Member and trainer for the SRT, Inc., a non-profit disaster health services organization. She is a volunteer for the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps and the OKMRC Stress Response Team, co-leading the Tulsa District SRT. Dr. Johnson is the Past-President of NASW-Oklahoma. In addition, she served at the President-Elect of the NASW National Council of Chapter Presidents, a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers, and a member of the Oklahoma State Maternal Mortality Review Committee. Her clinical focus on children and adolescents. She is an MSW graduate of University of Oklahoma and graduated from Iowa State University with her Ph.D. in Psychology. She has held board positions on the Mental Health Association of Collier County, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Collier County, and several other boards in Florida and Oklahoma over her career. She has been a featured speaker at workshops, professional meetings and been featured on radio and TV programs.

https://www.naswok.com

About Dr. Deborah Johnson, MSW, LMSW-OK, LCSW-FL

Licensed Social Worker
NASW-Oklahoma
Margot Escott, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Private Practice

Margot Escott LCSW has been in practice in Naples, Fl for over 35 years. She was named social worker of the year by FL NASW in 2001 for her workshops on “preventing Medical Errors in Behavioral Health”. She has been using improvisational theatre interventions for over a decade with her clients with mood disorders. For over 7 years she has taught Improvisational Theatre Games to people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. She currently holds these classes on line with students from around the country. For many years she hosts a podcast called Improv Interviews and had produced 140 sessions with therapists, actors and improvisers around the world. You can listen to these podcasts on her website.

https://margotescott.com

About Margot Escott, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Private Practice
Leah Schwarz, LSCSW, LCSW, RPT
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Hope Esperanza Counseling, LLC

Leah Schwarz, LSCSW, LCSW, RPT earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Bethel College in North Newton, KS in 2013 and her Masters in Social Work from University of Kansas in 2016. She has experience working with children and families in a community mental health setting, working with adults and children in a domestic violence shelter, and is now in her third year of private practice. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and is passionate about working with and supporting immigrant families. She uses various modalities in her work including EMDR, sand tray therapy, attachment-based play therapies, and CBT techniques.

https://www.hopeesperanzacounseling-ks.com

About Leah Schwarz, LSCSW, LCSW, RPT

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Hope Esperanza Counseling, LLC
John A. Call, Ph.D., JD, ABPP
Director Emeritus
SRT INC.

John A. Call, Ph.D., J.D., ABPP is a psychologist, an attorney, and a Diplomate in Forensic Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Call is also a trained emergency medical technician with a specialty in disaster pre-hospital medical care. He interned in the United States Air Force, served in the Strategic Air Command, and is a member of the Society of Air Force Psychologists. For almost 20 years, Dr. Call served as the psychological consultant for the Oklahoma City Police Department. Dr. Call has also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, as a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Protection of Children from Violence in the Media, and as a consultant on disaster psychology to the Oklahoma Department of Health, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Oklahoma City County Health Department, the Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security, the Memorial Institute for Prevention of Terrorism, the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps, and the Terrorism and Disaster Center. He is currently the Coordinator of the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps Stress Response Team and is a Director of SRT, Inc. a Not-for-Profit disaster health services organization. Dr. Call has extensive experience in researching and applying psychological principles to meet individual and community needs post disaster and has provided training on these topics locally, nationally and internationally. Recent awards presented to Dr. Call for his work in disaster services include the Distinguished Contribution by a Psychologist in the Public Interest, Oklahoma Psychological Association, 2013; Award for Exceptional Service, Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps, 2013; Certificate of Recognition, Regional Health Administrator, U.S. Surgeon General and Region VI MRC Coordinator, 2013; Certificate of Recognition, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015; Recognition Service Award, Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps, 2015; and Certificate of Appreciation, FEMA IA Branch Chief, 2015.

About John A. Call, Ph.D., JD, ABPP

Director Emeritus
SRT INC.
Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Diane Bigler Training

Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She has held clinical positions as an outpatient and in-home therapist and clinical supervisor. Diane was an Adjunct Professor of Social Work for 10 years at The University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare and a Field Liaison and Field Instructor. She has also held administrative positions as a program Director and Coordinator. Diane is a frequent local and national trainer on a wide variety of mental health and workplace development topics with clinicians and corporations. Diane is most passionate about providing quality professional development to clinicians, employees, and leaders. For fun, Diane loves to spoil her four Dachshunds and rock out to 80’s music.

http://www.dianebiglertraining.com

About Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Diane Bigler Training
Crystal Rose-Bennett, LMSW
CEO
THRYVE, LLC

Crystal Rozelle – Bennett, LMSW has been working with youth and families for nearly 20 years. She is committed to empowering, engaging, educating and advocating in order to implement trauma-informed strategies for individuals and communities. Mrs. Bennett earned a Bachelor’s in Arts in Psychology from Wells College and went on to complete her Masters in Social Work from Florida State University. During her career, Ms. Bennett has demonstrated a passion in sharing her personal and professional experiences with others to serve marginalized individuals and prevent re-traumatization. She has experience in directing child & youth service programs for the Department of the Navy with a history of providing program oversight and accountability in accordance with the Department of Defense, COA, & BGCA Requirements. Additionally, she has consulted with schools on policy development and has managed residential treatment facilities and foster care programs. Ms. Bennett is a life longer learner and has provided education and support to foster families, facilitated psychoeducation programs for youth, responded to crisis hotline calls for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and trained behavioral healthcare professionals in the areas of Human Trafficking, Suicide Prevention, Child Trauma/Maltreatment, Motivational Interviewing, Racial Trauma, Cultural Competency and serving LGBT youth.

https://crystalthryves.com/

About Crystal Rose-Bennett, LMSW

CEO
THRYVE, LLC
Tara Wallace, MSW, LSCSW, CTF-CBT/PSB, RYT, SLC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Private Practice

My name is Tara D. Wallace. I am a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker. I hold certifications in trauma therapy; cognitive behavioral therapy; movement trauma, and diversity, equity and inclusion. I am also a registered yoga teacher and certified spiritual life coach.

https://lghthse.com/the-face-of-lighthouse-tco/

About Tara Wallace, MSW, LSCSW, CTF-CBT/PSB, RYT, SLC

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Private Practice
Steven Pharris, MSW, JD, LCSW
Chapter Executive
NASW

Steven W. Pharris, MSW, JD, LCSW is the Chapter Executive of NASW-Oklahoma.

https://www.naswok.com

About Steven Pharris, MSW, JD, LCSW

Chapter Executive
NASW
Cassandra "Cassie" Whitmore, RD, LMNT
Dietitian
Consultant Dietitian

Cassandra “Cassie” Whitmore, RD, LMNT has been a practicing dietitian for more than 10 years. She received her bachelor's degrees in Public Health Nutrition and Dietetics from Kansas State University. After starting her career working in acute care and inpatient eating disorders in Kansas City, she moved on to management in a critical access hospital. Most of her career has been spent working in Long Term Care at various facilities throughout the state of Nebraska, which included time as an Employee Wellness Dietitian. She has also worked as an outpatient dietitian with a focus on diabetes education and eating disorders and has notable experience in hospice and mental healthcare. She is currently self-employed as a Consultant Dietitian and speaker. She is based in Lincoln, Nebraska where she lives with her husband, son, and dog.

About Cassandra "Cassie" Whitmore, RD, LMNT

Dietitian
Consultant Dietitian
Margaret Otto, LSCSW
Director and Co-Founder of the KC Center of Family Systems
Kansas City Center of Family Systems

Margaret Otto, LSCSW is the Director and Co-Founder of the KC Center of Family Systems since its inception in 1996. She has been learning and applying Bowen family systems theory for over twenty years, which includes studying under Murray Bowen, MD and Michael Kerr, MD through the programs offered at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. She earned a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and then obtained clinical licensure in Kansas and Missouri. She began her study of Bowen family systems theory at the Menninger office in Kansas City. She has a full time private clinical practice as a family therapist in addition to carrying local and national responsibility for leadership of the KC Center in representing Bowen family systems theory.

About Margaret Otto, LSCSW

Director and Co-Founder of the KC Center of Family Systems
Kansas City Center of Family Systems
Amber Jewell, MSW, LMSW
Social Worker
Finding Hope, LLC.

Amber Jewell, LMSW has been a social worker for over 15 years working with children, families, and individuals from all dynamics and life structures. She is a foster parent, adoptive parent, and advocate for child welfare services across the country. She is compassionate, authentic, and cares for the value of all people. Amber believes all people have the ability and right to live a life that helps them be the best versions of themselves. She excels at solution-focused services that build strengths for and within people.

About Amber Jewell, MSW, LMSW

Social Worker
Finding Hope, LLC.

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Sessions on Mar 03, 2023

08:30 AM

Welcome - NASW Kansas President

08:30 AM - 08:45 AM
    Elizabeth Pflazgraf, LMSW
    President of NASW-KansasNASW-Kansas
    08:45 AM
    Clinical

    Bowen Family Systems Theory: A Different Lens on Self, Social Work, and Families

    08:45 AM - 10:15 AM
      Margaret Otto, LSCSW
      Director and Co-Founder of the KC Center of Family Systems Kansas City Center of Family Systems
      Margaret Otto, LSCSW is the Director and Co-Founder of the KC Center of Family Systems since its inception in 1996. She has been learning and applying Bowen family systems theory for over twenty years, which includes studying under Murray Bowen, MD and Michael Kerr, MD through the programs offered at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. She earned a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and then obtained clinical licensure in Kansas and Missouri. She began her study of Bowen family systems theory at the Menninger office in Kansas City. She has a full time private clinical practice as a family therapist in addition to carrying local and national responsibility for leadership of the KC Center in representing Bowen family systems theory.
      10:15 AM
      Break

      Morning Break

      10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
      10:30 AM
      Ethics

      Cultural Considerations in Youth Suicide Prevention

      10:30 AM - 11:55 AM
        Crystal Rozelle-Bennett, LMSW
        CEOTHRYVE, LLC.
        11:55 AM
        Break

        Lunch

        11:55 AM - 12:55 PM
        12:30 PM
        Ethics

        Introduction to Play Therapy

        12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
          Leah Schwarz, LSCSW, LCSW, RPT
          Licensed Clinical Social WorkerHope Esperanza Counseling, LLC
          Leah Schwarz, LSCSW, LCSW, RPT earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Bethel College in North Newton, KS in 2013 and her Masters in Social Work from University of Kansas in 2016. She has experience working with children and families in a community mental health setting, working with adults and children in a domestic violence shelter, and is now in her third year of private practice. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and is passionate about working with and supporting immigrant families. She uses various modalities in her work including EMDR, sand tray therapy, attachment-based play therapies, and CBT techniques.
          02:00 PM
          Break

          Afternoon Break

          02:00 PM - 02:20 PM
          02:20 PM
          Clinical

          Experiences and Coping Mechanisms of Active-Duty Women Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma Who Sought Mental Health Services Within the Civilian Sector

          02:20 PM - 03:50 PM
            Dr. Carol Meza-Bakke
            Director of Field EducationPittsburg State University
            Dr. Carol Meza-Bakke is a first-generation college graduate and Field Director and instructional professor of social work at Pittsburg State University (PSU). Carol is also an Army combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient. Carol has earned a bachelor’s degree in social work with a minor in psychology from PSU, a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Kansas (KU) and she is currently a social work Ph.D. candidate at Our Lady of the Lake University expected to graduate in the spring of 2023. Moreover, Carol has 12 years of military experience in addition to experience working in the child welfare field, the Veterans Affairs Benefits Administration, and higher education. Carol enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and two children, activities around their farm, fishing, camping, and hunting. Carol’s research interests focus on social work in the military, particularly military sexual trauma, as well as mental health and behavioral health resources available for the military population. Recent research includes a mixed-method study regarding the determinant effects of depression, anxiety, and PTSD in young adults residing in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Carol also recently conducted a thematic analysis of experiences and coping mechanisms of female active-duty military sexual trauma survivors. Carol’s most recent pending publications focus on the experiences and coping mechanisms of Army active-duty women survivors of military sexual trauma who sought mental health services within the civilian sector. Carol’s second pending publication focus on the determinant effects of depression, anxiety, and PTSD in young adults residing in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Carol’s third pending publication focus on preparing social work students for gun violence.
            03:50 PM
            Break

            End of Day 1

            03:50 PM - 03:50 PM

            Sessions on Mar 04, 2023

            08:30 AM

            Welcome - NASW Kansas President

            08:30 AM - 08:45 AM
              Elizabeth Pflazgraf, LMSW
              President of NASW-KansasNASW-Kansas
              08:45 AM
              Clinical

              A Journey Through the DSM: Reviewing Key Diagnoses

              08:45 AM - 11:55 AM
                Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW
                Licensed Clinical Social WorkerDiane Bigler Training
                Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She has held clinical positions as an outpatient and in-home therapist and clinical supervisor. Diane was an Adjunct Professor of Social Work for 10 years at The University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare and a Field Liaison and Field Instructor. She has also held administrative positions as a program Director and Coordinator. Diane is a frequent local and national trainer on a wide variety of mental health and workplace development topics with clinicians and corporations. Diane is most passionate about providing quality professional development to clinicians, employees, and leaders. For fun, Diane loves to spoil her four Dachshunds and rock out to 80’s music.
                11:55 AM
                Break

                Lunch

                11:55 AM - 12:30 PM
                12:30 PM
                General

                Nutrition and Mental Health

                12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
                  Cassandra "Cassie" Whitmore, RD, LMNT
                  DietitianConsultant Dietitian
                  Cassandra “Cassie” Whitmore, RD, LMNT has been a practicing dietitian for more than 10 years. She received her bachelor's degrees in Public Health Nutrition and Dietetics from Kansas State University. After starting her career working in acute care and inpatient eating disorders in Kansas City, she moved on to management in a critical access hospital. Most of her career has been spent working in Long Term Care at various facilities throughout the state of Nebraska, which included time as an Employee Wellness Dietitian. She has also worked as an outpatient dietitian with a focus on diabetes education and eating disorders and has notable experience in hospice and mental healthcare. She is currently self-employed as a Consultant Dietitian and speaker. She is based in Lincoln, Nebraska where she lives with her husband, son, and dog.
                  02:00 PM
                  Break

                  Afternoon Break

                  02:00 PM - 02:15 PM
                  02:15 PM
                  Ethics

                  Ethical Boundaries and Responsibilities to the Client

                  02:15 PM - 03:45 PM
                    Phelica Glass, LSCSW, GCCAC, FAAGC, CSOTP
                    Clinical Social WorkerPrivate Practice
                    Phelica Glass is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker with a successful psychotherapy practice in Topeka, KS. Graduate of Washburn University with a bachelor’s in Behavioral Sciences. Graduate of Tulane University of New Orleans with a Masters in Clinical Social Work and certification of Gerontology. Through further education Phelica has attained certification in Child And Adolescent Grief Counseling, Sex Offender Treatment , Ecotherapy and Anger Management.
                    03:45 PM
                    Break

                    End of Day 2

                    03:45 PM - 03:50 PM

                    Sessions on Mar 10, 2023

                    08:45 AM

                    Welcome - NASW Oklahoma Chapter Executive

                    08:45 AM - 09:00 AM
                      Steven Pharris, MSW, JD, LCSW
                      Chapter ExecutiveNASW
                      Steven W. Pharris, MSW, JD, LCSW is the Chapter Executive of NASW-Oklahoma.
                      09:00 AM
                      General

                      Grief and Loss in Foster Care and Adoption

                      09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
                        Dr. Bonni Goodwin, MSW, LCSW
                        Associated ProfessorAnne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work
                        Bonni Goodwin, Ph.D., LCSW, is an Assistant Professor at the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma. She has worked in the field of Social Work for the past 20 years with children and families, empowering them to overcome challenges toward hope and stability. Bonni has worked in various positions with at-risk children and families, including juvenile justice, victim services with the court system, child welfare prevention services, and providing clinical services to children, families, and groups through an adoption-specialized counseling center. She currently serves with the Oklahoma Human Services child welfare division as the Statewide Coordinator of Adoption Preservation Services. In this role, Bonni conducts research and trains child welfare and mental health professionals on the unique and complex needs of children in foster care and those who have been adopted from state custody. Bonni’s research focus is on permanency through adoption and post-adoption support and services. She continues to examine the needs and gaps of services for children and families in post-adoption and is committed to pursuing best practices in responding to adoptive families’ needs.
                        10:40 AM
                        Break

                        Morning Break

                        10:40 AM - 10:50 AM
                        10:50 AM
                        Ethics

                        Cultural Humility in Social Work Practice: Honoring and centering cultural unknowns

                        10:50 AM - 12:20 PM
                          Dr. Anthony Natale, MSW
                          Associate ProfessorUniversity of Oklahoma
                          Anthony P. Natale, MSW, PhD is an Associate Professor, joining the faculty in 2005. Dr. Natale was the Graduate Coordinator in Social Work for 6 years and Assistant Director for 3.5 years. He left that position to serve as the Graduate College Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence. In this role, he supervised programs and initiatives designed to support underrepresented graduate students in all phases of their academic experience - recruitment, admission, retention and graduation. He consulted with academic units to develop inclusive excellence plans for individual students as well infusing promising practices for inclusion and diversity in student policies, procedures and practices. In 2018, Dr. Natale took a new role as Executive Director for the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies.
                          12:20 PM
                          Break

                          Lunch

                          12:20 PM - 12:50 PM
                          12:50 PM
                          Clinical

                          Moral Injury and Traumatized Ukrainian Refugees

                          12:50 PM - 02:20 PM
                            Dr. Lanny Endicott, D.Min., MSSW, LCSW, LMFT
                            Professor EmeritusOral Roberts University
                            With a lengthy and distinguished career in higher education, Dr. Lanny Endicott has dedicated his professional life to social work. He was the Director of the Social Work Program at Oral Roberts University (ORU) for over 47 years. Dr. Endicott continues to beinvolved in social work education both at ORU and abroad (Russia). His interests besides education include: community planning and development, social services (particularly South Peoria in Tulsa, Oklahoma), workshops in compassion fatigue and burnout, community services for military veterans including soul repair, child welfare (both in Oklahoma and Russia), and family. Lanny has earned a Doctorate of Ministry from the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is affiliated with NASW, NACSW; the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa; the South Peoria Neighborhood Connection Foundation Inc; the South Tulsa Community House and social work in Russia. Recognized by those in the field for his work, Dr. Endicott was awarded Social Worker of the Year in Oklahoma by NASW-OK in 2003. As well as being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker he is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist where he lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In conjunction with his professional interests, Dr. Endicott is a keen runner, having been Head of Cross Country and Track Coach at ORU. Ever a leader, he launched the cross country program at ORU in 1976. Their best season was in 1984 when ORU finished 11th in the NCAA National Cross Country Championships.
                            02:20 PM
                            Break

                            Afternoon Break

                            02:20 PM - 02:30 PM
                            02:30 PM
                            Ethics

                            A.C.E.ing Ethics - Ethical Considerations Relating to Adverse Childhood Experiences

                            02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
                              Amber Jewell, MSW, LMSW
                              Social WorkerFinding Hope, LLC.
                              Amber Jewell, LMSW has been a social worker for over 15 years working with children, families, and individuals from all dynamics and life structures. She is a foster parent, adoptive parent, and advocate for child welfare services across the country. She is compassionate, authentic, and cares for the value of all people. Amber believes all people have the ability and right to live a life that helps them be the best versions of themselves. She excels at solution-focused services that build strengths for and within people.
                              04:00 PM
                              Break

                              End of Day 3

                              04:00 PM - 04:00 PM

                              Sessions on Mar 11, 2023

                              08:45 AM
                              General

                              Welcome - NASW-Oklahoma President

                              08:45 AM - 09:00 AM
                                Stacey Blaylock, MSW, LCSW
                                President NASW-OklahomaOral Roberts University
                                Stacey R. Blaylock is Director of the Social Work Program & Assistant Professor of Social Work at Oral Roberts University. Stacey has practiced as a medical social worker for six years, most recently at St. John Medical Center as the Trauma Social Worker. A returning alumna, she earned her BSW from ORU, as well as her MSW from the University of Oklahoma and is an Oklahoma Board-approved and -licensed Clinical Social Worker. Regarding teaching, Professor Blaylock says, “My classroom philosophy centers on experiential learning and information retention. Experiential learning cultivates an environment of engaged learning, rather than a passive learning environment as traditionally implied in higher education. I deliver course content in a way that provides students with a personal learning experience, resulting in students retaining and recalling information more effectively. Witnessing students apply the concepts from the classroom into their practicum is rewarding.” Outside of the classroom, her accomplishments include: Winner of the 2019 Innovation in Online Teaching Award; lecturer at the 2019 Marketplace Leadership Institute (MLI) in Singapore, presenting on Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Sensitivity in the Marketplace and Ministry; annual presenter at the NASW Oklahoma State Conference with presentations focused on the ethical use of social media in social work, as well as the non-traditional role of Police Social Work; served as the NASW Tulsa Branch President from 2013 to 2014; current member of the NASW Oklahoma.
                                09:00 AM
                                Ethics

                                Strategies to Nurture and Restore Hope with Client

                                09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
                                  Dr. Angela Pharris, MSW, LAPSW
                                  Associate ProfessorUniversity of Oklahoma
                                  10:30 AM
                                  Break

                                  Morning Break

                                  10:30 AM - 10:40 AM
                                  10:40 AM
                                  General

                                  Crisis and Disaster Mental Health Care Services

                                  10:40 AM - 12:10 PM
                                    Dr. Deborah Johnson, MSW, LMSW-OK, LCSW-FL
                                    Licensed Social WorkerNASW-Oklahoma
                                    Dr. Deborah Johnson, MSW, LMSW-OK, LCSW-FL is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and social worker licensed in Oklahoma and Florida. Dr. Johnson is a Board Member and trainer for the SRT, Inc., a non-profit disaster health services organization. She is a volunteer for the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps and the OKMRC Stress Response Team, co-leading the Tulsa District SRT. Dr. Johnson is the Past-President of NASW-Oklahoma. In addition, she served at the President-Elect of the NASW National Council of Chapter Presidents, a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers, and a member of the Oklahoma State Maternal Mortality Review Committee. Her clinical focus on children and adolescents. She is an MSW graduate of University of Oklahoma and graduated from Iowa State University with her Ph.D. in Psychology. She has held board positions on the Mental Health Association of Collier County, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Collier County, and several other boards in Florida and Oklahoma over her career. She has been a featured speaker at workshops, professional meetings and been featured on radio and TV programs.
                                    John A. Call, Ph.D., JD, ABPP
                                    Director EmeritusSRT INC.
                                    John A. Call, Ph.D., J.D., ABPP is a psychologist, an attorney, and a Diplomate in Forensic Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Call is also a trained emergency medical technician with a specialty in disaster pre-hospital medical care. He interned in the United States Air Force, served in the Strategic Air Command, and is a member of the Society of Air Force Psychologists. For almost 20 years, Dr. Call served as the psychological consultant for the Oklahoma City Police Department. Dr. Call has also served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, as a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Protection of Children from Violence in the Media, and as a consultant on disaster psychology to the Oklahoma Department of Health, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Oklahoma City County Health Department, the Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security, the Memorial Institute for Prevention of Terrorism, the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps, and the Terrorism and Disaster Center. He is currently the Coordinator of the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps Stress Response Team and is a Director of SRT, Inc. a Not-for-Profit disaster health services organization. Dr. Call has extensive experience in researching and applying psychological principles to meet individual and community needs post disaster and has provided training on these topics locally, nationally and internationally. Recent awards presented to Dr. Call for his work in disaster services include the Distinguished Contribution by a Psychologist in the Public Interest, Oklahoma Psychological Association, 2013; Award for Exceptional Service, Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps, 2013; Certificate of Recognition, Regional Health Administrator, U.S. Surgeon General and Region VI MRC Coordinator, 2013; Certificate of Recognition, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015; Recognition Service Award, Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps, 2015; and Certificate of Appreciation, FEMA IA Branch Chief, 2015.
                                    12:10 PM
                                    Break

                                    Lunch

                                    12:10 PM - 12:50 PM
                                    12:30 PM
                                    Clinical

                                    The Acceptance and Belonging Needs of Child Welfare Families

                                    12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
                                      Tara Wallace, MSW, LSCSW, CTF-CBT/PSB, RYT, SLC
                                      Licensed Clinical Social WorkerPrivate Practice
                                      My name is Tara D. Wallace. I am a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker. I hold certifications in trauma therapy; cognitive behavioral therapy; movement trauma, and diversity, equity and inclusion. I am also a registered yoga teacher and certified spiritual life coach.
                                      12:50 PM
                                      Clinical

                                      Do we need the Psychopathology? The difference between Trauma therapy and traditional approaches to therapy

                                      12:50 PM - 02:20 PM
                                        Dr. Robert Rhoten Psy. D., LCP, F.A.A.E.T.S.
                                        CEOArizona Trauma Institute
                                        Dr. Robert Rhoton, CEO of Arizona Trauma Institute and President at the Trauma Institute International possesses a rich history of experience in the mental health field. Dr. Rhoton has supervised multiple outpatient clinics, juvenile justice programs, and intensive outpatient substance abuse programs for adolescents, day treatment programs for youth and children, adult offender programs and child and family therapeutic services. Dr. Rhoton served as president of the Arizona Trauma Therapy Network from 2010 through 2012. Dr. Rhoton was a Professor at Ottawa University in the Behavioral Sciences and Counseling Department whose primary interests were training counselors to work with traumagenic family dynamics, child and family trauma, and non-egoic models of treatment. Dr. Rhoton is a Fellowship of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and collaborates and consults with numerous Arizona agencies fine tuning their understanding of trauma and the impact of developmental trauma on the individual and family. Dr. Rhoton works internationally with organizations to improve the delivery of trauma treatment services. Dr. Rhoton’s most recent publications are: • (2021) Trauma Competency for the 21st Century: A Salutogenic “Active ingredients” approach to treatment • (2020) Trauma-Informed Organizational Certificate Program: The Journey to becoming an ascending organization and leader. • (2019) Transformative Care: A Trauma-Focused Approach to Caregiving • July 2017 Journal of Counseling and Development titled; Trauma Competency: An Active Ingredients Approach to Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
                                        02:20 PM
                                        Break

                                        Afternoon Break

                                        02:20 PM - 02:30 PM
                                        02:30 PM
                                        Clinical

                                        Therapeutic Improvision

                                        02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
                                          Margot Escott, LCSW
                                          Licensed Clinical Social WorkerPrivate Practice
                                          Margot Escott LCSW has been in practice in Naples, Fl for over 35 years. She was named social worker of the year by FL NASW in 2001 for her workshops on “preventing Medical Errors in Behavioral Health”. She has been using improvisational theatre interventions for over a decade with her clients with mood disorders. For over 7 years she has taught Improvisational Theatre Games to people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. She currently holds these classes on line with students from around the country. For many years she hosts a podcast called Improv Interviews and had produced 140 sessions with therapists, actors and improvisers around the world. You can listen to these podcasts on her website.
                                          04:00 PM
                                          Ethics

                                          BONUS HOUR - Social Work Ethics & Licensing A

                                          04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
                                            Steven Pharris, MSW, JD, LCSW
                                            Chapter ExecutiveNASW
                                            Steven W. Pharris, MSW, JD, LCSW is the Chapter Executive of NASW-Oklahoma.
                                            05:00 PM
                                            Break

                                            End of Day 4

                                            05:00 PM - 05:00 PM