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October 25-27, 2023

at the Crowne Plaza, Milwaukee Airport

6401 S. 13th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53221


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    Sponsor the 2023 Conference

    Sponsoring the conference is a great opportunity to:

    • Highlight your organization's job opening, uplift the benefits of joining your team, and build genuine connections that can lead to great job matches.
    • Promote your organization's services, programs, and mission for the purpose of increasing referrals, partnerships, and engagement.
    • Show your support for Wisconsin Social Workers by helping to make this conference possible! Your sponsorship helps foster community, learning, and collaboration amongst social workers.
    • Share the unique benefits of your university's program with those looking to take the next step in their social work education journey.

    VIEW SPONSOR PACKAGES HERE (Exhibiting is now at capacity)

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    NASW-WI Would like to thank it's Sponsors and Exhibitors

    There's still room if your organization would like to be included!

    Keynote Speaker Dr. Laura Nissen

    Nissen, PhD, Laura

    Social Work in Post-Normal Times: Anticipatory Ideas and Methods to Help Evolve the Profession Faster Together on Purpose

    Though all times are challenging, most would agree the last few years have seemed to open a door to a new era in our shared world. A world of disruption, discontinuity and in some ways, disorientation. As famous futurist William Gibson once said, "The future is's just not evenly distributed." Together, we observe and feel the world changing rapidly - and as social workers, we understand that our practice may itself need to evolve more quickly to be impactful and relevant in a world that is in transition.

    Keynote Speaker Debra Minsky Kelly, MSW, LCSW

    Minsky Kelly, MSW, LCSW, Debra

    The Future of Social Work: Are We Ready to Face the Challenges of the Next Generation?

    This presentation will examine the historical roots of the social work (SW) profession as seeking community-based responses to the needs of the poor and other marginalized groups. The increased privatization and professionalization of the SW field has shifted the focus of the most educated members of our field toward individualized approaches to care for those who are insured, employed, and able to access mental health care. This professional shift intersects with a post-pandemic world in which unprecedented levels of mental health distress are being reported. This moment of historic need forces us to question the cost-effectiveness and utility of individually-focused interventions as a realistic pathway out of this current mental health crisis. We will explore the confluence of challenges facing our nation at this time and ask tough questions about the SW profession’s readiness and role in facing these. Some of the challenges to be explored include: a toxic culture that isolates us from the natural supports needed for healthy development; a shrinking social safety net; a shortage of mental health providers; the demographic cliff (a declining number of college-aged young people); a growing sentiment that a college education is not a worthwhile investment, especially in pursuit of “low wage” professional areas of study. This session will ask critical questions about the role of the SW profession in addressing the needs of the next generation of societal problems.