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MONDAY, MAY 5
KEYNOTE SESSION #1
(1.5 Non-Clinical CEUs)
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
MCCLAIN, PhD, LICSW
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Social Workers
On March 7, 2013, the National Association of Social Workers named Angelo
McClain, PhD, LICSW its new Chief Executive Officer to lead efforts that grow
and support the social work profession in the United States. He succeeds
Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, who led the organization since 2001.
Dr. McClain joins NASW after serving six years as Commissioner for the
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, a position appointed by
Governor Deval Patrick. While there, he oversaw a budget of $850 million and a
workforce of 3,500 employees to address reports of abuse and neglect for the
state’s most vulnerable children, partnering with families to help them better
nurture and protect their children.
Prior to that position, Dr. McClain was Vice President and Executive
Director of Value Options New Jersey where he built and oversaw administrative,
clinical and quality management program infrastructures that increased access
to behavioral health services for children and youth, including those in the
juvenile justice system.
As Vice President of Network Management and Regional Operations for the
Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, Dr. McClain developed and
maintained a provider network capable of delivering high quality, responsive
services to 450,000 Mass Health members.
Dr. McClain grew up in Texas, and is a
distinguished alumnus of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. He holds a Bachelor of
Science in Social Work from West Texas State University, a Master of Science in
Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PhD in Social Work
from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. He was an adjunct faculty
member in the Urban Leadership Program at Simmons College Graduate School of
MONDAY, MAY 5
KEYNOTE SESSION #2
(1.5 Non-Clinical & Social/Cultural Competence CEUs)
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Dr. KIRK ANTHONY JAMES, MSW, DSW
Director at Goldring Reentry Initiative
On April 13, 1994, Dr. Kirk Anthony James was
arrested and eventually sentenced to "Life" in prison under the
draconian "Rockefeller Drug Laws”. Only eighteen years old and a first
time offender, he served one hundred and seven months in various New
York State prisons before being released by a parole board.
Released on March 25, 2003, he has earned
a Bachelor and Master degree from Hunter College in New York City with an
emphasis on community organizing. He has also earned
a Doctoral degree from the school of Social Policy and Practice at
the University of Pennsylvania in clinical social work.
In addition to completing his degree while at Penn, he
developed and lead The Goldring Reentry Initiative (Gri). The GRI is a direct
response to the mass incarceration of predominantly poor people color currently
taking place in the United States. The GRI prepares social work students
to complete a year of their internships working with men and women
transitioning from Philadelphia Prisons pre and post release in an effort to
reduce their likelihood of recidivism. The GRI also works to empower
communities and organizations around issues of mass incarceration.
Dr. James is a well-respected social justice advocate who
has been asked to testify at numerous government hearings, media outlets,
agencies and institutions on the various intersections of mass incarceration.
He is currently developing EVOLVE - an organization committed to empowering individual
and organizational growth through an amalgamation of holistic and empirical
TUESDAY, MAY 6
KEYNOTE SESSION #3
(2 Clinical & Social/Cultural Competence CEUs)
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
SUSAN MACLAURY, LCSW & SCREENING OF INOCENTE
NASW-NJ will be screening the 2013 Academy Award® winner for Best Documentary Short Inocente, followed by a keynote session with the film's Executive Producer, Susan MacLaury, LCSW.
Inocente’s situation is unfortunately not unique.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness,there are about 1.5
million homeless youth under the age of 18 in the United States. To date, this
country continues to have the largest number of homeless women and children of
any industrialized nation.
film is an inspiring coming-of-age story of a 15-year old girl in California.
Though homeless and undocumented, she refuses to give up on her dream of being
an artist, proving that the hand she has been dealt does not define her - her
dreams do. Directed by Sean
Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, who are previous Oscar® nominees for their film War/Dance, and produced by the
non-profit film production company Shine Global and SALTY Features, the film
illuminates the issues of homelessness, immigration reform, and the need for